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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
 July 4,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 275
By Josh Boak
WASHINGTON — Asurprisinglyrobust job market is energizingthe 5-year-old U.S. recovery anddriving the economy closer to fullhealth.Employers added 288,000 jobsin June and helped cut the unem-ployment rate to 6.1 percent, thelowest since 2008. It was the fifthstraight gain above 200,000 —the best such stretch since the late1990s tech boom.The stock mar-ket signaled itsapproval. TheDow Jones indus-trial averagesurged 92 pointsto top 17,000 for the first time.The breadth and consistency of the job growth are striking inpart because of how poorly theyear began. The economy shrankat a steep 2.9 percent annual ratein the January-March quarter as aharsh winter contributed to thesharpest contraction since thedepths of the recession.Yet employers have shrugged off that setback. They’ve kept hiring.The unemployment rate dippedfrom 6.3 percent in May to itslowest level since the financialcrisis struck with full force in thefall of 2008, when the Wall Streetfirm Lehman Brothers went bank-rupt.“This has now become a text-book jobs expansion,” saidPatrick O’Keefe, director of eco-
Positive signs
June jobs report shows U.S.recovery is accelerating
Three alleged gangmembers beatand robbed a woman in South SanFrancisco Tuesday afternoon,according to police.Nicholas William Rodriguez,18, of South San Francisco, EricEsqueda-Perez, 21, of South SanFrancisco, and an unnamed juve-nile were arrested after attacking a46-year-old woman.The woman was walking south-bound on the800 block of Hickory Placearound 3:25p.m. when shefelt someonecome up behindher and pull onher purse, SouthSan Franciscopolice said.The womantried to hold on but was punched inthe face multi-ple times byone of the men,according topolice.The womansustainedinjuries to herface, chest andback and wastransported to
Alleged gangmembers accused of beating woman
By Angela Swartz
Fourth of July means fireworksand for San Bruno and Pacifica —the two San Mateo County citiesthat authorize the sale and use of “Safe and Sane” fireworks — are infull swing for sales.But along with the fun, officialswarn to be extra careful this yearbecause of the drought.Belmont Fire DepartmentCaptain Patrick Halleran sent out amemo Tuesday reminding resi-dents that the sale, possession anduse of all fireworks are prohibitedin Belmont.“Please be extremely careful dur-ing the Fourth of July holiday sea-son and through-out the summermonths with alloutdoor activi-ties,” he wrote.“The abundance of dry grass and brush in the area,coupled with the ongoingCalifornia drought, has createdextremely dangerous fire condi-tions.”TNTFireworks has five Safe andSane sales stands in San Bruno andfour in Pacifica. Safe and Sane usu-ally means fireworks that do not
Officials urgingfireworks safetyduring drought
Safe and Sane fireworks legalin San Bruno and Pacifica only
By Drew Himmelstein
Fourth of July can be a festiveholiday for people but a frighten-ing time for pets.The San Francisco SPCAisadvising pet owners to take pre-cautions to keep their pets happyand safe over the holiday weekend.Fireworks often cause petsstress and anxiety, so peopleshould not bring their pets to fire-works displays, where they may
SPCA advises pet owners to takeprecautions over holiday weekend
Marianne Lindbolm,an emergency dispatcher,helps sell Safe and Sanefireworks with the San Bruno Police Association at the Shops at Tanforan.
Specialist Geoffrey Friedman reacts to the Dow Jones industrials average passing 17,000 on the floor of the NewYork Stock Exchange.The Dow industrials broke above the 17,000 milestone on Thursday and the S&P 500 camewithin 1 percent of piercing through 2,000 after the U.S.unemployment rate fell to its lowest in almost six yearsand the American economy created many more jobs than forecast.
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Great day for Wall Street
OC ex-student awarded $3.8M for metal shop injury
SANTAANA— An Orange County jury has awarded $3.8 million to a for-mer high school student whose handwas badly injured in a metal shopclass.City News Service says the awardwas made Wednesday in BryanZavala’s lawsuit against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.Zavala was 16 when three of his fin-gers got stuck between a sander and awork table in a 2011 accident.His lawsuit contended that themachine was dangerous and improper-ly placed and that the teacher taught animproper grinding technique and failedto supervise students.Messages left for a district spokes-woman weren’t immediately returned.
