California

Feds seek to maintain abortion pill access

Feds seek to maintain abortion pill access

Health Secretary Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that the federal government will work to ensure access to abortion pills and explore other means to ensure women can end their pregnancies after the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to the procedure. “Friday’s Supreme Court decision was despicable, but it was also predictable,” Becerra said, adding that his Department of Health and Human Services “has been preparing for this for some time.” But Becerra also acknowledged “there is no magic bullet,” and that it was unclear how far the federal government can go in providing abortion access in states that…
Read More
Nikola Jovic a Heat exception? International intrigue a wild ride over franchise’s 35 seasons – The Mercury News

Nikola Jovic a Heat exception? International intrigue a wild ride over franchise’s 35 seasons – The Mercury News

The last time the Miami Heat turned to the NBA draft for an international prospect without collegiate experience it turned into a multidimensional disappointment. It also was the only previous time the Heat exited the draft with an international prospect without collegiate experience until last week’s selection of Serbian Nikola Jovic with the No. 27 selection. Of the many things Heat President Pat Riley hopes for from Jokic, being Martin Muursepp 2.0 is not one of them. To review how the Heat have fared with international prospects over what will be their 35 seasons is to go back to June…
Read More
This man made me realize my marriage is sad

This man made me realize my marriage is sad

DEAR HARRIETTE: I went to a work event the other night by myself. I usually invite my husband, but he almost always says no these days. Harriette Cole Anyhow, I went, and while there, I saw a man I recognize from our local business community. I said hello to him, and he was very complimentary. He was professional but also slightly flirty. He noticed what I was wearing and told me I looked nice. It was the simplest thing, but it stood out because my husband never compliments me anymore. I don’t even think he sees me. We are like old…
Read More
Back in Northwest and playing in front of grandfather for first time in big leagues, Orioles’ Adley Rutschman homers – The Mercury News

Back in Northwest and playing in front of grandfather for first time in big leagues, Orioles’ Adley Rutschman homers – The Mercury News

Adley Rutschman is a master of the moment. He’s done it throughout his career, from the state-record field goal he hit in a high school playoff game in Oregon to the triple he recorded during his major league debut with the Orioles. So it wasn’t a shock to see him round the bases Monday night at T-Mobile Park, raising his hand to the portion of the stands that contained his grandfather, Ad Rutschman, who was watching his grandson play in person as a major leaguer for the first time. In Adley Rutschman’s first at-bat, his single drove in a runner.…
Read More
Marlin Briscoe, first Black starting quarterback in AFL, dies at 76

Marlin Briscoe, first Black starting quarterback in AFL, dies at 76

Marlin Briscoe, who became the first Black starting quarterback in the American Football League more than 50 years ago, died Monday. His daughter, Angela Marriott, told The Associated Press that Briscoe, 76, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California. He had been hospitalized with circulation issues in his legs. Briscoe, who was born in Oakland in 1945 and was four when his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, was a star quarterback for Omaha University before the Denver Broncos drafted him as a cornerback in the 14th round in 1968. Briscoe told the team he’d return home to become…
Read More
‘I breathe, sleep, cry basketball’ – The Mercury News

‘I breathe, sleep, cry basketball’ – The Mercury News

When Chicago Bulls draft pick Dalen Terry turned 10, he had only one request for his birthday present — a basketball tournament. So his mother, Fenice Yancy, rented out a space at the local rec center to organize a 3-on-3 tournament for Terry and his friends, picking up a referee’s whistle herself to officiate the competition. “She gave me all the calls that day,” Terry said Monday during his introductory news conference at the Advocate Center, laughing with his mother and father, Al Terry, in attendance offstage. By age 10, Terry already knew he wanted to play in the NBA.…
Read More
East Bay man sentenced to life without parole for murdering girl

East Bay man sentenced to life without parole for murdering girl

MARTINEZ — Just before Antioch resident Mitchell Lynn Bacom was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for kidnapping and murdering 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier 42 years ago, prosecutors revealed a tip that may tie him to more attacks. Responding to a defense request for a prison sentence with a chance for parole, deputy district attorney Mary Knox revealed authorities received a report from Bacom’s former cellmate at the Martinez Detention Facility alleging Bacom, 68, confessed that he “raped and sliced” sex workers while traveling across the country as a truck driver. “(Bacom) said he didn’t know if he killed…
Read More
Top-Rated Companies to Fix Your Credit Score

Top-Rated Companies to Fix Your Credit Score

Sponsored Content If you have a poor credit score, it may be difficult to qualify for a new credit card, get a personal loan, or even rent an apartment. These poor marks on your credit report may be stemming from late payments, maxing out your credit limit, debt in collections, or inaccurate errors. If you don’t have the time to fix these issues, there are plenty of credit repair companies that will review your credit report and address any negative items. While the success of a credit repair company is not guaranteed, they will step in to help and contact…
Read More
Tobey Maguire, maintain your course

Tobey Maguire, maintain your course

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Kimiko Glenn, 33; Ed Westwick, 35; Tobey Maguire, 47; J.J. Abrams, 56. Ed Westwick (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images) Happy Birthday: Look at everything objectively. Ponder over how much to spend and what to do. Take the time to recognize opportunities and maintain your course. If you refuse the desire to overdo or indulge, you’ll avoid mistakes and regret. A friendly, positive approach to work and pleasure, coupled with discipline and a budget, will lead to victory. Your numbers are 5, 16, 24, 27, 31, 35, 44. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Learn from experience,…
Read More
One dead in Bay Bridge vehicle collision

One dead in Bay Bridge vehicle collision

OAKLAND — A person died at the scene of a two-vehicle collision Sunday in Interstate 80 lanes just west of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge toll plaza, authorities said. Just before 9 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers received word of a collision in eastbound I-80 lanes involving a small sedan that veered off the right-hand side before overturning and a second vehicle found sideways in the slow or right-most lane, CHP Officer James Evans said. Despite emergency life-saving measures, the person was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:12 p.m. Their identity was not immediately available from the Alameda County Sheriff’s…
Read More
Parolee sought as suspect in weekend injury shooting

Parolee sought as suspect in weekend injury shooting

OAKLEY — A male victim was hospitalized after a weekend shooting at an apartment building, and a 26-year-old Stockton parolee was sought as a suspect, authorities said. In a statement Sunday, a city spokeswoman said police responded at 9:37 p.m. Saturday to a shooting report in the unit block of Carol Lane west of Main Street. After a caller told police of hearing a single shot and seeing a person stumble from a third-floor apartment to the building’s second floor, officers arrived to find a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen in the building’s second-floor hallway. Other…
Read More
What’s the impact of a Russian debt default?

What’s the impact of a Russian debt default?

