WALNUT CREEK -- It's official: There will be no municipal election here this November. The City Council decided at a special meeting Thursday to cancel the election after the minimum number of candidates necessary -- two -- filed for the two city council seats up for election this year.  
 
Councilman Nate Bates enjoys big financial advantage over rival Tom Butt thanks to oil giant's checkbook  
 
Directors Robert Raburn and James Fang have challengers in the November election; Joel Keller and Tom Blalock are running unopposed.  
 
 
 
 
 
Review: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is quite good till its final chapter

Three out of the four stories set the perfct mood and tone, with Eva Green standing out. But the story with Jessica Alba just doesn't go off with a kiss kiss bang bang as it should.
 
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Taylor Swift 'Shake it Off' director rebuts racism charges

Mark Romanek responds to rapper Earl Sweatshirt who -- without seeing the video -- blasted its twerking scene as “inherently offesnive.”