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09/17/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Monday
 Jan.28,2013
Vol XII,Edition 140
DEADLY CLUB FIRE
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A HAT TRICKFORDJOKOVIC
SPORTSPAGE 11
‘HANSEL &GRETELNABS$19 MILLION
DATEBOOK PAGE 17
DEADLY SMOKE,LONE BLOCKED EXIT:230 DIE IN BRAZIL
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Former San Francisco 49ers and OaklandRaiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris willappear in San Mateo County Superior Courttoday on charges he assaulted his formerboyfriend at a Menlo Park restaurant duringan argument over soy sauce and underwear.Harris,30,is charged with felony counts of domestic violence causinggreat bodily injury andassault with force likely toproduce great bodilyinjury in the Aug. 21,2012incident. He has pleadednot guilty but was held toanswer after a preliminaryhearing last fall. He is dueback in court today for apretrial conference to either settle the case orconfirm a jury trial hearing.The man,Dimitri Geier,is also suing Harriscivilly for assault,battery,false imprison-ment,negligence and both intentional andnegligent infliction of emotional distress.Harris and his alleged victim had been in aromantic relationship but were no longerinvolved when they met at Su Hong restaurantin Menlo Park,said Chief Deputy DistrictAttorney Karen Guidotti.Harris’attorney Alin Cintean confirms thepair were previously involved but were justfriends at that point.Harris was to drive Geier to San FranciscoInternational Airport but instead became upsetwhen he poured soy sauce on a plate of rice,according to the suit filed in San Mateo
Former 49er charged with attacking ex-boyfriend
Kwame Harris
Gun buybacka ‘huge success’
County collects371 long guns,285 handguns
By John S. Marshall
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly 700 guns areoff the streets of San Mateo County and in thehands of law enforcement officials after thelatest in a series of what authorities across theSan Francisco BayArea have beendescribing as success-ful gun buyback pro-grams,officials saidSunday.In a buyback eventheld Saturday,the finaltally shows that 680guns — including 24assault weapons —were turned in at theSan Mateo CountyEvent Center,saidDetective Rebecca Rosenblatt,a San MateoCounty sheriff’s spokeswoman.In addition to the assault weapons,371long guns and 285 handguns were turned overto officials,Rosenblatt said.In exchange for the guns,officials paid upto $100 in cash for a handgun,shotgun orrifle,and up to $200 for an assault weapon.
Feinstein:Tough oddsfor gun ban
THE ASSOCIATEDPRESS
WASHINGTON Sen. DianneFeinstein,who’s leading the push torestore an assaultweapon ban,acknowledgedon Sunday thatthe effort facestough odds topass Congressand she blamedthe nation’slargest gun-rights group.Feinstein,D-Calif.,on Thursday introduced a billthat would prohibit 157 specificweapons and ammunition maga-zines that have more than 10 rounds.The White House and fellowDemocrats are skeptical the measureis going anywhere,given lawmakerswho are looking toward re-electionmight fear pro-gun voters and theNational Rifle Association.“This has always been an uphillfight. This has never been easy. This
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• Obama:Gun-controladvocates have tolisten more• Push for futuristicguns builds onembattled past
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The San Carlos City Council will considerMonday night if it wishes to join RedwoodCity and other members of the Peninsula’sgarbage agency in forming a task force toevaluate if the group is being as efficient aspossible while asking customers to acceptannual rate hikes.The Redwood City Council in Decemberthrew out the invitation to other members of the South Bay Waste Management Authorityto look at possible changes to its “governancestructure and board composition.”On Mondaynight,the San Carlos City Council will decidewhether to join up or pass.Assistant City Manager Brian Moura,whoalso sits on the SBWMA,is recommendingthe council say yes and appoint a coun-cilmember rather than a high-level staff mem-ber as the city’s representative.“Since we already have a staff member
City considers joining garbage review group
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Mateo County and nonprofit SiliconValley Community Foundation are teaming upagain to offer $1 million in safety net grants tocommunity organizations providing food,shelter and help to recently released inmates.The joint effort is similar to previous ven-tures between the two entities as a way to helpneedy residents in a still sluggish economy.On Tuesday,County Manager John Maltbiewill ask the Board of Supervisors to sign off on the proposal which requires both the coun-ty and foundation to pony up $500,000. Thefoundation also expects to commit an equal
County and nonprofit teamup for $1 million in grants
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 Jan.28,2013
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Rapper Rick Ross is36.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1813
The novel “Pride and Prejudice”by JaneAusten was first published anonymouslyin London.
“Vanity and pride are different things,though the words are often used synonymously.A person may be proud without being vain.Priderelates more to our opinion of ourselves,vanity towhat we would have others think of us.” 