By The Associated Press Russia is poised to default on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, further alienating the country from the global financial system following sanctions imposed over its war in Ukraine. The country faces a Sunday night deadline to meet a 30-day grace period on interest payments originally due May 27. But it could take time to confirm a default. “While there is a possibility that some magic could occur” and Russia gets the money through financial institutions to bondholders despite sanctions, “nobody’s making that bet,” said Jay S. Auslander, a top…
Read More
The Supreme Court’s Roe decision affects California’s politics

The Supreme Court’s Roe decision affects California’s politics

While the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years does not alter Californians’ access to services, it has quickly become a rallying cry for Democratic leaders and progressive activists across the Bay Area looking to energize voters in the months ahead. Standing in a sea of thousands of residents who gathered in front of San Jose City Hall on Saturday morning to protest the previous day’s decision, Milpitas councilwoman Karina Dominguez called on disheartened residents to make their voices heard. “I want people to turn that emotion into action,” said Dominguez, clad in…
Read More
Ariana Grande, expand your mind

Ariana Grande, expand your mind

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Ariana Grande, 29; Ryan Tedder, 43; Derek Jeter, 48; Chris O’Donnell, 52. Derek Jeter (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Happy Birthday: Be resourceful and avoid regret. When in doubt, take a pass. Moderation is the key to avoiding compromising situations. Know what you are up against, and take on only what’s realistic. Preparation will make a difference when competitive situations arise. Don’t share information that you don’t want others to know. Expand your mind, make personal growth a priority and leave nothing to chance. Your numbers are 4, 17, 23, 26, 32, 44, 47. ARIES (March…
Read More
Tony Siragusa, outspoken anchor in the middle of Ravens’ first championship defense, dies at 55 – The Mercury News

Tony Siragusa, outspoken anchor in the middle of Ravens’ first championship defense, dies at 55 – The Mercury News

Tony Siragusa, the wisecracking wall of flesh known as “Goose” who anchored the middle of a record-setting Ravens defense during the team’s first Super Bowl run, died Wednesday, a team spokesman said. He was 55. The cause of death was not immediately known. The New Jersey native was an undrafted free agent who began his 12-year NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts before he became a fan favorite over five seasons with the Ravens from 1997 to 2001. He was a classic nose tackle, occupying multiple blockers and clearing space for Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis as the Ravens…
Read More
Logan Webb, SF Giants overpower Cincinnati Reds

Logan Webb, SF Giants overpower Cincinnati Reds

SAN FRANCISCO – With one bad week, the Giants went from having the fourth-best record in the National League to dropping out of a playoff spot altogether. The Giants likely aren’t going to be concerned about such things right now. But if want to try and keep pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres in the National League West, they’ll likely have to take care of business against MLB’s also-rans. Saturday, Evan Longoria, Thairo Estrada, Joc Pederson, and Wilmer Flores all hit home runs and starter Logan Webb lasted six innings to lead the Giants to…
Read More
A red-letter day in Chicago Cubs history — Anthony Rizzo’s call-up — reminds us of promises not kept – The Mercury News

A red-letter day in Chicago Cubs history — Anthony Rizzo’s call-up — reminds us of promises not kept – The Mercury News

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the call-up of Anthony Rizzo, one of the most important days of the Chicago Cubs rebuild. “I guess we’ll be the face of the franchise — me, him and a couple other young guys in here,” shortstop Starlin Castro said after Rizzo’s arrival. “Let’s see what we can do.” You know the rest of the story. Rizzo became a Wrigley Field legend, signed a team-friendly deal, helped the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908, asked for big money when his contract came up and was dealt to the New York Yankees in…
Read More
Newsom, Legislature strike tentative tax relief deal

Newsom, Legislature strike tentative tax relief deal

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders have reached a tentative agreement to provide as much as $1,050 to millions of California families to help with rising gas prices and inflation, according to emails sent this week to Democratic members of the state Senate and Assembly. The three-tier program would benefit an estimated 17.4 million California taxpayers, including individual filers making as much as $250,000 and joint filers making as much as $500,000, according to the outline obtained by CalMatters, with low- and middle-income households set to receive incrementally more money. The plan is part of a broader $300 billion budget…
Read More
The wait ‘til next year Knicks skip any chance of new beginnings on draft night – The Mercury News

The wait ‘til next year Knicks skip any chance of new beginnings on draft night – The Mercury News

Here’s something that did not change at the NBA Draft, which is supposed to be a night of new possibilities and new beginnings, just never around here: The Knicks did not change. The Knicks didn’t change, nor did their possibilities such as they are, at least before they make their run at Jalen Brunson, who apparently is the second coming of Clyde Frazier. There was no new beginning in Brooklyn. There was just the Knicks once again acting like the lumps of their league. We occasionally hear that the only way to build something that truly lasts in the modern…
Read More
I’m furious that he shared my poem with everyone

I’m furious that he shared my poem with everyone

Dear Amy: I used to be on Facebook. I never posted much. I’m a private person and always felt anxious if I did post anything. Amy Dickinson But my husband loves it and I swear he lives for it. A little over a year ago, we lost our son. I wrote a poem about this and texted it to my husband so he could see it. My sister-in-law told me, “That was a beautiful poem you wrote about your son.” She had seen it on FB. I was livid. My husband did not even ask me. He just took it upon…
Read More
Live updates after Supreme Court overturns abortion rights

Live updates after Supreme Court overturns abortion rights

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — PHOENIX — Police fired tear gas from the windows of the Arizona Capitol building to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating outside, as lawmakers briefly huddled in a basement. The lawmakers were working to complete their 2022 session as thousands of protesters gathered on the Capitol grounds in Phoenix on Friday night, divided into groups condemning and supporting the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. SWAT team members with the Department of Public Safety fired tear gas from the building to disperse the protesters. KPHO-TV reported the officers opened fire when several anti-abortion protesters…
Read More
SF Giants’ Gabe Kapler ‘processing’ Roe v. Wade being overturned

SF Giants’ Gabe Kapler ‘processing’ Roe v. Wade being overturned

SAN FRANCISCO – Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he was still processing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strip away women’s constitutional rights to an abortion but added his thoughts were with those who were deeply disappointed by the ruling. The court’s decision, officially announced Friday morning, is expected to lead to a ban on abortion in roughly half of the 50 states and comes close to a half-century after the landmark case of Roe v. Wade established abortion protections for women in the U.S. Kapler said he spent a majority of Friday talking with people he trusted –…
Read More
Critics direct anger over Roe decision at Sen. Susan Collins

Critics direct anger over Roe decision at Sen. Susan Collins

By David Sharp and Patrick Whittle | Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — Sen. Susan Collins was blasted Friday for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as opponents targeted her votes to confirm two justices to the Supreme Court who were in the majority opinion allowing states to ban abortion. Critics of the Maine senator haven’t forgotten the key role she played in confirming Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and she was ripped anew on social media. Some opponents took to name-calling and attacked Collins for being naive or complicit. Others called for her resignation. University of Maine professor Amy…
Read More
Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden says people should be peaceful when protesting the Supreme Court opinion Friday that would allow states to ban abortion. Biden says he knows many Americans are “frustrated and disillusioned” by the court decision. But he says that objections to the ruling should remain peaceful. Biden said: “Violence is never acceptable. Threats and intimidation are not speech. We must stand against violence in any form, regardless of your rationale.” Earlier this month, after a draft of the court opinion was leaked, a man carrying a gun, a knife and…
Read More
Embracing native plants doesn’t have to be all or nothing

Embracing native plants doesn’t have to be all or nothing

As home gardeners become more educated about the role native plants play in the ecosystem and their importance to pollinators, wildlife and humans, many are turning to “rewilding.” The term refers to a landscaping approach that depends on the use of native plants to sustain insects, bees, birds and butterflies. In embracing the movement, these gardeners are eliminating their lawns, replacing exotic species with native plants, forgoing fall cleanups to preserve food and shelter for overwintering birds and insects, and transforming their properties into habitats. Others, however, are worried about what they fear might be a “messy” landscape, and are…
Read More
Someone told her I was spreading malicious gossip

Someone told her I was spreading malicious gossip

Dear Amy: A few months ago, a group of my co-workers went out for happy hour. We were talking about how our jobs can make relationships challenging. Amy Dickinson I mentioned a co-worker going through a divorce. I didn’t mention her name, but another co-worker said, “Oh, you’re talking about ‘Tammy’! She’s a good friend of mine!” Everyone knows and likes Tammy. We were all in agreement that we disliked what her husband was putting her through. Tammy called me and said that she heard that I’ve been talking about her. Whoever told her this said that I told the group…
Read More
Former Poly star Justin Lewis reportedly agrees to two-way deal with Chicago Bulls – The Mercury News

