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Weekend • March 19-20, 2011 • Vol XI, Edition 184




Federal cuts affect KCSM

Local public radio and TV station facing budget obstacles

By Heather Murtagh


Federal legislation to eliminate federal funding to National Public Radio is one of a couple budget pro- posals that could affect efforts to keep San Mateo-based KCSM on the airwaves. Last year, the radio and television station for the San Mateo County

the radio and television station for the San Mateo County Marilyn Lawrence Community College District faced




College District



challenges when

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faces new monetary challenges. Cuts to NPR could mean a new $55,000 cost on top of yet unknown impacts from the state budget. General Manager Marilyn Lawrence noted the legislation should maintain community service grants to the station. However, NPR does pay for the college station’s Internet streaming rights — about $55,000 annually. She’s unsure if

that help would go away with the passage of the bill.

A federal bill to cut spending that

would end support for NPR passed the House Thursday with a 228-192 vote. The bill faces strong opposi- tion in the Senate and the White House issued a statement criticizing the measure and threatening a veto. NPR received almost $5 million in federal funding last year. The bill

would also limit a station’s uses for federal funding in producing their

own programs. KCSM only subscribes to one NPR show, so that isn’t a huge impact to the station, said Lawrence. These challenges will be coupled with possible state cutbacks.

See KCSM, Page 19

coupled with possible state cutbacks. See KCSM , Page 19 SCOTT LENHART/DAILY JOURNAL El Camino Real


El Camino Real just south of Broadway in Burlingame suffered from flooding after a series of storms saturated the Peninsula.Forecasters are predicting wet weather through the week with showers this weekend and a rain storm with isolated thunder storms Sunday.

Storm pounds Peninsula

Tornado watch rattles Bay Area,no twisters spotted


A man who appeared to be in his 60s was found dead, but Fouyer did not know if he was in one of the vehicles crushed by a big rig. Other motorists called police to report they were trapped but unin- jured. “They’re still pulling things apart to gure out what’s where and get the cars moved,” Fouyer said three hours after the crash near Yuba Gap, a popular weekend sledding destina- tion. One victim was critically injured and 20 had moderate injuries, said

Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Numerous spinouts also prompted authorities to close the eastbound lanes of I-80, the main corridor link- ing Northern California and Nevada. Ofcials hoped to reopen the interstate Friday night. The storm brought driving rain at lower elevations. The National Weather Service issued a ood watch for much of the

See STORM, Page 27

SACRAMENTO — A powerful winter storm raked Northern California on Friday, unleashing a small tornado that tore the roof off a business and bringing heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada that was blamed for a fatal chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80. The afternoon crash in the moun- tains 70 miles east of Sacramento involved at least six big rigs and 15 vehicles, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Curtis Fouyer said.

Zazzle sponsors Bay to Breakers

Redwood City company ‘a perfect fit’for annual San Francisco race

By Janna Brancolini


The 2011 Bay to Breakers race has signed a new title sponsor just nine weeks before the event’s cen- tennial, organizers announced Friday. Zazzle, a Redwood City-based company that allows customers to create personalized products rang- ing from calendars to skateboards, inked a six-gure deal last week to become the title sponsor for the next two years, company co-founder and chief product ofcer Jeff Beaver said. Terms of the agreement weren’t released, but Beaver, 31, noted it was “actually pretty pricey” to take over the city for a day. “This is a cherished Bay Area tra-

the city for a day. “This is a cherished Bay Area tra- Angela Fang a national

Angela Fang

a national spot- light,” Beaver said. “We could- n’t be more excited.” The race has been barraged for the past sev- eral years with

complaints about safety, sanitation and property damage — not to mention the errant nude runner — prompting former sponsor ING to drop the event less than two weeks after the 2010 race. The race, which is run by AEG, was never at risk of not happening, but organizers were happy to nd a sponsor to help shape and manage



See ZAZZLE, Page 19

Committed stabbing defendant back from Napa State Hospital

By Michelle Durand


A South San Francisco man com-

mitted late last summer before he could stand trial for allegedly stab-

bing a Redwood City clerk without provocation is back for prosecution on an attempted murder charge after Napa State Hospital doctors found him returned to competency. Kenneth Norman Tuttle III, 26,

will stand trial on that count, the use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury unless the doc-

tors’ ndings are contested and he is considered still incompetent. Competency is a person’s ability to aid in his or her own defense while sanity is the mental state at the time of an alleged incident. Before Tuttle was found incompetent and

See TUTTLE, Page 27

is the mental state at the time of an alleged incident. Before Tuttle was found incompetent
is the mental state at the time of an alleged incident. Before Tuttle was found incompetent
is the mental state at the time of an alleged incident. Before Tuttle was found incompetent
is the mental state at the time of an alleged incident. Before Tuttle was found incompetent

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Quote of the Day

“Everything is still up in the air,but if the tax extensions get on the ballot and are passed,the [San Mateo County Community College] District expects its state funding to be cut about $5.6 million and our workload (number of students we are funded to serve) cut by 5.2 percent.”

— Chief Financial Officer Kathy Blackwood

“Federal cuts affect KCSM,” see page 1

Local Weather Forecast

Saturday: Showers likely and scattered thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may

produce small hail. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds around 10


Saturday night: Showers likely and isolat- ed thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Sunday: Breezy. Rain and isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 25 to 35 mph. Gusts up to 50 mph in the afternoon.

winds 25 to 35 mph. Gusts up to 50 mph in the afternoon. Becoming south in


south in the afternoon.


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This Day in History


The rst International Women’s Day, the inspiration of German socialist Clara Zetkin, was observed with rallies

and parades in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland. In 1859, the opera “Faust” by Charles Gounod premiered in

Paris. In 1918, Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time. In 1920, the Senate rejected, for a second time, the Treaty of

Versailles (vehr-SY’) by a vote of 49 in favor, 35 against, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval. In 1931, Nevada Governor Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino gambling. In 1941, Jimmy Dorsey and Orchestra recorded “Green Eyes” and “Maria Elena” for Decca Records. In 1945, during World War II, 724 people were killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the carrier USS Franklin off Japan; the ship, however, was saved. Adolf Hitler issued his so- called “Nero Decree,” ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands. In 1951, Herman Wouk’s World War II novel “The Caine Mutiny” was rst published. In 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business. In 1981, during a pre-ight test of the space shuttle Columbia, two Rockwell International employees were killed after enter- ing a chamber lled only with nitrogen (three other workers survived).

Thought for the Day

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” — Virginia Woolf, English author (1882-1941)

world.” — Virginia Woolf, English author (1882-1941) Actress Ursula Andress is 75 Birthdays Actress Glenn Close

Actress Ursula Andress is 75


author (1882-1941) Actress Ursula Andress is 75 Birthdays Actress Glenn Close is 64. Actor Bruce Willis

Actress Glenn Close is 64.

Ursula Andress is 75 Birthdays Actress Glenn Close is 64. Actor Bruce Willis is 56. Former

Actor Bruce Willis is 56.

Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft is 86. Theologian Hans Kung is 83. Jazz musician

Ornette Coleman is 81. Author Philip Roth is 78. Actress Renee Taylor is 78. Actress-singer Phyllis Newman is Singer Clarence “Frogman” Henry is 74. Singer Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) is 65. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is

59. Playwright Neil LaBute is 48. Rock musician Gert Bettens

(K’s Choice) is 41. Rappper Bun B is 38. Rock musician Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) is 35. Actress Abby Brammell is 32. Actor Craig Lamar Traylor is 22. Actor Philip Bolden is 16.

Actor Craig Lamar Traylor is 22. Actor Philip Bolden is 16. Between 2011 and 2015, the

Between 2011 and 2015, the older pop-

ulation will grow at a rate of four times faster than the general population. By 2030, about one in ve people will be 65

or over.


2002 survey says that more than half

adults age 65 and older have most of

their natural teeth. “Most” means they have lost not more than ve teeth. In the 1950s, more than half of adults aged 65 and older had lost all their teeth.

*** George Washington (1732-1799) never owned a set of wooden teeth. He did own many sets of dentures but none were of wood construction. Washington began losing teeth at age 22. When he was inaugurated for his rst term as president in 1789, he had only one natu- ral tooth remaining and was wearing a full set of dentures. *** John McMorran (1889-2003), at one time the oldest man in the U.S., died at



the age of 113. He attributed his long life to quitting cigars when he was 97. He lived for 16 more smoke-free years. *** George Burns (1896-1996) smoked El Productivo cigars. When asked what his doctor thought about his cigar smoking, Burns replied “my doctor’s dead.” *** One hundred years ago, the average life expectancy in the United States was 47. Today, the average life expectancy is 77.4 years. ***

The Fountain of Youth is, alas, a myth. Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de

Leon (1460-1521) searched for the leg- endary spring that contained water with

the remarkable ability to restore youth.

In 1513, during his search for the foun- tain, he came ashore in what is now Florida and claimed the continent for Spain.

*** Rhytidectomy is the medical term for a face-lift.

*** Tony Randall’s (1920-2004) wife Heather Harlan was 51 years his junior. He became a father for the rst time at the age of 77.

*** There was a 44-year age difference between Fred Astaire (1899-1987) and his wife Robyn Smith; 45 years between Tony Curtis (born 1925) and wife Jill Vanden Berg; 47 years between Cary Grant (1904-1986) and wife Barbara


*** Do you know what is a sexagenarian is? How about a septuagenarian, octogenar- ian, nonagenarian and centenarian? See answer at end.

*** The oldest person to receive an Academy Award was Jessica Tandy (1909-1994). She was 80 when she received an Oscar for Best Actress in the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989. The movie also won Best Picture. *** The first quiz show on radio was Professor Quiz. The quiz show debuted on Oct. 11, 1936 and awarded $10 cash prizes for the correct answers to general information questions. *** Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) was the oldest person to serve in the U.S. Congress. He was also the longest serv- ing senator. He retired after more than 48 years in the Senate at age of 100. *** Answer: A sexagenarian a person who is between the ages of 60 and 70. A sep- tuagenarian is between 70 and 80. An octogenarian is 80 to 90 years old, a nonagenarian is 90 to 100, and a cente- narian is over 100 years old.

Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? E- mail knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 x114.

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Weekend March 19-20, 2011


Millbrae bank robbed, police seeking suspect


a red scarf with black checkers, said

Hennessey. The suspect, thought to be in his

Police are searching for a man who robbed Provident Credit Union in downtown Millbrae Friday afternoon.

At 1:37 p.m., a call came to Millbrae police

early 20s, walked to the closest teller and

stood next to a patron who was being helped. He then told the teller he had a gun, which Hennessey added was never seen, and asked

reporting a man robbing the bank located at 209 Broadway, said Inspector John Hennessey.


