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Wednesday July 31, 2013 Vol XII, Edition 298

San Mateo city manager announces retirement

Susan Loftus to leave in November after 25-year career with the city

By Bill Silverfarb


San Mateo City Manager Susan Loftus announced her retirement in an email dis- tributed to city staff last night. A press release from her office was sent out at about 7:30 p.m. detailing the reasons for her retirement and listing her accom- plishments over a more than 25-year career

her accom- plishments over a more than 25-year career S u s a n L o

Susan Loftus

with the city. “Serving as San Mateo’s city manager during the last five years has been both an honor and a challenge,” Loftus wrote in a statement. She replaced Arne Croce as the city’s top boss when he retired in

2008 just as the economy started to tank, forcing the city to cut staff and drastically trim its budget. Two temporary tax measures Loftus spear- headed, however, have helped reduce the city’s deficit and spared the need for addi- tional layoffs the past couple of budget cycles. “After accepting the city manager posi- tion in the summer of 2008, no one could

have imagined the economic downturn which occurred. I am proud of the accom- plishments of the City Council, executive team and organization during this time. With resident support of a temporary sales tax measure and combined with substantial budget restructuring, we have made signifi- cant progress in meeting our financial sus-

See LOFTUS, Page 23

in meeting our financial sus- See LOFTUS , Page 23 HIP Case Manager Debra Smith works

HIP Case Manager Debra Smith works with a home sharing client.


Housing officials in high gear over rising rent

Average one-bedroom apartment is more than $2,000 a month

By Angela Swartz


With rents rising above $2,000 a month for a one-bedroom unit, non- profit and government officials are strategizing ways to ensure residents won’t get priced out of the area. “I don’t think most people know that this rent crisis is a problem because you just hear how the econo- my is booming,” said Kate Comfort Harr, executive director of HIP Housing, a San Mateo County non- profit specializing in affordable hous- ing programs. “Those who are lower income are having an even harder time because services that help make the

community healthy and strong are being cut back. Also, foreclosures took people out of homes and put them in the rental market.” HIP Housing released a report last week illustrating the growing need. That report came from San Mateo County Department of Housing data that showed the average market rent for a one-bedroom apartment is now $2,053 a month — an 8.2 percent increase from last year. There was also a 9.7 percent increase in renting a two- bedroom apartment, with an average of $2,337 rent price. Comfort Harr said she’s seen a 15 percent increase in people using HIP services in the last year and worries

about locals’ quality of life being affected by the high rent prices, forc- ing some to commute from elsewhere to work in San Mateo County. Such cut services include the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s recent announcement it will be cutting all funding to its Safety Net Service granting program after this year. More than 37 food and shelter agencies in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are impacted by the decision. Meanwhile, the county’s homeless rate has risen 12 percent since 2011 , according to a report from the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.

See RENT, Page 23

City bond debt to be paid early

Half Moon Bay using insurance settlement money for Beachwood Development

By Bill Silverfarb


Half Moon Bay officials have saved the city about $12 million by applying insurance settlement money related to the botched Beachwood Development toward paying down a court-ordered settlement that forced the city to seek bonds to pay off a disgruntled developer. The city was on the hook for about $1 million a year until 2029 but city officials announced yesterday the debt will be paid off by 2019 as it has applied $13.15 million in fought- after proceeds from Insurance Company of the West, which issued liability policies worth $5 million each back in the early 1990s. In the Beachwood litigation, extensive evidence was introduced showing that a city project constructed in the mid-1980s, coupled with the failure to maintain drainage improvements, contributed to the emergence of wetlands on

See HMB, Page 23

Chatty iPhone thief jailed again

By Bill Silverfarb


thief jailed again By Bill Silverfarb DAILY JOURNAL STAFF Nicholas Simat Chatty iPhone thief Nicholas Simat

Nicholas Simat

Chatty iPhone thief Nicholas Simat did not make it to his sentencing hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court yester- day morning because he is currently locked up in Marin County jail for allegedly stealing a laptop computer from an auto dealership in San Rafael

back in November. He was released from San Mateo County custody July 24 and was immediately arrested for burglary by Marin County

See SIMAT, Page 22

from San Mateo County custody July 24 and was immediately arrested for burglary by Marin County
from San Mateo County custody July 24 and was immediately arrested for burglary by Marin County
from San Mateo County custody July 24 and was immediately arrested for burglary by Marin County
from San Mateo County custody July 24 and was immediately arrested for burglary by Marin County

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Thought for the Day “History is idle gossip about a happening whose truth is lost
Thought for the Day
“History is idle gossip about a happening whose
truth is lost the instant it has taken place.”
— Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
This Day in History
1777 The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-
old French nobleman, was made a
major-general in the American
Continental Army.
In 1556, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of
Jesus, died in Rome.
In 1875, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew
Johnson, died in Carter County, Tenn., at age 66.
In 1919, Germany’s Weimar Constitution was adopted by
the republic’s National Assembly.
In 1930, the radio character “The Shadow” made his debut
as narrator of the “Detective Story Hour” on CBS Radio.
In 1933, the radio series “Jack Armstrong, the All-
American Boy,” made its debut on CBS radio station WBBM
in Chicago.
In 1942, Oxfam International had its beginnings as the
Oxford Committee for Famine Relief was founded in
In 1953, Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, known as “Mr.
Republican,” died in New York at age 63.
In 1971, Apollo 15 crew members David Scott and James
Irwin became the first astronauts to use a lunar rover on the
surface of the moon.
In 1972, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas
Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern
following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone
psychiatric treatment.
In 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723, a DC-9, crashed while
trying to land at Boston’s Logan International Airport,
killing all 89 people on board.
In 1989, a pro-Iranian group in Lebanon released a grisly
videotape showing the body of American hostage William
R. Higgins, a Marine lieutenant-colonel, dangling from a
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction
Treaty in Moscow.
Aisikaier Wubulikasimu,40-year-old Uighur acrobat,walks on a 59 foot,2 inch tightrope strung between two hot air balloons,
in Shilin county,Yunnan province,China.
sion commercials for Wrigley’s
Doublemint gum. They stopped doing
the commercials in 1963 when Joan
became pregnant. ***
Astick of gum weighs three grams.
True or false: The U.S. government
includes chewing gum in rations for
soldiers. See answer at end.
Here are tips to blowing big bubbles
from the experts at Dubble Bubble.
Chew at least five chunks of gum with a
teaspoon of peanut butter. Chew for five
minutes to dissolve the sugar. Sugar
does not stretch, so too much sugar
might collapse the bubble. Take a deep
breath and blow. ***
All brands of chewing gum are made
with the same basic ingredients. The
average stick of gum is made up of 20
percent gum base, 60 percent sugar, 19
percent corn syrup and 1 percent flavor-
Chewing gum has been banned in
Singapore since 1992. People are
allowed to chew gum, but the ban pre-
vents the import and sale of chewing
In 1888, Tutti-Frutti was the first brand
of gum sold in a vending machine. The
machine was in a New York City subway
station. ***
Gumballs and gumball machines were
introduced in 1907.
Native Americans had their own version
of chewing gum. They chewed the resin
of spruce trees. Settlers from Europe
adopted the habit. The first gum sold
commercially in America was lumps of
The largest bubble blown with gum was
23 inches in diameter. Susan Williams
of Fresno blew it in 1994.
Gary Duschl (born 1951) of Virginia
has been making a continuous chain of
gum wrappers since 1965. Made of
more than 1 million wrappers, it is the
longest chain of gum wrappers in the
world — 8.7 miles long! Duschl contin-
ues to add about three feet to the chain
every night. ***
Entrepreneur Mark
Cuban is 55.
Author J.K.
Rowling is 48.
Actor Dean Cain is
spruce resin. ***
Actor Don Murray is 84. Jazz composer-musician Kenny
Burrell is 82. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 78. Actress France
Nuyen is 74. Actress Susan Flannery is 74. Singer Lobo is 70.
Actress Geraldine Chaplin is 69. Former movie studio execu-
tive Sherry Lansing is 69. Singer Gary Lewis is 68. Actor
Lane Davies is 63. International Tennis Hall of Famer Evonne
Goolagong Cawley is 62. Actor Barry Van Dyke is 62. Actor
Alan Autry is 61. Jazz composer-musician Michael Wolff is
61. Actor James Read is 60. Actor Michael Biehn is 57.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is 57. Rock singer-musi-
cian Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets) is 56.
While selling baking powder in
Chicago in 1892, William Wrigley Jr.
(1861-1932) had a unique incentive for
buyers: he gave away two packs of gum
with each can of baking powder sold.
The gum was so popular that Wrigley
began selling it full time.
The original Doublemint twins were
models Jayne and Joan Boyd (born
1938) from Indiana. Starting in 1959 to
1963, the twins appeared in 12 televi-
The name of the zebra on packages of
Fruit Stripe gum is Yipes.
In 1938, a company called Topps began
selling chewing gum. In 1950, Topps
added trading cards into packages of
gum to increase sales. The first trading
cards pictured television cowboy
Hopalong Cassidy. In 1952 baseball
trading cards were introduced. That year,
gum was sold with rookie cards for
Mickey Mantle (1931-1995) and Willie
Mays (born 1931).
For the past 40 years, Bazooka Bubble
Gum has offered prizes to people who
send in Bazooka comics. In the 1960s,
some of the premium prizes were micro-
phones, microscopes and bicycles.
Today’s prizes are baseballs, Bazooka
Joe bobbleheads and mousepads.
Wrigley’s Extra sugarfree gum was
introduced in 1984. The most recent
new flavors of Extra gum are Polar Ice,
Wildberry Frost and Sour Apple.
The ingredients used to replace sugar
and corn syrup in sugarfree gum are
aspartame, mannitol and sorbitol.
Nicorette, a sugar-free gum that con-
tains nicotine, helps smokers quit
smoking by controlling their nicotine
cravings. When a person quits smok-
ing, it is recommended that they chew
one piece of gum per hour. Two months
later, they should only chew one piece
of gum every six hours.
Answer: True. Chewing gum has been
supplied in field and combat rations to
American soldiers since World War I.
Chewing gum helps people stay alert
and reduces tension.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in
the weekend and Wednesday editions of the
Daily Journal. Questions? Comments?
Email or
call 344-5200 ext.114.
Local Weather Forecast
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog
in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s.
West winds 5 to 15 mph.
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Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
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in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20
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sunny. Patchy fog. Highs in the lower 60s.
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Wednesday July 31, 2013