Former Poly star Justin Lewis reportedly agrees to two-way deal with Chicago Bulls – The Mercury News

Former Poly and Marquette forward Justin Lewis has agreed to a two-way deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to The Athletic, after going unselected in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night. The 20-year-old Lewis joins a Bulls team that went 46-36 under coach Billy Donovan last season and returned to the playoffs for the first time in five years before losing to the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Chicago selected Arizona point guard Dalen Terry with the No. 18 overall pick on Thursday. According to ESPN, two-way contracts in the 2022-23 season will be equal…
Read More
1/6 panel to hear of Trump’s pressure on Justice Department

1/6 panel to hear of Trump’s pressure on Justice Department

By ERIC TUCKER and FARNOUSH AMIRI WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump hounded the Justice Department to pursue his false election fraud claims, striving in vain to enlist top law enforcement officials in his desperate bid to stay in power and relenting only when warned in the Oval Office of mass resignations, according to testimony Thursday to the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. Three Trump-era Justice Department officials recounted persistent badgering from the president, including day after day of directives to chase baseless allegations that the election won by Democrat Joe Biden had been stolen. They said…
Read More
Magic trade NBA’s draft No. 35 pick to Lakers for future second-rounder

Magic trade NBA’s draft No. 35 pick to Lakers for future second-rounder

As expected, the Orlando Magic won’t be using both of their second-round picks in Thursday’s NBA draft. The Magic traded the No. 35 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 2028 second-round pick and cash, a league source told the Orlando Sentinel. The second-round pick will be the better pick between the Lakers’ 2028 second-rounder and the 2028 second-round pick the Washington Wizards owe the Lakers as part of the five-team trade (Brooklyn Nets-Indiana Pacers-San Antonio Spurs-Lakers-Wizards) that sent Russell Westbrook to Los Angeles in August 2021, per a league source. Orlando announced the trade Thursday afternoon. The Magic,…
Read More
Feds search home of former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark

Feds search home of former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark

By Evan Perez | CNN Federal investigators conducted a search Wednesday of the home of Jeffrey Clark, the former Justice Department lawyer who former President Donald Trump sought to install as attorney general in the days before the January 6 Capitol riot as top officials refused to go along with his false vote fraud claims, people briefed on the matter told CNN. Clark was at the center of an effort by Trump to get the Justice Department to falsely claim there was enough voter fraud in Georgia and other states that he lost, in a last-minute bid to help sow…
Read More
Problems with tomatoes setting fruit

Problems with tomatoes setting fruit

Q. I have an atrium that surrounds one part of my house. I grew a tomato plant there successfully last year. This year, I started a plant there, and it blossomed but would not fruit. I followed all your advice (egg shells, worms castings and bone meal), and I sprayed “Blossom Start” on it, but the blossoms just dry up and fall off. Any suggestions? Carol Meacham, Danville A. I’ve never used “blossom start” before, so I’m trusting you followed directions for its use. As it didn’t work, and you’re having issues, it’s time to look at your gardening area…
Read More
I’m friends with the woman they despise

I’m friends with the woman they despise

DEAR HARRIETTE: I get along well with a woman who has hurt a lot of my friends in the past. Harriette Cole  Although it happened decades ago, my friends made a common enemy out of her and haven’t let it go since. I believe that it’s time for them to move on. I have kept my friendship with this woman a secret to spare my friends’ feelings, but the longer I hide it, the worse it will be when they find out. How do I tell my other friends that I am now friendly with the woman they all despise?…
Read More
Austin Hays becomes the sixth Orioles player to hit for the cycle, doing so in six innings in 7-0 win over Nationals – The Mercury News

Austin Hays becomes the sixth Orioles player to hit for the cycle, doing so in six innings in 7-0 win over Nationals – The Mercury News

The rain picked up its intensity again as Austin Hays stepped to the plate in the sixth inning, as if the sprinkler system in the sky could tell the Orioles outfielder was on fire. Even that water suppression system couldn’t stifle Hays, who promptly lashed the last remaining item on his checklist into left-center field. The 26-year-old cruised into second base with a double, adding to his single, triple and home run earlier in the game. For some time, the rain that continued to fall on Hays while he soaked in applause at Camden Yards on Wednesday night was the…
Read More
DOJ subpoenas Georgia GOP party chair in fake elector probe

DOJ subpoenas Georgia GOP party chair in fake elector probe

By Zachary Cohen, Sara Murray, Katelyn Polantz, Evan Perez and Marshall Cohen | CNN Federal investigators subpoenaed the Georgia Republican Party chairman for information related to the fake elector scheme there — as the Justice Department has issued a fresh round of subpoenas to people from several states who acted as rogue electors after the 2020 presidential election, multiple sources familiar with the situation told CNN. The subpoena for the chairman, David Shafer, represents a significant step because he played a central role in organizing the fake slate of electors from Georgia and coordinated the effort with the Trump campaign.…
Read More
Rambo tops Chris Pratt’s coming-of-age movies for son, 9

Rambo tops Chris Pratt’s coming-of-age movies for son, 9

Chris Pratt didn’t become one of Hollywood’s most debated movie stars by doing things in the conventional Hollywood way, so it’s no surprise that the “Jurassic World: Dominion” star won’t include certain popular films in a private coming-of-age film festival he has planned for his 9-year-old son this summer. That’s right, Pratt won’t be showing his son, Jack, “Stand By Me,” “The Breakfast Club” or even the raunchy “Superbad” during an upcoming father-son camping trip on his farm in Washington State. Instead, the actor revealed during a recent episode of the “SmartLess” podcast, hosted by fellow actors Jason Bateman, Will…
Read More
‘Loot’ is a comedy with real bite

‘Loot’ is a comedy with real bite

“Elvis” enters the building again this week courtesy of star Austin Butler and director Baz Luhrmann, while Ethan Hawk is on the line ready to scare the hell out of us in “The Black Phone.” Both open Friday in theaters. We weren’t able to see either of those by press time, but we do have a number of recommendations, including a new Apple TV+ series, a fun redo of “Father of the Bride,” a Chris Hemsworth Netflix thriller and a Hulu gem about two indigenous young men in love. Here’s our roundup. “Loot”: A clever cadre of screenwriters can make…
Read More
Are Bay Area home sellers finally cutting asking prices?

Are Bay Area home sellers finally cutting asking prices?

