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A world away: Dublin soccer club hosts Japanese team for week's adventure

The Japan Football Association Academy, an under-15 girls national soccer team pool, visited Dublin for a series of friendly matches against Northern California clubs. They stayed with host families, did some sightseeing and met with local dignitaries in what the Dublin United Soccer League hopes will become a regular cultural exchange program. 
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The Orinda Union School District hired a private investigator to find out whether a second-grader actually lived in the city, determined she lived in Bay Point and kicked her out. The girl's mother, a live-in nanny in Orinda, and her employer are mad and fighting back.  
I'm glad to say that the trail more than lives up to the hype. It's an easy round trip of just less than 3 miles through a mostly wooded landscape, with a few gentle grades along the way. Set high above the shoreline, the trail provides spectacular views of Carquinez Strait and its maritime traffic, the city of Benicia and Mount Diablo peeping around the corner.  
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Three middle-school students were briefly hospitalized Thursday after being exposed to a chemical inside a classroom, a fire official said.  
Good stuffGather 'round the Old Oak Danville Tree Lighting -- 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28. The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville present the Annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree.  
AccomplishmentsYoung musicians win competition: Vincent Liu and Misha Galant have won the 42nd annual Competition for Young Musicians, sponsored by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association.  
Reason doesn't sway believers in liberalismI was amused to read the comments by retiring U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, (Valley Times, Nov. 17) on why Americans were discontented with President Obama and showed it at the ballot box.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:danvilleThursday, nov. 13 BURGLARY -- 6:22 a.m. A reported a commercial breaking and entering, 300 block of Hartz Avenue.  
Valley Humane SocietyCocoa trying to convince us that orange is the new black! The sandy 7-month-old is ready to bust out of here, and Black Cat Friday is his next opportunity.  
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Thanksgiving hotlines: Dial up turkey cooking help

The Thanksgiving feast help lines are gearing up to help anxious cooks tame the (turkey) beast. Meanwhile, Ghirardelli Square is prepping for El Mercado and 'O, Molé Night,' a weekend-long extravaganza by La Cocina.