Photos: India beats Bangladesh in T20 World Cup Super Eight stage

Hardik Pandya has blasted Bangladesh with a 27-ball half-century and Kuldeep Yadav’s three wickets have finished off India’s win at the Twenty20 World Cup in Antigua. Pandya struck four fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 50 to lead India to 196-5. Yadav then took 3-19 in four overs to limit Bangladesh to 146-8. India moved to the top of Group 1 in the Super Eight with two wins from two matches. Bangladesh is winless. AP cricket: India’s Virat Kohli plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight cricket match between India and Bangladesh at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on June 22, 2024. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)  Bangladesh’s captain Najmul Hossain Shanto hits a four during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight cricket match between India and Bangladesh at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on June 22, 2024. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)  Indian supporters cheer for their team

JP Sears allows career-worst eight runs as A’s blown out by Twins

OAKLAND — For JP Sears, this was, by all measures, an afternoon to forget. Sears allowed a career-high eight earned runs over 1 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career, as the A’s were blown out by the Twins, 10-2, on Saturday at the Coliseum. The left-hander lacked command and feel from the first batter, allowing two singles and hitting two batters in the first inning. Despite allowing four baserunners in the game’s opening frame, Sears only allowed one run to open his afternoon. The second inning, though, would not be so kind. Sears’ second inning unfolded as such: double, hit by pitch, three-run home run, single, single, two-run double, fly out, single, RBI double. By the time Sears was pulled, the A’s trailed 7-1. That deficit expanded to 8-1 when long reliever Osvaldo Bido allowed an inherited baserunner to score. Sears has had rough starts this season — he allowed seven earned runs on April 27 — but Saturday’s outing was especially atypical given that Sears is Oakland’s workhorse. Despite recording just four outs, Sears still leads the A’s in innings (84) by a wide

Photos: It’s hot out here, there and nearly everywhere!

A relentless heat wave continues to bake most of the U.S., with numerous areas expected to see record-breaking temperatures. Locally, the National Weather Service said a heat wave peaking Saturday will give way to slightly cooler Bay Area weather on Sunday that will continue into early next week. “We should start to see a slight cooling trend tomorrow with temperatures about four to five degrees cooler in most areas,” NWS meteorologist Rachel Kennedy said. Bay Area cities with the highest temperatures on Saturday include Livermore with 101 degrees and Concord 98 degrees, but those are expected to cool down to 93 degrees and 86 degrees by Sunday, remaining the same Monday However for the rest of the country forecasters were warning there would likely be little relief through the weekend for most areas. The steamiest conditions on Friday were expected in parts of Ohio and Indiana, where heat indexes were expected to soar past 100 degrees Fahrenheit and remain there most of the day. But the Midwest was not the only area being baked, as heat warnings and advisories have been issued across the northeast

Over some principles, polarization only option: Letter to the editor

Re: “Union can’t survive continued polarization” (Page A6, June 13). About high school student Connor Bone who decried the “political polarization” rampaging in our country, I believe polarization is essential. After all, someone has to stand up against people who think they are above the law and can stomp on our Constitution. Someone has to stand up for the planet against global warming deniers. Someone has to stand up for minority rights and immigrants against xenophobes. Someone has to stand up for voting rights against election deniers. Someone has to stand up for gender equality and abortion rights against sexists. Someone has to stand up for gun safety and gun control against the NRA. Someone has to stand up for LGBTQ rights against homophobes and the like. Someone has to stand up for democracy against authoritarianism. Polarization exists against those ideas that truly do not make America great again. Guy Vigier San Jose

Now an abortion rights advocate, woman raped by stepfather as a child will campaign with first lady

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who became an abortion rights advocate after she was raped by her stepfather as a child will campaign with first lady Jill Biden in Pennsylvania this weekend as part of a 2024 election push around the anniversary of the fall of Roe v. Wade. Hadley Duvall of Owensboro, Kentucky, first told her story publicly last fall in a campaign ad for the governor’s race in her home state, discussing the consequences of abortion restrictions, particularly those without exceptions for rape or incest. In the ad supporting Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, Duvall spoke of how she was raped by her stepfather at age 12, became pregnant and miscarried. Her stepfather was convicted of rape and is in prison. In the ad, Duvall called out the anti-abortion Republican candidate by name and said that “anyone who believes there should be no exceptions for rape and incest could never understand what it’s like to stand in my shoes.” Beshear won reelection, and Democrats have said Duvall’s ad was a strong motivator, particularly for rural, male voters who had previously voted for Republican