Bed bug scare closes Goodwill warehouses


A bed bug scare has forced Goodwill Industries to shut down two Bay Area ware- houses and dispose of loads of donated goods, a spokesman said Tuesday. The infestation, which was confirmed in Goodwill’s San Francisco warehouse by bug-sniffing dogs on Monday, was con- fined to an isolated area of the 30,000- square-foot storage facility at 11th and Mission streets, said Tim Murray, director of brand and marketing for Goodwill in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Exterminators will tent and treat the affected area, which is approximately 20 square feet, in the coming days, he said. On Wednesday, bug experts will be inspecting the Burlingame warehouse at 1215 California Drive, where bed bugs were reportedly spotted over the weekend. In the meantime, Goodwill has disposed of loads of donated goods that were stored near the infested areas, and steam-cleaned hundreds of pounds of garments, textiles and fabrics that were kept in the same facil- ities, Murray said. “We’re going way beyond what we have to for the health and safety of our team members and customers,” Murray said. “This is a really unfortunate occurrence that has befallen us.” Murray said 15 boxes containing 40 cubic yards of donated goods — enough to fill a tractor-trailer — were removed from the Burlingame facility and thrown out.

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“We’re taking no risks,” he said, adding that the outbreak could cost Goodwill hun- dreds of thousands of dollars in lost inven- tory and other expenses. “This is an enormous financial hit for us,” he said. So far, no bed bugs have been detected in any of Goodwill’s 21 retail stores through- out San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties, all of which remain open for business. Retail sales account for more than 80 percent of Goodwill’s operations, Murray said. However, the outbreak has interrupted Goodwill’s nonprofit job training services and could force the organization to dispose of tons of donated goods, depending on how much of the Burlingame warehouse — if any — is found to be infested, he said. Regardless, the organization will do whatever is necessary to protect the public, Murray said. “The bug stops here,” he said. “We’ll do whatever it takes to isolate the outbreak.” Murray said that anyone considering donating goods should never do so if they suspect their property is infested. Anyone wishing to support Goodwill finically can donate online at sfgood- .

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Police reports

Tile and error

Aman bought a computer for $1,220 on eBay but received a box of tiles instead on Edgewater Boulevard in Foster City before 9:42 a.m. Thursday, July 25.


Suspicious activity. Two people were seen looking into a car with a flashlight on the 1800 block of El Camino Real before 10:11 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Fraud. A woman’s bank account was fraud- ulently used on the 1100 block of Rosedale Avenue before 4:39 p.m. Thursday, July


Suspicious person. A man was seen uri- nating in a parking lot on the 1400 block of Howard Avenue before 11:25 a.m. Thursday, July 25.

Arre s t. A woman was arrested for being drunk and disorderly on the 400 block of Primrose Road before 9:13 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Vandalism. A woman’s car was keyed on the 1200 block of California Drive before 2:03 p.m. Wednesday, July 24.


Arre s t. A woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she hit a vehicle and fled on Ralston Avenue before 10:46 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Reckless driver. A blonde woman was seen speeding and swerving on El Camino Real before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Fraud. A person’s debit card was fraudu- lently used on El Camino Real before

12:41 p.m Saturday, July 27. Disturbance. A man was seen kicking a vehicle on El Camino Real before 11:32 a.m. Saturday, July 27. Arre s t. A man was arrested for being involved in drug activity on El Camino Real and Harbor Boulevard before 9:54 p.m. Friday, July 26.

Theft. Registration tabs were stolen from

a vehicle license plate on Farallon Drive

before 7:19 p.m. Friday, July 26. Attempted burglary . A person removed

a residential screen window and attempted

to break in on Ralston Avenue before 6:40 p.m. Friday, July 26.


Arre s t. A man was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest after he threw up inside a restaurant and his friend threatened to punch an employee on Edgewater Boulevard before 6:48 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Vandalism. A man reported a person

deflated one of his vehicle tires on Tarpon Lane before 5:12 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Arre s t. A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license on East Hillsdale Boulevard before 4:51 p.m. Thursday, July


Disturbance. A gas station employee refused to take a woman’s $100 bill because he thought it was fake on Foster City Boulevard before 1:04 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Arre s t. An intoxicated man was arrested for being involved in a vehicle accident resulting in an injury on To wer Lane before 11:56 a.m. Thursday, July 18. Theft. A bike valued at $350 was stolen from Safeway on East Hillsdale Boulevard before 8:17 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.

Theft . A bike valued at $350 was stolen from Safeway on East Hillsdale Boulevard before

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In South San Francisco, Planning Commissioner Rick Ochsenhirt has qualified for the ballot for the City Council race. He is running for one of the three seats for a four-year term. *** Retired college president To m Mohr and Samuel Diaz have qualified for the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees election. Incumbent Richard Holober has not yet qualified. There are two open seats. *** In the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District Board of Trustees race, teacher Charles Velschow has qualified for the election.

teacher Charles Velschow has qualified for the election. Landscape architect Naomi Nishimoto and attorney Suvarna

Landscape architect Naomi Nishimoto and attorney Suvarna Bhopale have not yet qualified. There are three open seats.

*** Nurse practitioner Kay Coskey and incumbent Davina Drabkin have qualified for the Burlingame Elementary School District Board of Trustees race. Incumbent Gregory Land has not

yet qualified. There are three open seats.

*** Incumbent Lynne Esselstein has qualified for the Hillsborough City School District Board of Trustees election. Physician Pearl Wu has not yet qualified. There are three open seats.

*** In the Millbrae


School District Board of Trustees race, incumbent Don Revelo has qualified. Appointed incumbent Lynne Ferrario and incumbent Denis Fama have not yet qualified. There are three open seats.

*** Incumbent Hilary Paulson has

qualified for the Redwood City Elementary School District Board of Trustees election. There are two open seats. *** In the San Bruno Park School District Board of Trustees race, Patrick Flynn, appointed incumbent, has not yet qualified. There are three open seats.

*** In the San Carlos Elementary School District Board of Trustees race, elemen- tary school parent Sarah Stiefel has qualified. There are three open seats.

*** Incumbent Peter Hanley has qualified for the San Mateo

Union High School District Board of Trustees race, while incumbent Linda Lees Dwyer has not yet qualified. There are three open seats. *** Incumbent Lory Lorimer Lawson and businessman Ed Coady have qualified for the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District Board of Trustees election. There are three open seats. *** In the Sequoia Union High School School District Board o f Trustees race, incumbent Alan Sarver has qualified, while incum- bent Christopher Thomsen and Georgia Jack have not yet quali- fied. There are two open seats.

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Wednesday July 31, 2013


Child prostitution sweep leads to other arrests

A nationwide sweep that resulted in the arrest of 17 Bay Area pimps earlier this week and the rescue of 12 children who were forced into prostitution also resulted in the arrest of at least 10 prostitutes and one pimp by San Mateo police on Thursday and Friday nights, according to police. San Mateo police committed more than a dozen officers, detectives and supervisors toward the collective effort of Operation Cross Country which resulted in the arrest of 150 pimps nationwide and the rescue of 105 children. San Mateo police secured an undercover location for the operation, and arranged for meetings with possible prostitutes over two nights. In addition to 10 adult prostitution arrests, the second night of the operation resulted in the arrest of one pimp who trans- ported a suspected prostitute to the under- cover location. Yu Yuan, a 25 year-old resident of San Jose, was ultimately booked in San Mateo County Jail on a felony pimping charge.