Bay Area home buyers faced with skyrocketing real estate prices and mortgage costs that have more than doubled over the last year appear to be hitting their limit, pushing more home sellers to do what has become almost unthinkable in the region’s white-hot market: cut prices. “A lot of buyers are being priced out,” said Nicole Bachaud, a market analyst for Zillow. “Demand is definitely pulling back.” Average U.S. mortgage rates hit 5.78% last week. With the typical home in the San Jose area valued at $1.7 million in May, the average monthly payment on a new mortgage reached a…
Read More
I was blindsided when they ended my job

I was blindsided when they ended my job

DEAR HARRIETTE: My contract wasn’t renewed at my job, and I have no backup plan. I’m devastated. This was my dream job. Harriette Cole  I know that there was plenty of room for improvement on my end, but they really made it seem that I would have at least another six months to learn and grow within the company. Severance pay was not in my contract, so I have no clue what to do until I find another job. I’m discouraged about even looking for a new job right now. How do I figure out what’s next for me? Nonrenewal…
Read More
‘We aren’t going anywhere:’ Drag Queen Story Hour forges ahead in Alameda County

‘We aren’t going anywhere:’ Drag Queen Story Hour forges ahead in Alameda County

Vowing that “we aren’t going anywhere,” the performer King Art Babe forged ahead Tuesday evening with the Alameda County Library’s first Drag Queen Story Hour event since a group of apparent Proud Boys members disrupted another reading earlier this month in San Lorenzo. No disruptions were reported Tuesday as the performer — bedazzled in heels, rainbow stockings, a frilly blue dress and a unicorn tiara — held a group of preschoolers and kindergarteners in rapt attention, flipping through several books about Pride parades and dressing in drag. Often, she stopped to remark on the characters’ lavish outfits. “Who likes to…
Read More
San Jose approves new tiny home sites for homeless residents

San Jose approves new tiny home sites for homeless residents

SAN JOSE — City Council on Tuesday approved several new tiny home villages for homeless residents, while at the same time bracing for the backlash that is sure to come from neighbors opposing the projects. Councilmembers voted 8-2 to move forward with six sites — expanding two existing projects and building two new projects during the 2022-2023 fiscal year, while planning to start work on another two new sites in the future. San Jose is one of several Bay Area cities embracing small, individual units of temporary housing for unhoused people, instead of traditional dorm-style homeless shelters. Tuesday’s vote moves…
Read More
Max Scherzer completes first rehab start; Jacob deGrom throws first live batting practice since shoulder injury – The Mercury News

Max Scherzer completes first rehab start; Jacob deGrom throws first live batting practice since shoulder injury – The Mercury News

HOUSTON – The Mets aces are taking significant steps toward their upcoming returns to the rotation. Max Scherzer (left oblique strain) allowed two earned runs on two hits and recorded six strikeouts with one walk across 3.1 innings and 65 pitches in his first rehab start, pitching for Double-A Binghamton, on Tuesday. Scherzer threw to rehabbing starting catcher James McCann (left hamate fracture) in his first time pitching professionally since May 18, when he pulled himself from his start against the Cardinals after 5.2 innings. Tuesday, Scherzer gave up a home run to the final batter he faced, Fightin’ Phils…
Read More
Supreme Court says Maine cannot exclude religious schools from tuition assistance programs

Supreme Court says Maine cannot exclude religious schools from tuition assistance programs

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that Maine cannot exclude religious schools from a tuition assistance program that allows parents to use vouchers to send their children to public or private schools. The 6-3 ruling is the latest move by the conservative court to expand religious liberty rights and bring more religion into public life, a trend bolstered by the addition of three of former President Donald Trump‘s nominees. “Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. “Regardless of how the…
Read More
Officers who responded to Uvalde school massacre did not attempt to open doors to classrooms for over an hour, reports say

Officers who responded to Uvalde school massacre did not attempt to open doors to classrooms for over an hour, reports say

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday slammed the law enforcement response to last month’s mass shooting in Uvalde as an “abject failure” and harshly criticized the decisions of Uvalde school district police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo. “There is compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre,” Col. Steven McCraw told the Texas Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans. “Three minutes after the subject entered the West building, there was a…
Read More
How Joey Bart plans to cut down Ks, explained by hitting coach

How Joey Bart plans to cut down Ks, explained by hitting coach

ATLANTA — This would have been a trip home for Joey Bart. Growing up some 40 miles northeast of Truist Park, Bart developed into a top high-school prospect, then at the downtown campus of Georgia Tech earned the pedigree that convinced the Giants to make him their highest draft pick since Will Clark. Those inside the organization still view Bart as their catcher of the future. But there is a reason why he’s not with the team on this trip. His failures at the plate were simply piling up. Forty-five percent of his plate appearances were ending in strikeouts, the…
Read More
Reward offered in Santa Cruz County illegal squirrel l steel trap case

Reward offered in Santa Cruz County illegal squirrel l steel trap case

LIVE OAK — A squirrel was euthanized after a resident discovered the rodent flailing with two different miniature steal traps clamped onto his limbs Sunday evening. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is seeking information on the individual who set illegal steel rodent traps in the Live Oak area. (Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter — Contributed) Now, a nonprofit wildlife emergency response group has put up a cash reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever set the illegal steel hold leg traps. Wildlife Emergency Services is offering an initial $1,000 reward and is soliciting support to increase its reward offering.…
Read More
Two-alarm fire engulfs metal building

Two-alarm fire engulfs metal building

OAKLAND – Crews on Monday night battled a two-alarm fire in Oakland’s Melrose neighborhood. The fire was reported around 9:15 p.m. inside a metal building on the 1200 block of 48th Avenue, said Battalion Chief Chris Landry of the Oakland Fire Department. Landry said crews had a difficult time gaining access to the structure. “The building was heavily fortified,” Landry said. “It took crews a little while to get through the metal gate.” Crews found flames venting through the roof and called for a second alarm, Landry said. The blaze was contained to the building and declared under control around…
Read More
Stymied all night, SF Giants walked off by Braves in series opener

Stymied all night, SF Giants walked off by Braves in series opener

ATLANTA — There was good reason to circle this series on the calendar. The defending World Series champions. The 107-win team that missed out on its chance to dethrone them in the playoffs. Even a pregame ring ceremony for the player who switched sides in the offseason. Adding to the reasons to tune in, the Giants and Braves have also been the National League’s hottest teams since the calendar turned to June. Despite early season stumbles, both teams entered Monday’s series opener nine games over .500 and vying for two of the three NL wild card spots. Safe to say,…
Read More
Oakland man arrested on suspicion of hitting security guard with SUV

Oakland man arrested on suspicion of hitting security guard with SUV

MOUNTAIN VIEW – A 21-year-old Oakland man has been arrested on suspicion of hitting a security guard with a sport utility vehicle earlier this year in downtown Mountain View. The alleged assault was reported around 1 a.m. on March 13 on the 200 block of Bryant Street, according to the Mountain View Police Department. Officers arrived to find the guard bleeding from his arm and limping. The guard told police he had ordered the man to leave the nearby Monte Carlo Restaurant & Bar because of his erratic behavior. After exiting the establishment, the man threw a glass bottle at…
Read More
Did ‘No Tim Allen’ really hurt Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ at the box office?

Did ‘No Tim Allen’ really hurt Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ at the box office?

Conservatives on Twitter got the phrase “No Tim Allen” trending Monday as they explained how they’re probably responsible for why “Lightyear” might have had a disappointing opening at the box office this weekend. They repeated their allegations that the comedian’s conservative politics were responsible for his absence from the new film. Allen had voiced Buzz Lightyear in four previous films, but wasn’t asked to reprise the role in Disney and Pixar’s latest entry into the “Toy Story” saga. They also argued that the “woke” animated feature suffered at the box office because it features a kiss between two lesbian characters.…
Read More
Warriors host NBA championship parade in San Francisco

Warriors host NBA championship parade in San Francisco

Hundreds of thousands of fans streamed into San Francisco on bikes, trains — some even flew in on planes while at least one drove an iron fire-shooting snail car across the Bay Bridge — to join the celebration as the Golden State Warriors paraded down Market Street on Monday in recognition of the team’s 2022 NBA championship. About 11:20 a.m., the parade will begin as Warriors players will ride on double-decker buses while an ocean of fans outfitted in gold and blue cheer on their hometown heroes. And not to be outdone by fans who braved BART delays and showed…
Read More
Walnut Creek Restaurant Week runs through June 26

