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Big win for high-speed rail: Appellate court overturns rulings, allowing state to resume selling bonds to pay for it
SACRAMENTO — A state appellate court on Thursday overturned two lower court rulings that had stalled funding for California’s $68 billion bullet train, handing a big win to Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature project and allowing the state to resume selling bonds to pay for it. The court overturned...
By Juliet Williams The Associated Press FULL STORY
Woman to prison for stabbing husband: Wife wrapped herself in bubble wrap before attack
The 53-year-old woman convicted of stabbing her estranged husband inside their Redwood City construction business while sheathed in bubble wrap and possessing a to-do list for the crime was sentenced Thursday to a potential life sentence. Laura Jean Wenke, whose claim of insanity was rejected by a ...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Fit Fest in Burlingame: Saturday event in Washington Park includes free fitness classes, vendors
Hundreds are expected to swarm Washington Park in Burlingame this Saturday for the Community Fit Fest run by Dethrone Basecamp. The second annual free event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a boot camp run by Dethrone, the fitness studio in Burlingame that’s hosting the day. This year’s theme is “Bui...
By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Mercy High’s Kohl Mansion celebrates 100th birthday: Event is one of many throughout this centennial year
The party continues for the year-long 100th birthday celebration of Mercy High School Burlingame’s Kohl Mansion. Friends, neighbors and community members are invited to a birthday party on the green this Sunday. A couple hundred people are expected to come out to the event that includes live musi...
By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Plea deal reached in drugging, raping of girlfriend’s daughter
A 47-year-old Pacifica man accused of drugging his girlfriend’s teen daughter with sleeping medication, including a pill hidden in a bowl of ice cream, so he could sexually assault her pleaded no contest Thursday to rape and forcible penetration. Paul David Messersmith’s plea change spares him ...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Candidate goes homeless to show state’s economic gap
SACRAMENTO — The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor’s claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation’s most...
By Juliet Williams The Associated Press FULL STORY
Yee pleads not guilty to charge
A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new count of racketeering and to previously filed charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for exerting his influence in Sacramento. The revised indictment unsealed last week also alleges that ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mansion or shack? It’s the $1 million question
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: think again. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for houses a...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against...
By Clarence Roy-Macaullay and Krista Larson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bank of the West Classic Tennis Tournament
Media personality and Tennis Channel host Andrew Krasny introduces competitor and 2012 World Tennis Champion Victoria Azarenka to guests at the Bank of the West Classic Tennis Tournament on July 30 at the Taube Family Tennis Center at Stanford University. The Classic, in its 44th year, is the longes...
Topping off the new jail
County Manager John Maltbie, left, and Sheriff Greg Munks look at the construction site for the new $155 million San Mateo County Jail, which marked a significant construction milestone Thursday when the final beam of steel was placed on the building. Local officials celebrated at a ‘topping off...
Oakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash
Animals at the Oakland Zoo were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit after a truck spilled its shipment on a freeway. About 13,000 pounds of plantains and jackfruit were donated to the zoo Wednesday after the fruit truck overturned on Interstate 580. Nobody was hurt. Bears, giraffes and elephant...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Report: Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge construction
SACRAMENTO — A Senate report finds senior officials overseeing construction of the $6.5 billion eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge deliberately brushed off concerns about flawed work and there was a pattern of secrecy on the project. The 64-page report released Thursday was commission...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Six injured when car jumps curb in Palo Alto
Police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Palo Alto say six people were injured, one critically, when a car jumped a curb outside a cafe. The Palo Alto police accident reconstruction team was at the scene Thursday afternoon. Police said in a Tweet that the car’s elderly driver appeared to have...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Reporters’ notebook
Kids hoping to try a firefigher’s hat on for size participated this week in the Redwood City Fire Department’s Junior Fire Academy. Participants ages 11 to 15 climbed a 100-foot aerial ladder, used fire extinguishers to put out a propane fire and navigated a physical agility course. Organizers s...
San Mateo County police reports
That stinks An man was afraid to take a shower because he thought a woman from Nevada was following him on Springwood Way in South San Francisco before 6:05 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Half Moon Bay Arrest. A woman that was too drunk to care for herself was arrested on Main and Hill streets before...

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