Alameda de las Pulgas faces road closures

Belmont will start a Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project to improve the aging and deficient sewer infrastructure starting Monday, Aug. 5. The project will consist of replacing the existing sewer pipe with new pipe by con- structing a 10- to- 15-feet deep trench in the center of the Alameda de las Pulgas right-of- way between Arbor and Sharon avenues and on Arbor Avenue at Alameda de las Pulgas. As the new pipe is constructed, house lat- erals will be reconnected, manholes will be rehabilitated, and finally the pavement will be restored. Access to the area will be blocked during the working hours and pedestrians will be escorted through the construction area by the contractor’s crews during the work hours when conditions are deemed safe to do so. This project will most likely affect resi- dents in the immediate construction area, and those traveling through Alameda de las Pulgas as follows:

• Alameda de las Pulgas between Sharon Arbor avenues as well as Arbor Avenue at Alameda de las Pulgas will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a period of approximately three to four

Local briefs

weeks. There will be detours available including the following options:

• Cipriani Boulevard to Ralston Avenue;

• Arbor Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue to Alameda de las Pulgas;

• Notre Dame Avenue to Arbor Avenue to

Alameda de las Pulgas; and

• Arthur Avenue to Coronet Boulevard to

Alameda de las Pulgas. Garbage pickup time will be changed for certain areas during the street closure. The

residents affected by this change have been notified with details about their service.

Airline employee, wife arrested after allegedly stealing diverted passengers’ luggage

An airline employee appeared in a

Redwood City court Friday after he was accused of stealing lug- gage from travelers whose flight was diverted after the deadly Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport ear- lier this month. Sean Crudup, 44, a United Airlines customer

service representative at the airport, pleaded not guilty to grand theft and second-degree burglary charges Friday, accord- ing to the San Mateo County district attor- ney’s office. His wife, Raychas Thomas, 32, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 26. Crudup and Thomas

were arrested after vic- tims who were supposed to fly into SFO on July 8 were diverted because of the plane crash on July 6, according to prosecutors. The runway where the crash occurred was closed for nearly a week after the incident, which left three dead and injured 180 pas- sengers and crewmembers. During the shut- down there were hundreds of canceled flights and lengthy delays in and out of the airport. The victims’ luggage had not been divert- ed and arrived at SFO. When the victims went to pick up their bags they found they were missing, accord- ing to prosecutors.

they found they were missing, accord- ing to prosecutors. Sean Crudup Raychas Thomas Family Owned &

Sean Crudup

they were missing, accord- ing to prosecutors. Sean Crudup Raychas Thomas Family Owned & Operated Established:



accord- ing to prosecutors. Sean Crudup Raychas Thomas Family Owned & Operated Established: 1949 Amy Brooks
Family Owned & Operated Established: 1949 Amy Brooks Colin Flynn Hal Coehlo Al Stanley consultant
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Amy Brooks Colin Flynn Hal Coehlo Al Stanley consultant REUTERS FILE PHOTO Benjamin Lesczynski,8,of New York,takes


Benjamin Lesczynski,8,of New York,takes a sip of a ‘Big Gulp’while protesting the proposed ‘soda-ban’outside City Hall in New York.

Appeals court: New York City’s big-soda ban unconstitutional


NEW YORK — New York City’s crackdown on big, sugary sodas is staying on ice. An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority and acted unconstitutionally when it tried to put a size limit on soft drinks served in city restaurants. In a unanimous opinion, the four-judge panel of the state Supreme Court Appellate Division said that the health board was acting too much like a legislature when it created the limit, which would have stopped sales of non- diet soda and other sugar-laden beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces. The judges wrote that while the board had the power to ban “inherently harmful” food-

stuffs from being served to the public, sweet- ened beverages didn’t fall into that category. They also said the board appeared to have crafted much of the new rules based on politi- cal or economic considerations, rather than health concerns. The city’s law department promised a quick appeal. “Today’s decision is a temporary setback, and we plan to appeal this decision as we con- tinue the fight against the obesity epidemic,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a state- ment. New York’s effort to cap soda portions has drawn national attention, whether from diet companies lauding it as a groundbreaking step in America’s war on extra weight or from late-night TV hosts ribbing Bloomberg as a nutrition nanny.


Funeral Etiquette Advice:

Show Up, Be Brief, Listen

By Paul Larson

Etiquette Advice: Show Up, Be Brief, Listen By Paul Larson MILLBRAE – Have you ever attended

MILLBRAE – Have you ever attended a funeral or memorial service and felt ill-at-ease, uncomfortable or awkward when talking to the family of the deceased? Have you ever stumbled through your words and condolences because you just didn’t know what to say or how to say it? Have you even decided to not approach the family for fear of saying the wrong thing or making a fool of yourself? If so you are not alone. Many people in this situation want to provide some kind of comfort to the immediate family, but just don’t have the verbal tools to do so in an assuring manner. Learning “Funeral Etiquette” can be useful. Using the right words at the right time is an appropriate way to show that you care, and in situations like this can be of great help when provided correctly. Standard condolences such as “I am sorry for your loss” have become routine and generic. A personalized phrase can be welcomed such as “John touched many lives” or “I will miss John”. DO NOT ask the cause of death, offer advice or make comments that would diminish the importance of the loss such as “Oh, you’re young and can marry again”. Other ways to demonstrate your support include: 1. Listening. The family may feel the need to express their anxiety, and giving them that opportunity can be therapeutic; 2. An embrace. This can show that you care without the need for words; 3. Offering your services. This shows the family that you are willing to give extra time for them: “Please

let me know if there is anything I can do to help” (be prepared to act if needed). Even if you don’t feel confident in approaching the family there are other ways to show that you care: 1. Attending the funeral and signing the Memorial Book will show the family that you took the time to be there in support; 2. Dressing appropriately for the funeral will demonstrate your efforts to prepare for this special occasion (dark

colors are no longer a requisite for funerals, but dressing in a coat, tie, dress or other attire that you’d wear to any special event are considered a way of showing you care);

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stand up and offer BRIEF personal feelings. Prior to the funeral write a few key notes and reflections which will help you organize your thoughts. Even if there is no opportunity to speak before a group you may have a chance to offer your thoughts to the family following the ceremony; 4. A personalized card or note will help you arrange your words better and can be kept by the family. If you don’t have their mailing address you can send your envelope to the funeral home and they will forward it to the next of kin; 5. Providing flowers is a long time tradition, or making a charitable donation in the deceased’s memory will give the family a strong sense of your regards; 6. If appropriate a brief phone call can show your immediate concern, but generally this should be avoided to give the family the privacy they may need. If you ever wish to discuss cremation, funeral matters or want to make pre- planning arrangements please feel free to call me and my staff at the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS in Millbrae at (650) 588-5116 and we will be happy to guide you in a fair and helpful manner. For more info you may also visit us on the internet at:

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Korean War soldier’s remains returned to San Bruno cemetery


SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. Army soldier from San Francisco is set to be buried more than 60 years after his death at a Korean War prison camp. Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Steinberg will be buried on Thursday with full military honors in the same plot as his brothers at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. His remains were returned to his family in the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday. “I don’t know that there are words to describe the feelings I have. It’s like a miracle,” Marlene Baisa, Steinberg’s niece, said. Steinberg’s remains were among those of hundreds of U.S. service mem- bers that were turned over by North Korea in the early 1990s. In 2006, the Department of Defense asked relatives, including Steinberg’s , to provide blood samples to help iden-

“I hate to use the word closure,


now,and we won’t have to worry about where he is and what happened to him.Now we know the whole story.”

but I think this is it

be with his brothers

— Marlene Baisa,Army Sgt.1st Class Joseph Steinberg’s niece

tify the bodies. Steinberg’s family members were told earlier this year that mitochondri- al DNA testing and dental records had led to a match. “I hate to use the word closure, but I think this is it,” Baisa said. “He’ll be with his brothers now, and we won’t have to worry about where he is and what happened to him. Now we know the whole story.” Steinberg’s family long knew he died of malnutrition at the prison camp through accounts from other service members. He had been captured and taken prisoner after the Chinese Army attacked U.S. troops near Hoengsong,

South Korea in February 1951. Steinberg was marched to Suan Bean Camp in North Korea, where he died at the age of 31, according to the Chronicle. He grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District before being drafted by the U.S. Army in World War II. He fought in the Philippines and New Guinea during the war. He rejoined the Army after struggling to find a job, Baisa said, and was posted in Japan before the Korean War broke out. In a letter to a sister from Japan, he said he wanted to earn a pension so he didn’t have to worry about food and where to sleep.

Student left in DEA cell to get $4 million from U.S.

By Elliot Spagat and Alicia A. Caldwell


SAN DIEGO — A 25-year old col- lege student has reached a $4.1 mil- lion settlement with the federal gov- ernment after he was abandoned in a windowless Drug Enforcement Administration cell for more than four days without food or water, his attorneys said Tuesday. The DEA introduced national deten-

attorneys said Tuesday. The DEA introduced national deten- Daniel Chong tion standards as a result of

Daniel Chong

tion standards as a result of the ordeal involving Daniel Chong, including daily inspections and a requirement for cameras in cells, said Julia Yoo, one of his lawyers.

Chong said he drank his own urine to stay alive, hallucinated that agents were trying

to poison him with gases through the vents, and tried to carve a farewell message to his mother in his arm. It remained unclear how the situa- tion occurred, and no one has been disciplined, said Eugene Iredale, another attorney for Chong. The Justice Department’s inspector gen- eral is investigating. “It sounded like it was an accident — a really, really bad, horrible acci- dent,” Chong said.

