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Police seek suspects in stomping attack on dog

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police are seeking suspects in an attack on a San Jose man that left him injured and his mini-Yorkshire terrier dead.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 32-year-old man, whom police did not identify, was attacked Saturday afternoon after three men approached him and asked if was in a gang.

San Jose police said he grabbed his 4-pound dog Shadow and ran away after denying gang involvement. The victim was wearing a red sweater and hat at the time.

Police said the attackers beat the man, then stomped the dog to death after it attempted to protect its owner.

Witnesses told police the attackers were attending a nearby fundraiser for the family of a 20-year-old man who was shot and killed Feb. 5.

US Attorney meets with SF Bay Area Sikh community

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sikh community leaders have told the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco that they face workplace discrimination and hate.

Sikhs, a religion often confused with Islam, told U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag on Sunday that they constantly struggle with discrimination and bigotry.

The Contra Costa Times says Haag's visit to the Sikh Center in El Sobrante was designed to assure them the federal government is ready to respond to reports ranging from hate crimes to identity theft.

Haag was told Sikh's face severe workplace discrimination and there was concern the FBI doesn't specifically track anti-Sikh hate crimes, lumping them in with anti-Muslim crimes.

Haag promised to discuss the concerns with FBI officials.

AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The AIDS Memorial Quilt is back in its hometown for its largest San Francisco exhibition since the project moved across the country more than a decade ago.

Local organizers began showing 40 sections of the massive quilt Sunday, and plan to hold free exhibitions around the city until Feb. 20.

The quilt was conceived by gay rights activist Cleve Jones. It has grown from 1,900 panels, each representing an AIDS victim, in 1987 to more than 44,000 panels today. It's managed by the Names Project Foundation, which moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Atlanta in 1999.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that dozens gathered Sunday to see the quilt sections at the AIDS nonprofit in the Castro district. Some visitors cried as they listened to each name being read aloud.

Body of missing man found near interstate

CROCKETT  (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a 66-year-old Northern California man missing for two weeks.

A Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman says the body of Angelo Lucido was discovered Saturday afternoon on an embankment near Interstate 80 in the San Pablo Bay area.

The Crockett man was reported missing on Jan. 27.

Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee tells the San Francisco Chronicle that investigators believed Lucido may have wanted to hurt himself. He wouldn't elaborate.

The cause of death hasn't been disclosed.