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a water bottle that's a pill dispenser

asobu pill organizer bottles. a water bottle with piggy back pill dispenser: you would think that those of us on a daily regimen of pills would always have on hand a bottle of water along with a stocked pill dispenser. but traveling complicates matters, especially in locations where bottled water is essential. sometimes i just assume i’ll be able to buy a bottle along my route, only to be out of luck. but what if i made sure i always started the day (or better yet, made sure the night before) that i had in hand a full bottle of water and a loaded pill dispenser — ideally placed together ready to go?a company called asobu has gone one better with the all-in-one pill organizer bottle. a plastic pill dispenser with seven snap-open compartments slides snuggly into (and out of) a niche on the outside of a wide-mouth 20-ounce bpa-free plastic water bottle. the bottle’s screw-on top doubles as a portable 6.5-ounce cup. tiny plastic pegs built into the bottle keep it from rolling around while you are removing pills or refilling compartments. each compartment is embossed with a raised initial (as well as braille equivalent) for the day of the week. just make sure to fill the bottle with water, bottled or otherwise, ideally the night before, and confirm your pills also are loaded up, then head out prepared.the bottle i tested did not leak or crack (a particular concern, since pills were “attached” and the plastic pill dispenser is not watertight. if you are worried about...





asiana crash: last survivor claim settled

hours before the first asiana airlines crash claim to go to trial reached the courtroom, the airline and the santa clara surgical dentist injured in the disaster reached a confidential settlement, an attorney’s spokeswoman said late thursday.dr. kyung rhan rha (courtesy of baum, hedlund, aristei & goldman, pc) dr. kyung rhan rha sued asiana airlines for injuries suffered in the july 6, 2013, crash at sfo in which four people died and 49 of the 307 people on board were injured. she claims an injury to her right arm precludes her from grasping the tools she needs as a prosthodontist, a surgical dentist who handles facial and dental problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures.the airline had challenged the severity of rha’s injury.“a confidential settlement of dr. rha’s case has been reached,” the spokeswoman for rha’s attorney told bay area news group. “the trial is off calendar.”jury selection was scheduled to start friday in the trial that would have only determined damages because asiana had already admitted liability for the crash.all other known claims by the 307 people on board the aircraft had been settled out of court. this was the only one that got close to trial.the boeing 777 was finishing a transpacific flight from incheon international airport near seoul, south korea, when flight 214’s tail and landing gear struck an sfo sea wall and cartwheeled onto the runway. federal investigators concluded the air crew was at fault.dozen...





tanya holland bringing brown sugar kitchen to san francisco

tanya holland is bringing a taste of her new-style oakland soul food to san francisco.the noted chef-owner of brown sugar kitchen and cookbook author will take over a spot at the ferry building that had previously been occupied by il cane rosso, the san francisco chronicle reported.the plan is for a counter version of her flagship restaurant on mandela parkway in west oakland. she’s also taking over part of the pican space in uptown oakland for a second east bay restaurant.and that’s just the beginning. according to the chronicle, holland is eyeing locations at the warriors’ upcoming chase center arena in san francisco and at bay area airports.“my goal has been the same,” she told the paper. “i want to be the shake shack of soul food.”





food, art festival, coffee, more

hanapepe, kauai — tucked halfway between the resorts and shores of poipu and the grand landscapes of waimea canyon state park, you’ll find the tiny town of hanapepe. it bills itself as “kauai’s biggest little town,” and it’s one that’s so laid-back, we felt like the only people there one sleepy sunny afternoon. but the place comes to vivid life on friday nights — and it’s well worth a visit at any time. here are just five ways to play. 1 friday night festfor the last 20 years, hanapepe’s shops and galleries have thrown open their doors each week for the friday night festival and art walk. stroll the street fair, enjoy live music and spend the evening popping into galleries to check out the work of local artists and craftspeople. the shops and restaurants all stay open late, and food trucks roll into town for the festivities.in town on a not-friday? swing by the amy-lauren’s gallery, where local artists’ watercolors, oils and ceramics are exhibited at two locations, including the bright blue hanapepe collection across from the talk story bookstore.details: the friday night art walk runs until 9 p.m. on hanapepe road; www.hanapepe.org. find amy-lauren’s gallery at 3890 hanapepe road and 4545 kona road; www.amylaurensgallery.com.2 little fish coffeewhether you’re heading up to waimea canyon to gaze in slack-jawed wonder or over to lihue plantation to raft the plantation canals, this adorable little coffeehouse makes a perfect fueling stop. st...





