Privacy advocates demand rules for mobile providers on data use

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 08:00

The top 15 mobile service carriers have revealed a huge variation within the industry’s data retention and consumer privacy protocols. Privacy advocates want that to change.
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California Narrowly Averts an Electricity Crisis Amid Scorching Heat

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:53
Temperature and energy use records shattered on Tuesday as power grid officials begged homeowners to turn down their air-conditioning.
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50 years of Comic-Con lore is revealed in massive oral history ‘See You at San Diego’

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:36

Mathew Klickstein had a dream: To publish an oral history of San Diego Comic-Con that preserved the collective memory of the event.

Klickstein interviewed dozens of people who’d been part of Comic-Con over its half-century as a hub of pop culture fandoms. He talked to its cofounders and interviewed artists and writers, actors and filmmakers.

And when he was ready to send it to publishers, well, the world turned upside down. The pandemic, which kept San Diego Comic-Con from taking place in person for three years, also prompted Klickstein to transform his 70-plus hours of interviews into a Sirius XM podcast.

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    “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture” is Mathew Klickstein’s new book. (Photo courtesy of Fantagraphics Books)

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    “Batman” co-creator Bob Kane at San Diego Comic-Con in 1978 in a photo included in “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,” by Mathew Klickstein. (Photo from Clay Geerdes Collection, courtesy of Dave Miller and Fantagraphics Books)

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    Fans attend San Diego Comic-Con in costume in 1982 in this photo included in “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,” by Mathew Klickstein. (Photo from Alan Light Collection, courtesy of Fantagraphics Books)

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    Brothers Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez, creators of the alternative comic “Love and Rockets,” are seen here in a photo included in “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,” by Mathew Klickstein. (Photo from Clay Geerdes Collection, courtesy of Dave Miller and Fantagraphics Books)

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    Cartoonists Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Katz, and Sergio Aragones are seen here Berkeley Con in 1976 in a photo included in “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,” by Mathew Klickstein. (Photo from Clay Geerdes Collection, courtesy of Dave Miller and Fantagraphics Books)

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    Comic book legend Jack Kirby, second from left, is seen with Barry Alfonso, a co-founder of San Diego Comic-Con, right at Kirby’s home in 1975 in a photo included in “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,” by Mathew Klickstein. (Photo courtesy of Barry Alfonso and Fantagraphics Books)

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    Cartoonist Gilbert Shelton signs his comic books at a San San Francisco area Comic Con in the early ’80s in a photo included in “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,” by Mathew Klickstein. (Photo from Clay Geerdes Collection, courtesy of Dave Miller and Fantagraphics Books)

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    A Women In Comics panel in 1982 is depicted in this photo included in “See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,” by Mathew Klickstein. (Photo courtesy of Alan Light Collection and Fantagraphics Books)

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“Comic-Con Begins: Origin Stories of the San Diego Comic-Con and the Rise of Modern Fandom” arrived in July 2021 to accompany the return of Comic-Con@Home, the virtual Con created during the pandemic pause.

And that might have been that, except Klickstein refused to let it be.

“See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture” arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, Sept. 6. It’s an impressive volume from Fantagraphics Books, the publisher of alternative comics, collections of classic comic strips, graphic novels, and more.

It makes Klickstein emotional as he recalls the first time he held a physical copy in his hands.

“I’m tearing up right now thinking about it,” he says. “This has been such an important part of my life for the last three years. And they were three exceptionally tumultuous years. Like a lot of people, I lost people during the pandemic. Like, a lot of people, I went through some really frightening moments personally, professionally, economically.

“One of the things that kept me going and revivified me through all this was working on telling the story of how Comic-Con happened,” Klickstein says. “And how geek culture both supported it before, during and after, and was supported by it in the last decade or two.”

“It’s quite a doorstop,” he says of the 475-page book, which weighs three-and-a-half pounds and includes more than 400 photographs. “It’s something hopefully beyond its size and scope that will hit folks pretty hard.”

Bookmaking

Though the podcast was about seven hours long, Klickstein had recorded 70 hours of interviews and estimates that 90 percent of that material is included in “See You at San Diego.”

“In a lot of ways, it’s an extended director’s cut of the podcast,” he says. “And then the added bonus was all of the photos and art. That’s what the book is.”

Fantagraphics designer Jonathan Barli took Klickstein’s text, photos and art and shaped into a fun, creative package. If you turn the book sideways and riffle the pages it looks as if you’re flipping through manila file folders with the chapter titles on the tabs.

Unlike the podcast, where those speaking weren’t always identified, here they are identified by name and job or title – “Scott Shaw, co-founder,” “Barry Alfonso, co-founder/publicity director” – with longer bios in the back of the book.

And the photographs and art Klickstein gathered provide mostly never-before-seen images of Comic-Con throughout its history, with an emphasis on the lesser-known earlier years.

“I worked very hard on the photos and art that I acquired, how I curated it, where we put everything,” Klickstein says. “Just like the book itself, I didn’t want it to be a straightforward generic start to finish. I wanted it to feel like a comic convention itself.”

That means there might be a black and white photo from the pre-history of the Con alongside a more modern color photograph, he says. The images should work together because of the linkages in the accompanying narrative.

“It’s a lot of what the convention and the culture itself is about,” Klickstein says. “Where you can have ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek,’ and comic books and ‘Twilight’ and the ‘Twilight Zone,’ and everything is happening around you all at once.”

Telling their stories

For Klickstein, a lot of the urgency he felt in finishing the book and getting it published was to capture the history of San Diego Comic-Con while as many of its early founders, guests and fans are still alive to share their stories and photographs.

“The most valuable asset I had through this entire process, since Day 1, was the relationships I established with everybody,” he says of the way he won the trust of his sources.

Wendy All, an early committee member and well-known artist, illustrator, writer and toy designer, was the first of those to embrace Klickstein’s vision and offer him entry into her network of Comic-Con friends and colleagues.

“She’s my first acknowledgment, even before my parents and my wife,” he says. “There’s no question that none of this would have happened for me without Wendy All. Wendy was my liaison, telling me who to talk to and connecting me with them. Saying, ‘This is the guy we’ve been waiting for.’

“It’s great talking to these people and to share that joy, what it truly means to be a geek, a nerd, a fan,” Klickstein says. “And give the people who really helped make it happen that showcase they deserve.

“Everyone knows who Kevin Smith is – and Neil Gaiman,” he says of two big-name creators who are part of the oral history. “But not everyone might know who Scott Shaw is or Bjo Trimble or some of the others.”

It was that thought, Klickstein says, that guided him throughout the project.

“I really wanted this to be their story,” he says. “And I’m so incredibly proud of, not only the book, but all the many people who helped to make it happen.”

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Pac-12 picks of the week: Four huge underdogs, three Power Five duels highlight Week Two

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:35

If the opening weekend of the 2022 season provided the Pac-12 with high-profile opportunities on big stages — opportunities since wasted — then Week Two is something entirely different.

It’s the nothing-to-lose weekend.

The Pac-12 has six non-conference matchups with Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, including showdowns with the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC.

