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In East Palo Alto, some immigrant families opting out of benefits amidst news of possible ‘public charge’ rule changes

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The Trump administration may soon expand the criteria used to determine whether immigrants seeking permanent residency status are at risk of becoming a “burden to American taxpayers.” News of the proposed changes to the “public charge” test have spread through immigrant communities around the country, including in East Palo Alto.

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PepsiCo joins sparkling water craze

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Sparkling water sales have reached record levels in the past three years. In 2016 alone, $6.1 billion worth of sparkling water was sold in the U.S. These sales have largely been driven by millennial popularity with the fizzy drink. On Feb. 8, PepsiCo released its first line of sparkling water called Bubly. With this new product, Pepsi is joining the heavily saturated sparkling water market, currently dominated by competitor brand LaCroix. Pepsi marketed Bubly with two 30-second ads during the 2018 Academy Awards Ceremony, with celebrity sponsor Neil Patrick Harris making an appearance. The question remains — can PepsiCo compete with LaCroix to come out on top in the war on sparkling water?

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On the front lines of mental crisis: Dealing with mentally ill a growing challenge for SFPD

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SAN FRANCISCO — When Sean Moore, a 43-year-old with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was shot twice by a San Francisco police officer on Jan. 6, it triggered a police department investigation, a town hall meeting and months of headlines, as well as serious medical problems and criminal charges for Moore. The middle-of-the-night confrontation, which took place on the stairway leading to Moore’s front door, was the San Francisco Police Department’s first officer-involved shooting of 2017 and the first ever to be filmed on body cameras.

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