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New poll shows only 35 percent of voters support Proposition 10, which would make it easier for local governments to impose rent control, while 46 percent oppose.

John Cox

Barely two weeks before Election Day, Republican San Diego businessman seems headed for defeat in governor’s race, as new poll shows Democrat Gavin Newsom with big 54-31 percent lead.

Mark Zuckerberg

Pension officials in Illinois, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York sign shareholder proposal to remove Facebook CEO as board chairman, but Zuck controls 60 percent of the voting shares.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


High school football: Weekend scoreboard, how Top 25 fared


Pacific Coast Gabilan

San Benito 47, Seaside 20


Oakland 20, Castlemont 6

McClymonds 94, Skyline 0


BVAL Mt. Hamilton

Lincoln 27, Live Oak 24

Leland 28, Oak Grove 26

Piedmont Hills 49, Pioneer 41

Santa Teresa 40, Westmont 19

BVAL Santa Teresa

Independence 35, Del Mar 0

Branham 27, Leigh 21

Overfelt 27, Willow Glen 20

Silver Creek 27, Gunderson 6

BVAL West Valley

Hill 34, San Jose 13

Mt. Pleasant 44, Prospect 13

Sobrato 14, Evergreen Valley 8

Yerba Buena 35, James Lick 15


Homestead 23, Cupertino 13

Los Gatos 56, Fremont 0

Wilcox 28, Milpitas 7

SCVAL El Camino

Gunn 14, Los Altos 13

Monta Vista 55, Lynbrook 13

Mountain View 17, Santa Clara 10

Pacific Coast Gabilan

Aptos 54, Christopher 7

Palma 49, Alvarez 0

Salinas 49, Gilroy 0


Aragon 43, Half Moon Bay 21

Terra Nova 67, Menlo 33

PAL Ocean

Hillsdale 41, South San Francisco 12

Burlingame 31, King’s Academy 20

San Mateo 28, Sequoia 21

PAL Lake

Capuchino 59, Woodside 36

Carlmont 28, Mills 7

Jefferson 28, El Camino 6

West Catholic

Sacred Heart Cathedral 39, Riordan 0

Serra 50, St. Ignatius 14

St. Francis 28, Bellarmine 0

Valley Christian 27, Mitty 0

Bay Valley

Antioch 28, Deer Valley 20

Freedom 49, Heritage 7

Liberty 24, Pittsburg 21

DAL Foothill

Miramonte 46, Acalanes 34

Campolindo 49, Northgate 0

Clayton Valley 56, Alhambra 0

DAL Valley

College Park 50, Mt. Diablo 7

Las Lomas 35, Benicia 0

EBAL Mountain

De La Salle 48, San Ramon Valley 14

Monte Vista 42, Foothill 7

EBAL Valley

Amador Valley 49, Livermore 14

Granada 49, Dougherty Valley 7

Mission Valley

Logan def. American, forfeit

Moreau Catholic 68, Kennedy 0

Tri-County Rock

El Cerrito 48, Salesian 7

Kennedy-Richmond 40, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 28

Tri-County Stone

Vallejo 34, Albany 24

De Anza 51, Bethel 20

Pinole Valley 49, Richmond 0

West Alameda Foothill

Bishop O’Dowd 49, Castro Valley 13

Piedmont 14, Berkeley 6

San Leandro 18, Encinal 13

West Alameda Shoreline

Alameda 40, Mt. Eden 22

Hayward 30, Tennyson 20


California 45, Dublin 0



Menlo-Atherton at Sacred Heart Prep, 2 p.m.

DAL Valley

Ygnacio Valley at Berean Christian, 1:30 p.m.

Mission Valley

Irvington vs. Newark Memorial at Washington, 7 p.m.

Tri-County Rock

Hercules at St. Mary’s, 1:30 p.m.

West Alameda Shoreline

Arroyo at San Lorenzo, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


A priest, a sex addict and an exorcist: How a secret confession led to sex abuse claim against San Jose diocese

SANTA CLARA — The woman went to confession at Our Lady of Peace seeking forgiveness.

She suffered from a sex addiction, she told the young priest.

The Rev. Gerardus Hauwert Jr., fresh out of the seminary, offered to help. For months, he provided her private prayer sessions and sent her to rid her demons through one of the Catholic Church’s oldest and most mysterious rituals: exorcism.

But what happened over the next year at this parish known for its towering statue of the Virgin Mary facing Highway 101 would end up exposing the San Jose Diocese yet again to allegations of sexual abuse — and raise alarm about how an inner circle of priests responded to claims against one of its own.

Unlike the horrific revelations of priests molesting young children, the alleged indiscretions in this case touched on the boundaries of temptation and faith — a different kind of violation of trust.

The accuser was a devout and deeply troubled Santa Clara woman who was already a rape survivor. And what she claims the priest did to her in late 2011 and 2012 — engaging in a series of sexual encounters, some involving holy water on her bare breasts and a crucifix on her naked inner thigh — formed the basis of a 2013 lawsuit against the diocese, alleging that the priest took advantage of her vulnerability to sexually assault her.

What the priest says she did to him — sending hundreds of sex videos, nude photos and underwear and calling him relentlessly — would lay the foundation of the church’s defense, that she was the sexual harasser who “regularly seduced men for sex through witchcraft.”

‘The priests made it worse’

The shocking back-and-forth is detailed in a confidential 61-page report prepared by a church-hired investigator and internal emails and letters obtained by the Bay Area News …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


Electric scooters are inspiring lazy people to get creative

The scooter craze sweeping the nation is now over a year old, which means its been around long enough to start producing its own distinct subcultures. There’s the subculture of scooter “juicers,” people who gather up the devices in the evening to charge them for the next day’s riders. There’s the teenagers who love riding scooters despite the rules prohibiting it. And then there’s the emerging subculture of scooter riders that I like to call “lazy geniuses.”

In order to ride an electric scooter, you need some familiarity with the activity known as standing. Much like the kick scooters of our youth, the e-scooters offered by companies like Bird and Lime require riders to grasp the handlebars whilst standing on a narrow platform attached…

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Source:: The Verge – All Posts


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