Erik Karlsson’s self-belief isn’t wavering: ‘I still think I’m one of the best in the world’

SAN JOSE – The Sharks are going to need Erik Karlsson to be at his best for them to have any hope of qualifying for a playoff spot. Karlsson has no doubt that he’s up to the task. “I obviously still think that I’m one of the best players in the world. That’s where I’ve been for a very long time, that’s where I want to go, that’s where I want to stay,” Karlsson said before the Sharks’ season-opener Saturday at home against the Winnipeg Jets. “I’ve claimed that time at the top and I want to stay at the top. For me, that’s always going to be my expectation, and I hope that that’s going to be the case for the rest of my career, not only this year.” Karlsson, 31, is entering the third season of an eight-year, $92 million contract he signed in 2019, a deal that still makes him the league’s highest-paid defenseman. Since he came into the NHL in 2009 as a 19-year-old, his 625 points in 788 regular-season games going into Saturday leads all NHL defensemen. But he’s also…

‘Most exciting’ restaurants: 3 in San Francisco, 1 Marin County roadside stand

On the New York Times’ new list of 50 U.S. restaurants “we’re most excited about,” three are in San Francisco and one is a roadside stand on the Marin County coast. The Marshall Store, “on a timeworn deck overlooking Tomales Bay,” is praised for its specialty: oysters raw, grilled and smoked. Patrons line up next to Highway 1 to buy their lunch, then eat it at barrel-and-plank outdoor tables. The San Francisco restaurants on the list are: Mister Jiu’s, high-end Chinese in Chinatown Nari, family-style Thai in Japantown The Anchovy Bar, the new venture of the State Bird Provisions crew, in the Fillmore New York City leads the list with five restaurants; Seattle and Philadelphia have three. Los Angeles proper has two, plus one in the Los Angeles County city of Glendale. Related Articles Turned in for illegal American sprinkles, British baker seizes the spotlight San Francisco, Marin ease indoor mask rule. Will others? Megan Thee Stallion, Popeyes chicken introduce her Hottie Sauce Cajun restaurant Southern Comfort Kitchen now open in Pleasant Hill The unbeatable Bobby Flay shares his kitchen secrets in new cookbook  

Latest Ohio Republican anti-vaccine bill could be dead

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A House GOP bill limiting businesses’ ability to require the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment hit another roadblock Wednesday, with indications the measure may be unlikely to pass in its current form. Under the legislation, employees who could show proof of COVID-19 antibodies, proof they run the risk of a negative medical reaction, or those who don’t want the vaccine for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions, would be exempt from employer mandates. Though the bill is far more lenient than a previous measure that would have banned mandates for all vaccines — including for ailments like the flu — all major business and health groups opposed the legislation. And while a plan was in place to rush the new version onto the House floor for a full vote Wednesday, that evaporated after Speaker Bob Cupp said there was still no agreement among majority Republicans on approving the measure. “Just as there are widely differing views among Ohioans on this issue, it’s certainly not a surprise that there are varying perspectives among their legislative representatives as…

His COVID pandemic project: Finding Randy Bachman’s guitar, stolen in 1976

By David Williams, CNN (CNN) — Decades after it was stolen, Canadian rock star Randy Bachman will be reunited with the rare guitar he used to write hits like “American Woman” and “Takin’ Care of Business,” after an internet sleuth tracked it down in Japan. Bachman, of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, said he was heartbroken when the 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins guitar was stolen from a Toronto hotel in 1976. “Part of me was lost,” the 78-year-old told CNN, comparing the theft to the death of a family pet. The orange Gretsch, like the ones played by his idols Chet Atkins and Duane Eddy, was the first really expensive guitar he owned and he had to work hard as an 18-year-old to earn the $400 he needed to buy it. “I have a paper route where you make, like, two bucks a week delivering the paper; you mow a lawn for a dollar; you babysit someone, you get a dollar; you’re working at a car wash and you’d get 50 cents an hour. This is way, way back,” he said. “So to…

Manson follower Tex Watson denied parole for Tate/La Bianca killings

Charles Manson follower Charles “Tex” Watson was denied parole Friday, for the 18th time. Charles “Tex” Watson, in 2011 and 1970. (AP) His case was heard by a parole panel at the San Diego prison where he is incarcerated. Watson, 75, was one of three members of the Manson “family” convicted of all seven murders on Aug. 8 and 9, 1969, in Los Angeles. He will be eligible for another parole hearing in five years. Watson had been imprisoned since 1993 at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione but was moved to the San Diego facility after his previous parole hearing, in 2016. Four other Manson followers remain in prison: Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houton were convicted of the Tate/La Bianca killings, and Bruce Davis and Bobby Beausoleil were convicted of other murders that summer. Related Articles The Charles Manson family: Where are they now? All except Krenwinkel have won recommendations of parole, but governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom have overturned them. Charles Manson died in 2017 at age 83. Killed in the attacks were Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and…

