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[By Tim Jue | 5 May 2016 | No Comments]
International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh presents San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with a gift from British Airways: a model Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner airplane.

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Cheers, applause and a British-themed celebration marked the launch of a long-sought non-stop flight between Silicon Valley and London on British Airways Wednesday evening.

“Not since the Beatles landed on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ has a British invasion had a greater impact on the United States of America than today,” quipped San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo as he welcomed the airline Wednesday.

[By Tim Jue | 16 Mar 2016 | No Comments]
British Airways Boeing 787-9 arrives at London Heathrow on 30 September 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area travelers are finding plenty of new options as of late when it comes to flights for long-haul international travel. 

Starting May 4, they’ll have one more.

[By Beat News Service | 25 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

The California Highway Patrol and local police agencies reported at least a dozen traffic deaths on Northern California roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday, marking a bloody increase in the number of fatalities during one of the busiest periods for travel each year.

One of the deadliest crashes happened Saturday evening when a 2004 Toyota Prius crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a van on Highway 50 east of Placerville.

[By Beat News Service | 21 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Memorial services for Rory Park-Pettiford, the San Jose man killed during a robbery rampage Friday, are scheduled for Saturday. (Courtesy Photo)

Memorial services have been scheduled for Saturday for Rory Park-Pettiford, the man killed by two armed robbers during a carjacking attempt outside a San Jose 7-11 convenience store Friday night.

Police said Park-Pettiford, 22, of San Jose became the innocent victim of a robbery rampage targeting four businesses committed by Jonathan Wilbanks and a 15 year-old boy who was arrested in Concord Friday. 

[By Beat News Service | 18 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Police arrested Jonathan Wilbanks, 26, of San Jose in connection with a series of robberies, a murder and wounding of a police officer Friday night. (Courtesy San Jose Police Dept.)

Residents in several San Jose neighborhoods said Sunday they were still shaken following a violent citywide robbery spree that left one man dead and a police officer wounded Friday night.

San Jose Police said 26-year-old Jonathan Wilbanks of San Jose and another unidentified man who police are still searching for began the spree by holding up a Little Caesar’s Pizza Restaurant on the 2800 block of Story Rd. at 7:25 p.m. In each robbery, Wilbanks and the second suspect presented a gun and demanded money from employees.

[By Steven Luo | 7 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

In what is fast becoming a biennial tradition, the Bay Area’s cash-starved local governments went to voters hat in hand, and for the most part, came away with what they asked for.

Of 48 tax or bond measures on the ballot in the six core Bay Area counties, 36 passed, including 13 measures requiring a two-thirds supermajority — though Alameda County voters appeared to be more skeptical than their regional counterparts.

[By Andrew Leonard | 12 Sep 2012 | No Comments]

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – Apple Inc. has announced the much-anticipated update to their iPhone line, the iPhone 5.

During a press event held in San Francisco, Apple showed off specifications and high-resolution pictures confirming months of rumors about the new iPhone.

Apple’s 6th iPhone boasts a unique improvement over prior incremental improvements: a new, 4-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The larger “Retina” display boasts an impressive 1136×640 pixel resolution, nearing that of some of their notebook computers.

Other improvements to the line include a faster A6 processor, better battery life, better front- and rear-facing cameras, an additional microphone, better call audio quality, slimmer dimensions, and less weight (down to 112 grams from 140). Instead of glass, Apple is now using aluminum for the back casing, which should improve durability.

[By Steven Luo | 23 May 2012 | One Comment]
President Obama giving his speech. (Vanessa Guerra / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(5/24) — 02:30 PDT — REDWOOD CITY — In the midst of a 16-hour Bay Area visit expected to net millions for his reelection campaign, President Obama looked to energize supporters and draw contrasts with his opponent in a speech before more than a thousand paying supporters at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City Wednesday night.

“On issue after issue, [the Republicans] want to go backwards,” Obama said, saying that he was instead “moving forward to a country where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

[By Steven Luo | 22 May 2012 | No Comments]
President Barack Obama waves as he deplanes Air Force One. (Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Want to see the President speak during his latest fundraising swing through the Bay Area? Be prepared to pay up.

President Barack Obama will attend three Silicon Valley events in support of his 2012 re-election bid and the Democratic Party on May 23 and 24, including a Redwood City rally expected to draw hundreds of supporters, the Political Beat has learned.

The President will speak at a 6 p.m. rally at Redwood City’s 1,348-seat Fox Theater. Tickets for the event start at $250 per person; seats closer to the stage are priced at $1,000, and for $7,500, guests can be photographed with the President backstage.

[By Beat News Service | 10 Apr 2012 | No Comments]
An artist's rendition of the future Milpitas BART Station. (Courtesy BART)

The project to bring BART to San Jose — dreamed about and discussed for decades — is finally happening.

Santa Clara County transportation officials and a host of local politicians will formally break ground on construction Thursday afternoon on BART’s $2.3 billion Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project, which will bring train service from Warm Springs into San Jose’s city limits.