NEWSGRIDS JULY 2005
July 27, 2005
 

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Roadside bombing kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad + Al-Qaeda 'kills Algerian envoys' + Algeria confirms Iraq envoys killed + Iraqi police say they've captured al-Qaeda suspect + Mortar attack hits Baghdad bus station + US Knows Of About 10 Leaders Of Iraq's Insurgency: Pentagon + 17 Iraqis killed in Baghdad + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraq PM urges quick pullout of US forces + Kurds say they will not back down from federalism

War prisons: Soldiers testify dog tactics came from Cuba base + Report: California Guard unit investigated for mistreating detainees with stun gun + Report: CIA officials involving in Iraqi beatings

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan protesters take aim at U.S. base

MIDDLE EAST: Amr Moussa supports Kofi Annan's definition of terrorism

Israel, Palestine: Can Palestinians manage the Gaza disengagement? + MKs limit citizenship rights of Palestinians + IDF troops kill unarmed teenager in Jenin arrest raid + Qureia: PA security forces ready to take over after Gaza pullout + Mofaz: IDF to leave key Gaza route in October

RUSSIA: Senior Russian intelligence officer, two soldiers killed in Dagestan + Foreigners May Claim Russia’s Fertile Lands — Minister + Russia's agricultural wealth to tempt foreigners + UPDATE: Putin orders the interior ministry to conduct preventive strikes

EUROPE: Blair refuses to 'give one inch' on Iraq despite attacks

Iran-Europe gas pipeline to bypass Russia

AFRICA: China will 'protect Mugabe at UN'

SA proposes quicker land reform

Sudanese opposition gathering discuss issues pending with the government

ASIA PACIFIC: Crisis in the Philippines. Election scandal and impeachment send Arroyo government reeling, and Filipinos to the streets

Rejuvenating Tojo

AMERICAS: Opponents Want U.S. President Bush Barred From Summit of the Americas in Argentina

Venezuelans riveted by Chavez' TV show

New allegations in Brazil scandal

Colombia seeks hostages' release

Mexico Judge Dismisses '71 Genocide Case

LONDON BOMBINGS

London Times: Attackers had nail bombs + Birmingham's links to militant Islam + Eight attackers linked by ties to mosque + Met boss reveals gun death threat + Blair denies row over terror laws + Beards and scarves aren't Muslim. They're simply adverts for al-Qaeda

Guardian: Warren Street bomb suspect held + Blair favors 'alliance of civilizations' + Tread more carefully + The 5 per cent solution + Cause and consequence

Independent: Four arrested in Birmingham anti-terror raids

(Hindustan Times) 6 more terror cells in London + Ex-prisoner was granted British passport + (AP) Evidence has intelligence community asking if London bombers knew they would die + Xymphora: The death of de Menezes: The more they tell us the less we know

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Ressam sentenced to 22 years in prison + Ressam case gave a hint of terrorism horror ahead

Pravda: US to keep its army bases in post-Soviet states to control Afghanistan and put pressure on China

Saudi Arabia: 4 More Terrorists Arrested

CIA and polygraphs

Iraq's 'FBI' on shoestring budget

Al-Qaeda's influence in East Africa may be limited

Australian PM to consider terror meet after London attacks

Imam's accusations unfounded, CSIS says

Seoul: Former spy in wiretapping scandal attempts suicide

Secret students major in spying with CIA

Think Again, Karen Hughes

RIP: Paul Elmquist; CIA Asian Specialist

Madsen: CIA agents concerned about counter-intelligence "hits" masked as terrorist attacks

FBI Agent: Defendants Al Arian Talked In Code

Former spy backs Chen

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

France sentences sex ring members

Jackson lawyer reveals trial toll

UK 'Pentagon hacker' McKinnon fights extradition

Wife gets emergency divorce from BTK

Jr. Gotti no longer charged in Sliwa murder conspiracy

What went wrong in search for 3 New Jersey boys?

Appeals court says five northwest states must spill more water over dams. Ruling helps protect salmon

The IRS Plans to Audit S Corporations

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

State cited on domestic violence, fails to enforce temporary restraining orders

Weight-Loss Surgeon in California Accused of Negligence Over Patient Deaths

Lockyer Opposes Eminent Domain

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

Gov. losing Hispanic support + Gov. Signs Used Car Buyer Bill of Rights + Gov. Comes To San Diego

Frye, Sanders in runoff for San Diego Mayor race

Felton OKs takeover of Cal Am Water system

LA County's Desperate Have a New Option

LA: Villaraigosa's Port Panel Choices Suggest New Direction

Napa Valley State Hospital for Mentally Ill Is Criticized

Campaign in L.A. Tries to Pry Residents From Cars, One Driver at a Time


NASA Not Fazed by Chipped Shuttle Tile + Crew scans shuttle for damage

NASA Concerned Over Approaching Asteroid

Mars Plan Envisions Comfy Colony

Raytheon develops hopping lunar lander

Japanese develop 'female' android

All Hail the Awesome Internet

Microsoft releases new programs early + Threat of lawsuits looms for Microsoft + Microsoft releases test version of beta Windows Vista

IBM touts new mainframe

Cassini Reveals Saturn's Eerie-sounding Radio Emissions

Researchers Help Sort Out The Carbon Nanotube Problem

Predicting The Lifetime Of Extreme UV Optics

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Marriage as learned behavior: Can divorce be foretold?

India's new women: The rains have come and you're not married?

George Soros's Right-Wing Twin

Plan for Dalai Lama lecture angers neuroscientists

Loving Others' Rejects

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Manufacturing, Housing Show Strength, Signaling U.S. Growth May Accelerate

Amazon blows past Street's predictions

Condo concierges win business and fans

The miserable end of the "Volkswagen model"

Sticky situation for Japan's protectionist rice policy

Three Years Later, A Look At Sarbanes-Oxley

Dov L. Seidman: The New 'How' Of Effective Board Governance

Craigslist's Effect on New York

Studios Settle on Technical Standards for Digital Shift

Tech Firms Dealt Blow on Options Expensing

MILITARY  Fewer sign-ups as Army struggles to recruit soldiers

SOCOMs Growing Robotic Air Force

Electronic battlefield: Fast Relief for Troops in Iraq

American Aircraft Get Death Rays

Naval Power in South America

Plan seeks to protect children in war zones

Pentagon May Scrap Jet Plans

Armed Forces Search For Ways To Improve Survival In The Combat Zone

PLAME CASE Prosecutor widens probe of CIA leak + Committee's Rove-ing eye cast toward prosecutor + Joe Conason: Republicans ready to slime Fitzgerald + Roger Morris: The Source Beyond Rove: Condoleezza Rice at the Center of the Plame Scandal + (LAT) Operation cover-up + Rove gets a raise + Robert Novak Talks About Plame Case, Sort Of + Plame's Boss + Report: Plame Gave Money to Anti-Bush Group


Activist brings fight over primate rights to researchers' doorstep

TeenScreen is not a pill pusher, honest

Loving Big Brother: William Norman Grigg

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Ducks are 'a big' bird flu threat

Government Investigating Possible Case of Mad Cow + U.S. Probes Possible Third Case of Mad-Cow Disease; Cow Was Born in Texas

China: Doctors dazed by deadly disease


Multi-Species Genome Comparison Sheds New Light On Evolutionary Processes, Cancer Mutations

Gene Found In 90 Percent Of Breast Cancers May Be Cancer Vaccine Target

Gene link to blood vessel disease

Circumcision 'helps to halt HIV'

California Widens Testing of Infants for Far More Genetic Disorders

Mechanism Proposed For Link Between RU-486 And Fatal Infections

Small Worm Yields Big Clue On Muscle Receptor Action

Multiple Genetic 'Flavors' May Explain Autism

New Finding May Aid Adult Stem Cell Collection

New Study Explores The Evolution Of Male Parental Care And Female Multiple Mating

Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Study Says Population In Crisis

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush presses for CAFTA as DeLay predicts win

Democrats, WHouse spar over access to Roberts info

U.S. Voices Concern on Direction of Iraq Charter

U.S.- Israel crisis deepens over defense exports

US failed to plan for post-war Iraq: report

AG: High Court not bound by Roe v. Wade

Energy beam weapon may lower Iraq civilian deaths

Specter may not support Bush's choice for deputy attorney general + Torture Policy, Scandal Follow Deputy Attorney General Nominee Flanigan

Poll: Most Americans believe the US will lose the war in Iraq. 51% say Bush deliberately lied about WMDs

Eyes of Texas are on Rove & lobbyist

Bush Attacker Cites U.S. Interference

Bush to Name Envoys to Israel and Egypt

Bush to Address Scouts at Jamboree

Rumsfeld: DEBKAfile: Rumsfeld in Baghdad to foil Iraqi PM Jaafari’s plans + Rumsfeld Supports Kyrgyz Admin., Guarantees Ganci Base + Rumsfeld counterattacks in Central Asia + Rumsfeld urges Iraqis to meet constitution deadline + Big cuts expected in coalition forces + 2 Central Asian States Reassure Rumsfeld on US Use of Air Bases

Supreme Court nominee: Roberts showed way to shift debate over Justice O'Conner + Roberts' financial portfolio + John Roberts's Pro-Life Spouse: The Relevance of Jane Roberts's Politics + Top Judiciary Democrat Says He Won't Vote for Roberts if He Pursues an 'activist' Agenda + Supreme Court nominee John Roberts had larger 2000 recount role than previously reported

Iran: Gary Leupp: Is Iran Being Set Up? + Iran to resume some sensitive nuclear work regardless: Khatami

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanon's Samir Jaajaa released from prison + Karami criticizes the pardoning of Jaajaa + Tishrin: Syrian-Palestinian relations are strong: Ghosheh + Al-Zarqawi group said threatening to kill Lebanon's top Shi'is

N. Korea: U.S., China press for N. Korea nukes deal + N. Korea talks creep into third day, little consensus + N. Korea ready to 'liquidate' nuclear weapons, if ties normalized + U.S., N. Korea Meet One-on-One Again

Social Security: Soc. Security revamps disability benefits

Congress: Cafta Vote Challenges Florida Republicans, California Democrats + Energy deal has tax breaks for companies + Energy bill includes $8.5B for companies + House passes bill to update Postal Service + Detainee vote prevented + Senate probe of prewar intelligence stalls + Senators Propose Giving Amtrak $3.3 Billion in Operating Funds Over Six Years

Democrats: Arianna Huffington: Hillary's American Dream. Stuck in the middle with you + (Newsmax) Lefties Blast 'Centrist' Hillary Clinton + (WaPo) Clinton Angers Left With Call for Unity + Iraq Veteran Heats Up Ohio Congressional Race

OPINIONS:

(Capitol Hill Blue) Selling Out Our Country

Putting Students Last

Blowback in Iraq: Justin Raimondo

Multipolar's the Way to Go for US: Leon Hadar

Bushism of the Day

Decoupling the Iraq War From Its Obvious Consequences

Blood for pork....

Canada loses Afghan deal to U.S. Firm

Russia sees profit in outfitting war on terror

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: ADL, gay activists lobby Broward School Board for diversity video + Gay Sex" Hits San Francisco and NYC Theaters in November + Lutheran Head says Gay Struggle Not Central to Church Health + Iran hunting more gay teens

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: While reporter sits in jail, hubby sets sail

Gainesville's blacks divided on new community paper

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Deal will restart work at Lewis and Clark site

Bulgaria unearths Thracian riches

Mystical visions of Argentine artist

Future work to add to Ugarit history understanding

A Look at Some Highlights of Pope Benedict XVI's First 100 Days in Office

New Rolling Stones Album 'Bigger Bang' Release for Sept. 6

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July 26, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Gunmen kill 17 in Baghdad bus ambush + Iraqi workers shot dead in bus ambush + In Baghdad quarter, killers don't hide their faces + 50,000 Iraqi insurgents dead, caught + U.S. Report Faults Iraqi Police Screening + Poland and Iraq discuss troop cut + Australia prime minister unexpected visit to Iraq + Nine Iraqis killed yesterday + No extended stay for Diggers + The Bullets Are Going Both Ways + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Sunni Delegates May Return to Iraq Talks Today + Constitution draft suggests Islam to decide Iraq law + Caution is the key to rapprochement between Iran and Iraq + Newspaper reveals Iraq charter draft + Saddam asks to meet ex-US official + Two arrested over Iraq kidnappings + Iraqi parliament agrees to Sunni constitution committee members concerns + The Iraqi women who fear that democracy will crush freedom

War prisons: Controversy dogs terror tribunals + Witness testifies he saw dogs bite Iraqi detainees

AFGHANISTAN: Fighting Kills 13, Including American + Rallying cry for Taliban + Violence spikes in Afghanistan + Canadian soldiers departing to rebuild Afghanistan + Afghans protest outside U.S. base over arrests

MIDDLE EAST: Intense discussion for an urgent Arab summit

Israel, Palestine: Sharon in France to repair troubled ties + Jewish homes planned in Arab East Jerusalem + Palestinian security forces in disarray + AG to indict Omri Sharon on corruption charges + PM lands in Paris in bid to bolster strained bilateral ties + Israel: Pope fails to condemn attacks + Palestinian forces 'in disarray'

EUROPE: Will Leftists and Disenchanted Voters Kill Reforms in Germany?

Adams 'has quit as IRA leader' + IRA on the brink of ending paramilitary activity and decommissioning its arsenal

Children of the Orange Revolution's extravagant ways

AFRICA: Niger Aid Begins to Trickle In, but Many Still Wait in Hunger

Oil inflames Nigeria's ethnic tensions

Government forces, rebels clash in Darfur

Mugabe signs aid deal with China

ASIA PACIFIC: Arroyo Proposes New Constitution

Rage rises in India over "barbaric" police beatings

China rapidly turning into the factory of the world

Myanmar to forgo leadership of Asean

AMERICAS: Colombian Army Mounts Sustained Offensive in Southwest Colombia

Mexico: Presidential front-runner says he'll eliminate budget for presidential clothing + Mexico Frees 49 Inmates as Part of Effort to Review Cases of Thousands of Jailed Indians

(Pravda) Nicaragua's crisis rises concerns among fellow Latin American countries

LONDON BOMBINGS

London Times:
 Ready to strike again + The benefit bombers + Pictures + 9/11 wake-up call ignored, Blair says + Eight attackers linked by ties to mosque + Police statement + Met boss reveals gun death threat + Clarke leaves for his holiday+ Brazilians join protest

The Guardian: 'They are capable of killing again' + Suspects could stay hidden in capital + Comment: Jonathan Freedland + Warren Street suspect 'talked of extreme things' + Andrew Murray: Cause and consequence + Cause and consequence

The Independent: The secrets of 58 Curtis House + Investigation is making progress but prime suspects remain elusive + 'He told me he was going to get 80 virgins'

Failed London bombs made with plastic tubs + British Politicians Debate Terror Tactics

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Italians Issue Six New CIA Warrants

U.S. Imposes Travel Ban for Military Personnel in Saudi Arabia

Bail Denied for Cuban Accused in Jet Bombing

Ressam: I can help 'no more' + Ressam won't resume talking in terror probe + Sentencing of 'millennium bomber' scheduled for Wednesday

Man Suspected in Bush Grenade Attack Aimed to Kill U.S Leader: Lawyer

Chinese dissidents beaten to death, defector tells hearing

Drones to mark Japan's return to spying game

AIPAC/Likudnik Larry Franklin Arrested for Espionage on Behalf of Israel

House Intel Chief Weighs Leak Legislation

Australia urged Chinese diplomat to go home

Arrested Zambian opposition leader faces new charge of espionage

Turki, Ambassador With Portfolio

S. Korea: Roh to Accept Ambassador's Resignation

Belarus accuses Polish diplomats of spying

US to allocate funds to Pakistan for spy equipments: Crocker

Surviving a Nuclear Attack on Washington, D.C.

Saudi Arabia: Citizens Help Police Nab Top Terrorist

40,000 to go free, despite possible roles in genocide

Al-Qaida publishes ID of Algerian diplomat, his government withdraws team

Philippines: American Troops Join in Terrorist Search

Information Warfare: Chinese Worms Go For The Goodies

Why The Training Camps Survive

Musharraf's al-Qaida claims are dismissed

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Unabomber 'Murderabilia' for Sale

Attorney-client privilege has long history

Van Gogh killer jailed for life

Elizabeth Smart's alleged kidnapper found mentally incompetent

Professor Froomkin on the Polanski trial

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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NASA Studies Apparently Chipped Tile, Debris Recorded During Shuttle Launch

NASA, Rising From 'depths of Despair,' Returns to Space After 2 1/2 Years

New "key" mandatory in Windows for updates

Russia's internet store pioneers powering ahead

Ten Years That Changed the World

Microsoft launches spot checks on piracy

Cassini Reveals Saturn's Eerie-sounding Radio Emissions

Ocean Spray Lubricates Hurricane Winds

NIST Finds Rough Spot In Surface Measurement

MILITARY War's mental wounds command attention

Military Reins In Abuses at Boot Camp

Surface warships: What is the Bigger Threat?

Retired Marine Convicted of Trying to Have Wife Killed Is Sentenced to 10 Years

150 U.S. Troops Become American Citizens

SHARM EL SHEIK After Latest Blasts, Egyptian Town Again Under Suspicion + Body of Possible Bomber in Sharm Attacks Identified as Egyptian With Militant Links + Bedouin in Egypt Fall Under Suspicion, but Also Are Asked for Help + Checkpoints Are Thought to Have Hastened Two Egypt Blasts + Intense discussion for an urgent Arab summit


Woman has protested outside White House for nearly 25 years

Vietnam clamps down on internet 'misuse'

Here's why you can't buy the "News Journal" at Wal-Mart

Fonda on warpath

Australia Considering Citizen Identity Cards to Protect Against Terrorism

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Asian Women: Beauty and the Bleach

Wall Township Teen Tracks Geopolitical Threats

New breed of dog snatcher on prowl

In the pink: Rare albino lobster saved from pot

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Asia's Central Banks Start Pan-Asian Bond Fund to Attract Local Investors

AFL-CIO Split Puts Labor's Path in Doubt

Unocal Says It Favored CNOOC Bid

Asian Neighbors to Feel Effects of China's Currency Shift

Bosses shift jobs at DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

Seattle: Money flows for startups again

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Appeals Court to Review Decision on KOCE-TV Sale

Martha Stewart Living Says Discovery to Rebroadcast "Martha" Show, New Reality Program

Kay McFadden: "Over There" series brings Iraq war home + Bochco's Iraq War: Ketchup-Blood Carnage

Trudeau Defends 'Turd Blossom' Reference, Says Editing Strips is 'Not Acceptable' + Some Papers Pull, Edit 'Doonesbury' Strip After 'Turd Blossom' Reference

Newspaper Editors Shoot Back At Kristof's Darfur Complaint

Kinsley Expected to Lose Top Edit Page Post, But Remain at 'L.A. Times'

Today's papers

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Flu mutates quicker than thought

Mystery AIDS strain 'patient zero' found

Deadly illness in China linked to pig bacteria

Possible Exposure To Nerve Agents And Brain Cancer Deaths In Gulf War Veterans


Safety of stem cell therapy for heart attacks to be tested in people

Surgery hope for 'bone on demand'

Nanotech Moves Closer to Cure

Newborn Arizona twins at UCLA need new hearts due to rare disease

For urinary incontinence, unique implant helps some patients, local doctor says

Record high child vaccinations meet goal

Cloning Plan Poses New Ethical Dilemma

Old, new post-shingles medication work

Combo scans find cancers more accurately

Any Exposure To Tobacco Smoke During Pregnancy Is Risky

The Enigmatic Face: Motion Is The Key To Understanding Expressions

Potential 'Weak Link' Between Virus And Liver Cancer Discovered

Engineers Create Optoelectronic Tweezers To Round Up Cells, Microparticles

MR Spectroscopy Helps Identify Cancerous Breast Tumors

Unique Genetic Profile Helps Over-45s Conceive Naturally

Low Levels Of Ionizing Radiation May Cause Harm

Virtual Colonoscopy Reveals Diseases Outside The Colon, As Well

Deep Thinking: Scientists Sequence A Cold-loving Marine Microbe

Deadly fungus threatens Oregon blackberry crops

Reports Call For High-Level Coordination Of Animal Health And More Research-Oriented Veterinarians

Success Controlling Medfly

Corn Fungus Is Nature's Master Blaster

THE BUSHWORLD...

U.S. Investigators Claim Syria Misspent Millions in Iraqi Oil Profits

Bush to Seek More Funding for Faith-Based Charities

Bush Working to Stitch Together Political Support for Trade Deal

Bush says the U.S. stands with Egypt

Defense Official Says Cuba and Venezuela Are Targeting Bolivia

U.S. Names Refugee Expert as Special Representative for Darfur

Bush nominates ambassador to Israel

White House Signals Recess Appointment For Bolton -- Friday Night?

U.S. Bases Are Focus on Rumsfeld's Trip to Central Asia + Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Drop Deadline for American Troop Withdrawal

Committee Approves Karen Hughes for State Department Post

US War Costs May Exceed $700 Billion

Turkey al-Faisal wants intensified search for Bin Laden

Alliance Voices Skepticism Over SEC Nominee Cox

Gonzales May Reconsider Guidance on Public Access to Government Information

Supreme Court nominee: White House Will Release Some Papers of Nominee + AP Interview: Gonzales Says Roberts Not Bound by Earlier Abortion Statements + Roe v. Rove + Democrats Sift First Roberts Documents, Criticize White House for Not Turning Over More

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanese former warlord Samir Geagea leaves jail + Economic reforms in Syria face huge challenges + Syria starts handing over Arab detainees + Lebanese president meets US congressmen + Huballah rejects any conditioned foreign economic support to Lebanon

N. Korea: N. Korea Pledges to Work Toward Denuclearization + South Korean Envoy Offers Resignation over Samsung slush fund + US backs away from regime change re: N Korea + Pravda: USA ready to compromise to solve the problem of North Korean nuclear program

Congress: Senate GOP Delays Fights Over Detainees, Base Closings After Losing Procedural Vote + Deal Is Near on Overhaul of Energy Policy + Federal Bill Will Call for Oil Inventory off Florida Coast + Senate Votes to Let Boy Scouts Continue Use of Military Bases + House helps small businesses fight OSHA + House-Senate Talks Produce Two Spending Bills + Rep. Cunningham Interceded With Prosecutor on Behalf of Developer

Democrats: Clinton's New Job: Defining the Center + Divided labor movement could pose new headaches for Democrats

GOP: Bush administration gets low marks from some high-tech executives + Romney, Eyeing White House Bid, Said Abortion Views 'evolved and Deepened' + Bush's Black Voter Court Shakes Democrats

OPINIONS:

Military status. Rummy's reports

Energy bill. Obnoxious lite

Daniel Pipes: No secret

(World Socialists) Iran-Contra redux: Bush White House ran "off-the-books" covert operation for Iraq elections

(Capitol Hill Blue) Bush is Not an American + Challenging the Status Quo + Roberts' Reserve Perplexes Senators

Robert Scheer: On China At Least, Nixon Was Right

Molly Ivins: Solidarity later

Geoff Hoon: 'We failed to predict the sheer level of violence in post-war Iraq'

Civil War Specter Spurs Iraq Exit Plans: Jim Lobe

PLAME CASE

The Russert deal. What it reveals + Plame Case: The Hill Gets Into the Act + Fighting Rove's Gang of Bullies + Matthews, Brooks falsely attacked Wilson over Niger trip's genesis

Rove's Backers Use 'CounterSpy Defense'

Rove v. Plame: Outing CIA Agents For Dummies

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:   California AG Lockyer's summary of proposed constitutional amendment highlights how measure would strip same-sex couples of most domestic partner rights and ban gay marriage + Falwell backs "reorientation therapy" for gays, questioning teens



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Catholic women unofficially ordained as priests in ceremony in Canada

Canadian Lab to Test DNA of 'Sasquatch' Hair

Finding Dad on Mt. Veeder

Desert Hot Springs resort, an ocean of serenity

Now streaming live: Pacific walruses

The road movie. Signposts to the soul

Thrace elements shed light on a long-dead culture

Film puts flesh on Dylan self-portrait

Jonathan Rosen on Henry Roth

Hi-tech scholars piece together unique map of ancient Rome

Olive oil

Mozart's birthplace

Shakespeare's Hamlet

Three Museums Score Security, Enraging Rest

Dublin's most famous theatre: From drama to crisis

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown

Rush & Molloy

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. Refuses to Cancel Nov. 8 Special Election + Gov. Insists Special Election Still On + Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Brigadier General William H. Wade II Adjutant General of the State Military Forces + New National Guard chief's start delayed + New Guard leader starts job in September + Arnold says he wants bipartisan solution on remaining special election measures + Schwarzenegger's vetoes of fisheries projects lure foes + Gov. Pushes For Healthier Foods In Schools + Gov. signs Highway 13 scenic route bill

Gov. urged to get rid of lotto boss Senate lawmakers Monday called for Gov. to remove the lottery director or subject him to upper-house scrutiny in an escalation of the court and partisan battles over the state's alleged illegal participation in Mega Millions. Gov. appointed administration troubleshooter Chon Gutierrez as acting director in December — a position immune from the Senate confirmation process.

Maria Shriver Visits Oakland Youth Center

Gov. embarks on image change Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to try the political version of one of those makeovers popular on afternoon TV talk shows - where the guest is transformed from unsightly to attractive.