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office names new undersheriff

The San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus is getting a new second-in command following the recent departure of her undersheriff, Chris Hsiung. In a statement Friday, the sheriff said that “as of this morning, Hsiung is no longer with the Sheriff’s Office.” The sheriff did not provide details on the reasons behind Hsiung’s departure, but stated in a press release that the two had “come to the understanding that it is best for the organization to go in different directions.” Hsiung, who served in the role since February 2023, “departs with our sincerest thanks and best wishes for his future endeavors.” Dan Perea will step into the position on July 1, after serving 33 years with the San Francisco Police Department. The sheriff’s office said Perea is “aligned with Sheriff Corpus’ vision for the Sheriff’s Office, emphasizing transparency, community engagement and exceptional public service.” Hsiung wrote in a LinkedIn post announcing his departure that he’s “excited for this next chapter, where I’ll be able to dedicate my time to coaching, mentoring, and especially the work of The Curve, to help advance our profession forward; equipping

Fashion shows and lunches at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga

The Montalvo Service Group, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is hosting another series of Wednesday lunches at the historic villa at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga during July and August. The lunches, which started in 1977, are catered by Cafe Primavera and reflect the cuisine of different nations — along with a vegetarian option each week. It starts off with “An Afternoon in France” on July 10 and continues the world tour with South of the Border Fusion (July 17), Lunch on the Italian Riviera (July 24), Asian Fusion (July 31), Main Street USA (Aug. 7) and Escape to Greece (Aug. 14). There are seatings at noon, 12:30 and 1 p.m. and lunches cost $70 each, with each including a fashion show and proceeds helping to maintain the villa and its grounds. You can take a look at the menus and purchase tickets at

Iran overturns the death sentence of rapper, famous for songs after Mahsa Amini in 2022 death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a government critic and a popular hip-hop artist, Toomaj Salehi — who came to fame over his lyrics about the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini in 2022 — his lawyer Amir Raisian said Saturday. In a post on social media platform X, Raisian said that the court assessed the case and found Salehi’s past six years in prison as “excessive” since the punishment was more than what was allowed by law. He added that another branch of the court will now review the case. Salehi’s death sentence in April by a Revolutionary Court in the central city of Isfahan created confusion as even Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency and the judiciary did not formally confirm it. Such courts in Iran often involve closed-door hearings with evidence produced secretary and give limited rights to those on trial. The news quickly drew international criticism from the United States and United Nations experts, who condemned it as a sign of Tehran’s continuing crackdown against all dissent following years of mass protests. Salehi

Hitting climate goals needs clean energy permitting reform: Letter to the editor

My husband and I are on our return trip to California after driving our EV across the country to Washington, D.C. The primary purpose of our trip was to attend the June 8-11 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Summer Conference and Lobby Day in D.C. On June 11, over 1,000 climate-concerned volunteers from all around the country held 442 lobby meetings on Capitol Hill, meeting with senators and representatives on both sides of the aisle (including in the offices of our own members of Congress: Rep. Anna Eshoo, Sen. Alex Padilla and Sen. Laphonza Butler). We highlighted the need for clean energy permitting reform, which would speed up the approval of electric transmission lines to help get solar and wind energy from where it’s produced to where it’s needed. Without this, the United States will not reach its climate goals. Members of Congress are influenced by their constituents. Please urge yours to support permitting reform. Paula Danz Los Altos

San Jose performance connects teens to legends of their parents

Editor’s note: This story was produced for the independent Mosaic Journalism Program for Bay Area high school students, an intensive course in journalism. Students in the program report and photograph stories under the guidance of professional journalists. Ópera Cultura wants young people to immerse themselves in the legend of La Llorona with their new musical drama “La Llorona: The Weeping Woman.” In a version of the Mexican legend of La Llorona, a bereft wife and mother is overcome with grief after her children drown, so she kills herself and becomes a ghost, doomed to walk the land forever. She spends her days snatching the souls of other children who wander too far from home. The musical follows María, whose romance with a Spanish man leads to a series of tragic events and fatal encounters at the Xochil River, a fictional place in Mexico. Creator Héctor Armienta, Executive Director Sandra Raquel Bengochea, Assistant Director/Dramaturg Maribel Martinez, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Sánchez discussed the project at a panel at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana in San Jose on June 13.They spoke about the origin of the legend and why it