The conference is a double-digit underdog in four of the six and a one-point favorite in a fifth — a state-of-play that’s  remarkable but wholly justified based on the matchups, locations and recent performance. (The Pac-12 was 0-3 against Power Five opponents last week and 0-3 in bowl games last season.)

Arizona State and Washington State are substantial underdogs on the road against ranked opponents (Oklahoma State and Wisconsin), respectively.

Meanwhile, Arizona is a double-digit dog, at home, against Mississippi State. (The betting public doesn’t think much of the Wildcats’ victorious opener at San Diego State.)

So gloomy is the outlook for the conference that Colorado is a 17.5-point dog against a Mountain West opponent (Air Force).

Given all that, we wouldn’t be surprised if the lone conference game of the week, USC’s trip to Stanford, somehow ended with two losses for the Pac-12.

With so many big underdogs, there’s little to lose.

To the picks …

Last week: 3-5
Season: 3-5
Five-star special: 1-0

Spreads taken from vegasinsider.com using lines listed for BetMGM
Game total in parenthesis

All times Pacific

*** Not included (FCS opponents): Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington

Washington State at No. 19 Wisconsin
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. on FOX
Line: WSU +17.5 (total: 49.5)
Comment: The Badgers will be content to grind, as always. We expect a close game for three quarters, but will WSU’s defensive front hold up in the fourth? Not without more help than we expect from Cam Ward and the offense.
Pick: Wisconsin -17.5

Colorado at Air Force
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. on CBS
Line: Colorado +17.5 (total: 48.5)
Comment: Which is worse: Losing by 25 points at home to TCU or being a 17.5-point underdog at Air Force? The correct answer, of course, is losing by more than 17.5 at Air Force. But we don’t think that will happen. Get ready for the JT Shrout show.
Pick: Colorado +17.5

Cal vs. UNLV
Kickoff: 1 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks
Line: Cal -13.5 (total: 48.5)
Comment: The last time UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo matched wits against Justin Wilcox, in 2019, the former was calling plays for Oregon and had a quarterback named Justin Herbert. And the Ducks managed all of 17 points.
Pick: Cal -13.5

No. 10 USC at Stanford
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. on ABC
Line: USC -9.5 (total: 67.5)
Comment: The coaching advantage Stanford enjoyed for so many years in this rivalry no longer exists. Now, it’s all about the talent. The Cardinal has enough on offense to keep pace but not enough on defense to close the deal. Stanford covers; USC wins.
Pick: Stanford +9.5

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Arizona State at No. 11 Oklahoma State
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Line: ASU +11.5 (total: 57.5)
Comment: We expect the Sun Devils to benefit immensely from quarterback Emory Jones’ experience in SEC road games. However, the Cowboys have too much of everything and should be in control early in the fourth quarter. Future intra-conference matchup?
Pick: Oklahoma State

Oregon State at Fresno State
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
Line: OSU -1 (total: 61.5)
Comment: The Beavers play USC, Stanford, Utah, Washington and Oregon in coming weeks but will face no better quarterback than FSU’s Jake Haener. If they contain the Bulldogs, it bodes well for the rest of the year. Very, very well.
Pick: Oregon State

Mississippi State at Arizona
Kickoff: 8 p.m. on FS1
Line: Arizona +10.5 (total: 59.5)
Comment: Bulldogs coach Mike Leach is no stranger to night games in Tucson and will have a smart plan of attack for the improved Wildcats defense. Should be one of the best games of the day and worthy of the #Pac12AfterDark attention.
Pick: Arizona +10.5

Straight-up winners: Wisconsin, Air Force, Cal, USC, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Mississippi State

Five-star special: Arizona +10.5. It will take weeks for the point spreads to adjust to Arizona’s improvement. During that time, there’s money to be made, folks.

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Campbell crime report for the week of Sept. 16

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:32
Aug. 29

700 block of East Campbell Avenue: Someone cashed two forged checks.

7:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Beverly Court: A man told his caretaker that someone entered his house and hit him.

Overnight in the 800 block of Gale Drive: The front license plate was stolen off a car.

2:49 p.m. in the 40 block of Superior Drive: The victim was scammed out of money.

7:23 p.m. in the 400 block of Vandell Way: A man, 57, was called in as suspicious. He was under the influence and had a pipe and burglary tools in his car.

9:08 p.m. at Campbell Avenue and First Street: A man, 56, called 911 several times without having an emergency. He was found to be too intoxicated to care for himself, and he had a dagger in his possession.

2:38 a.m. in the 1200 block of West Campbell Avenue:  A woman, 54, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. (S) is a convicted felon who was in possession of a taser and she had glass smoking pipes.

3:57 a.m. at Hamilton Avenue and Dunster Drive: A man, 19, was stopped for a vehicle code violation and found to be DUI on drugs.

4:59 a.m. in the 300 block of East Campbell Avenue: Someone used a sledge hammer to break the front door. The suspects fled.

Aug. 30

9:48 a.m. at East Campbell and Gilman avenues: A driver, 41, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. The driver provided a fake ID and was in possession of a fake Social Security card.

10:51 a.m. in  the 500 block of West Hamilton Avenue: A man, 56, got into an argument with an employee. The man used slurs when referring to the victim and challenged her to a fight. The man was located and cited.

3:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of South Bascom Avenue: Officers responded to a parking complaint on an RV and found that the 1992 Holiday Rambler RV was reported stolen out of Santa Cruz in May. Two suspects were located inside and initially taken into custody. Following in investigation, One was in possession of the unsigned title and had texts and documentation to show she purchased the vehicle.

5:04 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Bascom Avenue: During a disagreement about ownership of some jewelry, the suspect grabbed it from the victim then fled, scratching the victim in the process.

Overnight in the 3600 block of South Bascom Avenue: The catalytic converter was stolen off a 2005 Honda.

10:25 p.m. at East Hamilton Avenue and Winchester Boulevard: A man, 67, was stopped for a vehicle code violation, and a glass smoking pipe was located in his car.

11:03 p.m. in the 00 block of North San Tomas Aquino Road: A man, 33, was contacted in a car, and a glass smoking pipe was located on him.

11:37 p.m. at Curtner and Camden avenues: A man, 26, was located in his vehicle and found to be DUI.

1100 block of Capri Drive: A tattoo machine and a box of crystals were stolen from a vehicle.

1000 block of Virginia Avenue: A turquoise Specialized Sirrus 3.0 and a black Specialized Sirrus 1.0 were stolen from the side yard of a home under renovation.

Aug. 31

7:55 a.m. in the 1500 block of More Avenue: A man, 35, was reported as drinking beer on campus and threatening students by pretending his finger was a gun. He attempted to walk away from officers and was restrained. The man provided a false name to conceal his formal probation status. He was found to be under the influence and in possession of a meth pipe.

11:32 a.m. in the 00 block of East Campbell Avenue: Mail was stolen from a post office box.

Overnight in the 700 block of Nido Drive: Someone jumped a fence and stole a white 1994 Honda Prelude.

7:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Beta Court: During an argument, the suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone out of her hand, preventing her from calling 911.

2:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of South Bascom Avenue: A man, 31, was stopped for a vehicle code violation on his bike. He lied about his name to conceal a warrant, and had a meth pipe and a window punch.

4:36 a.m. at Bascom Avenue and Drivey Creek Road: A woman, 52, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. She would not get out of the car when officers ordered her to do so. She finally complied and during a search, meth and a glass pipe were located.

Sept. 1

Overnight in the 1000 block of Ravenscourt Avenue: Someone stole the catalytic convertor from a Toyota Prius.

11:43 a.m. in the 100 block of Railway Avenue: A man, 42, was stopped for a vehicle code violation and found to be DUI. He was also in possession of false IDs.

9:53 p.m. at West Hamilton Avenue and Darryl Drive: A driver, 32, was stopped for a vehicle code violation and was found to be driving while under the influence of alcohol.

12:21 a.m. at South Winchester Boulevard and East Hamilton Avenue: a man, 51, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. He had a misdemeanor warrant.

12:32 a.m. at Camden and Curtner avenues: Four suspect were stopped for a vehicle code violation. A man, 28, lied about his name twice, was found to have 12 felony and misdemeanor warrants and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. A woman, 40, was out on parole, had a felony warrant for parole violation and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Another woman, 34, had a felony warrant for probation violation and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. A third woman, 55, was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sept. 2

Overnight in the 1100 block of El Solyo Avenue: Someone forced entry into a vehicle.

Overnight in the 1600 block of Bucknall Road: Someone stole the catalytic convertor from a car.

6:25 p.m. in the 1500 block of West Campbell Avenue: Someone entered a business and stole merchandise.

12:48 p.m. in the 500 block of West Hamilton Avenue: A woman, 50, got into an argument at a business. She was found to be too intoxicated to care for herself and was arrested.

12:48 p.m. in the 500 block of West Hamilton Avenue: A man, 26, burglarized two vehicles while walking through the plaza parking lot. He punched one of the victims when he was confronted with the theft. He was contacted by officers but did not comply with their commands. He was arrested and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine, and was under the influence of a controlled substance.

8:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Dell Avenue: A man, 36, was found to be under the influence of a stimulant. In booking, the man spit on officers several times.

9:24 p.m. in the 700 block of West Valley Drive: During an argument, the a man, 52, put his shoulder into the victim and kicked her. He threatened to hurt the victim, who feared for her life.

10:26 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Bascom Avenue: Someone was causing a disturbance at a business. The suspect was found to be under the influence of a stimulant and in possession of methamphetamine.

1:40 a.m. in the 1800 block of South Bascom Avenue: A man, 40, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. He was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

3:10 a.m. at East Campbell and North Central avenues: A man, 35, was vomiting on the street and was found to be too intoxicated to care for himself.

Sept. 3

6:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Bascom Avenue: Someone smashed a window at a business and made entry.

7:01 a.m. in the 800 block of East Hamilton Avenue: Officers located a white 2005 Dodge pick-up in the parking lot. A woman, 53, possessed the vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Oakland in June. The woman falsely identified herself as her friend but was later found to have a prior conviction for auto theft. She possessed several identifications not belonging to her, as well as methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

7:01 a.m. in the 800 block of East Hamilton Avenue: A man, 41, was contacted during a vehicle theft investigation. He was in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

9:29 a.m. in the 1500 block of Theresa Avenue: During an argument, a woman, 42, was located and arrested for vandalism.

10:46 a.m. in the 1100 block of Bucknam Avenue: Someone opened several accounts in the victim’s name.

12:35 p.m. at East Hamilton and Salmar avenues: A man, 63, was involved in a collision and fled. He was located on Pamlar Avenue and found to be DUI.

10:04 p.m. in the 100 block of Curtner Avenue: A man, 31, was refusing to leave the parking lot. He was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

12:34 a.m. at East Hamilton Avenue and Creekside Way: Two men were causing a disturbance. One was found to be under the influence of a stimulant and in possession of methamphetamine. The other had two misdemeanor warrants.

1:53 a.m. in the 1800 block of South Bascom Avenue: A man, 35, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. The man was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sept. 4

Overnight in the 500 block of West Hamilton Avenue: An unattended suitcase containing clothing and cash was stolen.

3:18 p.m. at Forman Drive and McGlincey Lane: A stolen 2005 Chevrolet 1500 pickup was located. The vehicle was stripped of all drivetrain components, hood, tailgate and license plates. It was reported stolen out of San Jose on Aug. 28.

1700 block of South Bascom Avenue: A gray 2000 Chevrolet Suburban was stolen from a secure garage.

7:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Bascom Avenue: A man, 36, was stopped for crossing the street on a red, and had a parole warrant for his arrest.

Overnight in the 00 block of Heritage Village: Someone tried to steal a white Ford F150.

10:37 p.m. at Camden Avenue and Winchester Boulevard: A man, 35, was called in as weaving, then driving the wrong way on San Tomas Expressway. Officers stopped him and found his son and wife in the car with him.

11:54 p.m. at Hamilton Avenue and Birch Street: A man, 20, was stopped for a vehicle code violation and found to be DUI.

1:39 a.m. in the 100 block of Calado Avenue: Three suspects jumped the fence to a swim club. A meth pipe was located near a man, 41, and a woman, 34, was in the shower.

2:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Virginia Avenue: Someone took mail from a mailbox and fled on an e-scooter.

5:36 a.m. at Esther and Latimer avenues: Two suspects were stopped for a vehicle code violation. One is on probation, and catalytic converters were located in the trunk along with a floor jack and Sawzalls. One was under the influence, and the other had meth.

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China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Bind: No Easy Way Out Despite the Cost

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:30
From vaccines to propaganda, Beijing has prioritized politics over science, creating conditions that make it difficult for China to join other countries in adapting to life with the coronavirus.
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In Voter Fraud, Penalties Often Depend on Who’s Voting

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:24
Cases in Florida and a survey of prosecutions nationally indicate that despite the furor over voter fraud, prosecutions remain exceedingly rare and penalties vary wildly.
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Suspect in deadly Canada stabbings has long criminal record

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:15

By ROB GILLIES and ROBERT BUMSTED

JAMES SMITH CREE NATION, Saskatchewan (AP) — As a Canadian Indigenous community comes to grips with a deadly stabbing rampage by two of its own, many blamed rampant drug and alcohol use that they linked to government failures — and others asked why the chief suspect had been recently freed from prison despite a long history of violence.

Myles Sanderson, has 59 criminal convictions, according to parole documents. He’d been serving a sentence of four years and four months on charges that included assault with a weapon, assault on a peace officer and robbery when he was released.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said he’s been told by the parole board there will be an investigation into its assessment of Myles Sanderson, who remained a fugitive and the subject of a large-scale manhunt on Wednesday.

“I want the know the reasons behind the decision” to release him, he said. “I’m extremely concerned with what occurred here.”

Many of his past crimes happened when he was intoxicated, and he told parole officials substance use made him out of his mind. He had been sought for a parole violation since May.

“The drug problem and the alcohol problem on these reserves is way out of hand,” said Ivor Wayne Burns, whose sister was killed in the weekend attacks. “We have dead people and we asked before for something to be done.”

