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Those baffling road projects in San Jose and Campbell: Roadshow

Q: Can you shed some light on a perplexing project that might be the area’s slowest road expansion? Well over a year ago work began on widening Hillsdale Avenue. The last section, which needed to be widened from two to four lanes, was begun. This very short segment, perhaps only a third of a mile long, is between Hilltop Avenue close to the entrance to the drive-in/flea market and Communications Drive. Work began ambitiously, with utilities being put underground, new water pipes laid, and so on. Then the rains came last winter, and work pretty much ground to a halt. Finally, spring arrived and construction-friendly weather conditions returned. Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. But here’s the mystery. Despite the return of good weather, work did not really begin again until late fall, and even then, it was at a snail’s pace. I drive by there almost every day, and much of the time there appears to be only a couple of guys doing who knows what. Shaving dirt off the hillside, slowly putting…

Man charged with human trafficking after police allege he kept a sex slave for 5 years

By Amir Vera | CNN A North Carolina man is facing a human trafficking charge after police alleged he kept a person in sexual servitude for five years. Salvador Espinoza Escobar, 48, of Asheboro, was arrested Wednesday when the investigation into the trafficking accusations began, according to a news release from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. The National Human Trafficking Tip Line alerted Randolph County officials about Espinoza Escobar, who the release says kept a person in sexual servitude “by withholding basic needs in exchange for forced sexual acts since January 2015.” Espinoza Escobar was arrested without incident, the release said, and was charged with one count of felony human trafficking. He appeared in court Friday and according to CNN affiliate WXII, he told the judge that he would be hiring his own attorney. He was released on $100,000 bail on Friday evening, according to the sheriff’s office. CNN attempted to contact Espinoza Escobar but has not been able to reach him. CNN has reached out to the Randolph County Superior Court Clerk and the District Attorney’s office but has not heard back. Related Articles…

49ers’ Katie Sowers gets apology from college that almost derailed her coaching career before it began

Nothing like a world-wide audience and a 100-yard-long platform to encourage people to do the right thing. Last Wednesday, three days after the San Francisco 49ers punched their ticket to Super Bowl LIV, the right thing was done to Katie Sowers. Surely you’ve heard Sowers’ story. How she became just the third woman to be hired as an assistant coach by an NFL team. An offensive assistant for the 49ers, Sowers has been getting plenty of face time via media outlets and commercials during the 49ers’ run to the Super Bowl. So high-profile and unlikely has Sowers’ journey been, that the private liberal arts college where she played basketball has issued a belated apology. Why would an apology be necessary, you ask? Let’s let Sowers pick up the story, as her playing days come to an end at Goshen. “With coaching being my final destination in terms of what do I do, I thought it would be natural to ask if I could be a volunteer assistant coach,” she told NBC Sports Bay Area. “My coach called me in and said ‘There have been a…

San Bruno: Man drives into parked cars on residential street

An allegedly drunk man who drove into several parked cars Saturday in San Bruno was driving without a license after a previous DUI conviction, police said. Damaged vehicle in San Bruno, Jan. 25, 2020. (San Bruno Police Department)  Officers were called shortly before 8 p.m. to the 500 block of Fourth Avenue, near Highway 101 and San Bruno Avenue. They found damaged cars and the alleged driver, 30-year-old San Bruno resident Julio Cesar Bernal Garcia. He had suffered injuries not considered life-threatening. Before he was sent to the hospital, Garcia was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle under the influence while on DUI probation, not having an ignition interlock device, and driving on a suspended license. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov. Information can be left anonymously.

Palo Alto: New business tax discussion on tap for Monday

PALO ALTO — With a new poll showing a majority of voters would support a business tax, Palo Alto city leaders on Monday are set to consider such a proposal as it anticipates spending millions of dollars more on transportation and housing in the coming years. If eventually approved, Palo Alto would join its neighboring cities Mountain View and East Palo Alto, which passed similar measures in 2018. Though it’s unclear how the vote will go Monday — two previous attempts to bring forward a new business tax failed in 2009 and 2016 — the context in which this measure is being considered is sure to weigh on the city council. According to a new poll conducted by a consulting company working with the city,  64% of voters surveyed said they would vote yes on a new business tax, and about 58% said they would prefer either an employee headcount tax — such as the one that went into effect this year in Mountain View — or a parcel tax based on either property tax roll assessments or on square footage of the company’s property.…

