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The Mercury News (formerly San Jose Mercury News, often locally known as The Merc) is a morning daily newspaper published in San Jose, California, the largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is published by the Bay Area News Group, a subsidiary of Digital First Media. As of March 2013, it was the fifth largest daily newspaper in the United States, with a daily circulation of 611,194.Source
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California denies Santa Clara County’s expanded reopening plan; confusion grows on outdoor dining

California denies Santa Clara County’s expanded reopening plan; confusion grows on outdoor dining

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupA request to ease lockdown rules that would’ve allowed larger gatherings and more business reopenings in Santa Clara County has been denied by the state, a county official said.The request for a variance was made on July 2 and would’ve allowed all businesses to reopen except those considered high-risk that necessitate taking off a mask — such as smoking lounges and indoor bars — as well as mass gatherings such as theaters and music venues. Had the variance been approved, the county would’ve...

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Protesters march to Stanford University president’s house to demand campus police reform

Protesters march to Stanford University president’s house to demand campus police reform

Dozens of protesters marched to the house of the Stanford University President to demand a slew of policing reforms on campus. (Erin Woo, Bay Area News Group)Dozens of protesters marched to the Stanford University president’s house to demand he disarm the campus police force and redirect funding toward non-police crime prevention and financial aid, among other reforms.The protest, organized by a group called Abolish Stanford, started about 5 p.m. on the main quad on campus before marching to the home of University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Along the way, protesters chanted “Black...

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San Francisco man accused of defrauding investors of nearly $20 million

San Francisco man accused of defrauding investors of nearly $20 million

A San Francisco man has been charged in federal court with wire fraud after authorities said he took part in several investment schemes that netted him nearly $20 million in illegal money.Michael Rothenberg is accused of raising millions of dollars in Silicon Valley start-ups but taking fees that exceeded what agreements allowed, authorities said. He is alleged to have participated in several schemes spanning from 2013 to 2016, authorities said.The charges were announced Monday by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. In all, authorities said Rothenberg obtained $18.8...

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Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | By STEPHEN GROVES and DARLENE SUPERVILLEMOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”The president dug further into American divisions Friday, offering a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and...

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Goldberg: Trump’s re-election message is white grievance

Goldberg: Trump’s re-election message is white grievance

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | A lot of Republicans are acting puzzled about Donald Trump’s re-election pitch. “He has no message,” one Republican source told Reuters. “He needs to articulate why he wants a second term,” said another. Some have expressed hope that Trump would find a way to become less polarizing, as if polarization were not the raison d’être of his presidency.It’s hard to know if Republicans like this are truly naive or if they’re just pretending so they don’t have to admit what a foul enterprise they’re part of. Because Trump...

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Santa Clara school leaders quarantined after 45-person meeting, officials confirm

Santa Clara school leaders quarantined after 45-person meeting, officials confirm

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | and | | Bay Area News GroupTop educators in the Santa Clara Unified School District were quarantined after an attendee of a 45-person meeting tested positive for coronavirus, according to school officials, causing parents, teachers and administrators to question why so many people were asked to gather in a room amid the coronavirus pandemic.After principals and administrators met in late June to work on reopening plans for the fall, an educator was confirmed to have COVID-19, Superintendent Stella Kemp, who called...

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Bay Area hacker who infiltrated 6,000 accounts looking for private sexual content avoids jail

Bay Area hacker who infiltrated 6,000 accounts looking for private sexual content avoids jail

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupSAN JOSE — A former Yahoo! engineer who hacked 6,000 accounts on a hunt for private sexual videos and pictures was sentenced this week to five years probation, with a home confinement condition, months after pleading guilty to a federal offense.Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 35, of Tracy, is allowed to leave his home for “verified employment, medical needs and religious services,” according to the sentencing terms. He has also been ordered to pay nearly $125,000 in fines and restitution, court records...

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No social distancing planned for Trump Rushmore visit

No social distancing planned for Trump Rushmore visit

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy By Betsy Klein | CNNPresident Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will travel to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, on Friday for an early Fourth of July fireworks celebration and flyover, the first of its kind in more than a decade. The event will gather “thousands” together during a global pandemic with no social distancing, comes amid a national conversation on monuments with racist histories and also highlights local environmental issues.Trump has made significant efforts to downplay...

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Body found in Guadalupe River ID’d as San Jose teacher

Body found in Guadalupe River ID’d as San Jose teacher

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupSAN JOSE – A body found in the Guadalupe River north of downtown San Jose last week has been identified as that of 38-year-old Richard Johnson, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.San Jose police said the south of Hedding Street and Ruff Drive around 12:10 p.m. Friday. The coroner’s office was called to the scene and took over the investigation.The coroner’s office on Monday said it could not release any additional information about the case.Johnson worked as a...

