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Kurtenbach’s Grades: Win-now 49ers put on a draft masterclass

Since Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch took over the 49ers, they have entered the draft trying to rebuild the team. Obviously, with the 49ers winning the NFC and going to the Super Bowl this past season, the team’s priorities needed to change. No longer could the Niners select talent with the sole purpose of accruing as much as possible. No, this year, Lynch and Shanahan had to fill specific needs for a team that has an open championship window. It’s a dance that this Niner administration had not done before, and it’s a tricky one. But from my vantage point — my couch and desk, which is the same as yours and Shanahan and Lynch’s — the 49ers’ aced the test. No one knows how any of the new NFL players selected over the past three days will fare. There will be “surefire” prospects that flame out and unheralded picks that become All-Pros. It’s all a crapshoot — educated guesses. But remove the names — forget the specific prospects — and look at San Francisco’s draft from a business management standpoint. It was a masterclass…

The Latest: President questions holding daily briefings

By The Associated Press The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Britain tops 20,000 deaths from coronavirus. — WHO warns against idea of ‘immunity passports.’ — Spain hopeful of easing confinement restrictions soon. ___ WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says his press briefings are “not worth the time & effort” as his administration prepares to adjust his public presence amid the coronavirus pandemic toward addressing the nation’s economic woes. Tweeting on Saturday, one of the few days in which he has not held a daily briefing since the start of the outbreak, Trump says: “What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately.” The president’s tweet comes two days after he used a briefing to muse about the injection of chemical disinfectants, drawing warnings from manufacturers and the nation’s top medical…

Coronavirus: 19 new infections Contra Costa County as total passes 800; 22 new cases in Santa Clara

Coronavirus cases in Contra Costa County crossed the 800 mark on Saturday as health officials reported 19 new infections. That’s three more new cases than what was reported Friday. That brings the county’s total to 805 cases, with 25 deaths, and marks an increase of 56 cases and four deaths since Tuesday. The number of people hospitalized in the county dropped by one Saturday to 31. Santa Clara County reported 22 new cases Saturday, bringing its total to 2,040. That was 13 fewer new cases than were was reported Friday. One death was reported, bringing to 99 the number of people who have died in the county from the virus. In Alameda County, 36 new cases were reported bringing the total there to 1,347. Four more deaths were also reported, bringing to 52 the number of deaths attributed to the virus in the county. Those numbers include Berkeley, one of the few cities in the state with its own health department. In Oakland, the total of known coronavirus cases moved past 400 on Saturday, as 15 more were reported, bringing the city’s total to 407,…

Coronavirus stay-at-home orders remain in place. Here’s what happened at Bay Area beaches and parks

Bay Area parks and beaches lured people from their homes on a sunny and warm Saturday despite shelter in place orders — but many of those seeking fresh air seemed to be keeping their distance. “Extremely busy” was how East Bay Regional Parks General Manager Bob Doyle described the area’s park system. Still, hikers, joggers and bicyclists had enough room to move around safely, for the most part, Doyle said, though he added, “There are a few hot spots where people (were) misbehaving and overcrowding.” Public health officials have asked people not to travel for exercise or leisure trips as they look to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Epidemiologists say the risk of contracting the virus while outdoors is lower than it is indoors, so long as people can stay at least 6 feet apart from one another, because outdoor breezes help dissipate particles that might carry the virus. As the weather gets nicer, and shelter in place orders continue into their second month with little sign they’ll be significantly changing soon, authorities have kept up those efforts to discourage people from leaving their…

Think tank: Train possibly belonging to North Korean leader spotted in resort town

By David Brunnstrom and Josh Smith | Reuters A special train possibly belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was spotted this week at a resort town in the country, according to satellite images reviewed by a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project, amid conflicting reports about Kim’s health and whereabouts. The monitoring project, 38 North, said in its report on Saturday that the train was parked at the “leadership station” in Wonsan on April 21 and April 23. The station is reserved for the use of the Kim family, it said. Though the group said it was probably Kim Jong Un’s train, Reuters has not been able to confirm that independently, or whether he was in Wonsan. “The train’s presence does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health but it does lend weight to reports that Kim is staying at an elite area on the country’s eastern coast,” the report said. Speculation about Kim’s health first arose due to his absence from the anniversary of the birthday of North Korea’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim…

Court reinstates California ammunition purchase law

Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court has reinstated a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, reversing a federal judge’s decision to stop the checks that he said violate the constitutional right to bear arms. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the state attorney general’s request to stay the judge’s order. “This means that the same restrictions that have been previously in effect regarding ammunition in California are back for the time being,” the National Rifle Association, which hailed the judge’s injunction, said in a news release. The law, which took effect last July, requires Californians to pass an in-store background check before buying ammunition, which involves running buyers’ names through a California Department of Justice database that tracks legal purchases of guns. Gun rights activists complained the law’s red tape and database errors unfairly limited legal purchases of ammunition. U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez in San Diego ruled in their favor, saying the law “defies common sense while unduly and severely burdening the Second Amendment rights of every responsible, gun-owning citizen desiring to lawfully buy ammunition.”…