The man put the money in his pockets and left on foot.




man about 6 feet tall with a normal to

Anyone with information is asked to call the

slender build entered the bank wearing a black jacket with a hood, black baggy jeans, black combat boots that laced in the front and

Millbrae Police Department at 259-2300 or, during regular business hours, Hennessey at

CITY GOVERNMENT • The Redwood City Council will meet in a closed ses- sion to



The Redwood City Council will meet in a closed ses- sion to discuss the per- formance evaluations of interim City Manager Bob Bell and City Attorney

Pamela Thompson. In the regular meeting,

the council will hear an oral report on the Bair

Island project and consider amending the One Marina Community Facilities District. The council will also consider as part of its consent agenda reestablishing the position of building ofcial and setting the salary range as $9,318 to $11,182 per month. The manage-

ment-level position will focus solely on the building and inspection division and be responsible for managing the permit counter, plan checking, building inspection and code enforcement operations. The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21 at City Hall, 1017 Middleeld Road, Redwood City. • The San Carlos Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider two multi-tenant structures at 285 Old County Road, one of which will be 14,874 square feet with 13 future tenants and one of 12,056 square feet with seven future tenants. The Planning Commission will hold an environ-

mental and architectural review, consider approving permits for grading and dirt hauling and adjusting the lot line. The matter was con- tinued from the March 7 meeting. The Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. March 7 at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos. • The Belmont City Council will hold a strategic 2012 budget planning session and a public hearing on making amendments to its zoning text regarding parking in front yards/circular driveways at its Tuesday night meeting. The council meets 7:30 p.m. March 22, at City Hall, 1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont.


• On Thursday, the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Board of Trustees approved the resignation of Chief Business Ofcial Michaela Ochoa effective April 1.

The board also voted to send layoff notices

to 65.71 full-time equivalent support posi-

tions. The notice will impact para-educators, ofce assistants, food service employees, library assistants and the director of scal services. At the same meeting, the Board of Trustees heard survey results from Fiesta Gardens International School parents about the possi- bility of uniforms. Of those surveyed, 93.5 percent were in favor of or could live with uni- forms. The item will return to the board as an action item Thursday, April 2.

return to the board as an action item Thursday, April 2. Police reports Bad lieutenant A
return to the board as an action item Thursday, April 2. Police reports Bad lieutenant A

Police reports

Bad lieutenant

A man was impersonating a Burlingame police officer and requesting names and phone numbers of people on the 200 block of Myrtle Road in Burlingame before 4:14 p.m. Friday, March 11.


Vandalism. Several buildings were tagged with grafti on the 1300 block of South Railroad Avenue before 11:18 a.m. Friday, March 11.

Burglary. A house was broken into on the 200 block of Prague Street before 11:36 a.m. Friday, March 11. Disturbing the peace. Three juveniles were blowing up dry-ice bombs on the beach area by the snack shack on the 1500 block of Marina Court before 5:23 p.m. Friday, March


Vandalism. A window was damaged when someone threw something through it on the 100 block of South Kingston Street before 10:38 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

Suspicious person. A man attempted to open a person’s apartment on the 800 block of Woodside Way before 11:15 p.m. Thursday, March 10.


Theft. An iPod and jewelry were stolen from a vehicle on Fourth Avenue before 10:27 a.m. Tuesday, March 15. Burglary. Car stereo equipment was stolen from a storage unit on Hudson Street before 10:38 a.m. Tuesday, March 15. Burglary. A tailgate was stolen on Upton Street before 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 15. Burglary. A guitar amp and accessories were

stolen from a vehicle on Keelson Circle before 9:47 a.m. Tuesday, March 15. Theft. Two people stole beer from a store on Fifth Avenue before 3:11 a.m. Monday, March


Burglary. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle on Stambaugh Street before 8:08 a.m. Monday, March 14. Theft. Three phone systems were stolen from an ofce on Price Avenue before 3:20 p.m. Monday, March 14. Burglary. A computer was taken from a resi- dence before 5:50 p.m. Monday, March 14.

taken from a resi- dence before 5:50 p.m. Monday, March 14. Houses of Prayer Houses of

Houses of Prayer

Houses of Prayer

p.m. Monday, March 14. Houses of Prayer Houses of Prayer Baptist PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH Dr. Larry


PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH Dr. Larry Wayne Ellis, Pastor (650) 343-5415 217 North Grant Street, San Mateo

Sunday Worship Services at 8 & 11 am Sunday School at 9:30 am

Website: www.pilgrimbcsm.org

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(Rissho Kosei-kai of SF)

851 N. San Mateo Dr., Suite D San Mateo


English Service: 4th Sunday at 10 AM Study: Tuesday at 7 PM www.lotusbuddhistcircle.com



Jodo ShinshuBuddhist (Pure Land Buddhism)

2 So. Claremont St. San Mateo

(650) 342-2541

Sunday English Service & Dharma School - 9:30 AM

Reverend Ryuta Furumoto www.sanmateobuddhisttemple.org

Church of Christ

CHURCH OF CHRIST 525 South Bayshore Blvd. San Mateo (650) 343-4997 Bible School 9:45 AM Services 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 PM Minister J.S. Oxendine




Foster City's only three-denomination Church Methodist, Presbyterian (U.S.A.), and United Church of Christ

1130 Balclutha Drive (at Comet)

Worship/Child Care/Sunday School at 10am All are Welcome! Call (650) 349-3544

• THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SAN MATEO - UCC 225 Tilton Ave. & San Mateo Dr. (650) 343-3694 Worship and Church School Every Sunday at 10:30 AM Coffee Hour at 11:45 AM Nursery Care Available www.ccsm-ucc.org



600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo

Pastor Eric Ackerman

Worship Service

10:00 AM

Sunday School

11:00 AM

Child care provided in the nursery.

Hope Lutheran Preschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin. License No. 410500322.

Call (650)349-0100




Sunday School • Childcare • Drama Choir • Handbells • Praise Band Sunday October 24, 2010 CSUMC will be starting a new Samoan language ministry which starts at 12:00pm. It will be led by Tapuai Louis Vaili Certified Lay Speaker. Everyone is welcome to join us! 2145 Bunker Hill Drive San Mateo • (650)345-2381 www.csumc.org


Church of the Highlands

“A community of caring Christians”

1900 Monterey Drive (corner Sneath Lane) San Bruno


Adult Worship Services:

Friday: 7:30 pm (singles) Saturday: 7:00 pm Sun 7, 8:30, 10, & 11:30 am, 5 pm Youth Worship Service:

For high school & young college Sunday at 10:00 am Sunday School For adults & children of all ages Sunday at 10:00 am Donald Sheley, Founding Pastor Leighton Sheley, Senior Pastor


Our mission

To know Christ and make him known.

901 Madison Ave., Redwood City


Sunday services:

9:00AM & 10:45AM www.redwoodchurch.org



1700 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo at Hwy 92 (650) 341-7701

Friday Shabbat Services 6:30 pm Except the last Friday of the Month 7:30 pm

We offer Tot Shabbat, Family Services, Adult Education and Innovative Education Programs for Pre-K thru 12th Grade Join Us! Serving the Peninsula for over 50 years A member of the Union for Reform Judaism

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Around the nation

Astronaut twins reunited after five months apart

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronaut Scott Kelly is back home reunited with his twin astronaut broth- er, after a five-month space station mis- sion that was marred by the shooting of his congresswoman sister-in-law. Kelly hurried back to Houston on Thursday, just a day after landing in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian capsule. He was immediately reunited with identical twin Mark, who’s married to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords is recuperating in Houston from a gunshot wound to the head. She was shot Jan. 8 while meeting with con- stituents in Tucson, Ariz. The tragedy occurred three months into Scott Kelly’s stay at the International Space Station. Scott Kelly, who served as station commander, said he called his brother as much as he could from orbit, but satellite coverage for phone calls was sporadic. That’s why he couldn’t wait to be reunit- ed.

Super full moon to shine Saturday


LOS ANGELES — There’s a full moon Saturday, but it won’t be just any old full moon. It’ll be bigger and brighter. It will appear larger as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 18 years. Scientists estimate the “supermoon” rising in the east at sunset will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter at its peak. Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of its orbit, with one end clos- er to Earth. On Saturday, the moon will

be 221,565 miles away — the closest to Earth since March 1993. This celestial phenomenon should give people an excuse to take time out for the moon. Usually, “most people are completely oblivious to its presence,” said Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. While Saturday’s full moon will shine brighter than normal, it won’t be as lumi- nous as the near-supermoon of 2008 when it was higher in the sky, Chester said.

Schools face $4.5B in cuts if taxes end


MANHATTAN BEACH — California’s top education ofcial says school districts across the state will have to absorb $4.5 billion in state funding cuts for the next academic year if tax measures are not extended. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said Friday there’s no

federal bailout money available this year that will enable districts to hire back some of the 20,000 teachers who were notied this month they may face layoff at the end of June. Torlakson spoke to reporters before the California Federation of Teachers’ annu- al convention got under way in Manhattan Beach with record attendance of more than 600 educators.

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Weekend March 19-20, 2011


A psychological thriller that doesn’t thrill

By Keith Kreitman


There is no question that young

Rajiv Joseph is a playwright of the

rst rank and he has a string of

recent successes to support that. “The North Pool” was work shopped at Theatreworks’ 2009 New Works Festival and is being world premiered at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto. In this work, Joseph has taken the high school experience as a metaphor for the social and cultural complexities of modern life and presumably was intending to deal with ethnic proling and political correctness. But has he done that? Certainly, his dialogue and char- acterizations are rst rate, but the format of the plot left me wanting. It’s a form that has been employed before by other playwrights and, in fact, Joseph gives broad hints of the

style of narrative in the play itself. It’s like the peeling of an onion where, as one pulls away the layers one by one, we plumb down toward the central truth, revealed near the end. In this play, after many unnec- essary misleading directions, the truth seems to come in from left

eld. The hardest to write is two char- acter plays because these need to ll the stage and hold the audience for the entire hour and a half with no intermission. Remi Sandri as Dr. Danielson, the frustrated and self- engrossed vice principal of a very large urban high school, and Adam Poss as Khadim Asmaan, a laid- back and quietly self-assured 18 year-old-Syrian born student, do an a commendable job of it.

year-old-Syrian born student, do an a commendable job of it. TRACY MARTIN From left,Vice Principal Danielson


From left,Vice Principal Danielson (Remi Sandri) and Khadim (Adam Poss) in ‘The North Pool,’a world premiere by Rajiv Joseph.

