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  • Thursday,
    Oct 8, 2009
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  • Peninsula
  • Giant pumpkin champ returns to Half Moon Bay weigh-off

    Oregon resident Thad Starr will return to Half Moon Bay on Monday to defend his title in the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Starr secured his victory last year with a 1,528-pound Atlantic Giant gourd. This year’s pumpkin weigh-off will begin at 7 a.m. at IDES Grounds, 735 Main St. Growers are competing for the title and a hefty share of about $20,000 in prize money.

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  • Newsom Tracker: Quiet days

    The mayor’s schedule has been quiet in the last two days.

    Mayor Gavin Newsom has no public appearances today or meeting at City Hall, according to his schedule. Word around town is he’s spending part of his days working on his campaign, which took a hit in an early poll released Thursday.

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  • Shoppers' tax burden could rise

    San Mateo — Warning that a budget deficit may force drastic cuts to city services and public safety agencies, city officials are asking voters to support a quarter-cent sales tax increase in November.

    If approved, the sales tax would generate roughly $3.2 million, according to San Mateo City Manager Susan Loftus.

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  • School district reaches out to a cyber audience

    San Mateo -- With the launch of Twitter and Facebook pages by the San Mateo Union High School District, officials hope communication with parents, students and the community will improve.

    "In today’s world you have to communicate with people in a variety of ways," District Superintendent Scott Laurence said. "You can’t depend on just one."

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  • City cools down as fall arrives

    The first rain showers since midsummer are expected to fall over The City on Monday, part of a storm system headed toward the region.

    Daytime temperatures won’t rise above the 60s starting this weekend and continuing through early next week, National Weather Service meteorologist Diana Henderson said.

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  • Foreclosures seminar held to provide aid

    Can’t afford your home mortgage payment and afraid of going into foreclosure?
    San Mateo has teamed up with the nonprofit Housing and Economics Rights Advocates to present a three-hour seminar to answer questions and inform homeowners of their rights if they are on the verge of going into foreclosure.

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  • Newsom: Brown slept with the enemy

    Attorney General Jerry Brown has committed the political version of adultery, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign.

    Newsom’s people say Brown, the mayor’s Democratic nemesis in the 2010 gubernatorial race, slept with the enemy by raising money for “rightwing Republican leaders.”

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  • Recycled water turns grass green

    After the Presidents Cup comes to a close at Harding Park, work will begin on a project between Daly City and San Francisco that will bring recycled water to the famed golf course.

    Recycled water is wastewater from homes and businesses — from sinks and toilets — that is cleaned at a treatment facility for reuse.

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  • CHP searching for hit-and-run driver in fatal crash

    The California Highway Patrol is searching for a hit-and-run driver who is believed to have fatally struck a pedestrian on southbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco on Thursday night.

    The pedestrian was struck at about 10:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway near Ocean Avenue, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.

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  • Recession saves music -- for now

    The economic downturn has allowed a set of Tenderloin neighborhood studios where famous artists recorded to survive and to share in Woodstock 40-year anniversary celebrations in The City later this year.

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  • Travel & Casinos
  • River Rock gets a makeover

    River Rock Casino has opened its new poker room, moved from a dark, back corner to the best real estate in the house.

    The new-six table poker room is right in the front of the casino, in a former banquet and overflow area of the Quail Run restaurant. Large glass windows offer a panoramic view of the Alexander Valley wine country and Russian River.

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  • Guest Columns
  • Pro and Con on the Baucus bill

    PRO: GOP ignores CBO score of health care reform

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill “will result in a net reduction in federal budget deficits of $81 billion between 2010 and 2019 and reduce the federal budgetary commitment to health care.” But the positive score isn’t winning converts.

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  • We want a system that will cure breast cancer

    If you had a 12 percent chance of contracting cancer, what would you do?

    That’s the situation all women face as the National Cancer Institute estimates that one out of eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives. In 2009, 192,370 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, up from 178,480 new cases in 2007.

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Nation & World

  • Nation
  • NASA probes hits moon twice; few pictures yet

    NASA smacked two spacecraft into the lunar south pole Friday morning in a search for hidden ice. But the big live public splash people anticipated didn't quite happen.

    Instruments confirm that a large empty rocket hull barreled into the moon at 7:31 a.m. (1131 GMT), followed four minutes later by a probe with cameras taking pictures of the first crash.

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