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police, fire departments unite for puerto rico relief

san jose — a coalition of san jose’s public-safety and civic leaders are holding a donation drive all over the city this weekend to send supplies to hurricane-ravaged puerto rico.the drive is of particular resonance to san jose police chief eddie garcia, who hails from the u.s. territory that was decimated to pre-industrial capacity by hurricane maria in september.“i came to the mainland of the united states when i was very young and the island of puerto rico means a lot to me,” garcia said in a public-service announcement released friday. “will you help us bring puerto rico back to where it needs to be?”in this thursday, sept. 28, 2017 file photo, destroyed communities are seen in the aftermath of hurricane maria in toa alta, puerto rico. (ap photo/gerald herbert, file) two months after the devastation leveled much of the island, 80 percent of the island lacks electricity and only about a third of the population has access to potable water.under the heading of “levanta puerto rico,” — puerto rico rise — donations will be collected saturday and sunday at multiple san jose fire stations and the san jose police substation in south san jose. goods will be gathered by the nonprofit puerto rican civic club and shipped to the puerto rico community foundation in the capital city of san juan.the two-day drive is aimed at collecting the following items: baby diapers, baby food, new children’s toys, batteries, first-aid kits, feminine-hygiene products, over-the-c...





matt williams, former giants star, will coach 3b for a's

the a’s latest coaching hire will reunite manager bob melvin with a former teammate.the club announced friday that matt williams will serve as the third base coach for the 2018 season.melvin and williams have a history together. the two were teammates on the san francisco giants from 1987-88 and were also together on the arizona diamondbacks from 2001-02, williams as a player for arizona and melvin as a coach.williams earned national league manager of the year in 2014 after leading the washington nationals to an nl east title with a record of 96-66 in his first year as manager of the club. he will take over the role vacated by chip hale after hale accepted a position on davey martinez’s staff as bench coach of the nationals. williams served as a third base coach with the diamondbacks from 2011-13, and again in 2016.a former fan favorite in san francisco, williams returned to the bay area last year, where he was a tv analyst for the giants on nbc sports bay area.





oakland's boccalone holding salami swan song on sunday

boccalone, an east bay maker of “tasty salted pig parts,” will hold its final salumi sale this sunday, nov. 19.citing slow sales, the company announced last month that it would be closing after curing its last batches.the finale will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1924 international blvd., oakland.the firm was co-founded by chef chris cosentino and general manager mark pastore, who first teamed up in 2002 at cosentino’s incanto restaurant in san francisco, where they added house-made artisan salumi to the menu. they later purchased the moniz sausage-making facility in oakland and launched boccalone, which sold cured meats and condiments online, at bay area farmers markets and at the ferry building marketplace.customers can pre-order for sunday’s sale by emailing [email protected] or just show up. with 1,700 small and large chubs of salami and 200 pounds of pancetta, “i don’t think we’re going to turn anyone away empty handed!” pastore said.





tehama shooter targeted victim, son

associated pressrancho tehama reserve — a neighbor’s account indicates that a northern california shooter who killed five people this week may have targeted an elementary school as part of his long-running feud with neighbors.shooter kevin neal threatened out loud that he was going to kill danny elliott and then go to the elementary school to kill elliott’s 7-year-old son, said johnny phommathep, a neighbor who lived about 200 feet away from neal.he’d scream to him, “i’ma kill you, boy. i’ma learn you. once i kill you, i’ma go kill your son at school,” phommathep told the record searchlight of redding.the tehama county sheriff’s office said neal, 44, killed neighbor danny elliott and his mother, diana steele, in an apparent act of revenge before he shot randomly into vehicles and at people in this tiny, rural community about 130 miles north of sacramento.neal killed five people and wounded at least a dozen adults and children before authorities shot him dead during a rampage on tuesday.the gunman rammed a car into the gates of rancho tehama elementary school and shot at its portable classrooms. he tried repeatedly to get into a kindergarten classroom but quick-thinking staff had locked the school down, and he eventually stormed off.assistant sheriff phil johnston has said he wasn’t sure why neal headed to the school, but phommathep said neal probably went there looking for elliott’s son. the school has about 100 students, in kindergarten through fifth ...