Sanderson, 32, and his brother Damien, are accused of killing 10 people and wounding 18 others in the attacks that spread across the rural reserve and into the nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan. Damien’s body was found Monday near the attacks, and police were investigating whether his brother killed him.

The Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service said Wednesday that nine of those killed were from James Smith Cree Nation: Thomas Burns, 23; Carol Burns, 46; Gregory Burns, 28; Lydia Gloria Burns, 61; Bonnie Burns, 48; Earl Burns, 66; Lana Head, 49; Christian Head, 54, and Robert Sanderson, 49, One was from Weldon, 78-year Wesley Patterson.

The coroner’s service and police said they will not identify or confirm any of the relationships of the individuals identified.

The reserve, population of about 1,900, gets its name from a chief who signed an agreement over lands with the Canadian Crown and other tribes in 1876, according to its website. More tribal members live off the reserve, for about 3,400 members total.

Like many Canadian Indigenous communities, it has been scarred by a dark history.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 native children in Canada were ripped from their families and placed in government-funded Christian residential boarding schools. The aim was to Christianize and assimilate them into mainstream society, which previous Canadian governments considered superior.

Indigenous leaders blame the legacy of abuse and isolation at those schools as a root cause of the epidemic rates of alcohol and drug addiction now on Canadian reservations.

“This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we demand all authorities to take direction from the chiefs and councils and their membership to create safer and healthier communities for our people,” said Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

The parole board cited the intergenerational impacts of residential schools, saying it may have contributed to Myles Sanderson’s criminal past. It wasn’t clear, though, whether the brothers or family members attended the schools.

Myles Sanderson’s childhood was marked by violence, neglect and substance abuse and led to a “cycle of substance abuse, seeking out negative peers and violent behavior,” the parole documents said. He lived between his father’s home in a city and grandparents’ house on a reserve. There was violence and abuse in both households, it said.

Sanderson started drinking and smoking marijuana at around age 12 to cope with problems, the document said. Cocaine followed soon after.

Parole documents said he barged into his ex-girlfriend’s home in July 2017 while she was with friends, punched a hole in the door of a bathroom while his two children were hiding in a bathtub and threw a cement block at a vehicle parked outside.

He got into a fight a few days later at a store, threatening to kill an employee and burn down his parent’s home, documents said.

That November he threatened an accomplice into robbing a fast food restaurant by hitting him in the head with a firearm and stomping on his head. He then stood watch during the robbery.

In April 2018, he stabbed two men with a fork while drinking and beat someone unconscious.

He got into trouble twice while in prison for having contraband before he was let out in August 2021 on statutory release. But he got into trouble that year and had his release changed for failing to be honest with his parole supervisor about continuing what he acknowledged was a “rocky” relationship with his common-law spouse.

Myles Sanderson said his childhood “normalized substance abuse and violence.”

But he said he’d “stayed sober, found employment assisting an Elder, arranged for a therapist to deal with domestic violence and other issues.” And in February, the board allowed him out of prison, while adding conditions to limit and monitor contact with his spouse and children.

Parole documents also stated he should not enter into relationships — either intimate or non-sexual — with women unless he had prior written permission from his parole officer.

“It is the Board’s opinion that you will not present an undue risk to society if released on statutory release,” parole documents said.

But officials say he violated parole, and in May, a Crime Stoppers bulletin was issued for Sanderson, warning he was unlawfully at large.

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Sharna Sugarman, who was organizing a GoFundMe for the victims, questioned the parole board for releasing him and why Sanderson was still on the loose so many months after he was deemed “unlawfully at large.”

“That’s just egregious to me,” said Sugarman, a counselor who worked in the community in 2010 and 2011 and counted one of the stabbing victims — Gloria Lydia Burns — as a client. “If they claim that they’ve been looking for him, well you weren’t looking that hard.”

Mendicino, Canada’s public safety minister, said he wants “to know if any mistakes were made during the (parole) process.”

“It has to be an independent review,” he said.

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AP writer Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City contributed to this report.

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Kent teachers strike could end soon as union reaches tentative deal

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:15

After eight days of missed classes due to the Kent School District strike, the Kent Education Association said it had reached a tentative agreement with the district early Wednesday. “There will be no picketing this morning but afternoon community events can still take place,” the teachers union posted on its Facebook page. The school year for […]
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If icy housing market isn’t a 2008 replay, then what is it?

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:11

“This is NOT 2008,” say many high-profile real estate gurus of the current homebuying slowdown.

You do remember 2008? Barack Obama was elected president. Swimmer Michael Phelps captured Olympic fame. The No. 1 movie was a Batman tale, “The Dark Knight.”

Oh, and global financial markets imploded after risky mortgages went belly up. The Great Recession ensued. Home prices crashed.

Well, 2022’s soaring mortgage rates and growing economic worries produced stunning drops in housing’s purchasing pace this summer. Sales are indeed as slow as the meltdown of the mid-2000s.

Yet price indexes have yet to show significant weakness amid this year’s icy buying trend. And many analysts are offering “don’t worry” prognostications.

Their rosy scenarios suggest any allusions to a 2008-like crash are off base. Housing’s ugliest period was heavily tied to bad lending decisions. Those kind of mistakes were not made in the pandemic era’s price upswing, the upbeat forecasts say.

How bad was it?

“2008” in real estate chatter isn’t just about one 12-month period. Instead, the year was the pinnacle of a nasty housing market reversal that started in 2007 and saw fallout through 2012.

Let’s take a broader view, looking at price swings in the 50 states dating to 1975. My trusty spreadsheet found that 60% of all losing years in the 47 years of Federal Housing Finance Agency index results occurred in the 2007-12 crash period.

It’s a similar story in California where prices fell in five of the six crash years — but just seven times in the other 40 years.

Next, consider the size of the crash era’s losses — an abrupt change from when that housing bubble was inflating.

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In California, home prices fell an average 7.8% a year in the 2007-12 crash. That was the third-worst drop among the states and quite a U-turn from the preceding six bubble-building years that saw 15.5%-a-year gains — second-highest in the nation.

Nationwide, the turnabout was not as spectacular as losses averaged 2% a year in the six-year crash vs. 8% annual gain in preceding 2001-06.

History lesson

Well, if 2022 isn’t 2008, then what is it?

So I turned my spreadsheet into a time machine of sorts, axing the six crash years from housing’s history books. Essentially, what do home prices do when they’re not taking an epic flop?

In California, the “non-crash” history shows home prices averaging 9.1% gains, No. 1 among the states. But please note that there were seven down years (No. 3 highest among the states). So price declines — even when the mid-2000s crash is excluded — occurred 18% of the time.

The caveat to many of 2022’s “it’s different this time” forecasts is the chance for regional price drops. Well, the national slice of my “non-crash” history agrees.

The average state had 5.8% annual gains in the 40 “non-crash” years. But that appreciation came with an average three down years — or losses 7% of the time.

In a nutshell, home prices have a habit of occasionally falling — even when it isn’t “2008” all over again.

What’s next?

Virtually anybody who tracks housing agrees that 2022 marks the end of this real estate cycle’s history-making appreciation.

