- San Francisco officials have identified a 68-year-old woman struck and killed outside City Hall by a tour bus on Thursday. She's the second pedestrian to die on the city's streets this week. (SF Weekly, SFStreetsBlog)
- The Lexington Club, iconic Mission District lesbian bar (and what SFist calls the "city's only, long-standing, dedicated bar for gay women") is shutting down. 48 Hills interviews owner Lila Thirkield, who says the bar's no longer viable, given higher rent and the departure of many patrons from the neighborhood and city.
- New York City authorities are trying to track the movements of a doctor, recently returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, who has now tested positive for the disease. The New York Times reports on the hunt for those who may have come into contact with the sick man -- who had ridden the subway and gone out bowling the night before he reported his illness -- and the logistical challenges of tracing his movements in a city of 8 million.
- In Washington, a Texas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating the first victim to appear in the United States is declared virus free. (Washington Post)
- Ebola is here, and so are the con artists. The Guardian on the seemingly inevitable scams and conspiracy theories attending the arrival of the dread disease in the United States.
- Oakland's Pacific Institute, one of several California institutions providing first-rate analysis of water issues, has published its analysis of Proposition 1, the water bond on the state's November ballot.
- The Giants will host Game 3 of the World Series on Friday evening at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Chronicle analyzes the team's business this year and says no matter how the Fall Classic turns out, 2014 has been a very good year for the franchise.
- The Oakland A's have hammered out a deal with the city of San Jose to extend their purchase option on a downtown ballpark site for another seven years. The inside baseball: This is a way for the team, which recently concluded a 10-year lease extension (complete with early escape clause) to keep open its long-term options for a new ballpark. (San Jose Mercury News)
- The Sunlight Foundation reports on the ad bonanza enjoyed by local commercial broadcasters during election season. One case in point: a local news broadcast in Philadelphia that featured 11 political ads during a 30-minute newscast without a single story on upcoming elections.
- A key finding about comets, those dirty snowballs whirling through the solar system: They stink. (NPR)
- SPUR, the San Francisco-based urban affairs think tank, has debuted a new exhibit, Urban Cartography. The show explores recent trends in mapmaking and showcases a bunch of different (and very, very cool) ways to look at the Bay Area. (SFCurbed)
A 2010 visualization by artist/programmer/map geek Eric Fischer depicting geotagged social media pictures taken in and around San Francisco. Red dots represent pictures taken by tourists, blue shows pictures taken by locals, and yellow is unknown. (See item at end of today's Reading List.)