The play is set in Dr. Danielson’s ofce as the high school is clearing for spring break. Khadim has been called in for some transgression of which he is not initially aware. After Dr. Danielson calls him on a series of lies he is presenting as excuses for missing a class, Khadim asks for his detention to be immediately served in Danielson’s ofce. So, now all is deceptively quiet

and resolved until Danielson begins, unilaterally, to continue the ques- tioning, which turns into an unex- pected peeling of the onion of truth as he begins to present physical evi- dence of what Khadim has actually been doing in this school after he was booted out of an elite private school. It isn’t until the last moments that the real reason for the confrontation is exposed. The reve- lation, although hinted at several times in the play, still comes as a

shocker near the end. Having said all that, I found this play to be perplexing. I wondered why the student needed to be from the Middle East? The things he was revealed to be doing in this high school could have been typical of any contemporary student born in the United States. Ethnicity did not appear to be an issue and a cultural clash does not appear to be at the crux of hostile confrontation. I was teethed on the Alfred Hitchcock version of the peeling of the onion technique, where each clue is uniquely relevant to the heart of the mystery without wide digres- sions. So perhaps I felt betrayed by the way this play unfolds, with most clues being misleading diversions. Further, the playwright throws in all sorts of other irrelevant issues such as the white vice principal’s own frustration at losing the promo-

If you go

‘The North Pool’ BY:Rajiv Joseph PERFORMED BY: TheatreWorks DIRECTED BY Giovanna Sardelli WHERE:Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road,Palo Alto WHEN:7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and Wednesdays.8 p.m.Thursdays and Fridays.2 p.m.and 8 p.m.on Saturdays.2 p.m.and 7 p.m.on Sundays through April 3 TICKETS:$24 to $67 TO ORDER:463-1960 or www.theatreworks.org

tion to full principal ship to an African-American woman with identical credentials. Also, much is made of the series of tunnels lead- ing to the North Pool of the school which proves utterly irrelevant to the narrative. All through the play, one wonders which character deserves our sym- pathy and at the end, my conclusion was neither. And the broad expres- sions of emotion at the end seemed quite adolescently written and per- formed. The playwright tells us he has been working in the script for six years and is still rewriting in rehearsals. Perhaps it is over- worked. It does qualify as a psycho- logical thriller, but it didn’t thrill me. What can be said positively of the production is the set of Danielson’s office and the corridor beyond designed by Erik Flatmo is utterly realistic.

Republicans debate future amid budget


SACRAMENTO — California Republicans meet in Sacramento this weekend at a time of high ten- sion within the party, with GOP law- makers being pressured to avoid compromise with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the party struggling to stay relevant after widespread losses at the polls in 2010. Among the contentious items being debated is a resolution that would brand as a traitor any Republican lawmaker who agrees to let voters decide whether to extend a series of tax increases to help close the state’s budget shortfall. Brown has asked the Legislature to call the special election, along with making $12.5 billion in spending cuts, to help close the state’s $26.6 billion decit. The state party also will consider ways to thwart the effects of California’s new top-two primary system, which voters approved in the hope that it would force candi- dates to appeal to a wider pool of voters and thus lead to more moder- ate politicians headed to Sacramento. The party’s three-day spring con- vention opens Friday night with an address by John Bolton, who served as United Nations ambassador and a top arms control ofcial under for- mer President George W. Bush. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential GOP presidential candi- date, is the keynote speaker Saturday.

W. Bush. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential GOP presidential candi- date, is the keynote speaker
W. Bush. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential GOP presidential candi- date, is the keynote speaker
W. Bush. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential GOP presidential candi- date, is the keynote speaker
W. Bush. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential GOP presidential candi- date, is the keynote speaker
W. Bush. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential GOP presidential candi- date, is the keynote speaker
W. Bush. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential GOP presidential candi- date, is the keynote speaker

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B eresford Elementary

School will host its rst

annual Beresford PAW-

Rade from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 19. The Beresford PAW-Rade will include upwards of

150 students, teachers and parents

who will be walking from Beresford School, through 25th Avenue downtown merchants and looping back to the school for games and a spaghetti dinner. “We at Beresford are looking for- ward to showing our school pride in our community,” stated Principal Alicia Heneghan. The event is a community builder for students and

the surrounding neighborhood, as well as a fundraising event. Money raised will be used to continue funding Beresford’s unique art pro- gram, new student garden, Spanish program and computer lab. For more information about Beresford Elementary School visit www.beresfordelementary.org. *** Woodside High School students

will present as their spring musical, “Once on this Island,” opening March 18 at the Performing Arts Center on the school campus at

199 Churchill Ave. in Woodside.

The show is based on Trinidadian author Rosa Guy’s novel, “My

is based on Trinidadian author Rosa Guy’s novel, “My Love, My Love,” set on an island

Love, My Love,” set on an island in the French Antilles. The story, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid,” involves a group of Caribbean peasants, a pair of lovers, a pact with the devil and is laced with themes of class distinc- tion and racial prejudice. Performances will be 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 18 through March 25 and 2 p.m. March 20. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and staff. For tickets or more information visit wood- sidehs.org/drama or call 367-9750. *** The College of San Mateo’s Ethnic Studies department will host the second annual CSM Asian

Paci c American Film Festival in the theater (Building 3) March 19 and March 20. The festival lineup includes:

“A Village Called Versailles,” directed by S. Leo Chang. In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a community of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. It is an empowering story of how the Versailles people who had already suffered so much in their lifetime, turned a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future. • “The Oak Park Story,” direct- ed by Valerie Soe and Russell Jeung. A lm that documents a ten- ant community struggle to improve their living conditions in a slum- lord-managed apartment complex in East Oakland. The movies will be shown 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Tickets are $5, $3 for students and seniors. Sunday, starting at 1 p.m., there will be “An Afternoon Matinee with CCPEP Films.” The free afternoon features:

“Out of Infamy: Michi Wegley,” directed by Sharon Yamoto and Nancy Kapitanoff. Michi Weglyn is the author of Years of Infamy (1976) the rst

book to expose the truth behind the violation of civil rights and the forced incarceration of more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Weglyn’s interest in the subject was personal; she was a victim of the war as a teenager held in Gila River Concentration Camp and later mar- ried to a German Jew who narrow- ly escaped Hitler’s Holocaust. This lm paints a portrait of her dynam- ic personality and gives a stunning human face to a dark chapter in American History. • “Speak Out for Justice (Edited version),” produced by Visual Communications and the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the hearing held by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. “Speak Out for Justice” was lmed during the 1981 Los Angeles hearings. The L.A, hear- ings show Japanese Americans tes- tifying about their experience in the concentration camps; many talked about their experience for the rst time. • “Dear Miss Breed,” produced by the Japanese American National Museum. Clara Estelle Breed was the children’s librarian at the San

Diego Public Library from 1929 to 1945. Her life’s work illustrates

how the commitment of a single

person can profoundly touch the lives of so many people. Miss Breed was fond of all children, including the many Japanese American children and teenagers

who frequented the East San Diego

Branch Library. • “Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story,” directed by Claire Mix and Charles Class. In the fall of 1942, 15-year-old

Mix began volunteering on week-

ends as a nurse’s aide at Butte Camp Hospital at Gila River con- centration camp in Arizona. This is

her story and the story of the people she met and befriended during her

time at the camp.

College of San Mateo’s Asian Paci c American Film Festival is a production of CSM’s Ethnic Studies Department. For more information contact Professor Lewis Kawahara at KawaharaL@smccd.edu or call 574-6614 or visit www.collegeof- sanmateo.edu then visit the event calendar.

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fast food chain
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Lewis and Clark spent the
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Its capital, Salt Lake City,
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this state, about 170 miles
from Portland (It got its
name when it was
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into South Dakota’s Mount
Former President Clinton’s
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grows more potatoes than
any other
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Properties deemed public nuisance

A home on Engle Road and El Camino Real was deemed a public nuisance after raw sewage bubbling up under the structure and in the yard prompted the tenant to complain to San Mateo code enforcement ofcers. When a code enforcement ofcer came to inspect the home in November, however, he found numerous other violations on the prop- erty related to plumbing, electrical work and gas lines all done without proper permits. The San Mateo Community Improvement Commission ordered the property owner Wednesday night to clean up the mess on the Engle Road site and adjacent home on East Santa Inez Avenue and El Camino Real owned by Tony Gundogdu and his wife. Code enforcement found that critical elec- trical and gas line work done on the Engle Road property was done so without the prop- er permits. Gundogdu pledged to clean up both proper- ties by April 13 or face nes. Wednesday’s appeal hearing cost Gundogdu $2,000 and he could be forced to pay the city an additional $5,000 if work on the property goes beyond April 13. The Gundogdus face a $100 a day ne after April 13 if the work is not complete, according to a staff report.

Educators: Let the people vote

Flanked by children with signs urging sup- port of schools, state Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday as a sad day for California education. “The California dream … of a better life is founded on education,” he said while at a press conference held at Portola Elementary School in San Bruno. March 15 is a sad day for education, he added, noting thousands of teachers were given preliminary pink slips. Throughout the state yesterday, an estimated 19,000 teachers, about 2,800 in the greater Bay Area, received preliminary pink slips, said California Teachers Association President David Sanchez. That number is estimated to surpass 20,000 as tallies from districts are gathered. “The cuts must end and so must the budget stalemate,” said Sanchez. That doesn’t include support staff which will most likely get layoff notices in April and May. Torlakson promised the nancial situa-

April and May. Torlakson promised the fi nancial situa- tion will worsen if Gov. Jerry Brown’s

tion will worsen if Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget, which generally leaves education alone if a tax extension ballot is approved in a yet-to-be- called June ballot, is not passed. The message from education ofcials yesterday was to let the voters decide.

Accomplice imprisoned in fatal drug robbery

The South San Francisco man who set up his friend in a drug robbery turned fatal was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that required him to testify against the actual shooter. Neil Prakash Chand, 21, escaped trial for murder and a possible life without parole term by pleading no contest and agreeing to testify against Jimmy Nabong. Nabong was convict- ed last month of rst-degree murder, robbery and a special allegation making him eligible for life without parole or 50 years to life in prison. Chand took his deal in late January but sen- tencing was delayed until after Nabong’s trial to ensure the man testied truthfully about the events leading to the Oct. 29, 2008 death of his friend, Reddy. Reddy, 21, thought Chand was helping him set up the sale of $3,000 worth of marijuana.