Think about what the FHFA indexes are telling us this year.

California home prices rose at a 21% annual pace in 2022’s first half. It was California’s eighth-highest gain in history and a rate of appreciation triple the 7% increases averaged since 1975.

But this eye-catching jump was only the 16th biggest among the states.

To start 2022, 19 states set new record highs for one-year home-price gains. Yes, larger jumps than increases of the bubble that burst in the mid-2000s.

Also, the 19.3% average increase among the states was the all-time high — and quadruple the 4.8% annual average since 1975.

The grand debate, however, is what future is created by the market’s ongoing normalization/recalibration/correction — or whatever you want to call the brewing cooldown.

Could it be swift and sharp like the early 1980s when, much like today, the Federal Reserve was boosting interest rates to slow an overheated economy?

California’s prices surged at a 19%-a-year clip in 1976-80. Then came a 5.4% loss in 1982. Nationwide, 10% annual gains in 1976-80 cooled to 1.1% in 1982 with price drops in 19 states.

Or could the deceleration be a slow, long chill like the early 1990s when festering economic ills created an extended period of homebuying malaise?

California’s price gains of 12% a year in 1986-90 morphed into 2%-a-year average losses the next five years. Nationwide, it was less dramatic: 5%-a-year appreciation cooled to 3.4% in 1990-94 — but 15 states had at least one down year in the five-year period.

Jonathan Lansner is the business columnist for the Southern California News Group. He can be reached at jlansner@scng.com

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Seattle in for blast of summer heat and a fire watch before cooldown

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:09

Temperatures are expected to hit near 90 at the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service of Seattle.
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Bay Area News Group high school football predictions: Week 3, 2022

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 07:00

Mike Lefkow, who has won our all-in-fun Bay Area News Group high school football picks competition multiple times, must have been feeling pretty confident after taking sole possession of first place over the weekend.

He went bold in one pick this week.

Very bold.

Lefkow isn’t just taking De La Salle to bounce back from its loss last week against Serra to beat St. Francis on Friday in Concord. He stunned young Joseph Dycus and yours truly by saying it could be a mercy-rule outcome.

That’s correct. Lefkow says De La Salle in a blowout over St. Francis, the team that ended De La Salle’s 30-year, 318-game unbeaten streak against regional opponents last season.

“I’m taking De La Salle,” Lefkow said in the video. “I could see a running clock in the fourth quarter. I just think De La Salle is going to come out snorting fire, breathing fire. They’re going to be angry. They’re going to be upset. I think they just have a better team. I think St. Francis is a little down this year.”

Lefkow isn’t wrong about St. Francis’ dip from its super team last year, one that beat De La Salle and Serra during the regular season and was undefeated until losing to Serra in the Central Coast Section Division I final.

St. Francis is coming off a 28-7 loss at home Friday to Monterey Trail-Elk Grove, which lost at home to De La Salle 36-20 a week earlier.

And the last time St. Francis visited De La Salle, in 2019, the home team won by … yup, a running clock score of 48-0.

Maybe Lefkow is on to something.

As always, we pick 15 games on the video. This week’s lineup includes Live Oak at Los Gatos, Pittsburg at California, Tennyson at Mt. Eden and Central Catholic-Modesto at Serra.

We also discuss Serra’s epic win over De La Salle, and get Dycus’ impressions of De La Salle after reading Neil Hayes’ book about the program, “When The Game Stands Tall,” in just two days.

Dycus also tells us what he thinks about Bellarmine and McClymonds after he covered their overtime thriller last week. 

If you want just the predictions, keep scrolling.

Also, if you haven’t already, please subscribe here for digital access all season long.

Enjoy the video.

WEEK 3 PICKS

Friday

Live Oak (2-0) at Los Gatos (1-1), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Los Gatos

Dycus: Los Gatos

Lefkow: Los Gatos

Elk Grove (1-2) at San Ramon Valley (1-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: SRV

Dycus: SRV

Lefkow: SRV

Skyline (1-0) at Miramonte (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Miramonte

Dycus: Miramonte

Lefkow: Miramonte

McClymonds (1-0) at De Anza (1-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: McClymonds

Dycus: McClymonds

Lefkow: McClymonds

Tennyson (2-0) at Mt. Eden (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Tennyson

Dycus: Tennyson

Lefkow: Tennyson

Aragon (2-0) at Lincoln-San Jose (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Lincoln

Dycus: Lincoln

Lefkow: Lincoln

Santa Teresa (1-1) at Archbishop Mitty (2-0), 7:30 p.m.

Sabedra: Mitty

Dycus: Mitty

Lefkow: Mitty

Acalanes (2-0) at Sheldon-Sacramento (3-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Sheldon

Dycus: Sheldon

Lefkow: Sheldon

Rocklin (2-1) at Antioch (1-1), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Rocklin

Dycus: Antioch

Lefkow: Rocklin

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Clayton Valley Charter (0-2) at Canyon Springs-North Las Vegas (1-1), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Clayton Valley

Dycus: Clayton Valley

Lefkow: Clayton Valley

Bellarmine (0-2) vs. San Leandro (1-1) at Burrell Field in San Leandro, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Bellarmine

Dycus: Bellarmine

Lefkow: Bellarmine

Pittsburg (2-0) at California (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Pittsburg

Dycus: California

Lefkow: Pittsburg

St. Francis (1-1) at De La Salle (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Sabedra: De La Salle

Dycus: De La Salle

Lefkow: De La Salle

Saturday

Central Catholic-Modesto (1-2) at Serra (2-0), 1:30 p.m.

Sabedra: Serra

Dycus: Serra

Lefkow: Serra

Amador Valley (1-1) at Menlo School (2-0), 2 p.m.

Sabedra: Menlo School

Dycus: Menlo School

Lefkow: Menlo School

WEEK 2 RESULTS

Wilcox 38, Hollister 14

Sabedra: Wilcox (W)

Dycus: Wilcox (W)

Lefkow: Wilcox (W)

Christopher 51, Piedmont Hills 9

Sabedra: Christopher (W)

Dycus: Christopher (W)

Lefkow: Christopher (W)

Washington-Fremont 41, Kennedy-Fremont 24

Sabedra: Washington (W)

Dycus: Kennedy (L)

Lefkow: Washington (W)

James Logan 35, Las Lomas 26

Sabedra: Las Lomas (L)

Dycus: Las Lomas (L)

Lefkow: James Logan (W)

Los Gatos 31, Liberty-Brentwood 0

Sabedra: Los Gatos (W)

Dycus: Los Gatos (W)

Lefkow: Los Gatos (W)

Pioneer 28, Leigh 21

Sabedra: Pioneer (W)

Dycus: Pioneer (W)

Lefkow: Pioneer (W)

Heritage 54, Granada 14

Sabedra: Heritage (W)

Dycus: Heritage (W)

Lefkow: Heritage (W)

Del Oro-Loomis 31, Clayton Valley Charter 27

Sabedra: Del Oro (W)

Dycus: Clayton Valley (L)

Lefkow: Clayton Valley (L)

Archbishop Mitty 48, Mountain View 7

Sabedra: Mitty (W)

