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Ex-Rep. Collins gets 26-month-sentence for inside trading

By Larry Neumeister and Jim Mustian | Associated Press NEW YORK — A former congressman who was one of President Donald Trump’s first supporters was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed. Christopher Collins, 69, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick in Manhattan after the Republican pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to law enforcement officials. Collins broke down and apologized to his family and his former constituents and colleagues. “I stand here today as a disgraced former member of Congress,” he said. “My life has been shattered.” The sentence came even after Collins’ lawyers argued he was sorry and should face no prison time in the insider trading case. Prosecutors, however, argued he should go to prison for nearly five years. They said Collins and his son, Cameron, were worth a total of $35 million when they conspired to sell shares in a…

Raheem Mostert embodies the reasons why the 49ers believe in Kyle Shanahan

SANTA CLARA – Raheem Mostert has come a long way since he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2015. In 2016, after bouncing around rosters, practice squads and the waiver wire for a year and a half, his name appeared as a blip on the transactions page. He signed on to the practice squad of the 49ers, his seventh team in less than two years. Three seasons on, he’s established himself as a special teams maven and, recently, the team’s most productive running back. For Mostert, it all came down to finding a coach that believed in him. “He actually relates to his players,” Mostert said of coach Kyle Shanahan. “His dad (Mike Shanahan)’s players always fought for him and it’s the same thing here. Kyle has instilled that in us. I’m gonna fight for you. I want you to fight for me.” Mostert’s breakout game in the backfield came last season against the Packers, San Francisco’s upcoming NFC championship opponent. But Mostert remembers the game the week prior — and what happened afterward. The 49ers were hosting the Arizona Cardinals in…

49ers’ Dee Ford again eyes Super Bowl berth after costing 2018 Chiefs

SANTA CLARA — Dee Ford lined up in this position before, one win from the Super Bowl. “It’s a special situation. I’m blessed,” Ford said Friday at his 49ers locker. “I’m looking forward to better results.” Last year’s results were career altering. Because Ford lined up offside in the AFC Championship Game, that penalty wiped out a last-minute interception and allowed Tom Brady to rally the New England Patriots past the host Kansas City Chiefs. Two months later, the Chiefs traded the franchise-tagged Ford to the 49ers. Come Sunday, he’s playing again for a Super Bowl berth, when the 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Kyle Shanahan and Dee Ford walk of the field after beating the Minnesota Vikings. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)  Ford said he “feels good” in regards to a hamstring injury that kept him out most of the final six games of the regular season, starting with a 37-8 rout of the Packers on Nov. 24. “They haven’t seen Dee or Kwon (Alexander), so that will be a big help,” defensive end Nick Bosa said of…

Azaria will no longer voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

Variety.com LOS ANGELES – Hank Azaria says he is officially stepping down as the voice of Apu on “The Simpsons.” “I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s someway to transition it or something,” Azaria said in an interview with SlashFilm. “What they’re going to do with the character is their call. It’s up to them and they haven’t sorted it out yet. All we’ve agreed on is I won’t do the voice anymore.” Reps for the show declined to comment. Reps for Azaria did not immediately return Variety’s request for comment. Calls for Azaria, who has voiced the Indian Kwik-E-Mart owner for decades, to stop playing Apu intensified in 2017 after comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary “The Problem With Apu.” The doc explored how people of South Asian descent felt about growing up with Apu as one of their only representatives on American television. “The Simpsons” addressed the controversy in a 2018 episode, in which Lisa says, “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” She then looks over at a framed…

Ex-San Mateo cop sentenced to 81 years for assaulting women while on duty

A former San Mateo police officer has been sentenced to 81 years in prison after jurors convicted him of assaulting five women while on duty. On Thursday, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak denied probation for Stockton resident Noah White Winchester, 35, instead ensuring that he likely spends the rest of his life in state prison. Noah White Winchester was sentenced Jan. 17, 2020 to 81 years in prison for sexually assaulting five women while on duty as a police officer for San Mateo and the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento.  “A lot of times victims feel like we’re going to sweep these things under the rug because it’s a police officer, and it’s great to go back to them and say, ‘Just because the person who violated you was a police officer doesn’t mean we’ll treat them any differently,’” said case prosecutor San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Alpana Samant. The case went back to October 2015, when a street sweeper encountered a woman asleep in her car near downtown Burlingame and called the police. But when officers arrived, the…

Last-minute NFC Championship tickets: No big price jump yet for 49ers-Packers

We’re just two days away from the biggest 49ers game in the history of Levi’s Stadium. OK, so the stadium is just six years old, but with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, the stakes for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game are quite high. The prices are, too, but they haven’t been skyrocketing over recent days as you may expect. Ticketmaster’s NFL Exchange verified secondary market site is offering a get-in price of $329 as of late Friday morning for upper-deck tickets. That price is bested (barely) by ticket re-seller Ticket IQ, which features an upper-deck possibility for $317, and StubHub, which is asking $296 for tickets in section 420, an endzone corner on the visitor’s sideline. Related Articles 49ers vs. Packers: What are 5 keys to the NFC Championship? The additions of Dee Ford, Nick Bosa gave 49ers an undeniable edge The quest to be legendary: Kwon Alexander leads 49ers’ ‘Hot Boyzz’ movement The Jim Harbaugh grudge that Richard Sherman won’t let go 49ers’ Garoppolo, Packers’ Rodgers have more in common than you’d think Bear in mind that these prices are prior…

Who beat out 49ers Garoppolo for Comeback Player of Year honor?

SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo quarterbacked the 49ers to the No. 1 seed and into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game amid a career-best year, all while starting every game off knee reconstruction. That was not enough to win him the Comeback Player of Year award from the Pro Football Writers of America. Instead, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill won that award — and the one he more deserves, Most Improved Player of Year. The Associated Press’ Comeback Player of the Year award will be unveiled with others at the NFL Honors show on Feb. 1, the night before Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Bryant Young (1999) and Garrison Hearst (2001) previously won that award with the 49ers. “It’s crazy to look back on it,” Garoppolo said Thursday about his season. “Just watching tape and things like that, you see clips from October or whatever, it seems like a lifetime ago. Yeah, it’s been a whirlwind of a season, especially just personally coming back from the ACL and everything. “But, it’s a great group of guys to go to battle with, and I wouldn’t ask for anyone…

‘Our family has never been the same’: Convicted Richmond murderer who used ‘necrophilia’ defense gets life without parole

MARTINEZ — A Pittsburg man who was linked by DNA to the 2012 rape and murder of an 81-year-old woman was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole Friday morning. Jonathan Jackson, 38, bowed his head in silence after the sentence was headed down, but did not speak on his own behalf. Judge Rebecca Hardie, who handed down the sentence, talked at length beforehand, telling Jackson she had a message that he “needs to hear.” “(Jackson) has shown absolutely no emotion except when the verdict was read. Then he cried and he wept, but those tears seemed to be for Mr. Jackson,” Hardie said, after noting that the trial was “extremely difficult for all involved.” Hardie said there is “no way to capture the suffering” of the victim, El Cerrito resident Sun Yi Kwon, who was beaten, raped, and left for dead as she went for a morning walk in January 2012. Jackson dragged her into an alleyway and so he could be alone with his victim, the jury found, convicting Jackson of murder, rape, kidnapping, and other related offenses. Kwon barely survived the…

McManus: High politics and low on tap in impeachment drama

WASHINGTON — The fix is in. The jury is anything but impartial. The verdict is pretty much foreordained. But that isn’t what this trial will be about. The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, expected to begin in earnest next week, is formally about a weighty constitutional question: Has Trump abused the powers of his office? But it’s also about politics, of course. To borrow from Clausewitz, impeachment is the continuation of politics — including election-year politics — by other means. That’s not a scandal. It’s an inevitable part of the way impeachment, the Constitution’s only method of sanctioning a president for misconduct, works. An impeachment trial may look like a legal proceeding, but it isn’t. It’s not in a court; it’s in the Senate, a body populated by 100 politicians. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will preside, but he’ll act only as a referee, not a judge. The senators will swear an oath to render “impartial justice” in the weeks ahead. But most are already committed to the president’s defense or his downfall. A two-thirds vote for conviction would require at least…

SFO among US airports to screen passengers from China for new illness

By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press NEW YORK — U.S. health officials announced Friday that they will begin screening airline passengers arriving from central China for a new virus that has sickened dozens and killed two, prompting worries about a new international outbreak. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say they will begin taking temperatures and asking about symptoms of passengers at three U.S. airports who traveled from the outbreak city of Wuhan. Officials estimate roughly 5,000 passengers will go through the process in the next couple of weeks at New York City’s JFK International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. The first direct flight was expected Friday night at JFK, and the next expected Saturday morning in San Francisco. More than 40 cases of the newly identified coronavirus have been confirmed in Asia, including two deaths — at least one involving a previous medical condition. Officials have said it probably spread from animals to people but haven’t been able to rule out the possibility that it spreads from person to person. So far, the risk to the American public…

Thousands of Star Wars fans rise early to ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland

Star Wars fans rose early to be the first to ride the highly-anticipated new Rise of the Resistance attraction at Disneyland. Thousands of fans lined up as early as 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 on opening day for the new Star Wars trackless dark ride at the Anaheim theme park. All of the boarding group passes for the entire day were distributed within 6 minutes, according to Disneyland Guest Relations. Groups were numbered up to 160, with those numbered 82 and higher being on “standby” status. Outside the gates of Disneyland, die-hard fans waited in the rain that fell before 3 a.m. By 5 a.m., the lines to get into Disneyland stretched all the way to the gates of Disney California Adventure. Around 5:45 a.m., Disneyland opened the gates and loaded anxious fans onto Main Street U.S.A. to wait for the official 8 a.m. opening of the park. Related Articles See inside Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance before the new ride opens to the public at Disneyland Is Rise of the Resistance the world’s greatest theme park ride? Will Disneyland face the same Rise…

Harry and Meghan shut UK home, but is Canada ready for them?

