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Friday in San Francisco: No protestors at Dave Chappelle's SF show, wildfire cameras capture northern lights and more

Sri Ravipati

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By Sri Ravipati

Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a fun weekend ahead.

Here's the scoop in San Francisco for Nov. 5.

Dave Chappelle kicks off tour in San Francisco amid controversy

Despite earlier reports, there was no protest outside the Chase Center for Dave Chappelle's sold-out show Thursday. However, the comedian cracked a joke about his controversial Netflix special "The Closer," which was released in October.

"Man, I love being canceled,” Chappelle told the crowd of 19,000.

Chappelle, who was under fire for his anti-trans commentary in "The Closer," is on tour presenting his documentary. "Untitled" centers on the comedy shows he did in a cornfield near his Ohio home during the pandemic about race and the death of George Floyd. Chappelle's documentary is going to be screened in 10 different arenas across the country.

Although there were no protests outside Chase Center, the event did draw some negative attention: One fan in the audience who is trans and goes by "Supergirl" was escorted out of Chase Center during the show. She says she was there to show that Chappelle's words don't hurt, but she was escorted out for allegedly holding up a cellphone to record the show.

Wildfire cameras capture northern lights

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Northern California wildfire surveillance cameras captured something spectacular for a change: the northern lights.

Between Wednesday at midnight and 1 a.m. on Thursday, a wildfire camera near Tahoe caught footage of the northern lights. Also known as the aurora borealis, the light show is the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. Under the right conditions when the aurora is large, the light show can be seen from more than 600 miles away, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Academy of Art University in San Francisco sees end to lengthy lawsuit

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The Academy of Art University in San Francisco settled a 12-year-old federal fraud lawsuit for an undisclosed amount Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Oakland.

Four former recruiters filed a lawsuit in 2009 alleging the private school used illegal tactics to attract students and cheat the federal government out of millions in financial aid. The Academy of Art has 10,000 students from 108 countries.

The university tried to throw out the lawsuit for more than a decade, taking it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2019 but the court declined.

Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.

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