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POSTED May 21, 2013 9:47 p.m.

SF OFFICIALS UPSET OVER ANTI-ISRAEL BUS ADS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several San Francisco supervisors want the city transit agency to donate revenue from an anti-Israel bus ad campaign to the city's Human Rights Commission after the agency did the same for an ad campaign that targeted Muslims.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports  that the city's Municipal Transportation Agency donated revenue made from bus advertisements that made negative characterizations of Muslims.

The money will fund a city study about the ad's effects on Muslims.

City Supervisor Scott Wiener and six others sent a letter to the MTA asking that it also donate $5,030 it made from the anti-Israel ads.

Agency spokesman Paul Rose says the agency accepted the inflammatory ads from both groups to avoid a First Amendment rights lawsuit.

WEB SITE SUES FBI IN SF OVER ALLEGED SURVEILLANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A political Web site that says it was the target of FBI surveillance has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco seeking documents connected with the alleged probe.

Antiwar.com filed the federal lawsuit in San Francisco on Tuesday, saying the FBI has refused to turn over documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The Web site and its editors say they discovered they were being monitored by the FBI when a blogger received documents from the agency under a separate FOIA request.

Those documents allegedly mentioned Antiwar.com as an investigative target in 2004.

The FBI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Antiwar.com and its editors are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU says Antiwar.com is a legitimate news-gathering site and FBI surveillance violates First Amendment freedom of the press rights.

MAN GOES MISSING AFTER SF BAY TO BREAKERS RACE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Family and friends are searching for a man who went missing after completing the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco.

Dozens of people combed the area around Ocean Beach on Tuesday in search of 27-year-old Beau Rasmussen, of Oakland. Rasmussen is believed to have gone for a swim off the beach after Sunday's race.

Police say his co-workers filed a missing person report the next day after he didn't show up for work. His phone, credit cards and a passport were found near an Ocean Beach restaurant.

Rasmussen is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and an old maroon football jersey with "Chris" and the number 28 on the back.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

FELON PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN PHOTOGRAPHER KILLING: OAKLAND  (AP) — A 10-time felon charged in the shooting death of a former Oakland Tribune freelance photographer who was hit by a stray bullet has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

The Tribune reports that 38-year-old Joe Daniel McNeely, also known as Anthony Lister, entered his pleas on Monday.

McNeely is charged in the killing of 54-year-old Lionel "Ray" Fluker. Authorities say Fluker was hit by a stray bullet in East Oakland on April 5 when McNeely was involved in a gunfight with another man. Fluker was a freelance photographer for the Tribune from 1995 to 2007

McNeely as also shot during the gunbattle. He was arrested after being taken to a hospital by a friend.

Though McNeely has 10 prior felony convictions over a 20-year period, officials say none of them were serious enough to make him eligible for the state's Three Strikes Law.

 

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