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Real estate: Downtown San Jose project adds towers in SoFA, preserves Bo Town site

SAN JOSE — A big mixed-use development of residential towers, a market, and restaurants slated to bring modern buildings to downtown San Jose’s hip and bustling SoFA district will also preserve the well-known Bo Town restaurant building. The Orchard, a project proposed by a real estate alliance of global mega-developer Westbank and local developer Gary Dillabough, would dramatically transform a choice section of the South First Area, or SoFA, a trendy district of restaurants, nightlife, theaters, and entertainment venues in downtown San Jose. Residential towers in The Orchard, a proposed mixed-use project in downtown San Jose at 300 S. First St., concept. // James KM Cheng Architects / WestbankYet the project, which is dubbed The Orchard, is also taking great care to preserve the Bo Town S

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The best robot vacuum deals happening right now — save $220 on the Roborock S6 Pure

  Summary List Placement A robot vacuum can make a huge difference in your life by cleaning messes for you with the touch of a button, but they can be pricey. Below, we've listed some of the best deals available now to help you save a bit when shopping. It doesn't take much convincing to get on board with robot vacuums. These nifty little cleaners relieve you from doing an everyday chore and they improve with every passing year. New robot vacuums can run on a schedule, offer more sucking power, and can even work within boundaries to avoid falling down the stairs.  Even though it seems like an obvious purchase to make, it's never a bad idea to save money on something you need, especially when it's an expensive item like a robovac. Here, we've rounded up the best robot vacuum deals from ar...

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The key ingredient that could hold back vaccine manufacturing

Pharma companies like Moderna and Pfizer need specialty lipids to help protect the mRNA in their Covid-19 vaccines. | Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesYou may not have heard of them, but lipid nanoparticles are key to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. As vaccines are distributed around the world, an effective end to the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be on the horizon. There’s a new vaccine from Johnson & Johnson now being delivered, with supplies soon to be boosted by a deal with the pharmaceuticals giant Merck. President Biden now says the United States will have enough doses for every American by the end of May. But still, many still want to know why there aren’t more shots to go around right now. Here’s part of the answer: We’re still racing to make a special type of lipid, a relatively unkn

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The Air Force says it can strap 15 guided bombs to an F-15E, allowing it to get other jets back into combat faster

Summary List PlacementEGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida — The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron successfully flew an F-15E Strike Eagle carrying six JDAMs on a single side of the aircraft on February 22, 2021, showcasing a proof of concept for Agile Combat Employment, known as "ACE." "Currently the F-15E is authorized to carry a max of nine JDAMs, but the success of this test expands that to 15 JDAMs," said Maj. Andrew Swanson, F-15E Weapons System Officer, 85th TES. "Strike Eagle can now carry enough JDAMs for an active combat mission, land at a remote location, and reload itself and/or another aircraft — such as an F-35 or F-22 — for additional combat sorties," said Lt. Col. Jacob Lindaman, commander, 85th TES. While not all the JDAMs carried can be employed in a single mission, this prov...

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An American contractor died of a heart attack as rockets rained down on a base hosting US troops in Iraq

Summary List PlacementThe Pentagon said that a US civilian contractor died of a "cardiac episode" while taking shelter during a rocket attack on a base in Iraq hosting US troops. Operation Inherent Resolve announced Wednesday that at approximately 7:20 am in Iraq, a total of ten rockets were launched by an unidentified force at Al Asad Airbase. Iraqi security forces are investigating the assault on the base. 10 Indirect Fire rockets and Iraqi Security Forces are investigating. — OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) March 3, 2021 In a separate statement, the Pentagon confirmed the attack on Al Asad. The rockets, which appear to have been fired from a position east of the base, were engaged by the base's Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) missile defensive sys...

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Trading for Orlando Brown Jr. is one way Chargers could fix O-line

The Chargers chose perfectly when they drafted quarterback Justin Herbert last year. It was a pick the organization needed to get right for various reasons, but now comes the hard part. For the next few years, the Chargers’ priority will be to provide Herbert with the best environment to succeed. That means a wealth of skill players, sharp-minded coaches, a stout offensive line and a harmonious organizational culture. Ask Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans about the last one. If the Chargers meet these criteria and turn into a perennial Super Bowl contender, Herbert and his surroundings can be their top priority for more than a decade. The Detroit Lions got that far with quarterback Matthew Stafford, but lacked postseason appearances in 12 seasons together and decided it was best to see

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Bay Area spring high school football watch list: Wide receivers, tight ends

After months of waiting, the high school football season is here. For some teams, the truncated season delayed since summer because of the coronavirus pandemic will start the weekend of March 12-13. For many others, the season will start a week later. The Bay Area News Group will have you covered throughout. With an assist from correspondent Mike Lefkow, here are the wide receivers and tight ends to keep an eye on this spring: Class of 2021 Drew Broch, TE, Bellarmine, 6-0, 180 Social: NA All-WCAL HM in 2019.  J.T. Byrne, TE, Carmel, 6-6, 238 Social: @JTByrne2 Three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, signed with Oregon State. Austin Flax, WR, Mountain View, 5-9, 180Social: @flax_austin Most valuable junior in SCVAL De Anza in 2019, signed with Drake University. Kelly Huesb...

