• Two Bay Area men who were convicted in an Italian court of killing a police officer in Rome in 2019 were back in court this week for their appeal. The defense for Finnegan Elder and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth is arguing that they did not know the two men who ambushed them on the street following a drug deal gone wrong were cops, and that the officers never showed any identification; a decision in the appeal could come next month. [ABC 7]
  • Retiring UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ says that her views on free speech have evolved since her days as a student protester, and she now says, "while freedom of speech is an absolute, just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean it’s right to say." [New York Times]
  • 30-year-old Vacaville man, Gage Harold Pontarelli, received a sentence this week of 25 years to life for the 2018 killing of his girlfriend, 22-year-old Samantha Jack, bringing closure to this six-year-old case. [Bay Area News Group]
  • Visa has officially moved in to its fancy new offices at Mission Rock, across McCovey Cove from Oracle Park. [Chronicle]
  • Not that there ever was an "Israeli float" in the SF Pride parade, but SF Pride has put out a statement making sure everyone knows that "there is no Israeli float" in this year's parade, though "SF Pride values the contributions of Jewish queer individuals in advocating for peace." [KTVU]
  • Red Lobster clarifies that it intends to closed down restaurants in Vallejo, Pittsburg, Milpitas, and San Jose in addition to those that have already closed in Fremont and Rohnert Park. [CNN]
  • SingleThread in Healdsburg, which holds three Michelin stars, has landed again on the Worlds 50 Best restaurants list, coming in at number 47. [CNN]

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