San Jose OKs Huge Google Downtown Deal Amid Opposition

Following hours of raucous debate that featured protesters chaining themselves to chairs, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to approve a $111 million land deal with Google with the potential to dramatically remake the downtown area of the 10th largest U.S. city and capital of Silicon Valley and shape the future of corporate sponsored urban redevelopment.

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Homes Filled With New Mysterious Pollutant, Study Finds

Don’t take a deep breath and don’t touch anything: Researchers have discovered a mysterious chemical is abundant in homes, the natural environment and electronic recycling facilities and which can be passed through skin contact or by breathing, is difficult to track and largely unregulated by the federal government.

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Homeowners Call California Program a Magnet for Fraud

An elderly California woman suffering from stroke, dementia and cancer claims in court that she was charged $129,000 — “more than double the normal price” — for work on her home she did not need, and to replace items she had recently upgraded. Five other poor, elderly homeowners also sued Oakland-based Renew Financial Holdings, on similar charges, in April.

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