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2008-08-02 03:00:16

By Julia Scott, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Aug. 2--A large number of dead harbor porpoises have been washing up on beaches in San Mateo County and elsewhere in the Bay Area this summer, and marine mammal experts are at a loss to explain what could be killing them. A total of 24 harbor porpoises -- 12 males, 9 females, and three still in utero -- have been discovered by beachcombers since early June, according to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. More carcasses are likely to show...

2008-07-31 12:00:55

By Neil Gonzales, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 31--FOSTER CITY -- Brewer Island Elementary third-grader Ryan Michelsen was excited to start a new school year. Why? "Because I like recess," he said. The 8-year-old was also happy to see familiar faces. "At my table, I sat with everyone I knew," he said. Brewer Island and six other year-round schools in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary District opened Wednesday with plenty of energy from students, parents and teachers but...

2008-07-27 12:00:37

By Neil Gonzales, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 27--Spending several months in civil war-torn Liberia confirmed Emily Sweet's career path. She had not been entirely sure what profession to go into following graduation from Duke University. But one day, she and her Liberian host -- a school principal -- talked about the educational challenges in the African country. "There were tons of adults in the community who wanted to go to school," said Sweet, 25, who went to Africa two...

2008-07-20 21:00:22

By Neil Gonzales, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 20--Local school leaders hope a new report by the San Mateo County Office of Education will help them avoid the kind of construction-related problems the San Mateo Union High School District has endured in recent years. The 14-page report, which provides districts a guide on how to manage campus construction and modernization effectively and efficiently, is a response to a county civil grand jury report last year criticizing the...

2008-07-16 21:00:17

By Julia Scott, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 16--PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA -- A team of state and federal fisheries agents served a search warrant in early July to a seafood processor suspected of buying illegally caught groundfish, according to federal officials. Workers at Exclusive Fresh, Inc. stepped aside to let the agents in July 1, according to Don Masters, special agent in charge of law enforcement for the National Marine Fisheries Service's southwest division. Officials seized...

2008-07-12 21:00:12

By Alan Fackler, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 12--The San Mateo County Health Department's Injury Prevention Program is distributing "Water Watcher" tags in an effort to increase water safety awareness and the supervision of young children. The tags are being released to address growing local concerns about accidental drowning and water injuries among children. Drowning is the leading cause of death and injury of children under the age of 5 in the state of California, according to...

2008-07-01 12:00:44

By Tim Simmers, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jul. 1--Airport service workers marched at San Francisco International Airport Monday, calling for better pay, benefits and training as a way to improve airline passenger customer service. The rally came as the busy summer travel season shifts into gear at SFO and other airports around the Bay. It also came on the heels of a report late last month by J.D. Power and Associates on airline passengers complaining about bad service because of...

2008-06-27 21:00:34

By Tim Simmers, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jun. 27--Given the steady stream of drugs Western doctors prescribe and the soaring costs of health care, a lot of people are looking for alternative treatments for what ails them. Some are finding it in Chinese herbal medicine, which uses the leaves, branches, roots, stems and seeds of natural plants to help treat maladies of all kinds, from anxiety and stress to asthma, the flu and stomach pain. The herbalists prepare strong brews and...

2008-06-24 12:00:00

By Michael Manekin, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jun. 24--BRISBANE -- The morning after a five-alarm wildfire painted San Bruno Mountain a fiery orange, Brisbane Mayor Michael Barnes gazed at a Cal Fire helicopter dropping a tiny bucket of water onto a wall of smoke off in the distance. The mayor and his family were among some 200 residents forced to evacuate during the Sunday night fire, and he was checking out the last gasp of a fire that some 12 hours earlier had nearly spelled...

2008-06-18 12:00:47

By Neil Gonzales, San Mateo County Times, Calif. Jun. 18--Josue Juarez reached a milestone Tuesday in his very young life. He graduated from preschool. Compared with many children his age, the 5-year-old from Redwood City now has an academic edge going into kindergarten this fall. "I learned the numbers, the ABC and sounds of letters," said Josue, who spent two years in the San Mateo County Office of Education's Preschool for All project. Many more Latino children like Josue should...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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