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POSTED February 28, 2012 8:16 p.m.

Wild parrots of SF spread to the 'burbs

BRISBANE  (AP) — The famous wild parrots of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill have spread their wings to the suburbs.

About a hundred of the green birds have been spotted on the slopes of San Bruno Mountain in Brisbane, a city about 10 miles south of San Francisco.

The birds probably migrated there in search of food, said Mark Bittner, author of the best-selling book, "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." The book and a documentary of the same name several years ago helped make the birds a tourist draw in San Francisco.

The playful birds — native to South America — with their cherry-colored heads are known to dart acrobatically and chirp at high decibels.

A flock of about 100 can be found around the northern edge of San Francisco, where the first of their kind likely escaped from a pet importer and then adapted to the city's chill and fog and the presence of humans.

San Jose State backs off admissions change

SAN JOSE  (AP) — San Jose State officials will continue to give preference to Santa Clara County residents in admissions.

The school backed off a plan to end the practice after a series of meetings that ended with a two-hour session on Monday. They had sought to limit class sizes in response to budget cuts.

But campus spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris says the school had said it would give preference to local students for another year in published campus material, so admissions officers felt strongly that it could not change the policy now.

South Bay applicants to the school must meet minimum California State University requirements. But applicants from outside the area face stricter standards.

Santa Clara County tightens nutrition standards

SAN JOSE  (AP) — Nutrition standards are being tightened at Santa Clara County facilities.

The San Jose Mercury News calls them the most comprehensive healthy food and beverage policy in California.

County leaders are expected to approve the nutrition rules on Tuesday. If approved, the rules will take effect in July.

Pizza and burgers will still be on cafeteria menus. But, when possible, they'll be made with more healthful ingredients.

County vending machines are already required to contain 50 percent healthful items. But candy, potato chips or sugared sodas currently offered could be replaced with such things as trail mix, baked chips, water and iced tea.

The rules would apply to vending machines and meals at the county jailhouse, hospitals and other areas.

The new nutritional standards are part of the county's obesity-prevention efforts.

Man sets fire at SF library main branch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who set pamphlets on fire at the main branch of San Francisco's public library.

Sunday's fire forced part of the branch to close.

Library spokeswoman Michelle Jeffers says the unidentified man went behind the reference counter for the blind, pulled out pamphlets and set them on fire.

He then ran away.

Fire crews responded, but a library employee had already extinguished the fire when they showed up.

 

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