— From “Pride and Prejudice”by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Former FrenchPresident NicolasSarkozy is 58.Actress ArielWinter is 15.
In other news ...Birthdays
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Competitors climb nets during the Tough Guy event in Perton,central England.
Monday:
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.
Monday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in themid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday
:Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in thelower 40s.
Wednesday through Friday night:
Mostly clear. Highs near60. Lows in the 40s.
Saturday
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.
Saturday night
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday
:Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to10 mph.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Eureka,No.7,in first place;Lucky Charms,No.12,in secondplace;and Whirl Win,No.6,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:48.71.
(Answers tomorrow)BASIS PRINTABSURD SOCKETSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:When the guards at Alcatraz needed a rest,they took a — PRISON BREAKNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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In 1547,
England’s King Henry VIII died; he was succeeded byhis 9-year-old son,Edward VI.
In 1853
,Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.
In 1909,
the United States withdrew its forces from Cuba asJose Miguel Gomez became president.
In 1915,
the United States Coast Guard was created asPresident Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service.
In 1916
,Louis D. Brandeis was nominated by PresidentWoodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court; Brandeis became thecourt’s first Jewish member.
In 1945,
during World War II,Allied supplies began reachingChina over the newly reopened Burma Road.
In 1962,
the last of Washington,D.C.’s streetcars made its finalrun.
In 1973,
a cease-fire officially went into effect in the VietnamWar.
In 1980,
six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being takenhostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran with thehelp of Canadian diplomats.
In 1982
,Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued U.S. BrigadierGeneral James L. Dozier,42 days after he had been kidnappedby the Red Brigades.
In 1986,
the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 secondsafter liftoff from Cape Canaveral,killing all seven crew mem-bers,including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
In 1988,
a 13-day standoff in Marion,Utah,between policeand a polygamist clan ended in gunfire that killed a state cor-rections officer and seriously wounded the group’s leader,Addam Swapp.Actor-dancer John Ronald Dennis is 88. Musician-composerAcker Bilk is 84. Actor Nicholas Pryor is 78. Actor Alan Alda is77. Actress Susan Howard is 71. Actress Marthe Keller is 68.Sen. Jeanne Shaheen,D-N.H.,is 66. Actress-singer Barbi Bentonis 63. Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is 59. Actress Harley JaneKozak is 56. Movie director Frank Darabont is 54. Rock musi-cian Dave Sharp is 54. Rock singer Sam Phillips is 51. Rock musician Dan Spitz is 50. Country musician Greg Cook (Ricochet) is 48. Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is 46. Singer SarahMcLachlan is 45. Rapper Rakim is 45. DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill)is 45. Actress Kathryn Morris (“Cold Case”) is 44.
Help! Too manycrocodiles,police say
JOHANNESBURG — Calling all croc-odile experts — South African police sayyou’re needed to help capture thousandsof crocs out on the lam.Thousands of crocodiles escaped abreeding farm along a river on the SouthAfrica-Botswana border when the farms’gates were opened earlier this week toalleviate pressure caused by rising floodwaters.Efforts are now being made to wranglethe reptiles and get them back to theRakwena Crocodile Farm,from where thevast majority escaped. HangwaniMulaudzi,a spokesman for the police inLimpopo Province,said Friday thatexperts are needed right away to help sortout the crocodile crisis.“Due to the number of crocodiles thathave been washed away there is a need forexpertise,people who have expertise tocome and assist,Mulaudzi said. “So weare just making appeals to anyone ... whohas knowledge of catching crocodiles tocome and assist.News reports from the scene show peo-ple hunting down smaller crocodiles atnight,tying them up and taking them back to the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in north-ern South Africa. The crocodiles are easi-er to hunt at night because their eyes glowwhen hit with a beam of light. The farm’swebsite shows crocs up to 16 feet long,though crocs of all sizes escaped,Mulaudzi said.It isn’t clear exactly how many croco-diles are on the loose. Mulaudzi said hebelieves around 10,000 from multiplefarms remain on the loose. Officials fromthe Rakwena Crocodile Farm have beenquoted in conflicting South African mediaaccounts as saying either 7,000 escaped orup to 15,000 escaped. The farm originallyheld about 15,000 crocs. About 2,000crocodiles have been returned to the farm,Mulaudzi said.The farm did not respondto an email or calls seeking comment.Regardless of the exact number of farm-raised crocs now touring the wild,govern-ment officials and experts are calling onpeople who live near the remote region,which sits on the Limpopo River,to becareful around bodies of water. Many of the crocodiles are assumed to now beresiding in the river.
