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Super Bowl LIV: 49ers’ Garoppolo appreciates Chiefs’ Mahomes

SANTA CLARA — Here is the latest from 49ers headquarters Thursday as they resume preparations for Super Bowl LIV: GAROPPOLO THANKS MAHOMES Jimmy Garoppolo praised Kansas City counterpart Patrick Mahomes for his well wishes as Garoppolo got carted away from the 49ers locker room after a Sept. 23, 2018 loss at Kansas City, the result of a season-ending knee injury involving a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “I didn’t even know Pat at the time. To come out of his way and wish me luck after the game, he’s a real class act,” Garoppolo said. “He’s awesome. To do something as simple as that, it went a long way.” In reviewing film of that game, Garoppolo acknowledged mixed emotions “It brought up a lot of memories obviously with the  knee,” Garoppolo said. “It’s crazy how things come full circle. It’s a new year. You can take things form the players but the scheme is a little different  this year.” Garoppolo used the 49ers’ third exhibition last August to clear a mental hurdle about his reconstructed knee, and that game came in a return trip to Kansas…

Democrats’ challenge: Making impeachment case with evidence recap

By LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — The challenge is becoming increasingly clear for House Democrats prosecuting President Donald Trump’s impeachment case as the Senate convenes for a second day of arguments in the landmark trial. The evidence confronting Trump becomes less compelling when presented again and again, day after day, as Democrats try to convince not just fidgety senators but an American public deeply divided over the Republican president in an election year. As the Senate gavels in Thursday, the Democrats are one-third of the way through the 24 hours allotted to make their case. The team led by Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of House Intelligence Committee, constructed what they hoped was a gripping account of Trump’s political pressure on Ukraine and attempt to cover up the “corrupt scheme” central to the charges. But the limits are apparent. Prosecutors must rely on the same loops of videotaped testimony — ambassadors, national security officials and even the president himself — after Trump’s GOP Senate allies blocked new witnesses. Once reluctant to take on impeachment during an election year, Democrats are now…

Tourists seeking ‘real winter’ are ditched in wilderness by locals

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Four tourists who went to far north Minnesota “to experience real winter” had to be rescued after they were ditched in the wilderness by some locals as night fell. The family group from North Carolina was two sisters in their 70s, the daughter of one of them and the daughter’s boyfriend. Their adventure began with skiing on Saturday in the Superior National Forest, at Minnesota’s northeast tip about 15 miles from the Canadian border. The following day, they rented snowmobiles and headed into the woods, said Lt. Dan Thomasen, Minnesota DNR conservation officer supervisor for the Arrowhead region. The four, on two-person snowmobiles, made it into the Ball Club Lake area, about 15 miles north of Grand Marais, when they somehow left the main Expressway snowmobile trail. “They ended up going down an old, abandoned snowmobile trail that was very narrow and not maintained,” Thomasen said. The foursome realized they were lost. In what first appeared to be a stroke of luck, they encountered two other snowmobilers familiar with the area who offered to lead them back to a main trail.…

Sponsored: New fireplace in older townhouse no big deal to seller, but full disclosure can avoid legal bumps down the road

Q: We are presently selling a townhouse and forgot to mention a texting teenager jumped the curb and drove into an adjoining townhome. The car went through a patio and stopped in the next-door neighbor’s living room. The back of our townhome’s fireplace and its chimney were crushed and subsequently replaced. We never used the new wood-burning fireplace, and so we thought nothing of it. Our seller’s agent now wants to amend our disclosures. The homebuyers have already signed off on all the sales disclosures. It sounds like we are creating a loophole for the homebuyers to cancel the transaction with this forgotten disclosure. Anyone can see the long street we live on curves at the backyards of our townhouses. Why would we mention this disclosure? A: To protect your sale, time and costs associated with litigation. Real estate attorneys share statements during initial meetings with home sellers who are facing legal claims that are genuine or imagined. Home sellers often proclaim that the disclosure issue in question “Did not matter to me,” and “If I’d have known it was a big deal, I would…

Jim the Critic’s Top Concert Picks of the Week (Jan. 30-Feb. 5)

Here are your best bets for live music this week, highlighted by a performance from a superstar K-pop act. SuperM Sure, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. And the Niners are in the big game. But thousands of music lovers will ignore all that and head straight to the SAP Center in San Jose on Feb. 2 to see SuperM. The South Korean K-pop super group features members of four different SM Entertainment acts – Shinee, Exo, NCT 127 and WayV – and is touring in support of its self-titled EP, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October. Details: 7 p.m.; $50, ticketmaster.com Dermot Kennedy The Irish singer-songwriter visits the Masonic in San Francisco on Jan. 30 in support of the recently released major-label debut “Without Fear,” which features the popular folk-pop single “Outnumbered.” Details; 8 p.m.; $32-$42, livenation.com Tycho The Northern California ambient music act, which received a best dance/electronic album nomination (for “Epoch”) at the 2017 Grammy Awards, performs Feb. 5 at Fox Theater in Oakland. Details; 8 p.m.; $45, ticketmaster.com Related Articles Bay Area Concert Picks: Laurie Anderson, Jacquees and…

Is this the end of western monarch butterflies?