California AG Lockyer's summary of proposed constitutional amendment highlights how measure would strip same-sex couples of most domestic partner rights and ban gay marriage

State officials promise crackdown on domestic violence

Border Patrol considering checkpoint recommendations + California Border Police petition being circulated

Feinstein calls Roberts 'impressive'

Local Unions Vow to Continue Labor Movement in California + California Remains A Labor Stronghold

Winegrowers to fund fight against Pierce's disease

INITIATIVES: Appeal filed over redistricting measure + Utilities advocates want energy reform initiative reinstated on November ballot + Judge orders redistricting initiative back on the ballot -- for now + Judge Tosses Energy Initiative Off The Ballot

THE PROPOSITIONS STILL ON THE BALLOT:  Prop. 76: State Spending Limits + Prop. 73: Parental Notification+ Prop. 74: Public School Teachers Tenure + Prop. 78: Drug Discounts (Industry Backed)+ Prop. 79: Drug Discounts (Consumer Groups Backed)+ Prop. 75: Union Dues -- Political Contributions + Prop. 80: Electricity Regulation

Legislature: More Limits Sought for Widely Feared Breed + Bill would extend soda ban to high schools + Legislative Update 07/25/2005 + Car buyers bill of rights signed into law

Indian tribes: Justice Department fights lawsuit opposing Amador County slot casino + Officials try to lure Indian museum to Sacramento

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Appeals court says LA archdiocese must hand over clergy files

Sacramento & north: Marijuana operation discovered in Folsom + Oroville: Sentencing in burned body case delayed + Chico: Two stabbed at wedding reception + Williams drive-by wounds 3 in legs + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Alleged toll bridge robber, shooter due in court + Fatal San Bruno Caltrain accident under investigation + Jury selection continues in San Bruno road rage case + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Infighting among Araujo defendants at trial + Araujo defendant says he came to aid of victim + Berkeley: Suspect in Student Murder Speaks Out + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: Dean Schwartzmiller scheduled to enter plea today + Serial Molester To Request Change Of Venue +  One arrested, one sought in Sunnyvale murder + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: Pleasant Hill Duo Arrested In Strong-Armed Robbery + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Santa Rosa police shoot pit bull + Raised fines, jail sentences threaten irresponsible owners + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Solano: Girlfriend says accused was on 'rampage' night victim was killed + Vallejo Police Calls + Benicia Police Calls + Court appointment delayed in murder trial

Monterey: Rosie's survives hit-run + Dad knew of daughter's drinking, DA says + Taser claim + Police use Taser on armed man

Central Valley: Merced: DNA used to find a suspected North Valley killer + Tarpey Village: No arrests or suspects in double murder case + Fresno police chase vehicle accused of shooting at another motorist + Fresno: Wesson Prosecution Responds to New Trial Motion + San Benito: Locals among victims of home-loan scam + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: Off-duty LAPD officer nabs inmate on the run + Photographer Who Tried to Sell Racy Shots of Diaz Found Guilty + LA: Doctor Couple Plead Guilty to Taking Illegal Kickbacks + LA: Mahony Ordered to Release Church Records + CHP cruiser crashes in South Los Angeles during car chase + Riverside County wraps up first year of price-policing program + Former O.C. Official Is Indicted in Bribery Case + Public's Help Sought in Fatal Anaheim Hit-Run  + OC: Ex-Judge Gets Jail Time for Drunk-Driving Crash + French Valley: Man arrested after hit-and-run accident to be arraigned + Spring Valley: Clues sought in slaying of woman as roommates, friend slept nearby + San Diego: Police chase ends in crash, foot pursuit + Facing gang violence in San Diego + El Cajon: Three admit guilt in BB gun shooting spree + El Cajon: Saw aids in break-in at jewelry store + Change of site sought for trial in slaying of Oceanside officer + Survey shows opinion against Camacho; defense seeking venue change + Poway: Two robbed at gunpoint in home + Two Mexicans shot at border area near Campo + Palm Springs: Online crime reports working

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Jellyfish Jamming Local Beaches

Sacramento & north: New parking meters make Sacramento debut + Officials try to lure Indian museum to Sacramento + Chico: Park trail stuck in environmental red tape + Redding: Fiery Accident Kills 5, Closes Road for Hours + New Dust Regulations In El Dorado County + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: Buyer Found For Closed San Francisco Church + SAN FRANCISCO. Curbs on overruns OKd by board panel. The idea is to have a capital expense plan submitted each year by city administrator  Legislation designed to coordinate capital planning in San Francisco and prevent huge cost overruns on city projects was approved Monday by a key committee of the Board of Supervisors. + New stroke centers aim to save lives   Burlingame: Three area hospitals are scheduled to come online as primary stroke centers in the coming months as part of an effort to improve care for victims of the nation's third-ranked killer + Computer recycling expands for demand  Since San Mateo County and Goodwill Industries of San Francisco kicked off the ReCompute computer-recycling program last month, 200,000 pounds of outdated digital equipment clogged the pipeline in just the first seven weeks + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Hershey buys famed Berkeley chocolate factory + New bridge phase sees old questions Wednesday opens a new chapter in the 16-year Bay Bridge saga, when regional politicians take the reins to oversee the project amid unanswered questions about why the public will pay twice — at unknown cost — for the same work. CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

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Napa: Neither rain nor kids nor traffic lights kept Napa postal carrier from safety milestone + Real estate costs raising price of flood control + Finding Dad on Mt. Veeder + Grapegrowers continue tax to fight sharpshooter

Solano: New Suisun manager wants focus on morale and redevelopment + Fairfield: Sewer board starts sludge deliberations + Solano Aids Quilt comes together + Public hearing set for Bordoni proposal + Fair attendance drops 25 percent + Vallejo council to decide fate of seniors complex + BUSD volunteers may run for board + Mediator to meet with Vallejo teachers, officials + Kaiser doctor dies while mountain biking + Vallejo school hopefuls invited to forum + AmCan economic development workshop set

Monterey: BRAC chief gives DLI his support + Strife at national level won't affect local unions + Group gears for tax drive + Bird with West Nile virus found + Your Town + LAFCO delays splitting fire district

Central Valley: Modesto: Pollution Problems Plague City's Wells + Fresno: Investigators: What's underneath 'sinking' homes? + Fresno: Anti-Slum Strike Force Proposal + Quartz fire moves closer to Coarsegold homes + Glen Loma will change the face of Gilroy + Gilroy council race to focus on basics + San Juan: SJB water project stalls + Madera: Wildfire Burning Near Coarsegold + Lockeford starts solar energy project + Tracy: Coping with the commute + Tracy: Without rules affordable housing turns costly + San Joaquin: Are the county's top public salaries too high? + Interstate 580 carpool lane construction to start + West Nile Virus Found In Lodi And Manteca + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

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Southern California: LA: Mayor shuffles airport panel + Mayor Picks Airport Commissioners +  LA: Local reps have big say in Central American trade pact + L.A.'s rent-a-crew proposal prompts mixed reactions + LA: Mayor Pounds Pavement to Fix Potholes + LA: Razing of Ambassador Hotel OKd + Jellyfish Jamming Local Beaches + LA: City Considers Public Financing of Elections + San Pedro: Man Gets Five Years for Credit-Card Scam + LA: Political Issues Cloud San Pedro Seaside Revival + LA: Judge orders DWP to Restore Part of Owens River + LA: Rent-a-repair crew + LA: Long Beach Port progress + LA: Rising costs threatening city renovations + Metrolink faces 135 claims in crash + Northridge: Councilman Greg Smith threatens defamation suit re: being bought off by Wal-Mart + Valley Village: McMansion invasion+ Silverado: Motorcyclist Slams Into Truck, Dies + Lake Perris: A Major Drain for Unstable Reservoir + State: Lake Perris dam unsafe + Ventura crop values grow + Rudderless San Diego Votes Today + San Diego: Public says Miramar is the answer to county's airport needs + Push is on to buffer Pendleton + Nancy Chadwick takes reins of Oceanside Planning Commission + Escondido Planning Commission to consider higher slopes for ridgeline project + Wynola: Firefighter's death examined + Intrigue has early lead in push to replace Rep. Cunningham + San Diego: Probe planned on ex-Mayor Murphy + San Diego: Toni Atkins appointed Deputy Mayor. With honor and dignity + San Diego: Mayor, Soledad choices on ballot + San Diego: Residents join dialogue into airport site + Fall Brook: Driver dies, passenger hurt after truck hits semitrailer

School days: LA: Special-ed spending hard to determine + LA: Healthy school food the aim + Compton Community College Trustees Get Cold Shoulder


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Canadian Lab to Test DNA of 'Sasquatch' Hair

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Las Positas to offer bachelor's degree From counterculture's cutting edge to the educational mainstream, integral studies are coming to the Livermore-Amador Valley. Las Positas College has teamed up with an alternative college borne of 1960s interest in Asian religion and cultures to let students take classes at the community college for a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. The classes will start in 2006.

Ready for takeoff  The Byron Airport is a sparkle in the eyes of many east Contra Costa leaders who see an untapped economic gem sitting in their rural backyard, but political and physical barriers are conspiring to prevent a major expansion.

Not so hot property To the naked eye, the private island in the middle of San Francisco Bay looks like a misshapen loaf. But after four years on the market, for a cool $10 million, it's starting to resemble a white elephant.

Justice Department clears roadblock for Indian casino The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal court to toss a lawsuit filed by Amador County to overturn approval of a 2,000-slot casino about 40 miles from Sacramento.

Jury says no to Antioch man's insanity defense MARTINEZ -- A jury found Monday that an Antioch man who shot a childhood acquaintance was sane when he committed the crime, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Blackhawk to vote on police tax Residents in this upscale community of 4,255 voters will be asked in a special mail-in ballot election to spend 28 cents more per day for police services.

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Governor embarks on image change Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to try the political version of one of those makeovers popular on afternoon TV talk shows - where the guest is transformed from unsightly to attractive.

Governor signs voter-data bill Legislation to ban foreign workers from handling personal information from California voter lists or petition drives was signed Monday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

U.S. backs casino in court WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal court to toss a lawsuit filed by Amador County seeking to overturn approval of a 2,000-slot casino about 40 miles from Sacramento.

CalPERS scores 12.7% return ROHNERT PARK - Fueled by hefty gains in the real estate and private equity markets, the California Public Employees' Retirement System recorded a 12.7 percent investment return in its latest fiscal year, officials reported Monday

Daniel Weintraub: Proposition 77 case pits principle vs. voters' will  The battle over Proposition 77 - the measure endorsed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to change the way the state draws political district lines - has now moved to an appeals court. A three-judge panel Monday blocked, at least temporarily, a lower court ruling throwing the measure off the ballot. The panel will now consider the initiative's fate in more depth.

Other view: Arnold's own Keystone Kops  In the annals of California politics, rarely has anything been as incompetent as the run-up to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Nov. 8 special election. Another pearl of his "year of reform" turned to dust last week when a Sacramento Superior Court judge struck his redistricting initiative, Proposition 77, from the ballot. He should immediately move to cancel the election.

Two crashes, many hard questions  Police say a teen was hurt and her grandfather killed in a DUI collision with a driver suspected in an earlier case.

Museum plans up for vote A state task force considering locations for a state Indian Heritage Center is scheduled to vote today whether to proceed with plans for a center in the American River Parkway.

Solar-powered machines replace parking meters As construction projects on almost every street corner downtown make parking harder to find, at least paying for it could get easier under new technology unveiled Monday by Sacramento officials.

Child molester draws sentence of 15 years to life  Joseph Clarence Benson, the former Sacramento Youth Symphony general manager who fled to Africa after he became the focus of a child molestation investigation, was sentenced Friday to a 15 years-to-life term in prison for sexually molesting two brothers at a Christmas party.

Sac City charter schools in a jam Bowing to community opposition, the Sacramento City Unified School District has decided not to move the Success Academy school from Eighth and V streets to another campus about a mile away.

Man killed near ex-girlfriend's home SACRAMENTO - A confrontation over an Oak Park woman ended Monday with one man dead and the other wanted in connection with the fatal shooting, police said

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Defendant says he found transgender teen attractive Merel, 25, testified he found the victim, a transgender teenager who was born with male anatomy, very attractive. ``She was kind of wild, I guess you would say she wasn't shy,'' Merel said. A short time after meeting Gwen in the fall of 2002, Merel testified that he had sex with her and found the experience satisfying. He is the only defendant to admit warm feelings for the victim. A short time later, when the group of friends that Gwen had male genitalia, Merel said he vomited and burst into tears. ``I think I was going through some kind of identity crisis because I seriously thought I was gay,'' Merel said. ``Your whole life you believe you are a heterosexual and you find out you've been pleasured by a man. It disgusted me . . . Emotionally I was crushed.''  But Merel said he didn't want to kill her.

Officials recommend light rail for Grand Prix The souped-up performance cars in town for this weekend's Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose will have wide-open streets to race on, but for the thousands of humble compacts and SUVs full of race fans hoping to see them, it'll be a different story.

Police arrest S.J. teen in killing of athlete
1 MAN STILL AT LARGE IN APPARENT DRUG DEAL GONE BAD
A 19-year-old San Jose man is in jail on suspicion of murder in a Sunnyvale double-shooting that killed a former Homestead High School running back about two weeks ago in what police now say was a drug deal that went sour.

Hearst appraisal made public
STATE HAS BOUGHT DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS TO SCENIC RANCH
Despite opposition from environmentalists, the Hearst Corp. had enough legal lots, water and road access to build luxury homes across large sections of the scenic Hearst Ranch -- if it had tried.

Beating called a hate crime
COUPLE ALLEGEDLY STRUCK PREGNANT WOMAN WHILE YELLING RACIAL EPITHETS
As two of her neighbors beat her, police say, a Morgan Hill woman pleaded with them: ``Don't hit me, don't hurt me! I'm pregnant! ''

Council reviews ethics code
CITY'S STRICTER STANDARDS FOR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WOULD AFFECT INVESTMENTS
Los Altos officials will consider bolstering the city's ethics code tonight to keep members of the city council and planning commission from investing in real estate deals that come up for government review.

Veteran promoted to chief
TOOK INTERIM POST IN JANUARY
Bob Lacey joined the Los Altos Police Department 25 years ago and liked the small town feel so much that he never left. On Monday, City Manager Phil Rose gave Lacey another reason to stick around: He named Lacey the new chief

Teens, tanning salons skirt law
PARENTAL CONSENT NOT WELL ENFORCED
When Michele, 16, of San Jose went to a tanning salon eight days in a row to even out the farmer's tan she had gotten from playing softball, she knew her parents wouldn't approve.

Town voting on purchase of local water system
EVEN IF BOND MEASURE PASSES, GERMANS SAY THEY WON'T SELL
Four years ago, it's safe to say, no one in Essen, Germany, had ever heard of a little town in the Santa Cruz Mountains called Felton.

City debates medicinal pot store
CRITIC WORRIES OVER SHOP'S EFFECT
The Santa Cruz City Council is expected to decide today whether to allow its first medicinal marijuana shop. Planning commissioners voted 5-0 last week to approve a special-use permit for Boulder Creek resident Lisa Molyneux to operate the Greenway pot dispensary on DuBois Street in the Harvey West Business Park.

Water firm will seek consent to thin forest for fire control
San Jose Water Co. plans to submit formal documents to the state next month asking permission to log about 1,000 acres of land near the Lexington Reservoir as a way to control fire and protect water quality.

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Replacing Kyte as city manager won't be easy task for Turlock  Steve Kyte set a date for his retirement as Turlock's city manager last week, 25 years after he took the job.

Turlock votes on metering water for all
TURLOCK — All city residents will move another step closer to having water meters at their homes if the City Council amends an ordinance tonight.

Prisoner linked to 2 valley killings
Police have connected two valley slayings in 2000 to a killer serving a life sentence in Montana for the death of a homeless man.

Board to consider replacing sheriff
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is set to consider naming a replacement for outgoing Sheriff Les Weidman when it meets this morning.

Waterford mulls superintendent selection
WATERFORD — When Frank Cranley signed his contract as school superintendent in 2002, he made it clear he would work for only four years.

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

SAN FRANCISCO: Hospital may owe taxes. Assessor estimates bill at $4 million In one of his first acts as San Francisco's new assessor-recorder, Phil Ting said Monday a preliminary investigation by his office found that California Pacific Medical Center might not have qualified...

BAY AREA: BART to halt many rush-hour trains to SFO. Lack of Peninsula riders brings change -- system will save almost $4 million a year  Plagued by low ridership on its Peninsula extension, BART plans to cut its rush-hour service to San Francisco International Airport in half starting in September in a move to save nearly $4 million a ...

SAN FRANCISCO. Curbs on overruns OKd by board panel. The idea is to have a capital expense plan submitted each year by city administrator  Legislation designed to coordinate capital planning in San Francisco and prevent huge cost overruns on city projects was approved Monday by a key committee of the Board of Supervisors. The legislation...

SAN FRANCISCO: Sunnydale slaying victim identified Authorities have identified a man slain over the weekend in a courtyard of the Sunnydale housing projects in Visitacion Valley as Eugene Muna, 20. He was shot outside a residence at 21 Blythdale Ave. ...

SAN FRANCISCO: Artist to fill vacancy on building panel Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin named artist Debra Walker on Monday to fill a vacancy on the city's Building Inspection Commission. Walker will serve out the term of Phil Ting, whom Mayor ...

ALBANY: City clears out 19 campsites used by homeless people. Squatters returned to future park after bigger eviction in '99 Authorities have removed nearly 20 homeless encampments from the Albany Bulb -- the latest step in the planned transformation of a former dump along the bay into part of the Eastshore State Park. The ...

MILPITAS: 10 inmates injured during jail fighting Ten inmates suffered minor injuries Monday during a fistfight at the men's minimum-security wing of Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Center, a jail spokesman said. The fight happened at 2 p.m...

OAKLAND: Man shot to death in East Oakland A 19-year-old man was shot and killed Sunday night in East Oakland, police said Monday. The victim, identified as Andrew Mendoza of Oakland, was taken to Highland Hospital after the shooting, where he...

SOUTH BAY: Attack on pregnant woman may get worse for accused Suzanne Herel, Chronicle Staff Writer
A couple charged with assaulting a pregnant Morgan Hill woman in what police are calling a hate crime may face more serious charges if the victim's fetus dies, authorities said Monday. "We would look ...

Pastor at St. Boniface Church to step down Rev. Louie Vitale, pastor of the Tenderloin's St. Boniface Church and a familiar figure at San Francisco meetings and demonstrations, is stepping down this fall after 13 years and is being recognized for his varied service today by the Board of Supervisors.

S.F. waterfront braces for Transbay Tube upgrades Upgrades to the underwater tunnel that connects San Francisco to the East Bay will spell construction headaches for businesses around The City's landmark Ferry Building, as well as a temporary restructuring of the area's famed Farmer's Market.

New stroke centers aim to save lives   BURLINGAME — Three area hospitals are scheduled to come online as primary stroke centers in the coming months as part of an effort to improve care for victims of the nation's third-ranked killer

Computer recycling expands for demand  SAN FRANCISCO — Since San Mateo County and Goodwill Industries of San Francisco kicked off the ReCompute computer-recycling program last month, 200,000 pounds of outdated digital equipment clogged the pipeline in just the first seven weeks

Dissatisfied patients voice concerns  MILLBRAE — Negative experiences of six former Mills-Peninsula Health Services patients were aired Monday as the debate heated up over a proposed contract for Sutter Health's Mills-Peninsula unit to build a new $450 million Burlingame hospital.

Bay Area unions to continue participating in labor councils  The president of the Bay Area's Teamsters union said the local union wants to continue to participate in state labor organizations despite the national Teamsters' announcement that they are leaving the AFL-CIO.

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Mill Valley blaze blamed on fireworks Three teens playing with fireworks sparked a two-alarm wildfire that raced up a grassy slope in Mill Valley yesterday, damaging one home and threatening several others, authorities said. No injuries were reported, but the fire sent smoke drifting throughout the area and gave residents a fright a day after another fire across town. "It was scary," said Joseph Yarnell, a Vista Linda Drive resident.  

Property tax windfall helps drive record county budget Marin County's 2005-06 budget grew rosier yesterday, with final tallies on county property tax revenue boosting the total spending plan to a record $389.7 million. The total budget is up 6 percent, or $22.1 million, from the $367.6 million spending plan proposed last month. It is also up 10 percent, or $36.1 million, from last year's total $353.6 million spending plan.  

Healthcare District wants Sutter to pay for MGH retrofitting
The Marin Healthcare District wants a judge to rule that Sutter Health be required to pay for state-required earthquake retrofitting at Marin General Hospital. Sutter Health, which operates the hospital and leases the building from the publicly operated Marin Healthcare District, filed a lawsuit in Marin Superior Court last month asking the court to decide whether it must pay to make the Greenbrae hospital earthquake safe by 2013.

Summit aimed at better patient care
Officials, doctors from Bay Area hospitals meet Representatives from hospitals in Marin will begin the first of a series of meetings today with officials from medical facililties throughout the Bay Area to collaborate on the best methods for improving patient care. The Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative is a new forum for hospitals to work together to discuss and promote ways to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.  

Novato man accused of embezzling from bank
A 59-year-old Novato man was charged yesterday with embezzling more than $100,000 from the Wells Fargo branch in downtown Tiburon, authorities said. LaRue Kelsey, an assistant manager at the bank, was being held at the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, police said. Kelsey was scheduled to enter a plea today, Deputy District Attorney Linda Witong said. The investigation began Wednesday, when the bank called the Belvedere Police Department to report theft of the money.

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Family identifies mystery woman  UKIAH - Family and fingerprints have identified a Ukiah woman who left behind a baffling mystery when she died July 8. The woman, known for six years to her Ukiah friends and employers as Karen Goldsmith, was really Karen Sue Smith, 53.

Betting on turf  Some experts say the Sonoma County Fair took a huge gamble by investing millions in a turf track at a time when the horse racing industry is struggling.

Police defend pit bull shooting Neighbors and friends of a family whose pit bull was fatally shot by a Santa Rosa police officer during a weekend arrest said Monday the police overreacted during a dog scuffle that could have been avoided.

Record $1.3 million judgement in SR housing unit A Santa Rosa family who lived in a mold-plagued apartment and their lawyers will split $1.3 million in the most expensive substandard housing verdict in Sonoma County history.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Labor rift hits home Local union leaders were unclear as to how the split would play out in the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, the regional arm of the AFL-CIO. But most expect some level of cooperation to continue.

Lawsuit targets Safeway’s cheap gas In a lawsuit some say could affect gasoline prices at all big-box stores, a judge last week ordered a Safeway Inc. gas station in Hollister to stop selling fuel below cost to harm competitors.

Attorney general Gonzales appears in Scotts Valley  SCOTTS VALLEY — A visit here from U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the weekend went largely unnoticed, just as planned. Gonzales was visiting family, said Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos. During his weekend visit, he gave three live television interviews Sunday morning.

Draft plan finally unveiled for Scots Valley town center  The architects propose a new "main street" with stores, residential development and a public plaza on a 28-acre site at Mount Hermon and Kings Village roads.

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New bridge phase sees old questions Wednesday opens a new chapter in the 16-year Bay Bridge saga, when regional politicians take the reins to oversee the project amid unanswered questions about why the public will pay twice — at unknown cost — for the same work.

San Joaquin Valley officials raking in funding WASHINGTON — San Joaquin Valley lawmakers are vacuuming up political cash at a blistering pace, even though the next election is well over a year away

Pleasanton may see 17 downtown homes PLEASANTON — The Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider two separate proposals to build a total of 17 homes in the downtown area.

Trucker not yet ID'd after Sunol rollover PLEASANTON — A Nevada man who died Sunday when the tractor-trailer rig he was driving veered off the freeway has yet to be identified.

Council to review massage parlors SAN RAMON — City Council members tonight will discuss regulating massage parlors in an attempt to prevent potential criminals from moving into San Ramon.

Slaying suspect may make first public remarks in trial HAYWARD — After nearly three full days of questioning, one of the three men accused of killing a Newark transgender teenager in 2002 concluded his testimony Monday, and another defendant is expected to take the stand today. When Merel does take the stand, it will be the first time he testifies in any court about the slaying of 17-year-old Gwen Araujo

Jury convicts man of molestation FREMONT — To the women he dated, Brian Bud Benson seemed like the ideal mate. Their children saw him as a father figure. He helped coach the football team. He took the children on field trips. He was someone the family could trust. On Monday, an Alameda County jury convicted Benson of 29 counts of child molestation involving six children during a seven-year period.

County still feeling pinch of jail's closure OAKLAND — The closure of Oakland's city jail has cost Alameda County $400,000 so far, with more still to come, officials said Monday.

Governor urged to get rid of lotto boss Senate lawmakers Monday called for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to remove the lottery director or subject him to upper-house scrutiny in an escalation of the court and partisan battles over the state's alleged illegal participation in Mega Millions. Schwarzenegger appointed administration troubleshooter Chon Gutierrez as acting director in December — a position immune from the Senate confirmation process.

Man pleads not guilty in car-dragging case FREMONT — A Hayward man Jorge Valle accused in a brutal hit-and-run in Newark that left two men hospitalized after they were dragged under the car for more than a block entered his plea Monday in the Fremont Hall of Justice.

Man charged in three 'Nut Case' slayings OAKLAND — A suspected member of the infamous "Nut Case" Gang was charged Monday with a seven-hour killing spree in February 2003 that left two men shot to death in Oakland and another in San Francisco, police said.

Berkeley shooting suspect sought help Christopher Hollis, the young man Berkeley police believe shot and killed Dartmouth student Meleia Willis-Starbuck last week, made a call for help during the weekend. Hollis called his former basketball coach, Vincent Trahan, on Saturday, reaching the coach on his cell phone.

Kaiser Fremont collaborates to improve patient safety Today, about 30 hospitals from five Bay Area counties aim to reduce that number by kicking off a campaign to improve patient safety. Hospitals participating in the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative will share information during the next 18 months on how to improve patient outcomes through six interventions. These six interventions are: deploying rapid response teams at the first sign of patient decline; delivering reliable care for heart attack patients to reduce deaths; avoiding adverse drug reactions; preventing central line infections through clear protocols; preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia; and reducing surgical site infections through correct perioperative care.

Fremont developer has new plans A new era begins today for Salwan Property Management, according to landlord Dharam Salwan. The Fremont veterinarian and developer, perhaps best known in the Hayward area for the roughly 860 apartment units he rents to tenants there and in Cherryland, has joined the push to build owner-occupied town homes downtown.

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July 25, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Shots to the Heart of Iraq + Bomber Kills 40 in Baghdad + Militiamen tied to Iraqi government involved in killings, Sunni says + Howard meets the Diggers during dash to Iraq + Iraqi police targeted + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Sunnis rejoin Iraqi constitutional panel + Sunnis end constitution panel boycott + Proposed Chapter for Iraq's Constitution Likely to Anger Women Who Fear Losing Some Rights +  Iraqi Police Need Better Recruiting, Screening, U.S. Report Says + US Concerned Insurgents Infiltrating Iraqi Police + US-Iraqi Task Force to Set Terms for US Exit

War prisons: 'Chemical Ali' Questioned by Iraq Special Tribunal

AFGHANISTAN: A Top Pakistani Vows to Work With Afghans to Fight Terror, Extremism

MIDDLE EAST: Arab League scrambles to convene 'urgent' summit

Egypt: Presidential Election Is Set for Sept. 7 + Amid bombs, Mubarak plans ahead

Saudi judiciary fixes sentences of three reformers

Israel, Palestine: Sharon seeks to open new chapter with France during landmark meeting with Chirac + Sharon leaves for Paris visit Tuesday, as guest of Chirac + Mofaz meets with PA Min. Yousef on pullout + General, Vice Premier Favor Speeding Up Gaza Pullout to Limit Resistance + UAE builds a city in the place of Gaza settlements + Police checking car trunks for hidden pullout foes

RUSSIA: Russia sees global jihad on southern flank

EUROPE:  Rival views divide top leadership in Ukraine

UN seeks to leave Kosovo, but a deal is elusive

AFRICA: Outlook grim for deal between Group of Four, African Union

Mugabe discovers a Chinese remedy to his economic woes

ASIA PACIFIC: East Timor democracy in danger as graft and poverty spread

Enemies move to impeach Arroyo

AMERICAS:  Venezuela: Latin TV Channel Launched to Counter 'Hegemony'

Some wary of Mexican candidate's populism + Campaigning in Mexico's presidential race already under way + Mexico struggles to understand embedded racism in diverse society

Highway to Brazil, Though Badly Needed, Raises Doubts in Peru

Colombian Rebels Show Little Interest in Talking Peace

Cuban Government Frees 23 of 33 Dissidents Detained Last Week

Ecuador Ex-President Vows to Return Despite Arrest Warrant

Dispute over Arctic heats up+ Return of the Vikings

Nicaraguan Judge Allows Convicted Ex-President to Go Free Under Family Supervision

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Army Puts a New Face on Interrogations

Posada used fake I.D. in 2000 trip to Florida

Musharraf: No al-Qaida center in Pakistan + Pakistan says Al-Qaeda havens overrun

ASIO examines Saudi cash links

North Korea intelligence split U.S. agencies

CIA's secret agents hide under a variety of covers

Report implicates Indonesian intelligence in murder of human rights activist

The links between terrorists, security operatives and military spending

Senate Panel to Examine Use of Cover by U.S. Spies

Belarus accuses Polish diplomats of spying

Zambia brings new charge against opposition leader

Chen gave identity permission: DIMIA

Reality Of Spycraft A 'Mind Game'

Saudi Bond and George Smiley

Envoy's defection puts focus on China espionage

Use of informal informants is widespread tactic

What Makes Suicide Bombers Tick?

Mystery, lover, agent provocateur

Bennett has been in the espionage briar patch

General May Lead California Guard

Craig B. Ashe Secret Service Officer

George Kolt Geopolitical Expert

Frances Elizabeth Blancke CIA Worker, Ambassador's Wife


'RFID the lot of them!' UK ID card to use ICAO reader standard

Big Brother Wants to Be Diet Cop

Library Association Boss Calls Patriot Act 'Kafkaesque'

Spirit of J. Edgar Hoover Lives On

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Los Angeles refuses to pay for ceremony honoring gay marriage + Landmark gay novel, Song of the Loon, reissued + Catch 22 for gay clergy in sex code + Why the Supreme Court's next big battle may be about gay rights

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Federal Study: Renters in Wheelchairs or Hearing-Disabled Often Face Housing Discrimination

Hoffa puzzle reaches 30th anniversary with no clue, no breakthrough

IRS studying businesses on tax evasion

Sony BMG Music Agrees to $10 Million 'payola' Settlement

N.J. town out to ban pedophiles

Former Rite Aid CEO Grass Argues for Shorter Sentence

LAPD Computer Targets Rogue Cops

Hospital Agrees to Pay $200,000 to Settle Government Complaint Over Patient Restraints

Federal Judge Rules Railroad Must Provide Contraceptive Coverage

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Launch Still On Despite Glitch + Discovery crew has repair kits ready + NASA defends possible shuttle safety rule waiver

Google ups ante in mapping rivalry

Stanford professors offer password protection

When Cell Phones Become Oracles

NASA's New Mars Orbiter Will Sharpen Vision Of Exploration

Computer Vision System Detects Foreign Objects In Processed Poultry And Food Products

DNA-based Molecular Nano-wires

'Tall' Crystals From Tiny Templates

LONDON BOMBINGS

London Times: Police name bomb suspects + Pictures of wanted men + Full statement + World media reacts to bungled shooting + Did a fifth bomber lose his nerve? + Clarke cancels trip + More bag searches + Police face huge claim for damages + Victim escaped poverty + His final minutes + Oops, sorry, won't do. We can't just shrug our shoulders over this shooting + The Stockwell shooting should not compromise the hunt for the bombers

The Guardian: Police name two terror suspects + Deport the haters, urges ex-PM + Inter Milan tour back on + Police shot Brazilian eight times + No tails or tridents + Death of an innocent man

The Independent: Police believe terror cells met up at rafting centre + Where are the July 21 bombers? + Jean Charles de Menezes: The wrong place. The wrong time + Friday's shooting: The key questions

(NYT) British police name 2 bombing suspects + (LAT) More Links in London Bomb Plots Seen + (LAT) London Attack Suspect Is Also Sought by U.S. + (Chicago Trib) British Muslims worry about future + (AP) Relatives, Friends Mount Protest Over Killing of Brazilian in Britain + Xymphora on "Shoot to Kill" + Effort to Charge London Suspect Was Blocked by US

SHARM EL SHEIK

Death Toll Rises to 88 in Egypt Bombings + 5 Pakistanis sought in Egypt terror probe + Attackers had aimed at tourists, Egypt says + Egyptian police fight battles as blast probe widens + Bedouins targeted after bombing + (Pravda) Terrorist groups compete over responsibility for Egypt's Sharm-el-Sheik attacks

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Beware of pitfalls when hiring kids

4 AFL-CIO Unions Shun Convention

Venture Funding Picks Up

Yahoo Buys Widget Maker Konfabulator

Investor Warns Unocal on CNOOC Bid + Unocal says it was ready to accept higher CNOOC offer

FedEx Unit Faces Labor Lawsuits

Russian Firms Pour Into the Public Market

A Tenacious CEO Keeps United Flying

Squeezing Oil From Deserted Wells

Intel to build $3 billion chip factory in Arizona

Walt Disney Studios Says Daniel Battsek Named President of Miramax Films

How to succeed Daddy: Asia's rich learn to manage legacy + Rich Little 'Poor' Kids

Lessons from the past improve long-term-care insurance

Blood for pork....

