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Published by: San Mateo Daily Journal on Aug 12, 2014
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XIII,Edition 308
By Samantha Weigel
With $750 million hanging on theCalifornia High-Speed Rail Authority’sability to sell its voter-approved bonds, aproject to electrify Caltrain — still in itsenvironmental review stage — will benefitfrom a recent state Court of Appeal rulinggiving the authority that go-ahead.Improvements to the local tracks hingeon the authority’s ability to fund the state’sfirst $68 billion bullet train that was stalledby two previous lower court’s rulings thatits funding plan was substantially differentthan what voters approved in 2008. Although it’s reliant on the controversialstate transit project, Caltrain is in theprocess of paving the way for constructionthrough finalizing its environmentalimpact report and gathering communityinput. “High-speed rail was certainly going tohave a lot of challenges, that’s typical in amajor infrastructure project,” said CaltrainCommunications Manager JaymeAckemann. “We’re confident they have agood path for moving forward, but we’regoing to continue on our path and watch asthings move through the court system.”Caltrain and high-speed rail became inter-twined when they agreed to a shared blendedtrack system that requires the tracksbetween San Jose and San Francisco be elec-trified.
Caltrain electrification gets court boost
Court of Appeal ruling allows for high-speed rail bond sales,local modernization project to benefit
Supreme Courtremoves Prop.49 from ballot
High court says it will consider theissue in more detail in September
Robin Williams,boisterouscomedy star,dead at 63
Burlingame to vote onrenewing parcel taxes
Measure would consolidatetwo taxes into one $256 tax
By Angela Swartz
Burlingame voters will be considering therenewal of two parcel taxes that total $256 ayear this November that the district says areneeded to keep up with programming suchas music, art, reading, writing, science andengineering.The school board voted 4-0 on July 17,with president Greg Land absent, to consol-idate the district’s current two parcel taxesthat support its schools and to renew theconsolidated tax for 14 years from July 1,2016. Measure E was approved in 2011 and
End of a legend
By Haven Daley and Hillel Italie
SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams, a bril-liant shapeshifter who could channel his frenet-ic energy into delightful comic characters like“Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richlynuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in“Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in anapparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his SanFrancisco Bay Area home Monday, accord-ing to the sheriff’s office in Marin County,north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s officesaid the preliminary investigation showsthe cause of death to be a suicide due toasphyxia.The Marin County coroner’s office saidWilliams was last seen alive at home at about10 p.m. Sunday. An emergency call from hishouse in Tiburon was placed to the Sheriff’sDepartment shortly before noon Monday. “This morning, I lost my husband and my bestfriend, while the world lost one of its mostbeloved artists and beautiful human beings. I amutterly heartbroken,” said Williamswife, SusanSchneider. “On behalf of Robin’s family, we areasking for privacy during our time of profound grief.As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will notbe on Robin’s death, but on the countless momentsof joy and laughter he gave to millions.” Williams had been battling severe depressionrecently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representa-tive. Just last month, he announced he was returningto a 12-step treatment program he said he needed after18 months of nonstop work. He had sought treatment in2006 after a relapse following 20 years of sobriety. From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien inthe hit TVshow “Mork & Mindy,” through his standup act andsuch films as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” the short, barrel-chest-ed Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary con-finement. Loud, fast and manic, he parodied everyone from JohnWayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant aseasily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.He was a riot in drag in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” or as a cartoon
By Paul Elias
SAN FRANCISCO — The CaliforniaSupreme Court on Monday blocked an advi-sory measure backed by Democrats from theNovember ballot.By a 5-1 vote, the court ordered theremoval of Proposition 49, which wouldhave asked voters if they want a federal con-stitutional amendment to overturn the U.S.Supreme Court’s so-called Citizens Unitedruling allowing unlimited corporate spend-ing in elections.The majority opinion said no harm willcome from removing the nonbinding meas-ure while courts determine its validity. Thecourt said it would consider the issue inmore detail in September.Writing separately, Justice Goodwin Liuagreed with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers
Woman,78,caught with cash in girdle at airport
ROMULUS, Mich. — A78-year-oldFlorida woman tried to fly on an inter-national trip from DetroitMetropolitan Airport with almost$41,000 in cash hidden inside her gir-dle, bra and carry-on bag, federalauthorities said.Acomplaint filed Friday in U.S.District Court in Detroit said theClearwater woman was trying to boarda flight April 2 to the Philippines withher daughter. She initially said she had$200 in cash but submitted a formdeclaring she had $1,200, promptingquestions.During a search, Customs and BorderProtection officers found $8,000 inwallets in her carry-on bag, $4,000sewn into a cloth pouch and nearly$1,000 in envelopes, according to thecomplaint. She then told them she had$3,000 in her blouse and $2,000 sewninto the strap of her bra.Officers continued to search and saidthey found about $21,000 in her gir-dle. The woman told authorities thatshe had recently sold her home for$120,000, wired some money to thePhilippines and had planned to carry aportion of the money with her.“She stated that she did not wire theproceeds to the Philippines this timebecause she thought it was safer tocarry the money,” according to thecomplaint.Federal law requires travelers todeclare if they are carrying more than$10,000. The woman hasn’t beencharged, but the government in theforfeiture complaint said it wants tokeep the money. The Detroit Newsreported details of the request Friday.Federal court records don’t list alawyer for the woman. The AssociatedPress left a message Saturday seekingcomment from her at a telephone list-ing in Florida.