stitch fix's ipo is frayed; apple delays its homepod release

a stitch in how much time?: stitch fix tried to sew up a healthy public stock debut friday. but, instead, the san francisco-based provider of online-based personal shopping and clothing found out just what happens when you pull long enough at a loose thread.stitch fix priced 8 million shares of its stock at $15 a piece, and at that point, the company had to know its shares weren’t going to be a good fit for everyone. the company had earlier set a price range of $18 to $20 a share for its ipo, with plans to put 10 million shares up for sale. however, it had to cut the price, and the number of shares it sold, because of concerns about it being able to maintain a semblance of profitability.stitch fix is one of those online subscription-based companies that lets customer sign up for regular deliveries of a product–in stitch fix’s case, clothes. people pay for what they want and return the rest. but booming marketing and product costs have had hampered such companies’ earnings prospects, (see: blue apron), and resulted in some less-than-stellar public debuts.add stitch fix to the mix. while its shares hit as high as $18.53 on friday, that lofty gain wouldn’t last. by the time trading closed, stitch fix ended its first day as a public company at $15.15 a share. the initial opinions about stitch fix has already been sewn up.(not) home for the holidays: apple, already behind amazon and google in the market for smart home speakers, won’t be getting its homepod system int...





alabama gov. believes moore accusers, still voting for him

by michael scherer and sean sullivan | washington postmontgomery, ala. – alabama gov. kay ivey, r, said friday that she plans to vote for embattled gop nominee roy moore for senate, even as she said she has “no reason to disbelieve” the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.ivey made her comments on the same day that moore’s wife kayla moore said that her husband would not bow out of the contest, despite senate republican leaders vigorously urging him to do so.by day’s end, it appeared increasingly that the effort by senate gop leaders to force moore out of the race or rally the party behind an alternative contender was gaining little, if any, traction.“i will cast my ballot on december the 12,” ivey told reporters. “and i do believe that the nominee of the party is the one i will vote for.”she attributed her decision to a desire to preserve the advantage republicans hold over democrats in the senate, which has enabled them to advance key judicial nominations and other elements of the gop agenda.“we need to have a republican in the united states senate to vote on the things like supreme court justices,” ivey said.republicans hold a 52-48 senate. majority.ivey said she saw “no reason” to move the date of the election, a possibility some have raised as a last-gasp try by party leaders to prevent moore from being elected.the republican became governor this year following the resignation of robert bentley, also a republican. ivey faces an elect...





$44b storm aid requested, puerto rico mostly left out

by erik wasson | bloomberg newsthe white house asked congress for $44 billion in hurricane aid, including funds designated for texas and florida, while most of puerto rico’s needs would be addressed in a future request.by not addressing all of puerto rico’s request friday, the white house move could diminish the chances that aid is supplied in a december funding bill. the white house said damage assessments haven’t been completed for puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands, and a further request is planned.texas would get less funding than it says it needs. texas gov. greg abbott, a republican, asked for $61 billion to repair damage from hurricane harvey. florida officials asked for billions in aid for the state’s citrus industry.puerto rico this week requested $94 billion in immediate aid to recover from hurricanes irma and maria, which left most of the 3.4 million residents without power. the biggest share of the funds, $31 billion, were to be used to rebuild homes, with another $18 billion requested for the electric utility, governor ricardo rossello said in a letter to president donald trump released monday.democrats earlier this month asked the white house not to request spending cuts to pay for the disaster aid and requested liquidity loans to help cash-strapped puerto rico pay its bills. the island is struggling to emerge from a record-setting bankruptcy.congress has already approved two bills totaling $52 billion in aid for the hurricanes. those bills did not ...