Juggling foreign investment with nationalism

MILITARY  VA straining to treat post-traumatic stress

Sporting events offer "gold mine" for Army recruiters

Fairfax County recruiters grabbing student data under parents' noses

Indiana Guardsman Pleads Guilty to Negligent Homicide in Iraqi Death

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Indonesia: Pigs Culled in Effort to Contain Bird Flu

China: Mystery Illness: 17 Dead After Contact With Sick Livestock


Stomach Hormone Helps Conquer Battle of Bulge, Study Finds

Personalized Approach to Cancer

Voices are given little thought till they're lost

Treatment hope for hepatitis

Cardiologist Says Vioxx Contributed to Texas Man's Death

BBC Nerve damage repair agent hope

Testosterone may aid post -hysterectomy sex 

Fluorescing Lab Worms Signal Longer Life Spans, Reports CU-Boulder Team

Genetic Links Could Unlock Clues To Leading Cause Of Blindness

Healthy Weight Means Healthier Blood Lipid Profile In Children, Study Finds

Decreased Breast Cancer Survival Associated With High TRAIL-R2 Expression

New UC Study Shows 'Stop And Go' Traffic Increases Infant Wheezing

'Good' Bacteria Helps Ease Pain Of Colitis

'Achilles' Heel' Of The Herpes Virus Possibly Found

Unraveling A Stomach Cancer Puzzle

Bacterial Cooperation As A Target For Anti-infectious Therapy

Jefferson Researchers Find Timing Of Post-epilepsy Surgery Seizures Predicts Outcome

Bacteria Propel Gains In Ammonia Removal

Cats Lack a Sweet Tooth, Study Says

Easton, Washington: Designing a Passing Lane for Wildlife

Virtual Trip To The Heart Of 400 Million Years Old Microfossils

Unique Software For Preventing Pesticide Drift

THE BUSHWORLD...

GOP Senators Offer Amendments on Detainee Treatment in Potential Showdown With White House

White House struggles for Cafta votes

Rumsfeld downplays Uzbek base's importance + U.S. tries to shore up Kyrgyzstan base deal

Immigration Rising on Bush's To-Do List

(Pravda) US Congress plans to assign $85 million to fund political organizations in Russia

Bush Pushed Package Deal To Smooth Cox Nomination

Supreme Court nominee: Clash likely over Roberts documents + Opposition to Roberts slow to muster + White House Warns Democrats Not to Ask for Too Many Roberts Documents + Roberts' Record Thin on Tech + Supreme Court Nominee's Views on Media Matters Not Yet Clear, Group Says + Roberts Was Ready at Every Turn + White House Will Hold Back Some Papers Nominee Wrote + Roberts declines to explain Federalist Society listing + Federalist Society has close government ties + Santorum: Mrs. Roberts' work not relevant + Campaign swirling around Roberts could rival a big political race + Specter approaches confirmation hearings as neutral `umpire'

Iran: Iran Judiciary Report Points to Violations + Pakistan stands firm on plans to build natural-gas pipeline from Iran + India to continue Iran pipeline talks

Syria, Lebanon: CNN: Al-Hariri: Lebanon is in need of time to discuss Hizbullah weapons + Galloway on the Syrian-Lebanese relations

N. Korea: N. Korea Talks May Be a Last Chance + Koreans Mourn Last Heir to Throne + North Korea intelligence split U.S. agencies + Uranium at the core + A North Korean at the White House + North Korea Agrees to Carry On Nuclear Talks With U.S. as Long as Required

Rice: Rice Urges Israel to Keep Gaza Open After Pullout

Congress: Trade, Highways, Energy, Veterans Health Care Top Congress Agenda + Senate's Lead Tax Writer Says Estate Tax Repeal Vote Could Doom Compromise + America's Economic Nationalists Find New Anxieties to Feed On + Shift on MTBE May Clear Way for Energy Bill + Telecom Bill Passage Said Unlikely This Year + Gutknecht, Kennedy targeted in CAFTA vote + House ethics panel back in business + Lawmakers View $10 Billion Energy Tax Package, Near Agreement on Broad Energy Bill

Democrats: Clinton to Direct Creation of Democrats' Agenda + Clinton Urges Party Unity, Tough Stance

GOP: Pennsylvania Republican Santorum Rules Out 2008 White House Bid

OPINIONS:

Will Hamas soon lead the Palestinians?

John Burns: Civil War in Iraq Already Here?

Wednesdays with Grover Norquist

Bob Herman: What Bush doesn't know

Bush Beat: Niger—Let Them Eat 'Cake'

Cheney's Plan: Nuke Iran: Justin Raimondo

Changing the Subject: Frank Rich

Blair's Bombs: John Pilger

PLAME CASE

CIA LEAK: Bush Administration Says Media Shield Bill Threatens War on Terror

Gonzales Delayed Telling Bush About CIA Leak Probe + Atty. Gen. Gonzales Responds to Frank Rich's '12-Hour Gap' Charge + Aide Got Early Word on CIA Leak Inquiry

 CIA Officers Say Bush 'Jeopardizing' National Security

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Strike Averted as 'SF Chron' Guild and Management Agree on New Contract

Teen Journo Draws Fire After Army Sting

Pentagon Blocks Release of Abu Ghraib Images: Here's Why

Susan Gordon Lydon, author and Rolling Stone editor, dies

AP Board Approves Online Licensing Policy, Authorizes Online Video Service

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Legal issues block rescue of historic California missions

Wading into lyrics can get pretty deep

Animation's tech tradition

Reconstruction of historical dances and musicals

Quotations by the hundreds grace Dialogue Project exhibit

Magicians of Ring 96 meet at Seal Beach bank

Latinas on the forefront of fashion

Over there

Ariane Mnouchkine's "Le Dernier Caravanserail (Odyssees) at the Lincoln Center Festival

Nancy Franklin on “Over There.”

Lim: Existential Kurt Cobain Movie an Opaque Masterpiece

Mormons, ACLU at odds over future of sacred site

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Mel Gibson's new film to be shot in obscure Mayan dialect

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: A rash of speculation about Katie

Rush & Molloy: Cybermogul has ideal pleasure Craft

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. softens special election rhetoric + Is special election in jeopardy? + Advisors Talk Of Canceling Special Election + Gov. Cuts Ties To Bodybuilding Show + Alec Baldwin Eyes Politics, Slams Gov. + Gov., speaker get heated in radio debate

At CalPERS, Change in Style, Not Focus

Will Phil Angelides campaign strategy make him California's Bill Clinton or its Howard Dean?

Feinstein Meets With Supreme Court Nominee

Vetoed state program that treats poor men with prostate cancer may be revived

California Adopts On-Board Emissions System for Big Rigs

Profile of Rep. George Miller. At this 'Animal House,' the Party Is Democratic

HIV Tracking System by Code Instead of Name May Be Scrapped

Drug Firms' $50-Million California Prescription

Health officials puzzle over abortion (RU-486) pill deaths in California

Initiatives: Spending Cap Initiative Called Key to National Plan

Legislature: State bill seeks rules for decontamination of meth homes before selling them

Indian tribes: SDSU to join few campuses with Indian gaming studies + New S.B. County prosecutor unit to focus on casinos. A prosecutor will take on cheats and those who victimize nearby residents

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

New Information About the Amber Alert For A Missing Nevada girl

Attorney General: California Campaign Against Illegal Marijuana Planting Kicks Off 2005 Season

Attorney General Bill Lockyer Releases Annual Hate Crime Report for 2004

Profile: LaRue Quy, FBI agent

Sacramento & north: Sacramento Arson On The Rise + New Sacramento Police Division Solves Cold-Case + Sacramento: Brother kills brother after family argument + Yolo County: Patricia Lenzi to run for district attorney + Woodland; Female victim likely dead for days + 10 years since Glenn Whitten shot and killed at Placer County State Park + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Driver weaves path of destruction + SFFD Agrees To Settle Drinking Lawsuit + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Search For Student's Gunman Continues + Friend Of Shooting Victim Arraigned + Update: Oakland man shot Sunday declared brain dead + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: Pregnant Morgan Hill woman beaten in hate crime + San Jose man sentenced for transporting stolen electronic parts + Police Close To Cracking Suspected Schwartzmiller's Molester Code + San Jose Police: serial molester was writing his memoirs + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Judge orders California Department of Forestry to pay Napa green group + Ethics of Medi-Cal estate planning questioned

Solano: Senior citizens may soon have team to end abuse of their funds

Monterey: Ex-NPS official faces bigamy charge

Central Valley: Tarpey Village: Missing truck is key to double murder investigation + Probe into San Joaquin Judge Terrence Van Oss dropped + No Suspects In Elderly Couple's Murder + Teen Found Stabbed in Alpaugh + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Photographer convicted in Cameron Diaz topless photos case + Compton Stung by Steep Rise in Killings + Driver on 91 Freeway Shot From Passing Car + LA: Man Badly Wounded in Police Shooting + LA: DA to charge Carlo Ventre with solicitation of murder + Anaheim: Woman Held in Stabbing Death of Husband + Anaheim: Boy, 16, Is Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver + OC: Carwash Worker Dies in Compressor Explosion + San Diego: Post Office worker sentenced for stealing from Post Office + Coronado: Hotel Del Coronado ready for expansion + Fire alarm system works a little too well. Glitches wake up officials in Julian

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LOCAL NEWS: ( NMN is running excerpts of articles in various newspapers which require registration or block Click for index.)

Monterey Aquarium's surrogate-mother raises pups

Property taxes rising because of real state boom, Local governments revenues soar

Sacramento & north: UC Davis student missing after Yosemite trip + Redding: Park Service Clears Trail to Remote Waterfall + Survey: Davis: Most oppose Conaway Ranch plan + Davis: Living the dream + Chico: Wound heals slowly in Forest Ranch + Summer heat strains Oroville's homeless + McCloud: Nestle wants to build huge water-bottling plant + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: Pit Bull Intentionally Set On Fire + News in brief from Northern California + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Major Bay Area Unions Join AFL-CIO Boycott + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: Officials spray to combat West Nile virus + VTA Conducts Disaster Drill At San Jose Station + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: Fire Destroys Historic Contra Costa County Hotel + Bird In Concord Tests Positive For West Nile + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Napan finds help with hobby through the Internet + Hot meals for Napa's Latino seniors

Solano: Local veterans may have new home + Back-to-back crashes leave 2 dead + Daycare lawsuit leaves First 5 Commission cautious + Fairfield: New program could bolster area child care

Monterey: Many say rodeo was a success, but vendors report fewer sales + Run-down Marina park prepped for makeover + Alisal in talks over bad tiling + Your Town + Grants + Military briefs + Measure W whips up local debate + Husband keeps mum on wife's award

Central Valley: San Joaquin supervisors consider independent Sheriff, coroner, public administrator offices + Expensive New Water Rules in Fresno County + Grass Fire Damages Historic Byron Hotel West of Stockton + Stories of Service: Kingsburg's Larry Johnson + Stockton: Report: Luxury condo possible downtown + Visalia: Historic Hotel Fire at Lamp Liter Inn + Vehicle Ignites Wildfire in Fresno County + Drowning Scare at Millerton Lake + Near Drowning at Avocado Lake + Real Estate Investor Boom in Valley + Galt bus service extended to include fixed hourly routes + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: News briefs from California's Central Coast + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Mayor Begins His Shake-Up of the City's Commissions + A New Source of Hope at King/Drew -- Health Center for Women + LA: Truck Strikes and Kills Woman at Bus Station + Riordan gets long-delayed official tribute from City Hall + Sun Valley: Dumps' gulls face falcon and the showman + Traffic a gridlock on life + Annexation issues to be aired. Castaic, West Ranch may join Santa Clarita + Whittier: Congregation Doesn't Fault Father Over Son + San Bernardino: Married Catholic Priest Will Be the First in Diocese + San Diego Voters Talking Tough About Cleaning House + Survey finds more pessimism about San Diego's future + Concern grows over San Diego leadership + San Diego mayoral candidates final debate a civil affair + Toni Atkins in line to be San Diego deputy mayor + San Diego exploring receivership options for pension system + Next San Diego mayor faces tough job + 50 rally for proposition at Mount Soledad cross + OC: Probate War. An Old Hassle Over This Old House + News briefs from Southern California Coronado  ready for expansion + Fire alarm system works a little too well. Glitches wake up officials in Julian

School days: Glendale college aviation mechanics program closes. Seek new site + Cutbacks in vocational schools block career paths + SDSU to join few campuses with Indian gaming studies + University of the Pacific's towering influence + Teacher wants $1,000 reward for better California Standards Test Scores



Bierstadt, Seal Rock

Legal issues block rescue of historic California missions

Wading into lyrics can get pretty deep

Animation's tech tradition

Reconstruction of historical dances and musicals

Quotations by the hundreds grace Dialogue Project exhibit

Magicians of Ring 96 meet at Seal Beach bank

Latinas on the forefront of fashion

Newspapers excerpted today because they require registration:

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

SACRAMENTO BEE

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

MODESTO BEE

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD


CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Supervisors eye ways to curb PACs Like engineers trying to dam a tenacious river, Contra Costa leaders are toiling to stem the seemingly inevitable flow of money into local elections. Ironically, their answer may be to ease or end their own campaign finance limits. A decade-old Contra Costa law curbing political campaign donations and spending sure hasn't worked.

Retiree benefit aid coming  Alameda County supervisors appear ready to reauthorize a $23.7 million contribution to a fund that that pays the taxes on the health benefits of about 6,000 retired county workers.

In Albany, waterfront proposals fail to pass The Albany City Council will not ask voters to prevent city consideration of large-scale development along the waterfront until the Golden Gate Fields racetrack closes.

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Shedding its borrowing ways a tough task for state Although Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new spending plan contains less borrowing than he initially proposed, California still is strapped with more than $25 billion in debt from a variety of loans and bond sales used to help cover budget shortfalls during the last five fiscally dismal years.

The buzz: It's easy to get a handle on this art issue The thing about protest art is that, well, sometimes it leads to protest.

Geriatric clinic is welcomed
Routine bypass surgery for 84-year-old Ed Chally took an unexpected turn with the loss of his short-term memory. He remembered the subject of his master's thesis, but he had trouble placing which grandchildren belonged to which child.

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Molester planned memoir
POLICE SAY THEY'VE ALMOST CRACKED CODE S.J. MAN USED IN NOTES ON BOYS
Not only did career pedophile Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller fill his many journals with detailed notes about young boys, but he also began writing a memoir, San Jose police said Sunday.

Despite `Bag Lady's' long run, female bank robbers are rare
The petite blond with the big purse looked like a typical shopper at Bay Area supermarkets -- until she eased up to the in-store banking counter.

As special-election drive falters, governor steps back
ADVISERS ACKNOWLEDGE NEED FOR IMAGE BOOST
With his reform agenda falling apart and his approval ratings reaching a new low, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will try to soften his image and reconnect with voters who have turned against him in the midst of his special-election campaign.

Event to celebrate Tillman legacy
The Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) will celebrate the life and legacy of Pat Tillman Saturday with a ``Celebration Under the Stars'' event.

Physical therapist at SCU dies after party near campus
A 46-year-old physical therapist who worked part time with athletes at Santa Clara University died last week following a party with students at a house near the campus.

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MODESTO BEE

1 dead, 1 critical, many grieve
One family was in mourning this weekend, stunned by the death of bubbly, outgoing 16-year-old Stephanie Blevins of Turlock.

Pollution closes 19 city wells
The water division of the Modesto Public Works Department is fighting a war of attrition — at last count, 12 of the city's 96 wells were shut down due to low-level uranium contamination and-or "gross alpha" radiation.

Suspect drowns after pursuit
A man fleeing from sheriff's deputies drowned Sunday when he jumped into the Tuolumne River, investigators said.

Students awaiting school's fate
Three weeks before school starts, 80 students around Riverbank are still wondering where they'll be taking classes.

Is serial bank robber sitting in Placer jail?
JACKSON — Police have arrested a woman they believe could be the serial bank robber dubbed the "Bag Lady Bandit" — a brazen robber who calmly places a bag on bank counters and instructs tellers to place cash inside it.

Town-gown relations have rocky history
The term "town-gown" comes from the early days of higher education when universities were usually populated by people who wore gown-like robes, as opposed to the townspeople, who wore regular clothes.

Merced natives brace for UC DAVIS — Jason Jurow is a big booster of the University of California at Davis, but he encouraged his younger brother to attend UC Merced.

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

Man found dead in Presidio identified The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office has identified a man found dead Sunday in a recreational vehicle parked in the Presidio as Lawrence Lynch,...

If Lew Wolff builds it, they will come to condos Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
Rookie owner Lew Wolff knows just what he wants in a new Oakland A's stadium, right down to the wall of 20 condominiums in the outfield -- that is, if only he could find the place to build it. The Los...

SONOMA COUNTY / Children's Village closer to reality / Joe Montana's family boosts effort for foster kids It was a simple, passionate idea: create nurturing, secure homes for abused, neglected, and abandoned children trapped in California's foster care system. The goal: to end the instability that many fa...

SAN FRANCISCO / Home Depot debate / Bernal Heights divided before vote to allow big retailer in area The anti-Home Depot sign hanging in the window of the Cole Hardware store in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood has been there so long it is worn and faded. Nearly a decade has gone by since ...

HAYWARD / Police identify man shot dead after party The victim of a shooting outside a party on the 2000 block of Aldengate Way early Saturday has been identified as 39-year-old Teyrone Stepney of Oakland. Stepney and a friend left a party about 4:30 a...

Schwarzenegger's shrinking ballot
GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger's sense of urgency for a November special election was contrived from the start. Now that two of the governor's four measures are dropping off the ballot -- one because of h...

City to test attack response How prepared is San Francisco for a London-style terrorist attack?

Database to assist schools in sharing of translations In an effort to get more immigrant parents involved in their children's school work, a San Francisco-based organization has helped raise more than $700,000 to make the translation of school documents better and more efficient.

Ballot proposal to change Muni stirs controversy Transit advocates are split on a charter amendment on the November ballot that would give the Board of Supervisors more power over Muni — but some are questioning whether it will make any difference at all.

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

San Rafael cops turn up the heat San Rafael police Officer Justin Graham was on night patrol recently when he was dispatched to find a possible prowler outside a home on Mission Avenue. Rather than search the area with a conspicuous flashlight beam, he was able to pull out the department's new hand-held infrared device. "We pointed it to the ground and there was some heat marks on the ground and they went around the corner," Graham said. "I pointed it up and found a deer. That was the prowler.

County's roads get low marks in survey Marin's roads stink. A majority of Marin's cities and the county itself rank in the bottom half of rankings that assess road quality, according to a new report put out by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The MTC - the Bay Area's transportation agency - ranked streets based cracking, patching, depressions and rutting. Potholes are considered cracks in the analysis.

Larkspur project OK'd by planners San Rafael developer Campus St. James has passed its first real hurdle for a proposed development of more than 100 residential units and an 80-room hotel in Larkspur. The 10.65-acre parcel at 2000 Larkspur Landing Circle, on land currently owned by the Ross Valley Sanitary District, was recommended for approval by the Larkspur Planning Commission at its July 19 meeting. The vote was 4-1, with chairwoman Helen Heitkamp voting against approval.

Suspect in Marin City murder to be returned More than a year after his arrest in Germany, a suspect in a 1997 Marin City murder has been cleared for extradition to the United States to face trial, authorities said. Joseph Michel, also known as JoJo Koulibaly, is expected to be back in Marin by the third week in August, barring unforeseen legal or diplomatic obstacles, District Attorney Ed Berberian said. The murder victim, 20-year-old Ronnie Small Jr

The man hired to sort out Novato schools' budget mess Don Speich Novato schools' new chief budget officer, Jim Cerreta, admits he is attracted to a challenge like a moth to flame. He is in the right place. Consider: - With four weeks before the first day of school, the Novato Unified School District - unlike its counterparts in the county as well as the state - has no budget for the 2005-06 school year

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

New Sonoma hospital could be on Arnold Drive The Sonoma Valley's new hospital could be built on 38 acres on Arnold Drive now occupied by a cement plant, grapes, a few small businesses and some ranchettes.

Tax error costs school district $500,000 Petaluma's Waugh School District has uncovered an embarrassing mistake that is going to cost it more than $500,000.

Death toll rises to 6 in trio of accidents The death toll from three Saturday auto accidents continued to rise Sunday, with six people dead and two in critical condition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Pit bull shot after attacking SR police dog A pit bull attacked a police dog Sunday night and was shot by a canine officer when police served a warrant to a Santa Rosa man accused of a drug offense, Santa Rosa police said

Housing needs may sideline parks Affordable housing and public parks will go head-to-head Tuesday, when Healdsburg planning commissioners discuss the future of one of the last tracts of undeveloped land near the city limits

Southeast SR neighbors battle to keep out transitional home A citywide issue is playing out on Elsa Drive, a quiet cul-de-sac in southeast Santa Rosa where a nonprofit organization wants to operate a home for people making the transition from a homeless shelter to a place they can call their own.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Watsonville wants crime-fighting help Families of the late Wayne Minten, 18, and Issac Guzman, 17, are hoping the homicides don’t join the list of 18 that have gone unsolved in the city since 1937. There have been 75 total homicides. Capt. Eddie Rodriguez of the Watsonville Police Department said last week that investigators continue to pursue these cases, but the problem is many witnesses and friends of the suspects and victims remain mum and have not come forward to help — a longtime problem in Watsonville.

Cops and Courts

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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Lab scientist 'a woman in a man's field' LIVERMORE — In her freshman year of college, Gayle Pawloski took a course in oceanography, kindling an interest in science and starting her down a trail that led to the Nevada desert.

Proposal tuned in for radio network Oakland and San Francisco are proposing digital radio links across and around the Bay, with computers and radio repeaters for making incompatible radios talk to one another, as a linchpin of a new...

Livermore crash victim identified by coroner LIVERMORE — Authorities identified the victim of a car crash in Livermore on Friday as Mary Camacho of Fremont, according to the Alameda County Coroners Bureau.

San Joaquin to act against ex-sheriff STOCKTON — San Joaquin County supervisors have voted to file a false claim against former county Sheriff Baxter Dunn and his former attorney, Michael Capizzi, alleging that instead of defending Dunn on civil rights violations, the attorney worked on Dunns fraud defense.

Hayward man's attempted-murder trial underway HAYWARD — James Delphia Williams had been divorced for 11 years and during those years, he fashioned a new life in a town outside San Diego. Then he learned that his former wife, Frieda, had placed her fiance's name on the deed of the home the Williamses once shared. That, Deputy District Attorney Rachel Lozano contends, began a slow, simmering rage that boiled over on Dec. 3, 2002.

Projects could bring relief to commuters Three projects that have received funding could bring quick relief to some bottleneck areas, officials said. The projects will be the focus of a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Smith Elementary School, 391 Ontario Drive, Livermore. The meeting is being hosted by the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority and the city of Livermore, in conjunction with the California Department of Transportation

Classes put diabetics' lives in their hands Four diabetes patients sat in a semicircle in a classroom at Highland Hospital in Oakland one recent morning, all looking down at the printed handout in front of them.

Body's ID brings closure to family OAKLAND — When Wanda Green did not show up at her mother's house in late June 2004 to take a family portrait as she had promised, her mother knew something was wrong.

Transit agency seeks to alter Measure B spending HAYWARD -- The agency must convince Alameda County cities that a 1986 voter-approved expenditure plan for the Foothill Freeway, a proposed southward extension of Route 238 through Hayward, should be scrapped in favor of smaller projects on Mission and Foothill boulevards and the Route 238 corridor.

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July 22, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraqi rebels kill four police in Baghdad + Iraq Police Search for Algerian Diplomats + Gunmen kill bride in Iraq violence + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Sunnis quit talks on Iraqi charter + Wrangling continues over Iraq's charter + Iran ready to help Iraq's industries: Jahangiri

War prisons: Bush blocks release of more Abu Ghraib photos due to be released today

AFGHANISTAN: Move to Kandahar risky, military says + Australia reassesses Afghan effort + Afghan police training needs more time and money

MIDDLE EAST: At least 20 people dead in blasts in Egyptian resorts + Many killed in Egypt explosions

Israel, Palestine: Rice and Sharon discuss peaceful Gaza pullout + Israel under fire in Security Council over separation barrier + Rice meets Sharon, pushes coordination on Gaza pullout + Abbas says left in dark on Israel's plans for disengagement + Is Israel being torn apart? + IDF: We can't seal Gaza hermetically + Israel prevents the European peace convoy for Palestine

RUSSIA: (Pravda) Fighting for 'orange revolution' money in full swing + Investors seek political stability in Russia after new presidential election in 2008 + USA spooked by Russia and China + Russian aristocrat reclaims estate taken by Bolsheviks

AFRICA: Zimbabwe Government Defends Itself in Face of U.N. Report Denouncing Eviction Campaign

Kenya corruption review 'blocked'

Aid arrives for hungry in Niger

ASIA PACIFIC: Myanmar Tribunal Hands Former Prime Minister 44-Year Suspended Jail Term

US on Nepal's case + King stands firm

Arroyo re-arranges the deck chairs

Upsetting Asia's Atomic Applecart

Japan: The cockpit of future conflicts

AMERICAS Mexico, Canada Introduce Third Plan to Expand Security Council

Colombian President Orders Troops to Reoccupy Areas Abandoned by Paramilitaries

Spain court backs Argentine trial

United States plans to invade Venezuelan airwaves in propaganda strike

Cuba: Veteran Activist Reports as Many as 20 Dissidents Detained After Government Supporters Dissolve Opposition Protest

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

New Yorkers Show Tolerance on First Day of Bag Searches on Subways

Lebanese president for best relations with Syria

2,000 Islamic Radicals Hold Rally in Pakistan Capital to Protest Arrests of Militants

Chinese defector to Australia: Spies, lies and persecution + Defector Details Chinese Spying, Strategies Against Falun Gong + China's spies come out from the cold

India jails al-Qaeda suspect who plotted Melbourne strike

Pentagon's Plan for a Nuclear Bunker Buster

A Micro-Satellite With Military Applications

U.S. court rejects Pollard's appeal over life sentence

Pakistan: United militants, divided leaders

Canada's super spies in the sky

Pentagon fears Scuds fired from offshore

T.E. Lawrence and the mind of an insurgent

Russia Will Always Be on His Radar Screen

Japan approves new missile rules

The spies who came into the gold

Last of WWII Comanche Code Talkers Dies

London 9/11 plotter jailed

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Unabomber's Papers May Go Up for Sale

DEA faulted for drug informant payments

Twenty-Two People Accused of Miami Health Care Fraud

Authorities Search for Father of 12-Year-Old Idaho Girl Found Bound and Stabbed

Drug-smuggling tunnel under Canadian tunnel was elaborate

Vioxx Suit Faults Animal Tests

Judge Allows Anti-Smoking Groups to Weigh on Penalties for Cigarette Companies

O'Connor Says High Count Independence Threatened

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Astronauts endorse NASA's fuel sensor strategy

Shuttle countdown set to begin Saturday

Microsoft's new OS named "Vista"

Windows, IE at Risk From PC Snatchers

Dustiest Star Could Harbor A Young Earth

Students Steer A Blimp To Test Near Space Military Technology

CONNECT THE DOTS....

For Disabled, Fairway Is No Longer Out of Bounds

Rev. Jim Wallis Mobilizes the Religious Left

Who Do You Trust? Men And Women Answer That Differently

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

EU Wins Renewed Attack on U.S. Tax Breaks for Companies at WTO, People Say

Whirlpool Sweetens Bid for Maytag to About $1.44 Billion, or $18 a Share

Google's Stock Sinks Amid Slow Revenue Growth Even as Profit Soars

4,400 recruits join Microsoft; hiring likely to keep up pace

China's new currency scheme escapes the gravity of MARS + India pops the champagne

GCC countries are not yet prepared for a single currency

American tycoon buys French icons Taittinger champagne and the Crillon

Daily Forex Commentary

Blood for pork....

Boeing Joins Race to Sell Jet Fighters to Indian Air Force

MILITARY  Stressed US troops in Iraq 'turning to drugs'

Documents Show Navy Hired Firm to Influence Vote on Puerto Rican Island Used for Bombing Range

Australian submarine 20 seconds from death

Pentagon seeks higher age limit for military recruits + Army Boosts Benefits For Recruits

PLAME CASE 

Rove, Libby accounts in CIA case differ from those of reporters

Bolton's involvement?

Someone's in Trouble: Reporters, Officials in Plame Case Offered Conflicting Accounts of Calls

Bindar's retirement involved?