Bodies of two women found in San Jose motel
SAN JOSE Authorities say thedecomposed bodies of two womenwere found on Sunday in a motel room.The San Jose Mercury News reportsthat the bodies were found in a room atthe EZ-8 Motel on the city’s north sideduring a well-being check by staff. Authorities and witnesses said thewomen’s bodies were found about aweek after they checked in to themotel.Police say there are no immediatesigns of foul play in the deaths. San Jose police Sgt. John Carr saysit is not clear how long the women hadbeen there, but the odor and level of decomposition suggested severaldays.Carr says there is no sign that thewomen were reported missing beforetheir bodies were found.
Lawyer:No drugs,booze inwoman beaten by officer
LOS ANGELES — An attorney for awoman seen on video being repeatedlypunched by a California Highway Patrolofficer said tests show she had no drugsor alcohol in her system.Drivers who called 911 before theincident said 51-year-old MarlenePinnock was barefoot on the shoulderof a Los Angeles freeway or attemptingto cross lanes of traffic and appearedhigh or drunk. One caller said sheappeared “loaded.”Attorney Caree Harper said Pinnockhas been diagnosed with bipolar disor-der and the homeless woman was off hermedications for roughly two to threemonths when the July 1 altercationoccurred.The medication “tends to make youdrowsy so she had to regulate when shegets drowsy for safety purposes,”Harper said. She added that Pinnock waspreviously misdiagnosed with a differ-ent mental illness and had been failedby the system.The CHPsaid Pinnock was endanger-ing herself by walking on Interstate 10and the officer was trying to restrain her.The agency has pledged a rapid investi-gation.CHPspokeswoman Sgt. MelissaHammond couldn’t confirm whether theagency has Pinnock’s medical recordsbut said if it did, they wouldn’t bereleased because of the investigation.
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 Tennis Hall of Famer Pete Sampras is 43.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The classic MGM movie musical “TheWizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland,had its world premiere at the StrandTheater in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin,three days before opening inHollywood.
“If you would be a real seeker after truth,it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt,as far as possible,all things.” 
—René Descartes
Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 51.Actor Casey Affleck is 39.
A tightrope walker performs between two spheres of the Atomium monument in Brussels,Belgium.
: Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fogand drizzle in the morning. Highs in the60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday night:
Mostly cloudy. Patchyfog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s.West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy. Patchy fogin the morning. Highs in the mid to upper 60s. West winds5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lowsin the mid 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid to upper 60s.
Thursday night and Friday
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Local Weather Forecast
In 1813
, Austria declared war on France.
In 1867, 
President Andrew Johnson sparked a move toimpeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretaryof War Edwin M. Stanton.
In 1898, 
fighting in the Spanish-American War came to anend.
In 1902
, International Harvester Co. was formed by amerger of McCormick Harvesting Machine Co., DeeringHarvester Co. and several other manufacturers.
In 1912
, comedy producer Mack Sennett founded theKeystone Pictures Studio in Edendale, California.
In 1914, 
Britain and France declared war on Austria-Hungary.
In 1937
, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated HugoBlack to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1944
, during World War II, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldestson of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed withhis co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blewup over England.
In 1953
, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of itsfirst hydrogen bomb.
In 1960, 
the first balloon communications satellite — theEcho 1 — was launched by the United States from CapeCanaveral.
In 1962
, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev intoorbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut PavelPopovich; both men landed safely August 15.I
n 1964
, author Ian Fleming, 56, the creator of JamesBond, died in Canterbury, Kent, England.
