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[By Beat News Service | 12 May 2011 | 5 Comments]

(5/12) — UPDATE 10:18 PDT — SAN JOSE CALIF, — Two of the three people killed in a double-murder suicide were students of San Jose State University, the school announced during a Thursday morning press conference.

The third shooting victim — believed to be the gunman who shot the two students inside a car on the fifth-floor of a school parking lot before turning the gun on himself — did not attend the university, but was married to one of his shooting victims.

[By Lizeth Cazares | 3 May 2011 | One Comment]
Davis State of Mind

The city of Davis might have its own anthem — all thanks to a group of University of California Davis Law School students.

Their song “Davis State of Mind” has gone from a talent show project, to a viral video on YouTube. For those who haven’t seen it: “An articulate and funny tour of Davis,” said Alex Pacheco, one of the video’s creators.

[By Andrew Leonard | 27 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
The Hat Creek Radio Observatory facility in Shasta County. Courtesy Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill/ PHOTO

Contact? In this economy, not for a while.

Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI is an institute that tasks itself with searching for extraterrestrial beings through the analysis of radio signals from space. The institute said last week that it would temporarily “hibernate” their Shasta County-based observatory due to a budgetary crisis.

[By Beat News Service | 18 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
Gerald Morlidge/ SPECIAL TO THE BEAT

Only one of the three remaining survivors of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire commemorated the 105th anniversary of the disaster early Monday morning in front of Lotta’s Fountain.

Sirens blared shortly after 5 a.m. to mark the exact time the Great Earthquake struck the city and killed thousands of its residents.

[By Steven Luo | 11 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
The departures lobby at SFO's Terminal 2 is visually stunning -- and provides an unusually long walk to the checkin counters for those coming through the center doors. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 is, like many other airport terminals built in recent years, an aesthetic wonder. High ceilings, vast open spaces, ample natural lighting, and artwork combine to create a welcoming environment for travelers — a far cry from the gloomy passenger terminals of old.

But what really sets this terminal, reopening to passengers Thursday after a $383 million renovation project, apart from others is the attention to details — like power outlets and taps to fill water bottles — that the modern traveler will appreciate.

[By Beat News Service | 10 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments]
Caltrain riders are unhappy over plans to cut service by more than 50 percent by this summer.

Caltrain passengers reacted with outrage this week after the agency unveiled a sweeping proposal, set to go into effect this summer, that eliminates more than half of existing train service, closes underused stations and raises fares for all passengers.

The agency warned of an ominous operating deficit of $35.7 million by the end of the 2012 fiscal year and told riders that it would be become impossible to afford operating the current number of trains.

[By Beat News Service | 2 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments]
A conceptual design of a BART car of the future. (Courtesy BART)

A team of BART employees, hard at work designing the agency’s next generation of train cars, is considering the installation of narrower and potentially cushion-less seats in the new fleet.

The agency has been holding a “seating lab” at its South Hayward maintenance yard where collections of transit seats from rail agencies across the United States are being evaluated by employees for the new cars.

[By California Beat | 30 Jan 2011 | No Comments]

The hoodie showdown went down on NBC’s Saturday Night Live when “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg and SNL star Andy Samberg were surprised on-stage by the man they portray in film and television: the founder and CEO of Palo Alto-based Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg stood beside the two — in the flesh — in an uncanny appearance that was in the words of Samberg, “awkward.”

[By Beat News Service | 17 Jan 2011 | No Comments]
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts (left) is joined by his Assistant Chief of Police Howard Jordan at a community meeting in the Oakland Hills.

A series of leadership changes — including the possible hiring of Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts as San Jose’s Chief of Police — is poised to expand a series of shake-ups affecting three of the Bay Area’s largest and most high-profile police departments — each facing dwindling budgets and public scrutiny from widely publicized scandals.

Batts is competing with current San Jose Police Interim Chief Chris Moore — a favored candidate amongst rank-and-file San Jose officers — to head the police department in the city that coins itself as the “safest big city” in the country, the San Jose Mercury News reported Sunday evening.

[By California Beat | 30 Dec 2010 | No Comments]

There was no shortage of news in 2010.

The year’s events spanned the range from triumphant to tragic, from stories with eagerly anticipated endings to wholly unexpected surprises.