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    Aperitif hour

    Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.  
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    Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return for sequel of last year's low-budget hit. Plus, aspiring magicians try to 'trick' veteran performers in 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us.'  
     
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    Iggy Azalea, Enrique Iglesias, The Chainsmokers, 'Frozen' also make YouTube's Top 10 list of most popular videos thus far in 2014.  
     
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    There are few California beaches as captivating as West Marin's Stinson Beach, where toddlers build sandcastles, boogie-boarders brave the waves and plovers dabble at the water's edge.  
     
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    Also, Arcade Fire performs July 30 at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View.  
     
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    After a year, the hand-held game system benefitting from several improvements.  
     
    Do you have cherished or awful memories of family road trips? See what our staffers have to say, then send us your thoughts.  
     
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    Several types of animal may be responsible for raided nests and dead birds.  
     
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    Seafood boils get an Asian Cajun twist at this new, casual eatery that does fried catfish especially well.  
     
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    Also, Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power perform at Concord Pavilion.  
     
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    Plus, viewers finally get to vote for 'America's Got Talent' acts as first 12 perform.  
     
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    Kacey Musgraves, Chvrches, Haim and other can't-miss acts for the 2014 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.  
     
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    SPOILER ALERT: Read no further unless you want to know who the winning suitor was on Monday night's season finale of "The Bachelorette.  
     
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    SPUNKY REVIVAL OF MONTY PYTHON SPOOF HITS THE SWEET SPOT  
     
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    Hershey Felder returns to Berkeley to explore that life and music of Frederic Chopin in a mostly engrossing show that plays through Aug. 10.  
     
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    Explore Alameda's mild Wild West, from breweries to vast views.  
     
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    It's August. Where's your bottle of pink? From a bone-dry Anderson Valley vin gris of pinot noir to a rare mondeuse rosé from the Santa Maria Valley, we tasted dozens to find these five faves.  
     
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    Kanye West? Sure. Arctic Monkeys? Of course. The music part is easy. The bigger question is where to sip and nosh at Outside Lands' gigantic food fest.  
     
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    It's come down to Nick and Josh on 'The Bachelorette.' Plus, new leadership forms on 'Under the Dome.'  
     
    Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule fame will perform as part of celebration in Berkeley.  
     
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    It may not be the feeder that's the problem.  
     
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    Palo Alto and Walnut Creek make the list compiled by real estate blog Movoto based on home prices, household income, cultural amenities, educational achievement and more.  
     
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    Plus, 'Manhattan' a gripping period drama about building atomic bomb; 'Sharknado 2' chomps into the Big Apple.  
     
    If you're heading overseas, you may want to double check your PIN length. Anything over four digits and you may run into trouble at the ATM.  
     
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    Plus, 'Poirot' begins marching toward final episodes and things heat up on 'Masters of Sex.'  
     
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    A guy gets to an age where exercise isn't about improving; it's about holding one's ground.  
     
    Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Awards are out and the top amusement parks in the world are an Orlando-dominated bunch.  
     
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    Anthony C. Ferrante turns 'little movie that could' into pop culture phenomenon and he hopes the sequel will translate into another social media tidal wave.  
     
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    A new book about Oakland offers all sorts of dining, sipping and shopping treasures. And five Bay Area artisans brought home the gold from the Fancy Food Show's Sofi awards in New York.  
     
    Cruise with San Francisco chef Casey Thompson and fellow cheftestants aboard Celebrity Cruises's 'Top Chef at Sea.' Or make a last-minute dash to the islands with a Maui hotel deal.  
     
    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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    Aperitif hour

    Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.