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New Google-China Feud?

New Google-China Feud?

Following the blogs yesterday, it looked like the détente between Google and China had fallen apart almost as quickly as it was hobbled together. At first it seemed as if Chinese users were prevented from searching the site altogether unless they accessed it through Hong Kong. Early on Thursday Google claimed that its search, ads, and mobile services were completely blocked, while other services such as Google News and Google Images were only partially blocked.

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City Takes on Fire Department

City Takes on Fire Department

Mayor Chuck Reed announced that the Firefighters Union has come up $6 million short in its effort to meet the 10 percent cut on salaries and benefits. As a result, 51 firefighters will lose their jobs, one station will be closed, and other stations will have to contend with reduced staffing and equipment. It is the first time in the city’s history that firefighters have been laid off.

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The Country’s First Green Zoo

The Country’s First Green Zoo

After a $72 million renovation effort, San Jose’s Happy Hollow Zoo became the first combination zoo/amusement park in the country to receive the coveted Gold LEED certification. This means that the zoo meets the highest environmental standards set by the federal government.

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City Takes on Fire Department

City Takes on Fire Department

Mayor Chuck Reed announced that the Firefighters Union has come up $6 million short in its effort to meet the 10 percent cut on salaries and benefits, leaving the city no choice but to eliminate 81 positions. As a result, 51 firefighters will lose their jobs and one station will be closed.

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Ballpark off the Ballot

Ballpark off the Ballot

Voters will not be deciding on a new ballpark for San Jose this November. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has asked the city to wait, and the Mayor has agreed. The decision comes after lengthy negotiations between Selig and Chuck Reed, with the Mayor telling Selig to hurry up and decide already, and Selig responding that he’s going as fast as he can.

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San Jose: Coffee Capital of California

San Jose: Coffee Capital of California

A survey published by the Daily Beast shows that San Jose ranks third for the number of coffee shops per capita in the US, with 20- for every 100,000 residents.  In contrast, New York has only eight per 100,000. And since statistics never lie, it is also worth noting that New Yorkers spend a measly $27 per month on coffee, while the good people of San Jose spend a respectable $34.

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Electric Car Show: Day Two

Electric Car Show: Day Two

In the San Jose McEnery Convention Center parking lot today, Mayor Chuck Reed and Coulomb Technologies CEO Richard Lowenthal will be showing off one of 5,000 public and private CT500 charging stations being installed around the country.

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Women’s Tennis Classic

Women’s Tennis Classic

The Bank of the West Classic pits some of the world’s best women’s tennis players against one another this week at the Stanford Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The hard court tournament features the No.5 ranked player in the world Samantha Stosur and the No. 6 ranked Elena Dementieva. Former No.1’s Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina were also in the tournament but were defeated.

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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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SJ Giants Hang On

SJ Giants Hang On

The San Jose Giants’ record in the second half of single-A baseball’s summer season is the worst in the entire California League—but the team is still in first place.

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