Talk Back: Water bond
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( Tracy Bennett )
Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' wavers a bit

De La Salle High School football film strong on message, despite some credibility issues  
( Elaine Thompson )
Epic environmental battle: Plastic bag ban opponents up the ante in Sacramento

Lobbyists have launched an eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. 
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Jim Harbaugh, Bob Melvin are new old friends

Budding relationship in the Bay Area between San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin, writes Tim Kawakami
 
LOCAL NEWS
Newark schools trustee Gary Stadler resigns; board to fill seat

Newark schools trustee Gary Stadler resigned Wednesday after speakers at a Tuesday night meeting criticized him for his role in chasing off popular Superintendent Dave Marken. 
Celebrities
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Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter. 
SPORTS
(Jeff Haynes/AP)
Giants beat Cubs to complete win-win day

After winning their protest with Major League Baseball, the San Francisco Giants jumped on Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson en route to an 8-3 victory. 
BUSINESS
(Paul Sakuma/AP Photo)
Apple ramps up spending on R&D

As rumors swirl about new Apple products that may be on the way, one thing is for sure: The company is doubling down on research and development. That suggests Apple has much more in store than a new version of one of its signature devices, analysts say. 
(Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter. 
 
 
 
( 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
 
( Nhat V. Meyer )
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.