On the Luskin leaks

Former agents criticize Bush over CIA leak


House Makes PATRIOT Act Permanent

Congress Report: TSA Broke Privacy Laws

Art Director Fired After TV Discussion of Graphic Work on Bush

(Capitol Hill Blue) Freedom's Just Another Word for Everything to Lose

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

San Diego: Agents raid, shut down unlicensed Free Radio

'Will & Grace' starts final season with live episode

Defense Attorney Says He Disclosed Document in Cleveland Investigation + Cavalier in Cleveland? Lawyer Admits Leaking Document to Reporter + Now Doug Clifton Wishes He Had Kept Quiet

Today's papers

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Edmonton men first gay couple in Alberta to get marriage license + Appeals Court Upholds Cleveland Suburb's Gay Partner Registry + Tiffany to appear at Gay Days at Disneyland + Latvia gay pride given go-ahead

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Mad cow resistant calf is next objective


National Science Foundation rejects Leavenworth lab site

LBNL Researchers Work Toward Cures

FDA Approves New Insomnia Treatment

Ethics, pediatric research controversy grows

Burma revealed as prime source of HIV

Statins may help heart-failure patients

Scientists Discover That Three Molecules May Be Developed Into New Alzheimer's Drugs

Gene's Mutations Found To Cause Life-threatening Aortic Disease

'Harmless' Bacterium Found To Cause 10 Percent Of COPD Flare-ups

Microreactor Efficiently Regenerates Cofactors For Biocatalysis

Tufts Nutrition Scientists Say It Is Premature To Focus On Nutrient Supplements Over Diet

Living in a centipede on the Antarctic ice

Woods Hole Research Center Plans Controlled Burn In Amazon Rainforest

Size Matters: Preventing Large Mammal Extinction

Divergent Life History Shapes Gene Expression In Brains Of Salmon

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush, mom pitch Social Security overhaul

Bush creates new post to fight global piracy

Bush plans for Moon landings gets support

Bush: US, Britain won't be intimidated by "thugs"

Bush chooses two Democratic members of SEC

China backs no first use of nukes policy

U.S. Senator Shelby Presents Measure to Tighten Fannie, Freddie Oversight

Bush blocks release of more Abu Ghraib photos due to be released today

No democrats showed up for Karen Hughes hearing

(Bloomberg) Rove, Libby Accounts in Valerie Plame Case Differ From Those of Reporters

Poll: Growing Numbers Think Iraq War Raising the Risks of Terrorism

Supreme Court: Activists Lack Allies in Battling Court Pick + Roberts to meet with more senators + Nominee's wife aided local anti-abortion group + Nominee John G. Roberts (R-Corporate Shill) + Civil rights groups cite concerns over Roberts + Jeb Bush Recounts Meeting With Roberts + Jeb Bush says Roberts advice `not related to politics'

Iran: Chirac: Iran could be hit with sanction

Syria, Lebanon: Blast Hits Street Full of Restaurants in Beirut, Wounding 12 Hours After Rice Visit + Why Syria needs the US + Lebanese president for best relations with Syria + Syria accuses US forces of killing two Syrian security guards + Syria is backing the political process in Iraq: al-Muallem + Heavy security patrols guard surprise Rice visit to Beirut

N. Korea: China calls for constructive atmosphere during North Korea talks + North Korea Ties New Issue to 50's War + N Korea calls for US peace treaty

Other foreign: Currency Move Called a Good Start by Bush Administration

Rice: Rice makes surprise visit to Lebanon + Bomb blast rocks Beirut hours after surprise visit by Rice + Rice's message of patience and support reassures the Lebanese + Rice: Israel must coordinate with PA

Domestic: DOE Turns Over Subpoenaed Documents in Yucca Mountain Inquiry

Social Security: Bush, mom pitch Social Security overhaul

Congress: Senate to consider estate tax repeal + House GOP proposes $11.4B for MTBE cleanup + Congresswoman: Companies Shouldn't Deny Insurance Based on Travel + Howard Dean urges party to reach out to pro-lifers

OPINIONS:

Paul Krugman: China unpegs itself

John W. Leek: Inside the GOP attack machine

(Capitol Hill Blue) Rove Above the Law

Chris Floyd: Master plan

Jonathan Chait: Bush's unhealthy obsession with working out

(World Socialists) US woos India with support in becoming a "world power"

(World Socialists) The formation of Iraq's interim government and the missing billions

The Iraq war is over, and the winner is... Iran

Ralph Reed's reckoning

Molly Ivins: Big time trouble

Blatchford: Becoming familiar with your foe

Iraq: What Are We Fighting For?: Justin Raimondo

La Dolce Vita: Tom Engelhardt



Anonymous, Paul Revere
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Chico: From old-fashioned games, to music and food, Saturday will be a day to celebrate Bidwell Park

Hollywood: Sidewalk Shrine to Celebrities Twinkles With Stars

Watercolor artist laments lost wilderness

Mexican Archeologists Uncover Rare Child Sacrifice to War God

Magnificent book collection survives the vagaries of time and politics

Fun Through the Ages

(Pravda) Lead to mystery of Stonehenge, Egyptian pyramids and Noah's Ark hidden somewhere in Siberia

Son of Chabed movement's found converted to Catholicism

Rare Pompeii dinner set unveiled

Passage to Stephania

Johnny Depp: Oddball with a talent

Colin's cue: Let sex tape roll, mate!

Love's memory of hospital visit is faint

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

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The Governor:  Gov. Announces Appointments 07/22/2005 + LaMalfa murder penalty bill OK'd (Penalty for killing prison guard now same as for killing police) + Governor's Remap Bid Ruled Invalid + California judge guts bid to reform government + Judge Clears Gov. of Contempt Allegation

State gets federal money for hospitals serving the needy Gov. secured an $18.4 billion agreement with the federal government to stabilize the state's 146 safety-net hospitals over the next five years

ISO Extends Power Watch Through Friday + Heat Threatens California Power

Caltrans internet survey of consumer attitudes

California Workers Comp Rating Bureau urges 5.2 percent drop in workers' comp rates

California adds 15,600 jobs; unemployment rate up slightly

United Farm Workers joins group demanding AFL-CIO changes

Legislature: California racing leaders make pitch to lawmakers + California's Racing Struggles Aired + Legislative Update 07/21/2005 + California bill would require health assessment study of jockeys

Indian tribes: Filings Reveal Details of Point Molate Casino Plan

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Homeland Security backs off idea of civilian border patrol

State, O.C. Sheriff May Have a Deal

Verdict in Meth Death Tentatively Voided (Mother breastfeeding child while on meth, child died)

Pet left in the car? If its yours, you could go to jail

Parole process improving, inspector general says

Judge: Give Jackson's items back

Sacramento & north: Elk Grove law enforcement welcomes new leadership + Oroville: Second trial in violent parking lot arrest + Autopsy reveals man died of physical assault; Oroville woman to be arraigned on murder charge + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: Daly City: Delivery Man Killed + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Berkeley; Arsenal Found in Adeline St. Apartment + Source: Murder Victim Willis-Starbuck Summoned Suspects to Scene + Newspaper Must Pay To See Wal-Mart Files, Judge Says +  CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: San Jose Couple Face Charges In Death Of Baby + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: Richmond: Gas Station Clerk Shot During Robbery + Stolen Car Crashes Into Pittsburg Home + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

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Napa: A year later, no arrest in St. Helena slaying + Lawsuit charges Napa state veterans home with discrimination

Solano: Two Vallejo stabbings lead to three arrests

Voters To Decide On Cal-Am Public Takeover

Monterey: Cameras to catch artichoke thieves + Hit-and-run penalty: piano lessons, fine

Central Valley: Fresno: Drag Race Trial Begins + Fresno Police Officers Suing City Over Performance Reviews + Stockton: Woman sentenced in teen's death + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: Santa Barbara: Cost of Jackson trial climbs to $2.7 million + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: Convicted child rapist, murderer sentenced to death + Murderer of Samantha Runnion, Avila Is Sentenced to Death + Judge formally sentences Samantha Runnion's killer to death + Gang graffiti found on memorial to slain Burbank officer + Deputies Save Toddler Held Hostage in Carson + Altadena: County Sues for Trail Access + San Dimas: Goat Death, Dog Injury Add Up to Criminal Case + Teenage Passenger Killed in Corona Crash + O.C. Gang Members Drop 38%, D.A. Says + OC: Plea Entered by Man Sought in Disappearance + San Diego: Convicted Councilmen Resign; Vote to Be Set + National City: Shooting wounds man in leg + National City: Man confronted, beaten by six men + San Diego: Agents raid, shut down unlicensed Free Radio + City Heights: Man, 45, stabbed by teens, police say + La Jolla: Judge rules Mount Soledad cross must get two-thirds of vote to remain + Lemon Grove: Man grabs $4,000 in eatery holdup + Barrio Logan: Robbery shooting suspect arrested + Vista: Gang member is charged in robberies + Appeals court reinstates $3.6 million award against Caltrans for Carson man's death + LA doctor indicted for 'subdosing' AIDS patients + Watchdog agency finds no rights violations in Compton shooting

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Yosemite becomes water wonderland

Sacramento & north: Two Sacramento Women Contract West Nile Virus + Paradise: Buildings torn down so new park can go up + Woodland: No new Conaway Ranch answers + Tahoe Sewage Cleanup + Sewage Spill Shuts Down Tahoe Area Beaches + Effects of Tahoe sewage spill seep into area businesses + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Laguna Honda rebuild revisited + Controller's report urges overhaul of elder health care San Francisco's voter-approved plan to rebuild Laguna Honda Hospital with 1,200 beds should be pared back considerably, and instead more patients should be cared for in their homes and in smaller community clinics + Foster City woman drives SUV into neighbor's house + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Oakland ordinance requires contractors to reveal slave trade ties + Berkeley Council Debates Land Use, Affordable Housing + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: Mayor approved private trash deal
San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his chief policy aide acknowledged this week that they privately agreed in the fall of 2000 to support a future pay increase for recycling workers -- a move that hid the true cost of the city's garbage contract from the city council, the public and competing companies. CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF  JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: Balco acquires Concord property for $7.2M + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

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Napa: Napa women blend business with art + Napan rolled up his sleeves to rebuild tsunami-battered Thailand + River study draws skeptics in Yountville

Solano: County housing-price increase leads Bay Area region + Officials reassure residents about Witt development + Discussions will continue into details of park plan + Program allows disabled to enjoy beauty of Rush Ranch + Fairground complex plans move ahead + Work begins to repair breached Solano County levee + Wal-Mart plans five Supercenter sites in region + Rep: Miller sounds alarm on Social Security + Circus kids wow crowd + Vallejo school board race taking shape + Local News Briefs + Eight take out papers for Vallejo council + Levee Break Floods Island In Suisun Bay

Monterey: Faculty might not follow DLI move + Rodeo competitors know their bumps and bruises + Courthouse hot dog vendor gets the boot + Public engages in Taser talk + Voters To Decide On Cal-Am Public Takeover

Central Valley: Fire crews save SE Fresno home + West Nile Death in Kings County + Possible Heat Related Death? + City of Merced Going Wireless + Gilroy: Another Senior Faces Eviction From Home + Traders go nuts for Diamond stock + San Joaquin Delta College: 'Neighborhoods' anchor 15-year master plan + + San Joaquin County Planning Commission approves Islamic center + Feuding Lodi Mosque members mull election of new board + Lodi school district watchdog committees are all bark, no bite, critics say + News from the San Joaquin Valley + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

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Southern California: LA Mayor Cultivates Ties With Leaders in Capitol + LA: Mayor makes contacts at capital + LA: Dump theatrics re: Sunshine Canyon Landfill + LA: The A Team at the Capitol + LA: Firefighters Union hires prominent womens' civil rights attorney re: audit probing harassment + LA: Federal Officials Monitor Voting + LA: Pair weighs in on schools + Resda: Curtain rises on restoration project + Riverside County Halts Use of CPR Machine + San Bernardino: Fight Over an Aide's Land Deal Heats Up + Ventura: Conservancy Buys Riverfront Land + San Diego: County pension board tied up over spending excess + State, O.C. Sheriff May Have a Deal re: Reinstating Unclear Reserve Deputies (Carona's friends) + San Diego: Second dead bird had West Nile virus + San Diego officials are hard to find amid scandals + San Diego: FBI donation of seized sports forgeries benefits kids + News briefs from San Diego County + Imperial Beach going live with community TV + Imperial Beach: Consultant hired to avoid trash penalty + Oceanside: Locals hold petition drive to oppose Roberts' nomination + Fire chief says he was asked to leave by Oceanside city manager + Oceanside: Mayor's threat to remove political foes becomes reality + Oceanside: Rancho del Oro interchange at SR-78 seems at dead end + La Costa slope repairs will move forward, says official + Escondido: Day curfew ordinance will focus on truancy + Grand jury fails to probe Vista Unified bonds, panel + California company warned over troubled Arizona project + Desert Crossing construction to begin Monday + Indio tenants' move day extended + Indio: Hot, evicted tenants cashed out + Ogburn calls it quits in Palm Springs + Agua Calientes welcome new chief of staff

School days: Regents Increase Some Fees for UC + Cal State Northridge Gets $7.3-Million Gift + UC Is Unbiased in Admissions, Analysis Finds + LA: Pair weighs in on schools + Escondido: Day curfew ordinance will focus on truancy + Grand jury fails to probe Vista Unified bonds, panel + Lodi school district watchdog committees are all bark, no bite, critics say + Grant pumps life into CSU nursing school


Chico: From old-fashioned games, to music and food, Saturday will be a day to celebrate Bidwell Park

Hollywood: Sidewalk Shrine to Celebrities Twinkles With Stars

Watercolor artist laments lost wilderness

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES

UC will keep Livermore lab contract for two more years
The University of California will manage Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for at least two more years, as the UC regents authorized an extension of the contract to operate the lab through September 2007.

Martinez OKs marina lease terms
The terms of a 45-year lease for the Martinez marina have been hammered out, with a final agreement expected by the end of the year. The Martinez City Council on Wednesday night passed the conditions, 3-2, for the long-term lease between the city and Pacific Marina Development and Almar Marina Management. The vote ensured that the city would get $3 million in new and restructured state loans.

California prison to appeal doctor's $20 million judgment
California prison officials said Thursday they plan to appeal a $20 million judgment awarded an 85-year-old physician who said he was forced to retire from state service because of his age.

Four arrested in Lake Merritt heists
The investigation into the robbery spree in the Lake Merritt area has ended with four men arrested last month believed to be responsible for many of the crimes, police said this week.

Residents concerned over plan for school
Concerns about a proposed 10-acre parking lot and sports field across from Monte Vista High School continue to dominate San Ramon Valley Regional Planning Commission review of the proposed Humphrey Ranch housing development.

Woman gets 25 years to life in Livermore teen's murder
A 20-year-old Livermore woman was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Thursday for plotting with her then-boyfriend to kill his estranged wife -- part of a sordid case that included dreams of insurance money, the victim's burning car and another alleged attempted killing.

Prop. 63 delivers less than expected
When voters passed Proposition 63, they expected a windfall of tax dollars to dramatically improve mental health services across California. But for Bay Area counties, early estimates of the payout have been uniformly disappointing.

Three held in Pittsburg meth bust
PITTSBURG - A drug enforcement team has arrested three people on suspicion of selling methamphetamine, police said this morning. The Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team found 112 grams of crystal meth in the 2100 block of Railroad Avenue, said Cmdr. Norm Wielsch The drugs had a street value of $9,000. The bust was part of a month-long investigation to crack down on meth sales.

Richmond nabs shotgun rob suspect
RICHMOND - Police have arrested a man they say tried to rob a gas station clerk and shot him in the chest early Friday. The clerk was in stable condition after treatment at John Muir Medical Center, Lt. Ed Medina said.

Student slaying story unfolds
The man accused of being the getaway driver in the shooting death of a Dartmouth College student voluntarily went to police to shed light on the tragedy for the victim's family, friends and law enforcement, his attorney said Thursday.

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Editorial: Unrest in The Uncity In unincorporated Sacramento County these days, there are two kinds of communities. There are those busy thinking about how to be part of a new city. And there are a dwindling number that aren't.

Other view: Continuing progress on Sacramento's flood protection  Because Sacramento sits at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers, heavy rain can mean more than bad weather. Most of us can recall just how close we came to disaster with the major floods of 1986 and 1997. Schools and portions of I-5 closed while water lapped at levee tops near Campus Commons. With Sacramento as the hub of a six-county region that provides jobs for 2 million people, a major flood along the rivers would cripple this economy, cause billions of dollars in direct property damages and likely result in loss of life.

State takes another look at fundraiser SAN FRANCISCO - A state grand jury is investigating the activities of a fundraiser for former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and is expected to hand down an indictment within a week, it was disclosed in court Thursday.

Reversal of fund vetoes sought The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a Connecticut city could seize private property for a private hotel-conference center retail development has reignited a long-smoldering national debate over aggressive governmental involvement in such projects - including some in California.

Tougher dust-control measures for El Dorado County projects Construction projects in El Dorado County will be subject to more stringent dust-control measures under rules adopted by the county's Air Quality Management District board.

Lodi deportation in doubt Muhammed Adil Khan - the Pakistani imam portrayed in government documents as the brains behind alleged terrorist activities in Lodi - may not be deported to Pakistan any time soon.

Big bite out of charity giving For-profit fundraising firms that solicited money for charity in California kept nearly 60 percent of the donations in 2003, according to a report released Thursday by the state attorney general's office.

You can't fight City Hall allure After 2 1/2 years in makeshift quarters at a former bank building, the Sacramento City Council on Thursday met for the first time in plush, modern accommodations at the new City Hall administration building downtown.

Boy gets year for rape role Describing the penalty as a "huge second chance," a Sacramento Superior Court judge Thursday sentenced a 16-year-old boy to the county boys ranch for his part in the gang rape of a 13-year-old girl.

R.E. Graswich: Fire Department ambulances are burning out due to heavy use Sacramento Fire Department ambulances are fast becoming rolling junk heaps.

Roseville to help developer build conference center, pair of hotels A local developer will get a $10 million loan to build a conference center and two hotels in Roseville that officials estimate could provide $2 million a year for city coffers and pump as much as $25 million into the local economy.

Parents pressure board Proponents of a new high school to serve families in what was once the Sacramento High School attendance area urged trustees of the Sacramento City Unified School District on Thursday to open the new school by the fall of 2006

School board gets contract analysis  SACRAMENTO - A consultant's analysis of a controversial type of labor agreement proposed for construction work in the Sacramento City Unified School District finds that a "project stabilization agreement" would benefit the district.

Delta commission names new director SACRAMENTO - The Delta Protection Commission has named Linda Fiack as its new executive director, replacing Margit Aramburu, who is retiring.

Sept. 14 trial date set in teacher sex case SACRAMENTO - A trial date of Sept. 14 was set Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court for intern teacher Margaret De Barraicua, who is charged with four felony counts of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

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Mayor approved private trash deal AGREEMENT HID TRUE COST OF CITY GARBAGE CONTRACT
San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his chief policy aide acknowledged this week that they privately agreed in the fall of 2000 to support a future pay increase for recycling workers -- a move that hid the true cost of the city's garbage contract from the city council, the public and competing companies.

Police search for deliveryman's killer Police are continuing to search for a gunman who killed a newspaper deliveryman Wednesday night outside a laundromat near Highway 101.

Book preserves past of teams from S.J.'s Japantown LOVE OF BASEBALL UNITED JAPANTOWN RESIDENTS For decades, Ralph Horio, 84, has harbored warm memories of the amateur baseball teams Japantown residents fielded for nearly a half-century before and after World War II.

Councilwoman won't run; just 2 incumbents vying for 5 seats The bombshell of the budding political season in Palo Alto dropped Thursday. City Councilwoman Hillary Freeman, who gained the most votes of any candidate when she ran as a neophyte four years ago, announced she will not run for re-election.

City to weigh ending fiber-optic network BUT COUNCIL MAY TRY TO SEEK PRIVATE FUNDS FOR SYSTEM
Palo Alto may be close to abandoning its long effort to provide a city-owned, ultra high-speed computer connection for everyone in town.

Unidentified infants to get proper burials EMERGENCY WORKERS, MORTUARY, CEMETERY JOIN FORCES
Four infants, four blankets, four teddy bears, four caskets. Because two emergency workers for American Medical Response in Santa Clara County wanted more than anonymous cremation for the four unclaimed bodies at the coroner's office, they managed to stage a more traditional burial, planned for today.

District, ex-chief settle on payment DEPARTING OFFICIAL WILL GET 18 MONTHS' PAY, REPAY LOAN
East Side Union High School District trustees have agreed to give departing Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas 18 months' salary -- about $337,000 -- while calling in about $363,000 they loaned her to buy a home in the area.

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Obstacles could sink plans for Salida growth The decision by Stanislaus County supervisors on Tuesday night to proceed with further growth studies for Salida should not be interpreted as a bright green light for almost 5,000 new homes. Any number of factors — starting with money and water — could and should bring these plans to a screeching halt.

Allow second farmers market, but not on busy Modesto streets Physically, downtown Modesto can well accommodate two farmers markets, and we hope the city and organizers of a new such enterprise are able to work out a suitable location.

I-205 widening push picks up Seven billboards went up Thursday on the sides of parked big rigs along Interstates 205 and 5, declaring "Widen 205 Now," as state and local officials work on a plan to pay for the project.

Working to make the State statelier Transformation of the 70-year-old State Theatre in downtown Modesto is in full swing. Wiring, plumbing and bathrooms will be improved, as well as the lobby, backstage, murals and marquee.

Episcopal church is sold fast After more than 40 years on Carver Road, St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church sold in a day and a half.

New farmers market gives up, blames the city Organizers of the new Downtown Modesto Farmers Market have stopped pursuing a permit for their event after claiming they were misled by the city, said Rick Smith, attorney for the market.

West Nile prevention in high gear As mosquito abatement districts in Stanislaus County stepped up spraying Thursday to control West Nile virus, the state reported its first human death this year from the illness.

Stubborn hay blaze destroys truck, nearly sets barn on fire Highway officials suspect a vehicle exhaust pipe ignited a truckload of hay on Carpenter Road on Thursday, sending fire shooting from the bales and plumes of smoke over the road and into neighboring orchards.

Woman found dead in orchard A Modesto woman whose body was found Wednesday night in an almond orchard west of town was a homicide victim, sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

1 dorm complex done, 2nd approved for UC Merced MERCED — University of California regents on Thursday approved a plan to build the second phase of UC Merced's student housing complex

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SAN FRANCISCO / Laguna Honda rebuild revisited / Controller's report urges overhaul of elder health care San Francisco's voter-approved plan to rebuild Laguna Honda Hospital with 1,200 beds should be pared back considerably, and instead more patients should be cared for in their homes and in smaller community clinics

Report calls for dividing new hospital into three A city report on the public health system urges capping the new Laguna Honda Hospital at 780 beds and splitting it into three smaller units in accordance with nationwide health care trends.

SACRAMENTO / Parole board assailed over inmate hearings / Deadlines missed, backlog growing, state auditor says  California's parole board is breaking the law by failing to provide timely parole hearings to more than 1,600 inmates, according to a report released Thursday by the state's prison watchdog. Despite a...

SACRAMENTO / Magazines officially cut ties to governor
The company that owns the bodybuilding magazines that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had edited filed an official notice Thursday saying it had severed its business relationship with the governor. America...

SAN FRANCISCO / City Hall's costly loss at SBC Park / Giants are owed $3.6 million property tax refund, panel rules  The San Francisco Giants may be struggling on the field, but the team came out on top in a battle with the city over a tax bill for its waterfront ballpark. Now, the ballclub is in line for a refund o...

SAN FRANCISCO / Deputy's car stolen -- parolee arrested A man who stole a San Francisco Sheriff's Department car and went joyriding with the lights and siren on was captured after he drove past a police station, authorities said Thursday. Wayne H. Reagan, ...

SAN FRANCISCO / Higher fee for Rincon Hill towers gets first OK Developers hoping to build high-rise towers on Rincon Hill -- a project that would transform San Francisco's skyline -- are one step closer to paying millions of dollars in additional city fees to hel...

SAN FRANCISCO / Man dead after card-game shooting A 27-year-old Oakland man was shot and killed Wednesday night after an argument broke out during a card game at an apartment in San Francisco, police said. Latwaun Mercy died after being shot at about...

EAST PALO ALTO / Man shot to death at coin laundry  A 47-year-old Daly City man was shot and killed during an apparent attempted robbery Wednesday night after he and a companion arrived at an East Palo Alto coin-operated laundry to deliver newspapers, ...

SAN FRANCISCO / City sues cement company in Bayview
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The city of San Francisco sued a cement company Thursday for allegedly polluting the Bayview district pier where it runs a production plant, and for repeatedly missing deadlines to file plans on how i...

OAKLAND / Port shifts gears on diesel truck cleanup / Environmentalists miffed over return of retrofit funds Environmentalists are angry that the Port of Oakland is returning $1. 5 million in public grants that were supposed to reduce diesel emissions in the West Oakland area by helping truckers replace agin...

RICHMOND / Killings, violence down sharply this month / Police arrest 3, seek 3 others in June 27 double homicide Efforts to curb homicides in Richmond seem to be working, city officials and police said Thursday, the same day that three men were arrested in connection with a double slaying in June. "Street-level ...

ALAMEDA / Multiplex opponents to rally Saturday Residents who say plans for Alameda's only multiple-screen cinema complex would overwhelm the city's main commercial strip plan to rally Saturday near the site of the proposed development. The owner o...

Bayshore community center nearly done DALY CITY — Less than six months before a new community center is scheduled to open in the Bayshore neighborhood, planners are putting the final touches on the long-awaited project.

Analysts contend condo trend will ‘sweep' city hotels The Fairmont Hotel's plans to sell off its 23-story tower as luxury condominiums is sparking a flurry of reports about other hotels considering condo conversion and a vow from the hotel unions to fight the trend

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DNA helps indict man in 2001 San Rafael sex case
A four-year-old DNA sample has led to the indictment of a former San Rafael man in the 2001 sexual assault of an 84-year-old woman in Gerstle Park, authorities said. Carlos Antonio Delgado, who was booked into Marin County Jail yesterday, is the first defendant in Marin history to be charged on the basis of a "cold hit" in California's growing DNA database, District Attorney Ed Berberian said.

Neighbor files gripe over Paradise Cay Yacht Harbor
A neighbor filed a complaint yesterday against the owner of Paradise Cay Yacht Harbor in unincorporated Tiburon for creating a community nuisance and running an industrial operation without proper permits. The lawsuit filed in Marin County Superior Court by resident Peter Lane seeks unspecified damages from marina owner Tom Moseley

Death row inmate found dead in his cell
San Quentin officials say cause might be overdose For the first time, an inmate on death row at San Quentin State Prison has died of an apparent drug overdose. That's what prison officials say they think happened to 27-year-old Nicholas Rodriguez, who was found dead in his cell on July 10. Prison guards then found a hypodermic needle kit, a spoon and suspected heroin, prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon said.

Las Gallinas sewer lines to be fixed
Property owners and Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District board members agreed on a few things at a workshop yesterday. 1. District sewer lines, including many privately owned lateral lines, need to be repaired. 2. Property owners will end up paying for the repairs. Details of how and when the repairs will get done are still uncertain, but property owners aren't happy with the board's proposed solution.

Downtown fountain finally gets go-ahead
Tiburon has $253,000 and an artist agreement in place to install the downtown fountain sculpture, a project town officials and residents have long anticipated. The Town Council approved a funding agreement with donors and a commission for public art Wednesday. Councilman Jeffrey Slavitz was absent. "We are about 98 percent there with just one issue to take care of - when it will be finished," Councilman Tom Gram said.

Corte Madera woman named Mill Valley schools CFO Michele Rowlands, most recently on loan from the county Office of Education to Mill Valley as a temporary replacement for the chief financial officer who left in January, will become the new top budget administrator July 25. Her salary will be $124,138 a year.

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

School consolidation study to start Sonoma County school officials will pay a consultant up to $22,500 to determine whether it would save money to combine 11 west county school districts into one.

Safety of Laguna spraying defended  The plant-killer glyphosate now being sprayed in the Laguna de Santa Rosa is one of the herbicides least dangerous to humans, according to the federal and state Environmental Protection Agencies and the World Health Organization.

Making room for fire station Juvenol Gallegos knocks down part of the Casa Grande Motel on Wednesday, the first day of demolition work on the landmark, which is being razed to make way for a new fire station. The project to level the buildings are expected to be finished by today

Builders can't bypass planners  Weighing in on a controversy over the handling of development plans, the city attorney said builders have no right to demand up-or-down votes by the Planning Commission.

Survey on health care needs,hospital services continues The Petaluma Health Care District is launching the second part of a community survey intended to find out how residents feel about the services Petaluma Valley Hospital provides and whether any health care needs are going unmet.

Around the Empire A Sonoma man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed two acquaintances.

'Captain' lost boats to fire, but not his optimism "Captain," a 64-year-old former diver who has lived for more than a dozen years on the Petaluma River, was philosophical Thursday about the fire that destroyed two of his boats a day earlier.

Sophisticated operation behind pot gardens The campsites had everything a person needed for survival in the rugged and remote terrain of west Sonoma County, including tents, fresh spring water and propane stoves

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Pesticide scare shuts Watsonville ER WATSONVILLE — Watsonville Community Hospital went “Code Red” on Thursday afternoon, closing the doors of its emergency room to new arrivals, when a dozen farmworkers were sent in for possible exposure to a toxic pesticide.

Ag crime-fighting gets a boost But help for Monterey County farmers is on the way to the tune of $300,000, courtesy of this year’s state budget. While most of the money will go toward forming a Monterey County Rural Crimes Task Force, the idea of equipping fields with video surveillance akin to grocery stores has been suggested.

Teacher credential crunch frustrates county educators  Struggles for both teachers and administrators are on the horizon as new No Child Left Behind mandates could make it even harder to recruit and maintain young educators. The federal education law known as the No Child Left Behind Act requires every school teacher to be "highly qualified" by June 2006.

Pension tax on November 2006 ballot The tax, uncommon in California, is a levy on property that helps pay pensions for city workers. Watsonville is the only city in Santa Cruz County with a retirement tax. Most cities pay retirement costs through other means. City leaders say a repeal would be catastrophic, forcing drastic cuts to police, fire and recreation programs to backfill what would amount to the loss of nearly 10 percent of annual revenue
Police nab couple suspected of thefts at Target Watsonville man and woman had no problem racking up more than $2,000 in charges on stolen credit cards during two visits to the discount department store on Main Street, police said.

