Daily Horoscope: April 1, 2023

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 17:00

Surprising feelings may surface as the moon in Leo squares off with Uranus in Taurus at 4:30 AM. The moon squares off with Venus in Taurus at 8:06 AM, inspiring us to indulge in sweet pleasures! We’re in a flirtatious mood. The moon connects with lucky Jupiter in Aries at 9:25 AM, inspiring an expansive, easygoing atmosphere! New opportunities may arise.

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Aries glyph Aries: March 20, 2023 - April 20, 2023

The moon in Leo aligns with Jupiter in your sign, Aries, inspiring a fun, romantic atmosphere! You could flirt with a crush or deepen your connection with an established partner. A creative breakthrough may unfold. An exciting celebration could take place. 

Taurus glyphs Taurus: April 20, 2023 - May 21, 2023

The moon in Leo squares off with Uranus, which is in your sign, Taurus, perhaps finding you making changes at home… which might surprise your housemates or loved ones. But sometimes you have to try something new!

Gemini glyph Gemini: May 21, 2023 - June 21, 2023

The moon in Leo squares off with sweet Venus in Taurus, encouraging you to slow down and rest. Let yourself zone out! Unplug from social media, texts, and emails. Luxuriate in peace and quiet.

Cancer glyph Cancer: June 21, 2023 - July 22, 2023

The moon in Leo makes a harmonious alignment with lucky Jupiter in Aries, which can bode well for your finances and career! Rewards and recognition may come your way.

Leo glyph Leo: July 22, 2023 - August 23, 2023

The moon is in your zodiac sign today, Leo! This is a wonderful time to focus on self care: You may be surprised by what feels healing as the moon squares off with Uranus in Taurus. The moon mingles with Jupiter in Aries, which could bring you an exciting opportunity.

Virgo glyph Virgo: August 23, 2023 - September 23, 2023

The moon in Leo mingles with Jupiter in Aries today, inspiring an emotionally expansive energy. You may find yourself feeling at peace with something that’s been on your mind. This could be a powerful time for letting go.

Libra glyph Libra: September 23, 2023 - October 23, 2023

The moon in Leo squares off with your ruling planet Venus, currently in Taurus, inspiring some excitement in your social life! It could also be an especially exciting time to network as the moon connects with Jupiter in Aries.    

Scorpio glyph Scorpio: October 23, 2023 - November 22, 2023

The moon in Leo squares off with Venus in Taurus, which can find you and a partner enjoying the spotlight in some way. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries, boding well for productivity!

Sagittarius glyph Sagittarius: November 22, 2023 - December 21, 2023

The moon in Leo connects with your ruling planet Jupiter in Aries today, inspiring a fun, flirtatious atmosphere! An exciting adventure could begin. Your love life may be on fire!

Capricorn glyph Capricorn: December 21, 2023 - January 20, 2024

The moon in Leo squares off with Venus in fellow earth sign Taurus, which can find your love life or your creative process reaching an important turning point. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries, too, inspiring an emotionally liberating atmosphere.

Aquarius glyphs Aquarius: January 20, 2023 - February 18, 2023

The moon in Leo squares off with your ruling planet Uranus in Taurus, which could find you making important changes at home and within your close relationships. You’re ready to try something new!

Pisces glyph Pisces:  February 18, 2023 - March 20, 2023

The moon in Leo aligns with your ruling planet Jupiter in Aries, which can bode well for your finances! A special gift could be exchanged. You may be feeling very productive today, too.

Categories: Tech News

From Sun to the cloud: MariaDB carves out space in database market

The Register - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:45
CEO on industry shifts that allow open source and smaller players to gain a footing

Interview  In December, MariaDB floated on the New York Stock Exchange via the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Angel Pond Holdings. With the move came $104 million in funding and $18 million through private investment in public equity.…

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Health plans no longer have to cover preventive care at no cost. Here’s what to know.

Seattle Times - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:36

Even though the ruling has wide reach, most people aren’t likely to see their health benefits change overnight. Here is what consumers need to know.
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Letters: Oakland cops | Bad proposal | Climate change | Liberal parents | Careful compromise

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:30

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Oakland cops behavior
a disaster for the force

Re: “Murder conviction charges overturned” (Page B1, March 29).

