Richmond: A knock at the door, then gunfire; two wounded

Two people answering a knock at their apartment door in Richmond Thursday morning were shot and are in critical condition, police said. 
The osprey, a fierce and powerful fishing bird, used to be just another San Francisco Bay shoreline visitor, flying over and feeding without setting down roots. These days, however, the acrobatic divers are becoming natives, constructing elaborate stick nests on cranes, poles or other man-made structures.  
 
The City Council vote was a show of support for a labor-backed ballot measure that will increase the minimum wage faster with no exemptions for employers.  
 
The annual, daylong event, staffed partly by volunteer "ambassadors," draws more than 1,000 homeless people who receive food, medical and dental care, haircuts, pet care, shelter and many other services.  
 
Events in Antioch, Martinez, Concord, Brentwood, Richmond and Pittsburg will emphasize health, nutrition and the importance of breast-feeding;  
 
The Richmond City Council approved the modernization at the Chevron refinery after the company agreed to cap emissions and give $90 million over the next decade in community investments.  
 
The $1.5 billion effort will take place over the next 21 years and will include the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont, as well as the Stege Sanitary District, which serves Kensington, El Cerrito and parts of Richmond.  
 
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At stake is whether the Richmond council will rule in favor of Chevron's appeal or side with the city's Planning Commission, which ruled last month that Chevron's project should include a series of additional conditions, including increased monitoring and reductions of emissions of particulates and replacement of piping that carries high-sulfur material.  
 
As Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo faces an uncertain future and county health officials scramble for options to save it, skilled workers are leaving in droves, hastening the need to make a decision on how to save the hospital and what form the facility will take.  
 
A woman suspected of robbing an elderly woman and breaking her hip at a Point Richmond bank earlier this month remains on the loose, and police are asking the public's help identifying her.  
 
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. 
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