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Islamic State hunts down Syrian loyals: Militants seize control of strategic town with public shootings and beheadings
BEIRUT — Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday. The purge, which relied mostly on informant...
By Sarah El Deeb and Bassem Mroue The Associated Press FULL STORY
District delays decision for Peninsula location: High school board pushes deadline back until new superintendent takes control
Peninsula Alternative High School students will continue to wait in limbo while high school district officials further consider whether to renovate their campus in San Bruno. The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees again postponed a decision during a meeting Thursday, May 21, r...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Fitting in family fitness
As a full-time working mom of two, Anona Dutton struggled to make room for personal fitness and quality time for the family until she found a way to do both — taking advantage of all that San Mateo County and the greater Bay Area has to offer. Like most working parents she encounters; work, chore...
By Kerry Chan Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
California farmers strike a deal to cut water use
SACRAMENTO — California farmers who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal will serv...
By Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith The Associated Press FULL STORY
Q&A: California farmers strike water-saving deal with state
FRESNO — A group of farmers in the heart of California’s agricultural region have cut a historic deal with the state to reduce their water use by 25 percent in exchange for avoiding deeper mandatory cuts sure to come later. Officials say the pact could serve as a model for other farmers through...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
South San Francisco senior hopes to continue winning ways in national speech competition
A senior at South San Francisco High School is crowdsourcing a fundraising effort to send her to the national high school speech championship, where she hopes continue a recent streak of success in competitions. Amanda Taylor has collected $960 of her $1,500 goal, which she intends to spend on tra...
By Austin Walsh Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Care Package Packing Party
Sophie Sandler looks over the 107 care packages that she and other volunteers packed at the Care Package Packing Party held at San Mateo’s City Hall on May 20. The packages contain treats, books and personal letters of support for the soldiers of San Mateo’s adopted troop, the 101st Airborne, st...
Police release name of suspect in dump truck pursuit
Police have released the name of a suspect arrested after a pursuit of a stolen Mack dump truck that started in Colma and injured several people Thursday. Police said they booked 36-year-old San Francisco resident Mark Edward Hill into the San Mateo County Jail at about 3 a.m. after he received tre...
Man arrested for attempted murder
A San Mateo man is in jail after striking his neighbor in the back of the head with a garden tool that may have been a shovel Friday afternoon on the 800 block of Fallon Avenue in the Shoreview neighborhood. At approximately 1:40 p.m., San Mateo police responded to the incident after an argument b...
Grand jury probes utility’s ties with California regulators
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal grand jury is probing potentially illegal ties between executives with California’s largest utility and state regulatory officials. The investigation focuses on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executives and regulators with the California Public Utilities Commission. Fur...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Class notes
May Kay Going, current assistant superintendent of educational services in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District, has been selected to become the superintendent of the Moreland School District in San Jose. Going, who was hired by the local school district two years ago, will likely ...
Government watch
City government The Planning Commission in South San Francisco unanimously approved the proposal to build two, separate large-scale housing developments at Cypress and Linden avenues during their meeting Thursday, May 21. The commission also agreed to update the city’s policy on massage parlors...
San Mateo County police reports
No more catnaps A sleeping area for a cat was stolen from a front porch on Brewster Avenue in Redwood City before 1:07 p.m. Sunday, May 17. San Mateo Theft. A man was arrested for shoplifting at Target on Bridgepointe Parkway before 6:37 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. Disturbance. A woman bought a cup...

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