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Plans to change name of a Pittsburg street to honor a temple founder runs into opposition
Backers want part of Crestview Drive to be renamed to honor Lahori Ram, while opponents say a name change should not honor an individual.
Richmond leaders' China, Cuba trips under scrutiny
Councilmen Nat Bates and Corky Boozé spent $36,120 of Richmond taxpayer funds on a trade trip to China, while Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Councilman Tom Butt took a trip to Cuba for $13,000.
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PG&E's new San Ramon control center is up and running
PG&E executives said Friday that a new $38 million state-of-the-art natural gas control center here will make the company's gas system safer, the same day that a state regulatory judge recommended that the utility be allowed to resume full-pressure operations of a closely scrutinized gas pipeline beneath San Carlos.
Raiders tackle Menelik Watson hopes to make up for lost time
Menelik Watson was the Oakland Raiders' second-round pick in 2013 NFL draft, and he has been largely a bust because of injuries.
Google, Facebook, Twitter bolster digital defenses in wake of NSA revelations
Quietly at first, but more vocally in recent months, Google, Facebook and other leading Internet companies have been beefing up their digital defenses in response to reports that the National Security Agency has tracked online communications without the companies' knowledge or cooperation. While Google has led the way in encrypting users' data, privacy advocates say recent moves by other companies are long overdue. And some warn that the companies' efforts may not be a permanent safeguard, as encryption technology continues to evolve.
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Pleasanton: Siren call for last civil defense siren in town
A long-inactive siren created to summon volunteer firefighters and to warn of air raids is removed from a pole and fixed up. The future of the city-owned historic device is unknown.
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Season of giving the perfect time to teach children about charity
Even simple acts of charity can touch children and teenagers who participate in giving. Readers share their stories.
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Evangeline Lilly upset with magazine's 'butt' reference
Women’s Health surprised “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” actress with her cover shot.
Bay Area residents live longer; here's why
Bay Area residents are among the nation's longest-lived people, surviving on average more than a decade longer than residents of rural Kentucky, West Virginia or Mississippi.
Mi Pueblo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Mi Pueblo, the festive Bay Area supermarket chain and icon of family-grown Hispanic businesses, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, citing a dispute with its primary lender, Wells Fargo.