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Pension-spiking fire chief faces big cut in payout

When Peter Nowicki retired in 2009, the then-50-year-old chief of the tiny Moraga Orinda Fire District made national news by trading his $194,000 salary for a starting pension of $241,000 a year. The pension board will consider rolling that back 25 percent.

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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. 
San Pablo: Man's death in home was homicide

Detectives on Thursday were looking for a West Contra Costa man suspected in the death of a 54-year-old man, authorities said.  
WC homeless shelter plan draws fire

Walnut Creek's Trinity Center seeks 90-day use of downtown armory for 30 homeless people. Nearby residents writing letters against idea.  
BAY AREA NEWS
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Kate Steinle killing: Judge refuses to throw out evidence in Pier 14 killing

SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge ruled Thursday that police acted in good faith when they detained a Mexican national in the Pier 14 killing of Kate Steinle and held him for seven hours before questioning him. 
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Do 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' toys hold clues about film's plot?

Luke Skywalker remains the last Jedi, if one gadget is to be believed. 
SPORTS
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49ers to release Darnell Dockett, clear way for top pick Arik Armstead

Darnell Dockett's expected release Friday could press first-round draft pick Arik Armstead into action quicker than expected for the 49ers. 
BUSINESS
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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.  
(Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Disney Consumer Products/AP Images)
Do 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' toys hold clues about film's plot?

Luke Skywalker remains the last Jedi, if one gadget is to be believed.