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Pleasanton: Library's Open Mic nights provide writers creative outlet

The Tri-Valley branch of the California Writers Club's monthly events give audiences to the established or aspiring alike. 
KAREN T. BORCHERS
Chevron profits plunged 91 percent, a feeble financial result that was caused by falling oil prices and charges against earnings, the energy giant reported Friday in a release that came days after wide-ranging job cuts by the company.  
 
Attorneys for Danville and developer SummerHill Homes are asking the court to overturn a ruling last year by Contra Costa County Judge Steven Austin in favor of Save Open Space Danville -- a group of residents who sued to upend the development. The case goes to court Tuesday  
 
Colin Ferreira to pitch for USA in big international tournament in Santa Domingo  
 
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Partnering with downtown Danville's Role Players Ensemble, the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's 2015 season features O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" at Tao House (Sept. 18-27) and Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Village Theater (Sept. 4-19).  
 
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Valley Humane SocietyGo-go-gadget-nose! With his keen sniffer, Inspector Gadget will easily detect a friend. This 2-year-old terrier mix is always on the ball.  
 
It comes as no surprise to people who know Noel Erler that he was once in show business. What does surprise people is how old he is. Erler, owner and operator of Chez Noel, a beauty salon in Danville, is 80. Handsome, fit, tanned and impeccably groomed, he looks years younger, and his buoyant personality and bright blue eyes belie his age.  
 
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Biology instructor Nan Ho, the driving force behind the idea, became convinced that the use of sophisticated posters would not only allow for the presentation of research results but would teach her students how more advanced scientists routinely share their work.  
 
You gather your neighbors, and the city's Parks and Community Services Department will supply the fun, including the invitation templates, timelines and even the Party in the Park Fun Kit which includes Frisbees, balls, and other play equipment as well as ideas for games and crafts.  
 
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has approved $2.2 million to complete 12 hydrogen refueling stations in the Bay Area, BAAQMD officials said Wednesday.  
 
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Should we help out hungry, thirsty deer?

It seems like a kind thing to do, but you may create more harm than good by putting out food and water during the drought. 
J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back.