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Ivy league student's death described as tragic accident BERKELEY — Upset at being called a vulgar name, Ivy League student Meleia Willis-Starbuck telephoned one of her best friends — someone who was like a brother — to come defend her honor and bring gun

Road work begins on Shea parcel LIVERMORE — Crews with gigantic earth moving machines have been busy in North Livermore on the preliminary stages of a project that will bring nearly 600 homes to the area

Dublin to hold off on loan program DUBLIN — Downtown Dublin property owners sent a clear message to the city about a proposed loan program for facade improvements: we dont want the money

UOP big contributor to economy According to a report from the university's Business Forecasting Center, the Stockton campus has an annual impact of $275.7 million on the San Joaquin County economy annually.

Ravenswood vineyard to take root once again After 18 months of negotiations between the city and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, groundbreaking for the 10-acre vineyard restoration project started last week, with planting expected to ensue next spring.

Random, high-visibility security sweeps hit BART BART continued its patrols by green-vested employees and brought back bomb-sniffing dog sweeps, as East Coast transit systems announced random bag searches of passengers, upon news of a second wave of attacks in two weeks on London's Tube.

Board's words become its bond FREMONT — Since their last bond was approved in 2002, Fremont school board members have talked about bringing another one to voters.

Charges due in street dragging NEWARK — Balbir Dhami says everyone is coming into the gas station where he works, asking what happened Wednesday. Police are trying to figure out the same thing.  

Destination: Fremont? Not for shoppers, yet FREMONT — Troubled that the city's long-awaited downtown project is becoming too focused on housing, City Council members have warned the team designing it to shift its spotlight back to retail.

Oakland drug bust nets 12 arrests OAKLAND — A swarm of 60 police officers converged on Sobrante Park drug dealers Thursday morning armed with submachine guns and arrest warrants.  

Complaints from BB spree continue OAKLAND — As the number of victims and amount of damage continues to grow from a BB-gun vandalism spree last week, three men already convicted of some counts could be the target of more charges,  

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July 21, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Gunmen Kidnap 2 Algeria Diplomats in Iraq + Baghdad Hit by Fresh Bomb Attacks, 14 Killed + Scientists Concerned by Microwave Gun on Tap for Iraq for Riot Control + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Sunni Arabs Halt Work on Constitution After Killings + Flying Iraq's Relatively Friendly Skies + In video, Saddam slams Iraqi proceeding

War prisons: The women of Guantánamo + Three Guantánamo Detainees Freed + Freed Afghans Decry Guantanamo Conditions

AFGHANISTAN: Cautious Karzai spells out his message for Pakistan

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Israel's envoy to UN says date of pullout to remain unchanged + Dahlan: Hamas is trying to carry out military coup against the PA + IDF: Settlers infiltrating into Gaza

RUSSIA: Massive scale of corruption in Russia revealed + Russians turn their backs on Dostoevsky

EUROPE:  Chirac gets boost as foster daughter tells of 'Papy Jacques'

Car Crash: Bribery and a sex scandal devastate Volkswagen

Stardom: Drought And Heat Set PORTUGAL On Fire

Striking fear in Italy

German election set for September

CENTRAL ASIA: New reality in Uzbekistan

AFRICA: Sudan's New Spending Plans Set Off Gold Rush

Niger: Food Crisis Could Leave 3.6 Million Starving

AP Exclusive: U.N. Report Calls Zimbabwe Slum Destruction an 'unjustified' Violation of International Law

ASIA PACIFIC: China no threat, says White House now + China rejects US military report + US House panel cancels China's Unocal bid hearing

AMERICAS: Venezuela Condemns U.S. Push to Broadcast to Their Country

Wildcat Miners on Reservation Threaten Yanomami Indians in Brazil + New Cabinet Ministers Take Office as Brazil Battles Corruption Charges

MILITARY Navy creates a New Marine Corps

Interesting Recruiting Patterns

SOCOM SCAR Enters Service

UK: We can't brand these soldiers war criminals + Military justice is best served by courts martial + Soldiers may refuse to serve over legal threat + First trial for war crimes under new Act

Sgt. Accused in 2 Killings Sent to Prison in Drug Case

Pepe Escobar: Fighting the uncivil fight

The Stones Attack Bush On New Record 

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Homeland Security backs off idea of civilian border patrol

Cops to check bags in NY subway

Feds Shut Down Secret US-Canada Tunnel + Three men charged in tunnel investigation

U.S. prosecutors: Terrorist wills found in professor's computer

Cleric jailed for aiding Jakarta embassy attackers

NSA Self-authenticating cryptographic apparatus

3,400 Air Violations Since 2001

Who Blew Up the Murrah Building?

Saudi Arabia's Longtime Ambassador to the U.S. Is Resigning + New Saudi envoy to US is former spy chief + Saudi envoy pick a foe to al Qaeda

Cuban spy ruling irks U.S.

Korea: Spy Agency’s Illegal Eavesdropping Under Probe

New Jersey state FBI's new chief cracked big spy case

FBI’s Dirty Laundry

Putin Warns Politically Active NGOs

The CIA's Italian job

EU restricts sales of explosive materials

Hussein's Nephews Financed, Directed Insurgent Groups in Iraq, U.S. Says

C. Edwin Glass Jr. FBI Agent

Donald Joseph Healey CIA Station Chief

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Judge Throws Out Case of Four Who Were Brought Into Country Illegally as Toddlers

Two Pilots Sent to Prison for Operating Jetliner While Drunk

New law goes into effect to protect your pet while flying

New National Sex Offender Registry

Federal appeals court orders sale of the Unabomber's writings and compensate victims

Jury Awards California $700 Million in Executive Life Lawsuit

Convictions are quashed following trial judge's bad temper

Security bracelet foils child abduction

Enron Broadband Case Ends in Deadlock

Accused 'Mafia Cops' Leave Jail on $5 Million Bail Each

Teen Wants Visits With 'Munchausen's' Mom Who Was Convicted of Abuse

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NASA Aims for Tuesday Launch

Google map service covers lunar surface 

The Best Tech Products of 2005

Did Grand Theft Auto Get Off Too Easy?

Success in India -- But It Wasn't Easy

IBM Steps Into Open-Source Java Project

Students Steer A Blimp To Test Near Space Military Technology

Dust-enshrouded Star Looks Similar To Our Sun

ORNL Mirrors Powerful Tools For Studying Micro, Nano-materials

New NASA Design Concept Smokes Out False Alarms

NASA Technology Helps Smooth Bumpy Airline Rides

NEW LONDON BOMBINGS

London Times: Bombers on run after attack + 'It was like a ghost town, just a 26 bus' + London's day of deja vu

Guardian: Panic as London is hit again + Transport delays after bomb alerts + Analysis: Richard Norton-Taylor + In pictures: London explosions + Eyewitness reports + How today's events unfolded + London: not quaking, but wondering what dread tomorrow may bring

Independent: City of fear: Police launch manhunt after new wave of attacks on Tubes and bus + The Investigation: Police look for links between bomb attacks + Paul Wilkinson: 'They are sending a message they can strike again'

Sydney Morning Herald: Two arrested but not held after attacks + Attacks designed to scare, says Blair + Suspected bomb mastermind caught + Timeline of London's latest attacks  

Debka: No evidence of chemical agents in the bombings + Debka: Al Qaeda breaks its own records + Mother of Suspected London Bomber Says She Won't Accept Son's Guilt Without Proof + London bomb suspect lived at Seattle mosque + Timeline + London's Police Chief Says New Forensic Evidence Could Provide a Break in the Case 

The Pen Is Mightier....

Christian Network to Sue Trustees Over KOCE Sale

Whoops, 'Plamegate' Back on Page One

Venerable encyclopedia seeks just the facts

Passion for Reporting News Drives Baquet as an Editor

AP Board Approves New Licensing Policy, 2.2% Fee Hike

Insiders Weigh in on Why Carroll Quit

McClellan 'Thanks' Roving Reporters for Conducting Plame Probe 'From This Room'

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CONNECT THE DOTS....

Mozart redeems my mediocrity

Whites Need to Learn Something: Dixie is Everywhere

We Learn to Lie at an Early Age

The Myth of Marriage

Rebuilding a Hawaiian Kingdom

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Yen Falls On Speculation Japan to Sell Currency After China Ends Yuan Peg + Beijing chooses to hide long-term plan for the Yuan under a currency bushel + Yuan revalued: China heeds pressures, rejigs forex regime

Google's profit quadruples, exceeding expectations

(World Socialists) Greenspan points to "significant uncertainties" in US economy

The Top 10 Problems with the "Crisis" in the Labor Movement

Gutting of HP Pension Plan a Sad Sight

Daily Forex Commentary

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Indonesia to cull chickens in fight against bird flu

Chiron's Vaccine Problems Escalate


US to offer doctors free electronic records system

How to Save Stem-Cell Research

Most breast abnormalities not warning sign

Dentists study postmenopausal women 

Neck and shoulder stem cell origin found

Researchers Identify Gene's Role In Suppressing Longevity

Decline In Performance Of Candidates Taking A Postgraduate Medical Examination Between 1997 And 2001

Impaired Clearance Of Amyloid-beta Causes Vascular Damage In Alzheimer's Disease

Desire To Stop Drinking Could Be More Important Than Therapy

New Discovery May Help Doctors Treat Infertility

Redesigned Protein Accelerates Blood Clotting -- Study Holds Hope For Next Generation Hemophilia Treatment

UCLA Chemists Create Nano Valve

Missing Eyeglasses Make Life A Blur For A Third Of Nursing Home Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

Collapsed Ice Shelf Exposes Life

Scie Robotics show Lucy walked upright

Woods Hole Research Center Plans Controlled Burn In Amazon Rainforest

Expanding Forests Darken The Outlook For Butterflies, Study Shows

Plankton Can Run, But Can't Hide From Basking Sharks

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush pledges 'unprecedented' spending on security

Bush sees London attacks as reason for Patriot Act

Bush: It's Going to Be a Long War

Rumsfeld: Iraq Insurgents 'Effective and Adaptive'

Supreme Court: Supreme Court Nominee Helped Counsel  Bush in 2000 Recount + Democrats vow to learn court pick's abortion views + Environmental groups study Roberts's rulings with concern + Roberts Makes Gains Toward Senate Approval + Roberts Helped Counsel Jeb Bush + With Roberts, Democrats face dilemma + Wife of Nominee Holds Strong Antiabortion Views + 'Eating a Single French Fry in a Metrorail Station' + Confirmation Path May Run Through Florida

(World Socialists) Who is Judge Roberts?

Syria, Lebanon: Syria accuses U.S., Iraqi forces of firing on its border troops

N. Korea: Once-Forbidden Language Is All the Talk in N. Korea + China calls for constructive atmosphere during North Korea talks

Other foreign: New Zealand National Party leader denies his party is financed and run by the US + India, US talk business

Rice: Rice: U.S. planning int'l post-pullout summit + Rice to meet with Sharon, PA leaders + In Darfur. Rice: 'We need to demand action' + Rice plugs US-Africa trade deal

Domestic: Chicago Mayor Proposes to Take Hiring Decisions Out of City Hall + Texas House Approves Limits on Eminent Domain Use + Hillary would crush Pirro in election - poll

Congress: Congress Tells IRS to Delay Plans to Close Taxpayer Help Centers + Budget Analysts Say Free-Trade Deal Would Cost Taxpayers + Senators Demand More Information on MTBE and Possible Cancer Risk + White House pans reporter shield bill + House Votes Against Early Iraq Withdrawal + Shield Law Called a Public Service + House, Senate Negotiators Agree to Daylight-Saving Time Extension

Democrats: MoveOn's Brains Aim Straight for Heart + Iraq War Vet Runs for Congress in Ohio + Democratic Fundraising Up Sharply From Previous Nonelection Year

Voting: Cannonfire: Vote notes: Important developments on several fronts

OPINIONS:

Suppose that invading Iraq has made us more vulnerable — what then?

Who needs big bombs once you have planted fear?

Rovegate: The scandal that lays bare the cynicism behind Bush's war in Iraq

Sidney Blumenthal: Democracy was only an afterthought

Nat Parry: Bush's grimmer vision

Arianna Huffington: The Iraq war we are not being shown

Iraq: No, this certainly is not Switzerland

Wm Blum: London: Another Casualty in the War on Terror

Patrick Cockburn: The True, Terrible State of Iraq and the Link to London

Judge Dread: John Roberts and the "Enemy Combatants"

Xymphora: The Israelification of Britain

Why the U.S. and France Hate Haiti

PLAME CASE 

Memo Warned Plame Info Was Classified

Plame's Identity Marked As Secret

Plame Blame Game: the 5 Ws

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:   Another Battle for Civil Rights (Gay Foster Parents) + Canada Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage



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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Second mammoth find near Moorpark

Artists flock to Bidwell Park for painting competition

Placer County museum offers history of Tevis Cup

When Olivia de Havilland made the film Robin Hood in Chico

Searchlight to produce B.I.G. film

Art and champagne will bubble through La Costa Resort plaza

James 'Scotty' Doohan, dies at 85

Madness of King George was 'caused by arsenic'

The maximalist prose of Cormac McCarthy

Avignon Festival pushes even an avant-garde audience to the limit

Robert De Niro Visits Dominican Republic to Prepare for Next Movie

Snow White to hit China; Bollywood dwarfed

The Tolstoy Farm

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Donald Jr. may say 'I do' to wedding deal

Rush & Molloy: It's Pearlstine versus Woodstein

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The Governor:   Gov. Highlights $1.3 Billion in Transportation Funding + Nurse Law Contempt Proceedings Dropped Against Gov.+ Gov. gets little credit for green efforts + Gov. OKs More Funds for Firefighters + Gov. more unpopular than ever, poll finds + Gov. to celebrate birthday in Redding July 28 + Governor's fund-raising rolls on despite high-profile controversies + Gov. still getting big donations + State Democratic chief takes swipes at Gov.

Budget revise drains Salton Sea funding

California Republicans Seek Removal of Anti-Bush Artwork + Painting sparks free speech debate

California Ports Get Upgrades with Radiation Scanners

Garamendi: Title insurers to give refunds for kickbacks

Immigration Official Praises Citizen Patrols

1-Day Strike by UC Nurses Averted

Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham: Prosecutors subpoena Cunningham aide

Initiatives: Hearing Slated Over Redistricting + Flaws dooming initiative plans, critics contend + Groups join redistricting initiative suit

Legislature: Cities bite back: Vicious dog breeds may be regulated + Legislation aims to take heat off farm workers

Indian tribes: Rohnert Park casino opening likely to be delayed + Casino initiative proponents prepare to submit signatures + SDSU to get Sycuan gaming institute + Blue Lake Casino fires employees going to new Bear River Casino

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Attorney General Lockyer announces indictment of Tower Health's Top Two Executives for Illegally Siphoning More Than $2 Million In Health-Care Payments That Should Have Gone To Doctors Caring For Medi-Cal Patients

Sacramento & north: Chico: Suspected arsonist busted, but there's another on the loose + Sutter: DA Adams says he shouldn't be disqualified from Stark case re: misappropriation of funds + Gamble Doesn't Pay Off For Bag Lady Bandit Suspect + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: Officer caught using computers to track women resigns + Pastor Wanted On Child Porn Charges in Washington Arrested in San Mateo + San Francisco Hit By Shooting, Stabbings + MAN STEALS SF SHERIFF'S DEPUTY'S MARKED CAR + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Police Seek Second Man In Ivy League Student Shooting + Slain Berkeley Student May Have Known Gunman + Hayward: 2 brother arrested for dragging men under car + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

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Contra Costa: D.A. will seek death penalty in Aiello-Loreck trail slaying + Former soccer coach sentenced for referee assault + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

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Sonoma: Fort Bragg man arrested for allegedly starting fires ++ Pot farms found in Sonoma County park + 21,000 Pot Plants Eradicated In Sonoma County + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Dentist facing murder charge makes bail + Couple that sued V. Sattui over rodent in a sandwich settles case quietly

Solano: Solano mulls team to review elder deaths + Tense standoff with armed man ends with surrender, no one hurt + Vallejo Police Calls + Monterey: Suspect leads police on wild chase + Stockton Crime Rate Largest In State + Hanford man arrested for child pornography after feds raid his home + Additional Enforcement on Fresno County Roads + Huron Officer Legally Drunk in Accident + Fresno: Banuelos Sentenced For Valle Murder + San Benito County picks up mosquito breeding prevention + Tracy man accused in Livermore killing to enter plea + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: Santa Cruz police seek witnesses to freeway fall + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

LA: Officers in Shootout That Killed Tot Identified + South LA: Taking Their Streets Back + LA, OC: Fraud Case Filed Against Doctor + LA: Arson damages strip mall + LA: City Council delays vote on Sunshine + Diaz case turns on model release + LA: Woman, 63, killed in gang crossfire, police say + Ventura: Photo Institute Faces Possible Closure Over Recruiting Claims + Crestline: Teenager Is Accused of Killing His Therapist + O.C. Sheriff's Reserve Files Questioned in 2002 + Robbery Suspect Shot After Chase in Torrance + Former San Diego-area insurance agent arrested for bilking 13 elderly investors out of $1.7 million by running "living trust mills" + San Diego: Ex-cons sought in robbery + Del Cerro: Burglars steal, crack open ATM for cash + Mission Bay: Motorcyclist's leg broken in hit-and-run + El Cajon: Man shot as kids played, court told + La Mesa: Pursuit ends in crash on Route 125 ramp + San Diego: Man who stole cop's helmet gets 180 days + San Diego: Witness: Therapist 'treatment' was Tibetan secret + Descanso: Trial set for woman in death of cyclist + Carson standoff ends with rescue of toddler, woman

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Second mammoth find near Moorpark

UC scientists find herbicide-resistant horseweed in California

Sacramento & North: Gina Daleiden files to run for Davis Board of Education + Auburn Union OKs community garden project + Elk Grove: Large attendance for Lewis Park dedication + One Butte bird attributed to West Nile + Lodians have 45 days to protest water rate increase + Beale Air Force base safe from closure + Live Oak council delays action on rail depot + Businesses Feeling Pinch From Tahoe Sewage Spill + Lodi Lake bacteria problems resurface + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: Judge Backs Tenants In North Beach Evictions + Celeb Robin Williams Looking To Donate $80,000 For City Clean-Up + San Francisco officials approve groundbreaking smog rules + Woman Killed, ID'd In Moss Beach Accident + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Oakland: 'Sideshow' Spectators Also Can Be Cited + Fire Contained Near Nuclear Weapons Lab + Is 3rd high school needed in Livermore? + Valley Care spent $2 million more on indigent cases + Zone 7 water agency may face 750% boost in state budget bail-out share + New Political Group to Advocate for Pardee + Livermore Receives $1.5 Million for Affordable Senior Rental Housing + Livermore: Oak Grove Reserve Sent to Council + Houston Moves to San Ramon, Will Keep Office in Livermore + Heinz buys Newark company + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

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Contra Costa: Bay Area Restricts 'Flaring' + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

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Sonoma: Two boats catch fire on Petaluma River + County targets rural RV lots + New street lanes for Petaluma Blvd + News in brief from California's North Coast+ Missing Boater's Body Found In Lake Sonoma + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Redevelopment given another three years of life + Renteria gets a thumbs up

Solano: Wal-Mart nears deal on Mission Village locale + Goat milk becomes goat soap + Vallejo: Fighting health disparities -- Group 'gives voice' to needs of county's minorities + Fair vendors call it a bust + New rules limit refinery flares + For 1,469 Vallejo teens, summer means classes + Vigil held for slain Vallejoan + Fair vendors' goods include 'cancer-conscious' apparel + Benicia sets up taxi programs + Local News Briefs + 'Idol'-style vocal contest will open Saturday at fair

Monterey: Officials prepare strategies to keep military schools in Monterey + The toughest sport on dirt + New vote system is touching + Lotta bull + Bulls buck up economy + Bull riders' days are often over even faster than that + LAFCO asked to reassess fire split + Land mine group receives U.S. grant + Citizens sound off on Cal Am + Your town + Weil brings freshness to Mass

Central Valley: A new case of West Nile uncovered in the Valley + Speed Limit Concerns in Fresno + New Development Near Fresno State + Three firms bid to run Manteca bus system + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

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Southern California: L.A. on alert in light of bombings + LAUSD fails its special students + LA: Rail Safety Findings Are Disputed + LA: Mayor Takes Wish List to Hill + L.A.'s new mayor asks for funding on Washington trip + Antonio sweeps into Washington on funding quest + LA: Mayor takes steps re: excesses in LAX expansion plan + Audit: Still room for improvement by airport staff + LA: Decision on Trash Pact Delayed Again + LA: Council OKs $1.8-Billion Project Near Disney Hall + Burbank Boulevard in line for $8.6 million makeover + Glendale: Commuter train crash survivors call for changes in rail policies + Van Nuys: Flat-fee medical clinic opens + Council approves plan for Sun Valley scrutiny + Northridge: Plant ordered to clean up groundwater + Profile: Rep. Howard Berman + Panels OK Revised Plan for Van Nuys Airport + Thousand Oaks: City Council Vows to End Its Bickering + Riverside: Animal Control Officials Seize Scores of Cats + La Conchita: After the Fall, Still Paradise + OC: Mormon Temple to Offer Look Inside + O.C. Man With Body in Garage to Be Arraigned + San Clemente: Girl, 3, Suffers Fractures Falling Out of Window + Indio apartment tenants displaced in summer heat (sporadic electricity) + San Diego: Inzunza resigns from council + San Diego: Hotel guests overtaxed by millions + San Diego: Gov. boosts regional fire protection + City attorney will look into S.D.'s leases + Gaslamp Quarter to be promoted nationally + Oceanside: Keeping wildlife, trains separate + Race fans tip hats to Del Mar opener + Escondido sets regulations for condo conversions + Report praises Poway senior center + Poway program awards home loans to 11 families + Art and champagne will bubble through La Costa Resort plaza + Oceanside City Council approves Holiday Inn overlooking harbor + Donations are sought to help 14 ill cats + Oceanside: Robber assaults ice-cream store clerk + Community market beginning to blossom + OC Sheriff's department warned in 2002 of problems with reserves

School days: LAUSD fails its special students + UC officials say review shows admissions fair + Latino students to get scholarships + Youths learn lessons through livestock + UC regents approve hike for professional school fees

Second mammoth find near Moorpark

Artists flock to Bidwell Park for painting competition

Placer County museum offers history of Tevis Cup

When Olivia de Havilland made the film Robin Hood in Chico

Searchlight to produce B.I.G. film

Art and champagne will bubble through La Costa Resort plaza

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Support falls for bill redefining blight
A bill that could redefine key neighborhoods as blighted, but that has yet to go before lawmakers, is already losing local support. The Contra Costa Centre Area Municipal Advisory Council, formerly the Pleasant Hill BART station council, voted Tuesday not to support the bill put forth by State Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, and urged the county board of supervisors to do the same. Torlakson's legislation would expand the definition of blight in neighborhoods surrounding rail stations

Two houses are lost in Antioch fire
A fire that started Wednesday afternoon between two houses on Arroyo Way destroyed both and threatened a third, causing nearly $1.5 million worth of damage.

San Ramon Valley plans for new fire stations, added jobs
Money for land to build an additional Alamo fire station is part of a new San Ramon Valley fire district budget, which also includes three new positions along with $3.2 million in new revenues.

Port billboard issue not yet settled
Oakland's vice mayor is making a last-ditch bid to give the city more control over billboards on property owned by the Port of Oakland. Jane Brunner says the city should have some say over decisions to place large advertisements near the Bay Bridge and Oakland International Airport, well-traveled hubs where the port currently exercises exclusive land-use authority.

Mother of slain teen wants peaceful closure
The mother of a 16-year-old killed in his neighborhood park said Wednesday that she did not want anyone to avenge the killing and she doesn't want to know who fired the fatal shot.

Board re-elects Cerrato for education office chief
The governing board of the Alameda County Office of Education unanimously has re-elected Pleasanton resident Yvonne Cerrato as its president. The 5-0 decision was made during the board's Tuesday meeting, said county office spokeswoman Terri Hardesty. Board members Dennis Chaconas and Gay Plair Cobb were absent. When Cerrato was first elected as board president, the vote was 4-3, with Chaconas, Cobb and board member Eileen McDonald in the minority.

Hercules projects at the center of public workshops
The Hercules Economic Development Department will host a community workshop Saturday to present a long list of proposed projects, including shopping centers, residential subdivisions, schools, parks and a transit center -- and possibly a Wal-Mart as the anchor of a Bayside Marketplace shopping center

Man suspected in fraud cases
Police have arrested an Alameda man on suspicion of defrauding fellow church members out of thousands of dollars for kitchen appliances he never delivered, a Contra Costa County prosecutor said this week.

Oakland pays $500,000 to injured anti-war protester Willow Rosenthal, the most seriously injured of the protesters, settled her lawsuit for $500,000. Rosenthal was hit in the back of her right calf with a wooden pellet and said she had at least $80,000 in doctors' bills after undergoing several surgeries for internal bleeding and skin grafts. The Oakland City Council also signed off on two other injury claims from the 500-person protest at the Port of Oakland that took place during the early days of the war with Iraq. A man who said his fingers were broken will get $85,000, while another demonstrator who suffered cuts and bruises is set to get $7,500, according to city lawyers.

Belflower gets 25-to-life sentence in Jenna Nannetti killing
Stockton: Katherine Belflower, one of three suspects in the gruesome 2002 murder of Jenna Nannetti of Livermore, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison this morning for her role in a sordid tale of love gone horribly awry

Martinez OK marina lease The City Council voted 3-2 on Wednesday night in favor of finalizing negotiations on a 45-year term lease of its marina to Ventura-based Pacific Marina Development/Almar Marina Management

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Editorial: Arena plan, R.I.P. Neither team nor politicos have game plan. That sound you don't hear is any continuing discussion of a new arena for the Sacramento Kings.

Daniel Weintraub: Here's a road map for bipartisan budget reform With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders still searching for a way to avert a confrontation on the Nov. 8 ballot, the issue of state budget reform is clearly the toughest nut for them to crack.

Legislators set hearing on initiative
The California Legislature scheduled an oversight hearing Wednesday into interactions between Proposition 77 proponents, the governor's office and the secretary of state's office leading to the redistricting measure's disputed placement on the ballot.

Grieving family seen as a pawn
A spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that the family that filed an ethics complaint against the governor is "being used" by the administration's political opponents.

Nurses picket UC Med Center but ER back to normal
With their planned one-day strike blocked by a judge, several dozen nurses picketed outside UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento early Thursday and life inside the hospital was slowly returning to normal.

Governor's aide says he misstated payment
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's chief spokesman on Wednesday said he unintentionally mischaracterized a payment an insurance company made to one of the governor's companies in 2004.

Energy industry seeks to delete proposition
Lawyers for an energy-industry trade group argued Wednesday before a state appeals court that Proposition 80 should be taken off the Nov. 8 special election ballot.

No haven from politics for librarians' leader
WASHINGTON - Check this out: Libraries are a front in the war on terror and its political aftermath.

Ex-officer faces new charges
Jason Bryan March, the former Sacramento police officer whose Ford Expedition struck and killed a 13-year-old boy in May, was charged Wednesday with additional counts of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving.

West Nile virus hits horse in county
A south Sacramento County horse has become the 10th in California to die of West Nile virus this year, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Wednesday in Elk Grove.

Coalition seeks more Latinos, blacks among grads
Marianna Rivera still chokes back tears as she describes her son's difficulties during high school more than a decade ago. He witnessed violence, skipped class and was surrounded by administrators who expected the worst from him, Rivera said.

Woman guilty of abusing stepdaughter
SACRAMENTO - A Sacramento Superior Court jury Wednesday convicted a 35-year-old woman of four felony counts of abusing her 6-year-old stepdaughter, but deadlocked on a torture charge.

Pilot in Galt crash landing dies
GALT - The Sacramento pilot who crash-landed his ultralight airplane on a golf course in Galt died early Wednesday, authorities said

Davis man hit, killed by freight train
DAVIS - A Union Pacific freight train struck and killed a man early Wednesday near Second and L streets, authorities said.

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Body floating in Bay ID'd as missing S.J. designer
THARP PRODUCED AWARD-WINNING WORK
More than a month after friends began to worry about the disappearance of a popular, award-winning graphic designer from West San Jose, Contra Costa County officials have confirmed their fears: Charles ``Rick'' Tharp apparently died after jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Mother, police search for 15-year-old
POLICE SAY GIRL RAN AWAY; WOMAN SUSPECTS DAUGHTER WAS ABDUCTED
Isabell Alvarez is living a nightmare -- her 15-year-old daughter is missing, and all she really knows is this: On June 16, ``she went to school and she never came back.''

HP cuts 'exciting' research; pioneer leaving
A day after Hewlett-Packard announced the elimination of 14,500 jobs, it moved to cut some of its more speculative research projects at HP Labs in Palo Alto.

New series bringing Iraq war to TV screen
FIRST DRAMA TO DEPICT CONFLICT IN PROGRESS
The Iraq war is being fought nearly every day in the hills off Highway 118 between San Fernando and Simi Valley. In an audacious and potentially volatile move, the cable channel FX is filming ``Over There,'' the first television drama about a war to be telecast while that conflict is still taking place and American soldiers are still dying.

Explosives need bunker
OFFICIALS SEARCHING FOR SITE TO STORE MUNITIONS AFTER JULY 2004 BREAK-IN REVEALED SECURITY FLAWS
Last summer, San Mateo County couldn't find its explosives. Now the county sheriff can't find a place to put them. The sheriff's department has been without a storage bunker since thieves made off with more than 200 pounds of military-grade explosives from its facility near Crystal Springs Reservoir last July. The munitions were recovered and destroyed within days, but Sheriff Don Horsley said the construction of a new facility has been delayed because he has been unable to locate a new site.

