Talk Back: Free BART rides
Do you think BART directors and families should be given lifetime free passes to the system?

(Tell us why or why not?)
( Bob Larson )
Concord to Hollywood: How De La Salle's story became a movie

De La Salle football coach Bob Ladouceur wasn't about winning. "He was about developing these boys into great young men," said "When the Game Stands Tall" producer David Zelon. "So I thought, let's show everybody how they did it." 
( Dan Honda )
Occupy protester on Oakland cop: 'He is clearly a sadistic person'

In a YouTube video, Scott Olsen makes his first public comments on the reinstatement of the Oakland police officer who threw a tear gas grenade at people who were trying to help him as he lay injured in the street. 
(Karl Mondon)
49ers open Levi's Stadium Saturday: 10 things to watch for

Like eager fans dissecting every morsel of information from the Niners' ongoing training camp, there will be lots of signs to watch for in gauging whether the $1.3 billion Santa Clara stadium will bit a hit -- and what needs improving. 
(D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)
Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf

Long scoffed at as the bad toupee of the landscaping world, today's high-end fake grass is realistic-looking, kid-friendly, nonflammable, nontoxic, recyclable and low-maintenance. Better yet, hosing it off once a week, which is recommended if you have pets, consumes way less water than a live lawn. 
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Levi's Stadium to offer 49ers fans high-tech treats

Fans at Levi's Stadium can get instant replays, have food delivered to their seats and get point-by-point directions to the nearest bathroom, thanks to an app and high-tech features. 
( Jeff Chiu )
Million-dollar home sales hit record in Bay Area

Fueled by the booming tech economy and seemingly insatiable demand for housing, the Bay Area set records in the second quarter of this year in the number of homes sold for $1 million or more as well as those costing at least $2 million, according to a real estate information service.
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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
Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
Thompson: 49ers defense shows fight even after Bowman injury

The San Francisco 49ers defense was not as dominant as it needed to be Sunday. But when things looked most bleak against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the defense got the ball back to the offense with a chance to win. Twice. Even without the unit's best player.