Missing teen found in SoCal

A 16-year-old Foster City girl missing since March 5 was located sleeping in a car with her boyfriend in the Southern California city of La Habra early Tuesday morning, Foster City police Capt. Jon Froomin said. Helena Montilla, considered a runaway juvenile, was found by a parking enforcement ofcer with the La Habra Police Department at 7:20 a.m. sleeping in a vehicle with her adult companion Jake Pedrablanca, 18. The ofcer was conducting a random check of a parking lot, Froomin said.

Hearing set for accused wife killer

A Woodside man accused of staging his

wife’s fatal shooting as a suicide to collect a hefty insurance payout will learn in June if he’ll stand trial for her murder nearly a year ago. Pooroushasb Parineh, known as Peter, was arrest- ed in June for the death of his wife, Parima, but a pre- liminary hearing on the evi- dence has been stalled sev- eral times by his efforts to hire attorneys and the volu- minous amount of nancial records for both sides to

evaluate. Parineh is now set for the

hearing June 1 and prose- cutors estimate it will take one day. Parineh is charged with murder for nancial gain, a combination that makes him eligible for the death penalty or life without parole if con- victed. Parima Parineh, 56, was killed from several shots in her bedroom April 13. Her husband called to report nding her in a bedroom of their multi-million dollar home on Fox Hill Road in Woodside. He told authorities she had killed herself but was himself arrested for the crime June 17. The case has dragged since that point as the debt-saddled Parineh worked to retain a private attorney and lawyers on both sides work through voluminous evidence, including reams of nancial documents. Within days of Parima Parineh’s death, authorities say they questioned his suicide story because of the multiple shots she sustained and substantial debt including the home being in foreclosure and life insurance policies rumored to be $20 million. The insurance policy’s sui- cide exclusion period had passed, making Parineh eligible for a payout if his wife was found to have indeed killed herself. Authorities arrested Parineh June 17 in Sunnyvale and he is being held without bail.

Wanted carjacker back in custody

One of three men accused in the carjacking and robbery of a taxi driver on the order of a fel- low cabbie is back in custody after skipping out on a $250,000 bail bond last month. Rajinder Kumar, 25, forfeited the bail and is being held on a new $275,000 bond. Prosecutors have not said if they will tack on a bail jumping charge to his case.

said if they will tack on a bail jumping charge to his case. Pooroushasb Parineh Local



Local briefs

jumping charge to his case. Pooroushasb Parineh Local briefs Raj Singh Meanwhile, plot master- mind Raj

Raj Singh

Meanwhile, plot master- mind Raj Singh, 30, of San Jose pleaded no contest to rst-degree robbery in return for no more than three years in prison and the possibility of probation instead. Singh will be sen- tenced May 9, the same day alleged accomplice Balraj Singh, 48, of Fremont is

scheduled to begin his trial. Authorities say Raj Singh orchestrated the plan in which the other two called the cab dri- ver’s cell phone several times to arrange a late pickup at the British Bankers Club. The driver later reported that they directed him to Daly City but rst stopped at a Redwood City apart- ment complex where they went inside momen-

tarily. Back in the cab, the driver said he was told to use surface streets in Millbrae to reach San Bruno. At one point, one of the passengers reportedly drew a handgun and ordered the driver to the back seat where he was held with the weapon to his head while the other passen- ger drove the cab. After the back seat passenger took the cab driver’s cell phone and wallet, they warned him not to move for 15 minutes and left, the driver reported. The driver later reported hearing the man walk to another car and drive off. Raj Singh is the man who picked them up and set up the crime, according to prosecutors. The three defendants were tracked by the calls made to the driver’s cell phone and between each other.

Trustee appointment process set

Ofcials in the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District are looking to ll a board vacancy by April 7. On Thursday, the board announced Trustee Michael Parker would step down to meet work obligations. The board decided to appoint someone to the vacant seat at the Thursday, April 7 meeting until the next general election in November. In November, a two-year seat to ll the remainder of Parker’s tenure will be placed on the ballot. Those interested in applying for the position should contact the district ofce 637-4800 or www.brssd.org or e-mail board President Andrew Stulbarg at astulbarg@brssd.org.

Charles Thomas‘Tom’Cooper

Charles Thomas “Tom” Cooper, born in Kansas City, Mo. March 19, 1936, died of can- cer March 15, 2011 in Redwood City, Calif. He is survived and loved by his wife Sue A. Cooper; daughter Rene LaCara and husband Joe; sons Robert Cooper and wife Susan, Thomas Cooper and wife Kristie; John Cooper and Nancy, Gary Cooper, Michael Orth and wife Stephanie; 17 grandchildren, their spouses, ve great grandchildren and so many great

their spouses, fi ve great grandchildren and so many great friends. Tom entered the U.S. Marine

friends. Tom entered the U.S. Marine Corps and ended up in California where he raised his family and became a sign maker, owning his own company. Tom was a superb sports- man: golf, running 10 marathons, bowling, tennis and all his life, baseball and senior softball. Tom loved Maui and travel, especially cruising and


was fortunate enough to visit many incredible cities in several countries. Tom had a real thirst for knowledge and satised that by reading mostly non-ction books and watching docu- mentaries and found himself involved and vol- unteering at the Redwood City “Friends of the Library,” where he served as their corp. treasur- er and worked in the book store. “Some people pass this way pretty content

with their so called ‘lot in life,’ never expecting too much from anything, or anyone, just hum-


was Tom. You could always hear him and know where he was with that humming and he had a smile that warmed ‘all’ hearts,” according to his family. A celebration of his life will be held April 2, 2011, contact Sue for information. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to: Friends of the Redwood City Library, 1044 Middleeld Road, Redwood City, CA 94063.

ming along life’s path, glad to be here

City Library, 1044 Middle fi eld Road, Redwood City, CA 94063. ming along life’s path, glad
City Library, 1044 Middle fi eld Road, Redwood City, CA 94063. ming along life’s path, glad
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Where do your electronics go?

By Sophie Schouboe

H ave you ever thought about what happens to your elec- tronic devices once you’re

done with them? Chances are, you know that simply throwing them in the trash is not the way to go, so you take them to be recycled. But where do they go after that? Recycling electronic waste is more complex than normal recycling because electronics like com- puters contain toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury that are dangerous to humans. It is important that the waste be disposed of properly, in a way that protects the environment from the toxic chemicals. Chances are you’ve seen advertisements for free e-waste drives, but unfortunately some of the organiza- tions running these drives do not follow this delicate process. Rather, the e- waste is shipped off to a developing country and the products are taken apart for the valuable metals they con- tain, after which all the scraps are burned. The cities that receive these piles of waste get everything that comes along with them: massive amounts of air pollution, unsanitary drinking water, lead poisoning and cancer. As electron- ic consumerism increases, so does the severity of these peoples’ living condi- tions. So why does this concern you? Because the United States is one of the largest contributors to these piles and because, chances are, you have elec- tronic devices in your own home that

are, you have elec- tronic devices in your own home that could potentially end up in

could potentially end up in these vil- lages, or have even had electronics that did end up there. I myself use electron- ics every day; I wake up, listen to my iPod, go to

school and work on the computer, come home, text my friends on my cell phone, watch televi- sion and use my laptop. I didn’t use to think about where these electronics came from, what is in them or where they end up when I’m done with them. I see my friends go through cell phone

after cell phone, always wanting the new version of this or that, but I never thought, “What happens to their old ones?” And that is precisely the reason that this atrocity is allowed to persist — we don’t think about what happens. It’s not as though people intentionally donate their old electronics to organiza- tions that dispose of them improperly. We want to do the right thing; it is not our fault we didn’t know — right? That

is why it is important to question

things, to think a little further beyond the need to get rid of some old junk. If we are going to use electronics in the quantity we do now, it is important we take responsibility for what happens to them and make sure our “new toys” don’t end up being the source of others’ suffering. So now the question is, “What do you do about it?” It’s fairly simple, actually. Make sure that whatever



organization you give your devices to is recycling them responsibly. How do you do this? Well, you have all of this wonderful technology at your nger- tips! Go online, do a little research, check out organizations like the Basel Action Network and Green Citizen, both make sure these electronics are properly disposed. If you have some old electronics you want to get rid of now, try to nd local responsible e- waste drives like the one March 26 at Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Find out more. There’s a great 60-min- utes clip on e-waste you can watch for more details. As you have probably heard before, knowledge is power, so learn about the issue and decide you won’t let your e-waste end up polluting our earth and our population. Just

remember to protect our planet, be con- scious of your choices and recycle responsibly.

Sophie Schouboe is a senior at Sequoia High School and president of the envi- ronmental club. She has participated in local environmental groups including the Redwood City Verde Youth Ambassador Program and the Redwood City Verde Volunteer Corps.

Letters to the editor

Rush to judgment

Editor, Believe it or not, Rush Limbaugh, the spiritual adviser and hate administrator for so many Republicans, has once again managed to outdo himself. I, for one, didn’t believe he could stoop any lower until he went into a laughing rant on his television-monitored talk show about the earthquake and tsunami vic- tims in Japan. He thought it was outra- geously funny that the “inventors” of Prius, the well-organized manufacturers of everything and devout environmen- talists were overcome by the forces of nature, which he referred to as Gaia. How ironic, how hilarious and how amusing. As if that wasn’t enough, he went on to ridicule the homeless, starv- ing, destitute Japanese tsunami victims for continuing to recycle, in the midst of their crisis. This raises an important question:

who in his right mind listens to this moron? Anyone? Oh, of course, no one in his right mind does.

Jorg Aadahl

San Mateo

Waste of redevelopment money

Editor, Recently, the governor has called for discontinuing the Redevelopment Agency programs that have diverted

tax revenue for various local projects. While some have been useful, you can see a local abuse of the Redevelopment money by going to Belmont. The “Grand Opening” of the Emmett House takes place 3 p.m. Saturday, 1000 O’Neill St. In total, the purchase and renovation

of the building cost about $2 million.

A significant portion of the money

came from the city’s Redevelopment Agency. This project, spearheaded by self-proclaimed Belmont historian Denny Lawhern, was a waste of tax- payer money. Every attempt to have the building certified as historically significant by reputable agencies has been rejected because of the extensive renovations made through the last 100 years and the lack of documentation about its original appearance. Relocated to its current site, it has again been extensively modified; now

it will be two rental units. Two rental units that cost $2 million. Meanwhile, no other meaningful expenditures in the redevelopment area have occurred. Sidewalks are broken, and are non-existent in many areas in the Sixth Street area Sidewalks on Ralston Avenue are barely usable. Street lighting is the same inadequate lighting that was installed in the 1960s. The El Camino Real corridor near Ralston Avenue is disgraceful, the only other significant Redevelopment Agency project was the modification of the Belmont City Hall, a building too large for their needs, so space is avail- able for commercial rentals. Any other city doing that? This Belmont Redevelopment Agency is an example of how tax dol- lars are wasted and why these agen- cies should be eliminated.