school district offers resources for immigrant support after president calls for end of daca program – the mercury news

milpitas unified school district superintendent cheryl jordan wants immigrant families in the community to know that “our school community is here for them.”jordan’s message comes following an announcement from president donald trump this month that he intends to end the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, which provides temporary protection to undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children so they can work and go to school. trump did leave congress a six-month window to possibly save the policy.the district has created a resources for immigration support page on the district website to provide community, legal and educational resources to “ensure our students and their families know their rights,” a sept. 11 statement from the district says.in a sept. 11 blog post, jordan said the possible end of the daca program “greatly impacts many of our musd graduates as well as the older siblings of our current students.”“daca provides our students ages 16 plus and our graduates with the ability to gain work visas so that they can live out our musd vision, that they are productive contributors to their communities. there is a great deal of uncertainty that our students, staff and their families are grappling with, and i want each to know our musd family is here for all,” jordan added in her blog post.still, district staff have been hearing from concerned students and families about how they will be impacted if daca is ended, jordan said in an ...





after early pick, brian hoyer scores 49ers' first td of 2017

santa clara — after two full games and change, the 49ers scored their first touchdown of the season in the first quarter of thursday’s game against the los angeles rams.on third and four, quarterback brian hoyer atoned for an early interception with a nine-yard scramble into the end zone with 8:17 left in the first quarter.hoyer’s run capped a 14-play, 81-yard drive, which was aided by offside penalty on rams safety blake countess with the 49ers punting on 4th and 2 on their own 49.on the 49ers’ first offensive play from scrimmage, hoyer was intercepted by nickell robey-coleman, who returned it 25 yards to the san francisco 3-yard line. on the next play, todd gurley scored on a run up the middle.after hoyer’s td, the rams responded on their next drive, as gurley caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback jared goff with 4:32 left in the first quarter to give los angeles a 14-7 lead.running back carlos hyde suffered a hip injury on the 49ers second possession when he had four carries for 29 yards. he returned for the start of the second quarter.





girl trapped in rubble didn't exist

by gisela salomon and maria verza | associated pressmexico city — hour after excruciating hour, mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.she reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there were others trapped near her. rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and other tools to reach her.news media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of “frida sofia” with a sense of urgency that made it a national drama, drawing attention away from other rescue efforts across the quake-stricken city and leaving people in mexico and abroad glued to their television sets.but she never existed, mexican navy officials now say.“we want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl,” navy assistant secretary angel enrique sarmiento said thursday. “we never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe — we are sure — it was not a reality.”sarmiento said a camera lowered into the rubble of the enrique rebsamen school showed blood tracks where an injured person apparently dragged himself or herself, and the only person it could be — the only one still listed as missing — was a school employee. but it was just blood tracks — no fingers wiggling, no voice, no name. several dead people have been removed from the rubble, and it could have been their fingers rescuers thought t...





tech companies targeted by sophisticated malware attack

security researchers say hackers compromised popular computer-cleaning software as part of a sophisticated attack that targeted several high-profile technology companies.get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings. sign up for the free good morning silicon valley newsletter.the company that sells ccleaner software, prague-based avast software, says the attack affected more than 2 million computers in late august and early september.san jose-based cisco systems and its talos cybersecurity group discovered and disclosed the breach after hackers targeted cisco’s own internal domain, as well as domains of microsoft, google, samsung and other tech companies.cisco cybersecurity expert craig williams says attackers used an “advanced reconnaissance system” on hundreds of thousands of pcs with the aim of penetrating the tech companies’ domains and extracting valuable intellectual property.cisco says at least 20 targeted machines were infected with the secondary malware. it hasn’t disclosed which companies were affected.