Cool temperatures to follow Bay Area weekend heat wave

Bay Area locals who survive the summer heat this weekend can expect a slight cool down on Sunday that will continue into early next week, according to the National Weather Service. “We should start to see a slight cooling trend tomorrow with temperatures about four to five degrees cooler in most areas,” NWS meteorologist Rachel Kennedy said. The service issued a Saturday heat advisory for North Bay Mountains, East Bay, South Bay, Central Coast and the Santa Lucias, with temperatures falling between mid 90s to mid 100s. Chances of the Bay Area hitting low triple digits is a lot lower tomorrow, Kennedy said. Lower temperatures will pop up in isolated portions of the East Bay and Sonoma County before spreading all across the region. Bay Area cities with the highest temperatures on Saturday include Livermore with 101 degrees and Concord 98 degrees, but those are expected to cool down to 93 degrees and 86 degrees by Sunday, remaining the same Monday. In the South Bay, other cities that will experience cooler weather include Sunnyvale, which will shift from 92 degrees Saturday to 86 for the

Flag giveaway in San Jose dishonors Old Glory: Letter to the editor

It’s that time again. Recently in my Almaden neighborhood, two competing real estate firms have been placing small American flags (complete with business cards) in front of each house. I assume it is an effort to inspire patriotism, or just maybe it’s for advertising. (Could that be possible?) These flags are stuck, not too securely, in the ground in front of each house, and then just left there. I was taught as a child that an American flag should never touch the ground. Some of these flags are on the ground a few minutes after they have been placed. Some homeowners never seem to put these flags back upright. Wouldn’t it be better if these realtors put the flags in homeowners’ mailboxes? Then homeowners could decide if they wanted to properly display their flags. Then these flags would all be respected. Monty Steadman San Jose Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor.

California is a leader on a host of issues: Letter to the editor

Re: “State leads charge for EV sales in U.S.” (Page A1, June 13). I am delighted that California is leading the way in electric vehicle sales. It appears our state is ahead of the game on a number of issues across the nation: climate change, women’s health care rights, attempts at gun control, LGBTQ rights, et al. It is as if we are a different nation. A nation of educated, humanistic and reasonable people, as opposed to many other Americans living in states east of the Sierra who love their guns, passed anti-abortion laws and possibly now anti-contraception, who detest the sight of an LGBTQ flag in a yard, and pass laws limiting alternative energy sources. Thank you, Californians. By the way, when I travel overseas, and people ask if I am American, I say, “No. I’m a Californian.” Robert Thomas Castro Valley

Chevron isn’t the main cause of pollution in Richmond: Letter to the editor

Re: “Council places Chevron tax plan on ballot” (Page B1, June 20). The council is in error about the cause of pollution. In the 1930s, my parents’ farm in North Richmond had a difficult time growing lettuce. Sometime in the 1940s, Chevron made improvements and pollution was reduced, and lettuce thrived. I worked at Chevron Research in the lab on the sixth floor. On hot days I would go on the balcony and look east and I could see where freeways 80 and 580 were because of all the smog over the freeways. I would suggest that the individuals who complained, on hot days, go to Point Richmond Nickel Nob Hill and look east, and they will also view smog. Alfred Bruzzone Richmond

San Jose museum expands with new free interactive educational area

Both kids and adults explored a new educational play space near downtown San Jose on Friday, turning the wheel to open up a giant solar sunflower or crawling through a set of hexagonal tubes that resembled a beehive. The half-acre area, named the Exploration Portal, is part of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, tucked in an urban area next to the 87 Freeway and the Guadalupe River. The area, which is free to use for the public, features eight interactive exhibits meant to focus on helping children learn about patterns, proportion, scale and symmetry by combining reflecting mathematical and scientific concepts through nature. Marilee Jennings, executive director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, said that the museum wanted the Exploration Portal to develop on concepts featured at Bill’s Backyard, an outdoor area devoted to nature explanation. Seeing that visiting families had taken interest in a beehive displayed at the museum inspired an open-ended structure of stacked hexagons that kids could climb through, she said. Another example was the three giant Smartflowers in the area, which featured a hand crank that let people

Dogs and their humans fly together on BARK Air, service coming to San Jose airport in the fall