Dycus: Mountain View (L)

Lefkow: Mitty (W)

Livermore 51, Alhambra 7

Sabedra: Livermore (W)

Dycus: Livermore (W)

Lefkow: Livermore (W)

Monterey Trail-Elk Grove 28, St. Francis 7

Sabedra: St. Francis (L)

Dycus: St. Francis (L)

Lefkow: St. Francis (L)

McClymonds 24, Bellarmine 21 (OT)

Sabedra: Bellarmine (L)

Dycus: McClymonds (W)

Lefkow: Bellarmine (L)

Campolindo 30, Aptos 22

Sabedra: Aptos (L)

Dycus: Campolindo (W)

Lefkow: Aptos (L)

Serra 24, De La Salle 21

Sabedra: De La Salle (L)

Dycus: Serra (W)

Lefkow: De La Salle (L)

Pittsburg 30, Liberty-Henderson, Nev., 2

Sabedra: Liberty (L)

Dycus: Liberty (L)

Lefkow: Pittsburg (W)

WEEK 2 STANDINGS

Lefkow: 10-5

Sabedra: 9-6

Dycus: 9-6

SEASON STANDINGS

Lefkow: 19-11

Sabedra: 18-12

Dycus: 15-15

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When it comes to fighting climate change, California turns to beavers

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:59

"It might be odd, but beavers are an untapped, creative climate solving hero," the California Department of Fish and Wildlife wrote in its funding proposal.
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No Flower Headbands at This Music Festival

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:54
Ravers donned their flimsiest finery for the Electric Zoo music festival in New York.
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Gay 49ers superfan praises team for embracing LGBTQ community

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:45

Cisco Mejia may be one of the few people who can truly say he’s living his dream.

Mejia, an out, proud San Francisco 49ers superfan, has loved the team since he was 6 years old, and he’s thrilled to represent 49ers Pride, the team’s LGBTQ fan community. The 49ers made NFL history in 2019 when they became the first team in the league to officially launch an LGBTQ fan club.

“I’m living my dream,” he says, standing outside Splash, the iconic gay bar in downtown San Jose that he manages and that often hosts 49ers watch parties. A DJ, too, the 40-year-old uses his gleaming new Ford pickup — painted a bright 49ers red, of course — to haul music equipment for 49ers parties and events.

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Some of his gay friends don’t understand his love for a sport associated with an aggressively masculine ideal. And Meija recognizes that NFL culture has famously silenced players who were anything but heterosexual. It wasn’t that long ago that players felt free to openly express hostility to having gay teammates.

But he believes that the culture of professional football is changing for the better, led — not surprisingly — by the 49ers and the LGBTQ-friendly Bay Area. Now Mejia, who lives in Vallejo’s Glen Cove with his husband, two cats and a tarantula, explains what this culture shift means for the LGBTQ fans who love the sport.

Q Have you always been a football fan?

A I grew up in San Jose, and football just became a thing when I was 6 or 7 years old. My grandmother made me a 49ers blanket that I still have and still use today. My family went to games at Candlestick Park. I had a little gold chain when I was 9 years old. It was the coolest thing in the world.

Q Did you do sports as a teen?

A At Del Mar High School in the late 1990s, I wasn’t really out. I played football, hockey and baseball, but not for school. I just knew I was a little different. My high school football coach tried to recruit me. He saw me play and knew I loved the sport, but I still wasn’t comfortable. I was really shy, and there were a lot of bullies.

Q How did you become a DJ?

A Back when MTV was around, I thought, I want to be a DJ. In 2004, there was (a now-closed) club in Santa Clara called Tinker’s Damn. I went to meet the DJ in the booth, and she’s this 60-year-old lady rocking out. I asked if she’d be willing to train me. I guess I had this sad puppy face, so she took me on.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20: DJ Cisco Mejia shows off his shirt for a photograph at Splash bar in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. He is a leader in 49ers Pride, the 49ers LGBTQ fan community. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)DJ Cisco Mejia shows off his shirt at Splash bar in downtown San Jose. He is a leader in 49ers Pride, the 49ers LGBTQ fan community. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

Q Is that around the time you came out?

A I came out when I was a manager at the former Century 21 theater in San Jose. That was back in the day, when people would camp out before the latest “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park” movie. I was more outed than anything else. Most everyone accepted it (but) I lost some friends. My dad wasn’t very accepting of it, and we stopped talking.

Fast forward to last year — he got cancer. I ended up contacting him. We talked and everything. Today, he’s cancer free. We have a great relationship.

Q Did you and dad bond over football?

A My dad was always a workaholic, so it was more my mom and my grandmother, and my brother actually played football.

Q What is it about the game that you like?

A Everything. Just the nonstop excitement. You have the physical contact, the interceptions. Everybody getting out of their seats and yelling “Touchdown!” People refer to football as operating like military strategy. You’re, like, going into battle with each other. With football, it also doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight or any gender, religion or sex. You’re all bonded together and really getting into it. That’s the thing I love about football.

Q Do you have gay friends who wonder how you can like such a brutal sport?

A Definitely. I get customers in Splash who ask why — but they’re also getting into stereotyping. On the other side, when the 49ers announced they were doing 49ers Pride, you knew there were people who wouldn’t like the idea — but it was more positive than negative.

Q When former Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to publicly come out as gay, it was amazing to see his team, the NFL and other major players tweeting out statements about how proud they were of him …

A It was a big moment. You have an active player in the NFL who is out and feels he can be himself. Then you have the 49ers representing the pride part. If that was happening when I was in high school, I probably would have come out sooner.

Q What does having a 49ers LGBTQ community mean to fans personally?

A Not everyone’s out. But if they’re football fans and going to games and wearing Pride attire, it’s much more easy and comfortable for them to come out. Just today, I got an invitation to a 49ers Pride Day at training camp. That was a nice thing to see on my phone.

Q Have you met any players?

A I’ve met (tight end) George Kittle. He’s my No. 1 favorite. He’s exactly how he is on the TV and on the field. He’s quite a character. I also met (quarterback) Nick Mullens, who’s no longer with the team. When he first started with the 49ers, he played against the Raiders. I thought, this guy’s great. He’s going to do great things.

Q Kittle also taped the video on the 49ers website announcing 49ers Pride, saying, “We want to celebrate the passion of all the Faithful. If your team is red and gold, you belong in the 49ers family.”

A That was super awesome. You have someone who is this huge, manly, masculine figure talking about Pride.  That feels very welcoming for myself and the fans as well.

Q With the 49ers leading on inclusivity for LGBTQ fans, what else should the NFL be doing on this issue?

A I like how the NFL is becoming more open, especially with Carl Nassib and the Raiders. I just wish other teams were doing what the 49ers are doing.

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Arya Steakhouse puts down new roots — in Palo Alto

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:45

After years in in Cupertino and Redwood City, the Hashemi family has relocated their Arya Steakhouse to a prominent corner on Palo Alto’s University Avenue.

Co-owner Fera Hashemi said they selected Palo Alto because it’s a good halfway point for their longtime South Bay and Peninsula customers, and besides, University Avenue doesn’t have a steakhouse, much less one that also offers Persian cuisine. Plus, they see this location as more conducive to lunchtime business.

