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Local Author Looks Back at 1933 Lynchings

Local Author Looks Back at 1933 Lynchings

It seems bizarre that one of the most brutal acts of civic violence in American history took place in pastoral San Jose, a small town that had escaped the ravages of the Depression and was enjoying a period of peaceful affluence. But John D. Murphy, author of a book and movie about the 1933 lynching in St. James Park, says that bucolic serenity is part of what triggered the notorious event.

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Venerable Beads

Venerable Beads

Los Gatos jewelry maker Angela Keller says that being diagnosed with breast cancer put a whole different spin on her creative process.

Keller is a Bay Area regular on the art and wine festival circuit who has been manufacturing Venetian and Italian glass bead jewelry under the name Dolce Beada for years. But it wasn’t until she came down with cancer in 2009 that she really understood the true value of her work, Keller says.

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Bringing the World to Silicon Valley

Bringing the World to Silicon Valley

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Shanghai this week, hoping to drum up some business for California. Sure, all the jobs and innovations are moving West to the Far East, but he wants to reverse that trend and have Silicon Valley host the 2020 World Expo. To win it though, means Silicon Valley will be competing with Houston, New York, and even Los Angeles.

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Google Starts Guessing

Google Starts Guessing

Google has been rolling out its latest feature, Google Instant, to some pretty hilarious results. The new feature guesses what you are probably searching for, based on some top secret algorithm that God himself couldn’t figure out, but one can only assume has to do with the popularity of searches. Justin Bieber fans, beware.

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The Cypher at Johnny V’s

The Cypher at Johnny V’s

Despite venue closures and occasional noise complaints, Andrew Moyco a.k.a. Audio Dru has been keeping San Jose on the underground hip-hop and dubstep map for the past four years. After shuffling between clubs, his two regular live shows are back at their original home at Johnny V’s. “The Cypher,” now the longest-running underground hip-hop open mic in San Jose, is held every Wednesday night.

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Shadows of Doubt

Shadows of Doubt

The lynching of Harold Thurmond and Jack Holmes for the kidnap and murder of Brooke Hart in San Jose in November 1933 was a singular event in American history. Never before or since has the rule of law been so collectively subverted by law enforcement (including the FBI), public officials, community leaders, everyday citizens and the press.

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Kinch and Gauthier at Manresa

Kinch and Gauthier at Manresa

As part of his ongoing collaboration with the world’s top culinary talent, Manresa’s David Kinch has invited Alexandre Gauthier of La Grenouillère (The Frog Pond) to join him for two “late summer harvest dinners” Sept. 11-12.  The 31-year-old Gauthier is from La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil just outside of Montreuil-sur-Merin in the north of France.  He received his first Michelin star in 2007. 

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State Solar Plan Spiked

State Solar Plan Spiked

Robert Bulterman never counted on PACE to save his business. The 46-year-old electrician and solar technician, like a lot of green-collar workers, had admittedly held high hopes that Property Assessed Clean Energy would infuse the overcrowded sustainable energy industry with a slew of much-needed jobs.

But to count on it doing so, he says, would have been “just plain stupid.” As it turns out, Bulterman’s skepticism was well founded.

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Rally Planned to Protest Koran Burning

Rally Planned to Protest Koran Burning

A rally and interfaith service are planned for this Friday outside the County Building in San Jose to protest the planned burning of the Koran in Gainesville, Florida. The event coincides with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. More information about the event will be provided at a press conference today.

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The Return of the Fairy

The Return of the Fairy

The “Case of the Missing Fairy” came to a happy ending yesterday, when the missing statue of the Wilis was carted back to the city. The thief’s identity remains unknown. Attorney Anthony Pagkas, who represented the most recent possessor of the statue, would not confirm that his client was the original fairy-napper, but only that they decided to do the right thing.

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