Bonnie Kalanick - Mother of Uber Head Travis Kalanick Dies in CA Boating Accident

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But their vessel hit a rock in Fresno County, California. Bonnie and Donald Kalanick, parents of Uber head Travis Kalanick, were experienced boaters. Bonnie, 71, died at the scene.    The cause of death has not yet been determined. Donald is being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Here are the details from the media. Place your sponsored content on this syndicated site. High Google Rankings. Brandname incoming links.

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A "energetic sign-waver" is wanted in Fresno, California.    There's no mention of reimbursement of relocation costs. Here are details and how to apply.


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McClatchy Newspapers Laying Off 140 Staff

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's the parent company for brandname newspapers ranging from The Miami Herald to The Fresno Bee.  It's a tough world for legacy print newspapers. The latest bloodbath is happening at McClatchy Newspapers.   As The Wrap reports, McClatchy is making the cost-efficiency move of laying off 3.5% of staff. In numbers that comes out to 140 employees. In terms of macro effects, it swells the glut of editorial types needing work. 

A Special Friend

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She was active on our club board and had recently qualified for the District 33 Speech Evaluation Contest in Fresno this November. . You probably recognize the name of Pam Shinkle. I’ve written about her often in my blog posts. Pam died unexpectedly at her home in Las Vegas earlier this week. She was a member of our PowerHouse Pros Toastmasters club. She attended our meeting last week. Pam had a great sense of humor.

Commencement Speeches 2011: The best. and the rest


First, some of the best in no particular order: Robert Cargill, Fresno City College. The familiar refrains of “Pomp and Circumstance” have faded. Mortar boards and gowns have been carefully folded and put away. The Class of 2011 has (mostly) left the auditorium, in search of jobs and new apartments. All of which means it’s time again to commit ourselves to a reckoning of the best, the worst and the merely mediocre commencement speeches of 2011.

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Joke Contest Results — City Slogans

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Here are the results of our October Joke Contest. The theme is City Slogans , inspired by the Las Vegas slogan: What happens in Vegas…stays in Vegas. New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months). New Cartoon Caption Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months). The next caption contest is November 1, 2011. ** FIRST PLACE **.