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January 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Wildlife officials have shot and killed a mountain lion that was feasting on a family's goat. The mountain lion, estimated at 80 to 90 pounds, was 30 yards from a home in a rural area when a game warden approached it Tuesday. The warden tried to scare it off with floodlights and loud noise, but the animal responded by putting its ears back, snarling and crouching in an aggressive manner.
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June 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be allowed to stay open an hour later under a trial program aimed at bringing late-night order to downtown streets. The City Council agreed to let downtown businesses stay open until 3 a.m., 90 minutes after they stop selling alcohol.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In May, all city patrol officers will begin carrying battery-powered stun guns along with their nightsticks, handcuffs and service weapons. The department has ordered 629 Taser guns that are capable of delivering 50,000-volt jolts. Chief Rob Davis said it would be up to officers to decide in volatile situations whether to temporarily disable assailants with the Taser or use their handgun.
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June 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A California man smashed the world record for hot dog eating, gobbling more than 59 franks in 12 minutes. Joey Chestnut, 23, of San Jose shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59 1/2 -- with buns -- at the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship in Tempe, Ariz. The old record was 53 3/4.
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October 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Owners of large planes who like to fly late at night have convinced city and Federal Aviation Administration officials to exempt "quiet" planes from curfew hours. Planes landing from 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. at Mineta San Jose International Airport were originally banned according to their size, not the noise they made. Under the new rules, plane engines that don't exceed 89 decibels -- the amount of noise made by a lawnmower or hair dryer -- can land during curfew hours, officials said.
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July 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A San Jose woman was sentenced to nine months in jail after being convicted of a hate crime in which she attacked a man of Middle Eastern descent while shouting slurs during a road rage incident. Angel Ann Coley, 28, also was ordered Friday to pay restitution to Mohamed Aram, the 31-year-old man she kicked, bit and punched in November after using her car to ram his limousine into an intersection because he had not gotten out of her way at a red light.
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November 26, 1988 | JOHN HENKEN
San Jose gets an opera premiere today, or half of one, at least. Enterprising Opera San Jose is celebrating its fifth season with "West of Washington Square," commissioned from Alva Henderson. The new opera, running through Dec. 4, is actually a pair of one-acts, based on O. Henry's stories "The Last Leaf" and "The Third Ingredient." Two separate tales of love and forgiveness, they are integrated in sharing the same boardinghouse locale, with the landlady a common character.
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September 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man arrested on suspicion of attacking a person he believed to be Afghan may face hate-crime enhancement charges. It was the first such arrest in San Jose in a series of attacks since Sept. 11 against people believed to be Middle Eastern. Ibrahin Martino, 45, of San Jose allegedly accosted a 21-year-old man at a 7-Eleven store. When Martino asked the man where he was from, "The person told him he was from India, and the suspect said, 'No, that's not true.
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March 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman at a Wendy's restaurant bit into a part of a human finger while eating chili Tuesday night, Santa Clara County health officials said. She spit it out and warned other diners to stop eating, witnesses said. Officials said the fingertip was about 1 3/8 inches long. They believe that it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail. Health investigators seized all of the ingredients at the restaurant and were tracing them back to their manufacturers.
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November 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Although the cause of August's fire at the Santana Row shopping complex remains unknown, the state fire marshal has concluded that the investigation was thorough. The report comes after questions were raised about why the Fire Department spurned the assistance of highly trained federal fire investigators even though local investigators were overwhelmed. Two weeks after the fire, 15 police officers were added to the inquiry to help interview more than 400 witnesses.
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October 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 100 firefighters battled a wind-fueled fire Wednesday that destroyed at least five buildings and scorched more than 200 acres in the grassy foothills of Santa Clara County. The blaze also briefly threatened 15 homes in an area bordering San Jose and Milpitas.
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August 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bedbugs have infested mattresses across the Bay Area, in keeping with a national trend that has seen a resurgence of the parasites after 60 years of near-eradication. A San Jose State University dormitory room underwent extensive fumigation Thursday after a student found insects in his bed last week. The San Francisco Health Department adopted regulations this month that require precise records and procedures for training staff to identify and respond to the bugs.
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July 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two people were burned to death and eight others hurt when a speeding pickup launched off a freeway exit embankment and slammed into a line of stopped cars, triggering several explosions, officials said. The Ford F-150 became airborne while exiting Interstate 280 Monday night and hit three cars waiting at a stoplight at 11th Street, said CHP Officer Steve Perea. One vehicle burst into flames, killing both occupants.
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June 27, 2006
The city's embattled but defiant mayor was arraigned Monday on public corruption charges stemming from a secretly negotiated deal with a garbage contractor that cost taxpayers more than $11 million. Ron Gonzales, 55, did not speak or enter a plea during an initial appearance in Santa Clara County Superior Court. But at a news conference afterward, Gonzales vehemently denied the charges and rejected colleagues' calls for his resignation.
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June 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A homeless man was stabbed to death in a downtown plaza as a bustling nighttime crowd milled nearby, police said. The man, who was in his 40s and lived at a Salvation Army shelter, was still alive when officers found him Friday night. He died on the way to a local hospital, police said. Before he died, he told investigators that he had just woken up when he was attacked. Witnesses said a man or group of men ambushed the victim and ran away.
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June 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A worker on a highway paving project was killed late Thursday when a gravel truck backed into him as he stepped out of his steamroller, officials said. Salvador Contreras of San Jose, a new father in his late 30s, was crushed by the truck about 10 p.m. on northbound U.S. 101 at the De La Cruz/Trimble exit, said Sgt. John Warren of the California Highway Patrol. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the death.
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June 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be allowed to stay open an hour later under a trial program aimed at bringing late-night order to downtown streets. The City Council agreed to let downtown businesses stay open until 3 a.m., 90 minutes after they stop selling alcohol.
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October 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 100 firefighters battled a wind-fueled fire Wednesday that destroyed at least five buildings and scorched more than 200 acres in the grassy foothills of Santa Clara County. The blaze also briefly threatened 15 homes in an area bordering San Jose and Milpitas.
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January 8, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Officials and residents are taking issue with a magazine study that ranked their city as one of the nation's fattest. Men's Fitness named San Jose as the country's 24th fattest city, behind San Diego, Fresno and Philadelphia. Chicago won the designation as the fattest city, followed by Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Dallas. David Vossbrink, a spokesman for San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, said the nation's 10th-biggest city is no different from other locations across the country.
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October 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A high school teacher accused of keeping child pornography on a school-issued laptop computer was arrested after he turned himself in to police. Brian K. Jessee, 44, a yearbook teacher at Leland High School, was arrested on a $25,000 misdemeanor warrant for possessing child pornography. Police began investigating Jessee last month after receiving a tip about inappropriate material on the school computer, Officer Gina Tepoorten said.
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