how far does $2,200 get you? – the mercury news

curious just how far your dollar goes in the oakland’s competitive rental market? we’ve rounded up the latest rental offerings from listing site zumper to get a sense of what to expect if you’re hunting down housing with a budget of $2,200/month. 3427 laurel ave.first is this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment in the diamond district that’s listed for $2,200/month. located on the top floor of a 4-plex, the unit boasts a large living room with a galley kitchen. there’s plenty of closet space, and there’s an assigned parking space. (see the complete listing.)118 athol ave., #301this 700-square-foot 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment, located near lake merritt, is listed for $2,150/month. the top-floor unit has hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows, a dishwasher and stainless steel kitchen appliances. the building boasts on-site laundry, a bike room and a zen garden. cats are permitted. (see the complete listing.)1448 jackson st.listed at $2,095/month, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment was recently remodeled. the 12-unit building is near to downtown oakland, and there is on-site laundry. pets are not permitted. according to the listing, “transportation is a breeze with lake merritt, 12th, and 19th bart stations all within walking range.” (see the complete listing.)1254 e 12th st.here’s a 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment listed for $2,000/month. the 650-square-foot unit is located on the second-floor of the building. there’s on-site laundry, and the uni...





moscow meeting about trump tower meeting under scrutiny

by desmond butler, mary clare jalonick and eric tucker | associated presswashington — earlier this year, a russian-american lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier: a gathering at trump tower with president donald trump’s son, his son-in-law and his then-campaign chairman.the moscow meeting in june, which has not been previously disclosed, is now under scrutiny by investigators who want to know why the two men met in the first place and whether there was some effort to get their stories straight about the trump tower meeting just weeks before it would become public, the associated press has learned.congressional investigators have questioned both men — lobbyist rinat akhmetshin and ike kaveladze, a business associate of a moscow-based developer and former trump business partner — and obtained their text message communications, people familiar with the investigation told the ap.special counsel robert mueller’s team also has been investigating the 2016 trump tower meeting, which occurred weeks after trump had clinched the republican presidential nomination and which his son attended with the expectation of receiving damaging information about democrat hillary clinton. a grand jury has already heard testimony about the meeting, which in addition to donald trump jr., also included jared kushner, trump’s son-in-law, and his then-campaign chairman paul manafort.the focus of the congres...





humphrey scores 17, leads stanford past northeastern 73-59

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david shaw's quiet quest at stanford: eclipsing pop warner

darting here and there …— best-kept secret of the big game: david shaw can become the winningest head football coach in stanford history by beating cal saturday, passing the legendary pop warner. not that the school would deign to make a big deal out of that, of course. baffling.— if stanford can’t beat a publicity tom-tom for shaw’s stupendous milestone, how is it ever going to get bryce love the heisman? guess shaw will just have to take over and give love the ball 25-30 times.— we have so much respect and admiration for shaw beyond his incredible accomplishments. from the outset, he said stanford was his dream job, never wanted to go anywhere else, and in the upset of upsets as far as college coaching goes, he actually wasn’t lying.— shaw enters the 120th big game with a 71-20 record at stanford. warner was 71-18-8 from 1924 to 1932. so while ol’ pop has a razor-thin edge in win percentage, shaw got to 71 in fewer games. either way, break a mark that has stood for 85 years, the coach merits a special shoulder-pad ride, eh fellas?— three-time pac-12 conference coach of the year. three conference titles, a couple of rose bowl wins. has never lost to cal as the head man in seven tries, going for a record eighth in a row. more career wins than chuck taylor, john ralston, bill walsh, jack elway, dennis green, ty willingham or jim harbaugh. you need more? ok, how about humble, nice guy?— yep, 72, that’s an impressive number of wins in 6½ seasons. it woul...





tesla slideshow: the new, $200,000 roadster

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how can oakland beat tom brady in mexico city?

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raiders likely down one starter, maybe more for patriots matchup

alameda — david amerson ran on a side field with a raiders’ trainer all week and logged three dnps ahead of sunday’s game in mexico city against the patriots.yet the starting cornerback hasn’t been officially ruled out as of friday afternoon, though it looks like he’s headed for that fate come sunday with a designation of “doubtful” for now.“he’ll travel. he ran well enough on the side for it to be a consideration,” raiders’ coach jack del rio said of amerson on friday. “still doubtful, which means what it means. the percentages are not great that he’s gonna play, but there’s that possibility that remains. i didn’t want to make him out and then have him out there.”like our oakland raiders facebook page for more raiders news, commentary and conversation. amerson has been plagued by injuries this season – first a concussion suffered against denver, then a shoulder injury and now a foot issue. he’s played in six of oakland’s nine games, missing contests against baltimore, buffalo and miami. the bye week apparently did little to improve amerson’s status, given that he’s still a long shot to suit up for an already banged-up secondary.rookie corner gareon conley was placed on injured reserve monday, and duties have been left to sean smith, tj carrie and dexter mcdonald at the position. carrie has been the group’s most consistent performer and smith has played well of late. mcdonald, however, has been shaky, which the raiders can’t affor...





