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The Mercury News The Mercury News, covering news, sports, business, entertainment and more in Silicon Valley and beyond since 1851. A Digital First Media publication.

Part of the Bay Area News Group The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose DMA is fifth largest in the nation. The Mercury news delivers the most affluent and educated consumers in this key market. Founded in 1851, the Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization has the best reach and demographics in Santa Clara County and the rest of Silicon Valley, the economic powerhouse that drives the entire DMA. The Mercury News and Bay Area News Group offer a comprehensive menu of additional digital and print marketing resources .

Part of the Bay Area News Group The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose DMA is fifth largest in the nation. The Mercury news delivers the most affluent and educated consumers in this key market. Founded in 1851, the Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization has the best reach and demographics in Santa Clara County and the rest of Silicon Valley, the economic powerhouse that drives the entire DMA. The Mercury News and Bay Area News Group offer a comprehensive menu of additional digital and print marketing resources .

Mission: We are passionate about serving readers in Silicon Valley and its global electronic community, reporting and writing accurately and fairly, shining a light on injustice and defending the public's right to know. We will reflect the changing demographics of the community in both coverage and hiring, recognizing that diversity is a core component of accuracy. Two stories are central to our mission: the impact of technology and the changing demographic landscape of America.

The Postal Service’s inspector general also will examine possible conflicts of interest involving new Postmaster General...
08/15/2020
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The Postal Service’s inspector general also will examine possible conflicts of interest involving new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has donated $2.7 million to President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans, according to Shaloni Sharma, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who requested the investigation.

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The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland for the first time. Until the cluster was discovered Tu...
08/15/2020
New Zealand scrambles to contain virus cluster

The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland for the first time. Until the cluster was discovered Tuesday, New Zealand had gone 102 days without infections spreading in the community.

Renewed business shutdowns have forced a growing number of employers to switch from furloughs to full-fledged layoffs, p...
08/15/2020
Coronavirus economy: Layoffs jolt wide range of Bay Area workers

Renewed business shutdowns have forced a growing number of employers to switch from furloughs to full-fledged layoffs, partly because they have no idea when — or how — they can reopen.

Some Bay Area companies that had attempted to hang on by using furloughs have now decided that in the wake of renewed business shutdowns ordered by state and local government agencies, they must un…

Here's a list of cooling centers open during the heat wave!
08/14/2020
Bay Area Heat Wave: Here’s where you can stay cool

Here's a list of cooling centers open during the heat wave!

With Bay Area temperatures expected to rise above 100 degrees in many areas over the next few days, a number of cooling centers around the Bay Area will be open and available for the public to get …

Two hunters saw a woman leaning against a tree. She did not approach them or appear distressed, they said, but upon retu...
08/14/2020
Sighting reported of woman missing 6 weeks in Sierra

Two hunters saw a woman leaning against a tree. She did not approach them or appear distressed, they said, but upon returning from the forest they realized she was the woman on a missing-persons flier.

They didn’t realize until later that she was the woman on the missing-person flier.

NEW: People across the Santa Clara County jail system are staging a hunger strike to protest jail conditions that includ...
08/14/2020
Santa Clara County jail inmates, families launch hunger strike to protest conditions

NEW: People across the Santa Clara County jail system are staging a hunger strike to protest jail conditions that include a series of recent COVID-19 outbreaks and as a way to participate in ongoing movements for racial justice spurred by the police killing of George Floyd.

Organizers say action is also meant to give the county’s incarcerated population a way to join ongoing racial justice movements and call out police brutality.

The Postal Service has told several states — including California — there is "significant risk" voters will not have eno...
08/14/2020
Postal Service warns of ‘significant risk’ of late ballots

The Postal Service has told several states — including California — there is "significant risk" voters will not have enough time to complete their ballots and return them on time under current state laws.

The Postal Service itself has gotten pulled into a political fight, with Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday saying he objected to providing funds for the struggling service or mail votin…

The endorsement comes as President Donald Trump has acknowledged starving the postal service of money in order to make i...
08/14/2020
Major postal workers union endorses Joe Biden for president

The endorsement comes as President Donald Trump has acknowledged starving the postal service of money in order to make it more difficult to vote by mail in November’s election.

Trump’s ramped up animosity toward the postal service drew the attention of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who said it amounted to an unprecedented effort by a president to ” kneecap th…

Tavon Austin may be a widely known name, but he won't solve the Niners' biggest offensive problem.
08/14/2020
Kurtenbach: The 49ers still have a glaring hole at wide receiver

Tavon Austin may be a widely known name, but he won't solve the Niners' biggest offensive problem.

The 49ers reportedly signed brought two new wide receivers to camp, but neither JJ Nelson nor Tavon Austin will provide what San Francisco really needs.

JUST IN: A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ended California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazin...
08/14/2020
Appeals court kills California’s ban on high-capacity magazines

JUST IN: A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ended California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, arguing that the law violates the constitutional right to bear arms.

The 2016 ban ‘strikes at the core of the Second Amendment,’ a judge wrote in majority opinion.

It’s the first time an MLB team has offered up its facility as a voting site.
08/14/2020
Dodgers team with LeBron for stadium polling site

It’s the first time an MLB team has offered up its facility as a voting site.

Thursday’s announcement is the culmination of a partnership between the Dodgers, the city, and More Than a Vote, the organization LeBron helped to create in June to combat voter suppression.

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Welcome to The Mercury News

We’re proud to be your source for important local news in Silicon Valley and coverage of its global technology community, reporting and writing accurately and fairly, shining a light on injustice and defending the public’s right to know.

On our page, you’ll find coverage on a variety of news topics ranging from public safety to business to sports, entertainment, housing and transportation. Our goal is to provide an engaging experience for our readers and empower citizens to seek truth and accountability.

If you want to support quality local journalism, please consider signing up for a subscription so we can continue delivering stories that make a difference in the Bay Area.

Here’s a look at some of the work we’re most proud of:

Our new housing shortage team is committed to covering a critical issue in the region

We formed a special news desk to provide greater coverage of a critical issue in our community -- the Bay Area housing shortage.

The team has produced over 200 stories from affordable housing initiatives to the construction worker shortage to President Trump’s $200 billion infrastructure plan. More recently, you’ll find their in-depth coverage of who’s to blame for the housing shortage (it’s not just tech), reports of landlords sexually harassing vulnerable tenants, income inequality in the Bay Area is among the nation’s highest and, as indicated by the record-shattering $2 million sale of a modest one-story home, Sunnyvale has become the region’s new hot market. Here’s what our executive editor Neil Chase had to say:

Our coverage of the Ghost Ship Fire won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news

Bay Area News Group journalists, who produce coverage for the East Bay Times and the Mercury News, were the first to uncover problems with the city’s inspections and permitting of the Ghost Ship building, initially reporting the issue less than 12 hours after the blaze. In subsequent days and weeks, the coverage expanded to encompass the lives of the victims, mostly young artists and musicians, and the housing crisis that has driven so many Bay Area residents into substandard dwellings like the Ghost Ship. Click here to read ongoing coverage of the Ghost Ship fire.

Hey sports fans! Need a podcast for the road?

Ask any NBA fan who the best team in the NBA is, and they will likely say Golden State. But are the Warriors as good as advertised. Dieter Kurtenbach of the Bay Area News Group wonders if the league’s best team is really all its cracked up to be.

In his podcast, Daily Dieter, Kurtenbach analyzes the biggest stories from the Warriors, Raiders, 49ers, Giants, A's, and Sharks every weekday with his trademark irreverence, insight, and wit. You can subscribe here.

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