Stuart Hoffman


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Lies and damn lies

I have found that lies are the mother’s milk of partisan politics. For example, the creation of the word and multi-million dollar campaigns to foster the nickname

of “Obamacare” for the Affordable Health Care Act was to give the impression that it grants the federal government the right to, actually, intrude into the medical care procedures of health care professionals and hospitals. As far as I have been able to determine, since ours is the only major country in the world that does not have universal coverage for all of its legal resi- dents and relies upon “for-prof- it” institutions to operate the nancial administration our health-care system, it is incum- bent upon a humane nation to see to it that the tens of mil- lions excluded from participa- tion by insurance company reg- ulations get covered. The insurance companies still control who and what they will cover and if there are “death panels” in this land, they are within the insurance institutions, themselves, when they deny coverage. In no way is Obamacare within a country mile of a universal, single payer, government paid system. But, what the hell? What difference does the truth make? Makes good fodder to e-mail around to keep anger and hate alive. The people who carry on such lies will never stop as long as the insurance lobbies and wealthy conservatives throw millions into the pot to ght needing to cover every- one. But, in a short time, it’s likely the whole debate will be moot, as polls are showing that, as citizens are nding more about the truth in the act, a majority now oppose the repeal and a number are arguing that is doesn’t go far enough. *** We now know for sure that the nancial support for Republican gubernatorial races in 2010 probably has been the greatest in modern history, especially by the multibillionaire Koch brothers. The purpose has become indisputable. Take ofce and kill off or severely cripple public service unions. The justication is these states are broke. Bull pucky! None of these states are broke. They only appear broke because the Republican Party policy, nationally, is to universally freeze tax income. If anything, if the revenue these states raise is not sufcient to meet budget it is because of that policy. Truth is, in Wisconsin, alone, my old boss Herb Kohler of Kohler Industries is a billionaire, as well as the Johnson family of Johnson’s Wax. And there are other bil- lion dollar industries that could cover the projected decits by writing tax payment checks that would hardly impact their multibillion-dollar annual prots. What is their incentive for such lies? Listen to Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Republican Scott Fitzgerald, one of Walker’s closest allies in the Legislature, admitting to FOX News: “If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to nd is President Obama is going to have a much more dif- cult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.” Bingo!

*** And if we are nationally broke, why? Try, budget-busting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tax cuts for the rich. A major recession brought on by nancial insti- tutions deregulation and failure to enforce those we had. The collapse of the housing bubble, all of which took place on the Republican Party watch. But all is not lost. We can become unbroken very quickly. Cancel subsidies for the fossil fuels industry and how about those obsolete for small farmers that are now going to big agriculture? Bring the damn wars to an end. Cancel those tax cuts for the rich who have been doing nothing to expand American-based employment and sending our jobs overseas. They couldn’t care less about the rest of us. *** The most self-destructive lie of all was when the national Republicans campaigned the promise in 2010 that it can cut $100 billion out of the federal budget, immediately. They knew they were lying and began backing away as soon as victorious in the House. But as I wrote several times before, they underestimated the power of the militant Tea Partiers. Their only hope for cuts has been at the cost of the most vulnerable, such as the poor, funding of family planning, chil- dren and other social programs and they just have found that their chest beating about these programs for so many years doesn’t amount to a hill of beans within the vast scope of government services. Now they’re having their butts kicked, especially House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who is in big trouble with the Tea Party in his home state of Virginia. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of guys.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of guys. Keith Kreitman has been a Foster City

Keith Kreitman has been a Foster City resident for 25 years. He is retired with degrees in political science and journalism and advanced studies in law. He is the host of “Focus on the Arts” on Peninsula TV, Channel 26. His column appears in the week- end edition.

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Weekend • March 19-20, 2011 BUSINESS THE DAILY JOURNAL Stocks pull higher Dow 11,858.52 +83.93 10-Yr

Stocks pull higher

Dow 11,858.52 +83.93 10-Yr Bond 3.2770% +0.0290 Nasdaq 2,643.67 S&P 500 1,279.20 +7.62 Oil (per
10-Yr Bond 3.2770% +0.0290
Nasdaq 2,643.67
S&P 500 1,279.20
Oil (per barrel)
Wall Street
Big movers
NEW YORK — Stocks ended a rough
week with slight gains Friday after
Libyan government forces declared a
cease-fi re and a group of the world’s
seven largest countries announced a plan
to bring the yen down from historic
Financial stocks rose after JPMorgan
and other large banks increased their
dividends. JP Morgan said it was
increasing its dividend to 25 cents a
share from 5 cents. Wells Fargo and U.S.
Bancorp also raised their dividends.
Japan’s currency has soared since an
earthquake struck the country a week
ago and caused devastating tsunami
waves and damage to several nuclear
announcement and they accused the
Libyan government of lying. Britain and
France were taking the lead in plans to
enforce a no-fl y zone over Libya.
The Dow Jones industrial average
gained 83.93 points, or 0.7 percent, to
11,858.52. The Standard & Poor’s 500
index rose 5.49, or 0.4 percent, to
1,279.21. The Nasdaq composite index
gained 7.62, or 0.3 percent, to 2,643.67.
All three stock indexes ended the
week lower after markets were battered
by worries over Japan’s ability to get its
nuclear crisis under control. The Dow
lost 1.5 percent, the S&P 500 1.9 percent
and the Nasdaq 2.6 percent.
Japan is the world’s third-largest econ-
Stocks that moved substantially or traded
heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange
and Nasdaq Stock Market:
plants. A stronger yen makes it more dif-
fi cult for Japan’s export-driven economy
to recover by making Japanese goods
more expensive overseas.
“This is a bit of a relief rally,” said
Paul Zemsky, head of asset allocation at
ING Investment Management. “The sit-
uation in Japan looks to be stabilizing, or
at least not getting any worse, and it
looks like it may be solvable.”
News early Friday that Libya’s foreign
minister had declared a cease-fi re helped
push stocks higher, but opposition forces
said shelling was still occurring after the
omy after the U.S. and China and buys
10 percent of U.S. exports. Tokyo’s
benchmark Nikkei index closed 2.7 per-
cent higher after the announcement from
the Group of Seven nations late
Thousands of people have been killed
in the earthquake and tsunami that fol-
lowed, and hundreds of thousands are
homeless. Quake damage and power
cuts have forced Toyota Motor Corp. and
other manufacturers to suspend produc-
tion in parts of the country.
Nike Inc.,down $7.82 at $77.59
The athletic shoe and clothing company
warned that higher costs will hurt its profitability
into 2012,and plans to raise prices.
Lorillard Inc.,up $8.33 at $87.11
FDA experts,who advise the regulatory agency,
said menthol cigarettes like Lorillard’s hurt
public health and offer no benefits.
Celera Corp.,up $2.13 at $8.40
Medical lab company Quest Diagnostics Inc.is
buying the diagnostics company for $671
million,a 28 percent premium to its stock price.
LDK Solar Co.,down $1.03 at $11.47
The Chinese solar energy equipment maker
had a strong fourth quarter, but a Collins
Stewart analyst said its high profit margins
won’t last.
US Airways Group Inc.,up 47 cents at $8.96
Shares of the airline and its major U.S.rivals rose
while oil prices retreated. Crude oil is refined
into jet fuel for planes.
Caterpillar Inc.,up $1.94 at $105.06
Mining and construction equipment sales grew
59 percent last month,and the disruption to its
Japanese operations hasn’t hit other factories.
Cisco Systems Inc.,up 14 cents at $17.14
The computer networking equipment maker
declared a first-ever quarterly dividend of 6
cents per share.
Intuit Inc.,up $1.49 at $49.92
The maker of TurboTax tax preparation software
said more people were filing returns with its
online product compared to last year.
Unemployment rises in most metro areas
Best and Worst Metro areas
Highest unemployment rates
El Centro,Calif.
Yuba City,Calif.
Ocean City,N.J.
Lowest unemployment rates
Iowa City,Iowa
Grand Forks,N.D.
Burlington-South Burlington,Vt.
Sioux Falls,S.D.
Omaha-Council Bluffs,Neb.-Iowa

Business briefs

Cisco announces first dividend

NEW YORK — Cisco Systems Inc., the world’s largest maker of computer networking gear, on Friday said its rst- ever cash dividend will amount to 6 cents per share and will be paid on April 20. The company has said since last year that it would start paying a dividend equating to an annual yield of 1 percent to 2 percent, but had not specied the amount or precise timing. The dividend amounts to an annual yield of 1.4 percent at Thursday’s closing price of $17. The shares hit a 52-week low of $16.97 in Thursday trading. On Friday, the shares were up 14 cents to close at $17.14. The dividend will be paid to shareholders of record as of March 31. Technology companies like to hold on to their cash, investing it in their own growth rather than paying divi- dends. But several of them have started paying small divi- dends as they nd their business maturing. Microsoft Corp. introduced a dividend in 2003 and now carries a 2.6 percent annual yield. Hewlett-Packard Co., which competes with Cisco in many elds, has a yield of 0.8 percent.

Goldman will pay Berkshire $5.65B to redeem shares

OMAHA, Neb. — The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said Friday it has received regulators’ permission to spend $5.65 billion to repurchase Berkshire Hathaway’s preferred shares in the banking giant. Goldman said the Federal Reserve has approved its plan to repay Warren Buffett’s company for the $5 billion invest- ment it made at the height of the nancial crisis in the fall of 2008. Goldman was eager to repay Berkshire because it had been paying 10 percent interest on the preferred shares, which translated into an annual expense of $500 million. “Berkshire Hathaway’s 2008 investment in Goldman Sachs was a major vote of condence in our rm and we are very appreciative of it,” Goldman spokesman Stephen Cohen said.

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rose in nearly all of the 372 largest U.S. cities in January compared to the previ- ous month, mostly because of seasonal changes such as the layoff of temporary retail employees hired for the holidays. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose in 351 metro areas, fell in only 16, and was unchanged in 5. That’s worse than December, when the rate fell in 207 areas and increased in 122. Other seasonal trends, such as the lay- off of construction workers due to winter weather, also contributed to the wide- spread increase. Nationwide, the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in January from 9.4 percent in December. It ticked down to 8.9 percent in February. But the national data is seasonally adjusted, while the metro data isn’t, which makes it more volatile. The metro data also lags the national report by one month.

