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December 15, 2013 | By David P. Barash
On Dec. 1, 1948 - 65 years ago this month - Jose Figueres, then president of Costa Rica, made a fiery and eloquent speech, after which he took a sledgehammer and bashed a hole in a huge stone wall at the nation's military headquarters, Cuartel Bellavista. Its imposing towers and massive gates had loomed over the capital city of San Jose since 1917, the country's premier symbol of military power and the home of the "Tico" military establishment. Figueres was not just being a showman; he was announcing something truly extraordinary: Henceforth, Costa Rica would take the almost unheard-of step of renouncing its military.
April 27, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
He has the beard of a hockey player residing in the first round of the playoffs, not one of a man living for months in the mountains. Kings forward Jeff Carter offered a take on the attitude - and, well, altitude - of a now-compelling playoff series between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference quarterfinals. "Yeah, we're halfway there. Halfway up the mountain," Carter said Sunday afternoon at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo. Game 6 is Monday night at Staples Center with the Sharks holding a three-games-to-two series lead.
October 6, 2009 | Helene Elliott
Kings tonight VS. SAN JOSE When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 0-1-0, Sharks 1-1-0. Record vs. Sharks (2008-09): 1-3-0. Update: Dustin Brown returned to practice after missing a day because of a strained gluteal muscle. Winger Wayne Simmonds, however, took a therapy day and didn't practice, though he's expected to play tonight. Forward/defenseman Peter Harrold took Simmonds' spot with Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus on Monday, forcing Coach Terry Murray to delay deciding if he will change the defense corps after its shaky performance in Saturday's season opener.
April 25, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Whether you think of it as HP Pavilion, the Shark Tank, its current corporate name, SAP Center, or "the cage" as Kings Coach Darryl Sutter colorfully offered, one thing is evident: The cage has become just that for the Kings in the playoffs, living quarters getting a little tight and the team possessing a championship pedigree unable to get out of town with a win. San Jose has recorded five straight victories at home in the playoffs against the...
May 12, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
When: 4 Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose. On the air: TV: Galavision. Records: Chivas USA 3-6, San Jose 7-2-1. Record vs. San Jose: 2-0 (2011) Update: Behind Chris Wondolowski's 11 goals in 10 games, San Jose entered the weekend leading the MLS in scoring (21) and tied for the league lead in wins (7). And with three goals in his last five shots on target, Wondolowski has never been hotter, leaving him on pace to shatter Roy Lassiter's 16-year-old MLS record of 27 goals in a season.
August 17, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — Electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. is beefing up its operations in Silicon Valley, announcing that it's expanding a research and development center in San Jose. To lure the expansion, the state, Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose agreed to provide a variety of tax credits, fee reductions and worker training programs. "Here's a case where government and business work together and everyone benefits, " Gov. Jerry Brown said at a San Jose City Hall ceremony.
October 11, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
A federal judge reluctantly upheld Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption Friday, throwing out almost all of a lawsuit the city of San Jose filed against the league. U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte also affirmed MLB's right to determine where its teams play. However, Whyte left intact one claim that San Jose might have been harmed because of the league's failure to decide whether the Oakland Athletics can move there. That could open the door to testimony from Commissioner Bud Selig and the release of internal league documents to show why MLB has not made a decision in the 4-1/2 years since Selig appointed a committee to evaluate the A's proposed move to San Jose.
January 13, 2014 | By Jason Wells
San Jose residents are rallying to find a serial arsonist accused of setting at least 13 fires since Wednesday. No one has been seriously injured in the early morning fires, but authorities fear that good luck could run out if the arsonist isn't caught soon. Police believe the arsonist is using newspaper or cardboard to set the fires, which have ranged in size and scope. An elderly couple narrowly escaped one of the fires early Saturday after a man and his son reportedly broke through a window to pull them to safety.
September 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The denizens of San Jose, that Silicon Valley gem, haul in a median household income of $76,593, making the city the wealthiest in the country. That's compared with the national figure of $50,502, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In San Jose, 13.9% of residents go without health insurance coverage, compared with 15.1% nationally. Of the preschool-age population, 56.8% was enrolled in school, compared with 47.4% around the country. Fewer than three in 10 Americans over age 25 have a bachelor's degree; 36.6% of that demographic in San Jose have graduated from college.
