Talk Back: Ferguson shooting
Do you believe the Justice Department should be involved in the police shooting case in Ferguson, Missouri?
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(Tell us why or why not?)
( Gary Reyes )
What's Apple building for its big Sept. 9 iPhone event?

For its highly anticipated new-product unveiling this fall, Apple is going back to where it all began. The company sent out a terse invitation Thursday for an event Sept. 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, where Apple's original Mac was unveiled 30 years ago and where an enormous top-secret, three-story structure is now being built.  
( Doug Duran )
California drought: Livermore winemakers see lighter crop yields, smaller fruit

In one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history, winemakers are striking a delicate balance between meeting mandatory water restrictions and keeping their valuable vines healthy. Some of the Livermore Valley's largest winegrowers are predicting a smaller crop and earlier harvest this year, but are confident existing inventories will preclude any shortages.  
Bay Area stowaway says she's mentally ill, targeted by police

A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket in California and arrested at a Phoenix airport earlier this week said Thursday that she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness.  
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Scots Guards and a Marine band to play at Scottish Highland Gathering and Games in Pleasanton

Celebrated British Army pipe and drum group joins the two-day festival and games to celebrate Scottish culture and history. 
BAY AREA NEWS
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Oakland: After hiatus, Grand Lake Smoke Shop reopening

Peter Brady is reopening at a time when Grand Avenue is experiencing a major resurgence as part of Oakland's overall transformation in recent years into a dining, night life and travel destination. 
Spotlight
(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Contra Costa Times)
Inbox filled with kitty litter-box tips

Readers offer their suggestions on making the litter box more attractive to cats. 
BUSINESS
( Gary Reyes )
What's Apple building for its big iPhone event?

For its highly anticipated new-product unveiling this fall, Apple is going back to where it all began. The company sent out a terse invitation Thursday for an event on Sept. 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, where Apple's original Mac was unveiled 30 years ago and where an enormous top-secret, three-story structure is now being built. 
(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Contra Costa Times)
Inbox filled with kitty litter-box tips

Readers offer their suggestions on making the litter box more attractive to cats. 
 
 
 
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Kawakami: Kaepernick shoulders blame for loss

Colin Kaepernick's late-game interception allows the Seattle Seahawks to hold off the San Francisco 49ers and advance to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos
 
( Nhat V. Meyer )
Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
( Nhat V. Meyer )
The 49ers tear up the Levi's Stadium field, and will try to get it right this time, only weeks before the regular season

This is not ideal--this wouldn't be good for a creaky old stadium (like Candlestick), but for the debut days of fancy, shimmering Levi's Stadium, the jewel of the York ownership era, it's just perplexing.