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Silicon Valley Almanack

For the Week of
May 11-17, 2000

Cover: The Monsanto Mash
Long before they were genetically modifying corn, potatoes and soybeans, Monsanto made a product right here in the valley. It was called Silicon. How the memory--and the mess--lingers on.


News: Cow Town
One Siberian husky's violent death marks the ongoing predicament of ranchers who say those encroaching urbanites don't understand.

Metropolis News Extras

  • Willow Glen: Church looks alive at 125.
  • Sunnyvale: City joins fight to keep SFO air traffic out of South Bay.
  • Cupertino: Bike advocates push pedaling on Bike to Work Day.

Kollective Unconscious: Krispy Kreme and IKEA ride high on bizarre wave of chain worship.

Public Eye: Mac-using supes ask, To PC or not to PC? Mayor invites cronies to Sharks game. When pheasants attack.


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Work: Government 'sexperts' approve a goofy new gadget in female orgasm technology.

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Lost Tapes Found: A rare glimpse into the bluegrass designs of Jerry Garcia is revealed on 'The Pizza Tapes.'

American Beauty: New Riders of the Purple Sage founder David Nelson still delivers psychedelic rock with a down-home twang.

Musical Spaces: New Music Works heads for new dimensions with the premiere of a new piece by Henry Brant.

Fountain of the Blues: Bo Diddley headlines this year's Metro Foundation Blues Festival at SJSU.

Indelible Musical Mark: Musicians and audience alike reveled in Yo Yo Ma's appearances with the San Jose Symphony.

Aural Fixation: Monkey heads list of local faves at South by South First benefit Sunday.

Audiofile: Reviews of new CDs by Brickhead and Dreams of the Fall.

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Figgis' Four-by-Four: Experimental split-screen 'Time Code' takes place four times at once.

Contrary Mary: A servant is as snobbish as her mistress in Ismail Merchant's 'Cotton Mary.'

Teenage Wasteland: Welsh rave scene roils with youthful energy in 'Human Traffic.'

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Oral Explosion: Aromatic curries will light the palate on fire at Krung Thai. Dress accordingly.

A La Carte: May 14 marks the day to do something special for the very first love of your life.


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