Daily Archives: March 4, 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 71

Not a fan of neck and facial tattoos. I’m just saying. … How do you cover up that stuff?

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Coffeehouse observation No. 70

I’m back in more familiar territory today – empresso on Pacific Avenue in Stockton, CA, USA. It was quiet earlier, then bustling, now quiet again, but it may be building to bustling again. The coffee is good and strong, and beautiful women of all ages frequent the establishment. I’m guessing that has something to do with the draw of the businesses on the Miracle Mile, the adult school down the street, and the proximity to the University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College. Whatever the reason, I don’t mind. In rainy weather lately, I’ve been patronizing Exotic Java because it is next door to the Margaret Troke Branch Library on West Benjamin Holt Drive. (I typically walk to empresso in order to avoid a parking ticket and I don’t like walking in the rain that much. There is free parking at this particular library branch.) Nice baristas at Exotic Java and coffee that hits the spot, but it is a bit less active than empresso, probably because it is a block or two from Pacific Avenue. Oh, but it has a drive-through window, which makes it convenient for motorists. I can recommend both establishments.

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Maine’s Baldacci plan eases budget cuts | Kennebec Journal

Despite increased revenues,

next year will still see reductions

AUGUSTA – Gov. John Baldacci proposed to alleviate some of the deepest cuts in the state budget Wednesday by providing additional funds to support human services and education.

A revised state revenue forecast that projects a $51 million increase in receipts this fiscal year and next, and additional federal money, combined to give the governor and the Legislature $78.7 million of breathing room.

“Despite today’s good news, we know that our economy is fragile and recovery is far from certain,” Baldacci said during a news conference in his office.

Baldacci continued to characterize state spending as frugal, saying the current two-year budget will be $5.6 billion – a modest increase from his first budget, seven years ago, that was $5.4 billion.

Even with the increased revenue, state lawmakers face a $360 million shortfall.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Susan Cover in the Kennebec Journal.

Martins Point supports Haiti relief workers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Martins Point supports Haiti relief workers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Talking with the champ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Talking with the champ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine’s Wescott a Wheaties champion | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Wescott a Wheaties champion | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Bankruptcy court OKs MediaNews parent’s Chapter 11 plan | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal:

Bankruptcy court OKs MediaNews parent’s Chapter 11 plan – Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal:.