warriors' durant unveils new court for kids

the nba’s most valuable player in the 2017 championship playoffs lit up the faces of youngsters when he made a surprise visit to a redwood city clubhouse monday.for many of the roughly 200 youths in attendance, it wasn’t the only surprise.golden state warriors superstar forward kevin durant also unveiled a brand new outdoor court for the boys & girls clubs of the peninsula’s mervin g. morris clubhouse at 1109 hilton st. the youths all received kevin durant charity foundation shirts and nike hats, some of which were signed by durant at the event.to chants of “mvp,” durant shot the first baskets on the new court, which is stenciled with his name and foundation, but missed three free throws before going in to dunk the ball to cheers.“this is a special day,” he said, before answering three questions from youths, followed by a free-throw competition, which was won by myles nunez, a senior at sequoia high school who earned four round-trip tickets on alaska airlines for making two shots in a row.asked by one student how basketball has shaped his personality, durant said the sport taught him the importance of hard work and collaboration.“teamwork and putting your ego to the side … and try not to think about yourself all of the time,” he said. “it takes hard work and dedication (and) how hard it is to get to someplace special. it’s an everyday process.”the court, which was renovated over a two-week period, is a gift of the kevin durant charity foundation, whi...





pal alto castaway relies on brains more than brawn

at age 27, palo alto native roark luskin is making her prime-time debut as one of 18 castaways on the new season of “survivor.” but it was way back in the fifth grade that she enjoyed her first “survivor” experience. … sort of.the iconic cbs reality series had just premiered and was generating lots of buzz the summer before luskin and her classmates at phillips brooks school in menlo park were preparing to graduate. to celebrate, the classroom moms threw a “survivors of fifth grade” theme party.“we had to do a bunch of little challenges and i remember a girl crying during the gross-food challenge,” luskin says, referring to a delicacy made up of ambrosia and gummy worms. “she had stepped up to take the challenge but couldn’t bring herself to eat it. still, she demanded a (participation) trophy, which made for such a millennial moment.”as for luskin, she skipped the gross-food challenge and moved onto one in which she could put her swimming skills on display.“it’s one of the first lessons ‘survivor’ teaches you,” she says. “don’t step up to take on a challenge unless you’re confident you can pull it off.”luskin, a social worker who graduated from castilleja high school in palo alto and now lives in santa monica, hoped to put that and other lessons to good use when she joined her fellow contestants in fiji for the 35th season of “survivor.” this edition of the series features a “heroes vs. healers vs. hustlers” theme with the ...





palo alto chef lin of the sea takes top awards at 'star chefs'

it’s not often that judges and people’s choice voters agree at a culinary event, but a lobster ceviche won the palates of both groups at this week’s “star chefs and the wines they love.”yu min lin, executive chef of the sea by alexander’s in palo alto, took home two of the top three awards at the event held at forager in san jose, beating out a dozen other gourmet appetizers. the event was a benefit for the silicon valley children’s fund and teenforce.for more food and drink coverage follow us on flipboard.for his complex plate, lin poached the lobster, then drizzled it with lemon and a soy mustard vinaigrette, and plated it atop an edamame mixture. a seaweed rice chip with a citrus gel and strands of amaranth crowned the lobster.the third award of the evening, the chefs’ choice, was a tie between chef joey elenterio (french fries & caviar) and pastry chef anna st. john (manresa bread).his entry was a playful dish of brussels sprouts salad with bacon and jalapeño surrounded by what he called a whipped “cheez whiz” of white cheddar, swiss and american, with vegetarian worcestershire sauce.hers was a dessert: compressed puff pastry topped with hazelnut spread and blackberries — an adult pb&j, if you will.like the palo alto daily news facebook page for neighborhood news and conversation from palo alto, menlo park, atherton, redwood city and beyond.lin has been at the helm of the sea since its opening in 2012. trained in japan, he has a résumé that includ...