High school football: El Cerrito overcomes turbulent week, routs previously unbeaten Salesian

EL CERRITO – West Contra Costa Unified School District officials have not named the head coach they put on administrative leave over a viral video showing football players participating in a dangerous drill, but it was clear Friday night that El Cerrito’s Jacob Rincon was the person the district had step aside. Amid social-media outrage after the two-year-old video recently surfaced, including ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit calling for the firing of the coaches, 16th-ranked El Cerrito responded with a resounding 56-0 rout of previously unbeaten Salesian in front of a supportive home crowd Majett Whiteside, in his first season on Rincon’s staff, filled in as interim head coach Friday. He previously coached at El Cerrito under the late George Austin. “Sometimes you’re part of events that you had nothing to do with, and you still have to push through it,” Whiteside said. “So I tried this week to teach the young men to push through whatever is going on. “All I know is I’ve got about 26, 27 young men that I’m responsible for, that I’m trying to make this the best season…

What to know before Stanford takes on Washington State

STANFORD AT WASHINGTON STATE Records: Stanford 3-3, 2-2; Washington State 3-3, 2-2. Kickoff: 4:30 p.m., Martin Stadium, Pullman, Wash. Radio: KNBR 1050 AM Television: ESPNU Series history: Stanford has lost four straight against Washington State, its longest losing streak in the series in more than 50 years. The most recent game was a 49-22 WSU win in Pullman in 2019. Storylines: Both teams have had up-and-down seasons, but the winner would still be well positioned in the Pac-12 North Division, where everyone has at least one conference loss. … The Cardinal is back on the road for the fifth time in seven games, the most by a Power 5 team (no one else in the Pac 12 will have played more than three). … Nick Rolovich may be coaching his final game for Washington State. University employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a medical or religious exemption by Oct. 18. Rolovich applied for a religious exemption, but the status of that request hadn’t been announced as of Wednesday. Matchup to watch: Jayden de Laura vs. the Stanford secondary. de Laura has thrown for…

‘Wild west of vanity license plates,’ Maine will crack down on offensive messages

For several years the “wild, wild, wild West of vanity license plates,” Maine will on Monday began to crack down on  blue language on plates. The state dropped its review process in 2015, allowing car owners to put virtually anything on their plates, as long as it fit the character count: insults, references to sex acts, even the blunt phrase associated with a raised middle finger. Now, rule-making is getting underway to ensure a new law protects First Amendment rights while getting rid of obscene language. The process, which includes public comment, could take between two to four months, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said. Requests for so-called vanity license plates that are deemed to be potentially offensive will be on hold in the meantime. Eventually, the state will begin recalling previously issued plates. “Rule-making will delay the process of active removal of plates from the road but will help us balance the free speech rights of citizens and the public interest of removing inappropriate license plates,” she said. Most states have restrictions on license plate messages that are considered profane, sexually suggestive, racist, drug…

There’s plenty of history still to be written in San Jose

Most eyes in the Bay Area were fixed on a certain baseball game Thursday night, so I was really glad to see more than 260 people come out to History Park in San Jose for the Valley of Heart’s Delight dinner, where I was the guest of honor. I was thankful and humbled by seeing so many friends there and listening to their words of appreciation for my work writing about this community for the past 16 years. It was fun to get “dueling commendations” from Mayor Sam Liccardo and the rest of the San Jose City Council — and I couldn’t believe it when former Fairmont public relations queen Lina Broydo arrived in a shirt decorated with my columns. But it’s also fair to say that while Thursday night’s History San Jose fundraiser was celebrating me, it was really all about you — the “doers” in San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley who keep the culture here thriving and creating a place we want to live in. After all, we’re not about “fake news” over here. I don’t have the creativity to make…

Photos: Bay Area high school football, Week 8

De La Salle 52, California 14 De La Salle’s Damonie Perkins (19) runs past California’s Luke Jarvis (59) in the third quarter of their game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. De La Salle defeated California 52-14. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)  California’s Cole Fokas (10) battles De La Salle’s Journey McKoy (30) for a pass in the second quarter of their game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. California’s Devan Love (24) would be called for pass interference on the play. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)  De La Salle’s Bryant Meredith (14) tackles California’s Jake Calcagno (4) in the fourth quarter of their game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. De La Salle defeated California 52-14. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)  California’s Trevor Rund (2) scores a touchdown against De La Salle in the first quarter of their game at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area…