Fraternity suspended after pledge dies during hike
LOS ANGELES — Afraternity atCalifornia State University,Northridge, has been ordered to sus-pend all its activities while the schooland sheriff’s detectives investigate thedeath of a 19-year-old pledge on ahike, officials said. An administrative probe of Pi KappaPhi was launched Wednesday, a dayafter the death of Armando Villa in theAngeles National Forest, schoolspokeswoman Carmen RamosChandler told the Los Angeles Times.ALos Angeles County sheriff’sstatement said Villa was in a grouphiking off Big Tujunga Canyon Roadand passed out along the trail afterthey apparently ran out of water.Temperatures were in the upper 80s formuch of the afternoon.Homicide detectives were conduct-ing an accidental death investigationand have interviewed family members,the statement said.Villa, a Sylmar resident, was head-ing into his second year at Cal StateNorthridge. He and other pledges werewith some previously initiated mem-bers for the fraternity-planned outing,said Justin Angotti, the Pi Kappa Phi’sassistant executive director of educa-tion and accountability.Villa participated in spring recruit-ment and was scheduled to be initiatedsometime before students returned forthe fall semester, Angotti told thenewspaper. The chapter has since suspended itsactivities while local authorities andthe national fraternity investigate thesituation. Pi Kappa Phi’s national office said itis fully participating with investiga-tors. The fraternity chapter at Cal StateNorthridge was chartered in 1989 andhas 40 members, the Times said. Itrecruits students in both the springand the fall.
Man accused of setting 20 fires in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors say aman described as a transient has beencharged with setting more than 20small trash fires throughout LosAngeles this year.Forty-three-year-old SalvadorMunguia pleaded not guilty this weekto the string of fires.The most recent fires burned dry grassin the Boyle Heights area. Prosecutorssay trash cans, discarded furniture andpiles of leaves were set ablaze betweenApril and June.Munguia, whom authorities describedas a transient, was arrested June 27 nearthe scene of a small fire.The fires were small and caused nosignificant damage.If convicted on all counts, he couldbe sentenced to up to 20 years in stateprison.
California woman accused of abducting grandchild
PHOENIX ACalifornia womanhas been arrested after allegedly abduct-ing her infant granddaughter, who waslater found unharmed in Arizona.Maricopa County Sheriff’s officialssay 57-year-old Carolyn Ruth Fergusonof Huntington Beach was locatedWednesday night along with the 6-month-old girl at a gasoline station inTonopah, west of Phoenix.
 July 4,2014
The San Mateo Daily Journal
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Mike “The Situation”Sorrentino is 32.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The Declaration of Independence wasadopted by delegates to the SecondContinental Congress inPhiladelphia.
“Intellectually,I know that America is nobetter than any other country;emotionally I know she is better than every other country.” 
— Sinclair Lewis,American author (1885-1951)
Broadcast  journalist GeraldoRivera is 71.Malia Obama is 16.
A participant of the ‘Zombie Takeover of Coney Island’poses for a portrait in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
Independence Day:
Cloudy in themorning then becoming sunny. Patchyfog in the morning. Highs in the lower60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming cloudy. Patchyfog after midnight. Lows in the lower50s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny.Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Westwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lowsin the lower 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 60s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1802, 
the United States Military Academy officiallyopened at West Point, New York.
In 1831, 
the fifth president of the United States, JamesMonroe, died in New York City at age 73.
In 1863, 
the Civil War Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi,ended as a Confederate garrison surrendered to Union forces.
In 1872, 
the 30th president of the United States, CalvinCoolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vermont.
In 1912, 
the 48-star American flag, recognizing NewMexico statehood, was adopted. Atrain wreck near Corning,New York, claimed 39 lives.
In 1939, 
Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered hisfamous farewell speech in which he called himself “the lucki-est man on the face of the earth.”
In 1942
, Irving Berlin’s musical review “This Is the Army”opened at the Broadway Theater in New York.
In 1959
, America’s 49-star flag, recognizing Alaskan state-hood, was officially unfurled.
In 1960, 
America’s 50-star flag, recognizing Hawaiianstatehood, was officially unfurled.
In 1976
, Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport inUganda, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of anAir France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.
In 1982, 
the space shuttle Columbia concluded its fourthand final test flight with a smooth landing at Edwards AirForce Base in California. Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbournemarried his manager, Sharon Arden, in Maui, Hawaii.
In 1999
, white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shothimself to death as police closed in on him in southernIllinois, hours after he’d apparently shot and killed a Koreanman outside a church in Bloomington, Indiana; authoritiesbelieve Smith was also responsible for killing former collegebasketball coach Ricky Byrdsong during a three-day rampagetargeting minorities.
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)TOKEN DOUSE GENTRYTIRADEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The king and queen of the caribou were —“REIGN”-DEERNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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Actress Eva Marie Saint is 90. Actress Gina Lollobrigida is87. Playwright Neil Simon is 87. Country singer Ray Pillowis 77. Singer Bill Withers is 76. Actor Ed Bernard is 75.Actress Karolyn Grimes is 74. Rhythm-and-blues musicianRalph Johnson (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 63. Rock musicianDomingo Ortiz (Widespread Panic) is 62. Singer John Waite is59. Rock musician Kirk Pengilly (INXS) is 56. Country musi-cian Teddy Carr is 54. Rock DJ Zonka is 52. Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver is 52. Rock musician Matt Malley is 51.Christian rock singer Michael Sweet is 51.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Lucky Charms,No.12,in first place;Eureka,No.7,in second place;and Gorgeous George,No.8,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:46.71.
