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Literary guide, Nov. 19

Sunday Oliver Chin “The Discovery of Ramen: The Asian Hall of Fame.” 11 a.m. Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame. [Read entire story]

A selection of first sentences from new books, Nov. 19

It rained like we were a splatter of bird s— God was trying to hose off his deck. “What the Hell Did I Just Read,” a novel by David Wong [Read entire story]

On its birthday, Del Sol Quartet shares the stage

Everyone knows that when you hit a landmark birthday, it’s fun to throw yourself a big party. Not everyone realizes how gracious it can be on such occasions to share the spotlight with someone else. [Read entire story]

Zimbabwe military says progress in talks for Mugabe’s exit

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s military said Friday it was making “significant progress” in talks with President Robert Mugabe for his departure while it pursues and arrests some allies of the leader and his [Read entire story]

Court rules against ‘Empire’ copyright challenge

When Fox TV premiered its “Empire” show in 2015, about a fictional hip-hop music label called Empire Enterprises, it chose a name already in use by the real-life Empire Distribution, which has been turning out [Read entire story]

Meatball Bar Will Finally Solve Hayes Valley’s Meatball Shortage

It’s rolling into the neighborhood in February The Meatball Bar, the FiDi restaurant focused solely on spherical meat, will expand into Hayes Valley in February 2018. This will be the second location of the casual [Read entire story]

Daniela Vega, trans actress, earns raves for ‘A Fantastic Woman’

TORONTO — In one of the dreamy moments of surrealism that punctuate Sebastian Lelio’s otherwise realistic “A Fantastic Woman,” the film’s transgender protagonist, Marina (Daniela Vega), walks down the street [Read entire story]

5 killed as Kenya police clash with Odinga supporters

NAIROBI, Kenya— At least five people were killed Friday in confrontations between Kenyan police and supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga as tensions over the disputed presidential election continued. [Read entire story]

Franken extends apology to victim of his misconduct

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken personally apologized to the woman who has accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour, saying he remembers their encounter differently but is [Read entire story]

Ici Ice Cream’s New Shop Adds Petite Charm and Milkshakes to Downtown Berkeley

Expect more sweet treats by the end of November Ici Ice Cream, Berkeley’s artisanal ice cream shop run by Chez Panisse alum Mary Canales, is finally expanding its reach from the confines of Elmwood. A second shop will [Read entire story]

Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo won’t feel totally comfortable in 49ers offense until next year

No need to overreact. The San Francisco 49ers will return to practice next Monday, at which point we’ll start to get a better handle on the quarterback situation. The team has a decision to make between C.J. Beathard [Read entire story]

Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The highest-level Chinese envoy to North Korea in two years arrived in the country’s capital on Friday to try to improve relations that have soured over Beijing’s tightening of sanctions [Read entire story]

‘No fuss…clean design’ in reimagined Corona Heights trilevel

Christina Peyton and Paul De Jesus took their time reimagining a shingled trilevel in Corona Heights. Nine months of planning preceded two years of redevelopment as the pair rebuilt the foundation, modernized the [Read entire story]

Just Approved: Overcoming income fluctuations

Mortgage adviser: Liz Bayer. Property type: Single-family home in San Francisco. Appraised value: $2.125 million. [Read entire story]

Sound Off: What are the benefits and drawbacks of listing a home off-market?

A: An off-market or pocket listing refers to a seller and realtor signing a listing agreement that allows the broker to offer the property for sale, but keeps the information out of the MLS. An off market listing can be [Read entire story]

Shingled condominium open Sunday in Russian Hill

This wood-shingled condominium is a freestanding cottage located behind a three-unit building. The main level offers an open floor plan and an updated kitchen with marble counters, as well as French doors opening to a [Read entire story]

One-bedroom condo in Hayes Valley open Sunday

Exposed concrete and an Austrian oak floor finish a great room crowned by a 25-foot tall ceiling in this unit. SieMatic cabinetry and Bosch appliances highlight the kitchen, while Carrara marble flooring finishes the [Read entire story]

Hot Property: Live/work loft in Berkeley boasts fine finishes, grand views

A live/work condo with Venetian-plaster walls, Machiche wood floors and plenty of architectural pedigree has arrived on the market in Berkeley. “The finishes are superior, and the views are [Read entire story]

‘In the Midst of Winter,’ by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende’s “In the Midst of Winter” is her 19th novel, and it is told with her characteristic warmth. Lucia Maraz is a charming 61-year-old Chilean woman who has taken up residence in Richard Bowmaster’s [Read entire story]

Flashback Friday: What would a healthy 49ers starting lineup look like right now?

The 49ers have been ravaged by injuries. It would certainly be a different team right now if healthy. The San Francisco 49ers injury reports have been extensive all season long, and with nearly 20 people on injured [Read entire story]