Bay Area high school football roundup: Best of the weekend action in Week 8

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) roundup of the best action in high school football from the second weekend of the fall season. Check back every Saturday for scores, highlights and top performers from the weekend’s games, updated throughout the day. Ranked teams No. 1 Serra 28, No. 12 Valley Christian 21 Serra, playing on the road in San Jose, built a 28-point lead at halftime and then held off a late charge from Valley Christian to stay undefeated. Phil Jensen has the details in this recap. No. 3 De La Salle 52, No. 6 California 14 California scored first on a 4-yard run by Trevor Rund, but shorthanded De La Salle still had too much for the visiting Grizzlies. The home team was without head coach Justin Alumbaugh and numerous players because of COVID-19 protocols. Darren Sabedra was in Concord and has the recap here. Sacred Heart Cathedral 20, No. 8 Bellarmine 13 RL Miller caught three touchdown passes from Ray-John Spears, two in the second half, as Sacred Heart Cathedral stunned Bellarmine at San Jose City…

Tahoe’s Safeway Bear killed at family’s campsite

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A black bear that was caught on video snacking on food in stores near Lake Tahoe was shot and killed over the summer when he refused to leave a California campsite, authorities said. The “Safeway Bear” was shot in early August in Alpine County near the Nevada border after a family was unable to chase him away, the California Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday. The roughly 15-year-old male bear first made the news last year when he was recorded inside a Safeway and a Chevron convenience store as well as in other stores on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. The 500-pound bear also was known for “crashing Kings Beach get-togethers, helping itself to birthday cake and other treats and prompting widespread concern,” the agency said in a statement. In September 2020, he was trapped, given ear tags and a GPS collar and relocated to a wilderness area in El Dorado County. The collar was found the following spring, and the agency expressed the hope that the bear “had successfully transitioned to a natural diet and life in the wild.”…

How mortgage rates hit 18.5% — 40 years ago today

Forty years ago today, U.S. mortgage rates hit 18.5%. That stunning Oct. 16, 1981 reading of the average, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage came during a period of soaring inflation. A bold move by the Federal Reserve used economic shock therapy to ice consumer prices that were surging 14%. The Fed’s tough-love tactic worked and inflation cooled with homeowners benefitting greatly. How much so? California home prices have appreciated 546% since 1981, rising to $759,200 from $117,500. My trusty spreadsheet analyzed 40 years of California home values using a Federal Housing Finance Agency price index, average mortgage rates and inflation trends. The ensuing price increases were the product of economic growth, a growing population and various homebuying incentives. In other words, four decades of falling rates gave house hunters a 252% boost in lending power. Yes, roughly half of the post-1981 price hikes can be tied to cheap money. For folks who had what lenders want — a steady paycheck, solid bill-payment history and a decent downpayment — this long-running rate decline was typically a financial home run. But looking forward, some tough questions emerge. Will today’s…

Netflix employee fired amid Dave Chappelle furor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix said Friday that it had fired an employee for disclosing confidential financial information about what it paid for Dave Chappelle’s comedy special “The Closer,” which some condemned as being transphobic. The employee, who wasn’t named, shared “confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” a Netflix statement said. “We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company,” the statement said. The statement said the information was referenced in a Bloomberg news article, which reported that Netflix spent $24.1 million on “The Closer,” which first aired last week. The article also mentioned the lower budgets for a 2019 Chapelle special, a Bo Burnham special and the nine-episode hit “Squid Game.” Netflix said a review of its internal access logs pinpointed the information to a single person, who “admitted that they downloaded and shared sensitive company information externally.” “The Closer” first aired on Oct. 1 and had gained at least 10 million views. However, Chapelle’s remarks about the transgender community raised protests within Netflix and…

Brooks: A realistic appraisal of what America means to me

A nation is a community of people that, at best, is held together by a common story. When I was a kid, I was told a certain triumphalist story about America, which was loaded with words like “superpower” and “greatest.” That triumphalist story sounds tinny in 2021, and it seems to have been rejected by many in the younger generations. As that story has faded, our country has fractured, without a cohering national narrative. So we cast about for more realistic and inclusive ways to retell our story. Wednesday night I had the chance to walk around lower Manhattan where my ancestors immigrated and built new lives, and to talk with some more recent immigrants whose experiences were similar to my family’s, though separated by decades and origins. I thought about what a large role humiliation has played in American history: The pogroms and the Holocaust that terrorized Jews and sent them fleeing. The degrading poverty of the Irish famine. The religious persecution of the Puritans. The horror of the slave ships and bondage. The dehumanizing treatment of asylum-seekers on the southern border. Give me…