49ers’ Richard Sherman and Trent Williams once were enemies

Trent Williams, the 49ers’ new left tackle, has a history with Richard Sherman. But then, who doesn’t? Williams, acquired Saturday in a trade with Washington, smacked Sherman, then with the Seattle Seahawks, after a playoff game in 2013. It’s all good now, and has been for a while. The day after that playoff game, Sherman tweeted that he’d received “a very classy text” from Williams and called him a “great player!” In 2015, Williams and Sherman appeared together at a Nike event. They even took a photo that Williams posted on Twitter, adding: “No, people. We’re not beefing.” https://twitter.com/TrentW71/status/620450717556277248 Saturday it was all fun and games. Even Jed York got into the action. The 49ers president, not a fan of Sherman’s antagonism til he joined the 49ers in 2018, welcomed Williams via Twitter. “I know the feeling well,” he wrote. “But you will love @RSherman_25 as a teammate….. welcome to the Niners big fella!” At the end of their scuffle in 2013, Sherman can be heard yelling at Williams angrily. “Hey, come see us!” Now he has. Dreams do come true. Saturday on Twitter, Sherman…

NFL Draft: Charting players with Bay Area ties taken through three days

Players with Bay Area or Northern California ties taken in NFL Draft Name                    Hometown/College     Pos.     NFL team      Round/Pick Ashtyn Davis         Santa Cruz/Cal            S           Jets                Third/68 Leki Fotu               Oakland/Utah               DT        Cardinals        Fourth/114 Mykal Walker         Vacaville/Fresno St.     ILB       Falcons           Fourth/119 Colby Parkinson    Simi Valley/Stanford     TE        Seahawks       Fourth/133 Jaylinn Hawkins    Buena Park/Cal            S          Falcons            Fourth/134 Keith Ismael          S.F./San Diego St.        C         Washington      Fifth/156 Collin Johnson      San Jose/Texas            WR      Jaguars            Fifth/165 Please check back for updates.

The Latest: Surgeon says daily evaluation of changes needed

By The Associated Press The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Britain tops 20,000 deaths from coronavirus. — WHO warns against idea of ‘immunity passports.’ — Spain hopeful of easing confinement restrictions soon. ___ MIAMI — The president of a Florida medical center said at a press conference Saturday that any changes made going forward will have to be evaluated daily. Orthopedic surgeon Wael Barsoum was referencing remarks by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis about restarting activities, such as elective procedures and surgeries. “I think that there is a lot of excitement about seeing what happens as we move forward, as we start slowly seeing changes with the requirements that we’ve had put in place,” said Barsoum, president of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “But please recognize that we will learn every day, and we may have to step back from some of those decisions as a society.” Barsoum said he told his parents,…

49ers draft: Saturday picks yield offensive support

On a day defined by multiple trades and a landmark retirement, the 49ers also were set for three draft picks Saturday to round out their smallest class since 1997. Offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, tight end Charlie Woerner and an upcoming seventh-round pick will make up the 49ers’ five-man class along with Thursday’s first-round picks of defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (No. 14 overall) and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (No. 25). The 49ers haven’t drafted so few players since 1997, when they infamously took quarterback Jim Druckenmiller in the first round and then only fullback Marc Edwards and tight end Greg Clark. The draft class was overshadowed by Saturday’s earlier developments: left tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement, left tackle Trent Williams was acquired in a trade from Washington, and the 49ers traded away Matt Breida (Miami Dolphins) and Marquise Goodwin (Philadelphia Eagles). Teammates Colton McKivitz (53) and Will Grier (7) of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrate after Grier throws a touchdown pass against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)  McKivitz…

9 Santa Clara deaths reclassified as COVID-19 related

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office in a letter sent Friday said nine recent deaths are now considered to be coronavirus related after tests showed the individuals tested positive for the virus. Chief Medical Examiner Michelle A. Jorden in a letter to the Board of Supervisors said 29 people who had flu-like symptoms at the time of their death were tested, and nine of those tests came back positive for COVID-19. “Some of the cases are not yet closed and are not included in the current COVID-19 death count,” Jorden wrote. That is six more cases of previously undiagnosed deaths than reported earlier this week. On Wednesday, County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced three people who died later tested positive for the virus, showing COVID-19 arrived in the Bay Area earlier than officials initially believed. The first death was on Feb. 6, when Patricia Dowd, 57, died at home. Two other men, a 69-year-old who died Feb. 17 and a 70-year-old who died March 6, also were tested postmortem. Dowd’s death preceded by nearly six weeks the Bay Area’s officials March 17 stay-at-home…

