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2008-07-22 21:00:34

By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 22--In Silicon Valley's famous "trees vs. solar panels" battle, the trees have won. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed into law a bill that guarantees if California property owners plant a tree before a neighbor installs solar panels on their roof, then the neighbor can't require the tree to be cut or trimmed back, even if it grows to cast shade on the panels. The bill, SB 1399, written by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo...

2008-07-22 00:00:38

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ As daycare provider Harold Taylor led the toddlers to the play structure in his chilly backyard, he asked his wife, Bertha, to grab the sweaters. She pulled out an old blue hooded sweatshirt that her grown son had worn 20 years ago, and put it on 2-year-old Coby Hofmann. It had a drawstring at the hood -- a drawstring that, while Coby was going down the slide, strangled him. In dramatic and tearful testimony Monday, Harold Taylor spoke publicly for the first time about...

2008-07-21 15:00:31

By Scott Duke Harris, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 18--Internet tycoon Barry Diller recently likened Facebook to a "Princess phone"- a communications fad. But now one of Diller's biggest brands, Evite, is reinventing itself as a competitor in the social network arena with help from Silicon Valley companies. Waiting in the wings: an Evite application for Facebook. Evite, part of Diller's IAC empire, is planning to unveil its new look and social tools in a splashy debut next...

2008-07-08 21:00:24

By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 8--The Santa Clara Valley Water District today extended the contract of its interim CEO, continuing a relationship in which she will work part-time and receive $432,000 this year by drawing both a state government pension and receiving a salary from the agency. The board voted 7-0 to continue Olga Martin Steele's contract for another six months, until Dec. 31, while it searches for a permanent chief executive. Board members praised...

2008-07-08 18:00:05

By Mike Antonucci, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 8--The creators of Scrabulous, the wildly popular but unauthorized version of Scrabble on Facebook, said they had no plans to drop their project, despite the launch of a licensed version of the game on the site. "Our aim has and will always be, the satisfaction of our users. We strongly believe that people should have the option of playing what they like, rather than be forced by developers into using something they offer only for...

2008-07-08 12:00:08

By Mike Antonucci, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 8--The online Scrabble wars heated up Monday with an announcement that Electronic Arts will launch a licensed version of the game this month on Facebook, where the unauthorized adaptation called Scrabulous is thriving. The version from Redwood City-based EA, free for users and at least initially without advertisements, will be available "mid-to-later this month," said Chip Lange, general manager for EA Hasbro Games. Scrabulous,...

2008-07-07 21:00:12

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The online Scrabble wars heated up Monday with an announcement that Electronic Arts will launch a licensed version of the game this month on Facebook, where the unauthorized adaptation called Scrabulous is thriving. The version from Redwood City, Calif.-based EA, free for users and at least initially without advertisements, will be available "mid-to-later this month," said Chip Lange, general manager for EA Hasbro Games. Scrabulous, which claims more than 450,000 daily...

2008-06-25 21:02:26

By Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jun. 25--Lovers of tap, jazz, hip hop and all-things Broadway will gather this week in celebration of the 50th anniversary of a beloved Campbell dance studio. About 100 students from Marie Stinnett Dance will perform Thursday through Saturday at the Campbell Community Center in a biannual affair. This year, the acts pay homage to music written by Ray Charles, Barry Manilow and the Cheetah Girls. Since 1958, Marie Stinnett has taught...

2008-06-24 09:02:59

The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Sunday, June 23: ___ If the tomato salmonella outbreak didn't make you nervous about the food you buy, this should: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that for every salmonella case it receives, 38 are not brought to the attention of doctors. The federal government needs to overhaul its system for inspecting and regulating the food supply. Consumers should demand it. The first step? Consolidating the food-safety...

2008-06-24 02:29:55

By Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jun. 23--"Popular!" -- the hit song from "Wicked" -- perfectly sums up the Stephen Schwartz songbook. He's that rare Broadway composer whose shows have transcended generations of musical theater hits from landmarks such as "Pippin" (1972) and "Godspell" (1976) to the current smash hit "Wicked" (2003). Schwartz may not be as well known as Andrew Lloyd Webber or as esteemed as Stephen Sondheim, but there is a miraculously buoyant quality to...


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bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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