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East Contra Costa Fire District has fallen on hard times, and the agency's board of directors has been planning to put a parcel tax on the June ballot. The district will have to close two stations if the measure fails, leaving three fire houses to serve approximately 105,000 residents. But the results of a poll that the firefighters' union commissioned last month indicate that there's not enough voter support for an annual tax about $98 for approximately five years to warrant pushing ahead with the election. Directors now must decide whether to try anyway or postpone a vote until November. If you'd like to weigh in on this issue, please join Hugh Henderson, fire chief of the East Contra Costa Fire District, and Vince Wells, president of Local 1230, United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, along with East County Times reporter Rowena Coetsee for a live online chat from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10.  
Live: Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham in evolution, creationism debate
Live coverage of the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham evolution-creationism debate at the Creationism Museum in Kentucky begins at 4 p.m. PT and will last about two and a half hours.  

Miguel Tejada has been suspended 105 games by Major League Baseball for violating its joint drug program, one of the longest suspensions ever handed down.  
Chat transcript:: Zimmerman verdict sparks anger, property destruction in Oakland
Oakland has become ground-zero for many protests. Most if not all start peacefully. But as participants begin to disperse, vandals break off and begin to break windows and destroy public property. Saturday night's improptu protest following the George Zimmerman verdict was no different. How do business owners and those responsible for supporting them, as well as residents, feel about the repeated destruction of downtown property following these protests? Join Paul Junge, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce vice president and director of public policy for a lively discussion.  

When Pamela Tapia came to Oakland from Mexico as a 7th grader, language was not her greatest challenge. Nor was her immigration status. Asthma was her nemesis.  
Transcript of online discussion: At-home caregiving
Mercury News staff writer Lisa Krieger moderates a discussion among readers and Leah Eskenazi of the Family Caregiver Alliance. 

Center fielder Coco Crisp was arrested in Arizona late Tuesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. Scottsdale police pulled the 31-year-old over while he was driving his 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe, according to ComcastSportsNet Bay Area.  
Oakland's McFadden, Janikowski, Kelly and Miller are named as alternates on the team