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  1. San Jose State fills non-conference schedule for 2016Read the original story w/Photo

    3 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

    The Spartans will host Portland State in 2016 and take on Cal Poly in 2017. It's the first time in program history playing Portland State and the 15th time facing Cal Poly.

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  2. Palo Alto's Zhang loses in semis at Pan Am GamesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jul 26 | Inside Bay Area

    Top-seeded Lily Zhang of Palo Alto lost 4-3 to Lin Gui of Brazil in the semifinals of the women's singles table tennis tournament at the Pan American Games in Toronto on Saturday. Zhang rallied to tie the match at three games apiece, winning Game 5 13-11 and Game 6 11-2 before Gui took the match with an 11-7 win in Game 7. Former Stanford star Nneka Ogwumike came off the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grab eight rebounds to help the West beat the East 117-112 in the WNBA All-Star game in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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  3. Q&A: Stanford VR expert on the new tech's promise and limitationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 24 | Contra Costa Times

    Mercury News reporter Troy Wolverton uses an Oculus Rift virtual reality system as founding director Jeremy Bailenson, left, and researcher Elise Ogle look on at Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Consumers will soon have their pick of four high-profile virtual systems from major electronics companies, including Facebook's Oculus Rift.

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  4. Stanford Prison Experiment: How accurate is the movie? Philip Zimbardo weighs inRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 24 | Inside Bay Area

    In August 1971, male undergraduates at Stanford University subjected one another to psychological abuse, sleep deprivation and sexual degradation in the basement of Jordan Hall. This wasn't some sick fraternity hazing ritual, but a university-approved study about prison behavior headed by Philip Zimbardo, a 38-year-old professor in the psychology department.

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  5. Allison Miller drumming up new sounds with bigger bandRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 22 | Contra Costa Times

    When drummer/composer Allison Miller brought her prodigious band Boom Tic Boom into the studio to make her last album, 2013's critically praised "No Morphine, No Lilies" , she was contending with family illness and the loss of several musical mentors. The resulting project clearly reflected her angst and sadness.

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  6. Film reignites debate about infamous 'Stanford Prison Experiment'Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 23 | Contra Costa Times

    "Guards" talk to "prisoners" during the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment. At one point, bags were put over "prisoners' " heads and "prisoners" were moved in response to rumors about a prison break being planned.

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  7. Review: 'Stanford Prison Experiment' a harrowing, visceral look into humanity's dark natureRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 22 | Inside Bay Area

    Smack dab in the middle of a season dominated by superheroes and minions comes "The Stanford Prison Experiment," a re-enactment of the shocking '70s psychology project so disturbing and infamous it remains a hot topic in textbooks and a cultural touchstone for conversations about the abuse of power by authority figures. It's the antithesis of the popcorn movie, a thought-provoking thriller of sorts and one of the summer's best films.

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  8. 'Voice-hearing' varies across culturesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 21 | Inside Bay Area

    Tanya Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, poses for a portrait in her office at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She acquired the artwork about 10 years ago.

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  9. Former Stanford track star aiming to merge sports, academicsRead the original story

    Friday Jul 17 | Contra Costa Times

    Stanford grad Erica McLain, an Olympic triple-jumper, is inspiring local youth to become athletes and STEM students. Erica McLain was a three-time NCAA triple jump champion at Stanford, but she is seeking to soar even farther these days.

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  10. Irish student injured in Berkeley balcony collapse emerges from comaRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 10 | Contra Costa Times

    The 21-year-old Irish woman who was celebrating her birthday with a group of friends when a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, killing six people and injuring seven others, has come out of her coma and is no longer in critical condition. Aoife Beary remains in the intensive care unit at Stanford with a head injury, however, and has a long road to recovery, Ireland's Consul General Philip Grant said Thursday.

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  11. Weekend Top 10: Phillip Phillips kicks of Stanford Live's summer seasonRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 9 | Inside Bay Area

    In his concert kicking off the Stanford Live summer season on July 10, he'll be paired with the fantastic cellist and pianist Dave Eggar. PAUL MORIGI/ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES "American Idol" winnner Phillip Phillips kicks off Stanford Live's summer performance series July 10 with a concert featuring acclaimed cellist Dave Eggar.

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  12. Stressing out? Good for youRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 1 | Contra Costa Times

    Kelly McGonigal, Stanford professor of health psychology, is photographed at Stanford University in Palo Alto on, June 27, 2015. McGonigal's latest book is "The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It."

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  13. Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery celebrates 150 yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jul 4 | Contra Costa Times

    Designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted , the so-called garden cemetery is noteworthy for its stately avenues and winding roadways, its native live oaks and imported Italian stone pines, its plethora of grave stone markers and its elaborate mausoleums. It is the resting place of famous figures and ordinary people: railroad builder and banker Charles Crocker, author Frank Norris, captain of industry Henry J. Kaiser, and architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck.

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  14. Quinn: Where is the San Francisco-based tech boom taking us?Read the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jul 4 | Contra Costa Times

    And, of course, the untold others that tell you if your friends are nearby or offer new ways of sharing photos. And if you just want to say "Yo," a San Francisco startup will help you do that on your smartphone.

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  15. Kim Kardashian and Judge LaDoris Cordell on Commonwealth stage togetherRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 29 | Contra Costa Times

    So why's Kim Kardashian, a pop culture phenom known for her, er, substantial assets doing a sit-down interview with a respected South Bay judge known for her staunch defense of human and civil rights? She picked her. "Kimmie wants me.

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  16. Kim Kardashian and Judge LaDoris Cordell on Commonwealth stage togetherRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jun 29 | Contra Costa Times

    So why's Kim Kardashian, a pop culture phenom known for her, er, substantial assets doing a sit-down interview with a respected South Bay judge known for her staunch defense of human and civil rights? She picked her. "Kimmie wants me.

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  17. Wolverton: Virtual reality offers promise and problemsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 26, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    In recent months, I've seen a Tyrannosaurus rex stomp right toward me in a museum hallway and got to experience being Stanford's quarterback. But I felt something like a cyborg.

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  18. Stanford: Man charged with spray painting swastikas on student residencesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 26, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    A 19-year-old man was arraigned Thursday in connection with the spray painting of swastikas and other graffiti on two student residences at Stanford University earlier this year. Lucas Joseph Ninow is facing one count each of felony vandalism, misdemeanor vandalism and misdemeanor hate crime, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

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  19. Lakers draft Stanford's Anthony BrownRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 25, 2015 | Inside Bay Area

    Stanford Cardinal's Anthony Brown takes a shot against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the second half of their 2015 National Invitation Tournament Division I Men's Basketball quarterfinal game at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Stanford guard Anthony Brown was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the NBA draft Thursday.

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  20. Warriors draft UCLA's Kevon LooneyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 25, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    Kevon Looney, right, greets NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 30th overall by the Golden State Warriors during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. Looney, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, is a Milwaukee native who left UCLA after a freshman season in which he averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

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