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Local PR Firms Assisting PG&E

Local PR Firms Assisting PG&E

Several local PR firms have taken up the case of PG&E, and are advising them on how to relate to the public, especially in the wake of the BP PR disaster in the Gulf. All of them are advising PG&E to be as transparent as possible as they communicate the facts with the public, and to show sincere sympathy for the victims.

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HP to Buy ArcSight

HP to Buy ArcSight

The acquisition comes immediately in the wake of the purchase of 3Par for $2.35 billion, after a tense bidding war with Dell. HP will pay $43.50 a share for ArcSight, 24 percent higher than the stock’s closing price on Friday. Observers are suggesting that the recent acquisitions signal a trend in HP to expand its core operations beyond personal computers and printer ink.

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Chestnut Wins Burrito Eating Contest

Chestnut Wins Burrito Eating Contest

Local celebrity Joey Chestnut has done it again.After losing to a petite Virginia woman in a Labor Day wing-eating contest, the man with the iron stomach won the burrito eating contest at the New Mexico State Fair, gulping down 47 4-ounce burritos.

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Where Have All the Firefighters Gone?

Where Have All the Firefighters Gone?

The explosion in San Bruno is raising serious concerns about the state of the San Jose Fire Department and how quickly off-duty firefighters would be able to respond to a similar tragedy if it happened in the city. Only one in four SJFD firefighters lives in San Jose proper, and just over one in three lives in Santa Clara County.

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Moffett Field Cited as 2020 Expo Contender

Moffett Field Cited as 2020 Expo Contender

On a visit to the Shanghai World’s Fair, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed the abandoned Naval Air Station at Moffett Field as the ideal site for the 2020 Expo. Situating the event in the heart of Silicon Valley would showcase the importance of scientific innovation and technology to the modern world, Schwarzenegger told his hosts.

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Help for San Bruno

Help for San Bruno

With the San Bruno fire under control, the Red Cross and other agencies are stepping in to help residents pick up the pieces and try to restore some normalcy to their lives following the San Bruno fire.. There is no precise casualty count yet, and it will be late Friday before the police and fire departments can comb the area to determine the impact of the fire.

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Students Joining Walk-to-School Program

Students Joining Walk-to-School Program

When budget cuts did away with the school bus, parents formed their own “walking school bus” to get their kids to school. About twenty kids from Bagby Elementary School walk to school together each morning, accompanied by a parent or two, and some special guests as well, including the Mayor and the Chief of Police.

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Reed Rejects the Release of Police Records

Reed Rejects the Release of Police Records

Despite campaign promises of greater transparency, a panel headed by Mayor Chuck Reeds rejects two requests from local residents that the SJPD release information to them. In the case of a 911 call claimed as a false report, Vice Mayor Judy Chirco called the request for information “almost vindictive.” The SJPD argues that 911 calls are exempt from disclosure.

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Local School Achieves Top Honors

Local School Achieves Top Honors

On Thursday, KIPP Heartwood Academy of East San Jose was recognized by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as one of just 21 California schools that have shown a dramatic growth in achievements among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award for progress made by its students since 2005, particularly in the core subjects of English and mathematics.

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Central American Soul Food

Central American Soul Food

La Costa del Sol specializes in Salvadoran food, but to cover their bets they’ve also got the full lineup of tacos, burritos and enchiladas. But it’s the Salvadoran food that stands out here. Salvadoran food isn’t like Mexican food at all. It’s not spicy and is rather simple and straightforward where Mexican food can be quite complex. This is Central American soul food—pan-fried steak and chicken with lots of onion, hearty meat and vegetable soups, fried pork and yucca and, of course, pupusas.

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