It’s amazing (and disgusting) that the horror stories about the Oakland Police Department just keep coming. The latest is a Detective Tran paid thousands of dollars to a supposed witness before and after a trial where an apparently innocent person was convicted of murder. The witness now admits she was blocks away when the crime happened.

Worse yet — the same detective is still at work. It won’t be much longer that juries — or the public — believe anything the police say when the bad apples continue to be paid and accepted in their departments.

Fred Geiget
Santa Cruz

Richmond development
is a bad proposal

The Richmond Planning Comission approved the proposed development of the PG&E site on Brickyard Cove Road even though there is no project-specific EIR, it will require 130,000 cubic yards of dirt fill, and it will cut into a hill that is currently unstable and sliding behind Seacliff Estates. At the hearing an alternative project that satisfies all of the city’s goals was proposed that has none of the above and which results in higher density. That proposal wasn’t even considered.

The concerns articulated by the cove residents are real. Mudslides are real.  Broken pipes and cracked foundations caused by settling are real. The health effects of dust and truck pollution are real. The City Council should reject Republic’s proposal and consider alternative designs that not only do not jeopardize the health of Richmond residents but also are more appealing to the wholeness of the cove.

Pat Armer
Point Richmond

Climate change fight
demands our attention

A brilliant cartoon on the Opinion page (“Something must be done about TikTok,” Page A6, March 28) captures the central dilemma of our age: We’re diverting ourselves with short-term pleasures while ignoring the ticking time bomb threatening long-term survival — climate change. We respond quickly to rewards and threats immediately before us but falter when faced with dangers we believe to be far-off.

But there are actions we can take today that will avert catastrophes tomorrow. The most critical is to quickly curb the burning of fossil fuels. The fastest, fairest solution is a tax on carbon with all revenues rebated as dividends to every household to offset price increases. The tax will drive innovation aimed at reducing the carbon content of products and services. Write your legislators and tell them you support a carbon fee and dividend system. Time is ticking away and, as the guy in the cartoon says, something must be done.

Nick Despota

Liberal parents also
need reining in

Re: “What the Republican push for ‘parents’ rights’ is really about” (Page A6, March 29).

While I mostly agree with what Jamelle Bouie writes regarding the problems with allowing a small group of parents to censor and dictate curriculum I feel as if he paints it as a conservative problem.

There are plenty of instances when a liberal group will want to censor a book such as “Irreversible Damage” which discusses girls jumping the gun and becoming trans, or blocking Ben Shapiro from speaking on campuses.

Bouie should also turn to his liberal friends and encourage them not to try to block books or speakers from entering the public space and let both sides discuss their ideas.

Max Ritter

Gun safety requires
careful compromise

Re: “Repeal 2nd Amendment to make nation safer” (Page A6, March 30).

Imagine a country — our country — where non-law enforcement citizens have illegally acquired guns and prey on law-abiding citizens. Imagine countries that do not allow their citizens to own guns and exert control on what citizens can do and think — China and Russia.

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Let’s rather imagine Democrats and Republicans doing the job of politics and reaching a sensible compromise on gun control: 60 days waiting period for necessary background checks; gun magazines limited to 10 rounds. Vote for funding for the establishment of armed security in every school district which desires to have such security. Jail repeat offenders of crimes committed with the use of guns.

Only with sensible compromise from both sides of the aisle will we begin to stem the carnage while protecting people’s right to bear arms.

Rick Silvani

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Senator John Fetterman Checks Out of Hospital After Depression Treatment

N.Y. Times - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:29
In a statement, he announced his departure from Walter Reed Military Medical Center and urged those suffering from mental health challenges to seek help as he did.
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Court voids Marine’s adoption of Afghan war orphan

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:27

By Claire Galofaro, Juliet Lindeman and Martha Mendoza | Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — In a highly unusual ruling, a state court judge on Thursday voided a U.S. Marine’s adoption of an Afghan war orphan, more than a year after he took the little girl away from the Afghan couple raising her. But her future remains uncertain.

For now, the child will stay with Marine Maj. Joshua Mast and his wife, Stephanie, under a temporary custody order they obtained before the adoption. The Masts will have to re-prove to the court that they should be granted a permanent adoption.

