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Math course changes stir parent zeal: San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District changing offerings because of Common Core
Parents are not backing down from what they see as a lack of involvement in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District’s move to reduce or eliminate more advanced classes like algebra and geometry, but officials say it’s what is right for students. About 150 community members packed a...
By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
A life from which to learn: Former Redwood City teacher honored for her long life and dedicated career
“I always say, San Francisco got the earthquake, and Plainfield got me,” Irma Hofslund said, speaking of 1906, the year she was born in Plainfield, Wisconsin. Hofslund laughed at the joke and, though she is a petite woman, her smile seemed somehow huge. “I only look good when I smile,” Ho...
By Dave Newlands Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
Immigrants Social Security eligible in president's plan
WASHINGTON — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama’s new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama’s action...
By Jim Kuhnhenn The Associated Press FULL STORY
Armed robber hits pharmacy, may be connected to other similar crimes
Law enforcement is on the lookout for a man who robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint in San Carlos Wednesday afternoon and may be connected to similar crimes in other cities. An Asian man in his mid-20s entered the Walgreens on 1414 El Camino Real around 12:40 a.m. and walked directly to the pharmacy whe...
Daily Journal staff report FULL STORY
Sex offender guilty of bookstore molestation
A 71-year-old registered sex offender who allegedly molested a 10-year-old girl in an isolated area of a San Mateo bookstore last summer and later arrested in Mountain View for similar behavior is guilty of six felonies in the local case that could send him to prison for life. A jury convicted Chri...
Daily Journal Staff Report FULL STORY
Prison for devil and skeleton masked robber
A man who sported a devil and skeleton mask during armed robberies in San Mateo and Redwood City last year was sentenced to three years in prison. Parker Zamora Ames, 21, of San Mateo, received the maximum allowed under the terms of a plea agreement reached in August on one count of robbery with en...
Daily Journal Staff Report FULL STORY
Oakland protesters block freeways, break windows
OAKLAND — Ninety-two people were arrested in Oakland on Tuesday night as demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked freeways, while in Los Angeles nearly 200 people were arrested or cited in continuing California protests spawned by a Missouri grand jury’s refusal to indict a white police o...
By Kristen J. Bender and Christopher Weber The Associated Press FULL STORY
Berkeley students suspend tuition hike protest
BERKELEY — Students at the University of California, Berkeley have suspended their week-long protest in a campus classroom building over tuition increases. Maiya Moncino, a fourth year Berkeley student and spokeswoman for The Open UC protest group, said students voted on Tuesday night to clean up...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Spare the Air alert issued for Thanksgiving
Bay Area residents will be prohibited from burning firewood and other solid fuels on Thanksgiving Day during the third Winter Spare the Air alert issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, agency officials said Wednesday. Both indoor and outdoor wood-burning fires are prohibited, accor...
Bay City News Service FULL STORY
Homeless man beaten to death in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — Police say they are looking for a group of “cowards” who beat a homeless man to death as he slept in an alley in downtown San Francisco. Police spokesman Albie Esparza said Wednesday that Tai Lam’s body was found inside a sleeping bag. Esparza tells KGO-TV that the 67-year...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Construction to close portion of Ralston Avenue Dec. 2
Ralston Avenue will be closed between Chula Vista Drive and Notre Dame Avenue from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesday for sewer main construction, according to the city. Workers will be bringing in two sections of 600-foot long fused sewer pipes from Notre Dame Avenue to Chula Vista Drive, weather permittin...
Trio charged with stealing $5K of copper wiring from school
Three Belmont transients stole 550 pounds of copper wiring worth roughly $5,000 from the walls and ceiling of a vacant building at the planned site for a new Crystal Springs Uplands School two weeks ago, according to prosecutors. Donald Marvin Robb Jr., 54, Darrell Wayne Anderson, 52, and Steven Fr...
Police identify possible drowned Pacifica surfer
Police believe a surfer who may have drowned at a Pacifica beach on Sunday evening was 52-year-old Brook Kenyon, Pacifica police said Wednesday. Police, fire and U.S. Coast Guard personnel responded to a report from witnesses who said they saw a surfboard with no surfer wash onto the shore at Rocka...
Report: Police detective sent photo of woman from her phone
A Palo Alto police detective texted a photo of a “scantily clad” female suspect to a supervisor for no legitimate law enforcement reason and the supervisor took more than two weeks to report it, a police auditor said Wednesday. A police sergeant, fearing the private photo might be acci...
By Jeff Burbank Bay City News Service FULL STORY
San Mateo police reports
Looks like trouble A woman was very nervous about a man with a dog she said was staring at her on Margarita Avenue and Los Altos Drive in Burlingame before 12:31 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Burlingame Malicious mischief. The window of a car was smashed on Carlos Avenue before 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1...

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