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Stanford: Students given return date, but warned of ‘fundamentally changed’ experience

Stanford: Students given return date, but warned of ‘fundamentally changed’ experience

People walk through the main quad at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group)Stanford University officials have released their long-awaited plan for reopening the campus to undergraduates, announcing plans for limited student housing and largely online classes while warning in an email to students that the upcoming changes will “fundamentally change the student experience.”If health conditions permit, freshmen and sophomores will be able to return to campus starting this year in fall and summer quarters, and juniors and...

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Mountain View tech firm to go ‘remote-first’ after lessons learned from coronavirus pandemic

Mountain View tech firm to go ‘remote-first’ after lessons learned from coronavirus pandemic

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Silicon Valley CEO Adam D’Angelo believed remote workforces were for “weird outliers,” not prominent technology firms.Now D’Angelo, head of Q&A website company Quora, is taking the Mountain View firm “remote first.”“We’re not aiming to recreate the same experience we had when we were all in the same building together — we’re looking to create something much better,” the company said in a job posting for a “Head of Remote” who will guide the transition. “We want our remote-first culture to be a significant competitive advantage when it comes to recruiting,...

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San Jose man exonerated after 17 years behind bars sues for wrongful conviction

San Jose man exonerated after 17 years behind bars sues for wrongful conviction

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | | Bay Area News GroupSAN JOSE — Lionel Rubalcava has spent the past year making up for a lot of lost time. Seventeen years, to be exact: The period he spent jailed or imprisoned until for a shooting he was miles away from.He has worked to reconnect with his family, including his adult son, who became a man while Rubalcava was behind bars. He has worked to rebuild his life, buoyed by a job with a concrete company.He’s now setting his sights on getting something back, and leveraging his experience to...

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Contra Costa: Bay Area rapper Young Curt dies in rollover car crash

Contra Costa: Bay Area rapper Young Curt dies in rollover car crash

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupRest In Peace Young Curt, a pillar in the Bay Area rap scene… Sending our condolences to his loved ones 🖤🙏— EMPIRE (@EMPIRE)A prominent Bay Area rap artist died early Monday after his vehicle rolled over on a highway in east Contra Costa County, authorities said.The man — 27-year-old Curtis Denton, of Antioch, also known by the recording name “Young Curt” — was speeding on Byron Highway south of Brentwood when he apparently lost control of his car on a bend, according to California Highway...

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On this date, 1993: Warriors get Chris Webber in NBA Draft night trade

On this date, 1993: Warriors get Chris Webber in NBA Draft night trade

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy |(This story was originally published in 1993)The Warriors made a big, bold move in Wednesday’s draft to get the big, bold player who could make them an NBA title contender.In a stunning, last-minute maneuver, Coach Don Nelson traded the No. 3 pick, Memphis State guard Anfernee Hardaway, and three future first-round picks to Orlando for the rights to the No. 1 pick, 6-foot-9 Chris Webber, whose ferocious inside play led Michigan to the past two NCAA finals.Philadelphia took 7-6 Shawn Bradley of Brigham Young with the...

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Man convicted of stealing high tech trade secrets from San Jose company for China

Man convicted of stealing high tech trade secrets from San Jose company for China

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has convicted a Chinese national of economic espionage, stealing trade secrets and engaging in a conspiracy for the benefit of his country’s government.U.S. District Judge Edward Davila found Hao Zhang, 41, guilty of the three counts Friday after a four-day trial.The decision comes five years after Zhang was indicted on charges of conspiring to steal technology from two companies shortly after graduating from the University of Southern California. The trade secrets were...

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Galvanized by coronavirus fears, California lawmakers push bills on homelessness

Galvanized by coronavirus fears, California lawmakers push bills on homelessness

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupWith millions of Californians out of work, and experts worried huge numbers could lose their housing as a result of the pandemic, state lawmakers are focusing on the homelessness crisis with new fervor.Legislators are attempting to push through a wide range of bills this year aimed at helping those on the streets or on the brink — an effort with particular significance in the Bay Area, where high rents and inadequate housing contributed to staggering homelessness numbers even before COVID-19...