The report shows that metro areas hit hard by the housing crisis are still strug- gling with high unemployment. At the same time, a strong recovery in the man- ufacturing sector, particularly among U.S. auto companies, has bolstered many smaller cities in the Midwest. “The areas that have had very severe housing market corrections have shown the least improvement,” said Sophia Koropeckyj, managing director at Moody’s Analytics. That’s particularly true for states such as California,

Florida, Arizona and Nevada. Twelve of the 16 cities with unemployment rates above 15 percent in January were in California. A high foreclosure rate and falling home prices are contributing to sky-high unemployment in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. metro area. Its unemployment rate of 14.2 percent was highest in the nation among cities with populations of 1 million or more. The second-highest was Las Vegas, with 13.7 percent.

Investors cheer dividend increases


NEW YORK — Bank shareholders got a long-awaited gift from the U.S. Federal Reserve on Friday when the cen- tral bank cleared the way for major lenders to increase their dividends. It was the last hurdle left on the path to recovery for banks and signi ed a return to health for the industry. Banks were forced to cut their dividends to preserve cash after the nancial crisis that peaked in September 2008, when the industry was propped up by a U.S. government bailout package totaling $700 billion.

“This is the last act in the recovery from the nancial crash,” said Nancy Bush, nancial analyst and contributing editor at SNL Financial. “But banks are still not free of close regulatory scrutiny and managements and boards still can’t act freely to raise future dividends.” Banks that received clearance to raise their dividends wasted little time in doing so. JPMorgan Chase & Co. said it would increase its quarterly dividend to 25 cents a share from 5 cents. Wells Fargo & Co. raised its dividend to 12 cents, while U.S. Bancorp increased its dividend to 12.5 cents a share.

Stocks of the banks that made divi- dend announcements rose sharply. JPMorgan rose 2.7 percent, Wells Fargo rose 1.5 percent and U.S. Bancorp rose 1.1 percent. Banks were allowed to increase their dividends only if they passed “stress tests” conducted by the Federal Reserve to see if their balance sheets were strong enough to weather another recession. The Fed said it had completed those tests and expects that “some” banks will increase or resume dividend payments, buy back shares or repay government capital.

Red-light district for the web gets green light


SAN FRANCISCO — You’ve heard of “.com” and “.org.” Joining them soon will be “.xxx” for pornographic websites. On Friday, the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet’s naming system, approved

the creation of a red-light district online.

It follows a decade-long battle over such

a name. The uproar over the idea has created unlikely bedfellows. Pornographers worry it will ghettoize their content. Although it’s meant to be voluntary, they fear governments could try to mandate the domain’s use, so that

pornographic content is more easily

blocked. Religious groups argue that giving adult websites their own corner of the Internet legitimizes the content. Supporters have maintained that approving the domain is in keeping with the principle of openness that has fueled the Internet’s growth.

Weekend, March 19-20, 2011
<< White Sox pummel Athletics, page 12
• Sergio Garcia rediscovering his form, page 13

Building on last year’s success

By Julio Lara


Did you feel that? Well, did you? You might have missed it and if you did, the San Jose Earthquakes wouldn’t blame you.

While they did sneak into the playoffs for the

rst time since returning to Major League

Soccer in 2008, the Earthquakes did it without

making much noise. San Jose made it to the Eastern Conference

nals where they fell to eventual champion

Colorado. But in essence, their rst winning season in three years was more like, a quick rumble, one of those earthquakes your friend feels, posts on Facebook and you nd out

about when you’re going through your news feed. Oh man, how did I miss that? So, like most successful seasons that seem- ingly come out of nowhere, the 2011 Earthquakes face the task of proving to the soccer world that last year was not a uke and more like the start of a franchise returning to its championship form. For San Jose, the aftershocks will be more important than the actual quake. Since their return to the league, San Jose’s biggest question mark heading into a new sea- son has been their offense — 2011 is no exception. First, the good news: back is MLS Golden

is no exception. First, the good news: back is MLS Golden Chris Wondolowski Boot winner Chris



Boot winner Chris Wondolowski, who mir- rored San Jose’s success by coming out of nowhere

to lead the league in scor-


Wondolowski’s perform- ance was just as much quality as it was quantity. His goals came in timely fashion, often equalizing

or putting the Earthquakes ahead. There are some that believe that Wondolowski should have been the league’s Most Valuable Player. But Wondolowski’s success is also the bad



news. In 2011 his 18 goals led the league, but no other Earthquake had more than three and

of all the playoff teams, San Jose had the low-

est goal tally (34 goals). Gone is Cornell Glen, who San Jose relied up front and Designated Player Geovanni, who the Quakes acquired at mid-season for an offensive spark. Enter Steven Lenhart, who came over from

Columbus in a draft-day trade. The forward scored 13 goals in 63 appearances with the Crew. With defenses focusing their attention on Wondolowski, Lenhart will have to provide some scoring. It would also be nice to see Ryan Johnson get into the mix. Johnson has

See QUAKES, Page 14

No longer 1998 for Florida State


CHICAGO — Florida State had just knocked off Texas A&M for its rst NCAA tournament win in 13 years, and one thought crossed Derwin Kitchen’s mind. Don’t stop now. “It feels pretty good, but we’re not satised with the win,” Kitchen said. “We want to try and keep playing as long as possible.” Kitchen scored 15 points, and the 10th-seed- ed Seminoles moved on in the tournament for the rst time since 1998 with a 57-50 victory over the seventh-seeded Aggies in the second round on Friday. Bernard James added 10 points and three blocks, keying a go-ahead run in the second half, and the Seminoles (22-10) advanced even though star Chris Singleton struggled in his return from a broken right foot, nishing with ve points and four fouls. The nation’s leader in eld-goal defense, they held Texas A&M (24-9) to 31.4-percent shooting on the way to their rst NCAA win since they beat TCU in the rst round in 1998. The Seminoles had dropped three straight NCAA games, losing to Wisconsin in overtime in 2009 and Gonzaga last season. Now, they can start a different kind of streak. If they beat Notre Dame on Sunday, they’ll head to San Antonio for the next round in the Southwest Regional, with the Final Four in Houston. “I’m not trying to stay right here and have this be my glory part of the year,” Singleton said. “I’m trying to get past Notre Dame and trying to go all the way, as far as we can.” Khris Middleton scored 16 for Texas A&M — 11 in the rst half. Nathan Walkup added 11, David Loubeau scored 10, but a team that was hoping to two-step its way to tournament games in Texas can forget about that. “I think we weren’t being aggressive, got caught up in the moment, too excited and rush- ing every shot,” Loubeau said. So a season in which they exceeded expecta- tions and reached their sixth straight NCAA tournament screeched to a halt.

See NCAA, Page 12

NCAA tournament screeched to a halt. See NCAA , Page 12 REUTERS Florida State’s Michael Snaer


Florida State’s Michael Snaer slams home two as the 10th-seeded Seminoles pulled off a mild upset of No.7 Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Jones hopes to become next UFC champion

By Dave Skretta


NEW YORK — Jon Jones was still in high school when Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was

becoming a mixed martial arts star ghting in Japan. The brother of Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones, young Jon was never that good at sports growing up.

He certainly wasn’t going to follow his big brother into the NFL, or even his other brother, Chandler, who played college foot- ball at Syracuse. Jones stuck with wrestling instead, because he realized that hard work could overcome any ath- letic shortcomings. He found success on the mat and eventually transitioned to MMA. Now all of 23 years old, he’ll have the opportunity to become UFC light heavyweight champion when he ghts Rua — still only 29, but with vastly more experi- ence — on Saturday night

in Newark, N.J. “I’m just enjoying the ride; I’m grateful to

be where I’m sitting today,” Jones said earlier

this week. “I realize it’s a dream come true, so

I’m just enjoying it.” UFC president Dana White said he believes Jones is the future of mixed martial arts. He’s exciting in the cage, where he’s won 12 of his 13 professional ghts, the lone loss coming on a disqualification for illegal elbows. He is equally adept at knocking out

for illegal elbows. He is equally adept at knocking out Jon Jones Mauricio Rua See MMA

Jon Jones

elbows. He is equally adept at knocking out Jon Jones Mauricio Rua See MMA , Page

Mauricio Rua

See MMA, Page 13

Top-seeded Stanford a regional heavyweight


STANFORD — UC Davis seniors Heidi Heintz and Paige Mintun were in the stands cheering for Stanford against Connecticut back in December. They scored a couple of comp tickets and made the two-hour trek to witness what was deemed the matchup of the season. Now, Heintz and Mintun have to try to slow down the very team they watched dismantle Maya Moore and Co. that night.

“… They just locked down (U Conn’s) Maya Moore.… What chance do we have?”

— Heidi Heintz,member of U.C.Davis team that will face the Cardinal in a first-round game

“It was pretty unreal. They just locked down

what chance do we have?”

Heintz said with a smile Friday, a day ahead of her program’s NCAA tournament debut against the favored Cardinal on their home


Maya Moore

Top-seeded Stanford has the remarkable winning streak at Maples Pavilion, the mar- quee victory over mighty UConn and the pedigree that comes with being a perennial national powerhouse with Final Four experi- ence.

So, do the three other teams playing here in the coming days even stand a chance against the dominant Cardinal? Stanford, riding a 61- game home winning streak with 23 consecu-

tive victories overall, begins its quest to reach

a fourth straight Final Four with the game

against NCAA rst-timer UC Davis and retir- ing Aggies coach Sandy Simpson on Saturday. Don’t count on the Cardinal (29-2) looking

See STANFORD, Page 13

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Dodgers hand Giants rare Cactus League loss


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rubby De La Rosa looks ready for the big leagues. The Dodgers’ minor league player of the year last season, De La Rosa threw four hitless innings Friday in his second spring start to help Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3. De La Rosa walked three and struck out two. Since allowing two runs in his rst spring out- ing, he has given up only two hits in eight score- less innings. “It’s fun to watch,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

fun to watch,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. Jeff Suppan While De La Rosa has a

Jeff Suppan

While De La Rosa has a promising future, Giants starter Jeff Suppan is trying to extend his major league career by winning a job in the bullpen. Suppan, competing for the long relief role, allowed two runs and seven hits over four innings with two

strikeouts. The 36-year-old right-hander has allowed 10 runs over his last eight innings covering three appearances. “Sometimes you make your pitch and it gets hit. That’s baseball,” Suppan said. “I feel like if

I’m locating that’s all I can control.” Matt Kemp tripled and hit a sacrice y for the Dodgers, who have won three straight after dropping eight in a row. Andre Ethier added an RBI double. Ivan DeJesus was 3 for 4 and Rafael Furcal went 2 for 4 for Los Angeles. Xavier Paul and Hector Gimenez homered in the ninth. Aaron Rowand went 1 for 4 with a run for the Giants, who lost for the rst time in four games against the rival Dodgers this spring. NOTES: Before the game, Mattingly said 3B

Casey Blake likely will begin the year on the dis-

abled list after hurting his back


game was played in front of a Scottsdale

Giants RHP

Matt Cain threw 63 pitches in a four-inning start in a minor league game at nearby Indian Bend Park. Cain developed elbow inammation after his rst start of the spring and returned to the mound Monday against Milwaukee. “There was just a little achiness going on, we tried to take care of it and it’s worked out ne,” Cain Paul is 7 for 12 with a double, triple, home run and two RBIs over his last six Mattingly said DeJesus could be in the mix for a reserve ineld spot but only if he’s going to get sufcient at-bats. “You don’t want to see him sit here,” he said.