The number of western monarch butterflies has hit a historic low for the second year in a row, raising fears that California’s populations are in peril and may not recover. Only 29,418 monarchs were counted at 240 sites along the state’s coast – a mere 2,200 more than were counted last year, despite a larger survey effort, according to the annual Thanksgiving tally released Thursday by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit that conducts the annual census. That’s fewer than 15% of the insects recorded several years ago, when 200,000 to 300,000 of the orange and black butterflies flew to coastal California, clustering and clumping on trees.  In 1997, 1.2 million were counted. As habitats shrink, populations are teetering on the threshold — 30,000 insects – that scientists think are needed to keep the population from collapsing, said Xerces biologist Emma Pelton. Every fall, volunteers count monarch butterflies along California’s coast, representing an area that traditionally accounts for the majority of the insect’s winter population.  “We hope we’re wrong – that they bounce back,” said Pelton. “If we’re right, we’ll know in two…

Concord retail center bought in all-cash deal

CONCORD — A buyer affiliated with a Southern California investor in shopping centers has bought a well-known retail and restaurant complex in downtown Concord. The Shops at Todos Santos Plaza, a two-acre center of shops and restaurants in Concord, has been bought in an all-cash deal that represents a hefty profit for the sellers, according to Contra Costa County property records. According to Contra Costa County property documents, Shops at Todos Santos LLC paid about $33 million for the retail and dining center in downtown Concord, in a deal that was completed on Dec. 30. The transaction was arranged by brokers Nicholas Bicardo, Brandon Rogoff, Forest Gherlone, and Mike Zystrafrom, who are executives with Newmark Knight Frank, a commercial real estate firm. The seller was TS Concord, an affiliate controlled by Paragon Commercial Group and Long Market Property Partners, which purchased Shops at Todos Santos in 2016. TS Concord paid $19 million for the retail complex in that transaction about three years ago. The new ownership group, Shops at Todos Santos LLC, is based at 4695 MacArthur Court, Suite 700, in the Orange County city…

A new text message scam is disguising itself as a FedEx notification

By Alicia Lee | CNN It’s an exhilarating feeling we can all relate to — FedEx notifying you that your package has been delivered. But before you mindlessly click on that text message that looks like it’s from FedEx, take a second look because it could be a scam. Some people around the country are receiving text messages that show a supposed tracking code and link to “set delivery preferences.” The text is deceiving as it uses the recipient’s real name. The link directs people to a fake Amazon listing and then asks them to take a customer satisfaction survey, according to HowToGeek.com. After answering a couple questions, the scam then asks for personal information and a credit card number to claim a free gift. The Duxbury Police Department in Massachusetts warned of the scam on Twitter, writing, “When in doubt about a tracking number go to the main website of the shipping company and search the tracking number yourself.” Isabel Benitez from Bakersfield, California, received the text on Monday, but she didn’t fall for it. “I checked the FedEx page because I was curious…

One dead in San Mateo crash near Highway 101

One person was killed in a crash just off of Highway 101 in San Mateo early Thursday morning, authorities said. The crash was reported before 5 a.m. Thursday from the Airport Boulevard offramp connecting to the highway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel. More details about the crash — including how many people were involved and other reported injuries — were not immediately available. Check back for updates.

2 California men say they are victims, but police determined 1 is actually the suspect in robbery

An injured 21-year-old man called police and said he had been stabbed in Azusa – but officers decided he was actually the suspect in a Covina robbery late Tuesday and arrested him instead, authorities said on Wednesday. Police also arrested a second suspect in the robbery Wednesday morning. The incident began when a bicyclist, a 24-year-old Covina man, was riding along on the 1300 block of North Grand Avenue when a car pulled up next to him, Covina Lt. Ryan Davis said. The driver demanded the bicyclist’s property while brandishing a knife, Davis said, and a fight broke out. The bicyclist was stabbed several times in his torso and arms, Covina Sgt. David Rodriguez said, adding that the victim was able to somehow smash the rear window of the suspect’s vehicle. The culprit stole the victim’s hat before fleeing. The bleeding victim went to the In-N-Out Burger drive thru on Grand Avenue and asked for help, with police receiving a call about 11:50 p.m. Minutes later, police got a call concerning a different stabbing incident and responded to the 400 block of East Alisal Street.…

4 die in plane crash at California airport

Four people died Wednesday, Jan. 22, when the single-engine airplane they were in crashed and burst into flames on takeoff at Corona Municipal Airport. There were no survivors, Corona firefighter John DeYoe, a department spokesman, said at a news conference. The identities of the victims were not immediately available. Their bodies were badly burned and firefighters could not immediately determine their age or gender. The plane was so damaged that the tail number was not visible, DeYoe said. Later Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor identified the plane that crashed as a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza. Further details could not be provided until all the next of kin have been notified, he said. Two FAA safety officers were at the airport Wednesday afternoon, Gregor said. A witness said the plane did not appear to get more than 3 feet off the ground as it attempted to take off to the east. Another said the pilot had trouble getting airborne, but he appeared to gun the engine for more airspeed, rather than aborting the takeoff. The crash was reported at 12:10 p.m. on the east side of…

Ask Amy: Why are these women on a dating site if they don’t want to date?