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• The House Tuesday passed an amendment by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014, requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to study and determine whether existing commercial aircraft should be required to install low-airspeed voice warning systems. The amendment is in response to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 from Incheon, South Korea, which crashed on its final approach to San Francisco International Airport July 6. Initial reports have illustrated that low- airspeed was a crucial factor in this crash. The FAA will have one year to complete this study and make a determi- nation if both new aircraft and existing aircraft should be required to incorporate a verbal warning system, accord- ing to Speier’s office.


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Obama proposes ‘grand bargain’ for jobs

By Nedra Pickler


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, seeking to break Washington’s fiscal stalemate, is proposing cutting cor- porate tax rates in exchange for more spending on jobs programs. But his offer was immediately panned by congressional Republicans, casting doubts about its prospects. The White House painted the new offer as a way for Washington to create jobs and generate short-term economic growth even as hopes for a grand deficit reduction deal fade. Obama was to announce his pro- posals Tuesday during a trip to an distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn. “We should be looking for other avenues of progress, other ‘grand bargains’ that can be for middle class job growth,” White House economist Gene Sperling said. The president has previously insisted such business tax reform be coupled with an individual tax overhaul. His new offer drops that demand and calls only for low- ering the corporate rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, with an even lower effective tax rate of 25 percent for manufacturers. Obama wants those rate changes to be coupled with significant spending on some sort of job creation program, such as manufacturing, infrastructure or communi- ty colleges.

as manufacturing, infrastructure or communi- ty colleges. REUTERS Barack Obama pauses while talking to employees after


Barack Obama pauses while talking to employees after touring the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga,Tenn.

Congressional Republicans have also long insisted on tying corporate and individual tax reform so that small busi- ness owners who use the individual tax code would be offered cuts along with large corporations. But they oppose using the revenue generated from changes in the corporate tax structure for

government spending programs. “This proposal allows President Obama to support President Obama’s position on taxes and President Obama’s position on spending, while leaving small businesses and American families behind,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner.

New EPA chief: Climate controls will help economy

By Dina Cappiello


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top environmental official wasted no time Tuesday taking on opponents of the administration’s plan to crack down on global warming pollution. In her first speech as the head of EPA, Gina McCarthy told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will spark business innovation, grow jobs and strengthen the economy. The message was classic Obama, who has long said that the environment and the economy aren’t in conflict and has sold ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gases as a means to jump- start a clean energy economy.

gases as a means to jump- start a clean energy economy. Gina McCarthy McCarthy signaled Tuesday

Gina McCarthy

McCarthy signaled Tuesday that she was ready for the fight, say- ing that the agency would continue issuing new rules, regardless of claims by Republicans and industry groups that under Obama the EPA has been the most aggressive

and overreaching since it was formed more than 40 years ago. “Can we stop talking about environmen- tal regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” said McCarthy, referring to one of the favorite talking points of Republicans and industry groups. “Let’s talk about this as an opportunity of a lifetime, because there are too many life-

times at stake,” she said of efforts to address global warming. In Obama’s first four years, the EPA has issued the first-ever limits on toxic mercury pollution from power plants, regulated greenhouse gases for the first time, and updated a host of air pollution health stan- dards. McCarthy acknowledged the agency had been the most productive in its history. But she said Tuesday that “we are not just about rules and regulations, we are about getting environmental improvement.” But improvement, she said, could be made “everywhere.” That optimistic vision runs counter to claims by Republican lawmakers and some industry groups that more rules will kill jobs and fossil fuel industries.

Around the Bay

Woman whose house was badly damaged in 2010 EPA plane crash settles lawsuit

A day-care center operator whose home was badly damaged in the crash of a small private plane in East Palo Alto in 2010 has settled a lawsuit she filed against the deceased pilot’s estate and his employer. Lisa Jones and six other family members and employees filed the lawsuit against the estate of Douglas Bourn and Palo Alto- based Tesla Motors Inc. in Santa Clara County Superior Court in 2010. The settlement was recorded in the court’s docket on July 3. It averted a trial that had been scheduled for July 8. Jones’ lawyer, Charles Eshoo, and Tesla’s lawyer, Timothy Ryan, could not be reached for comment. Donald Honigman, a lawyer for Bourn’s estate, said, “The docket speaks for itself,” but said he could not comment on any details of that settlement or three other lawsuits that have been settled. Jones’ family house on Beech Street was partly destroyed when it was hit by a wing of a Cessna 310 piloted by Bourn as that plane crashed on the morning of Feb. 17, 2010. Jones had operated a day care center, Eppie’s Day Care, in an adjacent building. Bourn, 56, of Santa Clara, a senior elec- trical engineer with Tesla Motors, and pas- sengers Brian Finn, 42, of East Palo Alto, and Andrew Ingram, 31, of Palo Alto, who also worked for the electric car maker, were all killed in the crash.

Court: Grant’s dad can sue officer who killed son

A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected former officer Johannes Mehserle’s claim that he was acting in his official capacity when he killed the younger Grant during a 2009 New Year’s Day melee captured on video by several bystanders. Violent demonstrations ensued after the videos showing the white officer shooting the unarmed black man were viewed by mil- lions online. The appeals court said it’s up to a jury to determine whether Mehserle was justified in shooting Grant in the back as he lay face down on the train platform.

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Manning guilty of 20 charges, not aiding the enemy

By David Disheau and Pauline Jelinek


FORT MEADE, Md. — In a split deci- sion, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted Tu esday of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and

nearly every other count for giving secrets

to WikiLeaks, a verdict that could see him

spend the rest of his life in prison.

The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind,

deliberated over three days before deliver- ing a decision that denied the government

a precedent that freedom of press advo-

cates had warned could have broad implica-

tions for leak cases and investigative journalism about national security issues. From the courtroom to world capitals, people struggled to absorb the meaning of a ruling that cleared the soldier of a charge of aiding the enemy, which would have carried a potential life sentence, but con- victed him of 20 of 22 counts that, togeth- er, could also mean life behind bars. Manning faces up to 136 years in prison

if given maximum penalties in a sentenc-

ing hearing that starts Wednesday. It is expected to last most of August. The 25-year-old soldier stood quietly at attention in his dress uniform, flanked by his attorneys, as the verdict was delivered. He appeared not to react, though his attor- ney, David Coombs, smiled faintly when he heard “not guilty” on the aiding the enemy charge. When the judge was done, Coombs put his hand on Manning’s back and whis- pered something to him, bringing a slight smile to the soldier’s face. “We won the battle, now we need to go win the war,” Coombs said later, outside the courtroom. “Today is a good day, but Bradley is by no means out of the fire.” Transparency advocates and legal experts had mixed opinions on the impli-

advocates and legal experts had mixed opinions on the impli- REUTERS U.S. Army Private First Class


U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning departs the courthouse at Fort Meade, Md. A military judge on Tuesday found Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge among many he faced for handing over documents to WikiLeaks.But Col.Denise Lind, in her verdict, found Manning, 25, guilty of 19 of the other 20 criminal counts in the biggest breach of classified information in the nation’s history.

cations for the future of leak cases and investigative journalism in the Internet age. The advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said the verdict was a chilling warning to whistleblowers, “against whom the Obama administra- tion has been waging an unprecedented offensive,” and threatens the future of investigative journalism because intim-

idated sources might fall quiet. However, another advocate of less gov- ernment secrecy, Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, ques- tioned whether the implications will be so dire, given the extraordinary nature of the Manning case. “This was a massive hemorrhage of gov- ernment records, and it’s not too surpris- ing that it elicited a strong reaction from

the government,” Aftergood said. “Most journalists are not in the busi- ness of publishing classified documents, they’re in the business of reporting the news, which is not the same thing,” he said. “This is not good news for journal- ism, but it’s not the end of the world, either.” Glenn Greenwald, the journalist, com- mentator and former civil rights lawyer who first reported Edward Snowden’s leaks of National Security Agency surveillance programs, said Manning’s acquittal on the charge of aiding the enemy represented a “tiny sliver of justice.” But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website exposed Manning’s spilled U.S. secrets to the world, saw nothing to cheer in the mixed verdict. “It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism,” he told reporters at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, which is sheltering him. “This has never been a fair trial.” To prove aiding the enemy, prosecutors had to show Manning had “actual knowl- edge” the material he leaked would be seen by al-Qaida and that he had “general evil intent.” They presented evidence the mate- rial fell into the hands of the terrorist group and its former leader, Osama bin Laden, but struggled to prove their asser- tion that Manning was an anarchist com- puter hacker and attention-seeking traitor. Coombs said during trial that Manning had no way of knowing whether al-Qaida would access the secret-spilling website and a 2008 counterintelligence report showed the government itself did not know much about WikiLeaks at the time. An aiding the enemy charge for someone who didn’t directly give an adversary information is extremely rare, and prose- cutors had to cite a Civil War-era court- martial of a Union soldier when they brought the charge against Manning.

