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    Talk Back: Cigarette tax
    Do you support a $2 a pack increase in the state's cigarette tax?
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    (Tell us why or why not?)
    Concord: Predator will not move into area

    Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith will not be moving to a Concord neighborhood after the property management company renting the house backed out, a Contra Costa prosecutor said. 
    (Eric Risberg/AP)
    $5 million price for private island in Bay

    In a city with some of the highest home prices in the country, a private island in the San Francisco Bay is now for sale for $5 million.  
    Scottish Games' big draw: the Mountain

    Pleasanton: Hafthor Bjornsson from "Game of Thrones" joins heavyweight competition at 150th annual Scottish Games. 
    BAY AREA NEWS
    (Courtesy of Nicole Ludwig)
    Kate Steinle slaying: Judge rules suspect will stand trial for murder

    A judge has ruled the Mexican national who allegedly shot and killed a woman at a San Francisco pier, setting off an intense debate on illegal immigration, should stand trial for murder. 
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    (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
    Yo, football fans! Two top chefs share their tailgate party noshes

    It's football season -- and that means just one thing to die-hard tailgate fans. Time to start partying. Fortunately, chefs Michael Mina and Stephane Tonnelier are on hand to share their favorite noshes and tips. 
    BUSINESS
    (Mercury News archive)
    Quinn: Netflix, trying to be hero, can't win here

    Netflix shouldn't have to extend benefits to its hourly workers that its salaried workers enjoy. But it should do better getting word out about how it does treat its warehouse staff.  
    (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
    Yo, football fans! Two top chefs share their tailgate party noshes

    It's football season -- and that means just one thing to die-hard tailgate fans. Time to start partying. Fortunately, chefs Michael Mina and Stephane Tonnelier are on hand to share their favorite noshes and tips.