Walnut Creek Restaurant Week runs through June 26

Walnut Creek Restaurant Week is back with meal deals from now through Sunday, June 26, giving East Bay residents a chance to discover new restaurants or revisit old favorites. More than a dozen businesses are offering fixed-price meals, specials or other discounts. — Benvenuti Ristorante has created a $55 three-course dinner special that starts with a Pear Salad, includes a choice of either Involtini de Pesce (filet of sole with crab) or handmade Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Truffle Butter as an entree, and finishes up with Tiramisu for dessert. — Broderick is making Johnny Cash Burgers, Flank Steak Salads and…
Read More
Will Heat prioritize Victor Oladipo or Caleb Martin? – The Mercury News

Will Heat prioritize Victor Oladipo or Caleb Martin? – The Mercury News

Q: I know the Heat have Victor Oladipo’s Bird Rights but if they could only afford to keep either Caleb Martin or Victor, which one do you think they would prefer to keep? Caleb is younger and more athletic at this stage of his career, but Victor may still have more upside on the offensive end. Thoughts? – Jeffrey, Miami. A: I believe the choice would be Caleb Martin for this reason: The way this roster is constructed, it’s all about complementing Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. That is among the reasons why Kyle Lowry was brought aboard. Caleb is…
Read More
San Leandro home twice hit with anti-Asian graffiti

San Leandro home twice hit with anti-Asian graffiti

A San Leandro home was twice hit with spray-painted anti-Asian slurs over the weekend in what police are now investigating as a hate crime. Police responded to the first incident of vandalism at 9 p.m. on Saturday, where “a racial epithet within an anti-Asian message” was scrawled on a realtor sign marketing the property for sale, Lieutenant Abe Teng said in a statement. On Sunday police arrived at 7 a.m. to find the same epithet painted on the home’s garage door. Teng said the vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime because the realtor, property owner, and recent tenants…
Read More
Photos from Juneteenth celebrations in the Bay Area and beyond

Photos from Juneteenth celebrations in the Bay Area and beyond

Juneteenth was celebrated locally and across the nation this weekend. Juneteenth is the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage. Last year, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. Residents celebrated the annual Juneteenth Festival in Downtown San Jose on Saturday. This is the African American Community Service Agency’s 41st year producing the Juneteenth in the Park Festival this year called Juneteenth in the Streets Festival. In Richmond, a large parade started at the Booker T. Anderson Community Center and ended…
Read More
Here’s what you need to know about the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade on Monday

Here’s what you need to know about the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade on Monday

The Golden State Warriors are bringing the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy back to the Bay Area, and they’re inviting everyone to join the party. The team plans to parade through the streets of downtown San Francisco on Monday, just days after vanquishing the Boston Celtics in game six at TD Garden for their fourth championship in eight years. This year’s parade will mark a change from previous celebrations, which were held across the Bay in Oakland. Here’s what you need to know about when it’s happening, how to get there and what to do if you can’t make it.…
Read More
SF Giants catch up with former teammate Tyler Beede in Pittsburgh

SF Giants catch up with former teammate Tyler Beede in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — About half a dozen Pirates have an inside joke going in their clubhouse here at PNC Park. “We’ve got some forever Giants floating around here,” cracked Tyler Beede, the latest addition to what is quickly becoming Giants East. Beede joined fellow pitchers Jose Quintana and Chris Stratton and catcher Tyler Heineman as San Francisco castaways who landed with the Pirates when he was designated for assignment at the start of May. Outfielder Bryan Reynolds, traded away as a prospect, has also developed into an undisputed star, while another one of Beede’s bullpen mates, David Bednar, is the older…
Read More
‘He came back better than ever’ – East Bay Times

‘He came back better than ever’ – East Bay Times

BOSTON – Klay Thompson was one of the last Warriors players standing on the stage at TD Garden after the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy presentation celebration. The Warriors were champions, again. And Thompson didn’t want to take one second of it for granted. “I was feeling absolutely incredible,” a champagne-soaked Thompson said of that moment of pure bliss after the Warriors beat the Celtics 103-90 to win another NBA title. “I was feeling just so high on life that I did not want to leave the stage, and I just know how hard this is, and to be here for…
Read More
Mets righty Tylor Megill exits Brewers start with shoulder discomfort, MRI on Friday – The Mercury News

Mets righty Tylor Megill exits Brewers start with shoulder discomfort, MRI on Friday – The Mercury News

In the latest example of why you can never have enough pitching, Mets righty Tylor Megill was forced out of Thursday night’s game in the fourth inning with shoulder discomfort. Megill is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday, the Mets said. In just his second start since missing a month with right biceps inflammation, Megill winced immediately after throwing his 28th pitch on the night. He exited the field with an athletic trainer and was replaced by Chasen Shreve. Megill, 26, who started on Opening Day for the Mets in place of injured star Jacob deGrom, came into the…
Read More
Norm Mineta ‘lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment’

Norm Mineta ‘lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment’

It seems like everyone has a Norm Mineta story, even President Bill Clinton. During a memorial celebration of life attended by nearly 1,000 people, Clinton recalled Mineta calling him in the waning days of his administration in 2001 for advice on whether to accept an offer from President George W. Bush to be U.S. secretary of transportation. Mineta — who was then Clinton’s commerce secretary and had served 20 years in Congress — worried the country was becoming too polarized to accept a lifelong Democrat in a Republican president’s cabinet. “I told him, ‘Norm, I think you really need to…
Read More
‘It’s part of the conversation’ – The Mercury News

‘It’s part of the conversation’ – The Mercury News

After saying he expects to remain in Baltimore for the rest of his career, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Thursday would not commit to participating in training camp nor playing in Week 1 without a contract extension. “It’s part of the conversation,” Jackson, in his first news conference in more than five months, repeatedly said in response to several questions about his contract after Thursday’s practice. Jackson, who does not have an agent, said his absence from the team’s voluntary offseason training activities was not contract related. He reported Monday and participated in all three days of mandatory minicamp. “I…
Read More
Eikon Therapeutics strikes lease deal to shift HQ to Millbrae

Eikon Therapeutics strikes lease deal to shift HQ to Millbrae

MILLBRAE — Eikon Therapeutics has signed a lease that will enable the biotech company to expand as well as shift its headquarters to a modern tech and life sciences campus in Millbrae. The biotech company signed a lease for 285,000 square feet of office and laboratory space at the Alexandria Life Sciences Campus in Millbrae, Eikon said Thursday. The complex is located near the corner of Rollins Road and Adrian Road. “We are proud to expand our presence in the region,” said Roger Perlmutter, chief executive officer with Eikon Therapeutics. Eikon is moving its headquarters from Hayward to Millbrae, the…
Read More
Softscape brings life to outdoor spaces – The Mercury News

Softscape brings life to outdoor spaces – The Mercury News

The benefits of time outside are innumerable. From the known mental-health benefits of gentle exposure to the sun and the oxygen plants release during photosynthesis to the calming effects of a breeze, it’s good to go outside. It’s even better when the connections between inside and outside can be finished before or shortly after moving into the newly built home. Continuing the theme of easy-to-enjoy, beautiful outdoor living spaces, new-home buyers who plan what to plant long before move in will be ready for indoor-outdoor living right away. Plants not only soften the environment of a patio space, California Room or…
Read More
2 California officers killed in motel shootout identified – East Bay Times

