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Five injured in SUV crash on I-680

Dec. 11, 2005 - A 4-year-old boy was hospitalized with major injuries after a sport-utility vehicle he was riding in overturned on Interstate 680 in San Jose on Saturday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The car's driver and three other passengers also were hurt, including an 8-month-old baby who suffered minor injuries. A 43-year-old San Jose woman, whose name was not released, was driving the tan 2001 Chevrolet Suburban when she lost control of the vehicle while making a turn.

The CHP closed the highway's McKee Road exit while the accident was cleared, reopening the off-ramp and highway lanes around 9:30 a.m.
Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to call (800) 835-5247.

Couple's death remains a mystery
San Mateo police are investigating the deaths of a San Mateo couple found in their home last week. On Friday afternoon, a relative asked police to check on Parvin Afshar, 65, and her 77-year-old husband, Yahollah Afshar, because he could not reach them that day. Officers found the couple dead when they arrived at the Afshars' home, at the 100 block of Harbor Seal Court, Sgt. Todd Mefford said.

One of the two residents may have died from a self-inflicted injury, though Mefford would not identify the injury or the victim. Police do not believe there are outstanding suspects and are investigating the cause and motive behind the couple's death. Anyone with information is asked to call the department's investigation division at (650) 522-7650 or the secret-witness line at (650) 522-7676.
-- HongDao Nguyen

Students hand out food for 400 families
Menlo Atherton High School students handed out more than 103,000 food items Saturday in an effort to feed 400 local needy families. It ranks as the school's largest food campaign. Earlier this year, the school identified hundreds of Menlo Atherton High School families through phone calls to see if they'd like a food donation, said Joe Fontana, the student activities director.
And about four weeks ago, students -- led by the school's leadership classes -- began collecting donations on campus and in the community. The effort included students asking customers at four local grocery stores for donations.

In the end, volunteers collected more than 100,000 pounds of canned goods and 20,000 pounds of rice. Foster Farms donated 1,000 chickens to give away, and the students raised $15,000 -- nearly double their goal -- to buy additional fresh food. On Saturday, needy families dropped by the school to pick up the food or volunteers delivered it to families who couldn't get to campus, Fontana said.
-- HongDao Nguyen

Mesothelioma Search Engine to Consolidate Medical and Legal Information

New lung cancer search engine provides information on medical and legal web sites for those researching this asbestos-caused killer cancer

Minneapolis, MN, February 25, 2006 --(PR.COM)-- On the one-year anniversary of the launch of their Vioxx Search Engine, Nielsen Technical Services today announced the launch of their Mesothelioma Search Engine.

Niche search engines or vertical search engines have increased in popularity, but the time and expense of creating and maintaining a search engine for a highly vertical segment of an available search audience is generally not a good investment financially. When asked about the financial viability of such a site, owner Chris Nielsen said, “We have some interested parties that would like to be associated with us and are exploring those options, but will not compromise our values for the sake of making a buck. The massive amount of money the asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers are spending have resulted in a feeding frenzy which has spawned thousands of sites and millions of pages of fluff, trash, and recycled content. I admit our site is expected to carry ads at some point, but that is not the reason for creating the site.”

Nielsen was then asked the reason for creating such a site. “I just could not find a central source to go for information where sites were not bidding or competitively optimizing for position and search engine ranking. Search engines are fighting to maintain relevancy but they are having problems. Many ‘scraper sites’ are only looking to get visitors that will click on ads to reach real content. If you try a search for ‘mesothelioma’ it should be clear what the problem is.”

As with their Vioxx medical and legal search engine, Mesothelioma Search Engine will carry no paid search engine results or paid inclusion of sites. The site has a form for visitors to suggest sites. The list of sites included in the index is posted on the site and available for download, a feature not offered by other search engines.

The company is indexing selected sites for those looking for more information such as patients, researchers, families, doctors, pharmacists, students, and those in the legal profession. This site is offered as a public service for those looking for information related to medical and legal information on mesothelioma lung cancer, or asbestos lung cancer for which there is no cure and is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers or asbestos dust.

About Nielsen Technical Services
The company is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been providing computer and software services since 1988. The Internet has transformed the company from a hardware services company into Internet consulting and specializes in search engine optimization.

Chris Nielsen
Mesothelioma Search Engine


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