Despite the uncertainty, the ruling was a welcome move for the Afghan couple, who had been identified by the Afghan government as the child’s relatives in February 2020 and raised her for 18 months. They dropped to their knees in prayer outside the courthouse. As they held each other, the young man wiped the tears from both their eyes with his wife’s headscarf.

The Masts quickly left the courthouse after Thursday’s hearing, flanked by their attorneys. The parties are forbidden from commenting by a gag order.

The dispute raised alarms at the highest levels of government, from the White House to the Taliban, after an Associated Press investigation in October revealed how Mast became determined to rescue the baby and bring her home as an act of Christian faith. But until now, the adoption order has remained in place.

“There’s never, ever been a case like this,” said Judge Claude V. Worrell Jr. on Thursday.

The girl, who will turn 4 this summer, was an infant when she was found injured in the rubble after a U.S.-Afghan military raid in a rural part of the country in September 2019. She spent more than five months in a U.S. military hospital before the Afghan government and International Committee of the Red Cross determined she had living relatives, and united her with them.

Unbeknownst to them, Mast learned about the baby while she was hospitalized, and decided that he and his wife should be her parents. The Masts told Virginia Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore that she was the daughter of transient terrorists who died in the fight, and thus a stateless orphan. He claimed that the Afghan government was prepared to waive jurisdiction over her, though it never did. Moore granted him the adoption.

The Masts contacted the couple in Afghanistan, offering to help with her medical treatment. After the U.S. military withdrew and Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in 2021, the Masts helped them evacuate to the United States. Once they arrived, Mast used the adoption order to take the child, and the Afghan couple have not seen her since.

The Masts claim in court filings that they legally adopted the child, and that the Afghan couple’s accusations that they kidnapped her are “outrageous” and “unmerited.” They have repeatedly declined to comment to the AP.

Judge Worrell, who took over the case after Judge Moore retired in November, said the Afghan couple “were the de facto parents when they arrived in the U.S.” and their due process was violated. Worrell also said from the bench that the Masts knew things that they never told the court, particularly about what was happening in Afghanistan at the same time the judge in Virginia was granting the adoption. He said he wasn’t sure it was intentional, but “the fact of the matter is that the court did not have all the information known to (the Masts) at the time the order was entered.”

The ruling is one more twist in what is already a standout case.

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“Once an adoption is final, it is extremely difficult and rare for it to be overturned,” said Virginia attorney Stanton Phillips.

“This is really, really unusual,” said adoption attorney Barbara Jones. “You just don’t hear about this happening.”

A Defense Department spokesperson said Thursday it was aware of the ruling and referred the AP to the Justice Department, which declined to comment. Another hearing is scheduled for June.

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49ers’ Brock Purdy: ‘It looks like I have a robotic arm’

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:20

Brock Purdy’s recovery from elbow surgery is “going as planned,” even if that means his support brace “looks like I have a robotic arm.”

Purdy spoke Friday on Fox Sports 910-AM in Phoenix, where he’s three weeks into his rehabilitation from surgery repairing the ulnar collateral ligament he tore in the 49ers’ NFC Championship Game loss Jan. 29.

“The protocol is you start throwing at three months, but it all depends on how your therapy and your range of motion and everything goes up until that point,” Purdy said on the Roc and Manuch with Jimmy B show. “There are definitely some boxes I have to check off first before I get to that point, but that’s the plan as of now.”

Purdy commended the 49ers’ medical and training staff for their constant monitoring of his progress, from daily calls to also visiting him in Arizona, which Purdy said head trainer Dustin Little did “the minute I went out and had surgery” on March 10.

Range-of-motion exercises and strength training are part of his rehabilitation with physical therapist Keith Kocher in Gilbert, Arizona.

“I’m with a specialist out here who’s done this rehab on the elbow hundreds of thousands of times,” Purdy said. “He’s a baseball guy and they trust in him and everything is going as planned.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday he hopes Purdy eventually will join the 49ers for their offseason program, which can open April 17, but that he is not expected to join them in practices on the field for six to eight months after surgery.