2 California officers killed in motel shootout identified – East Bay Times

By STEFANIE DAZIO and CHRISTOPHER WEBER EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a man who killed two Southern California police officers Tuesday in a shootout told a television station that her husband had previously attacked her and she warned the officers that he had a gun inside a suburban Los Angeles motel. The gunman, identified as Justin William Flores, was shot and killed at the scene. His wife told KCBS-TV that he had attacked her two days ago and she had moved into the motel to escape him but he tracked her down. “I am so deeply sorry,…
Read More
Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman hits first major league home run, shares ‘full-circle moment’ with Trey Mancini – The Mercury News

Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman hits first major league home run, shares ‘full-circle moment’ with Trey Mancini – The Mercury News

There have been swings that hinted this was on the horizon, an eventuality Adley Rutschman would soon achieve if Orioles fans were patient enough to wait. Well, the wait is over. The rookie catcher hit the first home run of his major league career in the fourth inning Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, crushing a ball on a line to straightaway center field. Rutschman, the top prospect in all of baseball, took care of his first two big league RBIs with that swing, too, driving home Austin Hays. Rutschman has displayed that power throughout his minor league career,…
Read More
Letters: Water rights | Sealing tunnels

Letters: Water rights | Sealing tunnels

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. State should cancelagricultural water rights Re. “California drought: State lawmakers mull buying out farmers to save water,” June 6: Unbelievable nonsense. You can’t “own” the air, wind, sunlight or gravity. So why can farmers “own” water, or have exclusive use, to the detriment of the general public’s basic needs? Water rights are not a right; it’s just ink on a piece of paper. If the government can disregard the Treaty of Fort Laramie, justified by “Manifest Destiny” or for the “Greater Good,” then there are…
Read More
Teen found dead in breakroom had shunned co-worker’s advances

Teen found dead in breakroom had shunned co-worker’s advances

A 17-year-old Colorado girl found dead in the blood-spattered breakroom of the store where she worked had asked not to be scheduled to work with the man now suspected of killing her, police investigators were told. Riley Whitelaw had failed to return from a break Saturday evening at a Walgreens in Colorado Springs. It wasn’t until almost 7 p.m., when she had been missing at least 90 minutes, that the manager checked the breakroom and found her body. He told police officers that he became suspicious when he was reviewing recent surveillance video and saw that another employee — Joshua…
Read More
California man charged with plotting to kill Brett Kavanaugh was convinced by sister to call 911, police say

California man charged with plotting to kill Brett Kavanaugh was convinced by sister to call 911, police say

By David Shortell | CNN The man charged last week with the attempted murder of Justice Brett Kavanaugh was convinced to call 911 on himself by his sister as he stood nearby the judge’s Maryland home, law enforcement said Tuesday. In a statement, Marcus Jones, the chief of police in Montgomery County, Maryland, where Kavanaugh lives, said that after noticing US Marshals posted outside the judge’s home, Nicholas Roske “turned around to contemplate his next move. This is when he texted his sister and told her of his intentions and she convinced him to call 911, which he did.” Roske…
Read More
State to pay $51 million over killings at Napa County veterans home that left 3 mental health workers dead

State to pay $51 million over killings at Napa County veterans home that left 3 mental health workers dead

YOUNTVILLE — California officials have agreed to pay $51 million to settle lawsuits against the state stemming from a shooting at a home for veterans in Northern California where a former patient fatally shot three female mental health workers and then himself. On March 9, 2018, Albert Wong, 36, took hostage three staffers with The Pathway Home, a nonprofit that operated a program at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. The nonprofit treated veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder. Wong, a decorated U.S. soldier who spent a year in Afghanistan, had been treated at…
Read More
Neil Patrick Harris, keep life simple

Neil Patrick Harris, keep life simple

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Neil Patrick Harris, 49; Ice Cube, 53; Courteney Cox, 58; Helen Hunt, 59. Ice Cube (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)  Happy Birthday: Keep life simple and affordable. Refuse to let others coerce you into participating in things that don’t interest you. Discipline and hard work are the best ways to reach your goals and comfort your soul. Knowing that you’ve done your best will help you go above and beyond to fulfill your wish list. Your numbers are 5, 17, 20, 24, 31, 37, 48. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Back away from drama, and focus…
Read More
Shooting threat reported at San Mateo middle school

Shooting threat reported at San Mateo middle school

SAN MATEO – A student at Borel Middle School in San Mateo will not return to campus following a report Saturday that they were viewing images of weapons and a list of student names on their laptop computer, according to the San Mateo-Foster City School District. The San Mateo Police Department on Sunday confirmed that the student did not have access to weapons, the district said in a letter to the school community Tuesday afternoon. “The student in question will not be returning to the school this year or next year,” the district said. The student’s name was not disclosed.…
Read More
Reps. Mace, Rice locked in tough races after defying Trump – East Bay Times

Reps. Mace, Rice locked in tough races after defying Trump – East Bay Times

By MEG KINNARD CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina Republicans who angered former President Donald Trump by not kowtowing to his wishes were locked in tough congressional primary elections on Tuesday against candidates he endorsed. Rep. Nancy Mace, who was critical of Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, was hovering near the 50% threshold needed to avert a runoff. Rep. Tom Rice, who was among the 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump, was trailing state Rep. Russell Fry in a race that was also in runoff territory. In Nevada, Democratic Rep. Dina Titus is being opposed…
Read More
Ravens reach injury settlement with DL Derek Wolfe after his second hip surgery in five months – The Mercury News

Ravens reach injury settlement with DL Derek Wolfe after his second hip surgery in five months – The Mercury News

The Ravens have reached an injury settlement with Derek Wolfe, coach John Harbaugh announced Tuesday, ending the defensive lineman’s tenure in Baltimore after just 14 games. Wolfe, who missed all of last season with hip and back injuries, announced Monday that he underwent his second hip surgery in five months. His $2 million salary this season was fully guaranteed, and he was set to count $3.8 million against the salary cap. It’s unclear how the Ravens’ injury settlement will affect his cap figure. After signing a three-year, $12 million contract extension in March 2021, Wolfe said he hoped to build…
Read More
Timely ‘Man of la Mancha’ emerges at SJ Playhouse

Timely ‘Man of la Mancha’ emerges at SJ Playhouse

The chain link fence and shimmery solar blankets dominate in San Jose Playhouse’s new production of “Man of La Mancha.” These items of detention center life, a reminder of horrific 21st-century human rights violations, meld the parallels of an old Spanish prison with the chilling cinder blocks of modern cruelty. The scenic choice works in some slick ways and pays dividends throughout the production. It’s a blatant reminder of a prison’s stifling quarters while making the case that art transcends the cold walls that attempt to suffocate dreams and desires. And while an opening pantomime is not as effective as…
Read More
Is California primary system keeping its promises?

Is California primary system keeping its promises?

