Berkeley man sentenced for evading taxes on more than $1 million

A psychologist from Berkeley was sentenced Thursday to 2 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $600,000 restitution following a conviction for tax evasion and theft of government property. 
Caltrans workers and contractors say they suffered job repercussions when they voiced concern about bridge work quality and costs.  
 
Lafayette The following excerpts were taken from the Lafayette police log:Sunday, July 6 vandalism: Reported in the 1000 block of Miller Drive. auto burglary: Reported in the 900 block of South Thompson Road.  
 
A suspect wearing only boxer shorts and a pair of sunglasses he grabbed from the store robbed the business at gunpoint Wednesday.  
 
When African-American workers came to work late June, they found the racist death threats, the latest incident in an ongoing pattern of racial discrimination and harassment after a lawsuit was filed late last year.  
 
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San Francisco renames Lech Walesa Street in wake of Polish leader's anti-gay remarks

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to change the name of Lech Walesa Street to Dr. 
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Santa Clara County: Officials proposing total medical pot ban; patients voice access concerns

As Santa Clara County officials prepare to recommend a total ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas, cannabis advocates said at a public hearing Thursday that in the wake of San Jose's restrictions it could mean more hardship for South Bay patients in need of their medicine. 
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Pinball is cool again

A museum in Seattle is one of a handful across the country celebrating a pastime that seems to be in the midst of a revival: pinball. Full Story
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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Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf

Long scoffed at as the bad toupee of the landscaping world, today's high-end fake grass is realistic-looking, kid-friendly, nonflammable, nontoxic, recyclable and low-maintenance. Better yet, hosing it off once a week, which is recommended if you have pets, consumes way less water than a live lawn.