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The Latest: Saliva test used to test for virus in Australia

The Latest: Saliva test used to test for virus in Australia

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | By The Associated PressMELBOURNE, Australia — Health authorities are using what they describe as a world-first saliva test for coronavirus in Australia’s second-largest city where the disease is spreading at an alarming rate.Officials say 49 people tested positive to COVID-19 in Melbourne on Sunday and only four cases were detected elsewhere in Australia.Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday the saliva test was being rolled out in Victoria state, where...

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Southern California hospitals gearing up for surge in coronavirus cases

Southern California hospitals gearing up for surge in coronavirus cases

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy and | Southern California News GroupLarge hospital systems in Southern California are preparing to create more space for patients as cases continue to surge in the region and across the state.One ER physician said hospital CEOs “are getting anxious” about the capacity of their facilities to handle the influx, and some are developing staged plans to ensure they can.From Riverside and San Bernardino counties to Los Angeles and Orange counties, the numbers of patients infected with COVID-19 have been climbing...

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San Jose lowriders bring coronavirus relief to Gilroy farmworkers

San Jose lowriders bring coronavirus relief to Gilroy farmworkers

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | | Bay Area News Group if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Dozens of lowriders in Chevrolet Bel Airs and El Caminos and Plymouth convertibles led a car caravan from San Jose to Gilroy to deliver food, masks and other household goods to farmworkers in Gilroy on Saturday morning.The caravan, joined by cars decorated with signs thanking agricultural workers, wove through orchards and fields growing corn, onions and Gilroy’s famed garlic. For the lowriders, part of a rich...

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Front-yard swastika display angers El Sobrante residents again

Front-yard swastika display angers El Sobrante residents again

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupIt’s beginning to feel a bit like deja vu for El Sobrante residents who say they are in no mood for hate symbols in their neighborhood.But Steven Johnson’s creation — a stone garden in the shape of a Nazi swastika — is back to being displayed prominently in the front yard of his home on Lindell Drive. Now, barely a year after neighbors organized to call for Johnson to remove the concrete swastika, they’re doing so again.“I don’t think it’s ever not been offensive,” area resident Charles Erdmann...

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Photos: 100 days of shuttered, lonely SF bars in coronavirus era

Photos: 100 days of shuttered, lonely SF bars in coronavirus era

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- APRIL 9: The cocktails at the Ha-Ra Club in San Francisco, Calif., are boarded up and padlocked on Thursday, April 9, 2020, Day 25 of the COVID-19 shutdown. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)Text and photos by Karl Mondon/Bay Area News GroupEver since shelter-in-place orders were issued in San Francisco on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the High Holiday of the Bruised Liver, I’ve been hitting the bars pretty hard lately.if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Yes, watering holes in the City by the Bay have been padlocked and boarded for more...

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San Jose police officers’ racist Facebook posts exposed by blogger

San Jose police officers’ racist Facebook posts exposed by blogger

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | and | | Bay Area News GroupA series of bigoted and anti-Muslim Facebook posts linked to a group of retired and active San Jose Police Department officers has been met with swift rebukes from officials and civil-rights advocates, including calls for their firings and a top-down review of cases where they testified in court.The private group – called 10-7ODSJ, a reference to the police code for “off duty” – was the subject of posted Friday to Medium, an online platform. The author, identified only as the partner of a...

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California DMV reopening behind-the-wheel testing Friday after COVID-19 shutdown

California DMV reopening behind-the-wheel testing Friday after COVID-19 shutdown

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupA rite of passage for many California teens is returning at the end of this week.California’s Department of Motor Vehicles was planning to work through its backlog of behind-the-wheel driver’s license tests beginning Friday.In March, the department and canceled all appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some offices were reopened in May and the rest earlier this month, but behind-the-wheel testing has not been part of the equation since mid-March.First-time drivers and those seeking...

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Portland train killer sentenced after outburst in court: ‘I should have killed you!’

Portland train killer sentenced after outburst in court: ‘I should have killed you!’

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | PORTLAND, ORE. (AP) — Jeremy Christian, convicted of a double murder on a Portland light-rail train, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without possibility of parole.The sentencing by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Cheryl Albrecht occurred a day after Christian jumped to his feet in court and told a survivor he regretted not killing her.Christian, 38, was found guilty in February on 12 counts, including the stabbing murders of train passengers Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, on...

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Oakland school district to eliminate its police force

Oakland school district to eliminate its police force

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Bay Area News GroupOAKLAND — After having police on campus for more than six decades, and in response to a national outcry for reform, Oakland schools will no longer have their own force after the board voted to eliminate the department.In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the board passed the “George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate Oakland Schools Police Department.” The annual $2.5 million spent on the 10 total sworn officers and police administrators is instead expected to be redirected toward other student support...

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