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Helping China become environmentally aware

By George Yang

K ids who were just chilling at the Foster City VIBE July 19 were treated to a surprise per-

formance. Performing a song and dance for them was a group of students from the Beijing Yucai School, a school founded in the early 1930s by the teacher of Mao Zedong. Both hosts and guests had a great time interacting with each other amidst sunshine, fresh air and blue water reflecting the blue sky. There is a larger purpose for the vis- its by these Chinese students: because sunshine, fresh air and blue sky have become a rare commodity in China. Twenty years ago, when I took the train from Canton to Hong Kong, rice paddies and papaya orchards lined the train tracks. The Pearl River Delta was one of the most productive farmland in the world. Now the same areas are lined with factories, dormitories for migrant workers and high-rise apart- ments. Industrial pollution is ram- pant. While these changes had helped improve the lives and living stan- dards of millions — and some could argue these changes are essential in the modernization of any society — the price has been high. The problems are enormous. How does a country the size of China bal- ance economic progress and poverty reduction with the needs to protect the environment? Thankfully, there is also a growing willingness to discuss

Thankfully, there is also a growing willingness to discuss and urgency to tackle these envi- ronmental

and urgency to tackle these envi- ronmental issues in China. Both the government and the people are search- ing for solutions. As Americans, we cannot dictate to

China what she should do. But we can share our expe- riences and expertise, and facilitate communities and organizations inside China to formulate solutions that fit their community and specific condi- tions. The America Chinese Environment Protection Association, of which I am a member, works actively to assist these exchanges. To do this, we rely of local volun- teers and the support from various agencies and local businesses. In Palo Alto, Vice Mayor Nancy Sheppard, Utilities Director Val Fong and staff member Christen Creed helped organ- ize a lesson about sustainable living. In Foster City, Mayor Pam Frisella, Councilman Art Kiesel and former mayor Linda Koelling, along with Beatrice Pascual at the VIBE discussed ways and ideas to plan communities that match the need for health, recre- ational and cultural service with local decision making. In San Carlos, Faustina Mututa of Recology offered to give lessons on the treatment of wastes and the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle. The Bay Area is America’s window to the Asia-Pacific: from the time of



Angel Island, when immigrants from China were interned, just as immi- grants from Europe were at Ellis Island, to today’s San Francisco International Airport. San Mateo County, because of our proximity to the airport, benefits greatly from the increasing commercial activity and tourism. But we should also take advantage of these opportunities to impart on our guests the need to grow with forethought, to grow with input from communities and citizens and to grow with full consideration of the price to future generations. The young students among them are the future leaders of China. This is also our opportunity to share with them our principles of freedom, liberty and the importance of responsible citizen- ship necessary to make freedom and liberty work. Together, we have much in com- mon; together, we have much to share; together, we have much to gain.

George Yang is the vice president of American Chinese Environmental Protection Association. He is a green technology advisor currently living in Menlo Park.

Don’t link CHP salaries to pay of big city cops

Sacramento Bee

N ews that Gov. Jerry Brown approved a 5.9 percent pay raise for 6,100 California

Highway Patrol officers generated consternation, understandably so. Brown had pledged to hold the line on public employees’ pay when voters approved a $6 billion tax hike in November. The $44.4 million cost of the pack- age in the current fiscal year is a frac- tion of the $6 billion generated by the new taxes. But the CHP agreement appears to run counter to Brown’s pledge. Unfortunately, the governor had lit- tle choice. A deal struck by former Gov. Gray Davis with the California Association of Highway Patrol Officers in 2001 requires that CHP officers receive the average of what five of the highest-paid police agen- cies in the state pay their officers. Under that irresponsible agreement, when officials in those jurisdictions decide to give away the store at the bargaining table, California is obli-

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gated to do the same for CHP officers. Ideally, pay rates and benefits should be based on the cost of recruit- ing and retaining good workers. Surveys should serve as guides, and an indication of what the market for good workers is. But no jurisdiction should base pay rates solely on deci- sions made by other jurisdictions. Negotiators for one agency can’t know what the resources are for another entity. If a city or county doesn’t have the money, it shouldn’t matter what another jurisdiction pays. In too many cases, surveys lead to the pay equivalent of arms races. Unable to pay inflated rates they promise, cities end up laying off workers. In the worst case, they seek bankruptcy protection, as happened in Stockton. There is little reason why pay of CHP officers should be based on what police officers earn in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland or San Francisco, or in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. They all risk

their lives when they go to work. But working as a cop in California’s big cities is different than patrolling the freeways. Highway Patrol officers sacrificed during the budget crisis, receiving no raises in 2011 or 2012, and meager increases in 2009 and 2010. For that, they should be commended. However, they are paid well. In 2012, Highway Patrol officers’ average regular pay was $86,837, and 4,707 officers earned more than $100,000 with overtime and other pay, as The Bee’s Amy Gebert reported earlier this month. Highway Patrol officers are highly valued state workers. They should be paid well when they’re on the job and receive good pensions when they retire. However, their pay should not be tied to police and sheriff’s deputies in California’s urban cores. California officials should not be bound by what decisions made by local politicians, any more than may- ors and city councils should be bound by the bargaining decisions made in Sacramento.

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Spiritually poor?

“N ot he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.” — Erich Fromm.

It was inevitable! There it was. Right there in the news- paper — a half-page ad for a “Prince of Cambridge” baby doll. It comes complete with a “christening gown inspired from the original commissioned by Queen Victoria.” Only $149.99 plus 16.99 shipping and service charges. Somehow Pope Francis popped into my mind. It is reported that he is forging a new path in living a simpler life, has heartfelt concern for the poor and needy and believes that materialism is contrary to the word of God. He said, “Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols.” So what does one have to do with the other? The first is an example of the epitome of opportunism. The “Prince of Cambridge” doll is a product deliberately created to make a few quick bucks out of some people’s sentimental- ity and materialistic inclination. The second is an expres- sion of concern for the way materialism has gotten out of hand and how we need to have concern for and help those who are less fortunate. This must irritate the tea party types to no end as they continually orchestrate their con- certed effort to block anything that President Obama tries to do to keep the top 1 percent from wrecking our democ- racy. Pope Francis is demonstrating humility, compas- sion and empathy — concepts that are obviously foreign to many politicians in Congress. As our economy shrivels and more people lose their decent-paying jobs or their benefits or both, that $166.98 spent on a completely frivolous emblem of roy- alty could do a lot to help someone who is hungry and maybe even homeless. If you watched the Bill Moyers special a few weeks ago that described the plights of two previously middle-class Detroit families caught in the throes of the Detroit debacle and the recession, you are aware of the dimensions of the problem. These were fami- lies who had lost their jobs, their homes and much of their self-respect because of government dysfunction and corporate greed. Yet there are those who have it much worse — those at the bottom of the barrel, so to speak. For instance, imagine you and your child had to live in one dirty, dingy room with several other people. Or maybe you had to camp out in an old van with only the barest of necessities. You have to constantly worry about where your next meal is coming from. Suppose you or your child became ill and you had no money or close rela- tives or friends to turn to. It’s very painful to hear some people say, “It’s their own fault. They haven’t worked hard enough.” Or, “All those people are just a bunch of bums.” It’s obvious that they believe that the luck they have had has been because of some wonderfulness and/or righteousness of their own. It’s luck whether they were born into money or have had to work for every penny of it. Having the constitution and the drive, the compulsion to keep accumulating, being in the right place at the right time and having peo- ple behind you to encourage you, is pure luck. Not every- one is physically or mentally able to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” This again brings to mind the number of people who live like they believe that what they have is what they are and surround themselves with material objects like a security blanket. And/or they cling to their wealth (like so many of the top 1 percent) committed to adding to it at every opportunity, completely oblivious to the needs of others. Are they so narcissistic that they have no feeling of the injustice of having so much while others are suffer- ing because they have so little? The trouble is, as Robert Reich wrote on July 28: “The geopolitical divide has become so palpable that being wealthy in America today means not having to come across anyone who isn’t.” What we need are government legislators who are as concerned with our gross national product of desperate, struggling families as they are in the gross national product of industry and technology. Instead of “What’s in it for me?” we need to ask, “How can I share my wealth and my good fortune?” Instead of ordering “Prince of Cambridge” dolls, we need to think of the babies born every day in the United States who face a life of depriva- tion. And we all need to frequently remind ourselves of what John F. Kennedy once said: “This nation cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.”

cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.” Since 1984, Dorothy Dimitre has written more

Since 1984, Dorothy Dimitre has written more than 700 columns for various local newspapers. Her email address is

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Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:

NYSE The Mosaic Co.,down $9.15 to $43.81

A massive Russian potash producer pulled out of a sales partnership,

signaling an end to a global cartel that commands 70 percent of the

world market.That’s likely to reduce sharply the price of potash,a nutrient used in fertilizers, and has already cut into shares of companies that produce it. Coach Inc.,down $4.55 to $53.30 Shares slumped after the company announced the departure of two top executives and poor sales of handbags during the final quarter of the year. United States Steel Corp.,down $1.27 to $17.71 The steel maker posted a second consecutive quarterly loss,making it five out of seven in the red, and it gave a cautious forecast for the current period. Occidental Petroleum Corp.,down $2.16 to $88.32 The company delivered a profit that topped Wall Street expectations, but its revenue numbers left investors wanting. Pitney Bowes Inc.,up $1.88 to $16.60 The mailing equipment and software company beat expectations for the quarter and said it will sell its North American management services unit to Apollo Global Management for $400 million. Nasdaq Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.,up $1.52 to $18.56 The company’s second-quarter earnings more than doubled and it is optimistic about the entire year. Goodyear even did well in Europe, a danger zone for most automotive companies,doubling its earnings there

to $51 million.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.,up $3.56 to $11.61 The Food and Drug Administration is planning a faster review of the

company’s sleep disorder drug, tasimelteon.That could bring the drug

to market sooner than most had expected.