Strong testimony on nursing homes
SUNNYVALE MEETING CONVENED TO SUPPORT PATIENT-CARE BILL
Fifteen years ago Robert Goldsborough fell out of a tree and into a life of long-term care facilities. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, he uses a power wheelchair that helps him breathe, keeps water near his mouth and gets him around.
Police seek man believed to have robbed gas stations
San Jose police are hoping for the public's help in identifying and capturing a man who they believe is responsible for at least two armed robberies of gas stations.
Court overturns convictions, but DA vows to appeal
The 2003 convictions of a man who was found guilty of mistakenly killing one man and attempting to kill another in a Santa Cruz auto painting shop were overturned by an appellate court.

Council makes building home additions easier
3-2 VOTE REDUCES HURDLES FOR OWNERS OF ODD-SHAPED LOTS
After heated debate, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to make it easier for owners of non-standard shaped lots to add on to their one-story houses, taking action toward concluding a conflict that has lasted for years.
 

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MODESTO BEE

Leaders should rethink state rules on fiscal ties
By ending his multimillion-dollar relationship with two muscle magazines that profit from advertising dietary supplements, Gov. Schwarzenegger has tried to calm a conflict-of-interest flareup that was hurting his ability to lead. Yet the issue isn't behind either the governor or state lawmakers, some of whom face their own financial entanglements.

Funding for wage-law enforcers should have stayed in budget bill
Before he signed the budget bill, Gov. Schwarzenegger drew his blue pencil through a $3 million appropriation earmarked by the Legislature to protect the state's most vulnerable workers. The money he removed was intended to fund 30people to enforce California's minimum-wage and overtime laws.

Grass greener on other side of X-Fest fence
Most of downtown Modesto's restaurant and bar owners won't deny that the Xclamation Festival is good for business

Teens save 7-year-old from drowning
OAKDALE — Two 14-year-olds pulled a 7-year-old boy from the bottom of a swimming pool Wednesday and one revived the child by using a life-saving technique he learned as a Boy Scout.

City flip-flops, rejects farmers market
A day after announcing approval of the new Downtown Modesto Farmers Market, set to open Saturday on I Street in front of the library, the city reversed itself and denied the market's permit.

Verdict mixed; appeals may come
The Stanislaus County district attorney's office did not establish a motive for a shooting that left an airport neighborhood man paralyzed and in need of around-the-clock nursing care.

City to help fund Patterson school gym
PATTERSON — A new middle school planned for the east side of Patterson received a financial boost at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

Plant's wastewater permit secure for now
The cheese plant in Gustine won't lose its wastewater permit based on past problems, council members decided Tuesday by a 5-0 vote.

Dunn's troubles not over
San Joaquin County supervisors have decided to sue former Sheriff Baxter Dunn and a lawyer hired on his behalf, claiming they wrongly charged the county for portions of a $130,000 legal bill.

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

Card game argument ends in fatal shooting
(07-21) 11:53 PDT San Francisco (SF Chronicle) -- A 27-year-old San Francisco man was shot and killed Wednesday night after an argument broke out during a card game at his residence, police said. The

Daly City man shot dead in attempted robbery in E. Palo Alto
(07-21) 13:32 PDT East Palo Alto (SF Chronicle) -- A 47-year-old Daly City man was shot and killed during an apparent attempted robbery Wednesday night after he and a companion arrived at an East Palo...

SACRAMENTO / Dems' ethics suit means 'now we go to war' / Bipartisan compromise on ballot initiatives unlikely after legal action
The Democratic Party's decision to file a wide-ranging ethics complaint against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week probably signaled the end to any chance of a bipartisan compromise on the fate of t...

San Francisco's latest brush-reduction plan
Brian Dodds of Sycamore Farms in Coalinga (Fresno County) has moved about 140 goats onto a hillside surrounding Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco in a very organic plan to clear the area of overg...

SAN FRANCISCO / 'Trigger Lock' law helps cut gang-related killings in half / Focus on Bayview, Western Addition showing results
The number of killings in San Francisco attributed to gangs in largely African American neighborhoods has dropped by more than 50 percent so far this year from 2004, thanks in part to intervention by ...

SAN FRANCISCO / City 5,000 units behind affordable housing goal / New planning report shows serious lag in low-income category
A new report by San Francisco's Planning Department confirms what the city's residents already know: There aren't enough cheap places to live. Despite the biggest housing construction boom in two deca...

SAN FRANCISCO / North Beach tenants win Ellis Act case
A judge ruled Wednesday that 13 tenants of a North Beach apartment building can stay in their homes, after concluding that their landlords had tried to evict them improperly to convert the building in...

LIVERMORE / Lab officials say fire posed no toxic threat / EPA requests results of air quality tests from Superfund site
A large grass fire penetrated into and burned about 200 acres of an outdoor explosives test site at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory late Tuesday and Wednesday morning, raising concerns that con...

Design competition focuses on housing for Octavia Blvd. In the heart of Hayes Valley sits roughly seven acres of vacant land where the Central Freeway once cast a shadow over the neighborhood and dumped a torrent of cars onto its streets.

Giants to get $3.6 million tax refund from S.F. SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco must refund the Giants $3.6 million in property taxes after a city agency ruled Wednesday on a claim by the team that the value of SBC Park dropped by as much as $88 million in the first few years after it opened. S.F. rail line is one of few to bar bikes Bicycle advocates point to policies in other large cities and on Bay Area transit agencies as proof that regular transit users and bike enthusiasts can ride Muni together in harmony.

Regents reduce time to earn teaching credentials Facing a critical shortfall in the number of college graduates with the skills necessary to support California's growing science and technology-based industries, the state's premier university system is hoping to put thousands of new science and math teachers into K-12 classrooms.

Public works official was investigated previously Former employee considering legal action against city. SAN MATEO — Following revelations that a Public Works supervisor allegedly directed city employees to do work on private property at taxpayers' expense, others have confirmed they were questioned in a similar investigation years earlier.

Downtown condo proposal moves forward REDWOOD CITY — Plans for the first major housing proposal since the Marina Shores Village got a preliminary nod of approval from the Planning Commission on Tuesday night. The vote affirms the city's oft-stated desire to bring housing opportunities downtown.

Raises in the cards for supes REDWOOD CITY — County supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to give themselves a pay raise of almost 30 percent

Fireworks sales for 2005 hit $633K in San Bruno SAN BRUNO — This city's controversial safe-and-sane fireworks booths grossed $633,000 during the 2005 July Fourth season, leaving 17 local nonprofits with more than $200,000 after expenses.

Biotech giant looks for building permit SO. SAN FRANCISCO — In what appears to be a sign of continued expansion, South City's largest employer, Genentech, has requested a use permit to build a new manufacturing facility east of U.S. Highway 101

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Marin Rod and Gun Club location among first spots chosen to grow tiny mollusks Marin's Rod and Gun Club is the latest spot in Marin where scientists are hoping to see a renaissance of a tiny oyster that could make the bay a cleaner and healthier place. Volunteers spent several days last week in the muddy flats off the Rod and Gun Club placing pallets full of shells on which Olympia oysters could grow. It is among the first of what scientists hope are several attempts to bring back the native oysters - efforts that have so far been focused on Marin.

EIR ready in time for rail issue to make '06 ballot PETALUMA - A critical environmental report outlining how a Marin to Sonoma rail line would work is expected be released in time to place the issue on next year's ballot, officials said yesterday. The environmental impact report was due last month but the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit's consultant, San Francisco-based Parsons Brinkerhoff, has yet to deliver the study. It is being paid $4 million to do the work

Smart & Final to open outlet in Marin Food service warehouse chain Smart & Final plans to make a major push in Northern California later this year, with a store on Andersen Drive in San Rafael set to open by December. The Los Angeles-based retail chain, which sells a wide range of groceries but specializes in bulk items for restaurants and small businesses, also plans to open stores in Hayward, Sacramento, Modesto and Gilroy this year.

Drug courts save millions, study finds Drug courts in Marin and throughout the state are succeeding at saving tax dollars, reducing drug dependency and keeping families together, according to a report released by the state yesterday. The report by the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs was conducted from Jan. 1, 2001 through June 30, 2004. It said taxpayers saved $42 million in prison costs by diverting substance abusers to adult and juvenile drug courts.

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

Limits placed on pot plants Capping a smoldering fight over the pungent aroma of marijuana plants, the Ukiah City Council on Wednesday tentatively approved a law limiting where they can be grown.

Huge west county pot farm found For the second time this month, enormous marijuana gardens were found in the farthest reaches of west county state parkland, authorities said Wednesday

More drug charges for SR man Federal authorities have filed additional charges against a Santa Rosa man who allegedly purchased large quantities of a drug commonly used in both date rape and bodybuilding.

$50 million property tax boon The value of taxable property in Sonoma County rose 9.7 percent last year to $55.8 billion - the highest overall growth rate since 2001, according to the county assessor.

RP casino opening likely to be delayed A federal environmental review of a proposed casino near Rohnert Park is taking a year longer than initially planned, a sign that the project is likely to be delayed, perhaps well beyond its 2007 opening date.

Ukiah woman' s death leaves mystery UKIAH - When she died, Karen Goldsmith left behind a calico cat, an apartment full of knickknacks and a mystery that has dumbfounded her Ukiah friends.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Inside the 911 center: Netcom benefits from low turnover SANTA CRUZ — Training is in session for the first time in two years, and in the 911 industry, that means something. The instruction room of the Santa Cruz Consolidated Emergency Communications Center — better known by its phone-friendly moniker, “Netcom” — has seven new employees tracking down locations by computer, and preparing to take their first mock-emergency phone calls.

Felton water buyout group accuses opponents of violating law  The District Attorney’s Office will investigate a complaint alleging that a group active in the Measure W special election has violated campaign finance law.

Hearing set for S.C. parcel tax initiatives  SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz City Schools board of education will vote to place a pair of property tax measures on the Nov. 8 ballot after a public hearing Wednesday

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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Law limits hounds in households OAKLAND — Over the objections of dog lovers, the City Council gave initial approval Wednesday to an ordinance that limits to three the number of pooches in most households.

Costco, city have six months to talk OAKLAND — Preliminary plans for a Costco store in West Oakland moved ahead this week when the City Council promised to negotiate exclusively for six months with the popular warehouse retailer

Convicted man turns angry in courtroom OAKLAND — An Alameda County courtroom was the scene of an alarming commotion Wednesday when a man on trial for first-degree murder became enraged at the jury's guilty verdict and tossed over and...

Alternative school re-emerges HAYWARD — The South Hayward lot where El Rancho Verde High School once stood is still dusty, but it's no longer empty.

Prosecution ends Cazares questioning The prosecutor repeatedly asked Cazares if he knew his friends were planning to kill Araujo and why he decided to leave the room when Merel, Magidson and Nabors continued to assault the teen once they found out she was biologically male. Cazares testified he did not know his friends were going to kill Araujo, and he wanted to remove himself from the situation when he learned the assault was about the teen's gender

City settles suits from port protest A West Oakland woman who was injured after police fired on anti-war protesters with "less than lethal ammunition" in April 2003 will get $500,000 to settle her lawsuit against the city and Police Department. John Nishinaga, whose fingers were broken during the protest and remain damaged, will get $85,000. Cliff Close, who suffered cuts and bruises, will get $7,500, said Chief Assistant City Attorney Barbara Parker.

Council approves Fox restoration The council unanimously agreed the $33.6 million restoration of the Fox was a key part of the city's longtime goal of revitalizing the "uptown" area of downtown Oakland, where thousands of new homes are being built.

Mayor Brown listens to Chinatown The meetings are a condition of his strong-mayor form of government, approved by voters in 2004. The first was in East Oakland in March. Many of the concerns were the same: support for after-school programs, safe streets and panhandlers concerned the few hundred people holding a public dialogue with the mayor

Berkeley steps back a bit on fire company closures The council voted unanimously Tuesday to close no more than one company at any given time and keep Fire Station No. 7 in the Berkeley hills open around the clock until fire season ends in October.

Fremont man to be charged in slaying Robert Bruce Gray is charged with killing Samuel Blair on Oct. 20 at the Northgate Savoy Apartments in north Fremont.

Fire leads to pot, gun bust BERKELEY — Authorities discovered a large number of marijuana plants and some guns at the scene of a fire that officials say was intentionally set early Wednesday.

Brunner bid to control port billboards revived City Councilmember Jane Brunner's (North Oakland) quest to take control over Port of Oakland decisions regarding billboards was revived Tuesday night

Local firm gets disparity study An Oakland firm will study whether African-American, Latino and Asian companies are getting their fair share of city contracts. Mason Tillman and Associates, headquartered near Lake Merritt, also will study whether economically disadvantaged companies are being treated fairly.

Livermore woman faces sentencing hearing today STOCKTON — A young woman charged in the October 2002 shooting death of 17-year-old Livermore resident Jenna Simons is scheduled to be sentenced this morning to 25 years to life in state prison

Lighted fields plan moves ahead PLEASANTON — The city will move forward with plans to construct two lighted baseball fields on land south of Bernal Avenue.

Dublin to reconsider controversial garage conversion ordinance Since the ordinance was adopted in 2003, four homeowners have partially or fully converted their garages, while two other applicants, including Cuellar, were denied permits. One applicant is currently in the process.

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July 20, 2005

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. faces contempt hearing in nurse staffing dispute + August Court Date Set In Nurses Staffing Law Dispute + Gov. Gov. Signs Executive Order to Expand Statewide Firefighting Efforts + Gov.'s Deal Ignites Larger Debate on Tighter Income Disclosure Rules + Ethics complaints target Gov. + Gov. profits from 'loophole'  +  Arnold's deal called unethical + Can Arnold unring the credibility bell? + Gov.'s China trip set for November + Danny DeVito for Governor: Dump the Evil Twin + Gov. signs legislation that seals truce between couple of Old Ghost Towns + Núñez: Ballot accord doubtful
Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez said Tuesday he's "very, very skeptical" that Democrats can reach a compromise with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on a package of ballot measures for the November election

Commissioner announces insurance companies will halt kickback scheme + California regulator settles with title insurers

New redistricting lawsuit filed

West Nile Cases Fall From '04

Seeds of U.S. Pot Debate Were Sown in State

Mexican and California groups sue US over water conservation project that will stop billions of gallons of Colorado River water from seeping under border into aquifer supplying bustling Mexicali Valley

Program to Put Doctors in Poor Areas Is Saved

Border-watch fans, foes raise a ruckus

Identix Awarded Contracts from Northern California Law Enforcement

Hispanics are model commuters, study finds

Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham: Grand jury questions three on Cunningham

Legislature: Speier's pit bull proposal is timely, sensible

Indian tribes: State Can Terminate Indian Parental Rights, Court Says + Baskets woven into woman's family tree + Santa Barbara: Board of Supervisors delays Chumash land discussion + Casino initiative proponents prepare to submit signatures + Deal nears for 2 tribes to run Barstow casinos + Opposition builds to tribe's request

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

State Can Terminate Indian Parental Rights, Court Says

2 Ex-Execs of Defunct HMO Tower Health Arraigned for Fraud

Man sets up fake bank

CHP Crackdown On Big Rig Driving

Sacramento & north: Suspected bank robber caught at casino + Sacramento: Woman accused of trying to kill children appears in court + San Joaquin County to file lawsuit over ex-sheriff's legal bills + Alleged Bag Lady Bandit Caught + Sacramento police officer faces additional charges in death of boy + Stockton police have man in custody for allegedly kidnapping 2 minors + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Francisco: Busting beggars + San Mateo HIV-Positive Man Accused Of Molestation + Man Killed On 101 Was Bank Robbery Suspect + Firefighter Drinking Ban Lawsuit Tossed + Gunshot Victim Charged In Killing + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Prosecution Rests Case in Transgender Killing + Two Die In Oakland Street Violence + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

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Contra Costa: Teen Killed, Three Wounded In Antioch Shooting + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

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Sonoma: Police Release Details of Fatal Struggle With Man + Feds Arrest Date-Rape Drug Suspect In Santa Rosa + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Firm that holds Mondavi shares still in legal tiff over sale

Solano: Charges against Easterling remain + Witness at trial: Accused threatened to kill family + Supply company sues North Texas bingo hall

Monterey: Sketch of man impersonating Del Rey Oaks officer released

Central Valley: Fresno police defend their arrest of 11-year-old girl for throwing rock at boys + Girl's Story Gets Worldwide Attention + Fresno: Man arrested for leaving family dog in hot car + Modesto's District Attorney is leaving his job + Fresno: Charges Filed Against Truck Driver re: killing 5-yr-old girl + Fresno: Court Setback For Officer's Wife Threatening to Sue for Death of Husband + Fresno: Man Wanted For Indecent Exposure + Fresno: Seminar Company Has Hundreds of Complaints + Elderly Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Wife + Holes in audit of San Joaquin inmate funds + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Task force deals Vine Street gang 2nd blow + Raids Target Violent Valley Gang + State Sen. Runner wants smaller judicial districts in LA + Release of Farrell Sex Video Is Blocked + LA: Lancaster Prison Doctor (85) Awarded $20 Million in Age Case + Carson: Lawyer Gets 6 1/2 Years in City Corruption Case + South Central LA: Bystander Is Killed by Gunfire + LA police chief: Deaths in hostage case may change little + LA: Source of Fatal Shot to Tot May Never Be Known + Defense of Diaz Photos Begins + Burbank: Couple Allegedly Bilked Medicare of $5.8 Million + Riverside: 2 Years in Jail for Tiger Abuser + San Diego: Motorist crashes after being shot at + National City: Suspect in shooting is on the loose + Vista: DA set to appeal dropped charges against man in parents' killings + Editorial: Southern California officials had delusions of invincibility from normal rules

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4 Tahoe Bear Deaths

Sacramento & north: Restraining order issued to stop nurses striking at UC Davis Medical Center + Lodi: Mosque members to file lawsuit over ownership + Former Lodi imam leaving due to threats, attorney says + San Joaquin County planners to decide application for controversial Islamic school in Lodi + Chico: Final construction money approved for Highway 149 widening ($86.3 million) + Orland: Highway 32 realignment gets $2 million + Chico: Parking garage drive halts: Council to hold charrette to allow community to discuss downtown needs + House OKs Hamilton levee project; Senate votes next + Another top Yolo official steps down + Eureka: Clam Beach plans put off + Lodi water rates may leap to pay for cleanup + Sewage spill closes Tahoe beaches + 4 Tahoe Bear Deaths + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Francisco Supervisors Give Early Nod To Budget + San Francisco Supe To Fight Hotel-Condo Plan + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Livermore: Fast-Moving Fire Threatens Nuclear Lab, 500 Homes + Fire scorches Altamont + Firefighters Patrol Hot Spots In Charred East Bay Hills + Oakland Officials Approve Tough Sideshow Ordinance + BART Unions Ratify New Contract + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD + Lee plans town hall on war and Downing Street memo Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will host a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Lake Ave. in Oakland. Eight other lawmakers from New York to Michigan to New Mexico to California will hold district meetings this weekend as well.

Santa Clara: Firefighters Battle Major Blaze In Campbell + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF  JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES + San Pablo to use eminent domain
The San Pablo City Council on Monday endorsed taking the Circle S Mobile Home Park by eminent domain to replace it with market-rate housing. The vote was 4-0. Councilwoman Sharon Brown recused herself because she is a real estate broker.

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Napa puts up money for river trail + Napa's resident urban legend enters the fray over winery permit use + Supervisors grapple with river study

Solano: Asbestos bill worries ex-shipyard workers + Defiantly, English resigns + Unattractive seismic retrofit of Marina Towers is rejected + AmCan councilwoman wants city officials present at meetings + Vallejo cyclist dies in crash + Suisun City names new city manager + Alleged serial rapist to go to trial + English claims innocence as he steps down

Monterey: DLI, NPS on base closure list + Suit seeks freeze on rural projects + Riata riders open their bag of tricks + Students have plenty of options + Man critically hurt in skateboard crash + All-Bach recital well-chosen, accessible

Central Valley: California farmers still confused about water monitoring requirements + Fresno: Duncan questions PG&E's ability to handle power problems + Water Meters Required in Fresno? + Cost for new Tracy civic center jumps $7.5 million + Farmers signing up for water-monitoring plan + Tracy to refinance bonds for construction + Stockton arena to open in time + News from the San Joaquin Valley + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES + Board approves computer contracts
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors awarded a two-month contract Tuesday night to Atomogy Inc., a computer software firm trying to finish the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System.

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Latinos relying on mass transit + Flood of 911 cell calls to switch from CHP to LAPD beginning in '06 + LA: Homeless agency given scathing review in report + LA: Homeless Agency Faces Cash-Flow Crisis + LA: Mayor reaches out to opponents of LAX expansion + LA County seeks to crack down on overtime abuse + LA: Mentally ill to get more bed space + LA: King/Drew Remains in Bad Shape + Hahn Takes Job as Legal Advisor + L.A. to Consider Sunshine Canyon Dump Phaseout + LA: Mayor Prepares to Replace Airport Commissioners + Burbank: Councilwoman Murphy intends to stick around + Accused Burbank Councilwoman Skips Meeting + Laguna Beach Slide Costs Keep Climbing + Other Pension Systems Are Tempting O.C. + El Salvador Reopens Consulate in O.C. + 2 Convicted San Diego Politicians Will Resign + Councilmen to step down + San Diego: Winners and losers evaluate verdicts + San Diego scrambles to find a mayor+ S.D. mulls pension trustee + SD: Port district's cleanup project for former shipyard to proceed + Consideration of SDSU expansion plan is on hold + SD: Vote on Mission Hills plan delayed + SD: Medical pot activist honored + SD County may limit eminent domain + San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot to stay open + Lemon Grove: Familiar face joins council + National City Council puts sales tax measure on Nov. ballot + La Jolla: Ex-tribal leader to run for supervisor + Carlsbad plans environmental impact report for Ponto area + San Marcos chamber in no hurry to hire its next CEO + Oceanside: Boardwalk hotel complex would block view of lagoon, report says + Oceanside: Foes want to stop interchange funds + Palm Desert: La Quinta resort plan aims to keep SilverRock in play + Tarzania: Homeowner shot over dispute with workers

School days: Couple leaves CSUN its largest cash gift + Glendale, Oak Park schools praised + Consideration of SDSU expansion plan is on hold + New contract approved for MiraCosta president + Black Conservative Group Blasts Ebonics Plan for California + CSU Targets Alcohol Abuse + Peter Schrag: The coming school accountability train wreck Before summer's end, Californians will get more troubling news about their schools. Once again, schools that a lot of communities thought were exemplary, and were listed as successful by the state, will be rated as "in need of improvement" - "failing" in plain text - under federal accountability standards


Hats, horses and more kick off the season at Del Mar races

Retired California grocery clerk could be next Earl of Essex

Riata riders open their bag of tricks

Literature and activism along the Pacific Coast trail

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

MODESTO BEE

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD


CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Residents suspect contractor fraud
Dozens of people have complained to Contra Costa County authorities about fake or dishonest contractors in the San Ramon Valley.

San Pablo to use eminent domain
The San Pablo City Council on Monday endorsed taking the Circle S Mobile Home Park by eminent domain to replace it with market-rate housing. The vote was 4-0. Councilwoman Sharon Brown recused herself because she is a real estate broker.

Analysis praises San Ramon Valley schools
The San Ramon Valley school district was one of 29 praised in Standard and Poor's first "California Outperforming School Districts" report released Tuesday.

Jury opts against death for student's killer
An Alameda County jury opted against the death penalty Tuesday for a man convicted of murdering a St. Mary's College student during a 1997 street robbery.

Death penalty sought in Concord case
Contra Costa County prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty against Robert Ward Frazier, the Indiana man accused of raping and killing an Antioch woman on the Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail.

Emissions hurt East Bay sites, report says
West Contra Costa's inner-city residents are exposed to much higher concentrations of diesel emissions than people elsewhere in the county and state, according to a study by a coalition of health, environmental and community groups

Antioch One killed, three hurt in shoot
One killed, three hurt in shootings A 16-year-old was shot and killed and at least three others were wounded from gunshots Tuesday night, according to police

Trial scheduled on sex charges for former Berkeley basketball star
A November trial has been scheduled for Tanda Rucker, the former Encinal High School basketball coach and East Bay prep star, who is charged with 26 felony counts of unlawful sex with four teenage girls.

Church expansion talks to resume
While churches are not notorious for being rowdy neighbors, some Valley Trails residents fear a new expansion plan for St. Clare's Episcopal Church on Hopyard Road will bring too much noise and traffic to their neighborhood

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Editorial: Cash on the side
Moonlighting shows need for wide reforms. By ending his multimillion-dollar relationship with two muscle magazines that profit from advertising dietary supplements, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has calmed a conflict-of-interest crisis that made him look like a 97-pound weakling.

Peter Schrag: The coming school accountability train wreck Before summer's end, Californians will get more troubling news about their schools. Once again, schools that a lot of communities thought were exemplary, and were listed as successful by the state, will be rated as "in need of improvement" - "failing" in plain text - under federal accountability standards

Lights up on next act of San Diego's drama
SAN DIEGO - A gusty bay wind whips her hair with a fury worthy of the financial and political storm engulfing California's second-largest city. "So much for the new mayor-do," quips Donna Frye, a leathery-skinned surf shop owner, environmentalist and populist candidate vowing to restore "ethics, honesty and accountability" to City Hall.

Governor's deals prompt 2 complaints
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was hit with two complaints Tuesday accusing him of violating the state Political Reform Act over his since-abandoned $5 million executive editor's deal with two muscle magazines.

Senator threatens Guard with penalties
Dissatisfied with subpoenaed materials the California National Guard provided to meet a Tuesday deadline, state Sen. Joe Dunn said he would seek a contempt finding if it does not submit additional documents by mid-August in the Senate's probe of a controversial military unit.

Núñez: Ballot accord doubtful
Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez said Tuesday he's "very, very skeptical" that Democrats can reach a compromise with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on a package of ballot measures for the November election

Survey finds support for a new Sac High
Warring factions in the Sacramento City Unified School District have reached the next battlefront: A new public high school for students living in what was once the Sacramento High School attendance area.

Leaders split on needle access
For the first time in a decade, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will consider making it easier for drug abusers to get clean needles.

Recall drive against judge is called off
The recall drive to unseat Sacramento Superior Court Judge Loren E. McMaster for upholding a same-sex domestic partners law was abandoned Tuesday because not enough signatures were gathered.

W. Sac resists school changes in money crunch
West Sacramento's efforts to build a state-of-the-art high school in the fast-growing city have hit a new setback: School district officials believe they are about $36.7 million short of the funds needed to build the school, a gap more than double their previous estimate.

R.E. Graswich: Stabbing of rookie prison guards is a reminder of dangers of the job Lock and load: Breakfast time, Facility C, Building 7, Salinas Valley State Prison. Two correctional officers fresh from the California prison guard training academy near Galt are stabbed by an inmate porter who was helping "cell feed" - delivering meals to inmates who aren't nice enough to leave their cribs. The attack happened last week. It's causing rumblings across the state correctional system.

B Street Theatre gets midtown land donation
Moving closer to a new facility, Buck Busfield, producing artistic director of the B Street Theatre and the Children's Theatre of California, said Tuesday that his company has received a gift of land from Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Ultralight's pilot injured in crash on golf course GALT - A Sacramento resident was injured Tuesday evening when the ultralight aircraft he was flying crashed on a golf course, authorities said.

Body in river may be missing woman
SISKIYOU COUNTY - A kayaker found a woman's body floating in the Klamath River north of Yreka on Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department said.

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Nanny to face trial in death
JUDGE SAYS EVIDENCE JUSTIFIES PROSECUTING CARETAKER OF TODDLER
Medical examiners testified Tuesday that 22-month-old Sarah Howell received six serious blows to the head before she died last year in Palo Alto, but a jury will now have to decide whether there's enough evidence to prove her nanny killed her.

Fire hits sprint-car business
PROMINENT KAEDING RACING FAMILY JOLTED BY BLAZE THAT CLOGS HWY. 17 TRAFFIC
Even as the fire spread hot and fast Tuesday afternoon, the men kept running back inside Kaeding Performance Center. They grabbed what they could: engines, tool carts and shiny sprint cars belonging to South Bay's legendary racing family.

Chung: City hall needs good ol' hotdog stand
As the mayor and city council settle in this week, there's plenty of buzz about San Jose's shiny new downtown City Hall on Santa Clara Street. Besides the ``ooh and ah'' factor of the 18-story building, there's also a new urban ecosystem being created.

Fisher: Opposition to Hills school awakened
The plywood cows may have worn out their welcome in Los Altos Hills. For two years, the Bullis Charter School lobby has enjoyed the support -- or at least tolerance -- of Hills residents in its campaign to have a public school in town. But a proposal before the Los Altos Hills City Council on Thursday night to spend $2.4 million of the public's money on a site for the new charter school will be the first test of how deep that tolerance really is.

Claim blames jailers in death
COUNTY DEFENDS CARE OF RESTRAINED INMATE
The family of a Mexican migrant who died in March after being forcibly restrained in jail has filed a $5 million wrongful death claim against Santa Clara County

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MODESTO BEE

County considers 10-lane expressway
Salida's best chance at cityhood rests with an emerging plan to triple its size and double its population, with a fast-flowing, 10-lane expressway from Highway 99 to points east, a majority of Stanislaus County leaders agreed late Tuesday.

Board approves computer contracts
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors awarded a two-month contract Tuesday night to Atomogy Inc., a computer software firm trying to finish the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System.