DEAR AMY: I’m 64 and have been a widower for over five years. I started dating about three years ago. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  I have met women through an activity I participate in, then a dating website related to that activity, through business after-hour events, local speed dating, and get-togethers. I’ve also spent many months happily on my own, because dating is a job, and I’m more comfortable now being single. But, after a couple of brief relationships, I would like companionship again. Related Articles Ask Amy: This personal news could harm my ‘brand’ at the office Ask Amy: 102 guys in one year — and then I found Mr. Right Ask Amy: Online bully is embarrassing our family Ask Amy: She’s traveling hundreds of miles to have dinner with my boyfriend Ask Amy: Our neighbor is luring these uncute animals to our yard I recently put up a profile with Facebook on their new dating app. You get to “like” someone and if they like you back, or vice versa, you can chat. After a line or two back and forth, I…

Letter: Free markets don’t dictate a future without teachers

Free markets don’t dictate a future without teachers Re: “Housing crisis is due to too many rich people” (Letter to the editor, Eastbaytimes.com, Jan. 18): It’s incorrect to suggest that free markets dictate a future without service workers, EMTs or teachers. When essential positions can’t be filled, the requisite compensation adjusts accordingly. For example, the average teacher in San Francisco earns over $72,000, compared to around $48,000 in Utah. It’s also ridiculous to suggest that business owners should take their companies out of the Bay Area. With what tax base will we support schools and other public services? Related Articles Letter: SB 50 gives cities’ rights to for-profit developers Letter: Dinosaurs were unaware of coming ruin–we’re not Letter: Social workers unable to meet their clients’ needs Letter: Nonrenewables are finite; switch to renewables now Letter: Appreciate all the Morgans have done for so many The letter-writer states, “There’s a reason a free market doesn’t work; it’s called the common good,” yet fails to mention this system has its faults but has raised living standards worldwide and served the common good overall far better than any alternative..…

Harriette Cole: Should I tell her where I saw her underage kid?

DEAR HARRIETTE: I went to a nightclub with some of my friends from work, and while I was there, I saw one of my neighbor’s children. This guy has got to be underage. He is tall, so maybe that’s how he got in, but he’s definitely under 21. Harriette Cole  He was hanging out and drinking with a group of young people. He never seemed to get out of control, but he shouldn’t have been there, and he shouldn’t have been drinking. I spoke to him, so he knows that I saw him. Should I tell his mother that I saw him? I know kids like to push the envelope. He may even have a fake ID — I don’t know. I’m not trying to get him in trouble, but I think his mother legitimately should know that her son was in a place where he was too young to be. How should I address this? Minor Infraction Related Articles Harriette Cole: The look she gave me makes me want to change Harriette Cole: Yes, I’m old school. You must put on the lotion. Harriette…

Miss Manners: These two types of customers demand special treatment

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I own and operate a small jewelry store in a largely military area, where our business serves mostly working-class and lower-middle-class people. We have been around for a long time and have a good senior citizen customer base. Judith Martin  We’ve set our margins to the minimum we need to charge in order to keep a brick-and-mortar location, and to make an OK living at what we do. We are not getting rich by any definition of the word. No matter how many times I’ve been asked, I still stumble around answering the question of whether we offer a discount to military personnel or senior citizens. In order to be able to afford to do that, we would basically have to raise our pricing by whatever discount was offered to those groups, which would adversely affect the working-class people that make up the other part of our customer base. Related Articles Miss Manners: My personal time is precious, and these old friends don’t make the cut Miss Manners: They bellow ‘Excuse you!’ and I find it so rude Miss Manners: I yell…

Letter: SB 50 gives cities’ rights to for-profit developers

SB 50 gives cities’ rights to for-profit developers Re: “Anti-housing Bay Area cities reveal their hands” (Letter to the editor, Mercurynews.com, Jan. 17): The letter-writer is mistaken when he calls Bay Area cities anti-housing. They are simply anti-bad housing bills. The Bay Area needs affordable housing, not unregulated market-rate housing that SB 50 forces on every city in the state. Scott Wiener’s amendments to SB 50 just delayed implementing it because 2020 is an election year. How can he say cities are exempt from SB 50 when they have to meet the same requirements as SB 50 in order to do so? SB 50 will eventually take local planning rights away from cities and their citizens. SB 50 doesn’t give control to the state. It takes planning rights of cities and their citizens and gives them to for-profit developers. Do you want your communities to be planned by for-profit companies? Related Articles Letter: Dinosaurs were unaware of coming ruin–we’re not Letter: Social workers unable to meet their clients’ needs Letter: Nonrenewables are finite; switch to renewables now Letter: Appreciate all the Morgans have done for…

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