R.R.Donnelley & Sons Co.,up $2.68 to $18.93 The stock jumped to its highest price in almost two years after the printing company beat Wall Street projections for the second quarter.

By Christina Rexrode


NEW YORK — On the stock market Tuesday, it felt like late-summer inertia had already set in. U.S. stocks wandered between the tiniest of gains and losses before clos- ing mixed. Traders were indecisive as companies reported disparate earnings news, and many were disinclined to make any big moves before getting direction from the Federal Reserve, which is scheduled to release an updated policy statement Wednesday. The calendar said late July, but on the stock exchange it seemed more like August, when many traders take off for vacation and fewer stocks trade hands. The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 72 points in early trading — less than 0.5 percent — before flicker- ing lower. It dipped into the red for most of the afternoon and closed down 1.38 points, or 0.01 percent, at 15,520.59. “It seems like the doldrums of summer have set in,” said Dave Abate, senior wealth adviser at Strategic Wealth Partners in Seven Hills, Ohio. The Nasdaq composite rose 17.33 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,616.47, though even that gain was largely because Apple, its biggest component, was up more than 1 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index plodded just a fraction higher, up 0.63 point, or 0.04 percent, to 1,685.96. Three of its industry sectors rose, led by technology stocks. Seven fell, dragged down by telecommunications compa- nies. Company earnings were equally

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inconclusive. Coach, the maker of upscale handbags, slumped 8 percent after reporting lower quarterly profit. But Goodyear Tire & Rubber jumped 9 percent after announcing that its quar- terly earnings had doubled. This earnings season has presented a picture encouraging on some fronts and troubling on others. Many companies, including big names like Apple and Visa, have posted better-than-expected results, and analysts predict that sec- ond-quarter earnings are up 4.7 percent for companies in the S&P 500, accord- ing to S&P Capital IQ. But the picture has its blemishes, including the fact that many of the gains are based not on business growth but on cost-cutting:

Revenue is down about 0.5 percent.

“There’s a little bit of swapping chairs on the deck,” Abate said. Outside of earnings reports, traders were keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve, which began a two-day meet- ing Tuesday and will release an updated policy statement Wednesday. Conjectures about the central bank have had a powerful influence on the stock market in recent months. Traders have bought and sold stocks while hanging on to every word of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, look- ing for clues about when the Fed might pull back on its bond-buying program or start raising interest rates. The cen- tral bank has been buying bonds to try to prop up stocks and encourage bor- rowing.

U.S. home prices rise 12.2 percent

By Christopher S. Rugaber


WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May compared with a year ago, the biggest annual gain since March 2006. The increase shows the hous- ing recovery is strengthening. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20- city home price index released Tuesday also surged 2.4 percent in May from April. The month-over-month gain nearly matched the 2.6 percent increase in April from March — the highest on record. The price increases were widespread. All 20 cities showed gains in May from April

and compared with a year ago. Prices in Dallas and Denver reached the highest level on records dating back to 2000. That marks the first time since the housing bust that any city has reached an all-time high. Home values are rising as more people are bidding on a scarce supply of houses for sale. Steady price increases, along with sta- ble job gains and historically low mortgage rates, have in turn encouraged more Americans to buy homes. One concern is that higher mortgage rates could slow home sales. But many econo- mists say rates remain low by historical standards and would need to rise much faster

to halt the momentum. Svenja Gudell, senior economist at Zillow, a home price data provider, said a big reason for the recent price gains is that foreclosed homes make up a smaller propor- tion of overall sales. Foreclosed homes are usually sold by banks at fire-sale prices. “Typical home values have appreciated at roughly half this pace for the past several months, which is still very robust,” Gudell said. Gudell said higher mortgage rates and a likely increase in the number of homes for sale in the coming months should slow the pace of price gains and stabilize the hous- ing market.

FERC: JPMorgan owes $410 million for price manipulation


WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million on Tuesday to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive pay-

ments from the agencies that run the power grids in California and the Midwest. The improper conduct occurred between September 2010 and November 2012, FERC said. JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank, is pay- ing a civil penalty of $285 million and returning $125 million in allegedly

improper profits. Of that amount, $124 mil- lion will go to electric utilities that bought power in California and $1 million to those in the Midwest. FERC said its investigation had found improper trading practices were used at Houston-based JPMorgan Ventures Energy Corp.

Business briefs

Facebook nears $38 IPO price for first time

NEW YORK — Facebook’s stock came within pennies of its $38 IPO price for the

first time since its rocky initial public offer- ing more than a year ago. Shares of Facebook Inc. rose $2.18, or

6.2 percent, to close at $37.61 on Tuesday.

The stock hit $37.96 in afternoon trading.

The world’s biggest online social net- work has been on a roll since it reported stronger-than-expected earnings on July

24. Investors are especially upbeat about its

fast-growing mobile advertising revenue.

Time Warner drops CBS, then halts decision

BEVERLY HILLS — The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. took an odd turn when the cable giant announced it was turning off the broadcaster in three major cities, then quickly reversed the decision. The two sides negotiated through the day Monday to avoid a program- ming blackout. Both parties kept extending the deadline before the cable provider appeared to replace regular programming on the network with a company statement for a brief, undetermined amount of time.

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Fog finish fourth in Cooperstown

By Julio Lara


South San Francisco Fog man- ager Rodney Caton said before his team took off to Cooperstown Dream Park in New York that his boys were trying to make history. It was quite the statement con- sidering that SSF has sent a team

to the largest tournament in the United States since 2000 and has finished as high as second place — that in a bracket that consists of 104 teams from all over the United States and Canada. But Caton knows his Fog better than anyone and while the goal was lofty, the ball players from South San Francisco came very

close to accomplishing it. South City finished fourth over- all, falling to the eventual cham- pions, LBA Naturals Blue 6-2 late in the 104-team bracket. The Blue were seeded 13th while SSF was fourth but LBA had just enough momentum to carry them past the Fog. In all, the Fog went 7-1 during

their time at Cooperstown. There weren’t many teams better than South San Francisco during pool play — a guaranteed six- game run through other teams at Cooperstown. The Fog went 6-0 in league play — along only 13 other teams at the 104-team tour- ney. Of those 14 teams, the Fog was one of four with a team earned

run average of under 3.00 (2.83, the lowest was 1.50). The South San Francisco offense was just as good as its pitching. In six games, the Fog scored an even 100 runs for an average of just under 17 per game. Twice, it had wins of at least 20 runs (against

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it had wins of at least 20 runs (against See FOG , Page 16 REUTERS Oakland


Oakland shortstop Adam Rosales turns a double play against the Toronto during the seventh inning of the Blue Jays’5-0 win over the A’s.

Jays shut down A’s


OAKLAND — Mark Buehrle allowed five hits over seven innings, Jose Bautista and Emilio Bonifacio each homered and the Toronto Blue Jays ended Oakland’s winning streak at four with a 5-0 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night. Colby Ramus also drove in a run and Edwin Encarnacion had two hits as Toronto improved to 11-5 against the AL West. Derek Norris had two hits for the A’s, who during the game acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for infielder Grant Green. Callaspo was hitting

Blue Jays 5, A’s 0

.253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs enter- ing Tuesday. Buehrle (7-7) extended his scoreless innings streak to 20, did not walk a batter and struck out two. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced five days after tossing a two-hit shutout against the Houston Astros. Dan Straily (6-5) lost his third straight decision, giving up five runs — two earned — on six hits. He walked two and struck out two. Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar struck out the side in the eighth on nine

pitches and leads all AL relievers with 70 strikeouts. Bautista’s two-out home run in the first put Toronto on the board. The Blue Jays added an unearned run in the fourth. Encarnacion, Adam Lind and Ramus hit consecutive singles, with Yeonis Cespedes misplaying the ball in left field, allowing Encarnacion to score. Bonifacio led off the fifth with a home run. Jose Reyes walked and Maicer Izturis was safe when Adam Rosales threw wildly. Reyes scored on the play. Ramus added an RBI single.

See OAKLAND, Page 16

Sharks sign Pavelski to extension

By Josh Dubow


SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks signed center Joe Pavelski to a $30 million, five- year contract extension Tuesday that will keep him off the free-agent market next summer. “It’s always exciting when a franchise puts that responsibility on you a little bit,” Pavelski said. “It’s important to continue to play at a high level in that regard. It’s a position I wanted to be in, and it’s exciting to have this opportunity.”

