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December 1, 2013
Re "Hard data on plastic bags," Editorial, Nov. 27 The Times' suggestion of a study to determine the effects of plastic-bag bans on the municipalities in California that have passed them is an excellent idea. But let's make sure it is truly objective. The study should consider the overall life-cycle impacts of plastic versus reusable bags, including their impact on the environment, jobs and society in general. For example, will cases of salmonella and other food-borne diseases increase because of the greater use of reusable fabric bags?
November 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Aaron Miller was surprised and saddened by reports that a black freshman had faced weeks of racial harassment by some of his white roommates in a San Jose State University dorm. The alleged abuse was poles apart from Miller's own experience as a black student on the diverse campus. "It was awful to believe that something like that could happen on a campus where I had felt so welcome, loved and supported," said Miller, 20, a junior majoring in political science. But with three white students charged with hate crimes and a fourth suspended from school, the San Jose State campus has been forced to confront the possibility that racial and ethnic relations may not be as smooth as once thought.
November 29, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
San Jose State ended No. 16 Fresno State's BCS dreams Friday with a crazy 62-52 win in San Jose. The upset probably set off firewords in DeKalb, where Northern Illinois (12-0) now controls its destiny for a BCS spot. Northern Illinois moved past Fresno State in last week's BCS standings, but there was some question as to whether the Huskies could hold off the Bulldogs. Northern Illinois was 14th in the BCS standings while Fresno was 16th. There is no more drama now between the Mountain West and Mid-American conferences.
November 27, 2013 | Helene Elliott
SAN JOSE - The Pacific Division lead might change hands dozens of times before the season ends, but knowing that the winner of Wednesday's game between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks would take over first place added a dash of tension when the teams met at SAP Center. Finishing atop the tough division "is what we wanted to do, set out at training camp to do," Kings center Jarret Stoll said. If that goal seemed unlikely when goaltender Jonathan Quick (groin strain) joined stalwart defenseman Matt Greene (upper-body injury)
November 24, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Civil rights leaders want prosecutors to bring more serious charges against three white students accused of repeatedly abusing a black freshman at San Jose State University. The students currently face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges for allegedly forcing their 17-year-old black roommate to wear a bicycle lock around his neck and taunting him with racial slurs that referred to slavery. On Saturday, the president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called on prosecutors to file felony hate-crime and false imprisonment charges in the case.
November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A fourth San Jose State University student has been suspended in connection with an incident in which three others have been charged with a hate crime for allegedly bullying a black roommate, locking a bicycle chain around his neck and using racial slurs to demean him. The 18-year-old male student from Los Angeles has not been identified because at the time of the alleged incidents he was a minor, according to university spokesman Pat Harris and...
November 21, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Sylvia Browne, a best-selling author who claimed she had psychic abilities that allowed her to talk to the dead and see into the future, died Wednesday in San Jose, according to a statement posted on her website. She was 77. No cause of death was reported. A frequent guest on television shows including "The Montel Williams Show" and "Unsolved Mysteries," Browne published dozens of books, including titles like "Animals on the Other Side" and "Past Lives of the Rich and Famous.
November 19, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Good news for Silicon Valley, where griping about the nation's patent system has become a favorite hobby: Inventors will no longer have to trek all the way to the nation's capitol to complain.  On Tuesday, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that the San Jose City Hall building had been picked as the permanent home of a new regional patent office. "This patent office is about tapping and unleashing the kind of economic growth, job creation, and prosperity an innovation economy offers our entire country," Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose)
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