Letter: Carl Guardino’s legacy will go on in SVLG’s great work

Guardino’s legacy will continue in SVLG work Re: “Next SVLG CEO must help Valley build on success” (Editorial, Jan. 19): How wonderful to read your editorial noting so many accomplishments of long-time Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. Carl and I first met in the late 1980’s when he was a young aide to respected former Assemblyman Rusty Areias and I was a young staff member to highly regarded former State Senator Becky Morgan. All these years later, I’ve been honored to serve as a founding board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, which Carl created after he and his wife, Leslee, came up with the idea for an annual Turkey Trot, now the nation’s largest timed Thanksgiving Day run. Related Articles Letter: Sweet vindication to come in Dems’ ‘impeachment theatre’ Letter: What if NFL, like the GOP, waged a war on reality in 49ers win? Letter: Davis should handle I-280 garbage before reelection Letter: I lost power for 40+ hours during a PG&E outage Letter: This group educated me on how our government works For all his good work leading infrastructure…

Bridge: Jan. 27, 2020

Cy the Cynic admits that clear thinking as declarer is not his strength. “Declarers have a lot to think about,” I remarked. “You need to organize your thought processes.” “If I organized my thoughts,” Cy said, “they’d form a union and demand benefits.” At today’s 3NT, the Cynic played low from dummy on the first spade. He took East’s ten with the ace and chose to cash the ace of diamonds and finesse with dummy’s jack. East took the queen and returned a club (not best). West won and led the jack of spades, and Cy pondered … and put up the queen. He went down two when East won and returned a spade. INFERENCES A vital part of declarer’s thinking must be to draw inferences from the way the defenders operate. Cy can reason that if West had the king of spades, East would have returned a spade when he won a diamond trick, letting West set up his suit while he had the ace of clubs for an entry. If Cy plays low from dummy on the second spade, he blocks the suit…

Word Game: Jan. 27, 2020

TODAY’S WORD — JUNKETING (JUNKETING: JUNK-et-ing: Going on a trip or journey.) Average mark 16 words Time limit 25 minutes Can you find 21 or more words in JUNKETING? The list will be published tomorrow. SATURDAY’S WORD — MENTIONS mien mine mint miso mist mite moist moisten monies monte mote most emit neon nest nine noes noise none nones nonet nose note tennis tenon tension time tine tome tone inmost inset into intone item omen omit onset semi sennit sent sine site smite smote snit some sonnet stein stem steno stone To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.…

Horoscopes Jan. 27, 2020: Patton Oswalt shares advice with Cris Collinsworth.

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Patton Oswalt, 51; Alan Cumming, 55; Bridget Fonda, 56; Cris Collinsworth, 61. Alan Cumming (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)  Happy Birthday: Preparation and organization will be essential this year. Getting everything in order will help ease stress and encourage positive change. The less you have to feel responsible for, the better. An emotional change should go along with clearing the clutter from your life. Getting tangled up in someone’s affairs will lead to confusion, uncertainty, anger and disengaging from relationships. Your numbers are 7, 12, 18, 26, 31, 34, 46. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Fulfill any promises made, and get on with your day. Stay focused on responsibilities, tying up loose ends and helping someone in need. The more you do, the better you will feel. Personal growth will change your life. 3 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It’s up to you to bring about change. Stop waiting and start doing. Update your look, and search for new ways to use your skills. Offer solutions, and be willing to lend a helping hand. Something good will transpire. 4 stars GEMINI…

Ask Amy: We’re the same age but she treats me like a child

DEAR AMY: I’ve been friends with “Marian” since grade school. We’re now in our 60s and live in the same neighborhood. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  Although our lives took different paths at times, I consider her like family. We’ve always been there for each other — but lately I’m feeling a lot of negative judgment from her, even concerning trivial things. Instead of being supportive or even just sympathetic, she’s taken to chastising me in almost a parental tone, or by minimizing my discomfort. Related Articles Ask Amy: She says she gets to pick where I’ll die Ask Amy: I’m still upset by my houseguests’ overheard gossip Ask Amy: My boyfriend is interfering with my social media presence Ask Amy: Why are these women on a dating site if they don’t want to date? Ask Amy: This personal news could harm my ‘brand’ at the office Growing up, she made some bad choices (we all do) but I always helped where I could and stood behind her. I’m reaching the point where I have to avoid certain subjects because I don’t want the criticism.…

