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American Idols Live 2010

American Idols Live 2010

Lee DeWyze’s father was a postman; he has the lyrics to “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens tattooed on one arm, perhaps in relation to arguments he had with his father about whether he should risk becoming an indie singer or go into the family business. Lee took the other path, and his post-American Idol album is due this fall.

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The Buzz at HempCon

The Buzz at HempCon

The crowds that visited the San Jose Convention Center for the medical marijuana fest this weekend were not able to smoke pot on the premises. Authorities denied organizers the right to set up a self-medication tent on the premises. There were, however, plenty of other ways for visitors to get a buzz.

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San Jose No 2 for Business Travel

San Jose No 2 for Business Travel

The National Business Travel Association has listed San Jose as the second most friendly place for business travelers in the U.S., topped only by Orange County. San Jose has some of the lowest taxes on everything from hotel stays to car rentals to eating meals out.

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Soot and Global Warming

Soot and Global Warming

When we think of global warming, we immediately think of carbon dioxide, or perhaps even methane, the two invisible gases that have the greatest impact on the planet’s temperature. Now Mark Jacobson of Stanford wants us to add a new culprit to the list: Soot.

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‘Sisters of Swing!’

‘Sisters of Swing!’

Sisters of Swing!, now playing at the Retro Dome, takes audiences on a trip way down memory lane with well-sung hit songs blended with a tell-all plot line. Selling more than 90 million records, the Andrews Sisters were on top of their game in the late ’30s and during World War II.

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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!

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Earthquakes Midseason Report

Earthquakes Midseason Report

The first two modern-era Earthquake campaigns ended without a playoff appearance. Both of those teams finished at the bottom of the league. The current version of the Earthquakes is 6-4-4 and in the mix for a playoff spot.

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Whitman Not Joining Gates, Buffet

Whitman Not Joining Gates, Buffet

Meg Whitman has announced that neither she nor her husband has any plans to sign the Giving Pledge, an initiative by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage billionaires to bequeath half of their fortunes to charity.

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Firefighters Give Back to Trace

Firefighters Give Back to Trace

At a ceremony at Fire Station 7 on Wednesday, firefighters presented parents and teachers at Trace Elementary an American flag that they found as they dug through the smoldering ruins after a fire last month. It was accompanied by a $5,000 check to help rebuild the school.

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Fire Chief Proposes New Plan

Fire Chief Proposes New Plan

San Jose’s new fire chief, William McDonald, only started work this Monday, but he is already facing his first crisis. The city has laid off 49 firefighters, and if negotiations between the city and the union don’t go as planned today, he could have a much smaller department.

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