High school football: Top-ranked Serra holds off Valley Christian comeback

SAN JOSE – It was a tale of two halves Friday night at Valley Christian High School. Luckily for Serra, it had enough points racked up from the first half to withstand a strong Warriors second-half rally. The Padres beat Valley Christian 28-21 to remain undefeated (6-0, 4-0 West Catholic Athletic League). Serra, the No. 1 team in the Bay Area News Group rankings, dominated the first half. The Padres scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes, 10 seconds and held a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime. But No. 12 Valley Christian (4-3, 2-2) outscored Serra 21-0 in the second half and put the outcome in doubt in the final two minutes. “We needed all of it,” Serra coach Patrick Walsh said about his team’s scoring. “This is a great league … Thankfully, our first half was just a little bit better than their second half.” Valley Christian coach Mike Machado had a smile after the game. “I was very proud of the guys, how they came out at halftime and basically executed the adjustments and everything we had for them,” he said. “You…

High school football: Clayton Valley’s decision to punt against San Ramon Valley pays off

CONCORD — On fourth-and-four midway through the fourth quarter Friday night, Clayton Valley Charter coach Tim Murphy flirted with the idea of sneaking the ball for a first down rather than punting, but his gut instinct told him differently. It turned out to be the right choice. As quarterback Brenden Bush snapped the ball for the punt, the Ugly Eagles were penalized, pushing them back five yards.  Now, Murphy and his squad were forced to punt the ball. As the ball went sailing and had a good forward bounce, San Ramon Valley’s Joshua Jackson tried to pick up the ball quickly, but couldn’t come up with it cleanly. The Ugly Eagles recovered the fumble and scored later in the drive to push their lead to two touchdowns. “Punts never work,” Murphy jokingly said. “Generally, nine out of 10 times I’m going to go for a fourth and four, but I’m glad I didn’t because if we would have missed, the game would have been on me.” Instead, the Ugly Eagles held on to win 28-21. Murphy said this win hit a little bit different, especially…

Horoscopes Oct. 16, 2021: Tim Robbins, turn every day into an adventure

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Kellie Martin, 46; Kim Wayans, 60; Tim Robbins, 63; Angela Lansbury, 96. Actress Angela Lansbury / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)  Happy Birthday: An optimistic attitude will help you excel. Reaching out to friends, relatives and peers by lending a helping hand will boost your reputation. Word of mouth will lead to invitations, chance meetings, and new and exciting opportunities. Turn every day into an adventure, and you will attract recognition and respect. It’s your turn to step into the spotlight. Your numbers are 9, 15, 23, 32, 34, 39, 47. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t take risks with your money, health or legal matters. Size up situations, and do what’s best for you. Take time to relax with someone you love. Discuss plans, and the decisions you make together will influence how you move forward. 3 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Indecisiveness will be your downfall. Don’t let an emotional matter stand between you and common sense. Do what’s necessary, and keep moving forward. Don’t forget what and who you are dealing with,…

Word Game: Oct. 16, 2021

TODAY’S WORD — COLORANT (COLORANT: KUL-er-ent: A dye, pigment, ink or paint.) Average mark 32 words Time limit 60 minutes Can you find 51 or more words in COLORANT? The list will be published Monday. YESTERDAY’S WORD — RAPIDITY radii raid rapid rapt airy arid arty paid pair parity part party pita pity pray dairy dart diary dirt dirty drat dray drip tapir tardy tarp tidy tipi trap tray triad trip yard 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. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.

Miss Manners: What if everyone gets cake but you want sorbet?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A woman is dating a man and they are out to dinner with his family (14 people). A birthday cake (brought in from outside) is served. She doesn’t want the cake and orders sorbet for dessert instead. Was that rude of her? GENTLE READER: Yes. But before you subject Miss Manners to all of the obvious and angry objections (she was on a diet, vegan, gluten-free, frosting-averse, etc., etc.), she is not saying that the cake must then actually be consumed. Gratitude and the idea of enjoying the cake is all that is needed. The woman in question could simply have been too busy enjoying the company to get the chance to eat her serving of cake. But declaring outright that she wants something else is hurtful to the people who attempted to please everyone — however unsuccessful the effort may have been. Related Articles Miss Manners: If I tell her where the money’s from, she might not take it Miss Manners: What does the boss mean, that I’m ‘too quiet’? Miss Manners: I think my shopping method is efficient. My husband…