a 160-proof vodka-infused turkey??

stroll the aisles of any bevmo and you’ll see infused vodkas of every kind, from lemon to bacon, marshmallow and birthday cake. but new york city bartender sam musovic has upped the vodka-infusion ante to new heights.behold the 160-proof vodka-infused turkey. straws included. free taxi rides home also included. selena rosa, a mexican restaurant on manhattan’s upper east side, will be serving those boozy birds to the 21+ crowd through nov. 26.this is not the first liquored-up turkey to be served in new york. that honor goes to pd o’hurley’s tavern in 2009. by the following year, 100-proof turkeys had popped up at more than 100 taverns around new york and the recipe was making the rounds — a 14-pound bird and 28 ounces of vodka, in case you wondered.but selena rosa’s version, which is drinkable as well as edible, has upped the game by using 160-proof devils spring vodka and offering injections of five additional flavored vodkas. (er, injected into the bird, not the diner although clearly, the booze ends up there.)no word as yet on which ones. cranberry might be fine. bacon? sure. birthday cake-flavored vodka, not so much.





vince young, texas beat usc in epic rose bowl

november 17, 2017, 11:00 am the 120th big game has all the trappings of the 119th big game. and the 118th, and the 117th and all of them, really, since 2009. that was the last time the game was in doubt in the final minute, the last time the ancient rivalry felt like anything could happen. at first blush, the matchup saturday at stanford stadium...





tesla electric semi-truck slideshow: a green revolution?

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trump could reshape california's federal courts

president donald trump could have an easier time appointing conservative judges to california’s federal courts under a policy shift in the u.s. senate this week. senate judiciary committee chair chuck grassley, r-iowa, said thursday that he wouldn’t necessarily follow the senate’s informal “blue slip” policy, which allows senators to veto judicial nominees in their home states.that means that sens. dianne feinstein and kamala harris won’t necessarily hold sway over nominees to california’s federal courts, and the republican majority in the senate would be able to confirm them. the blue slip tradition, which has been in place for more than 100 years, is one of the last tools democrats have to stop trump from shaping the federal judiciary with lifetime appointments. ending the practice would be the latest escalation in a years-long struggle between republicans and democrats over nominating and confirming federal judges.feinstein, the ranking democrat on the judiciary committee, blasted grassley’s decision, saying it would undermine the independence of the judicial appointment process. “the lengths to which republicans are going to jam extremely conservative and controversial nominees through the senate is unprecedented,” she said in a statement. “there’s only one reason to eliminate the blue slip, and that’s to allow president trump to completely cut democrats out of the process of selecting judicial nominees and continue the pattern of selecting nomi...





retailers rise again, but tech leads other u.s. stocks lower

new york — retailers and smaller u.s. companies jumped again friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big u.s. corporations couldn’t add to the previous day’s gains.a slew of retailers including discount chain ross stores, shoe store foot locker and clothing companies gap and abercrombie & fitch soared following strong results or forecasts. wal-mart helped kick off a retail rally a day ago. technology, health care and industrial companies slumped. on thursday they led stocks to their biggest gain in two months.investors have liked what they’ve seen from retailers the last two days. invesco global market strategist kristina hooper said the companies are giving a double dose of good news. consumers are spending more, and there are signs some companies are figuring out how to survive in a world where more and more sales are made online.“businesses are starting to evolve and alter their models and may be able to survive quite well in very changed circumstances,” she said. “this is only the beginning of what they’re going to need to do to stay competitive.”the standard & poor’s 500 index fell 6.79 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,578.85. the dow jones industrial average gave up 100.12 points, or 0.4 percent, to 23,358.24. the nasdaq composite dipped 10.50 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,782.79 after it closed at a record high thursday.the russell 2000 index of smaller and more u.s.-focused stocks climbed 5.94 ...





moviepass now offering $6.95-a-month deal if you buy an annual pass

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