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Abracadabra!
Cupertino--De Anza College's annual "Night of Magic" fundraiser put a literal spin on the event with a performance by legendary magician David Copperfield. Copperfield levitated couches, performed card tricks, transported an audience member to Bali and, for his grand finale, levitated audience members on a large platform on stage.

His secret? Well, the master made all participants swear to keep his methods quiet.

This year's event raised $70,000 for an environmental program and the campus infant center.

K-smart Growth?
Willow Glen--San Jose's City Council listened to public criticism of a development planned for the southeast corner of Southwest Expressway and Fruitdale Avenue, where a Kmart currently stands, but then voted unanimously to approve the project's rezoning. The owner-developer, John Vidovich of De Anza Properties, still needs council approval for planning and building permits.

While nearby residents voiced concern, Vidovich said the proposed development was not the cause of the community's problems. "The project cannot solve the neighborhood's problems that are there," Vidovich said. "There is no reason to hold it hostage."

Kids Count
Sunnyvale--At the beginning of the New Year, Santa Clara County will become the only county in the United States to make health insurance accessible to all children. The program, managed and coordinated by a public agency called Santa Clara Family Health Plan, will consider as eligible any child whose parents have an income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. This year, a family of four with an income at or below $51,150 qualifies for the program.

"I'm tickled to be a part of this," says county Supervisor Pete McHugh.

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