Latest John Simerman Stories

2008-10-09 06:00:30

By John Simerman In the land of fruits and nuts, your meat is just a bit too meaty for Uncle Sam. Beef and poultry lovers in California will get less fresh meat, pound for pound, under a federal rule change that requires the state to use the same weighing method as the rest of the country.

2008-09-21 21:00:23

By John Simerman LAFAYETTE -- Few can argue with the academic track record at the Acalanes Union High School District. Its four main schools -- Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramonte -- rank among the state's best. Nearly every student graduates. Many go on to elite colleges and universities.

2008-08-28 15:00:41

By John Simerman Richmond violated state environmental laws when it agreed to a 20- year, $335 million pact with an American Indian tribe to provide emergency services, roadwork and political support for a casino just outside city limits, a Contra Costa County judge has found.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]