April 25, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
CHIVAS USA AT SAN JOSE When: 7:30. Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara. On the air: TV: None; Radio: 1330. Records: Chivas USA 1-3-3, Earthquakes 0-2-3. Record vs. Earthquakes (2013): 0-2-1. Update: This game pits Western Conference rivals that are struggling to get on track. Chivas USA has gone six games without a victory and last-place San Jose is still looking for its first win of the season. Chivas USA is coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Seattle Sounders a week ago, while the Earthquakes played to a scoreless tie last week against the Rapids in Colorado.
April 24, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Their big guys played big, the leaders led by fearless example, and the Kings, on the brink of going home for the summer, got the result they so urgently needed, a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center that extended their season by at least one more game. "We're alive," said winger Marian Gaborik, who played a huge part in resuscitating them by scoring their first and fifth goals. Justin Williams scored twice in a three-goal spree in the second period, and rookie Tyler Toffoli chipped in with the kind of skillful goal the Kings need from him in the short- and long-term future.
April 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were they grasping at straws or coaxing small embers into becoming flames when the Kings repeatedly pointed out that their best players played better in the team's third straight playoff loss to San Jose than in the first two defeats? Better, in this case, is a relative term. And despite a more intense and effective effort by the top players who must carry the load, the Kings still lost, 4-3, in overtime. Now, they must defeat the Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center to avoid being swept - and to prolong a season that only a few weeks ago held great promise for another long postseason run. "It's a good opportunity for us to show - everybody's kind of writing us off right now - a good opportunity to show how resilient we are right now as a group," forward Mike Richards said Wednesday after the Kings' optional practice in El Segundo.
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Kate Mather and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped Mineta San Jose International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara wandered onto a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Then he disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until later Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him 2,350 miles to the west, walking on the tarmac at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous, 5 1/2 -hour odyssey - enduring frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the jet's wheel well.
April 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Gather 'round for a history lesson, of bright playoff campaigns gone bad . . . and gone south, fast. Sunday night's debacle at San Jose wasn't the first time the Kings have given up seven consecutive goals in a playoff game. It happened during, of all things, the Wayne Gretzky era when his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, beat the Kings, 7-0, in Game 1 of a second-round series in 1990. That team featured Gretzky, Luc Robitaille (now a team president), Rob Blake (now a Kings assistant general manager)
April 19, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the lasting impressions of Game 1 between the Kings and San Jose was the sight of fourth-line Sharks agitator Mike Brown leaning hard with his shoulder into Kings defenseman Slava Voynov , knocking Voynov into Kings goalie Jonathan Quick . Quick went clattering to the side of the net and chaos ensued, not even five minutes into the series. That welcome-to-the-playoffs moment on Thursday night may have stood out, but it was hardly the only defining physical example in the Sharks' 6-3 win. "I think they're trying to run a lot of our top players," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said.
April 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - This was like a nasty flashback, one bad journey into the darkness for Kings fans. The loyal old-timers have scar tissue around the old wound - long ago playoff blowouts, losses to the likes of the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames in the late '80s and early '90s. Undoubtedly, the latest cut will take time to heal. The Kings were thoroughly outplayed in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals as the San Jose Sharks defeated them, 6-3, at the SAP Center on Thursday night.
April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Keys to the best-of-seven series between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks: 1. CAPTAIN OF CONTROVERSY: Kings captain Dustin Brown's ability to stay on course will be tested in the heated confines of SAP Center. "I'm prepared for the battle that it'll be - regardless of the history," he said, referring to his knee-on-knee hit on Tomas Hertl in December that sidelined the dynamic rookie until last week. "Generally, if they [the fans] hate you, it's because you're doing certain things that are expected of you. " 2. DEFENSE FIRST: How will Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who was injured at San Jose on April 3, respond after missing the final four games of the regular season?
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