• 49ers' James suffers arm injury - 07/27/2014 08:56 PM PDT
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    Talk Back: Airline tragedy
    Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?
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    (Tell us why or why not?)
    Use of illicit drugs becomes part of Silicon Valley's work culture

    With a tech boom lubricated by VC cash, a startup culture cranked up by fiercely competitive VPs and adrenaline-driven coders, and a corporate model that encourages stressed-out managers to look the other way, illicit drugs and black-market painkillers have become part of the landscape here in the world's fountain of tech. 
    ( Dan Honda )
    Great Bull Run draws thousands to county fairgrounds in Pleasanton

    At least one person was injured at Saturday's Great Bull Run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, but it was not known how serious the injuries were. Outside, animal rights activists protested. 
    (Mike Groll)
    Tony La Russa thankful in Hall of Fame speech

    Tony La Russa accepts Baseball Hall of Fame induction, thanks A's legends such as Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley for his success 
    ( Dan Honda )
    Former Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour hired as Penn State AD

    Penn State hires Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as A.D. at Cal 
    LOCAL NEWS
    (ARIC CRABB)
    Obamacare: 'Health care sharing ministries' increase membership in wake of new law

    Promising to adhere to a "biblical lifestyle," more than 300,000 Americans are taking advantage of a little-known provision in the nation's health care law that allows them to avoid the new penalties for not having health insurance. 
    SPORTS
    (Ben Margo)
    Dodgers beat Peavy, Giants to complete sweep

    Sloppy defense costs the San Francisco Giants and new starter Jake Peavy as the Los Angeles Dodgers complete a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory. 
    Spotlight
    ( JOHN GREEN )
    Bay Area s snobbiest small cities? (Cast your vote)

    Palo Alto and Walnut Creek make the list compiled by real estate blog Movoto based on home prices, household income, cultural amenities, educational achievement and more. 
    BUSINESS
    Use of illicit drugs becomes part of Silicon Valley's work culture

    With a tech boom lubricated by VC cash, a startup culture cranked up by fiercely competitive VPs and adrenaline-driven coders, and a corporate model that encourages stressed-out managers to look the other way, illicit drugs and black-market painkillers have become part of the landscape here in the world's fountain of tech. 
    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. 
    ( JOHN GREEN )
    Bay Area s snobbiest small cities? (Cast your vote)

    Palo Alto and Walnut Creek make the list compiled by real estate blog Movoto based on home prices, household income, cultural amenities, educational achievement and more. 
     
     
     
    ( 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
     
    ( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
    Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks

    This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. 
    ( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
    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.