49ers vs. los angeles rams, thursday

september 21, 2017, 4:18 pm santa clara — as expected, strong safety eric reid (knee) headlined the list of 49ers inactives thursday night against the los angeles rams. with reid out, the 49ers will move jaquiski tartt to strong safety and jimmie ward to free safety. that duo will be counted on to contain rams deep-threat receivers gerald everett, cooper kupp, robert woods and sammy...





at home: 'prints charming' comes calling

paisleys and plaids, florals and stripes, zebra print and french toile — all are lovely on their own. but together? yes! leave it to madcap cottage owners jason oliver nixon and john loecke to pull it off. the proof lies in page after colorful page of their new book, “prints charming” (abrams, $35).a review copy recently landed on my desk. charmed by the book’s name — and soon by its authors — i cracked it and quickly saw that nixon and loecke, of high point, north carolina, know how to have a good time. every page explodes with their zany colorful spirit.want to see ask amy? follow us on flipboard.“people are scared of pattern,” nixon is saying over the phone. (i’ve called to talk about the driving motivation behind the book.) “i hope this book gives people permission to have some fun.”count me in the scaredy-cat group. like many diy decorators, i love mixed pattern when i see it, but i often turn into the cowardly lion when choosing between a solid or a print for my own home, or, even more terrifying, a combination of patterns and prints.but, as “prints charming: create absolutely beautiful interiors with prints & patterns” illustrates, a curated collection of courageous prints can turn a plain pumpkin house into a carriage with a brocade interior.“life is short. why be boring?” nixon is saying. “the color of gravy should only be on potatoes.”get pet and wildlife news delivered to your inbox for free on weekdays.sign up for our coffee break...





great america halloween haunt: scary clowns, zombies, mazes

upon approach, all seems deceptively calm. eerily restful. dare i say … normal.yet as i enter the forlorn and frightening hallways of madame marie’s massacre manor — one of several severed-from-reality mazes at great america’s halloween haunt — feeble flames from faux gas lamps flutter in the gloom. muddled shapes and scenes loom large as my eyes adjust, revealing tattered walls, voodoo dolls and chandeliers made of human bones.suddenly, out of nowhere (actually, from the makeup trailer, but pretend i didn’t tell you that) a gaggle of ghouls emerges. the madame herself leads the way, sweeping in on a stormy cloud of black taffeta and dark intentions (she has a penchant for turning the wayward into garden fertilizer). she’s accompanied by an armless, decaying zombie, a classic witch, a doomed-yet-defiant conspiracy theorist (think richard dreyfuss in “close encounters”) and a bloodthirsty and disturbingly perky clown named giggles.“hey, i’m a jester, ok? see the hat? the bells? i’m a jester. not a clown!” giggles squeaks through gritted and blood-stained teeth. sorry, dude. chill out.for more weekend outings from the san francisco bay area and beyondfollow us on flipboard.but fear not. or rather, go ahead and fear, because this threatening throng will be roaming loose at the santa clara theme park’s annual creep fest, opening friday night and scaring the bejesus out of people on friday-sunday through oct. 29. now in its 10th year, the event offers ...





east bay water board backs delta tunnels project – the mercury news

livermore — one day after the largest water district in america pulled out of a $17 billion state project to build twin tunnels under the delta, a water supplier for 220,000 alameda county residents supported the plan and said it wants to join in.in a 5-2 decision wednesday night, alameda county’s zone 7 water agency endorsed the california waterfix , which proposes to build tunnels under the delta as a means of making state water supplies more reliable for buyers like zone 7.like our facebook page for more conversation and news coverage from the east bay and beyond.the agency also agreed to commit up to $250,000 more toward state planning of the project.zone 7 managers recommended backing the project as a way to increase the reliability of state supplies that zone 7 relies on for 80 percent of its water on average. the agency supplies wholesale water to  pleasanton, livermore and dublin water agencies that sell it to local residents.“we need more water,” said jill duerig, the agency’s general manager.on tuesday, the  westland water district board’s voted to pull out of the delta project, likely making it more expensive for remaining partners like zone 7.still, duerig said thursday that state officials have assured her the project can go ahead.joining the project would increase consumer water prices in the tri-valley about 20 percent over the next 10 to 15 years, according to a zone 7 report.“while the cost is significant,” the report concluded, “it’s ...





