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Silicon Valley Almanack

For the Week of
December 17-23, 1998

Cover: Sworn to Secrecy
The hushed-up story behind the unraveling of the Santa Clara County civil grand jury.


News: The Slime That Ate San Martin
When San Martin taxpayers shelled out $6 million for a spanking new courthouse, they didn't know it would take on a life of its own.

Hello, Goodbye: As San Jose's District 3 council contrarian David Pandori leaves office, newcomer Cindy Chavez has some tight boots to fill.

Metropolis News Extras

  • Los Gatos: Fanelli moves into Board seat.
  • Cupertino: City drafts first comprehensive bicycle plan.
  • Saratoga: Sandbag machine makes prevention a self-service affair.

Public Eye: Assessor casts the first stone over audit.

Seasonal Allergies: The annual disease of Last-Minute Holiday Shopping has hit once again as millions challenge the consumer calendar.


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Hole Lotta Love: Courtney Love and her band Hole make some noise at the Not So Silent Night concert. Plus revealing photos of Courtney on stage.

Points to Success: The Cactus Club celebrates 10 years of rocking in downtown San Jose.

Precious Memories: A new five-CD series from Peacock charts the history of gospel music.

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Tinseltown Tender: In A Simple Plan and You've Got Mail, Hollywood figures that money is just too much of an obligation for simple folk to bear.

Pyramid Scheme: DreamWorks takes no chances with The Prince of Egypt.

Jerry's Kids: Ringmaster gives poor folks a shot.

What a Draag: Animated sci-fi cult favorite Fantastic Planet returns.

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Turkey Jerky: No matter many times she does it, Christina Waters writes, mom can't quite get the turkey right. But you can, if you just follow the simple directions.

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A 'Night' to Remember: Flamenco flourishes add to air of romance in SJ Rep's 12th Night.

A Joyous Noël: The 'Laughter' is present and accounted for in TheatreWork's production of Coward classic.


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