Employees from county protesting salary offer
About 85 Stanislaus County employees, supported by family and friends, descended on Tenth Street Place early Tuesday evening — asking for "fairness" in ongoing contract talks between SEIU Local 535 and county negotiators.

Family still searching for answers
It's been nearly four years since a 25-year-old Manteca man died from head injuries he sustained outside a Modesto nightclub.

Ceres woman leads class-action lawsuit
Virginia Davis of Ceres never imagined herself launching a class-action lawsuit against a major manufacturer, but that's what happened after she found cracked and warped shingles on her roof.

MID delays decision on land acquisition
The Modesto Irrigation District Board of Directors postponed a vote Tuesday for lack of enough members to cast votes — even though all five board members were present.

Report: Turlock police need better leadership
TURLOCK — A consultant said Turlock Police Services could rebuild employee morale with better communication, more training and extra personnel.

Ceres raid nets 4 arrests on counterfeit charge
CERES — Police raided a storage locker Tuesday afternoon, arrested four people and broke up what they called a counterfeit identification operation.

Ex-sheriff's deputy seeks new trial in corruption case
STOCKTON — Monte McFall wants a new trial.
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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

Large drop reported in HIV cases in S.F. / Feared second wave of infections appears to have crested
In a rare piece of good news on AIDS, San Francisco health officials may revise downward their estimates of the number of new HIV infections each year after three new analyses suggested that the sprea...

SAN QUENTIN / Inmates invest in Salinas libraries' future / Prisoners active in tutoring program raise funds to help struggling facilities stay open
When it looked like author John Steinbeck's hometown would have to close its three libraries, schoolkids opened lemonade stands, and celebrities opened their checkbooks. Now, fund-raisers who have suc...

Inmate on Death Row suspected of taking lethal injection of heroin
A convicted murderer awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison has died of an apparent heroin overdose -- making him California's first inmate to OD on Death Row. Nicholas Rodriguez, a 27-year-ol...

SAN FRANCISCO / Supes give budget unanimous backing / At $5.3 billion, it is the biggest in city history
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval to the biggest budget in city history Tuesday, after voting to restore $23 million in cuts that Mayor Gavin Newsom originally proposed in...

BAY AREA / Transit agencies get grant to improve rail security / 5 systems to split $7.1 million on efforts to thwart terrorism
Five Bay Area rail transit agencies have been awarded $7.1 million in federal grant money to improve security on their systems. The money, which will be divided among the agencies, will go for more se...

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY / Farmers seek to sell more items at stands
Small family farmers in eastern Contra Costa County asked supervisors Tuesday to ease restrictions on roadside stands so they can make them bigger and offer a more diverse array of produce along with ...

FOSTER CITY / Driver flees police, drowns in lagoon
The driver of a car that police pulled over in a routine traffic stop Monday fled and was found drowned in the Marina Lagoon about five hours later, authorities said Tuesday. The incident began at 5:2...

Home Depot nears key point in decade-long quest Project continues to generate controversy. After nearly a decade of efforts to build a store in San Francisco, Home Depot is hoping to move into the final stretch in its quest to enter a city that has been divided on the home improvement chain.

FAA launches ‘aggressive' communications campaign  S. F. AIRPORT — In a move described by public relations specialists as an "aggressive" effort to influence public opinion on a potentially controversial subject, the Federal Aviation Administration launched a widespread communication campaign Tuesday. Move coincides with start of labor negotiations

Firefighters to begin random drug and alcohol testing The San Francisco Fire Department plans to begin drug and alcohol testing of firefighters by September in the wake of a series of high-profile scandals involving firefighters drinking on the job.

Comcast settlement, contract may be publicly scrutinized  A controversial deal that would extend Comcast's cable contract with The City for another four years may get a closer look from city supervisors.

Sequoia district tightens residency requirements Estimated decrease in enrollment could save $750K a year REDWOOD CITY — Parents of incoming freshmen have been calling Sequoia Union High School District administration with questions about an upcoming residency audit.

San Mateo investigates alleged misuse of funds SAN MATEO — A city employee is back at work after being disciplined for allegedly misusing public funds and falsifying a city document.

Stampede for area city council seats begins BURLINGAME — Councilmember hopefuls in some cities were clearly chomping at the bit to take out candidacy papers on the first days to pick up nomination forms.

Cold case suspect appears in court A suspect indicted for allegedly murdering an acquaintance 16 years ago in Daly City appeared Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court.

HIV-positive man pleads not guilty to sex with child REDWOOD CITY — An HIV-positive man who allegedly admitted having sex with his 8-year-old stepdaughter pleaded not guilty Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court.

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Estimate to dredge Bahia Lagoon skyrockets
Residents of the Bahia area of northeast Novato hoping to restore backyard boat access to San Pablo Bay will have to pay at least $15.5 million - more than twice what they had expected for a long-awaited dredging project, consultants said this week. The price tag is up from $6.3 million, which was calculated three years ago - and the project will occur only if all 11 interested state, federal and local agencies, departments and organizations approve of the plans first.

County workers get $1.8 million in wage hikes Marin supervisors yesterday granted raises of 2 percent to most county workers, but slapped on an extra 1 to 7 percent in pay boosts for county managers and several select union groups - at a total cost of about $1.8 million. The largest portion of the increases, or $1.6 million, will cover 2 percent raises this year for about 900 workers covered by Local 949 of the Service Employees International Union.  

Robber, accident victim ID'd as same man The long arm of the law isn't long enough to catch Brian James De Mascio now. San Rafael police have identified De Mascio as the man who robbed a downtown bank Saturday - and as the man killed later that day in a freak incident on Highway 101. "It's certainly an unusual outcome that the suspect should perish the day of the crime," San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said yesterday. The robbery occurred at 9 a.m.

Work furloughs in San Rafael end  Work furloughs in San Rafael end Mandatory work furloughs for nearly 200 San Rafael city employees have ended even though the city's budget deficit increased by $1.3 million during the past year. The City Council saved $475,000 last fiscal year by requiring most employees to take 13 unpaid days off. Since then, the city's deficit increased from $2.2 million to $3.5 million, whch led the council this week to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot.

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

Popping the cork at Hall of Flowers  For all its steamy heat, the Sonoma County Fair's Hall of Flowers has traditionally been dry when it comes to drink.

Petaluma couple targets governor  A Petaluma couple whose son committed suicide after using steroids is attempting to overturn Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of a bill that would regulate dietary supplements in high schools, claiming the governor had a conflict of interest when he...

Split SRJC board votes to name wine center for Gallos Santa Rosa Junior College will name an instructional winemaking center after the Gallo family, despite entreaties Tuesday to wait until the wine giant has negotiated a contract with the United Farm Workers.

Witness tested in gang stabbing trial  A key prosecution witness in the murder trial of five reputed gang members came under scrutiny in court Tuesday, as five defense attorneys questioned her memory.

City calls for ban on nuclear weapons  Sebastopol, Sonoma County's self-proclaimed nuclear-free zone, went on record Tuesday in favor of worldwide abolition of atomic weapons.

Council OKs deals to help build SR senior center Santa Rosa City Council members got a closer look Tuesday at plans for an $8 million senior center to be built on the southwest side of the Finley Community Center.

Conflicting details of SR man's mood on 911 call Carlos Fernandez hadn't slept well for days and thought people were hiding in the heating vents of his Santa Rosa home or watching his every move with cameras.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Salinas Road-Hwy. 1 overcrossing planned ROYAL OAKS — With a record of 76 wrecks, 26 people injured and two deaths in five years, the juncture of Highway 1 and Salinas Road is one of the most dangerous intersections on the Central Coast.

Proposal to close clinic threatens veterans Anderson, 57, and almost 900 other local veterans may have no choice but to seek primary health care out of town if a proposal to close the Veterans Affairs Capitola Clinic at 41st Avenue is passed by the central office in Washington.

State budget funds revive AIDS center An HIV/AIDS education and treatment center is coming back to South County thanks to money secured in this year’s state budget

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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Dimond residents say crime is out of control
OAKLAND — Two Dimond district residents were robbed at gunpoint last week and another had her car stolen even though it was locked and parked under a street lamp in front of her home.

Witness admits burying the body
HAYWARD — Jason Cazares says he did not kill Gwen Araujo.

Lee plans town hall on war and Downing Street memo Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will host a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Lake Ave. in Oakland. Eight other lawmakers from New York to Michigan to New Mexico to California will hold district meetings this weekend as well.

East Bay Parks acquires new land plots One parcel was purchased with donated funds and the other is part of a purchase-and-easement-combination deal the district worked out with Oliver Properties LLC, which currently owns the land. The latter parcel is small, but strategically important in the eventual completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail, which will someday loop around the Bay Area uninterrupted.

Controversial special tax to be revisited in September During its Monday night meeting, the council unanimously passed a resolution of intention to re-establish the West San Leandro Shuttle Business Improvement District, setting a public hearing date of Sept. 19 to get continued financial support for the LINKS free shuttle service.

Island won't throw book at former city manager ALAMEDA — Former City Manager Jim Flint had an appetite for business best-sellers. That much is clear from a list of more than 140 business self-help books and training videos Flint took with him to Oregon when he retired in January.  Alameda County District Attorney John Jay said Friday he declined to pursue criminal charges against Flint because a police investigation indicated he took the books by mistake and not with criminal intent.

Retirees' millions may be restored  OAKLAND — Shadowy legal concerns that led Alameda County supervisors to rescind a $23.7 million payment to a fund for retirees' health benefits appear close to resolution, and supervisors could vote Tuesday to restore the money, board President Keith Carson said

Fremont: Public support essential to help homeless
FREMONT — It took John Ryan two months to secure a room. He put his name on the waiting list at Sunrise Shelter, a temporary facility for the homeless, after his 3-month-old son was born

Father who burned child pleads guilty HAYWARD — Moments after a judge ruled that an incriminating statement could be used against him, a Fremont man pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his daughter, ending a bizarre case that  
Fire station construction falls behind NEWARK — Construction of Fire Station No. 1 has turned into the "job from hell," the general contractor said Tuesday, reflecting on key causes for the project to fall months behind schedule.

Attorney paints dark molestation picture In her closing arguments, Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Eshraghi painted a dark picture of Benson — a 48-year-old Fremont car salesman charged with 29 counts of child molestation — as a man who targeted his victims by building relationships with their mothers and earning the children's trust before he sexually assaulted them.

Dublin annexes Wallis Ranch DUBLIN — The city moved one step closer to fulfilling its Eastern Dublin Specific Plan by successfully annexing a 189-acre plot immediately south of the border between Alameda and Contra Costa  

Group advocates Livermore Trails Livermore Tomorrow, a recently formed group whose members include North Livermore residents, is backing the project and facing off against Friends of Livermore.

Vasco Road accepts trash until 2022 The Vasco Road landfill north of Livermore has a green light to accept trash through 2022, after its owners agreed to collect tipping fees for open space preservation and recycling.

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July 19, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq conflict claims 34 civilian lives each day as 'anarchy' beckons + Sunni member of Iraq constitution panel killed + Murder of Sunnis deals blow to hopes of early Iraqi constitution + 8 Iraqis Killed by Gunmen in Attack on Minivan + Residents cope with bloodshed in Iraqi town known for love song + Relentless savagery in Iraq

Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraq, international officials criticize US on Iraq rebuilding + Iraq's neighbors to increase border control + Iraq's neighbors to increase border control + Iran prepares to ink oil deal with Iraq + Billions to rebuild Iraq still unspent + (World Socialists) Australian government sends troops back to Afghanistan

War prisons: Pentagon: No capital cases in tribunals + Lawyer argues against Padilla confinement (World Socialists) US court upholds military trials for Guantánamo prisoners

AFGHANISTAN: Canadian soldiers leaving for Afghanistan

MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian Reformer Remains a Challenge to the Regime Even After Dropping Presidential Bid

Despite windfall, problems loom for Saudi economy

Israel, Palestine: IDF 'human ring' aims to halt anti-pullout march + Knesset expected to oppose bills on postponing pullout + More than 20,000 march in protest of Israel's pullout plan + Palestinians and Israelis plagued by infighting + Hamas agrees to resume truce + Haaretz Editorial: Toward the edge of the abyss

RUSSIA: Reputed Mob Boss Acquitted of Murder in Moscow + Ukraine steals gas from Russia and sells it to the West

EUROPE: Serbia Montenegro. Convicted in Murder of Former President

German Opposition Leader Says She Would Not Have Sent Troops to Iraq

London Mayor: Likud, Hamas are 'two sides of the same coin'

AFRICA: Darfur's rebel groups reach deal

Drought and locust plague leave Niger on the brink of famine

ASIA PACIFIC: The making of a China-EU world

AMERICAS: Yucatan Relaxes Again as Emily's Wrath Proves Less Than Expected + Hurricane gathers strength for second hit on Mexico, plus Texas coast

Picketers storm newspaper offices in southern Mexico + Mexico to allow debate on its decision to make morning-after pill widely available

Colombian rebels widening reach + Co-Author of Colombia's Much-Criticized Paramilitary Law Named Attorney General

Brazil's President Names New Cabinet Minister to Shore-Up Coalition Support

Venezuela's Unemployment Rate Drops to 11.8 Percent

Former Chilean Senator Begins Serving Prison Term for Child Molestation

Guatemala apologizes for killings

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Pakistan Reportedly Arrests Five Top Taliban

US hands over Guantanamo suspect (Moroccan) to Spain

Afghan warlord jailed for 20 years at Old Bailey

Arab states can launch 1,000 missiles at any place in Israel

Deport the clerics of hate says Australian sheik

Former FBI agent James J. Smith, guilty of lying re: affair with Chinese double agent given probation, fine

Aussie wanted to be bomber

Defector Chen's pitch to Congress may fuel row with China

Al-Qaeda group threatens war on Europe

Terror Forum Sows Seeds of Jihad

The DIA and CIA Go MIA

Forgotten Spy Saga Sparks Call for Reinvestigation

Japan plans homemade unmanned spy drones instead of US imports

Taking Aim at the New NATO

Media Shield Bill Would Exempt Security

Masters of the Inner Sanctum

Remember the Pueblo

Mason indicted over murder of 'God's banker'

RIP: General William C. Westmoreland: Commander Caught in the Mire of Vietnam

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Is Rehnquist Fit to Serve?

Star science scholars found to have entered US illegally as children now face deportation

Former FBI agent James J. Smith, guilty of lying re: affair with Chinese double agent given probation, fine

Minnesota: Teenager Found Guilty of Murdering 2 Students

Ex-Philly treasurer gets 10-year sentence

N.J. boys alive for hours during search

Federal government details alleged corruption in Chicago's city hall + Feds Claim Fraud Put a Drunk and 'goofballs' on Chicago's City Payroll

12-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted at Orlando Resort

Paper: Duncan tried to get child porn in prison

Feds take second run at Washington state Bandidos biker gang + Canadian authorities allege Hells Angels club is a criminal organization

Former FBI agent Connolly arraigned for leaking info that led gangsters to kill witness

Farrow defends Polanski at Vanity Fair libel trial

FOIA documents expose FBI-insurance industry links

Prosecutor in Tainted Texas Drug Stings Keeps Law License

Victim: Mock Trial Juries Acquitted Rudolph Three of Four Times

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Russia's spaceship re-docks to the ISS

Gates: You just can't get the staff + Search Wars - Microsoft takes Google to court + Google to open R&D center in China

Mind May Affect Machines?

Microsoft Guarantees an Improved OS

Will videos be apple of iPod's eye?

Quantum Decoys Foil Code-breaking Attempts

Geologists Use Particles From Galaxy's Far Reaches To Understand Processes At Earth's Surface

Ferry-linked Water Monitoring System Becomes New Model For United States

LONDON BOMBING

(Guardian) Blair plans ideological task force + Profile: Yusuf al-Qaradawi + Intelligence 'warned of Iraq link' + £20m for terror measures + Pakistan link to London attacks + It's not only about Iraq + A largely bourgeois endeavor + Let the Olympics make London a bikes-first city

(London Times) Memo: 'no attacks imminent' + Q&A: what leaked JTAC memo means + Muslim taskforce to tackle extremists + Comment: Ruth Gledhill - the No 10 talks + Nursing a grievance, blinded by narcissism — such ordinary killers

Pakistan Police Say They Are Holding Some Militants Possibly Linked to London Bombers

3 Bombers Made Visits to Pakistan + Sister may have helped in backpacker murders, alleges lawyer + Link to London blasts forced, Jamaicans say + Britain to step up financial fight back against terrorism + Extremist cleric may test British clampdown + UK bars 200 foreign students as potential terrorist threats + Larry Chin: London plot thickens as does the propaganda

MILITARY  China Lake: 2 Hurt, 1 Missing After Fighter Jets Crash

Base Closure List Backed by Pentagon Officials + Base expansion could be a boon for El Paso + Commission Adds Bases to Closure List

Soldiers Cleared of Wrongdoing in Photographing Captive With Obscenity on Forehead

First British soldiers face charges for war crimes

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Man wrongfully convicted use settlement proceeds to achieve ATM wealth

Berkeley: Conference for spiritual progressives

Gentrification erasing the celebrated squalor of New York's Bowery

Homeless worshippers flock to First Vagabonds Church of God

Ability, Not Disability, At Heart Of Yacht Trek

Foot In Mouth: Breaking The Rules Of Social Behavior

American Christians gather in Jerusalem to "seek the face of God on Gaza"

Bilderberg 1996: A close call for thwarting a scheme to partition Canada

Tragedy of the babies bought for a pittance, sold for a fortune

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

The Force is with 20th Century Fox

Snap.com Site Goes Beyond Pay-Per-Click Ads

HP to cut 14,500 jobs, save $1.9 billion + Tougher Decisions Lie Ahead for HP

Investment Gain Powers Yahoo to Sixfold Profit Improvement

Haier, buyout partners drop Maytag bid-source


Black Panther Foundation Seeks to Sell "Burn Baby Burn" Hot Sauce

Visa cuts CardSystems over security breach

Mushroom Cloud Marks Nuke Horror

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Trojan ducks' could spread bird flu

Mouse Studies Of Oseltamivir Show Promise Against H5N1 Influenza Virus

BSE cluster triggers fears over contaminated feed

New superbug outbreak sweeps southern England


Medical Devices Need Closer FDA Scrutiny, Panel Report Says

Study Sees Cost Savings in Free Drugs to Lower Blood Pressure for Diabetics, could save Medicare billions

Geron, Merck Sign Cancer Vaccine Deal (targeting enzyme linked to tumor growth)

Purdue spearheading new cancer research

UCD vets are lucky first to research snake eyes

Discovery of 'glue' in bones may offer clues to fractures

Dark Chocolate Could Lower Blood Pressure

Nanowires In Blood Vessels May Help Monitor, Stimulate Neurons In The Brain

Quitting Smoking Could Save Your Teeth, Study Shows

Pravda: Psychedelic drug, LSD-25, likely to be legalized in Russian medicine

Predicting The Outcome Of Drug-induced Liver Disease

Compound From Chinese Medicine (Cottonseed) Shows Promise In Head And Neck Cancer

Chemical 'Band-aid' Prevents Heart Failure In Mice With Muscular Dystrophy Fish And Chips: A Fast Track To Understanding Blood Development

Men Continue To Have Normal Life After Radiation For Prostate Cancer

Oxytocin Raises Aggression, Cuts Anxiety During Lactation; Similar Effects On Virgin Rats

Trio Of Plant Genes Prevent 'Too Many Mouths'

NOAA Takes Steps To Reduce Ship Collisions With Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

Methane's Impacts On Climate Change May Be Twice Previous Estimates

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush Chooses Appeal Judge John Roberts Jr. for Supreme Court + Some Cases Awaiting President Bush's Nominee + Roberts: Low-Key Lawyer, Highly Regarded by Republicans and Democrats

Chinese Military Gaining New Capabilities From Russia, Rumsfeld Says + China's Military Looks Beyond Taiwan, Pentagon Says

Turkey claims right to enter Iraq

U.S. to Boost Nuclear Aid to India + Singh: India 'a responsible nuclear power' + India pledges not to spread nuclear technology + Exceptional treatment to India draws flak

Gallup Finds Bush Approval Rating at New Low--and Compares to Other Presidents

Australian leader defends war on terror

AG Gonzales cites progress in meth fight

FDA Chief Lester M. Crawford Confirmed by Senate

The First Lady Talks Rubbers

Iran: Against the thugs, Iranian self-criticism + US-backed groups organize regime change in Iran

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanon: Lawmakers Agree to Pardon Christian Leader

N. Korea: Date Set for Nuclear Talks With North

Rice: Some in GOP hope Rice runs for president + Rice's Mideast rescue mission at mercy of militants

Domestic: Governors Worry Over Cost of National ID Card to Replace Drivers Licenses + New Jersey looking to lease turnpike + No Child Left Behind and WASL will leave kids behind

Social Security: Medicare Drug Program Gets Some Help

Congress: Competing Interests Dim Prospects of Senate Vote on Stem Cells + Senate Boosts Amtrak Budget, Earning Veto Threat

Democrats: Gore on his new role as TV executive + GOP Senator Rick Santorum in Democrats' Cross Hairs + Sen. Clinton targets Bush during Hispanic conference speech

GOP: U.S., Turkish Officials Condemn Congressman's Comment on Muslims; Official Rejects Apology + Safeco CEO looks set for U.S. Senate race from Washington state + Republicans Raise Big Bucks

OPINIONS:

Capitol Hill Blue: More Dishonesty From a Dishonest President

Jim Lobe: `Plamegate' is no summer squall

Tempting the Iraqi oil curse

Ted Rall: Republicans must chose. Bush or America

James Moore: Why Karl Rove will never go

Robert Parry: Rove Bush conspiracy noose tightens

Buchanan: Bush barking up the wrong tree

Condi, the Bushies' clown, screws up again

Globalist-nationalist conflict in battle for Unocal

PLAME CASE 

(Chicago Trib) It may be that big fish Rove is really small fry

Pursuing the CIA leak: profile of a tough, smart lawyer

A stupid intelligence move

Trickle-Down Journalism

A Roving Ethical Problem

A Jar of Red Herrings

Could Valerie Plame Sue Karl Rove? Part One of a Two-Part Series

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Sacramento: Activists end campaign to oust judge who upheld gay-rights law + Georgia gay rights group launches billboard campaign

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

News Corp. to Acquire MySpace

Coming soon to your TV: year-round political ads

Public broadcasting has deep - and respected - roots overseas

When a Man Dies in a Sex Act with a Horse -- What's a Reporter to Do?

Grade tours the studios to defend his reforms of the BBC

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Merced County fair kicks off

Scotland's links to Native American struggles

Burbank: Shelter Accused of Keeping Too Many Chihuahuas

Auditioning for a spot in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Ghostly Presence, writer Hilary Mantel

Unorthodox Chess From an Odd Mind

A bit of monkey business as the Tate buys Ofili's 'Upper Room'

Petrarch

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Tony nearly punches out of work

Rush & Molloy: Honeymoon's over for 'Wedding' star

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. signs bill to finish Bay Bridge + Bay bridge deal finally inked + Press Release: 7/18 - Gov. Signs Bay Bridge Bill + Governor Is Focus of Ethics Complaint: Lucrative contract with publisher violated state laws re: political gifts + Gov. vows openness after magazine row  + (LA Daily News) Halfway there on workers comp reform + State allows marijuana ID card program to resume + Governor keeps deals secret Despite the furor that prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to drop his $5 million magazine deal last week, his aides declined Monday to provide additional details on income he is receiving from 20 other businesses that each paid more than $10,000 last year to his personal holding company.

California Dept of Housing, Community Development announces $55.6 million awarded to rural communities using community development block grant funds benefiting hundreds of residents in 74 cities and 30 counties

Does the state have some of your property?

California Minutemen begin three-week patrol

Sacramento man to oppose Lodi's Nakanishin in 10th Assembly District

Republicans Whine After Attorney General's Office Displays My Art

Legislature: Antifreeze Makers Face Legislation re: ingestion by children, pets

Indian tribes: Santa Barbara: Activists petition against new land acquisition by Chumas tribe + Activists: Keep land from Chumash + Gaming tribes promote health awareness on reservations + Little time is left to receive cash + Groups speaking out on casino expansion + Sycuan Ringside Promotions to Host First Ever Professional Boxing Card + Casino backers: Compacts imminent

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THE
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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Supreme Court: Love affairs at work may = sexual harassment: "Widespread favoritism based upon consensual sexual affair may imbue workplace with atmosphere demeaning to women because message conveyed that managers view women as `sexual playthings'"

Federal Judge trims atheist Newdow's new pledge of allegiance suit. He can sue schools for using it, but not challenge pledge itself, or words "under God"

On Campus (UC and Cal State) Legal Music Services Purchased

Judgment. Farmers Insurance must pay $9.9 million to two it chose not to defend in liability suit

Franklin Mint Case Settlement Over Princess Diana Memorabilia Is Rejected

California makes progress against identity theft

Psychology training helped in suits against clergy, attorney says

Sacramento & north:  Sacramento: Activists end campaign to oust judge who upheld gay-rights law + Chico: Siblings in suspense: Hearing delayed in Palermo killing + Lake Shasta: Woman Won't Be Tried in Fatal Boat Crash + Explosive devices spark two fires in Glenn County + Chico: Doctor doesn't contest drug charge in plea bargain + Chico: Man appears in court over death of long-time friend + Loomis man faces 22 charges of abuse + Placer: Kitten caper couple in court + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: US attorney arrests 40 pilots who may have flown while on disability pay + San Mateo To Install Second Red-Light Camera + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: Civil rights suit underway against park officials in pepper spray incident: Ranger Mayo back on duty + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Six Taser Shots Preceded Santa Rosa Man's Death + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: AmCan Wal-Mart foes may appeal ruling

Heredia is convicted in child's death + Trial begins for suspect in Vallejoan's murder + Teen suspected in store robbery + Vallejo Police Calls + Benicia Police Calls

Monterey: Driver in car robs man in East Salinas

Central Valley: Fresno: One man dead, another awaits court date + New Trial Motion by Wesson's Attorneys + Not Guilty Verdict in Oakhurst Shooting of Husband + Fresno: Mn Sentenced After Hostage Standoff + Dramatic Evidence in Murder Trial of Sanger Man + Stockton: Former Sheriff's deputy in corruption case seeks new trial + Stanislaus San Joaquin Meth Task Force Gets Much-Needed Money + Stockton: Wards charged in new attacks + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: Capitola Offers $2,500 For Return Of Police Dog +  CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: Actor Collin Farrell Files Suit to Block Sex Tape with Ex-girlfriend + Election by district proposed for LA County judges + LA: $70,000 settlement for roofer, shot by deputies' mistaking mop for gun + L.A. County Settles Suit by Legal Newspaper re: DA's execution of overbroad search warrant + LA Sheriff's team goes to London to analyze bombing + Burbank: SoCal police raid street gang accused in deaths of two officers + San Fernando Valley job outlook bright + Woman Whose Body Was Found in La Palma Home Was Slaying Victim + Man Killed in Fire Near Ventura at Property Known for Cleanup Need + Explosive Device Blows Off Hand of Seal Beach Man, 26 + O.C. corruption defendant Jaramillo's sister-in-law now in clear + Huntington Beach Teen Dies, 2 Hurt in Crash + Bakersfield: Toddler Killed After Truck Rolls Over Him + Riverside, San Bernardino: 4 Drownings Prompt Pleas for Water Safety + Laguna Hills: Robber Probably Rode Bicycle Between Heists + Guilty verdicts in S.D. Zucchet, Inzunza suspended from council+ San Diego: Guilty. New acting mayor, councilman heard offering political aid for campaign funds + San Diego: Bail stays at $500,000 for educator charged with molestation + San Diego: Bail reduced in case of gun in courthouse + San Diego: Former school official gets probation in child porn case + La Mesa convenience store robbed + Logan Heights: Man found stabbed in laundry facility + Vista: Trial to spotlight world of homeless, jury told. Transient facing 2 counts of murder + San Onofre: Power plant worker fails Breathalyzer + OC: Alleged child molester arrested in Israel denied bail


School days: LA: School Reform Plans Scaled Back + LA: Mayor focuses on education + Sen. Gloria Romero's bill would allow LA mayor to appoint members of school board + Controversy Surrounds Laney Africa Trip + UC Regents Consider Fee Hike This Week + New superintendent for Travis district + The University of California Selects Mindawn + On Campus (UC and Cal State) Legal Music Services Purchased

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California's long, hot summer raises fears of outages

Hewlett Packard to cut 14,500 jobs, save $1.9 billion

Sacramento & north: First Release of Sacramento High-Rise Condos Snapped Up + Body Of Drowned Teenager Found In Boca Reservoir + Hot Temperatures Take Toll On Some Crops + 3 Dead In Interstate 80 Crash + Property tax revenue big windfall for Yuba + Sac Metro Fire Copter Makes Emergency Landing + Chico: Limits to city's eminent domain powers sought + Yolo County honored for conservation + Lodi mulls recycled water sale to Stockton + San Joaquin County planners to decide application for controversial Islamic school in Lodi + Committee to keep an eye on finances + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: Samtrans Workers Battle Wages, Benefits + Man Flees Traffic Stop, Drowns In Foster City + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: BART Workers To Vote On Labor Deal + Tough Talk Surrounds BART Ratification Vote + Final Vote On Sideshow Law Tonight In Oakland + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF  JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES + Report: Animal health framework inadequate for epidemic
About 200 dairies are wedged between the Southern California towns of Ontario and Chino, each holding an estimated 1,500 cows. If a foreign microbe suddenly invaded, could it be identified and contained before all 300,000 cows were infected? If not, could this urban area handle the rapid slaughter and disposal of so many large animals? Failure to stop the disease could devastate the state's $13.5 billion dairy, beef and pork industries + Judge to enter '06 race for DA Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Ron Del Pozzo ended more than three years of speculation and announced Monday that he will run for district attorney + Rites honor fallen SEAL A team of elite Navy SEALs honored a fallen teammate at a memorial service in Los Altos Monday afternoon. Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Gene Axelson, 29, of Cupertino died in Afghanistan's Kunar province last month in the deadliest operation carried out by a Navy special-operations team since World War II.