Arya Steakhouse, with a menu of high-end Persian cuisine and prime steaks, was founded by Fera Hashemi and her husband, executive chef Mike Hashemi. (Arya Steakhouse photo by Chris Schmauch/Good Eye Photography.)Arya Steakhouse, with a menu of high-end Persian cuisine and prime steaks, was founded by Fera Hashemi and her husband, executive chef Mike Hashemi. (Arya Steakhouse photo by Chris Schmauch/Good Eye Photography.) 

The culinary combination grew out of the original Arya Global Cuisine concept that Hashemi and her husband, executive chef Mike Hashemi, launched in 2007 on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino. Because Mike had previously owned an Italian restaurant in Orange County, they decided to offer both Persian and Italian dishes — “the best of two worlds,” as they said. In Redwood City, they also developed a following for their seafood dishes.

Two years ago, they decided to offer all-halal, all-prime steaks to complement the all-halal Persian side of the menu. The most popular entrees have been the Dry Aged Ribeye (aged in-house for 28 days), the Soltani Kabob (Persian-style filet mignon) and the Boneless Lamb Kabob (made with lamb tenderloin).

The Palo Alto menu also features chilled seafood towers, caviar service and dozens of shareable appetizers and side dishes, giving diners options like Pistachio Meatballs or Calamari for a starter, Persian “Shirazi” Salad or Caesar Salad, and the Shirin Polo basmati dish or Twice Baked Potato as a side.

Daughter Madina Hashemi, who grew up in the Arya kitchen, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park and is now the restaurant’s pastry chef. Among her creations are a Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Cremeux, Tropic Basil Summer Panna Cotta and Pistachio Baklava Cheesecake

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The University Avenue location, at the corner of High Street, is a renovated historic building that in years past was home to the Miyake, Opa! and Tam Tam restaurants. There’s seating for 130 patrons in the main room, bar area and private dining rooms.

Details: Open daily for lunch and dinner, on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 11:30 a.m. straight through to 10 p.m., at 140 University Ave., Palo Alto. www.aryasteakhouse.com

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Chef-owner Curtis ‘The Chairman’ Lam dishes on the S.F. 49ers, halftime buns and fantasy ‘footbao’

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:45

They’re scrumptious, they’re easy to eat in the stands — and they’re even shaped like little footballs.

We’re talking about bao, the pillowy steamed buns folded over savory fillings. Chef-owner Curtis Lam and his San Francisco-based food truck called The Chairman have been serving their beloved-by-foodies, award-winning bao to 49ers fans for going on five seasons.

While the pigskin is soaring around the Levi’s Stadium field below, Lam and his crew are making Pork Belly Bao, with pork slices glazed in red miso, the richness cut by turmeric pickled daikon and green shiso. They’re topping marinated, fried Chicken Karaage strips with zesty sauces and piling cola-braised pork on their Loaded Fries.

Before the official season gets underway, we nabbed Lam for a chat about life in the vendor lane in Santa Clara:

Q Are you a football fan?

A The Chairman bleeds red and gold! Most of our team members are San Francisco natives, and we run an annual fantasy “footbao” league.

Q Does any other NFL team have a bao vendor?

A I’m not sure if we are the first to sell bao at NFL games, but I hope we’re setting a trend! Bao makes for a tasty game-day snack, and I think our fans at Levi’s stadium would agree.

Q Do 49ers fans have different bao preferences from regular Chairman devotees?

A Our Pork Belly Bao is still a fan favorite, but the Chicken Karaage Bun — Japanese-style fried chicken — is an item found only at our brick-and-mortar location in San Francisco and the main concession stand in Levi’s stadium.

FOSTER CITY, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 03: The Chairman food truck at the Off the Grid food truck event in Foster City, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)The Chairman food truck makes the rounds at Off the Grid food truck events, as well. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

Q What’s your top seller at the games?

A Our best seller at Levi’s Stadium has got to be our Loaded Fries — crispy coated fries, topped with cola-braised pork and our popular spicy mayo and garlic aioli — only available at Levi’s Stadium

Q When is the bao rush? Do fans load up just before kickoff or wait until halftime?

A We typically see our rush during the 30 minutes leading up to kickoff and at halftime. But our team moves fast like Deebo after the catch, so just get in line!

Q Do they drown their Jimmy G sorrows with the pork belly bao or the karaage chicken?

A Jimmy G will be missed, but it’s time to celebrate the Trey era with a pork belly bao! Question is, does Trey Lance know what’s up with bao? We’d sure like to work a couple of them into his pre-game meal.

At The Chairman's booth, 49ers fans will find bao filled with miso-glazed pork belly, spicy chicken, tofu, pickled vegetables and more. (Photo courtesy of The Chairman)At The Chairman’s booth, 49ers fans will find bao filled with miso-glazed pork belly, spicy chicken, tofu, pickled vegetables and more. (Photo courtesy of The Chairman) 

Q Do you typically sell out?

A Rarely do we sell out, but we have been tested. Loaded Fries were flying out of the kitchen last season.

Q Do you work the booth at games? Is it a long, grueling day?

A You will often find me in the trenches during games, working with our all-star team. A typical game day is about 10 hours, including our travel time from San Francisco.

Q Which stands do you eat at during the games? 

A I enjoy a refreshing Dole Whip at the Hula Truck stand on hot game days and a burrito from Iguanas always hits the spot.

Q Are the concessionaires competitive or all buddies?

A It’s a friendly environment within the concessionaires. We’re all in the trenches together, trying to pump out delicious food for all the hungry fans out there. You’ll find us exchanging fist bumps at the end of service and a little bit of food trading whenever possible.

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Saratoga nonprofit provides education to special needs adults

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:41

For many special-needs adults, education ends after high school or college. The College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) gives these adults education and social opportunities at all ages.

The college, located on West Valley College’s (WVC) campus at 14000 Fruitvale Ave., is hosting its annual fundraiser on Sept. 18, 2-4 p.m. Money raised at the event will go directly to the Saratoga-based program.

“More intellectually engaging opportunities need to be out there for adults of all ages and abilities, so that they can nourish their brains and become the best versions of themselves,” DeAnna Pursai, executive director of CAA, said. “We’re hoping to show that other colleges can have this type of model of education on their college campus.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenburg will give keynote speeches on how the CAA impacted their lives and the community. There will also be a live auction, performances and student-led tours of the campus.

Curtis Kitaji, who is a student ambassador, and Michael Oduma, who is the WVC basketball announcer, will emcee the event.

This marks the first in-person fundraising event for the college since the start of the pandemic, CAA spokesperson Liz Rosinski said.

This is also the first year that the CAA has been on WVC’s campus. The nonprofit was leasing a spot in San Jose until that building was sold during the pandemic. As the CAA looked for a new space, WVC was contemplating the future of an empty portable classroom on campus.

The CAA was founded in 2009 by Pursai and Dr. Pamela Linsay after they watched their family members with special needs get aged out of the public school system and experience loneliness.

It started with a small class of 15 students and has now grown to more than 160. The CAA offers courses in podcasting, digital media studies, golf and cheerleading.

