America’s Sexual-Assault Epidemic

The allegations started in Hollywood, then spread to Silicon Valley, and after that engulfed New York City media circles. Harvey Weinstein’s downfall was just the beginning. The accusations, then firings, of many other powerful men have sparked a public conversation about an uncomfortable issue that rarely surfaces. And, at least for now, that’s created a very different kind of dialogue about sexual assault. It’s difficult to keep track of the number of prominent men who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct in recent months. Bill O’Reilly. Roger Ailes. Harvey Weinstein. The wave of allegations has led to terminations, suspensions, and other consequences. But these recent actions do little to address the… Read More

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Musk gets conditional approval to bore Hyperloop tunnel

By Michael Laris | Washington Post Maryland’s Department of Transportation has given conditional approval to the construction of a tunnel from Baltimore to Washington, giving a boost – or hype, depending on the viewpoint – to entrepreneur Elon Musk’s plan to build a super-high-speed transportation system. Related Articles Borenstein: BART scoffs at driverless train technology Concord Naval Weapons Station plan: Should short-cut commuters be discouraged? Transbay ferry operator moves headquarters to Berkeley Richmond ferry terminal to break ground BART: Redesigned wheels make for quieter ride, but real improvement will take years The agency said Musk’s the Boring Company can dig miles of tunnel under state roads to be used for… Read More

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Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

By Ryan Nakashima | Associated Press MENLO PARK — Google’s parent Alphabet said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Related Articles Housing economist’s predictions: Bubbles, frustrated first-time buyers, new housing starts (where are they?) Adobe soars; Lyft gets more dough; ageism fears abound Facebook, Google defend role in helping push anti-Muslim ads in swing states Google eyes key downtown San Jose parcel for Diridon Station village Google’s Pixel 2 competes mightily with high-end Apple and Samsung phones Two of the search giant’s “Project Loon” balloons are already over the country enabling… Read More

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Langford submits bid for Amazon headquarters

The City of Langford is the second B.C. city to announce its bid to become home to online retail giant Amazon’s next headquarters. The southern Vancouver Island city submitted its bid for “Amazon HQ2” with the belief that it has the “resources, political will and business climate to ensure” the firm is successful, said Dale Gann, chair of the city’s bid committee for the project, in a news release. “The bid identified a number of serviced, development ready areas within and around the City of Langford that meet the needs of Amazon,” Gann said. “The bid also highlighted the capacity for Langford’s neighbourhoods, including Westhills and Bear Mountain, to continue… Read More

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Home sale prices from San Jose and Peninsula areas, Oct. 21

6954 Chiala Lane, San Jose 95129; $2.26 million, 2133 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Separate family room, formal dining room. Solar panels, two-car garage with car charger, mature fruit trees. Built in 1959; 6,000-square-foot lot. Off De Anza Boulevard near Highway 85. Two blocks to Calabazas Park; 1¼ miles to Lynbrook High School. Residential transactions in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, published Oct. 21, 2017. Click here to browse previous weeks’ transactions. View this document on Scribd …read more Source:: East Bay – Business

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ACA changes may lock millions into unwanted plans

By Amy Goldstein | Washington Post Millions of Americans with insurance through the Affordable Care Act could find themselves locked into health plans they do not want for the coming year because of the Trump administration’s schedule for the enrollment season that starts in less than two weeks. Related Articles Here’s how single-payer would work Trump hints he’s not backing Obamacare fix Senators say they have health insurance deal outline California and other states plan to sue over ACA subsidies decision Trump moves to end ACA subsidies The complication arises when people who already have health plans under the law are automatically re-enrolled in the same plan. In the past,… Read More

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Utah jobless rate drops to 3.4 percent

SALT LAKE CITY The Beehive State’s job market continues to be among the best in the country, according to new data. The state Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for September 2017 grew by an estimated 2.4 percent over the past 12 months, adding 35,100 jobs to the economy year over year. Statewide, nearly 1.5 million Utahns are considered gainfully employed. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percent from the month before to register at 3.4 percent. For the period, approximately 53,800 Utahns were considered unemployed and actively seeking work. Nationally, the jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent from August to… Read More

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Campbell commission says office project for Dell Avenue is too tall

Dollinger Properties wants to build a five-story, 197,000-square-foot office building on Dell Avenue, but the Campbell Planning Commission thinks it might be too tall. The commission reviewed the plan for 1700 Dell Ave. on Oct. 10. According to city staff, the conceptual drawings estimate the building to be 75 feet tall plus 14½ feet for mechanical equipment, for a total height of 89½ feet. This part of the city is zoned for buildings no higher than 45 feet. The project would also include a five-story parking garage. The property is located west of the Los Gatos Creek Trail and near the town of Los Gatos border. The city council got… Read More

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Job losses hammer Bay Area, employers slash 4,700 jobs

Employers in the Bay Area jettisoned thousands of jobs during September, employment setbacks that erupted with the crucial holiday shopping and hiring season fast approaching, according to a state labor report released Friday. Related Articles San Jose’s historic Bank of Italy building draws investment interest Google, San Jose talks over proposed transit village progress amid protests Bay Area cities join together in bid for Amazon headquarters Google eyes key downtown San Jose parcel for Diridon Station village Inflection point? Big changes seen in store for downtown San Jose The Bay Area lost 4,700 jobs in September. Employers also shed 1,300 jobs in Santa Clara County, 1,700 in the San Francisco-San… Read More

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Thanks to its new store, there’s a Target in every state

Target is about to hit the bull’s-eye on the one state where it never had a store. Target announced plans Thursday to open a store at University Mall in South Burlington, Vermont. The retailer’s first store in Vermont will open in October 2018. Target’s announcement also included the opening of 12 new stores, including one in Manhattan, which the retailer said symbolizes its future. The retail chain opened 32 stores in 2017, including ones in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Honolulu. Target plans to open 35 next year, including the one in Vermont. It has taken more than 100 years for Target to make its way into… Read More

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