BARK Air, a new charter plane service that allows people to fly with their dog at their side, is expanding to San Jose Mineta International Airport this fall, bringing what the company calls a “unique, stress-free and dog-centric travel experience” to the South Bay. The airline launched last month with flights between New York and Los Angeles and New York and London, and in the next few months will begin flights from Paris, Chicago, Phoenix and Miami/Fort Lauderdale. Flights will run from Chicago and New York to San Jose’s airport. BARK Air, the first company of its kind, is a public charter operator, not a direct air carrier and does not own or operate the aircraft. What they specialize in is keeping dogs comfortable, happy and safe during their time in the air. “We have a saying, ‘The dog is buying the ticket and they get a free human companion,’’’ said Katharine Enos, chief of staff for New York-based BARK Air. Flights between New York and Los Angeles run $10,000 roundtrip and a one-way ticket on the same route is $6,000. A ticket from New

Walnut Creek: Flow trail project abandoned at Lime Ridge Open Space

Walnut Creek has scrapped plans for a controversial two-mile “flow trail” for mountain bikers atop Lime Ridge, citing city staff’s decision to prioritize larger recreation projects already underway. Public Works Manager Mike Vickers pointed to the “extraordinary” amount of time and energy needed for ongoing capital improvement plans in the coming years, which received a boost in funding after voters approved Measure O in 2022. That project list includes a $77 million overhaul of Heather Farm Park’s pools and community center, renovations of the city’s Boundary Oak Golf Course driving range, ball field light installation at Tice Valley Park and turf replacement at Heather Farm Park’s sports fields. Nearly five years ago, Walnut Creek began discussing ways to address the rapid expansion of unauthorized trails and prevent destruction of sensitive plants and erosion at Lime Ridge — a 1,200-acre swath of land on the eastern edge of the city. But while bikers make up 40 to 50% of the open space users, Vickers said rouge trail issues are no longer critical — thanks to rangers’ efforts to build relationships with and educate bicyclists about trail

Opinion: As Oakland reaches a fiscal cliff, Mayor Sheng Thao plans to jump

Oakland’s leaders have avoided fiscal responsibility for years. Now they want residents to pay the price. Oakland has overspent its tax revenues by more than $100 million annually since 2021. The city Finance Department has been shouting about this, but city leaders, including the previous and present administrations, ignored the problem. They defied fiscal reality by spending one-time state and federal COVID relief money to cover the ongoing budget gap. That relief money ran out this year, leaving the city with a two-year projected deficit of $352 million over the current and next fiscal years. The major root cause of this deficit is unaffordable labor compensation increases that exceed inflation and unsustainable growth in social service and administrative spending since 2018. If not corrected, it could drive the city into bankruptcy. But Mayor Sheng Thao’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2024-25, which starts July 1, does not try to fix the ongoing deficit. It aims to postpone the fiscal reckoning another year and close the two-year deficit with a patchwork of one-time maneuvers that sacrifice the city’s future. If passed by the City Council this

This one thing may derail your shot at healthy aging, scientists say

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Before you settle in to binge the new season of “The Bear” or watch Team USA go for the gold at the Paris Olympics, think twice about the amount of time you spend on the couch in front of the TV. Your future self may thank you. A new study by Harvard researchers links the popular pastime of sitting and watching television to the likelihood of reaching one’s senior years in a state of good health: the more time spent doing the former, the lower the odds of achieving the latter. The problem doesn’t seem to be with sitting in general. After controlling for a variety of risk factors such as diet quality and smoking history, the researchers found no relationship between time spent in a chair at work and the chances of aging well. Ditto for sitting in cars or at home doing something besides watching TV, such as reading, eating meals or paying bills. Yet for every additional two hours spent in front of the boob tube, a person’s chance of meeting the researchers’ definition of healthy aging declined by 12%, according to their study published this week in

Three-bedroom home in East Palo Alto sells for $1.5 million

918 Oakes Street – Google Street View A house located in the 900 block of Oakes Street in East Palo Alto has new owners. The 1,760-square-foot property, built in 2000, was sold on May 28, 2024, for $1,500,000, or $852 per square foot. The layout of this two-story house includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The property is equipped with central heating. Additionally, the home includes a two-car garage. The lot of the property covers an area of 3,022 square feet. Additional houses have recently been sold nearby: A 1,890-square-foot home on the 1900 block of McNair Street in East Palo Alto sold in August 2023, for $1,700,000, a price per square foot of $899. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. On McNair Street, East Palo Alto, in May 2023, a 1,890-square-foot home was sold for $1,465,000, a price per square foot of $775. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. In December 2023, a 2,360-square-foot home on Mouton Circle in East Palo Alto sold for $1,425,000, a price per square foot of $604. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.