Home sale prices from San Jose area and Peninsula, April 25

1194 Martin Ave., San Jose 95126; sold April 10 for $2,508,000; 2568 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms. 1920 Spanish Colonial; 0.15-acre corner lot on traffic circle. First floor has large family room and dining room, recently remodeled kitchen, breakfast nook, office opening onto deck. Second floor has master suite with large back balcony, two other bedrooms with shared bathroom, study/hangout area. Back yard: first-floor deck, flagstone patio with fire pit, small lawn, planter boxes. Two-car detached garage with EV charger and 250-square-foot soundproof bonus room. Shasta-Hanchett neighborhood, one block from shops and restaurants at The Alameda and Race. Fifteen-minute walk to Diridon Station. Previous sale: $960,000 in 2012. Residential transactions in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. Click here to browse previous weeks’ transactions. PDF version at bottom of this file. For week of: 04.20.2020 AMESTI, APTOS, APTOS HILLS-LARKIN VALLEY. ATHERTON, BELMONT, BEN LOMOND, BONNY DOON, BOULDER CREEK, BRISBANE, BROOKDALE, BURLINGAME, CAMPBELL, CAPITOLA, COLMA, CORRALITOS, CUPERTINO, DALY CITY, DAVENPORT, DAY VALLEY, EAST PALO ALTO, FELTON, FOSTER CITY, FREEDOM, GILROY, HALF MOON BAY, HILLSBOROUGH, LA SELVA BEACH, LIVE OAK, LOS GATOS, LOS ALTOS, LOS ALTOS…

NFL Draft: Stanford’s Parkinson, Cal’s Hawkins taken in fourth round

Former Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson was taken on the third day of the NFL Draft, selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round with the 133rd overall pick on Saturday. Parkinson, listed at 6-foot-7 and 257 pounds, was projected to be a fourth or fifth round selection in the draft by NFL.com. Jaylinn Hawkins, a safety who played 48 games at Cal, was taken one spot later, going to the Falcons at No. 134. In his senior season at Cal, Hawkins (6-1, 208) had 53 tackles and three interceptions. Parkinson, a Ventura County native, had 48 catches for 589 yards and one touchdown this past season when he was a junior for the Cardinal, as he was named second team all Pac-12 and was a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award as the college football’s best tight end. Parkinson is the seventh Stanford tight end selected in the NFL Draft since 2012.  The list includes Coby Fleener (2012), Zach Ertz (2013) and Austin Hooper (2016). “You’ve got to be able to block, you’ve got to be able to catch a pass. At the same…

Kurtenbach’s grade: 49ers’ Trent Williams trade was sneaky, perfect

The 49ers were operating in the shadows and emerged Saturday morning with a new left tackle, acquired for pennies on the dollar. Trent Williams is one of the finest offensive linemen in the NFL and a perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan’s wide-zone scheme (which he ran for Shanahan once upon a time). Saturday morning, the Niners traded away their fifth-round draft pick in this draft and a third-round draft pick in next year’s draft to acquire Williams from Washington. The value of what the Niners received from Washington in comparison to what they sent East is comically incommensurate. A tackle of this caliber should be worth a first-round pick. On the standard NFL draft pick value chart, a first-round pick — at least the kind that could have been fair for Williams — would have cost between 600 and 1000 “points”. The Niners sent picks worth an estimated 100 points to Washington. How did they get away with that kind of robbery? Well, Williams was effectively retired — refusing to play for Washington without a new contract and changes to the team’s training staff. He…

Raiders take Clemson guard John Simpson to open Day 3 of NFL draft

The Clemson pipeline continued Saturday morning when the Raiders selected guard John Simpson in the fourth round of the NFL draft. The Raiders coveted Simpson enough to move up and take him, dealing picks No. 121 and 172 (fifth round) to the Detroit Lions to get him at No. 109. Barring trades, the Raiders have one selection left in the fourth round at No. 139. Simpson joins Tanner Muse, a safety drafted Friday night, and three players taken last season — defensive end Clelin Ferrell, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. At 6-foot-4, 330 pounds, Simpson is the kind of power blocker coveted by the Raiders. He’s played both guard spots for Clemson and arrives at a position of need in terms of depth The Raiders projected starters are left guard Richie Incognito and right guard Gabe Jackson,with Denzelle Good the swing sub starter on both sides. Jackson, due to make $9.6 million in salary in 2020, has reportedly been offered in trade talks, which could open up a starting spot on the right side for Good or Simpson. Other guards on the…

Coronavirus cases in California top 40,000, deaths rise to 1,612

A week marked by an alarming surge in newly confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths across California continued Friday, though the pace of those increases slowed somewhat. Public health officials around the state recorded 1,612 new coronavirus cases and 83 deaths on Friday, according to data compiled by this news organization. That 4.3 percent increase in confirmed cases brings California’s total to 41,235, while the 5.4 percent increase in deaths means the virus’ toll now stands at 1,612. In the Bay Area, Santa Clara County topped 2,000 confirmed cases on Friday. Between Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Alameda counties, the region has reported 6,534 coronavirus cases and 232 deaths. This week saw California’s deadliest day so far from the pandemic, when 118 people died from COVID-19 on Wednesday. Throughout the week, in which the state continued to ramp up testing for coronavirus, nearly 12,000 more people have tested positive. “Those should be sobering and cautionary statistics as it relates to the desire we all have to get back to some semblance of normalcy,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. “We’re not by any…

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