Stadium-record crowd of

Oakland’s Cramer rocked by White Sox


Carlos Quentin had four hits, including a homer, and drove in four runs Friday to power Chicago to an 18-1 rout of the Oakland Athletics. Quentin singled and doubled twice, but he wasn’t the only White Sox hitter who had a big day. Paul Konerko homered and drove in three runs, and Gordon Beckham had three hits, three RBIs and scored four runs. Tyler Flowers added a two-run homer in the eighth. Konerko and Quentin hit consecutive homers to start the third. Chicago sent 11 bat- ters to the plate in the fourth to open a 14-1 cushion. “Yesterday I had people all over me because we only had three hits,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Then today we score (18) so all

of a sudden they say, ’Save it for the season.”’ The White Sox jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the rst on two-out RBI singles by Konerko, Quentin and Alexei Ramirez. A three-run homer by Beckham in the second extended it to 6-1. John Danks pitched six solid innings for Chicago, yielding four hits and a run while striking out four. But the most important sta- tistic was the number in the walk column:

zero. “This is the biggest step toward being ready, results-wise,” he said. “I threw all four pitch- es for strikes.” The left-hander had walked eight batters through his rst 10 1-3 innings in Cactus League play. “Hopefully, the pitching we’ve been throw- ing out there carries over and the offense car-

ries over,” Danks said. Oakland starter Bobby Cramer gave up eight runs and nine hits (including three homers) over three innings. Josh Willingham had an RBI single in the rst for the A’s. Cramer tweaked his back in the rst inning as he picked off Ramirez at rst base for the third out. Cramer said it wasn’t anything seri- ous, but the injury still took its toll. “I felt like I had a chance on every pitch in the rst inning,” he said. “First pitch of the second inning on, I didn’t feel right. I could- n’t nish, didn’t have my legs under me. I felt like I was ghting myself.” Cramer said it’s a recurring problem that he battles through from time to time. Vying for a spot in the starting rotation, he was having a great spring with a 3.00 ERA through four appearances.

“I’m not that guy who can afford to have a (bad) outing like I had today. I have to pitch my (rear end) off every time,” he said. “I’ve never had a game like that at any level. That was embarrassing.” Phil Humber pitched three hitless innings for a save. NOTES:

Oakland CF Coco Crisp left the game due

to tightness in his left hamstring, but immedi- ately tweeted that he isn’t concerned and expects to play Saturday. Crisp leads the team

with 16 hits this

White Sox RHP

Jake Peavy was in the clubhouse after being absent the previous two days with u symp- toms. Peavy still expects to make his sched- uled start Saturday, but Guillen said the team would monitor him very closely.


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“It’s an amazing accomplishment we were in this tournament,” Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon said. “We earned it. I even thought we earned a little bit of a higher seed; we didn’t play like that today. Finished third in our league, a good league, won a lot of close games, executed, showed a lot of toughness. One of our keys today was little things leading to big things. We just made so many little mis- takes defensively in that stretch.” Florida State got going early in the second half, erasing a 31-23 decit with a 13-0 run in which James scored eight straight. “He wasn’t following the game plan in the rst half,” Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton

said. “I didn’t think he did a very good job of running the oor, he didn’t do a very good job of posting up strong. I didn’t think he was doing what we needed him to do. We chal- lenged him at halftime, along with our other guys, just to be a lot more aggressive inside.” James said Hamilton “called our character into question.” “He just emphasized on the point that we acted like we really didn’t want it,” James said. “All the work that we had done was leading up to this game and we were being nonchalant about it and acting like we didn’t want to play. Everyone took that to heart and we went back out and gave it some.” Particularly James during that run. The 6-foot-10 junior converted a put-back after the Kitchen nailed a 3, then dunked off a nice feed from Ian Miller to pull the Seminoles within one. He scored down low to give Florida State the

lead after blocking Kourtney Roberson and scored again just over seven minutes into the half to make it 34-31. Michael Snaer added a oater to make it a ve-point game before Loubeau followed his own miss with a basket that broke about a 6 1/2-minute drought for Texas A&M. It was 42-40 after Walkup hit a 3 with about 7:10 left when Singleton nailed one of his own from the left corner. Kitchen made it 48-40 when he drove by Naji Hibbert for a three-point play with 4:49 left, and the Seminoles remained in control the rest of the way. Singleton’s return gave them a boost, no matter what the stats said. Hamilton was reluc- tant to use him at all even though doctors cleared him, but he wound up playing 16 min- utes. “I was uncomfortable with whatever level of risk we were taking,” Hamilton said.

But he saw the work Singleton put in reha- bilitating the injury and decided to let him play a few hours before tipoff. He checked in with 7:35 left in the rst half after a 9-0 run by the Aggies. A small contingent of FSU fans cheered when he replaced Okaro White after the fresh- man hit two free throws that momentarily put Florida State back on top 14-12. About 2 1/2 minutes later, Singleton hit his rst shot — a mid-range jumper. Otherwise, it was a quiet start for the Seminoles star. The jumper was his lone basket of the half and he quickly picked up three fouls in his rst appearance since he was injured against Virginia on Feb. 12. He had surgery two days later, and the Seminoles split the six games in his absence leading up to the NCAA tourna- ment. Now, they’re moving on.

later, and the Seminoles split the six games in his absence leading up to the NCAA
later, and the Seminoles split the six games in his absence leading up to the NCAA
later, and the Seminoles split the six games in his absence leading up to the NCAA



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Sergio in the hunt at Tampa at shooting a 66


PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Sergio Garcia is not thinking about winning, which is becom- ing tougher to do with each bogey-free round at the Transitions Championship. Garrett Willis and Chris Couch were tied for the lead when another gorgeous day at Innisbrook ended. Willis had a 4-under 67 in the still of the morning to put his name atop the leaderboard for the second straight year — this time on a Friday, not a Thursday. Couch had a 64 in the afternoon as the breeze began to stir, making a par from the trees on the 18th to tie for the lead. Even so, it was tough to ignore the name one stroke behind them. Garcia is among the most talented players in golf, although his enthusiasm waned so much last year that he decided to take a 10- week break from competition. This is his first time playing in America in seven months. Passion no longer seems to be an issue. The 31-year-old Spaniard looked moder- ately disgusted when birdie putts turned away. He produced a fist pump normally saved for a Sunday when he holed a chip for birdie from behind the 13th green. About the only thing that went wrong in

the 13th green. About the only thing that went wrong in Sergio Garcia his round of

Sergio Garcia

his round of 66 was when he felt something on the back of his cap as he walked off the 14th tee early in his round. Turns out it was a bee that stung him on his middle finger, although he got the stinger out and all was well. A par save on the final

hole felt even better. “Just keep trying to do the right things and see what we finish,” he said. “I’m not wor- ried about winning. I just want to keep build- ing confidence into my head, and these rounds obviously help. If we go out there tomorrow and shoot another round, beauti- ful. If not, that’s fine. I’ve just got to make sure that I keep building up.” Willis and Couch were at 9-under 133, one shot clear of Garcia and Webb Simpson, who had a 67 in the afternoon. Paul Casey, who led after the first round, had to settle for a 71 and was two shots behind along with Justin Rose (65) and Gary Woodland (68). Innisbrook is one of the toughest tracks in Florida, although it was vulnerable in such ideal weather. It’s not so much the number of players who produced low scores, rather the

high scores that were absent.

As a result, the cut of 1-under 141 was the

lowest in tournament history. Going into the

weekend, only eight shots separate first from worst, a rarity on the PGA Tour. Willis is making his own kind of progress.

A year ago, Willis opened with a 65 to take

the first-round lead, then followed that with a 77 and missed the 54-hole cut. He followed his opening 66 with a solid 67 Friday to fin- ish his round atop the leaderboard. “It’s a lot cooler to lead after the second

round than it is the first round,” Willis said. Willis lives about 30 minutes away, and the biggest surprise was not seeing his name on the leaderboard, but not seeing the trees sway.

“To have two days like this — this calm —

is crazy,” Willis said. “I think we’re in for a pretty windy weekend, because there’s no way it’s going to continue.” Couch has missed the better part of two

years with a shoulder injury, and he wears bracelets to help with his blood flow — a couple on each side, figuring he needs all the help he can get with his bad health. The game rarely looked better. Couch shot a 29 on the back nine of the Copperhead course, and even his shot into the trees left of the 18th fairway was not a

problem. In fact, he hit out of the trees to about 10 feet and had to settle for par. “I feel like I’m good enough to win,” he said. Along with being tied for the lead, he was equally thrilled that he plays Saturday with Willis, a close friend and frequent practice partner. They practiced together earlier this week, but this time there will be a little more at stake. Even so, the field is as bunched as ever. Brandt Snedeker, in his first tournament since becoming a father, had a 64 to lead a group at 6-under 136 that included 17-year- old Matteo Manassero, two-time PGA Tour winner Mark Wilson and Peter Hanson, who had a peculiar day with the putter. Another shot back was a group that includ- ed a trio of U.S. Open champions — Geoff Ogilvy, Lucas Glover and defending champi- on Jim Furyk — while U.S. Amateur cham- pion Peter Uihlein made 14 pars in his round of 69 and was at 3-under 139. Uihlein holed out a 40-yard bunker shot on No. 5 for eagle, then holed out from the fair- way for eagle on No. 7. He had two bogeys coming in, but easily made the cut in his sec- ond PGA Tour start. Hanson would not have thought a 67 was in the cards today.


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past anybody — not with the history they made against Harvard in 1998. That year,

Stanford earned a top seed and lost to the 16th- seeded Crimson, becoming the only team ever

in the men’s or women’s tournament to lose to

the lowest seed. It still comes up on occasion. This Stanford team won’t stand for just get- ting back to the Final Four again. After losing in the championship game in 2008 and again last year, winning the program’s rst title since 1992 is what these players care most about. Stanford — 36-2 last season with those lone losses coming at the hands of the Huskies — fell 53-47 to Connecticut in the 2010 NCAA title game after leading 20-12 at halftime. UConn won its 78th straight game to complete back-to-back unbeaten seasons.

