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2008-09-30 21:00:33

By BAY AREA NEWS GROUP Football High school Nonleague, Friday Granada 24, Vintage 20 Granada 7 10 0 7-- 24 Vintage 0 0 13 7-- 20 G -- G. Atkinson 47 run (Victoria kick) G -- Schoennagel 5 run (Victoria kick) G -- Victoria 31 FG V -- Pappas 18 pass from Ryan (Avalos kick) V -- Huddleston 5 pass from Ryan (kick failed) V -- Roscoe 19 run (Avalos kick) G -- Victoria 7 pass from Van Galder (Victoria kick) Rushing: G -- G. Atkinson 12-129-1, Schoennagel 18-51-1, Pico...

2008-09-26 06:00:17

By Jeanine Benca LIVERMORE -- The park district's newly improved Web site has a host of user-friendly functions, including a key that can translate the entire site into more than 20 languages. Livermore Area Recreation and Park District officials say the renovated site will help members of Livermore's diverse ethnic community, especially non-English speakers, have better access to current information about parks and programs. A click from the homepage will activate Google Translate...

2008-09-25 21:00:25

By Amy Moellering By Amy Moellering LIVERMORE -- Relationships with siblings are often the longest lasting relationship during a person's lifetime. But what if one of the siblings has a disability? How does that affect them? Jace King, 13, and Taylor Cross, 19, are brothers who have the usual sibling struggles, but with the added challenge of Taylor's autism. "For nine years they were estranged and often couldn't even be in the same room together," said their mom Keri Bowers. And then...

2008-09-21 09:00:24

By Eric Louie LIVERMORE -- The running program at Rancho Las Positas Elementary School is one step closer to a new track after being recognized by the state for its efforts in promoting health. Last week, the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports named the Livermore school as the Bay Area Regional Award winner in the 2008 Governor's Challenge Competition. The award comes with $5,000 to promote fitness, which the school is putting toward a future track. Rancho Las Positas was...

2008-09-19 15:00:45

By Donna M. Perry LIVERMORE FALLS - SAD 36 Superintendent Terry Despres announced to school directors Thursday that the district and its partner, SAD 52, have been awarded a $425,118 federal grant to improve education opportunities. Despres said he learned of the award about 20 minutes before the meeting. The two districts together are one of 105 recipients in 41 states to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture distance learning and telemedicine grants totaling $28.2 million. In SADs 36...

2008-09-19 12:00:26

By Eric Louie LIVERMORE -- The Livermore teachers union rallied at school district offices Wednesday afternoon over what have been contentious contract negotiations on pay and benefits. The two sides, which have had a third-party mediator since declaring an impasse in January, appear far from settling the issue. Union leaders said about 400 people rallied, including members of the California School Employees Association and the Service Employees International Union. "We're probably one...

2008-09-05 15:00:25

By Donna M. Perry JAY - The School Committee voted unanimously Thursday to increase substitute teacher pay by $5 a day, effective immediately. The new rate is $55 a day for a substitute with no college degree, $60 for a two-plus-year degree, and $65 for a bachelor's degree. Superintendent Robert Wall told the board the pay rate likely had not been raised in more than 10 years. It is important to get good substitutes, he said, and he expected the increase to help. Other school...

2008-09-05 06:00:17

By Eric Louie The number of Tri-Valley schools failing to meet federal student achievement requirements is holding steady, but several have fallen further behind this year, according to the state Accountability Progress Report released Thursday. Although scores are higher for all districts, they have not risen for all schools. Twelve Tri-Valley schools failed to meet federal requirements. The report is based on the results of both the California High School Exit Exam and state...

2008-09-04 12:00:10

By Amy Moellering Fifth-grader Aubrey Krieger has been interested in science ever since she started a rock collection as a toddler. Her mother, Lainie, says Aubrey quickly moved on to mixing kitchen concoctions and science experiments. "My husband and I don't know where she gets this as neither of us shares that interest." Thankfully, when Aubrey was in first grade at Valley View Elementary in Pleasanton, Spectrum of Science offered after-school science programs. Aubrey has attended...

2008-08-29 06:00:39

By Margot Abbott VALLEY TIMES I HOPE YOU ENJOYED and are enjoying the real-life drama of the Olympics and the two conventions. Speechifying is an old, old American art form that has taken it on the chin in recent times. I've always been interested in good speech makers, just from a theatrical point of view, and must admit I get pretty disgusted with politicians who aren't any good at it. Seems like a must-have talent! I know it's too early to mention Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," but...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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