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 July 4,2014
Structure fire
. An electrical problemsparked a fire at the Half Moon Bay Airportbefore 7:24 p.m. Thursday, June 26.
. Aman ran from deputies afteremployees at a bar reported him walking inand attacking another patron on the 300block of Main Street before 9:45 p.m.Thursday, June 26.
Attempted robbery
. Aformer employeeentered a business to try and steal a jar of marijuana then took off without his bikeafter being confronted by employees onthe 400 block of Wavecrest Avenue before10:45 a.m. Friday, June 20.
Suspicious circumstances.
Awomanfound a woman’s shoe, running pants and apair of underwear in the middle of the streetat the Country Club Drive and ConstitutionWay before 12:56 p.m. Wednesday, June25.
Domestic dispute
. Awoman reportedbeing choked and pushed against a wall byher ex-boyfriend on West Orange Avenuebefore 9:43 a.m. Tuesday, June 24.
Petty theft.
An iPod and other items werestolen from an unlocked vehicle on SouthMaple Avenue before 4:39 p.m. Monday,June 23.
Police reports
Awoman reported seeing a blood trailin her driveway that came from thecemetery on Rockwood Drive in SouthSan Francisco before 9:23 a.m.Wednesday, June 25.
By Angela Swartz
Technology is helping enhance the educa-tion of students at the Adult School in SanMateo, with a new program that allows edu-cators to post videos of their classesonline.For some students who work full time andtake evening classes at the school to com-plete their General Education Diploma,making it to every class can be difficult, saidteacher Alesha Tovar. Class videos began going up threemonths ago and students like the extra sup-port. So far, clips of lessons online are theimperative, future conditional tense andother English grammar exercises from aboutfive teachers.“We were all talking about ways to reachout to our students and connect with them,”she said. “It’s for students who’ve missedclasses, so they can stay up to date. It’s2014 — everyone’s on the Internet andsocial media. We needed to find a way to con-nect with students who fall behind and stopcoming. Once we get more videos up there,it will help the students.”Tovar came up with the idea last summer,while Carol Gonella, a teacher at the AdultSchool since 2001 and former longtimeschool board member, went through a spe-cial seminar in September 2013. The two-day training helps teachers develop tech-nology and mentorship programs. Thistraining helped Gonella launch Tovar’svision for connecting with students. Theschool provided Gonella with a camera andwireless speakers and she helps film thecourses. “You would be so amazed to see their (thestudents’) faces [when they see the videos],”said Gonella, an English as a second lan-guage teacher. “They say, ‘It’s you. Wheredo we get this?’”Gonella said she’s found that every stu-dent, even those who don’t miss class,review the videos, which she edits and poststo a website she created. Videos are usuallyposted two or three days after the class.“It’s very useful as a supplement,” shesaid. “The most important thing in learningEnglish is to learn to speak.”Gonella is no stranger to technology. Shegot her first computer in 1982 and has beenmaking other videos for the school since2003. She and Tovar hope to expand thevideos to more classes.To find out more go to smaceclasss-clips.weebly.com.
angela@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 105
Adult school goes digital
Web videos of classes help students boost their studies
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LOS ANGELES — Jurors who deadlockedover whether to find the Dodgers negligentin the savage beating of a Giants fan failedto reach a verdict again Thursday and mustreturn to work on Monday after a long holi-day weekend.Los Angeles County Superior Court JudgeVictor E. Chavez ordered the panel to keeptalking on Wednesday after being told thatthe panel couldn’t get at least nine of its 12members to agree.Bryan Stow, a 45-year-old former para-medic from Northern California, is suingthe Dodgers and former owner FrankMcCourt, contending there was inadequatesecurity during the 2011 opening gamewhere he was injured.Stow suffered severe brain damage whenhe was attacked in the parking lot of DodgerStadium after the game with the SanFrancisco Giants.Stow was knocked down from behind, hithis head on the pavement and then waskicked in the head. Dodger fans Louie Sanchez and MarvinNorwood pleaded guilty in the attack.Medical experts testified that Stow willnever work again and has suffered repeatedstrokes and seizures. They said he willalways require around-the-clock care.The lawsuit seeks $37.5 million forStow’s lifetime care and compensation forlost earnings. Stow attorney Tom Girardi has urged jurors to award double that figure for painand suffering.
 Jurors go home for weekend in Giants fan beating

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