COVID-19 restrictions may have played a role in San Francisco firefighter’s death

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCT. 7: Family and friends of deceased SF firefighter and paramedic Jason Cortez head to SFFD vehicles for a procession to Medical Examiner's office from SF General Hospital in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Cortez died Wednesday morning during a training exercise. (Scott Strazzante/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
Family and friends of deceased firefighter and paramedic Jason Cortez prepare for a procession from San Francisco General Hospital. (Scott Strazzante / San Francisco Chronicle)

The San Francisco Fire Department has revealed the circumstances leading to the death of a firefighter during a training exercise last week, noting that restrictions implemented to stem the spread of the coronavirus might have played a role.

Jason Cortez, 42, was knocked off a third-floor fire escape Wednesday by an inadvertent water blast, the report said. He was alone on the fire escape of a training facility at 19th and Folsom streets when he opened the gate of a hose adapter that did not have a hose lined attached, and the stream of water struck him in the chest and pushed him backward.

Although accidental in nature, Cortez’s death could be linked to COVID-19 restrictions, according to the report. His engine company, Station No.

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AHA News: Beloved San Francisco Drag Queen Spreads Message of Heart Health | Health News

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TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Drag queen Mutha Chucka is known for splashy costumes, striking hair and makeup, and humorous, politically pointed performances. A fixture of the San Francisco nightlife scene, Mutha has blossomed into a beloved celebrity, locally and beyond.

“People embraced me, and I just kept pushing the boundaries and pushing the boundaries,” Mutha said. “I love the hair, I love the makeup, I love the clothes. … I love to engage with the audience. I have fun.”

Mutha, also known as Chuck Gutro and to some friends as “Chucka,” first performed in drag in 1976. As a 14-year-old in New England, he donned his mother’s clothes and wig and entertained a surprised audience at a church youth talent show.

“It was quite some time ago,” he said, “and I never looked back.”

Whether lip-syncing to classic songs, sewing dazzling dresses, mentoring other

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Beloved San Francisco drag queen spreads message of heart health

Drag queen Mutha Chucka is known for splashy costumes, striking hair and makeup, and humorous, politically pointed performances. A fixture of the San Francisco nightlife scene, Mutha has blossomed into a beloved celebrity, locally and beyond.

“People embraced me, and I just kept pushing the boundaries and pushing the boundaries,” Mutha said. “I love the hair, I love the makeup, I love the clothes. … I love to engage with the audience. I have fun.”


Mutha, also known as Chuck Gutro and to some friends as “Chucka,” first performed in drag in 1976. As a 14-year-old in New England, he donned his mother’s clothes and wig and entertained a surprised audience at a church youth talent show.

“It was quite some time ago,” he said, “and I never looked back.”

Whether lip-syncing to classic songs, sewing dazzling dresses, mentoring other drag queens, raising money for charity or deftly handling a

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Longtime MLB catcher Francisco Cervelli announces retirement, citing health reasons

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Longtime MLB catcher Francisco Cervelli is retiring from baseball, he announced on Instagram. Cervelli said he is hanging up his spikes because it’s time to “put my health before my career.” The 34-year-old had seven documented concussions throughout his career, including one that ended his 2020 season in August.

Here is Cervelli’s retirement announcement:

“Today, I retire happy and fully satisfied, because I gave my heart and soul to this wonderful game,” Cervelli wrote. “I am retiring because the time has come to put my health before my career. For a long time, I put baseball first, through countless concussions and injuries, because this game was my life; my whole world. But it’s clear to me now that my future holds so much more. For the first time in a long time, I know my health and wellness needs to be the leadoff. It’s time.”

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Marlins’ Francisco Cervelli announces retirement to put ‘my health before my career’

Miami Marlins catcher and 13-year MLB veteran Francisco Cervelli announced Saturday on his personal Instagram page that he is retiring from professional baseball after his latest bout with concussions.

Included in one of his posts is a two-minute, 30-second video with highlights from his big-league career, which included stints with the New York Yankees (2008-2014), Pittsburgh Pirates (2015-2019), Atlanta Braves (2019) and Marlins (2020). The Yankees signed him as an international free agent in 2002.

“Today, I retire happy and fully satisfied, because I gave my heart and soul to this wonderful game,” Cervelli wrote. “I am retiring because the time has come to put my health before my career. For a long time, I put baseball first, through countless concussions and injuries, because this game was my life; my whole world. But it’s clear to me now that my future holds so much more. For the first time in

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Furloughed San Francisco chef helps turn discarded food collected by Food Runners into tasty meals for homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Victor Parra is used to cooking for hundreds. As an executive sous chef at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, he has prepared meals for banquets and conventions. He even cooked up a special meal to honor renowned chef Tonya Holland in 2018.

But the COVID-10 pandemic left him at a crossroad. He was furloughed when safety guidelines forced the hotel to close in March. To stay busy, he started volunteering at Food Runners.

“I came and volunteered for a few weeks and I liked the whole concept and so, I stayed,” said Parra, who uses his culinary skills to turn discarded food into healthy meals.

For more than 30 years, Food Runners has been retrieving unwanted and leftover food destined for the garbage or compost bin and redirecting it to homeless and people in need.

RELATED: Bay Area food banks, shelters get much needed

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San Francisco sues 28 alleged drug dealers to bar them from the Tenderloin

Sept. 25 (UPI) — San Francisco is suing 28 alleged drug dealers to block them from trafficking narcotics in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced the civil lawsuits Thursday during a press conference, stating litigation was pursued as a creative solution to the growing problem of drug dealing in the downtown area, which is home to the largest concentration of children in the city.

“These drug dealers do not live in the Tenderloin, but instead travel from around the Bay Area to sell deadly drugs there — the drugs that are fueling the addiction and overdose crisis that we are seeing on our streets,” he said. “These lawsuits are designed to stop the brazen open-air drug dealing that has plagued this historic neighborhood at the center of the city’s opioid crisis.”

The lawsuits seeking civil injunctions were announced as the area combats a growing drug crisis. According

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150 lower-income pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco to get $1,000 monthly

The reason: These two groups are most at risk for preterm births and infant and mother deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Expecting Justice said during last week’s launch of the pilot program called Abundant Birth Project.

They announced their plans to help lower-income Black and Pacific Islander women for the duration of their pregnancy and at least the first six months after their babies are born.

Participants can use the funds as they wish, pediatrician and public health expert Dr. Zea Malawa with Expecting Justice told CNN. She said they will decide which expenses are most necessary for their households and the health of their babies.

“Maybe you’re struggling with food insecurity this month,” Malawa said. “Or maybe you need to pay your car note. That should be the mothers’ decision to make.”

Expecting Justice, based in the San Francisco Department of Public Health,

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