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)FENCE UNCLE SHRILLINSISTYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The Helsinki marathon ended at the “FINNISH” LINENow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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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Former Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is 89. Actor GeorgeHamilton is 75. Actress Dana Ivey is 73. Actress JenniferWarren is 73. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (DireStraits) is 65. Actor Jim Beaver is 64. Singer Kid Creole is 64.Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 60. Actor Sam J. Jones is 60.Actor Bruce Greenwood is 58. Country singer Danny Shirleyis 58. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 53. Actor PeterKrause is 49. Actor Brent Sexton is 47. Actor-comedianMichael Ian Black is 43. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is 43.Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 43. Rock musician Bill Uechi(Save Ferris) is 39. Actress Maggie Lawson is 34.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Money Bags,No.11,in first place;Solid Gold,No.10,in secondplace;and California Classic,No.5,in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:49.52.
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. Aperson reported their dog stolen onthe first block of South Eldorado Streetbefore 6:42 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
. Awallet was stolen and $5,000 infraudulent charges were made on the 900block of Mariners Island Boulevard before1:13 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
. Aman was seen smoking,drinking and throwing up in planters on the100 block of Benjamin Franklin Courtbefore 10:01 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
. Two liters of soda were stolen fromthe Little Caesar’s Pizza restaurant on the4000 block of South El Camino Real before7:23 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.
Found propert y
. An iPod, three towels anda bag were found on a school lawn onBiddulph Way before 4:13 p.m. Wednesday,Aug. 6.
Citizen assist.
Awoman claimed she wastouched inappropriately on Ralston Avenuebefore 3:16 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Alarge white commercialtruck hit a dividing wall of a carport anddrove off on El Camino Real before 3:10p.m Friday, July 25.
Suspicious circumstance.
Aman on abike had a knife on Ralston Avenue and ElCamino Real before 2:19 p.m. Friday, July25.
Police reports
UPS and downs
Aperson expecting a package receivedan empty box that was addressed tosomeone else at their front door onRalston Ranch in Belmont before 7:31p.m. Wednesday, July 23.
By Angela Swartz
Achampion is among students atBurlingame High School as they startschool this week.Senior Riley Woo, 17, took home the firstplace prize at U.S. Nationals in New Jerseythis August for solving a 4x4x4, as opposedto the traditional 3x3x3, Rubik’s Cubeblindfolded. He did this in four minutes and50 seconds, including the memorization of the randomly mixed 4x4x4 cube. He tookhome second place for solving the 3x3x3cube blindfolded fastest. Woo is among anelite class called “Cubers.”“Blindfolded solving is pretty coolbecause I think it’s the most impressive tonon-Cubers,” Woo said. “I’ve learned a lotfrom blindfolded solving. It teaches you totrain your brain in ways you didn’t thinkyou could train it. ... The main reason I prac-tice blindfolded events is because it notonly improves recognizing patterns andlearning algorithms but also trains memo-ry.”School is one of those aspects. He’s tak-ing six Advanced Placement classes thiscoming school year and he practices trum-pet and piano daily. He hopes to go on toUniversity of California at Berkeley tostudy computer science. Woo is not just intomath and science though.“My best subject in school is actuallySpanish,” he said. “Ateacher freshmen yearunlocked my inner Spanish potential.”In terms of his cubing life, Woo firstpicked up a cube at the age of 9 in 2006 afterhis mom saw an ad for a Rubik’s Cube com-petition at the Exploratorium in SanFrancisco in a parenting magazine. Woonow owns 50 cubes.“I saw all the people solving them and Ithought I could solve it,” he said. “I boughtmy first one and of course I couldn’t solve it.Aweek later, I looked up tutorials onYouTube.”The first time he solved a 3x3x3 cubeunblindfolded, it took him five minutes.Now, it takes him about 10 seconds unblind-folded and he is ranked third in the UnitedStates for the 3x3x3 blindfolded and 17th inthe world in that category. He solved cubesfor about a year before going on a hiatusfrom regularly solving. Then in 2011, herediscovered the cube when he would finishhis standardized testing at school early. Heswapped out his Toys R Us cube puzzles forprofessional cubes by Moyu, Shengshouand Dayan that turn better. “I became a real speed cuber and hadknowledge of cubes,” he said.During the nationals this year — Woo hasbeen two other times — he and other com-petitors each got three attempts to solvetheir cubes blindfolded. The judges take thebest of those three attempts. Interestingly,during his first two attempts on the 3x3x3
Burlingame teen is national Rubik’s Cube champ
Riley Woo wins blindfolded competition for 4x4x4 puzzle
Burlingame High School Senior Riley Woo solves Rubik’s Cubes in seconds at his family’sBurlingame home.

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