Family affair: Billie Eilish, Finneas win big at Grammys

By MESFIN FEKADU | AP Music Writer LOS ANGELES — The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family. “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — created in the musicians’ Los Angeles home — helped Eilish win the top four honors, including album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. The 18-year-old is the youngest artist to achieve the feat and the first to do so since Christopher Cross did in 1981. Finneas — who co-wrote, produced and engineered the album, walked away as Sunday’s top winner with six. Eilish won five honors. “We didn’t write a speech for this because we didn’t make this album to win a Grammy. We didn’t think it would win anything ever. We wrote an album about depression and suicidal thoughts and climate change and being the bad guy — whatever that means — and we stand up here confused and grateful,” Finneas said onstage. Together, they also won best…

Whicker: Tiger Woods mourns the loss of Bryant, his partner in sports dominance

SAN DIEGO — At 9:45 a.m. they greeted one of the two essential American athletes of the past 25 years. They had no clue what was about to happen to the other one. Three guys wore orange tiger suits, with stripes and tail. One old fellow near the first green saw the man coming and yelled, “I’ve been waiting for 20 years for this.” The fairways were lined and the hopes were high. The world slams the brakes whenever Tiger Woods stalks a victory. Nearly 150 miles to the north of Torrey Pines, a 28-year-old helicopter began failing. About 90 minutes after that, Dennis Paulson of the Golf Channel quietly told Joe LaCava, Woods’ caddie, that Kobe Bryant was gone. LaCava kept it to himself. As Woods walked through the back nine, he occasionally heard someone yell, “Mamba” or “Do it for Mamba.” He tuned it out; no sportsman on earth has heard more extraneous fan comments than Woods. Once Woods holed his final putt for a 70 and a ninth-place finish in the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday, LaCava gave him the indigestible news.…

A full list of Grammy Award winners

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A list of winners so far in top categories at the 61th annual Grammy Awards. Record of the year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish Album of the year: “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Billie Eilish Best new artist: Billie Eilish Best rap/sung performance: “Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend Best rap album: “Igor,” Tyler, The Creator Best comedy album: “Sticks & Stones,” Dave Chappelle Best country duo/group performance: “Speechless,” Dan + Shay Best pop solo performance: “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo Best pop vocal album: “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Billie Eilish Best pop duo/group performance: “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus Best traditional pop vocal album: “Look Now,” Elvis Costello & The Imposters Best R&B album: “Ventura,” Anderson .Paak Best urban contemporary album: “Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo Best R&B song: “Say So,” PJ Morton featuring JoJo Best traditional R&B performance: “Jerome,” Lizzo Best R&B performance: “Come Home,” Anderson .Paak featuring Andre 3000 Best rock song: “This Land,” Gary Clark, Jr. Best rock performance:…

Kobe Bryant, daughter, 13, die in crash

By GREG BEACHAM | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire. He earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the beloved Lakers, and he was respected by basketball fans from every place with a hoop and a dream, including his native Philadelphia and in Italy, his other childhood home. Less than four years into his retirement, Bryant was seizing new challenges and working to inspire his daughters’ generation through sports and storytelling when his next chapter ended shockingly early. Bryant, the 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career all with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. The crash occurred in the foggy hills above Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Bryant was killed, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, and a different person familiar with the case confirmed Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died. Both…

Photos: Memorial tributes for Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant

Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the photo gallery on a mobile device. Tributes poured in around the nation as Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna died with seven others in California helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles. Thousands of people brought flowers and candles to the Staples Center to pay tribute as the Grammy awards took place tonight. Since he retired in 2016, Bryant added to his list of accomplishments with business ventures, an academy award and as an author. He found joy in coaching Gianna, a burgeoning basketball player at local Sierra Canyon School. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement said, “Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary. “But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it…

Grammy Awards 2020: 7 performances we won’t soon forget

Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the photo gallery on a mobile device. Here are the top performances from the 2020 Grammy Awards, held Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles: Camila Cabello Talk about a tearjerker! The pop star definitely had the stars in the crowd reaching for their Kleenex as she sang a poignant, emotional rendition of “First Man,” a beautiful ballad written about her father. Her dad was listening from the front row, wiping away the tears as old videos of the two of them were being shown. The moment climaxed as Cabello walked into the crowd at the end of the song to give dad a huge hug. Beautifully done, Camila. Related Articles Watch Grammys tribute to Kobe Bryant: ‘We are all feeling crazy sadness’ Grammys Red Carpet: Ariana Grande, Tyler the Creator draw big reactions Lil Nas X We’ve all heard the record-breaking song “Old Town Road” so many times this year that the question was: How will Lil Nas make it sound fresh and interesting on Grammy night? The answer was just three letters —…

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