Complaint filed against Samsung for alleged religious discrimination against Muslim man

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint against Samsung on behalf of a Muslim man who alleges religious discrimination during a job interview at the company in 2017, CAIR said Oct. 25. The man interviewed at the company in Menlo Park in October of last year and was allegedly asked inappropriate questions regarding […]

Man convicted of ‘catfishing’ students in Gilroy arrested for alleged sex crime

CAMPBELL, Calif. — A man who has previously been convicted of catfishing students while teaching in Gilroy was arrested Oct. 16 in Campbell for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a minor, police said. Douglas Le, 27, allegedly met a minor on the “Grindr” dating application with the intent of having a sexual relationship in […]

San Mateo Supes appoint new county poet laureate

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has appointed the county’s third-ever poet laureate and its first who is an Asian American, county officials said. San Mateo resident Aileen Cassinetto was appointed Oct. 23 to the honorary role, which involves celebrating and elevating poetry around the county. The position was created in 2013 and Caroline […]

Failed screenwriter-turned-critically acclaimed novelist Joe Ide

While author Joe Ide may have taken a roundabout route to discover his professional calling, once he did, his hard work and talent — along with a boost from some unlikely sources, which included an NBA Hall of Famer and a political science expert — his career path now appears to be heading steadily toward […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: You say vee-gan, I say vehj-an

Although I completed my undergrad studies in nutritional science way back in the ‘80s, and actually spent a year in the master’s program at the University of Hawai‘i, there was one thing I never understood. Why are people who adhere to a strict vegetarian diet referred to as vee-gans (vegan)? Since it’s a vegetable-based diet […]

Japan confirms journalist held in Syria for 3 years released safe

TOKYO  — Japan confirmed Oct. 24 that freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing more than three years ago in Syria, has been released and is safely in a Turkish immigration facility, adding that he would be brought home at the earliest opportunity. “I have received a report that he is speaking normally to (Japanese) […]

Let’s Talk … About therapy

People sometimes ask, “How do I know I need therapy?” “How do I find a therapist that will truly understand me?” There are certainly long and detailed answers to these questions, but here are some condensed thoughts that may be helpful in answering these questions. Generally, when a person is feeling that life is not […]

Benicia man arrested on suspicion of rapes in six counties over 27 years

A Benicia, Calif. man who worked for 25 years at the University of California, Berkeley was arrested Sept. 20 in Berkeley on suspicion of sexually assaulting 10 women in at least six counties between 1991 and 2006. Law enforcement agencies and district attorneys from the counties announced the arrest of Roy Charles Waller, 58, allegedly […]

70-year-old former Campbell man sentenced in $7 million Ponzi scheme

A 70-year-old former Campbell man convicted of wire fraud and money laundering in a $7 million Ponzi scheme was sentenced in U.S. District Court Oct. 5 to five years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced. Kevin Kyes, formerly of Campbell but most recently a resident of Roseville, was convicted on 17 counts of wire […]

Contra Costa Co.: DA joins program to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice

Contra Costa County has partnered with Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform as well as the Center for Children’s Law and Policy for a program aimed at reducing ethnic and racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. According to county staff, white people make up around 46 percent of the county’s general population, yet […]

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