If you need an example of just how befuddling California’s top-two primary system can be, consider the case of the $50,000 mailer sent to voters across 13 California counties in early June. The mailer’s message: In the crowded race for a state Senate district that sprawls from Modesto to Truckee to the Owens Valley, the only “Democratic choice” — the one with a “progressive agenda” — was local labor leader Tim Robertson, not school administrator Marie Alvarado-Gil. “We Trust Only Tim Robertson,” the mailer blared in large type. There’s nothing unusual about campaign material touting one Democratic candidate over another.…
Read More
Lucy Hale, plan your path

Lucy Hale, plan your path

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Lucy Hale, 33; Kevin McHale, 34; Diablo Cody, 44; Boy George, 61. Happy Birthday: Stabilize your life. Fewer risks will lead to security and ease stress. Plan your path carefully. You’ll discover what makes you happy once you take a minimalist approach to life. A change in circumstances is within reach, but you must begin the process. Take nothing for granted, and expect to do the work yourself. Your numbers are 3, 10, 19, 23, 33, 40, 44. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll gain momentum by focusing on what matters. Being well-informed will help you…
Read More
Andrew Wiggins’ massive Game 5 was a statement

Andrew Wiggins’ massive Game 5 was a statement

SAN FRANCISCO — Expectations versus reality. Sports and, indeed, life are terribly complicated affairs, but so often, the day-to-day and minute-to-minute of both can be defined by the constant battle between what we think will happen and what actually happens. Andrew Wiggins knows this battle all too well. Popular opinion declared that he was supposed to be the “Maple Jordan” — the first Canadian superstar in this league — and the kind of player that is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Did he personally set any of those expectations? No. They were bestowed upon…
Read More
Male dead, one arrested in fatal shooting

Male dead, one arrested in fatal shooting

HAYWARD — A person was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a male victim found near a school campus Monday, authorities said. In a statement, police said officers responded around 8:30 a.m. to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 27000 block of Whitman Street, close to Tennyson High School. When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Despite efforts from first responders, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not available from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s bureau Monday night. Police said a person was…
Read More
In Alameda County Supervisor race, Kaplan, Tam head for runoff

In Alameda County Supervisor race, Kaplan, Tam head for runoff

Votes are still being tallied, but in the race to become the District 3 representative on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, two leaders in the race are preparing for the November runoff. Oakland Vice Mayor and councilmember-at-large Rebecca Kaplan took the lead as of the latest vote count published Friday evening, with nearly 40% of the vote. But in order to clinch a June primary race, candidates must get at least 50%, so it’s likely that Kaplan will face off in November against the second-place candidate, former Alameda City Councilmember Lena Tam. Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan hosts a community forum…
Read More
With start of California fire season, debate rages over best ways to protect your home

With start of California fire season, debate rages over best ways to protect your home

Climate change, high temperatures and dry brush prompted Southern California fire chiefs to declare the early start of fire season on Thursday, June 9, warning homeowners to get ready for what could be an extended fire year. With that, the debate rages about what is the best way for hundreds of thousands of homeowners living near wildlands, hillsides, mountains and canyons to protect themselves and their property from increasingly ferocious wildfires that can burn hotter than usual and spread quicker. For decades, local and state firefighting agencies have emphasized creating a “defensible space” around homes by clearing away brush that…
Read More
Predicting the 2022-23 conference race

Predicting the 2022-23 conference race

The Hotline’s late-spring assessment of Pac-12 basketball rosters for the 2022-23 season confirmed our suspicion that the conference is positioned to improve on its showing from last season, when only three teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament. But the process also revealed potential trouble from within. The greatest threat to the top of the standings might come from those at the bottom. Just as quality wins bolster a team’s pursuit of the NCAAs, so do bad losses undermine that quest. It’s the prop-up/drag-down nature of the selection process. Given the ominous outlook for several teams — in particular, Cal and…
Read More
Chris Evans, set your sights high

Chris Evans, set your sights high

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Kat Dennings, 36; Chris Evans, 41; Tim Allen, 69; Stellan Skarsgard, 71. Tim Allen (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)  Happy Birthday: Be a participant and make a difference. Put your energy where it will do some good. A steady pace and good work ethic help you position yourself for success this year. Set your sights high, and face any challenge you encounter with a positive approach. Lean toward a simple, moderate lifestyle that lowers stress and builds confidence and satisfaction. Your numbers are 5, 18, 22, 28, 32, 35, 49. ARIES (March 21-April 19):…
Read More
Ravens inside linebackers coach Zach Orr embraces the challenge of teaching a job he once performed at the highest level – The Mercury News

Ravens inside linebackers coach Zach Orr embraces the challenge of teaching a job he once performed at the highest level – The Mercury News

The idea took plenty of getting used to. Zach Orr was 25 years old — strong, quick, less than a year removed from dragging 133 NFL ball carriers to the ground over a 15-game season. All that, and he could no longer call himself a player because of a congenital neck/spine condition that increased his risk of paralysis. The Ravens, and 31 other NFL teams, were unwilling to chance putting him in uniform for the 2017 season. He was no longer a linebacker. Instead, he was a coach. Five years later, this no longer sounds strange to Orr as it…
Read More
Photos from Mo Donegal holds off filly Nest to win Belmont Stakes in New York

Photos from Mo Donegal holds off filly Nest to win Belmont Stakes in New York

Mo Donegal and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. beat an eight-horse field without a clear favorite to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Triple Crown veteran Todd Pletcher had simple advice Saturday for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. before the Belmont Stakes. Mo Donegal pulled away down the home stretch and held off filly Nest to win the Belmont Stakes, giving Pletcher a 1-2 finish and his sixth Triple Crown victory, including four at this track on the outskirts of New York City. Rich Strike, a stunning Kentucky Derby winner at 80-to-1 odds, was sixth. Mo Donegal rounded the 1 1/2-mile distance in…
Read More
Milpitas community briefs for the week of June 17 – The Mercury News

Milpitas community briefs for the week of June 17 – The Mercury News

Nonprofit of the year Sunwork Renewable Energy Projects, a Milpitas-based nonprofit working to make the adoption of solar power more economically practical, was named Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 10 by State Sen. Bob Wieckowski. Sunwork was recognized at a June 8 ceremony at the state Capitol, one of more than 100 honorees selected by state legislators to be honored on California Nonprofits Day. “Climate change can seem overwhelming at times, but Sunwork’s mission clearly shows that each of us can do our part to increase access to solar power,” said Wieckowski. Sunwork installs solar electricity systems in…
Read More
In Jan. 6 cases, 1 judge stands out as the toughest punisher

In Jan. 6 cases, 1 judge stands out as the toughest punisher

By Michael Kunzelman and Alanna Durkin Richer | Associated Press An Ohio couple climbed through a broken window of the U.S. Capitol and livestreamed a video of themselves inside. A Texas mortgage broker posed for a selfie in front of rioters breaching the building. An Indiana hair salon owner celebrated on Facebook a day after she joined the pro-Donald Trump mob. Federal prosecutors did not seek prison time for any of them after they pleaded guilty to petty offenses for their actions on Jan. 6, 2021. The judge had other ideas. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan put them all behind…
Read More
Alleged leader of ‘vast network’ of Bay Area drug traffickers gets six years in federal prison

Alleged leader of ‘vast network’ of Bay Area drug traffickers gets six years in federal prison

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who prosecutors contend led a large drug trafficking ring across the Bay Area, providing housing in Oakland for street-level dealers who operated in San Francisco, was sentenced last week to six years in federal prison. The sentence for Andy Reanos-Moreno, 27, was exactly what the defense asked for, while prosecutors sought close to a decade behind bars for Reanos-Moreno, who was indicted last year as the lead defendant in a 14-person federal case. Reanos-Moreno pleaded guilty to drug trafficking earlier this year. Prosecutors contended that Reanos-Moreno became rich through the drug trade in his early…
Read More
Dave Franco, don’t shy away

Dave Franco, don’t shy away

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Dave Franco, 37; Eamonn Walker, 60; Timothy Busfield, 65; Sonia Manzano, 72. Happy Birthday: Take a cautious approach this year when dealing with joint ventures. Know what you are up against, and don’t shy away from going over and above the call of duty to ensure things unfold properly. Your discipline and hard work will keep you out of trouble and discourage others from taking advantage of you. Your numbers are 9, 13, 17, 21, 29, 35, 42. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t reveal personal information. Handle money, health and contractual matters so they suit…
Read More
UNLV’s Donovan Williams – The Mercury News