leyla mccalla thriving in life after the chocolate drops

leyla mccalla isn’t afraid of big, sudden changes.the classically trained cellist and vocalist was busking in new orleans when a chance encounter with the carolina chocolate drops’ manager led to 2½-year stint with the grammy award-winning african-american string band.the 2011-2013 gig didn’t just fast-track her career, it catapulted her onto international stages overnight, as she was “suddenly plucked from the streets of new orleans to playing sold-out concert halls and clubs all over the u.s. and europe, which was very life changing,” says mccalla, 31, who was born in new york to haitian parents.“i had zero experience with the world of management, agents, and career development for an artist. i was playing with indie artists who were funding their own projects. joining the chocolate drops was a real education, because nothing can teach you to be a touring musician except touring.”get more of our music coverage on flipboard.these days she’s putting those lessons to work as the leader of her own band, which plays at freight & salvage sept. 24, kuumbwa on sept. 25 and sweetwater music hall sept. 26. featuring daniel tremblay on guitar, five-string banjo and ti fer (iron triangle), violist and vocalist free feral (aka san pablo-raised bria bonet), and mccalla on cello, tenor banjo and guitar, her trio focuses on music from her gorgeous album “a day for the hunter, a day for the prey” (jazz village).mccalla’s music draws deeply on her roots — she ofte...





49ers tight end george kittle (hip) cleared to face rams

santa clara — as expected, strong safety eric reid (knee) headlined the list of 49ers inactives thursday night against the los angeles rams.with reid out, the 49ers will move jaquiski tartt to strong safety and jimmie ward to free safety. that duo will be counted on to contain rams deep-threat receivers gerald everett, cooper kupp, robert woods and sammy watkins.starting tight end george kittle (hip), who was questionable throughout the week, is active.his is the full list of 49ers actives:— wr kendrick boone— cb ahkello witherspoon— s eric reid— lb pita taumoepenu— lb reuben foster— ol erik magnuson— dl xavier cooper





scientists debunk claim that the world will end saturday – the mercury news

oakland — take it from experts as far away as nasa and as close as your local astronomer: the world isn’t going to end saturday.speculation has been building over the last couple of weeks and online videos have contributed to a loose narrative of claims that a planet called nibiru, named after a minor babylonian deity, is heading for some kind of collision course with earth.evangelical christian advocate, david meade, pegs the planet’s date with disaster to the significance of the number 33 and the number of days since last month’s solar eclipse, according to the washington post.as it turns out, this isn’t nibiru’s first attempt to annihilate our planet. it figured prominently in the alleged mayan-calendar-based reference that claimed the world was going to end dec. 21, 2012. in an interview with our publication, david morrison, then the senior scientist at the astrobiology institute at nasa ames research center, calmly squashed any such arguments.morrison weighed in again this month in the washington post, saying he was moved to counter the latest round of baseless speculation after receiving a letter from a young girl who wanted a scientist’s perspective.closer to the bay area, ben burris of the chabot space & science center looked on the latest round of rumors with amusement.“i would have to say, it’s not going to happen on the 23rd. this story pops up every once in a while and then peters out when nothing happens,” said burris, a staff astronomer an...





peninsula things to do, sept. 22 and beyond – the mercury news

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joe panik is in an uncertain place as giants head into the winter

san francisco – back in 2014, before joe panik played in game 7 of the world series, and before he made the glove flip heard ‘round the world to start one of the most clutch double plays in franchise history, he and hitting coach hensley meulens already had a small moment to celebrate together.it happened after the final regular-season game, when panik collected two hits to end his rookie season with a .305 average. meulens made a point to congratulate him for not only making a rushed adjustment to major league pitching but for thriving against it.being a .300 hitter might mean less to big data these days, but in a major league clubhouse, it’s still a pretty big deal.there will be no glove flips and no game 7s this time. the giants have nine games to play and must win three to avoid their second 100-loss season in franchise history. they also face the unsavory prospect of watching two division rivals celebrate in front of them on this final, six-game road trip to dodger stadium and arizona’s chase field.the dodgers will clinch the nl west with their next victory or arizona’s next loss. the diamondbacks’ magic number to clinch a place in the nl wild card game is down to four.beyond pride, panik might have the most at stake among giants players in terms of personal goals in this final stretch. his three-hit game wednesday against the colorado rockies lifted his average to .291.there aren’t many players on the giants roster who can describe this season as a persona...