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newspaper cover For the Week of
October 14-20, 1999

Cover: Ride of Passage
How former Silicon Valley engineer and Metro writer Andrew Pham's return to Vietnam became a journey of the heart and the source of a brilliant new book, 'Catfish and Mandala.'


News: Silicon Shake-Up
A decade after the Loma Prieta quake of 1989, structural engineers say the valley has enduring safety problems, namely that its tilt-up buildings are set to come tumbling down.

Metropolis News Extras

  • Saratoga: AT&T wants KSAR, KCAT cases to be heard in federal court.
  • Cupertino: Measure E bond on ballot in November.
  • Sunnyvale: Dead fields at two schools result from bad prep work.

Castle's in the Clouds: A brief foray into one woman's imagination.

Public Eye: Mineta won't return to Congress, ex-aide says. Councilwoman cusses. Reeps urge Dando to run for Assembly.


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Viva Death in Vegas: 'The Contino Sessions' injects electronica with a jolt of rock.

Dizzying Schubert: The San Jose Symphony whirls through dramatic reading of Schubert's 'Great.'

Aural Fixation: Gwen and company of No Doubt order a willing crowd about at the Edge.

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Brawl's Well That Ends Well: 'Fight Club' sends up America's macho culture.

Stamping 'The Limey': Steven Soderbergh's formula mystery targets Los Angeles decadence.

Anime Blues It: Even a surreal plot turn can't save Japanese anime 'Perfect Blue.'

Kiss and Tell: Teen girls wrestle with lesbian urges in 'Show Me Love.'

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'Meat' the Truth: The start-up work ethic is killing us.

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Art Smarts: Steve Martin tosses a bouquet of bons mots in 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile.'

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Immortal Zin: Bye-bye, simple merlot and overpriced, save-it-for-later cabs. Christina Waters writes about the glorious ascension of the big and brassy zinfandel.

A La Carte: Riga European Bakery brings a taste of the Old World to a new housing complex.


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