Pavelski is the second key player signed to an extension this offseason by general manager Doug Wilson. Center Logan Couture also signed a $30 million, five-year exten- sion earlier this month, a year before he could become a free agent. The

deals keep both players under contract through the 2018-19 season. Pavelski, a seventh-round pick in 2003, has become a cornerstone of the franchise that has long been led by Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. “He is one of our core players, the way he plays,” general manager Doug Wilson. “To me it was just an important contract to get done on the heels of Logan’s contract also. He fits for now and the future the way he plays the game.” He was tied for third on the team in points last season when he had 16 goals and 15 assists in 48 games. He is also a key part of both the power-play and penalty-kill units, is strong in the faceoff circle and has the versatility to play center or wing. The 29-year-old has 150 goals and 186 assists in 479 career games with San Jose. He ranks 10th in his draft class in points per

San Jose. He ranks 10th in his draft class in points per Joe Pavelski See SHARKS

Joe Pavelski

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Dodgers sign reliever Brian Wilson to 1-year deal

By Beth Harris


LOS ANGELES — The Beard is back in baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract. He will join the team after pitching in the minors on a rehab assignment. “One thing we talked about was

on a rehab assignment. “One thing we talked about was Brian Wilson that quality n’t pitched

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n’t pitched in the majors since April

Francisco Giants. He was a three-

in 315 career games with the Giants.

power on the

12, 2012, the same month he under-

time All-Star and led the big leagues

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went Tommy John surgery on his

with 163 saves in 186 chances.

opposing hitters to a .238 batting

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right elbow.

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average during his career with 340

er Mattingly said. “It’s one of the areas we felt could still help us.” Wilson has-


He threw in front of scouts last week, and Mattingly said the Dodgers’ representatives were happy with Wilson’s location and velocity. Wilson was one of the majors’top relievers from 2008-11 with the San

Giants’run to the 2010 World Series championship, striking out 16 in 11 2-3 scoreless innings in the postseason. He became a free agent after last season, when the Giants didn’t offer him a contract. Wilson is 20-20 with 171 saves

strikeouts in 320 innings. His heavy black beard has taken on a life of its own, and helped make Wilson a celebrity. “We have some characters in there, so I’m sure he’ll fit right in,” Mattingly said.

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49ers’O-line ready for new challenge


SANTA CLARA — In unison, offensive linemen Alex Boone, Joe Staley and Adam Snyder stood up from their post-practice ice

baths and headed for the locker room to pre- pare for afternoon meetings. “Invite only,” an

always-animated Boone cracked. “You can’t just hop into that group. That’s a tub club.” And he’s not joking. Seeing them together in a line of individual ice tubs was hardly surpris- ing considering the San Francisco 49ers’ tight-

knit O-line and its cast of characters at each position. The Niners return a group that started every game together during last season’s run to the Super Bowl, and they’re determined to take that success even further.

and they’re determined to take that success even further. Alex Boone “It’s great. Any time you

Alex Boone

“It’s great. Any time you can have guys returning that you’ve played next to and you know how they play, you know how they think, it really helps the game speed up,” Boone said. “It’s a big advantage for us, but at the same time we kind of have a target on our back right now trying to continue to be the best and moving in that direction.” San Francisco’s offensive line made major strides last year, and now there is an even bigger task ahead: protecting Colin Kaepernick from Day 1 in the quarterback’s first full season as the starter. Boone insists the line — and Kaepernick — will draw far more attention now. Especially with all the hype Kaepernick generated during and after his breakout sea- son last year — with his high-profile offsea- son of appearances, events and awards. Left tackle Joe Staley, left guard Mike Iupati, center Jonathan Goodwin, Boone and right tackle Anthony Davis know their job is to keep Kaepernick safe at all times. It’s hardly a small chore, even on their own

practice field. “They’re a group that works well together, good size,” 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “You can tell that they’ve played together for an extended period of time. We still do fine against them.” During Tuesday morning’s session, Staley and All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith

kept their arms locked well after the play in

a good-natured, competitive moment so typ-

ical of the early stages in training camp when everybody wants to make an impres- sion. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman real- izes he is fortunate he already knows what to expect from all of his linemen day in and day out over the course of an NFL season. “Any time you can get that continuity it’s

a bonus,” Roman said Tuesday. “Everything

is in front of us. We’ve got to earn it, every day at practice get better, and we’ve got a great group to do it with. They’re working hard and paying their dues.” Coach Jim Harbaugh stressed from the

start of camp the need to protect Kaepernick, who took over the starting job from Alex Smith in November and ran with it all the way to New Orleans and a 34-31 Super Bowl loss to Baltimore. “Well, there’s nobody that wants to see their own quarterback get hit too often,” Harbaugh said. “So, we don’t really talk scheme, about what we’re going to do and not do. But I think that’s a universal state- ment that nobody wants to see his quarter- back get hit too often.” With the focused line eager to carry some momentum from last year into the upcoming season, there will be plenty of incentive to keep a good thing going. “I love it,” Davis said. “It’s a dream come true to play with a tight group as talented as this one. Growing up, you stand out as an offensive lineman. Here, I feel like we all as

a unit stand out. We’ve got a long way to go,

a lot of work to do. They knew who we were

last year. We’re getting better. We’re not just looking at our little trophies.”

Losses continue to pile up for Giants

By Rob Maaddi


PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young hit two-run homers to back John Lannan, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Tuesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Phillies beat the New York Mets 13-8 in

Phillies 7, Giants 3

their first game after the All-Star break, but scored a total of 14 in the next eight losses to drop out of contention. The defending World Series champion Giants have lost five in a row and eight of nine. They came off a 3-7 homestand that left them in last

place in the NLWest. Lannan (3-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. Barry Zito (4-8) gave up four runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-7 with a 9.97 ERAon the road. Ruiz gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead in the fourth when he lined a shot just over the left field wall. Ruiz, an All-Star last year, had not homered in

176 at-bats since last Sept. 25 against Washington. He began the year with a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine. Young connected off Guillermo Moscoso in the seventh to make it 6-2. Pablo Sandoval drove in San Francisco’s first two runs. He had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and his bloop single to right with two outs in the third drove in a run to tie it at 2.



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Flynn solidifying role as Raiders quarterback

By Josh Dubow


NAPA — Matt Flynn is solidifying his role as starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders one year after losing that same job in training camp in Seattle. Flynn entered camp with the inside track over Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson to replace Carson Palmer in Oakland and has done nothing in the first week of camp to change that equation. It’s a far cry to what happened to Flynn a year ago in Seattle where Flynn went from coveted offseason free-agent acquisition with a $26 million contract to backing up a third-round pick in a matter of weeks at training camp. With Russell Wilson set as starter in Seattle, Flynn was traded to Oakland in the

offseason and has done his best to hold onto this opportunity to start in the NFL. “I took away a lot of things from Seattle last year,” Flynn said Tuesday. “But the thing that I took away the most was that I want this even

more now, even more this year. I’m blessed to have another opportunity at this and I’ll try to take advantage of it and do as much as I can to not let it get away from me.” Flynn has been the most impressive of the three quarterbacks so far in training camp with the most accurate arm, a good grasp of the offense and strong leadership on the field. “I’m going in there and trying to be the best quarterback out here, trying to be the best quarterback for this team and help this team win as best I can,” Flynn said. “I’m coming in here every day with my hard hat on, trying to prepare.” Flynn, a backup in college at LSU to for- mer Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, has started just two games in five seasons as a pro. But it’s those brief appearances that are so intriguing. He threw for 251 yards and three touch- downs in a loss at New England in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers late in the 2010 season. He then started the regular-season finale the following season, going 31 for

regular-season finale the following season, going 31 for Matt Flynn 44 for 480 yards and six

Matt Flynn

44 for 480 yards and six touchdown passes in a 45-41 win over Detroit. That led to the $26 million, three-year contract from the Seahawks. But Flynn struggled in the second exhibition game last summer and missed the third with an elbow injury. By that point Wilson passed him on the depth chart and Flynn was rele- gated to another year as a backup. Despite winning a national champi- onship at LSU and the impressive perform- ances in his few chances in the NFL, Flynn still faces many doubters who question whether he has a strong enough arm to suc- ceed in the pro game. “To play quarterback in the NFL, to me, you have to be two things: You have to be smart and you have to be accurate,” he said. “Things on the field are going to come and you have to be able to do that as well, and I feel very confident in my ability to do that, but overall you have to be smart and accu- rate.” Flynn got another chance to prove that when the Raiders dealt a 2014 fifth-round pick and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle. While coach Dennis Allen has stressed an open competition at quarterback with Pryor and another rookie named Wilson — Tyler — nothing that has been seen so far in the offseason or camp indicates that Flynn won’t be the starter when the season opens Sept. 8 in Indianapolis. Flynn has gotten the vast majority of the time with the first-team offense so far and is earning the trust of his teammates. “It’s kind of playing out about like I expected. Matt Flynn has been pretty con- sistent,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Those guys are doing exactly what we want them to do, keep competing and keep playing. Don’t worry about the depth chart, just keep getting better.” Part of what has solidified Flynn’s hold on the job is that neither Pryor nor Tyler Wilson has seized it the way Russell Wilson did a year ago. Pryor, who provided a spark when he started the season finale last year, is still far too inconsistent throwing the ball but can be a dual threat as a scrambler or runner. Pryor has worked hard on improving his mechanics, spending the offseason working with former major league pitcher Tom House, who has also coached Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

Tom House, who has also coached Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Friday could be D-Day in

Friday could be D-Day in baseball drug probe

By Ronald Blum


NEW YORK — Friday could be D-day for Major League Baseball’s drug investigation. Deliberations over suspensions in the

Biogenesis case could stretch out for the rest of this week and delay announcements, two people familiar with the talks said Tuesday. It appeared several of the dozen or so tar- geted players were likely to reach agreements on their penalties and avoid grievance hear- ings, one of the people said Tuesday, speak- ing on condition of anonymity because no statements were author- ized. Both said MLB hopes to announce the penalties for all players involved at the same time. Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez of the New