Then, Stanford beat UConn 71-59 this past Dec. 30 to end the Huskies’ record 90-game winning streak.

“I think last year’s team had a great shot at winning a national championship,” coach Tara VanDerveer said. “A lot of it is you don’t always win with your best team. Sometimes you’re not always going to have it all in place. I hope this particular team has the intangibles.

I think our chances of winning it all are

dependent on how aggressive we are.” Like the host Cardinal, Texas Tech has its own monumental win this season: a 56-45 upset of then-No. 1 Baylor on Feb. 19. That victory certainly helped the Lady Raiders (22- 10), who lost in the quarternals of the Big 12

tournament, earn an at-large bid to return to the NCAA tournament for the rst time since


They will play in Saturday’s rst game against ninth-seeded St. John’s, which lost to DePaul in the Big East tournament quarter- nals. The Red Storm (21-10) are in the tourna-

ment for a second straight season and no strangers to tough venues like Maples after falling 66-65 in overtime in the second round last March to Florida State on its home oor — though the arena will be much more hostile if St. John’s advances to face favored Stanford in Monday night’s second round. The program is making consecutive NCAA appearances for the rst time since 1983 and ’84.

Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry calls it the “most intriguing 8-9 matchup in the country” between similar teams. And St. John’s coach Kim Barnes Arico doesn’t need any convinc- ing.

“The way I feel about our team and how good we are and how I feel about their team and how good they are, and watching them beat Baylor, I’m sure they would say they’re in the best league in the country as we would say we’re in the best league in the country,” Barnes Arico said. “To have two great teams that had great years from two of the top leagues in the country, and to have to play each other in the

rst round for a chance to play Stanford at Stanford in the second round, it’s unbelievable. It’s got to be one of the toughest rst-round matchups and it’s probably going to be a great game.”

Stanford senior stars Jeanette Pohlen, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Kayla Pedersen are trying to wrap up a perfect record at home for their careers. Stanford hasn’t lost in Maples since a second-round NCAA defeat to Florida State in March 2007 — and redshirt senior Melanie Murphy is the only one on the roster who was part of it.

“I still have a tough time wrapping my head around it. If you see the teams that come into Maples, everyone competes,” said Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Chiney Ogwumike. “It’s an incredible feat. Hopefully if we work hard, we’ll be able to do something special in the history of Stanford. Those players have taught us a legacy, and that’s a legacy not to lose at Maples. Hopefully we’ll hold onto that for a while.”


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opponents with blinding speed as he is forcing them to submit once the ght hits the oor. Beyond his crowd-pleasing ghting style, Jones has a crowd-pleasing personality. He has more than 53,000 followers on Twitter, where he often posts inspirational messages. He helps raise money for charities trying to combat cancer, which claimed the

life of his older sister in 2000. And he remains so grounded — despite a fanbase that includes rapper 50 Cent — that he rarely speaks above

a whisper and is terried of being portrayed in

a negative light. “I’m aware of all the ways you can fall by

the wayside,” Jones said during a news con- ference at Radio City Music Hall. “I guess awareness is key, knowledge is power. I’m a pretty smart guy. I know the warning signs when you can be sidetracked.” He also knows when to take advantage of an opportunity. Jones was added to the card in February as

a late replacement for Rashad Evans, who

hurt his knee during training. Jones jumped at the chance to face a veteran in Rua who is coming off a knockout of Lyoto Machida that earned him the light heavyweight title last year. “I was a champion back when I was 23 in Pride,” Rua said of his days in Japan. “So if you compare our careers in that sense, you can see some similarities. “Jon Jones is a great ghter,” the Brazilian added through a translator. “He is a more

exciting ghter that looks for nishes, that brings a hard ght, and that’s the kind of ght that everyone likes. So I’m excited.”

It seems a lot of people are excited.

A sellout crowd is expected at the

Prudential Center for UFC 128, which includes the first fight for bantamweight Urijah Faber under the UFC banner. Faber became a star ghting for World Extreme Cageghting, which was purchased by the UFC a couple years ago and later

merged with the sport’s iconic brand. The ghters under contract were transferred to the UFC, and Faber will make his debut against Eddie Wineland.

“I wanted to ght a long time in the UFC.

It’s been a long road for me, seven years into my MMA career,” Faber said. “Just excited to have the chance and seize it and have some fun.”

Also ghting on the main card are light- weight contender Jim Miller, veteran mid- dleweight contender Nate Marquardt, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, who like Rua became a decorated ghter in Japan before moving to the UFC several years ago. The card is especially deep as the UFC returns to New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, where mixed martial arts has yet to be approved by the New York legislature. White hopes another sellout crowd a short drive from New York — and perhaps a future star like Jones who grew up in the state — might nally be the tipping point. “At the end of the day, do we have to be in New York? Do we have to be here?” White said. “At the end of the day, there are so many places we can do ghts, but we should be in New York. We should be here.”

the end of the day, there are so many places we can do fi ghts, but
the end of the day, there are so many places we can do fi ghts, but
the end of the day, there are so many places we can do fi ghts, but

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shown that he can do it, scoring 11 goals in

2009 to lead the team, but he only scored once

in 2010 (he did have eight assists, a career


In the mideld, the MLS Comeback Player

of the Year Bobby Convey is still the heart and

soul. Convey led the team in assists in 2010 (10) and will most likely see most of his time

spent on the left wing. He’ll be aided by Khari Stephenson, who returns to the Earthquakes in

2011 after making 11 appearances last season.

A healthy Stephenson might be the key for

San Jose — he possesses great creativity and control. Joey Gjertsen and Sam Cronin will see signicant minutes in the mideld as well, with newly acquired Simon Dawkins (on loan from Tottenham) looming around the corner. Those who follow the Earthquakes are also very excited about Anthony Ampaipitakwong, San Jose’s 2010 second round draft pick. The Earthquakes’defense is as solid as they come, some say even championship quality. San Jose only allowed 33 goals in 2010, 14 at home, good for sixth in the league. Most importantly, they accomplished that with a couple of key cogs going down with injury and missing signicant time — those compo- nents are back in 2011. Ike Opara was having a quality rookie cam-

paign when he went down with a broken foot. Now fully recovered, he and Jason Hernandez, are solid in the middle of the San Jose defense. Opara has been known to be efcient when he comes up to try and score too — something San Jose will surely need. On the wings, the Earthquakes are hoping their captain, Ramiro Corrales, can put togeth- er a full and healthy season. When Corrales is on the eld,he makes things look effortless. The other ank will most likely be manned by Tim Ward, who lled in when Corrales went down with injury last season and improved with every match. Chris Leitch, Bobby Burling and Brandon McDonald add depth to the backline (with McDonald capable of playing some mideld

as well). In goal, the Earthquakes will be without Joe Cannon, a fan favorite and team leader when he donned the keeper gloves for San Jose. In his place will be last season’s mid-season acquisition and at times savior, Jon Busch, who went 7-6-5 with a 1.06 goals against average. Busch proved that he is more than capable of being a No. 1 goaltender, but he is 34 years old. If he were to go down, the responsibility will fall in the hands of Andrew Webber, who’s played in two games during his MLS career. Webber might not be holding the No. 2 spot for very long — battling him right now for it is David Bingham, the former Cal Bear who San Jose acquired in an off-sea- son lottery.

— battling him right now for it is David Bingham, the former Cal Bear who San
— battling him right now for it is David Bingham, the former Cal Bear who San
— battling him right now for it is David Bingham, the former Cal Bear who San
— battling him right now for it is David Bingham, the former Cal Bear who San
— battling him right now for it is David Bingham, the former Cal Bear who San



Weekend March 19-20, 2011


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leaguers RHP Eliseo Batista (N.Y.Yankees),RHP Mar- cos Coca (Philadelphia), RHP Daniel DelaCruz (Philadelphia), RHP Ruben Mejia (San Diego) and RHP Jose Williams (Cincinnati) 50 games,effective

at the start of the Dominican Summer League sea-

son, after each tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention andTreatment Program. American League LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Announced the re- tirement of RHP Scot Shields. National League CINCINNATI REDS — Reassigned RHP Scott Car- roll and RHP Chad Reineke to their minor league camp.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Reassigned INF/OF Jerry Sands and INF Justin Sellers to their minor league camp. NEW YORK METS — Released 2B Luis Castillo. PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Claimed LHP Garrett Olson off waivers from Seattle. Placed RHP Kevin Hart on the 60-day DL. HOCKEY National Hockey League ST. LOUIS BLUES — Activated D Tyson Strachan from injured reserve.Assigned D Nathan Oystrick

to Peoria (AHL).

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Reassigned G Jaroslav Janus from Florida (ECHL) to Norfolk (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer PHILADELPHIA UNION — Signed M Keon Daniel,

M Gabriel Farfan and F Levi Kouapeu.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS — Signed M Mauro Rosales.


QUARTERFINALS First Leg Tuesday,April 5 Inter Milan (Italy) vs.Schalke (Germany),11:45 a.m. Real Madrid (Spain) vs.Tottenham (England),

11:45 a.m. Wednesday,April 6 Barcelona (Spain) vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), 11:45 a.m. Chelsea (England) vs.Manchester United (England), 11:45 a.m. Second Leg Tuesday,April 12 Manchester United vs.Chelsea,11:45 a.m. Shakhtar Donetsk vs.Barcelona,11:45 a.m. Wednesday,April 13 Schalke vs.Inter Milan,11:45 a.m. Tottenham vs.Real Madrid,11:45 a.m.


Tuesday’s Games Los Angeles 1,Seattle FC 0 Saturday’s Games Toronto FC at Vancouver,3:30 p.m. Columbus at D.C.United,4:30 p.m. Seattle FC at New York,4:30 p.m.

Chicago at FC Dallas,5:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston,5:30 p.m. Portland at Colorado,6 p.m. Real Salt Lake at San Jose,7:30 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at Chivas USA,7:30 p.m.

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Friday’s Games Houston 9,Florida 2 Toronto 6,N.Y.Yankees 5 Detroit 8,Boston (ss) 3 Philadelphia 3,Pittsburgh 2 St.Louis 10,Washington 4 N.Y.Mets 3,Atlanta 0 L.A.Angels 7,San Diego 6 Kansas City 6,Cleveland (ss) 5 Arizona 8,Seattle 5 Cincinnati 14,Chicago Cubs 13 L.A.Dodgers 6,San Francisco 3 Colorado 9,Milwaukee 7

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