Articles by Eric Johnson

Netflix Looking to the Sky

Netflix Looking to the Sky

Los Gatos, the town, is keeping Netflix by allowing the online movie giant to expand its headquarters. Some residents couldn’t be more steamed about the company’s plans.

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New Media Offers Avenues to Social Change

New Media Offers Avenues to Social Change

Renowned media theorist Clay Shirky talks about the revolutionary possibilities created by new media.

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Obama at Facebook

Obama at Facebook

Pres. Barack Obama’s Facebook visit was as much about making a connection with young voters as it was about connecting with Silicon Valley.

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Big Shifts in New Media

Big Shifts in New Media

This month, the big news online is online news. On Feb. 2, Rupert Murdoch launched The Daily, the world’s first iPad “newspaper,” at a cost of $30 million. Stealing his thunder a couple days later, AOL announced its purchase of the Huffington Post for $315 million. And then, last week, Gawker Media relaunched its fleet of edgy blog sites with a radical redesign that fundamentally rejected the traditional blog format.

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100-year-old dog stolen with truck

100-year-old dog stolen with truck

Of all the days for heartbreaking news, one would hope Valentine’s Day would be set aside out of respect. Unfortunately for Richard Brooks, his black truck was stolen Monday morning while he was working out at Gold’s Gym on Monterey Road. Inside the GMC Yukon was his 14-year-old pug, Jessica. (In dog years, she is roughly 100.) The truck and pug have not been found yet.

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Raids Follow Passage of Medical Marijuana Tax

Raids Follow Passage of Medical Marijuana Tax

The raid on San Jose Patients Group was one of a number of “smash and grab” raids on local pot dispensaries that occurred last Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4, just days after San Jose voters overwhelmingly approved Measure U, a medical marijuana tax.

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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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Aug. 25: Zombie-O-Rama

Aug. 25: Zombie-O-Rama

Other than Halloween, this is perhaps the only night of the year you can act like a real zombie and menacingly roam the streets of downtown San Jose without spending a night in the slammer. You can don your own zombie make-up or the good folks at SLG Art Boutiki can zombify you for $5 starting at noon.

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The 2010 San Jose Jazz Festival

The 2010 San Jose Jazz Festival

This year’s San Jose Jazz Festival features everything from funk gods George Clinton, Maceo Parker and Tower of Power, to a whole stage devoted to blues, to salsa, to…oh, yeah, jazz! Besides the Mothership landing, highlights to watch for include bassist and producer Marcus Miller performing the music of Miles Davis.

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Prop 19 Gets Prominent Supporter

Prop 19 Gets Prominent Supporter

Former SJPD Chief Joseph McNamara threw his support behind Proposition 19, which would legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana in California. McNamara, who headed the SJPD for 15 years, argues that regulating marijuana like cigarettes and alcohol would make it more difficult for children to obtain the drug, since they would be forced to show ID.

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