“There’s all these classes that I think the general population might not associate people with developmental disabilities and special needs as wanting to participate in,” Rosinski said. “It’s an amazing program, (and) all the students are just inspiring. They want to learn, and they’re so excited.”

Pursai said the organization is likely the first of its kind because it encourages students to keep coming back to campus. She hopes the organization expands to college campuses across the country.

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“It’s such a unique program and there’s nothing really like College of Adaptive Arts, not only in the Bay Area but in the entire state,” Rosinski said. “There’s other programs that might serve adults with special needs. They’re finite programs, so at some point they’re over. So the thing about CAA that’s really different is you can just keep going back.”

Tickets to the fundraiser are $100 at https://www.collegeofadaptivearts.org/events.

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Best of the West: Utah holds the top spot but Brigham Young, Fresno State lurk

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:37

Welcome to a new weekly feature on the Hotline that focuses on the top major college teams across the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

And if Hawaii ever gets its football program turned around, we’ll happily expand our scope.

The Best of the West rankings will be published each Wednesday through the season.

If the response warrants, we’ll do a basketball version, too.

(All times Pacific. Point spreads taken from vegasinsider.com)

1. Utah (0-1)
Result: lost at Florida 29-26
Next up: vs. Southern Utah (10:30 a.m. on Pac-12 Network)
Line: none (FCS opponent)
Comment: Sure, the Utes wasted a great chance in Gainesville — actually, two great chances (inside the Gators’ 10 yard line). But if you started a Mountain-Pacific football playoff tomorrow, our money would be on Cam Rising and Co.

2. USC (1-0)
Result: beat Rice 66-14
Next up: at Stanford (4:30 p.m. on ABC)
Line: USC -9.5
Comment: The rebuilt defense faces its first serious test this week, courtesy of Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee. The second come next week, when the Jake Haener Aerial Circus and Touchdown Tour touches down in the Coliseum

3. Brigham Young (1-0)
Result: beat USF 50-21
Next up: vs. Baylor (7:15 p.m. on ESPN)
Line: BYU -3.5
Comment: Week Two provides a peek into BYU’s future as a member of the Big 12 and a rematch of Baylor’s 38-24 victory last year in Waco. The Cougars were held to 67 rushing yards, their lowest output, by far, of the 2021 season

4. Fresno State (1-0)
Result: beat Cal Poly 35-17
Next up: vs. Oregon State (7:30 p.m. on CBSSN)
Line: Fresno State +1
Comment: Not sure the evening swelter will be much of an edge for the Bulldogs: It’s supposed to be 95 degrees in Corvallis on Friday. (Heat dome!) However, the 65,000 fans packed into 41,000-seat Bulldog Stadium — or whatever the SRO number is — should be an advantage for the home team.

5. UCLA (1-0)
Result: beat Bowling Green 45-17
Next up: vs. Alabama State (2 p.m. on Pac-12 Network)
Line: none (FCS opponent)
Comment:
The announced attendance for the opener was 27,143, lowest in UCLA’s history at the Rose Bowl. And so we wonder: Will the combined crowds in the first three games (Bowling Green, Alabama State and South Alabama) equal the stadium’s current capacity of 91,136? We’re skeptical.

6. Oregon (0-1)
Result: lost to Georgia 49-3
Next up: vs. Eastern Washington (5:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Network)
Line: none (FCS opponent)
Comment: Oregon’s Week Three date with Brigham Young will tell us far more about the Ducks’ fate within the Pac-12 than the Georgia debacle.

7. Air Force (1-0)
Result: beat Northern Iowa 48-17
Next up: vs. Colorado (12:30 p.m. on CBS)
Line: Air Force -17
Comment: Since Troy Calhoun was hired to run the Air Force program on Dec. 22, 2006, Colorado has employed five head coaches. The first four were fired; the fifth is struggling.

8. Oregon State (1-0)
Result: beat Boise State 34-17
Next up: at Fresno State (7:30 p.m. on CBSSN)
Line: Oregon State -1
Comment: Trent Bray’s defense in his first regular-season game as OSU’s playcaller looked a lot like Trent Bray’s defenses in all his games as an OSU player: Fast, physical and relentless.

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The secret to lush bountiful gardens is all about good soil

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 06:31

We’ve been working with limited resources in our gardens for the last few years. It is so crucial for us to remember that the secret to any lush, bountiful garden is good soil. What we know about our soil and how we treat it is especially essential when we’re trying to make lots out of less.

Soil is the loose surface material covering most land. It consists of inorganic particles (rocks, shells, etc.), organic matter (living organisms), air and water. Soils vary significantly in chemical and physical properties. They offer support and protection to the plant’s roots. It is one of our planet’s most dynamic and important natural resources.

Before you start gardening outside, you should find out what kind of soil you have to work with now and what type of soil you will need to grow what you want.

When you dig in any soil, you will see that it is made of layers. Because soil is dynamic, it is constantly changing. Some components are added, some are lost, some move from place to place within the soil and some are transformed into others.

Rich soil brings lush growth and a garden to imagine. (Photo by Lisa Ingels)Rich soil brings lush growth. 

There are a few basic soil types:

• Clay soil. We have lots of this in the Bay Area. It’s made up of tiny particles that bind tightly together. It doesn’t drain or breathe well.

• Sandy soil is made up of fine particles of grit and sand. It is free draining and is often lacking in organic material. It dries out quickly and doesn’t hold nutrients well.

• Loamy soils are relatively equal parts of sand, clay and in-between particles called silt. You can find lots of organic matter here.

Although soil can be all sand, all clay or all silt, that is rare. Most soils are some combination of all three.

You can do a soil test from a kit purchased at a garden center or send a sample to a soil-testing lab, but you can tell a lot about your soil by digging some up and rolling it around in your hands.

For example, take a small handful of wet soil and roll it between your palms. If your soil is clay, it makes a snake you can bend without it breaking. If you cannot roll it at all, it is either sandy soil or made up of other inorganic stuff. The wet loam soil snake will crumble when you bend it. Your local garden center can also help by telling you the general conditions of the soil in your area.

Continue adding compost and mulch to sustain the health of your soil. (Courtesy of SmugMug)Continue adding compost and mulch to sustain the health of your soil. 

Soil amendments can be a vital resource for ensuring a productive garden. Unfortunately, many neglected urban soils are compacted and low in organic matter. Soil amendments are designed to add organic material back into the soil, reduce compaction, maximize watering effectiveness and improve soil tilth.

So, what can you do to improve and amend your soil?

• Add compost. Compost is organic material decomposed into a stable state that’s available for adding to soil. Anything that was once alive can be composted. You can make your own or get it from a source that makes it from our green can debris.

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• Manure can give your garden an incredible boost in nutrients. Make sure the manure you use has been well aged or composted.

• You can add amendments to soil anytime, but the best times for working them into an existing garden area are in the spring before planting and in the fall when putting the garden to bed. Generally, 2 to 3 inches is sufficient to gently work into the soil with a shovel.

Sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension, the University of California Marin Master Gardeners provide science- and research-based information for home gardeners.

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