Talk Back: High-speed rail
Are you happy that the state Supreme Court has cleared the way for construction of high-speed rail to begin?
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Chevron-funded campaign attacks Richmond mayor

The criticism focuses on Gayle McLaughlin's travel — but Chevron's favored candidate has taken more trips at greater taxpayer expense and missed far more City Council meetings. 
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Contra Costa County drug bust: $18 million in meth, 22 arrests

Drug agents seized nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested 22 people in the largest bust of its kind in Contra Costa County history, authorities said.  
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Raiders' injury update: Usama Young, LaMarr Woodley

Oakland Raiders Usama Young and LaMarr Woodley were both injured in loss to Arizona Cardinals; Young, was having an MRI and ESPN reported he was out for the season with an ACL/MCL tear 
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Yosemite entrance fee could rise by 50 percent

The Obama administration proposes increasing Yosemite National Park's entrance fee from $20 to $30 per car, as part of a wider increase at 130 parks nationwide. 
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Monterey SPCA to get proceeds from sale of late actress' Joan Fontaine home

The SPCA for Monterey County will be receiving even more money from the estate of actress Joan Fontaine. Proceeds from the sale of Fontaine's Carmel home also will be donated to the SPCA. That could be worth between $2 million and $3 million, said Noel Beutel, a Sotheby's International Realty Broker and executor of Fontaine's estate. 
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Purdy: Speedy Royals have edge on Giants in World Series

The San Francisco Giants might continue their dogged method of grinding out inning after inning to win night after night, but the Kansas City Royals have something the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers didn't have -- an abundance of speed 
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Review: 'Birdman' soars with innovative brilliance

With a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, this surreal head-tripper is one of 2014's most innovative movies, an energetic and exciting existential black comedy that's challenging yet accessible and wildly successful in the risks it takes.
 
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Review: 'Birdman' soars with innovative brilliance

With a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis, this surreal head-tripper is one of 2014's most innovative movies, an energetic and exciting existential black comedy that's challenging yet accessible and wildly successful in the risks it takes.