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Posted on Sat, Nov. 30, 2002 story:PUB_DESC
SAN JOSE

Stanford grads' Web site links gift-givers with some needy children on the East Side

Hundreds of disadvantaged East San Jose children will soon get a holiday gift from an online benefactor, courtesy of a volunteer-run Christmas gift Web site that branched into East San Jose this year.

A pair of local Stanford graduates and tech workers launched My Two Front Teeth on Thanksgiving four years ago to make gift-giving to local tots more efficient. Random visitors to the site have given more than 2,500 presents to poor children from San Francisco to East Palo Alto since it launched -- strictly by word of mouth.

``This started sort of on a whim,'' said Josh McFarland, a product manager at a Redwood City software company, who searched at the height of the dot-com bubble for an online spot to dispense presents to needy local children, and found nothing.

This year, My Two Front Teeth -- named after the song ``All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth'' -- partnered with San Jose charities, including the Family Giving Tree and the Kiwanis Club -- to identify needy children in the community.

For the next few weeks, visitors to http://www.mytwofrontteeth.org/ can shop for a child's present. The community organizations will dispense the gifts beginning Dec. 18.

SAN JOSE

Professors to give analysis of election

Political science professors from San Jose State and Stanford universities will provide an analysis of the Nov. 5 election at a Monday forum in San Jose.

Luis Fraga of Stanford will recap the election with a statewide Latino perspective, and Terry Christensen of San Jose State will focus on local issues and candidates. The discussion is being hosted by the Silicon Valley Latino Democratic Forum.

The discussion will take place at 5 p.m. in the board room of the East Side Union High School District, 830 N. Capitol Ave.

OAKLAND

Fremont woman sentenced in software case

A Fremont woman who sold millions-of-dollars' worth of pirated Microsoft computer software and other counterfeit products through two Bay Area computer stores was sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $4.5 million in restitution, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced this week.

U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken handed down the sentence to Lisa Chan, also known as Kwai Fong Chan, on Monday. Chan, 36, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiring to infringe the copyrights of protected computer software programs. She initially faced 16 counts of conspiracy, copyright infringement, money laundering and trafficking in stolen goods in connection with the pirated programs she sold at three different business: CHL Microsystems and Micro Current in Fremont; and later Micro Current Inc. in Milpitas. Chan admitted to authorities that she sold about 6,323 various Microsoft software programs from August 1999 to May 2000 that were counterfeit.

Chan will begin serving her federal sentence Feb. 3.


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