HERE IS THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS QB @brockpurdy13 from today’s show on @foxsports910 @SportsRadioRoc @QBManuch @JimmyBRadio https://t.co/SEZVOzDfsh

— Roc and Manuch w Jimmy B (@RocAndManuch) March 31, 2023

After general manager John Lynch said on Monday that Purdy earned the right to remain the 49ers’ starter based on his rookie showing (7-1), Shanahan concurred, saying: “It would have been pretty easy if Brock was healthy. The way he played last year, he’d be the starter going into it.”

Trey Lance, assuming his once-fractured ankle is healthy, will compete with Sam Darnold in the offseason program and training camp until Purdy is cleared.

Purdy’s goal for the 49ers this coming season: “That’s to get back to the NFC championship and win the Super Bowl. You do have to get past (the injury). But at the same time you have to sort of remember the things that happen, that make you who you are.

“For me, I’m not going to let something like that tear me down or anything. I’m going to learn from it and we’re going to get better.”

What is Purdy’s rehabilitation like?

“(Kohler) just makes sure all the muscles and everything around my ligament are doing well, that I’m working range of motion, trying to touch my shoulder or back of my head and just different things like that right now,” Purdy said. “Then we start of with putting weighted cuffs around my wrists an lifting up my arms, trying to get my arm strength back.

“Then as the stitches come out and you can start sweating and doing cardio, all of that blood flow helps your arm heal as well. There’s different stages to it, but it’s going well.”

As for the hinged elbow brace Purdy is wearing, it’s both protective and constructive.

“When you first get in it after surgery you’re in it at 90-degrees. From there you can start opening it up to help with your range of motion,” Purdy said “It is just to keep your arm safe when you’re out walking around or doing therapy. But at night I can take it off and just do some normal motions with just looking at my arm.

“But yeah, out in public, it looks like I have a robotic arm.”

Questions about the large elbow brace that was seen on Brock Purdy? Here is a quick rundown on hinged elbow braces, their function, and why they are important in elbow surgery recovery. #49ershttps://t.co/5drlbWS4PU pic.twitter.com/WGahWW1I3B

— Dr. Nirav Pandya, M.D. (@DrNiravPandya) March 29, 2023

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After controversy, Alameda County supervisors choose Elisa Márquez for District 2 seat

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:18

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors have selected their newest supervisor – and avoided stoking controversy in the process.

After hearing hours of public comments in support of the four candidates on Thursday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors chose to appoint Hayward City Councilmember Elisa Márquez to the board.

The selection process began on Tuesday, when interviews of each candidate were conducted publicly. Early on, it was clear that Márquez and Teresa Keng, the vice mayor of Fremont and local business owner, had hearty support from the community.

“It’s surreal,” Márquez said in an interview. “The biggest takeaway is that District 2 showed up in full force.”

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Márquez, a lifelong resident of the district, will replace popular supervisor Richard Valle, who passed away in February. During the public comment portion of the meeting, numerous labor advocates argued that Valle would have wanted the board to appoint a different candidate, Ariana Casanova, as his successor. Casanova moved to the district just six weeks ago, which some critics argued should have made her ineligible for the role. She was eliminated after the first vote.

Although Márquez may not have been handpicked by Valle, she said their approaches to government aren’t so different.

“I think we’re very similar, we care about working people, we care about the youth, we want to help people make better choices,” Márquez said. “I know there are a lot of things that we cared about equally.”

Márquez said she hopes to pick up where Valle left off. She said she’s already reached out to the other board members to get a better understanding of their districts, and wants to examine any initiatives Valle may have left unfinished. She also hopes to bring his same calm demeanor to the Board of Supervisors.

Márquez said she aims to emphasize transparency and hold more town meetings. She also wants to tone down divisive rhetoric and invite one-on-one conversations, referring to herself as an “open book.”

On her application, Márquez named housing affordability, safety, and the county’s financial stability as her top priorities. She’s served on Hayward’s City Council since 2014 and described herself as an “active and engaged lifelong resident” of the city.

In the final round of voting, the board ultimately had to choose between Márquez and Keng, although they were quick to say that all the candidates were capable and qualified.