More and more it has become clear that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t think through some significant issues before making their sudden announcement that they were quitting their jobs as senior British royals and looking to split their time between the UK and Canada. In fact, amid new reports that they are starting to see Canada as more than just a part-time home, Canadians and their government are grappling with a host of complications related to their security costs and immigration status but mostly having to do with their constitution and their country’s historically “delicate”  relationship with the royal family. In fact, an editorial in Canada’s The Globe and Mail, addressing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s hope to resettle in Canada, bluntly said, “You are welcome to visit, but so long as you are senior royals, Canada cannot allow you to come to stay.” Speculation grew this week that Harry and Meghan don’t intend to spend any meaningful time in the U.K. in the near future. It follows reports that Frogmore Cottage, their home on the grounds of Windsor Castle, is being “shuttered”…

Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr join Trump impeachment legal defense

By ERIC TUCKER | The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump’s legal team for his upcoming Senate impeachment trial will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general and a Trump ally, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak on the record. The lead roles for Trump’s defense will be played by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump personal lawyer Jay Sekulow. In adding Dershowitz and Starr, the president is turning to a pair of brand-name attorneys who have experience in some of the more consequential legal dramas of recent American history. The additions give the president additional experience both in constitutional law and in the politics of impeachment. Starr’s investigation into Clinton’s relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky helped set in motion Clinton’s impeachment, the last such case before Congress. Dershowitz confirmed his role in a series of tweets on Friday, saying, he…

Sponsored: How to find your community 

Reasons abound for considering new construction when the time comes to make a move. Some families are bursting at the seams in an older house. Others want to take advantage of interest rates without taking on a complete remodel. Many are looking for a fresh start or are adding a new generation to the household. Still others want to break the cycle of renting without downsizing; and many simply want more property. But there’s no reason great enough to outweigh the value of community. That’s why builders in the Bay Area and beyond are building neighborhoods, not just houses. When building on infill in established communities, when expanding existing communities, and when planning decades in advance with city and county municipalities, they know that buyers want much more than beautiful homes. In Danville, for instance, Abigail Place by Landsea Homes features 17 spacious, single-family homes with three to five bedrooms ranging from 2,954 square feet to 3,443 square feet and surrounded by Danville’s small-town charm and close-in location. In Mountain House, for another example, K. Hovnanian Homes is opening its latest community soon. Meadowview II…

The quest to be legendary: Kwon Alexander leads 49ers’ ‘Hot Boyzz’ movement

SANTA CLARA — When Kwon Alexander, sporting a red beanie atop his red-tipped dreadlocks, took the field for the first time Saturday, the fans above the tunnel in the south end zone of Levi’s Stadium erupted. One of them held up a ‘HOT BOYZZ’ shirt. They began to chant the same phrase and Alexander came over to show his love. He was making an almost miraculous return from a torn pectoral that was expected to keep him out for the rest of the season. View this post on Instagram Warming you and your loved ones up this season with a #Hotboyzz Christmas Sale on our OG collab with @frchsla Click the link in bio to PRE-ORDER  your #Hotboyzz gear before it sells out  @Fred_Warner  @bigplaydre1 @markcn53 @a_train2_  @eleedoubleaces @dflann_12 *All orders will ship by Dec 18th A post shared by Kwon Alexander! (@kwon) on Dec 9, 2019 at 4:35pm PST What else was Alexander wearing other than his own ‘HOT BOYZZ’ shirt? In the locker room, he’s decked out head-to-toe in the swag. It is, in fact, the name he has helped popularize (and an homage…

I-880 paving in Oakland coming this summer: Roadshow

Q: What is Caltrans plan for repaving Interstate  880 between 23rd Avenue and Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland? I know the area has been under construction for years, but we are overdue. Philip Garcia, Alameda  Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: Overdue it is. Caltrans expects to repave 880 this summer and install a new drainage system and median barrier just north of the 23rd Avenue overcrossing. Q: For the past month or so, there has been a rose-colored sofa in the center median, behind the cement barrier on northbound Interstate 680 just south of the Highway 242 split. Any idea who is responsible for cleaning up a furniture spill on the Interstate? Marylee Martinez A: Caltrans, and a request is in to pick it up. Q: While the presence of the golden bear on a California driver’s license indicates a REAL ID, the symbol TSA looks for that will be present on the REAL ID from any state is the star somewhere at the top of the card.  It just happens to be on…

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