York Yankees and four

2013 All-Stars — Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon — are among the players who have been linked in media reports to Biogenesis. The closed Florida anti-aging clinic was accused by Miami New Times in January of distribut- ing banned performing-enhancing drugs, sparking MLB’s investigation. Others linked in media reports include Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, San Diego catch- er Yasmani Grandal and Seattle catcher Jesus Montero. Melky Cabrera, the 2012 All-Star game MVP while with San Francisco, served a 50- game suspension last year for elevated testosterone, as did Grandal and Colon, the

for elevated testosterone, as did Grandal and Colon, the Alex Rodriguez 2005 AL Cy Young Award

Alex Rodriguez

2005 AL Cy Young Award winner.

Players who don’t reach agreements can ask the players’ association to file griev- ances, which would lead to hearings before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. Discipline for

first offenders under the drug agreement usual- ly is not announced until after the penalty is upheld, but there is an exception when the conduct leading to the discipline already has been made public. In addition, MLB may try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would lead to the suspension starting before the appeal. Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun was the first player to reach an agreement with MLB. The 2011 NL MVP accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension last week. Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October

2011 but a 50-game suspension was over-

turned the following February by an arbitra- tor who ruled Braun’s urine sample was han- dled improperly. Rodriguez appears at risk for the harshest penalty. The Yankees are expecting him to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB’s inves- tigation, and not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada. “A-Rod was my teammate in New York. I’m glad he was my teammate,” retired pitcher Roger Clemens said Tuesday in Boston, where he was at Fenway Park to mark the 25th anniversary of manager Joe Morgan’s team that won the 1988 AL East title. “I did things to make him feel comfortable. I did that for all of my teammates,” Clemens said. “I think I was a pretty solid teammate.”

him feel comfortable. I did that for all of my teammates,” Clemens said. “I think I

14 Wednesday July 31, 2013



Red, white and blue night at swimming worlds

By Paul Newberry


BARCELONA, Spain — Missy Franklin got the Americans rolling. Then Katie Ledecky really fired ’em up. By the end of the night, the U.S. team was awash in medals at the world swimming championships. Franklin and Ledecky each won her second gold medal of the meet, Matt Grevers led a 1-2 American finish in the backstroke, and there was plenty of reason to celebrate for the red, white and blue on Tuesday. “We’ve had an absolutely incredi- ble evening,” Franklin said. “I’m so proud of all my teammates.” In all, the Americans claimed three golds, two silvers and a bronze — a strong meet for most nations, cer- tainly quite a haul in a mere two hours.

“A big night for us,” said Bob Bowman, head coach of the U.S. men’s team. Everyone was raving about Ledecky, only 16 but already well on her way to becoming one of the country’s great distance swimmers. She obliterated the world record in the 1,500-meter freestyle, which may be a non-Olympic event for the women but did nothing to diminish the magnitude of her accomplish- ment. After going stroke for stroke with Denmark’s Lotte Friis most of the race, with both well under world- record pace, Ledecky really turned it on over the final 200 and beat the mark by more than 6 seconds. Friis also went under the old record, and all it got her was silver. “It was motivating watching Katie destroy the world record from the ready room,” Grevers said. “That really got us psyched.”

room,” Grevers said. “That really got us psyched.” REUTERS Katie Ledecky set a new world record


Katie Ledecky set a new world record in the 1,500 freestyle by more than six seconds at the world swim championships in Barcelona.

Franklin cruised through a demanding double, easily winning the 100 backstroke before returning about an hour later to post the sec- ond-fastest time in the semifinals of the 200 free. “It’s tough, but it’s fun,” the 18-

year-old said. “I’m super happy with my 100 back. It really got me pumped up for the 200 free.” Grevers touched ahead of teammate David Plummer in the 100 back- stroke, and there were Americans on the podium in all five finals. Conor

Dwyer picked up a silver behind France’s Yannick Agnel in the 200 free, and Jessica Hardy chipped in with a bronze in the 100 breaststroke won by Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte. The only disappointment for the U.S. was Ryan Lochte, who labored to a fourth-place finish in the 200 free. “It wasn’t my night,” the three- time Olympian said. “But I have to put it behind me because I still have many races to swim.” He hopes to compete in seven events in Barcelona, despite not being able to train as much as usual this year while taking part in his reality television show, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” “It was kind of a tough swim for him,” Bowman said. “He has obvi- ously not had a season with his char- acteristic preparation. But he’s rac- ing tough. He’ll be back tomorrow. He’ll be fine.”

UFC’s White glad for healthy fighters, big shows


LOS ANGELES — When four UFC champions and their next opponents stood together on a stage Tuesday amid camera flashes and raucous cheers, the happiest man was in the middle. UFC President Dana White has healthy fighters, pleased television partners and a tantalizing slate of upcoming fall fights. It’s a big change from last year, when White spent untold months scrambling to replace injured stars and plugging holes in an ambitious schedule that devolved into a patchwork slate for

mixed martial arts’ dominant promo- tion. “It feels good to run your business again,” White said. “You’re on your heels the whole year, rebuilding cards that were already built and not focusing on building your business. Right now, everything couldn’t be better.” The unprecedented cancellation of UFC 151 last September was the low- est point in a year crammed with injury postponements and under- whelming cards. Many fans thought the UFC had booked too many shows with not enough quality fights to fill the schedule demands of its televi-

sion deal with Fox. “Last year, we had main events and co-main events falling off every card,” White said. “This year doesn’t compare to last year. We’re really building some momentum, and these fighters are going to keep it going.” White largely blames last year’s problems on injuries, and most of his important fighters are healthy heading into the fall. Every star fighter on stage for the promotional event at a downtown Los Angeles theater is eager for a starring role this fall. Georges St. Pierre, Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones and Cain Velasquez dis-

played their title belts and signed autographs for hundreds of fans on the Hollywood stop of an unusual six-day, 11-city promotional tour stretching across three continents. The champions traded barbs and posed for faceoffs with challengers Johny Hendricks, Miesha Tate, Alexander Gustafsson and Junior Dos Santos. St. Pierre, Rousey and Velasquez drew the biggest cheers from the crowd, which reserved its biggest boos for Jones and Tate. Jones, whose refusal to accept a late replace- ment opponent at UFC 151 partly forced the card’s cancellation, has

become an antihero to UFC fans despite his sparkling record and boundless talent. “You guys like to boo me, I’m real- izing,” Jones said with a grin to the jeering fans. “I feel like I’m growing up in front of an audience. But it’s fun. It’s a great business to work in.” Jones and Gustafsson will meet for the light heavyweight title in Toronto on Sept. 21. Hendricks gets his long-anticipated shot at welter- weight champion St. Pierre in Las Vegas on Nov. 16, while Velasquez and Dos Santos will complete their trilogy of title fights in Houston on Oct. 19.

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8/3 8/7 8/10 8/18 8/24 vs.Chivas @ Vancouver vs.K.C. @Dallas @Montreal 8p.m. 4:30p.m. 8p.m. 6p.m.
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NNFFLL HHOOUUSSTTOONN TTEEXXAANNSSSigned LB Joe Mays. IINNDDIIAANNAAPPOOLLIISS CCOOLLTTSSPlaced OT Brandon McKinney on injured reserve. Activated LB C.O. Prime off waivers. SSAANN FFRRAANNCCIISSCCOO 4499EERRSSWaived/injured LB Darius Fleming. Signed LB Travis Johnson to a three-year contract. SSEEAATTTTLLEE SSEEAAHHAAWWKKSSReleased TE Victor Marshall. Signed LB-TE Jameson Konz. TTEENNNNEESSSSEEEE TTIITTAANNSSSigned WR Justin Hilton. Waived WR Travis Harvey. BBAASSEEBBAALLLL AAmmeerriiccaann LLeeaagguuee BBAALLTTIIMMOORREE OORRIIOOLLEESSSent 1B Steve Pearce to Frederick (Carolina) for a rehab assign- ment. BBOOSSTTOONN RREEDD SSOOXXSent RHP Alex Wilson to Pawtucket (IL) for a rehab assignment. CCHHIICCAAGGOO WWHHIITTEE SSOOXXRecalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Charlotte (IL). Optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Charlotte. CCLLEEVVEELLAANNDD IINNDDIIAANNSSTraded SS Juan Herrera to St. Louis for LHP Marc Rzepczynski. HHOOUUSSTTOONN AASSTTRROOSSOptioned RHP Hector Ambriz to Oklahoma City (PCL). Recalled OF Che-Hsuan Lin from Oklahoma City. LLOOSS AANNGGEELLEESS AANNGGEELLSSDesignated OF Brad Hawpe for assignment. Optioned RHP Cory Rasmus to Salt Lake (PCL). Selected the contract of RHP Daniel Stange from Salt Lake. NNEEWW YYOORRKK YYAANNKKEEEESSReinstated INF Jayson Nix from the 15-day DL. Sent OF Curtis Granderson to Trenton (EL) for a rehab assign- ment. NNaattiioonnaall LLeeaagguuee AARRIIZZOONNAA DDIIAAMMOONNDDBBAACCKKSSAgreed to terms with RHP Brody Greer to a minor league contract.

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