“I wish I could have as many people coming to the chamber giving as many accolades as all you received,” said Supervisor Nate Miley, the president of the board.

Márquez will be sworn in next Tuesday, April 4. Although the board appointed Márquez, she’ll have to run in the next election, in March of 2024. If she wins that election, she’ll serve two years before another election is held in 2026 for a full four-year term.

Ultimately, Márquez said that she believed she was the right person for the role, and will remain the right person next year.

“It’s really important that these positions are held by people from the community,” Márquez said. “I did the best I could to present that case.”

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Clarke Schmidt gets his first real chance to stick in Yankees’ rotation

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:11

Clarke Schmidt has gotten the short end of the stick during his Yankees tenure.

The 2017 first-round pick spent nearly his entire college and minor-league career as a starting pitcher however, despite a few spot starts here and there, he’s yet to have a real opportunity to become a mainstay in the Bombers’ rotation.

That will change beginning Saturday afternoon.

Schmidt will take the ball for the Yankees — with a tough act to follow after Gerrit Cole’s record-setting Opening Day performance — in their second game of the season against the San Francisco Giants.

The right-hander began spring training in competition — after Frankie Montas’s shoulder surgery that will keep him out until at least the second half of the season — with Domingo German to become the clubs’ fifth starter. However, a forearm injury to the newly-signed southpaw Carlos Rodon and a lat injury to Luis Severino has extended that competition through the beginning weeks of the season.

“My mentality never changes,” Schmidt said after Rodon’s injury was announced. “I’m always trying to be aggressive and on the attack. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to be a consistent starter in the big leagues and I always felt that would come.

“I think for me, it’s continuing to stay within myself, go out there and throw strikes, I’m trying to be myself and go out there and cover a lot of things.”

The 27-year-old will be making just the sixth start of his career. Schmidt made cameos in 2020 and 2021 combining for two starts and five appearances total. In 2022. he appeared in 29 games while starting three of them registering a 3.17 ERA — also adding three postseason appearances to his résumé — as he traveled back and forth between the Bronx and Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Schmidt will be relying on a new pitch to lock him in as a mainstay in Aaron Boone’s staff for the foreseeable future. The cutter.

“It’s like getting a new car; you’re itching and itching to use it,” Schmidt said after his first spring start against the Braves on Feb. 26. “I think it’s going to be a big pitch for me…

“I’ve noticed a lot of hitters are swinging under it because they’re expecting some sink, and it stays up with the cut,” Schmidt added. “It’s been such a high strike-percentage pitch for me early on. It was almost like I started throwing it and I felt like it’s been my best pitch for years.”

The Yankees’ skipper approved of the addition to his right-hander’s arsenal citing that it could be something that puts him over the edge and allows him to break through as they expected when the organization selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of the University of South Carolina

“That could be something that really unlocks him and makes him now in play versus lefties in a longer, starting kind of role,” Boone said.

The Yankees have garnered a reputation under pitching coach Matt Blake for squeezing every bit of potential out of their arms. Nestor Cortes, Wandy Peralta, Clay Holmes, and many others were not exactly frontline pitchers prior to being under the wing of Blake and the Bombers’ staff.

Schmidt could be the Yanks’ next breakout candidate with the pedigree of being a first-round pick and a new weapon to use in his first real shot to become a starting pitcher in pinstripes.


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Even after lawsuit victory, clock is ticking for Oakland A’s on Howard Terminal stadium

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:09

OAKLAND — Another baseball season is just getting underway, but it appears that the Oakland A’s are already running out of time.

The clock is ticking for the team to find another home before its lease at the Coliseum expires next December, and there’s little word from the city about a deal being struck over a new, billion-dollar 35,000-seat waterfront ballpark in West Oakland.

That stadium development — plus 3,000 new homes, massive retail and other commercial space, hotel units and more — cleared a hurdle Thursday when an appeal by shipping companies challenging the proposal’s environmental details was defeated in court.

“Oakland will continue upgrading our infrastructure so we can support sustainable and resilient communities and promote economic development,” Mayor Sheng Thao said Thursday in a statement. “And we are now one step closer to reaching our goals.”

The shipping companies operate at the city’s busy port, and would need to cede to the team a section, called Howard Terminal, that is currently used for container storage.

