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2008-08-27 12:00:55

By Denis Cuff A conservation group is buying 423 acres of Franklin Canyon land in Hercules where local residents voted in 2004 to block a developer's plans for 500 proposed homes, a hotel and shops. Bringing to a close one of Contra Costa's longest struggles over development versus preservation, the Martinez-based Muir Heritage Land Trust will announce today that it has negotiated a sales agreement to buy the land for $1.8 million from a group of investors. Muir, a nonprofit group, has...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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