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Family of slain Arcadia senior stunned that suspect could avoid life sentence

Chyong Jen Tsai, 76, was killed during a burglary and robbery at her Arcadia home in April 2019. (Courtesy photo Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)Diaz faced a possible sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted because the prosecutor charged him with “special circumstance” allegations that the murder was committed during a robbery and a burglary. But nearly two years after the slaying, 29-year-old Diaz now has a chance at a shorter sentence – 32 years 4 months to life in prison. Under Chyong Jen Tsai immigrated from Taiwan to America in 1985 with her two daughters to join her husband, Hsiu Nan Tsai. The 43-year-old’s English vocabulary consisted of “Hi”, “How are you?”, “My name is” and “Bye.” Her husband arrived earlier in New York the same year, then moved to Arcadia.

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‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ Lead 48th Annie Awards with 10 Nominations

Pixar’s ethereal “Soul” and Cartoon Saloon’s exquisitely hand-drawn “Wolfwalkers” — the two animated Oscar frontrunners — both grabbed 10 nominations each at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 48th Annie Awards (to be held virtually on April 16). Pixar collected another seven nominations from “Onward” to dominate the feature competition. “Soul” and “Wolfwalkers” are both expected to come away with the top prize from their respective feature and indie feature categories, but they compete head to head for direction (Pete Docter and Kemp Powers vs. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart), FX, character animation, character design, production design, score, storyboarding, and writing. “Soul” was additionally nominated for editorial, and “Wolfwalkers” for voice acting. But Jamie Foxx, who voiced “Soul’s” jazz pianist, Joe

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Joe Buck Quit Twitter, Then Returned Solely So That He Could Troll Angry Fans

For as long as he has been at Fox, Joe Buck has always had the proverbial target on his back. The advent of social media made it easy for angry viewers to share their frustrations. Any given NFL game that Buck and Troy Aikman are calling is sure to have both of their names trending on Twitter. Things once got so bad on Twitter that Buck chose to delete the app. Later, he returned, but not because he missed scrolling through the timeline out of boredom. Joe Buck deleted Twitter because of Red Sox and Phillies fans A few #Phillies fans heckling Joe Buck in front of the press box. Quite amusing.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) October 16, 2010 RELATED: Philadelphia Eagles Hilariously Booed in Home Stadium with No Fans in the Stands The cities of Boston and Philadelphia are known for

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Hertz stock investors will not be paid back under a reorganization plan as a chapter of the meme-stock saga comes to an end

Summary List PlacementHertz Global Holdings on Tuesday detailed its reorganization plan, which revealed that shareholders will get nothing. The restructuring proposal comes nine months after the car-rental company entered chapter 11 proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. It also closes out an early chapter of the meme-stock saga, which saw day traders pile into a stock that the company itself warned could soon be worthless.  As part of the reorganization, Hertz creditors will be paid back in full and unsecured bondholders can either be paid back at 70% of their investment or opt to convert into the new financing package. On Tuesday, Hertz  proposed a plan that would help it exit Chapter 11 with a sale of up to $4.2 billion in equity to Knighthead Capital Manage...

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Billionaire investor Mario Gabelli has scored a 6,200% gain on Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway

Summary List Placement Mario Gabelli bought $1.3 million of Berkshire Hathaway stock in the 1980s. The billionaire investor's stake in Warren Buffett's company is now worth $83 million. Gabelli paid an average of $6,000 for shares now worth over $370,000 each. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Billionaire investor Mario Gabelli has been richly rewarded for his faith in Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. The Gamco Investors CEO snapped up more than 200 of Berkshire's "A" shares for two of his funds in the late 1980s, he told CNBC this week. Gabelli paid an average of $6,000 for the shares, which now change hands at north of $370,000 each. Overall, Gabelli paid about $1.3 million for Berkshire stock worth $83 million as of Tuesday's close — an astounding 6,200% gain...

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Inside the cult of Cathie Wood, the rockstar stock-picker whose ETFs are dominating 2021

Summary List PlacementSo far, this year has belonged to Cathie Wood. You could argue last year did too. The founder of ARK Invest has seen flows into her active exchange-traded funds beat those of massive franchises like BlackRock's iShares, thanks to her blockbuster 2020 performance, which was driven by bets into mega-growth stocks like Tesla. Her funds have delivered eye-popping returns, with her flagship fund up more than 150% in 2020. Wood has built such a large following that an announcement about a new ARK fund moved markets. Her podcast has landed big-name guests such as Elon Musk. She's become a favorite of the r/WallStreetBets crowd. Insider spoke with investors in both Wood's business and funds, longtime colleagues, analysts at her firm, and fans who chart her rise through ne...

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Kathryn Hahn Is Stunned By The ‘Bonkers’ Success Of ‘Agatha All Along’ From ‘WandaVision’

It’s the “Jaja Ding Dong” of 2021, the song that you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try. “Who’s been messing up everything? / It’s been Agatha all along / Who’s been pulling every evil string? / It’s been Agatha all along.” Written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (the team behind “Let It Go”), “Agatha All Along” debuted during episode seven of WandaVision — since then, it’s charted on iTunes and inspired countless memes. Kathryn Hahn, the titular Agatha, still can’t believe it. “I don’t understand it. I know, it’s amazing. It’s so crazy,” she told host Seth Meyers about the reaction to “Agatha All Along” during Monday’s episode of Late Night. “I don’t have social media, so the whole thing was like filtered down through all this,” Hahn continued. “I was like,

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