Last year, a coalition of those businesses had filed suits claiming the A’s desired development would pose a litany of environmental harms, including negative air quality impacts and greenhouse gas emissions.

But a state appellate court  on Thursday upheld a previous ruling by Alameda County Judge Brad Seligman knocking down all the environmental challenges, with one exception — potential wind hazards, for which the court said the project needs a more precise standard of measurement and mitigation.

The team commented publicly it was “pleased with the appellate court’s decision, which affirms the significant and thorough work completed on our environmentally sound visionary waterfront ballpark project.”

Even after this win, though, there’s still a long way to go before Howard Terminal could save the city’s last major professional sports franchise from skipping town.

In January, the A’s lost their own appeal to the state Supreme Court in a separate case where the team sought to stop Schnitzer Steel, a manufacturing plant in West Oakland from dumping excess product into landfills directly adjacent to the proposed development.

“It really highlighted the absurdity of trying to build housing and a ballpark on a working port,” said Nola Agha, a professor at the University of San Francisco who researches financing for sports stadiums.

The team has already blown past a self-imposed deadline last November to strike a deal with the city. No one’s said a thing about the current timeline for the team and city to potentially reach an agreement.

Last month, the team hired a group of lobbyists to lean on the Nevada legislature in order to secure public financing for a stadium in Las Vegas, where the team has threatened to go if a deal isn’t reached in Oakland.

A’s President Dave Kaval has even registered with the state as a lobbyist to help campaign himself, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.

“If the Nevada legislature somehow comes through with the money, every team owner has always shown that they’re going to go where they can get the most profit,” Agha said.

It has been a cause for concern among A’s fans who often accuse the Oakland City Council of not doing enough to retain the team.

The city, without any certainty of reaching a deal with the team, directed hundreds of millions of grant dollars last fall toward infrastructure projects that would make it possible for people to reach the waterfront ballpark through public transportation.

And despite the massive scale of the potential development, city officials are continuing with business as usual — the issue has hardly come up at recent public meetings.

Councilmember Carroll Fife, whose district would contain the new ballpark, said her focus remains on more immediate issues like public safety, housing and the health of local businesses, though she plans to meet with staff next week to receive an update on where negotiations stand.

“I haven’t seen a proposal that was serious from the A’s organization, one that would lead to me spending a lot of time thinking about what they’re going to do” in Nevada, Fife said in an interview. “The ball is in  their court. When they’re ready to step up to the plate and provide a proposal in Oakland, then I’ll spend time on it.”

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Letters: Light pollution | Making an effort | Intolerant call | Bad government | Common sense

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 16:00

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Cities should guard
against light pollution

Re: “Council votes down digital billboard plan” (Page B4, March 22).

Good news. Gilroy City Council rejected an electronic billboard along Highway 101 that the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club Loma Prieta and Green Foothills also opposed. Nighttime light harms wildlife and has been shown to harm human health too. The structure would have been 75 feet tall with a 672-square-foot display area, adversely affecting our environment, safety, energy consumption and health, and impairing our view of the universe too.

Gilroy, along with San Jose and other cities, should develop a dark sky ordinance to guide light pollution decisions. Approving an electronic billboard project without a dark sky ordinance fails to consider its overall impact and the proper management of light pollution. The city of Cupertino has such an ordinance, and residents of other cities deserve the same level of protection of their sky.

Rani Fischer
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
Juan Estrada
Green Foothills
Palo Alto

Mahan making effort
to improve San Jose

Re: “Stricter stance on homeless camps?” (Page A1, March 22).

As a lifelong resident of San Jose, I have been disheartened in recent years by the decline and deterioration of our once great city and place to live. I need to applaud Mayor Matt Mahan for his approach: “back to the core basics” for the city.

Earlier this week, I read the column regarding his strategy for the many encampments that exist in our city. What has been attempted isn’t working. (Just drive almost anywhere in the city to see that.) Wishing him the best with a new game plan.

That said, I am dismayed at the quick negative reaction by District 4 Councilmember David Cohen. What has he done during his time in office to find a solution to this issue? You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.

Mayor Mahan was elected to make a difference for our city. At least he’s trying.