UNLV’s Donovan Williams – The Mercury News

The Orlando Magic, owners of the Nos. 1, 32 and 35 picks in the NBA draft, will have multiple chances to add to their roster on June 23. After kicking off a rebuild in March 2021, the Magic already have significant young talent. Orlando has nine players who were drafted in the first round since 2017 signed to contracts for the 2022-23 season. Nonetheless, the Magic have clear needs after finishing 2021-22 with a 22-60 record. As the roster stands, Orlando needs a 3-and-D wing/forward — with an emphasis on reliable 3-point shooting — who has good size and length…
Read More
Driver dies from crashing into front of Home Depot

Driver dies from crashing into front of Home Depot

SAN JOSE — A driver was killed Saturday after he crashed into the front of the Home Depot on Monterey Road, police said. The driver, identified only as an adult male, was the only occupant of his car. He drove into the front of the hardware store on the 2100 block of Monterey Road around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say they’re still investigating the cause of the crash. The driver was pronounced dead at a local hospital following the crash. Police have not released the man’s name, age, or city of residence. He was the 34th victim of traffic fatalities…
Read More
Oakland Students March for Their Lives in Nationwide Protest

Oakland Students March for Their Lives in Nationwide Protest

The weekend heat wave didn’t stop Coliseum College Prep Academy students from calling on the Oakland community to join them Saturday in a “March for Our Lives,” part of a nationwide movement for stricter gun laws sparked by outrage over several recent mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, an elementary school in Texas and a hospital in Oklahoma. Their inspiration? Local shootings in their own community, and resonance with the victims in the Uvalde, Texas, shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead at the hands of an 18-year-old mass shooter on May 24. On Saturday morning,…
Read More
Russia said to be using more deadly weapons in war

Russia said to be using more deadly weapons in war

By DAVID KEYTON and JOHN LEICESTER KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons able to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and fierce, prolonged fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, the U.K. Defense Ministry said. The Kh-22 missiles were primarily designed to destroy aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead. When used in ground attacks with conventional warheads, they “are highly inaccurate and therefore can cause severe collateral damage and casualties,” the…
Read More
Miami Marlins should meet on how to produce like Jazz Chisholm – The Mercury News

Miami Marlins should meet on how to produce like Jazz Chisholm – The Mercury News

Jazz Chisholm led off Friday’s game in Houston with a home run. He bunted on the first pitch Thursday and stole second. The Miami Marlins’ rising star has four home runs and nine runs-batted-in entering Saturday since a loud team meeting Tuesday that reportedly centered around him. If the point of that meeting was to get Chisholm out of a slump, mission accomplished. If it was rein in Chisholm’s personality as some reports have it, well, the Marlins’ official Twitter account switched on Friday night to a picture of Chisholm sticking out his tongue. How’s that for an answer on…
Read More
Possible WNBA Bay Area expansion comes with complicated choice

Possible WNBA Bay Area expansion comes with complicated choice

The WNBA is getting closer to expanding the league by two teams as soon as 2024, and there’s a very good chance the Bay Area will finally get its own WNBA team. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told The Athletic in a story published last week that the league hopes to have expansion cities identified this year, with the possibility of beginning play in 2024. But who would get the Bay Area’s team and where will it play? That’s where things get complicated. First, you have the Oakland-based African American Sports and Entertainment Group (AASEG), an organization of prominent local Black business…
Read More
What do they mean when they say I’m ‘fine’?

What do they mean when they say I’m ‘fine’?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am irked at the use of the phrase “you’re fine.” It seems to be used in the context of reassuring me that I haven’t done anything wrong, but often in a situation in which they have. For example, if someone is blocking the aisle in the grocery, and I politely say, “Excuse me,” they might move but respond with “You’re fine.” Or, when I explained to a customer that she would need her ID to renew her membership card, she said that she would need to go out to her car to get it. I reiterated…
Read More
What the Warriors are saying after Curry leads Dubs to Game 4 win

What the Warriors are saying after Curry leads Dubs to Game 4 win

With their backs firmly against the wall, the Warriors needed their hobbled superstar to carry them to a victory. And boy, did Stephen Curry ever deliver. Curry scored 43 points — and grabbed 10 rebounds, too — to help the Warriors come from behind to take Game 4 of the NBA Finals from the Boston Celtics, 107-97, and even the series at two games apiece. The win gives the Warriors another road victory in a postseason series, something they have done in each and every playoff series that Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have ever played in. It also…
Read More
Orioles activate prospect Heston Kjerstad, No. 2 draft pick in 2020, to make pro debut with Low-A Delmarva – The Mercury News

Orioles activate prospect Heston Kjerstad, No. 2 draft pick in 2020, to make pro debut with Low-A Delmarva – The Mercury News

Two years to the day after the Orioles selected him second overall in the 2020 draft, outfielder Heston Kjerstad will play in his first game for an affiliate Friday. After being activated from the injured list, Kjerstad is hitting third and playing designated hitter for Low-A Delmarva in his professional debut, completing the first step in his long-term goal. “Over that time, what I learned most is how much I want to play the game of baseball,” Kjerstad said Friday on a video conference call. “It really put a perspective on how much I love the game and how I…
Read More
Warriors should start Jonathan Kuminga in NBA Finals Game 4

Warriors should start Jonathan Kuminga in NBA Finals Game 4

BOSTON — The Celtics are young and long and athletic, and en route to a 2-1 lead in these NBA Finals, they have made the Warriors look downright old. The Warriors won Game 2 with old-man strength — that deftly-placed weight that catches a young, inexperienced team off guard. But the Celtics countered by beating down the Dubs in every possible way in Game 3. There have been moments — flashes of the Warriors matching Boston’s impressive ability to run and jump, but those moments have been too far between. There is an obvious move for the Warriors to make…
Read More
Here’s a list of open cooling centers

Here’s a list of open cooling centers

Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties made cooling centers available Friday as temperatures in the inland areas of the Bay Area were expected to rise into the upper 90s and 100s. The heat wave began Thursday and was expected to be at its hottest Friday. Temperatures were expected to be as hot as 104 degrees in Brentwood and over 100 in most Contra Costa County cities. The thermometer was expected to reach 99 in Hollister and Morgan Hill and 95 in San Jose. In Santa Clara County, libraries in Mountain View will remain open during regular business hours, and a…
Read More
California man charged with attempting to murder Supreme Court justice said he needed ‘psychiatric help’: 911 dispatch audio

California man charged with attempting to murder Supreme Court justice said he needed ‘psychiatric help’: 911 dispatch audio

By Holmes Lybrand | CNN The California man arrested near US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s home and charged with attempting or threatening to kidnap or murder a US judge said in calls he made to 911 before the arrest that he was thinking of killing himself and needed psychiatric help, according to audio recordings released by the Montgomery County Police Department. Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, called 911 twice in the early hours of Wednesday, telling the operator that he had a gun and other weapons in a bag and was having suicidal thoughts. “I need…
Read More
This person acts like my sneezes are frightening

This person acts like my sneezes are frightening

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have a slight case of allergies and occasionally let out a sudden sneeze, which I discreetly attempt to muffle. Those around me sometimes counter with “God bless you,” “Gesundheit” or the like, to which I give a polite nod. However, there is one person who will bolt upright with alarm whenever I sneeze and exclaim, “Well, excuse you!” or, “Why didn’t you give us some warning?!” making everyone stare at me further. Frankly, it’s an awkward situation and I’d rather not have any additional attention, particularly as I’m scurrying for a tissue. How should I respond?…
Read More