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    Talk Back: Gun laws
    Do you think stricter gun laws would help prevent mass shootings?

    (Tell us why or why not?)
    Money woes imperil Contra Costa fire districts

    As several fire county fire agencies recover from the Great Recession, the East Contra Costa and Rodeo-Hercules fire districts are struggling to survive, putting residents at risk well beyond their borders. 
    ( Watchara Phomicinda )
    Coachella Valley grapples with shrinking water

    The Coachella Valley’s trajectory — a growth-based economy dependent upon shrinking resources — represents California’s fate writ large: a place with a never-say-never frontier spirit, as it rushes into a hotter, drier and more crowded future.
    Too much blood spilled on Mount Diablo

    If California parks officials don't move quickly, there will be more. From 2010-14, there were at least 20 collisions in which cars on the wrong side of the road hit cyclists. Two badly injured riders in similar recent accidents describe what happened.  
    ( ANDA CHU )
    Should older drivers undergo road tests?

    As drivers reach 70 years of age, their rate of accidents and fatal crashes per mile driven begin to rise to levels nearing the youngest drivers. Drivers 85 years and older have the highest rates of fatal accidents per miles driven of any other age group, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. California's only age-specific law requires in-person renewals for older drivers. 
    ( Chris Treadway )
    Richmond: Post office mural missing for decades rediscovered

    A mural of pre-World War II Richmond, commissioned by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression and considered missing for nearly four decades, will once again be put on display in the city. 
    (Norm Hall/Getty)
    Purdy: 49ers' season soon could spiral out of control

    A third straight blowout loss, Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, could trigger a cascade of negativity that flows from a discontented fan base through every corner of the 49ers locker room. 
    (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
    Just who are Google's driverless car 'drivers'?

    The people behind the wheel of Google's robot cars are riding a career less traveled. They are 'safety' drivers who are legally required to ride in Google's fleet of 48 robot cars. They only take control in emergencies.