Mark Milioto Sr.
San Jose

Call for cutting
goalie intolerant

Re: “Sharks should cut intolerant goalie” (Page A6, March 23).

Intolerant Nino Repetti demands the San Jose Sharks cut “intolerant” James Reimer, the goalie, for refusing to wear LGBTQ gear.

All players are required, by league rules, to wear the standard equipment; some other items can be optional but not mandatory.

Reimer’s decision may not be palatable to Repetti and others, but — in our free society — it is his full right to agree or disagree with social issues based on his own personal and religious beliefs.

To connect his personal choice to his on-ice performance is ridiculous and hateful.

Peter Ligeti
San Jose

Federal incursion makes
for bad government

In “Government, big or small, is essential” (Page A6, March 23) Ron Harmon asks how big is too big? A better question is essential for what? Much of Hanson’s reasons for government expansion, service demands, fire and police protection apply to local governments. Federal incursion, especially in education, is a prime reason for calling it too big. American democracy is generating poor leadership, incapable of coping with decline in either domestic living standards or world hegemony.

Capitalistic corporations, though not perfect, do a much better job of wealth distribution than government. Government as a backstop against financial crisis is only half right. As Keynes pointed out, government should stop deficit spending to rebuild a positive balance during better times.

History shows that when government takes on the function of wealth redistribution in place of corporations and charities, it has become too big and is primed for a fall.

Fred Gutmann

Let’s use common
sense on gun control

Our laws limit what some people can own and operate because we’ve learned of the damage caused.

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1. Only designated people can acquire certain drugs.

2. Dynamite cannot be purchased by anyone who wants it.

3. It is illegal to purchase machine guns.

How in the world did we switch gears and delude ourselves that we have a “right” to own nearly any weapon we choose? Are we nuts? Yes.

Let’s require training and insurance for gun ownership. Let’s get rid of high-capacity magazines. Let’s get our heads screwed on right about gun “rights.”

Allen Price

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From Flip-Flops to the Final Four, Georgia Amoore Commands the Court

N.Y. Times - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 15:44
The junior guard is leading the Virginia Tech Hokies to their first Final Four appearance in program history. But basketball wasn’t always a given.
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Cleanup begins after fiery Minnesota ethanol derailment

Seattle Times - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 15:42

Workers have started removing contaminated soil and damaged railcars left behind after Thursday's fiery train derailment in southwest Minnesota.
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Russia and Ukraine Step Up Recruitment, Bracing for Fights Ahead

N.Y. Times - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 15:41
After a winter of intense battles and heavy losses in Ukraine’s east, both Russia and Ukraine are taking steps to replenish their depleted forces.
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Hackers exploit WordPress plugin flaw that gives full control of millions of sites

ARS Technica - Fri, 03/31/2023 - 15:40
Hackers exploit WordPress plugin flaw that gives full control of millions of sites

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Hackers are actively exploiting a critical vulnerability in a widely used WordPress plugin that gives them the ability to take complete control of millions of sites, researchers said.

The vulnerability, which carries a severity rating of 8.8 out of a possible 10, is present in Elementor Pro, a premium plugin running on more than 12 million sites powered by the WordPress content management system. Elementor Pro allows users to create high-quality websites using a wide range of tools, one of which is WooCommerce, a separate WordPress plugin. When those conditions are met, anyone with an account on the site—say a subscriber or customer—can create new accounts that have full administrator privileges.

The vulnerability was discovered by Jerome Bruandet, a researcher with security firm NinTechNet. Last week, Elementor, the developer of the Elementor Pro plugin, released version 3.11.7, which patched the flaw. In a post published on Tuesday, Bruandet wrote:

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Major League Baseball and the Oakland Police Department are both investigating the incident.

In the 12-second video posted on Twitter by the account for a Los Angeles sports talk show, the fan is seen being pushed by another spectator toward the Angels, where he is grabbed by Rendon through the guardrails near the dugout.

Watch the video here: Rendon altercation with fan (profanity warning)

Rendon asks what the fan said and accuses the fan of calling him a profane name, then lets go of the shirt, taking a swipe toward the fan’s head and missing. Other Angels players are seen walking by behind Rendon during the incident.

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