Worms:A Zimbabwe snack,from tree to dinner table
GWANDA,Zimbabwe — InZimbabwe,mopane worms are a staplepart of the diet in rural areas and are con-sidered a delicacy in the cities. They canbe eaten dry,as crunchy as potato chips,or cooked and drenched in sauce. Whenharvest season for the worms beganrecently,I decided to document theprocess,and I found it somewhat stom-ach-turning. But the worms can be mightytasty and they’re very nutritious. Here’sthe scoop on mopane worms.The worm is the large caterpillar of theGonimbrasia belina species,commonlycalled the emperor moth. It’s called amopane worm because it feeds on theleaves of mopane trees after it hatches insummer. It has also burrowed into litera-ture,finding its way,for example,into thepages of Alexander McCall Smith’s seriesabout The No. 1 Ladies’DetectiveAgency,set in neighboring Botswana. Atleast one of the characters munches ondried mopane worms.After six weeks of rain,the mopaneworms cling to mopane trees in ruralGwanda,an arid cattle-ranching area insouthern Zimbabwe. Amanda Ncube nor-mally fetches firewood to sell and looksafter the family cattle,but when it’sworm-harvesting season she joins otherwomen and a few men in collecting theworms and piling them into buckets. Theworms are as long as a hand and as thick as a cigar. Ncube carefully plucks themfrom the lower branches before climbingpartway up the tree to shake off the high-er worms. The more stubborn ones arepried loose with a long stick.The worms excrete a brown liquid oncethey make contact with skin,leaving thepickers’hands wet and slippery. As theyharvest the worms,the women and menmove from one tree to another until theirbuckets are full. A thick slimy green fluidcomes out as Ncube carefully squeezesout the entrails from a mopane worm shehas just plucked from a tree. During har-vest season,the porches of mud-walledhomes are covered with thousands of worms,laid out to dry in the hot sun.
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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Drugs
. A person was arrested for drugs onAirport Boulevard before 9:26 a.m. onWednesday,Jan. 16.
Disorderly conduct
. A man was arrested afterfighting on South Airport Boulevard before6:34 a.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 16.
Suspicious circumstances
. A man was treatedat a hospital after suffering a gunshot woundhe sustained while cleaning his gun on CaseyDrive before 1:11 a.m. on Wednesday,Jan. 16.
Petty theft.
A purse was stolen from a CVS onEl Camino Real before 3:23 p.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 15.
Drugs
. A man was arrested after his roommatereported he was talking to himself after havingused meth on Mansfield Drive before 12:08p.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 15.
Suspicious circumstances.
Two men tried tobreak into a lockbox on a home in foreclosureon Sequoia Avenue before 10:33 a.m. onTuesday,Jan. 15.
Disturbance
. A woman locked herself in a gasstation bathroom on Hickey Boulevard before10:31 a.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 15.
Police reports
Gas guzzler
A gas station customer was involved in anargument after his debit card was charged$300 on Westborough Boulevard in SouthSan Francisco before 3:57 p.m. onWednesday,Jan. 16.
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ravel to San Jose from San Franciscowas a long,arduous and dusty trip.To accommodate the travelers alongthis trail,establishments were built to pro-vide food and drink for people,feed for thehorses and a place to stay if night arrivedbefore you could reach your destination.These “roadhouses”were indispensable asthey provided the only comfort for travelerswho many times could not carry their ownprovisions and who had to rely on the road-houses in case of accidents with the horsesand wagons. In the winter,the creeks wereoften at flood-stage,preventing the travelersfrom continuing their journey.The “mile houses”were named so becausethey represented the distance traveled fromMission Dolores in San Francisco. The mis-sions had been intended to be a day’s walk from each other with the Mission Doloresestablished at the head of the San FranciscoPeninsula. The main mode of transportationbetween the missions was walking or riding ahorse or mule. The trip was long andexhausting in bad weather. Creeks had to betraversed without the benefit of bridges andany injury or mishap to the traveler could belife-threatening. The first “house”establishedafter leaving Mission Dolores was at the“Top of the Hill”(Daly City) and calledAbbey House. Next was built the 7-MileHouse beside the creek in Colma (WoodlawnCemetery). The date of construction isunknown and the exact place is speculativeas no photos exist. The 12-Mile House inBaden (South San Francisco) was built nearthe Miller-Lux Ranch that stretched from theMission Road (El Camino Real) to the Bay.The ranch was confined on the north by San
‘Mile Houses’ of the Peninsula
 
One of the best known road houses on the San Francisco Peninsula during the mid-1800s tothe mid-1900s was the 14-Mile House,better known as Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
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