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2007-07-08 09:16:28

By Elise Ackerman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 8--Veteran San Jose detective Mike Niehoff's dogged persistence has been the undoing of criminal street gangs and Internet frauds. It was an out-of-place detail in an out-of-town theft that tipped San Jose police detective Mike Niehoff to a massive Internet fraud. The case involved a small criminal crew that took advantage of three of the Silicon Valley's most trusted brands -- Craigslist, eBay and PayPal -- to steal tens of...

2007-05-10 00:00:12

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Cisco Systems, one of the Silicon Valley's biggest employers, has been accused by a federal agency of discriminating against minority job candidates. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined after reviewing five separate 2005 job applicant complaints that Cisco "demonstrated an ongoing pattern and practice of not hiring qualified, minority candidates based on their race, color and national origin," according to EEOC letters released to the San Jose...

2007-04-25 12:00:33

By L.A. Chung, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Apr. 25--April is national Donate Life month, a traditional way to focus our attention on the need for organ donation -- and what each of us can do personally to help. But if the recent experience of Esther Medina, a beloved community leader in San Jose, is any indication, our attention, indeed, is so very hard to hold nowadays. As well-known and respected as she is, Medina, the executive director of the Mexican American Community Services...

2007-01-28 12:00:34

By Mike Swift, Lisa M. Krieger and Rodney Foo, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jan. 28--Stanford Professor Bruce Wooley opened Friday's lecture on circuit design with a lesson about a more important set of connections. "If you feel stress -- and we all do, and sometimes it's positive -- say it to somebody," he told his students. "Find a friend. Talk to your research supervisor or any faculty member. Anybody, just so it doesn't build inside." "They heard me," Wooley, the genial chairman of...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.