Contra Costa: Pittsburg Soldiers Head To Texas, Iraq + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES + Mosquitoes in Brentwood test positive for the West Nile virus  Some Brentwood mosquitoes are the first in the Bay Area to test positive for the West Nile virus -- a sign the disease is closer to humans in the region.

Marin: Busy election season in Marin County this fall + Novato News + West Marin septic systems at stake in debate with state + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES + Gender pay gap widening for county workers, report finds
Male attorneys and physicians who work for Marin County earn an average of almost $4,000 more than women doing the same jobs, a new report indicates. The so-called "wage gap" between men and women at the professional level in the county jumped from an average of $883 in 2003 to $3,903 last year - the largest year-over-year increase since 1998, according to the analysis, prepared by the Marin Women's Commission

Sonoma: Petaluma splits on Boulevard changes + Petaluma: Peninsula Park opens despite vandalism + State budget offers little relief for local schools + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: In county government, sometimes the boss earns less than the highest paid professionals + Landscaper surprised to find a bobcat up a tree in south Napa

Solano: Fairfield: Deadly crash claims 3 + Callahan expects fight on waterfront + Commission examines superstore ordinance + Vegetable Patch owners turn tomatoes into profit + Council mulls support for dog bill + Emergency services gets an overhaul + New superintendent for Travis district

Monterey: Water board split on ballot measure re: public takeover of Cal Am water + Wording of ballot re: Cal Am + Cal Am defends request for 46 percent rate increase + NPS, DLI await vote on bases + Monte Del Lago mobile home park faces new rent-hike threat + 'Lost Boys' tell of epic trek to reach refugee camp + MPUSD to hire auditor to check construction + Cycle race, rodeo will work together + Your Town + Monterey Presidio Still Faces Closure Threat

Central Valley: Fresno: Boy Drowns in Kings River + New Water Rules in Visalia + News from the San Joaquin Valley + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES + Stem cell institute funds being spent imprudently
Just a half-year into its troubled existence, California's stem cell research institute has already spent more than $2 million, none of it on research. Alert members of the institute's 29-member oversight board are starting to ask an important question: Where the heck is this money going?

Central Coast: Activists: Keep land from Chumash + Body on beach ID'd as SBCC French teacher + Former Carpinteria councilman facing four felony charges + Goleta Beach erosion panel fails to agree on fix + Capitola Offers $25K For Return Of Police Dog + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: School Reform Plans Scaled Back + LA: Mayor focuses on education + Sen. Gloria Romero's bill would allow LA mayor to appoint members of school board + LA: DWP seeks redress in scooter deal + LA Officials Reject Plan for High Speed Tracks near Taylor Yards park site + LA: Ludlow Sworn In as Head of Labor Agency + Scott Shafer, cab co. operator, arrested for trading guns for drugs, contributed $25,000 to 26 candidates in LA, Burbank, Glendale + Burbank airport to get digital radio system + Burbank: Shelter Accused of Keeping Too Many Chihuahuas + Santa Monica debates replacing aging mall + Tujunga: Residents don't want castle stormed + San Diego: Spreading residential use of waterfront worries some + San Diego: Little Italy laundry threatened with eminent domain + San Diego: Woman can't get approval to split lot + San Diego: County's pensioners worry over benefit loss + San Diego: Taxpayers group urges City Council to seek receivership in pension quagmire + New Lemon Grove councilman appointed after two-week hunt + Desert Hot Springs: Candidates for council pull papers



Guy Rose, San Gabriel Mission

Merced County fair kicks off

Scotland's links to Native American struggles

Burbank: Shelter Accused of Keeping Too Many Chihuahuas

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Plans for Crockett district delayed
By Tom Lochner, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Formation of a Crockett Community Services District is still on track but no longer on schedule. "It's a little disappointing," said Kent Peterson, manager of the Crockett-Valona Sanitary District, whose functions would be absorbed into the new district if voters approve. "I had hoped for a place on the ballot in November, but it wasn't going to squeeze in."

Bruised in love, McMillan bounces back with new book
By Quynh Tran, STAFF WRITER
Embroiled in a bitter public divorce, author Terry McMillan finds comfort in talking about her new novel "The Interruption of Everything." "I'm learning not to succumb to anger," McMillan said before speaking at the start of her book tour at Laney College. "But I give myself permission to let it rise."

Mosquitoes in Brentwood test positive for the West Nile virus
By Denis Cuff, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Some Brentwood mosquitoes are the first in the Bay Area to test positive for the West Nile virus -- a sign the disease is closer to humans in the region.

Farmers want sales rights to grow
By Peter Felsenfeld, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Stifling county regulations on roadside fruit and vegetable stands have made a reluctant outlaw of Brentwood farmer Meredith Nunn. Simply selling her 20-acre farm's cherries, apricots and peaches isn't profitable enough. To keep The Farmer's Daughter Produce afloat, she offers crops grown on other East Bay farms and coffee to morning commuters.

Jury holds Kish's fate in slaying
By Matt Krupnick, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A botched murder investigation led to Jason Kish being wrongly blamed for his father's shooting death, Kish's attorney told jurors Monday. Defense attorney Douglas Horngrad and prosecutor Mark Eichman presented their closing arguments Monday in Kish's murder trial, and the seven-woman, five-man jury will begin deliberating today in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Playground plan stalls as funds go elsewhere
By Denis Cuff, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Elizabeth Lamach figured the idea was too worthy to fail. The mother of a disabled boy wanted her hometown to create one of the first playgrounds in the nation with equipment that allowed disabled and able-bodied children to have fun together.

E-waste law confuses but pays off
California's pioneering electronic-waste recycling law was as confusing for the big recycling operators as it was for collectors and consumers when it went into force at the beginning of the year. But after struggling with vague regulations and burdensome red tape during the first six months of operation, recyclers say the system is starting to work. The complicated financial scheme that supports the recycling of hazardous computer monitors and television tubes is generating payments -- if the paperwork is in order.

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Governor keeps deals secret
Despite the furor that prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to drop his $5 million magazine deal last week, his aides declined Monday to provide additional details on income he is receiving from 20 other businesses that each paid more than $10,000 last year to his personal holding company.

GOP moderate to take on Doolittle
Auburn Vice Mayor Mike Holmes wants to expand stem cell research. He backs American troops but believes the United States entered Iraq under false pretenses and should leave as soon as possible. He supports abortion rights.

Dan Walters: California again ponders risk of energy crisis as mercury climbs
For several years, energy analysts have been warning that California may be just one hot summer away from another electric power crisis.

Editorial: Foolish savings
Before he signed the budget bill, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger drew his blue pencil through a $3 million appropriation the Legislature had approved to protect the state's most vulnerable workers. The money removed from the budget was intended to fund 30 more people to enforce California's minimum wage and overtime laws.

Slaying snuffs out wedding dream
Damon Lateef Moore's fiancée mailed invitations Friday morning for the couple's Capitol rose garden wedding.

Suit accuses developer of plan to defraud
WESTWOOD - Briar Tazuk, principal investor in a $35 million resort planned near Westwood, is the subject of a lawsuit accusing him of financial mismanagement, intent to defraud, converting company money for personal use, and failing to deal in good faith with his investment partner.

Mother accused of trying to kill her two children
ELK GROVE - A 27-year-old Elk Grove woman has been arrested on suspicion of trying to kill her children.

Med Center strike plan limits care
UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento has begun refusing nearly all patients who arrive by ambulance and will close its emergency room by Wednesday night to prepare for an expected nurses strike on Thursday.

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Report: Animal health framework inadequate for epidemic
About 200 dairies are wedged between the Southern California towns of Ontario and Chino, each holding an estimated 1,500 cows. If a foreign microbe suddenly invaded, could it be identified and contained before all 300,000 cows were infected? If not, could this urban area handle the rapid slaughter and disposal of so many large animals? Failure to stop the disease could devastate the state's $13.5 billion dairy, beef and pork industries.
( By Lisa M. Krieger and David L. Beck, Mercury News, 07/19/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Rites honor fallen SEAL
FELLOW TEAMMATES, FRIENDS REMINISCE
A team of elite Navy SEALs honored a fallen teammate at a memorial service in Los Altos Monday afternoon. Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Gene Axelson, 29, of Cupertino died in Afghanistan's Kunar province last month in the deadliest operation carried out by a Navy special-operations team since World War II.

Project puts youths to work
PROGRAM OFFERS ALTERNATIVES TO CRIME
After one of Nobantu Ankoanda's former students was accidentally shot to death in April, she started asking herself why. So the former Shule Mandela Academy principal began frequenting the East Palo Alto street where Jason Dawson had lived and talking to the young people who convened there.

Money flows in the fight against fat
HEFTY MARKET LURES VENTURE CAPITALISTS
As Americans expand their waistlines, Silicon Valley venture capitalists are seeing opportunities to expand their wallets. The amount of venture money injected into anti-obesity companies has gone up tenfold in the past two years. VC firms all over Silicon Valley have their hand in the mix, funding companies that are feverishly -- and more often than not, secretly -- working on solutions like shrinking the stomach or tricking it into feeling full.
( By Matt Marshall, Mercury News, 07/19/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Guiding minorities into the sciences
ORGANIZATION HELPS MENTOR LATINO, AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENTS
Claudia Flores should have been in her element. She was surrounded by other science graduate students who, like her, appreciated the outdoors and were inquisitive. But she still felt alone.
( By Melissa Navas, Mercury News, 07/19/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Proposal asks commissions to weigh all opinions equally
QUESTIONS RAISED ON COUNCIL'S IMPACT
Menlo Park's city council is expected to consider a proposal tonight that asks commissions and task forces to give equal weight to the opinions of city council members and ordinary citizens.
( By David Herbert, Mercury News, 07/19/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Judge to enter '06 race for DA
VETERAN TO TAKE LEAVE FROM BENCH
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Ron Del Pozzo ended more than three years of speculation and announced Monday that he will run for district attorney.
( By Edwin Garcia, Mercury News, 07/19/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

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MODESTO BEE

Stem cell institute funds being spent imprudently
Just a half-year into its troubled existence, California's stem cell research institute has already spent more than $2 million, none of it on research. Alert members of the institute's 29-member oversight board are starting to ask an important question: Where the heck is this money going?

We commend Turlock, board for study of moving fairgrounds
The city of Turlock and the Stanislaus County Fair Board are studying the feasibility of moving the fairgrounds, a once-rural property now surrounded by homes and businesses.

MJC rebuked on firing range - Published 07/19/05
Several years after Modesto Junior College officials made a controversial decision to close the firing range on the MJC West Campus, a related battle rages on — this one over environmental review.

New owner of Peterson home loses job
The new owner of a Modesto home previously belonging to Scott and Laci Peterson was out of a job Monday, a week after announcing that a 10-inch knife had been found stashed behind the house.

West Nile activity up in valley
With West Nile virus activity on the rise in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, officials are advising people to take precautions.

Fire strikes on Main St. in Turlock
TURLOCK — A faulty electrical cord on a refrigerator sparked a Monday morning fire that roared through a downtown store, destroying $400,000 in fabric and supplies, officials said.

Judge: Too late to get a fine from Sierra Railroad
The Sierra Railroad Co. will not have to pay a $25,000 fine for failing to run its trains on earth-friendly biodiesel fuel, a Tuolumne County judge has ruled.

Teen dies in stolen car crash; older brother held
TURLOCK — A teenager died from injuries he sustained in a crash Saturday afternoon when his older brother tried to flee from police in a stolen car and lost control of the vehicle, officials said Monday.

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

Condos proposed at the Fairmont / Furor over plan for big changes at landmark S.F. hotel
The owners of the Fairmont Hotel, the San Francisco landmark that offers sweeping views of the city from atop Nob Hill and has been embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with union workers, said Monday

Passenger in custody after driver's body is found in Marina Lagoon
By Suzanne Herel, Chronicle Staff Writer
(07-19) 12:10 PDT Foster City (SF Chronicle) -- Foster City police have arrested a passenger in a car whose driver fled a routine traffic stop Monday and was found presumably drowned in the Marina Lag...

BRISBANE / Despite theft of van, teen will soon have her wheelchair back / Concerned citizen leads police to vehicle; 2 arrested
When she returns to her Brisbane home from a weeklong camp in Sacramento, 13-year-old Serena Mazza is almost certain to have her electric wheelchair and leg brace back, and two San Francisco brothers ...

MODESTO / D.A. who led prosecution of Peterson is quitting
James Brazelton, Stanislaus County's colorful district attorney who spearheaded the prosecution of Scott Peterson, is retiring from office at the end of July -- 17 months before his term is up

Contaminated valley drain water a problem yet unsolved. Public comment on controversy closes on Aug. 1
Time is running out on the public's opportunity to express itself about possible solutions to a problem that has vexed environmentalists and San Joaquin Valley farmers for decades -- the disposal of s...

SAN FRANCISCO / Sunset Reservoir ground-breaking
Mayor Gavin Newsom and other officials broke ground Monday on a new phase in the $36 million project to shore up Sunset Reservoir, a 170 million-gallon storage facility that supplies water to 60 perce...

RICHMOND / Lawsuit threat over sewage spills / 2 environmental groups say city's polluting is excessive
Two Bay Area environmental advocacy groups are threatening Richmond with a lawsuit unless the city takes immediate steps to fix its ailing storm water and sewage system. San Francisco Baykeeper and th

ANTIOCH / BART extension plan up for public input
BART is inviting the public to comment tonight and Wednesday night on a proposed extension into eastern Contra Costa. The proposed project would add 23 miles to the system from Pittsburg/Bay Point thr...

SAN FRANCISCO / Mayor wants Macris to be chief planner
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday that he would like to see Dean Macris, the city's acting planning chief, have the job permanently. "We're not going to find anyone better,'' the mayor said...

SAN FRANCISCO / Supes to consider budget today / Funding for HIV, youth programs still being discussed
Last-minute budget negotiations at San Francisco City Hall may mean more money for AIDS and youth programs, a workers compensation clinic at San Francisco General Hospital that was set for closure and...

SAN MATEO COUNTY / Slaying suspect treated as adult / Boy, 14, is thought to be the shooter in attack by gang
A 14-year-old boy arrested in last week's gang-related slaying of a Redwood City man will be charged as an adult, because evidence suggests he was the gunman who fired the deadly shot, officials said ...

Transit officials get $9M in security funds, say more needed
Bay Area transit leaders welcomed approximately $9 million in federal funds approved last week for security measures on the region's rail and bus lines but warned Monday that it still falls drastically short of the amount needed to combat terrorism at home

Geary housing plan is concern to neighbors
A housing development for seniors at the site of an old Geary Boulevard movie theater is raising concerns among some neighbors, who fear the six-story project is a harbinger of bigger, denser developments on the Richmond District's main thoroughfare.

City lobbyists set to make record amounts
Rebounding economy said to be reason San Francisco government lobbyists are raking in more cash than they have in five years and are on pace to set an all-time record, according to new filings with The City's Ethics Commission.

Extra $1 million found for city AIDS projects Mayor, supes make late budget moves . Last-minute negotiations between Mayor Gavin Newsom's office and the Board of Supervisors netted an additional $1 million for AIDS-related projects and hundreds of thousands of dollars more for youth programs, economic development grants and other city projects

Resource center faces long-term budget challenges
SAN MATEO — San Mateo's day-laborer center needs a long-term funding source, officials said Monday, while admitting that workers are increasingly taking to the street to find jobs.

Condo conversion applications pile up at Planning Department
REDWOOD CITY — Flooded with applications to convert rental units into for-sale condominiums, the Planning Department has asked for some political guidance from the city's appointed officials.

Safeway mixed-use study underway
BURLINGAME — How much building density would it take for a mixed-use development at the downtown Safeway site to be commercially successful? And how much density would the Burlingame community be willing to accept?

Masked bandits strike at U.S. Bank
BURLINGAME — Their faces concealed by gray cloth bandana-style masks, two unarmed robbers struck the U.S. Bank branch at Broadway and El Camino Real around 11:30 a.m. Monday, getting away with the contents of two open cashier drawers. 

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

San Rafael puts tax on ballot
The San Rafael City Council voted unanimously last night to put a sales tax on the November ballot. After spending the past several months working to educate the public about the city's long-term financial problems, all five council members said there was no other option and they would campaign to pass the tax. The proposed 10-year, half-cent tax would require a simple majority to pass. It would raise about $4.2 million per year. "We've cut as much as we can cut," Councilman Paul Cohen said.  

Gender pay gap widening for county workers, report finds
Male attorneys and physicians who work for Marin County earn an average of almost $4,000 more than women doing the same jobs, a new report indicates. The so-called "wage gap" between men and women at the professional level in the county jumped from an average of $883 in 2003 to $3,903 last year - the largest year-over-year increase since 1998, according to the analysis, prepared by the Marin Women's Commission

San Rafael to spend more on schools
The San Rafael City Schools Board of Education last night approved a measure authorizing the district to spend an additional $9.4 million on voter-approved construction. The district revised upward its expenditures from $159.6 million to $169 million to cover construction costs at most San Rafael schools, with the exception of Laurel Dell School, which will see $1.9 million sliced from its renovation budget. The district will increase construction funding by $7.

Mill Valley extends moratorium on medical pot clubs
The Mill Valley City Council voted last night to extend the city's temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries until June 2006. Mill Valley officials want time to research, prepare and draft a medical marijuana law for the city. During the next 10 months they will look at laws adopted by other cities and counties around the state to help them craft their own. They will also advise the City Council on the recent U.S.

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

Tasers used 6 times in fatal arrest
A 31-year-old man who died after a lengthy struggle with police was zapped six times with Taser stun guns and briefly knocked unconscious with a neck restraint, Santa Rosa police said Monday.

Critics get in digs on proposed septic system rules
More than 150 people jammed a regional water board hearing room in Santa Rosa on Monday to make friendly, but caustic criticisms of proposed state regulations to toughen septic system standards.

Healdsburg council agrees to post deer-crossing signs
On summer nights, they come down from Fitch Mountain to sip the cool waters of the Russian River or munch roses from Frank and Jody Wilson's garden.

Around the Empire
A Fort Bragg man has been arrested on suspicion of starting six fires between Hopland and the Anderson Valley on Sunday. David Gregory Valley, 45, was booked on suspicion of arson and violating probation.

Mobile home rent control upheld
Cotati's mobile home rent control law is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled, reversing a decision it made last year that sided with two mobile home park owners who sued the city

SR teenage driver released from Juvenile Hall
A Sonoma County judge allowed 17-year-old Kelly O'Connor to leave Juvenile Hall on Monday despite prosecution arguments that she represents a danger to the community following a Nov. 4 car crash that killed two teenagers.

Laguna spraying begins
Herbicide spraying to control a fast-growing water weed began Monday in the Laguna de Santa Rosa, an unprecedented step to combat 10,000 tons of non-native Ludwigia clogging the waterway.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Sierra Club seeks amends
A court decision earlier this year dashed David Luers’ dream of a wine and cheese shop in Davenport. Now he lives in Idaho, and awaits foreclosure on his property, which will be put up for sale in about three weeks.

Fog catcher can solve water problems
The mesh-net devices are about the size of a highway road sign, though in the mountainous regions of Chile and Peru, where fog catchers are more common, they are about twice the size of a gigantic billboard. Now a student at Cal State Monterey Bay is trying to see how much water he can collect from summer fog along the Central Coast. The way senior Gregory Ruiz sees it, there’s simply too much fog in the Monterey Bay to go to waste.

Wal-Mart foes discuss strategy
Though a formal application for the proposed big-box store has yet to be filed with Monterey County officials, more than three dozen people gathered at San Pablo de Colores, a religious retreat center on San Juan Road, to discuss ways to block the proposal.

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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Prosecution calls final witness
HAYWARD — The prosecution wrapped up its case and the defense began to present its case Monday in the trial of three men charged with murdering Newark transgender teen Gwen Araujo almost three years ago.

Sale of St. Rose Hospital approved by Attorney General
The hospital's present owner, Via Christi Health System, a Kansas-based organization founded by an order of nuns, now has the green light to sell the nonprofit Hayward hospital to its locally based board of directors.

Cal cheers suit over Pa. man's 'Berkley'
The real University of California, Berkeley is a world-renowned research institution where tuition will set you back about $7,000 a year and earning a diploma takes years of dedicated study

Shooting victim suspected in homicide
OAKLAND — A man shot last week in San Francisco will be charged today with shooting a 75-year-old West Oakland grocer to death May 26 during a failed robbery, authorities said.

Bystander wounded in gunbattle
OAKLAND — A Monday afternoon gun battle between the occupants of two cars in an East Oakland neighborhood caught a man in the crossfire, leaving him with a minor head wound, police said.  

Dublin to weigh loan program
DUBLIN — A proposed commercial facade improvement program aimed at sprucing up buildings along Village Parkway seems to be generating little interest among property owners

San Ramon woman enters council race
SAN RAMON — City Council incumbents Dave Hudson and Jim Livingstone will have a little competition in their bid for re-election this November.

Woman's cause of death undetermined
LIVERMORE — Its unlikely an immediate cause of death will be determined in the case of Alisha Lynn Moreira, who was found dead in her apartment earlier this summer, the Alameda County Coroners Office said Monday.

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July 18, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Three days of suicide bombs leave 150 dead + Iraq: A nation where suicide bombing is a fact of life + Iraq counts its dead after bombing frenzy + Terrorists Use Corpses as Bait in Baghdad Car-Bomb Attack + Three British soldiers killed on Iraq patrol + Iraqis expect more blood when Saddam takes stand + Iraq-Iran oil pipeline to be operational next year + Iraqi Town Musayyib Left Devastated by Attack Uneasy calm settles between British forces and Basra residents + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Charges Brought Against Hussein + Iraq Slams Shortfall in Foreign Donation Pledges for Reconstruction + Iraqi Interior Minister Says Stopping Recruits Is Key to Halting Insurgency + Iraq goes courting in Iran + World Bank agrees $500m Iraq loan + After Iraq attacks, calls for militias grow + Frustrated Iraqis ready to take law into own hands

War prisons: Detainee must be represented by U.S. military lawyer, ruling says + Pentagon Says Military Trials of Two Guantanamo Bay Terror Suspects Will Be Resumed Shortly

AFGHANISTAN: Karzai Told To Clean Government Of Criminals + Kabul Air Control Center Opens

Afghanistan Justice Project (Soros-backed) report Criticizes U.S. Approach in Afghanistan

MIDDLE EAST: Yemen: President Says He Will Not Seek New Term

Egypt bids to broker new truce between PA and Hamas

Israel, Palestine: Israel Kills Another Hamas Member, Targets Two More + Security forces block rightist march to Gaza + MK calls on defense min. to dismantle religious IDF units + Abbas says truce with armed groups still salvageable

RUSSIA: Kremlin's stronghold, elite unit of Boris Yeltsin's commandos, abolished

EUROPE: UK: Government to give cash to poor teens

Germany Continues Push for UN Seat

ASIA PACIFIC:  Indonesia Vice President Says Aceh Pact Requires New Law to Allow Aceh to Form Own Party

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels warn of imminent war

AMERICAS:  Nicaraguans protest ex-leaders' power play targeting president

Chavez stokes political tensions between Venezuela, Washington + Venezuela: New Television of the South raises concerns about propaganda + Venezuela to seize 'idle' firms

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Pakistani Troops Kill 17 in Border Area (Militants and civilians)

French terror judge calls for global links

Islamic Movement head warned over group's Al-Aqsa remarks

Germany blocks terror extradition + Germany sets free suspected al-Qaeda financier

Why are Iraqi arms scientists still jailed?

What the NYPD is doing to prevent terror attacks + Daily News Exclusive: Hi-tech eyes in NYC tunnels

UK court convicts Afghan warlord

Venona Ten Years Later: Lessons for Today

Romanian spy boss charged with unleashing The Jackal on dissidents

Whose Oil Is It? Property Rights at Issue in China

New ASIO chief 'blew Cairo spy's cover'

How Stalin's favorite hotel hid a ton of explosives

Mohi Sobhani, 70; Held Hostage at U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1980

Spies in the House

Jeffrey Castelli, defendant in Italy's case against CIA rendition

Homeland reform faces review

Georgia releases photo of suspect in Bush grenade incident

Hicks suffers legal setback

MILITARY  16,000 U.S. Troops Invade Paraguay

Iraq: The Battles That Matter the Most

Body Armor and Wartime Research

The Ultimate Gun Truck

Soldiers Charged With Assaulting Suspected Insurgents in Baghdad

Summary: Military Bases Facing Closure


FBI Says It Monitored ACLU, Greenpeace + FBI monitored protests websites

GOOGLE becoming one of the greatest privacy risks on the Internet

Australia: Crackdown on terror books

Protesters picket primate provisions at UC Davis research center

Pilot Sues Federal Agencies After He Is Deemed Security Threat; Man Is British Citizen

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Spain: A Long Road From Fascist Era to Gay Marriage + California matchmaker seeks to pair gays for life

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San Diego's Acting Mayor, Councilman Convicted of Corruption

Head of Justice Dept.'s Enron Task Force Resigning

SEC Charges 3 in Fake Stock-Tip Fax Scheme

An Unrepentant Eric Rudolph Gets Life in Prison for Deadly Bombing at Abortion Clinic

Trial suspended for Getty Museum curator in stolen artifacts case

Florida authorities crack down on sex offenders' reading material

Conservative legal group's clout growing

75 Years of IRS Criminal Investigation History

Polanski seduction debate

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Sources: NASA exploring shuttle options + Pravda: Discovery's PR campaign fails because of tiny fuel sensor

Robot jockeys saddle up

$1 domains for the developing world

ITunes Mints Podcasting Stars

Indian IT gets smarter

Fundamental Limitation To Quantum Computers

Illinois Chemists Spray Their Way To Better Catalysts

Predicting The Lifetime Of Extreme Ultraviolet Optics

NOAA Forecasters Predict Critical Fire Weather Conditions In Southwest U.S.

LONDON BOMBINGS

British Government Draws Criticism for Not Keeping Tabs on Suspect

New terror laws by December + Trio in Pakistan + Three UK bombers visited Pakistan

Adam Gopnik on London after the attacks

Xymphora: Who are the British authorities trying to protect?

Debka: Up to 300 British Muslims of Pakistani origin may have signed up with al Qaeda for suicide missions

Straw rejects war link to bombings + Role in Iraq war 'has made Britain a target for attacks'

Orphans of Islam

Teacher is identified as 'Mr K' who inspired other suicide-bombers

London bombs reverberate in Pakistani madrassahs

Mossad Chief Confirms Netanyahu's Warning of London Bombing

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Fur trader's descendants apologize to British Columbia Indians

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Boomers leave corporate jobs

Meet the Gen-X boss

New Chief Remaking Paramount Pictures

Familiar US Trade Fears Over Asia and Globalization, but Bigger Risks + Will Australia's China-driven mining boom keep on? + AP Centerpiece: China's Automakers Set Sights on Exports, Amid Humble Beginnings + China's five-star clinics offer health for wealth

Early Google Investors Set Sights on Another Dot-Com

Whirlpool Joins Maytag Battle, Bidding $1.35 Billion for Rival

Maidenform to Begin Trading on Wall Street

U.S. company to invest $800 million in Dubai real-estate industry

Venture Capitalists Continue Recent Fund-Raising Flurry

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Council Urges Creation of Centralized Animal Health Agency

75 soldiers, scientists exposed to sarin, VX gas

Guidant Issues Warning for 28,000 Pacemakers

Rising immigrant births in U.S. boost need for delivery-room translators

Doctors seeing increase in food allergies and related disorders

Child's rare disorder renders most foods inedible

More Eye-Opening Data From Genentech (treatment for blindness)

New Compound May Decrease Vision Loss In Diabetes

Internet Program Launched To Prevent Blindness In Diabetic Patients

The Age of Autism: Isabella's story

Avant, Harvard to develop cholera vaccine

Brain Size May Depend Upon How Neural Cells Are Cleaved

Genetically Modified Cells Migrate To Brain And Treat Neurodegeneration In St. Jude Model

Stepping Up Therapy For Stroke And Other CNS Disorders

University Looks To The Past In Fight Against Disease

Preferring A Taste And Recognizing It May Involve Separate Brain Areas, Study Shows

Neural Cell Transplants Fight Immune Attack In Mice With Multiple Sclerosis

Muscle Repair: Making A Good System Better, Faster; Implications For Aging, Disease

Molecular Steps Involved In The Creation Of Gene-silencing MicroRNAs Identified

Researchers Identify Genes Associated With Lung Transplant Rejection

Understanding And Diagnosing An Inherited Pain Syndrome

Two Are Better Than One: Destroying Cancer's Communication Network

Report: Better Oversight Needed for Child Medical Devices

A Troubling Chapter in the Bald Eagle's Success Story

Polluting Now to Save Trees in the Future

Hippo, believed among oldest, turns 54

Elephants losing tusks in unnatural selection

European wildlife fills rural vacuum left by humans

The mystery of Britain's disappearing butterflies

Gorillas in the midst as zoo gets rid of cages

NOAA Takes Steps To Reduce Ship Collisions With Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

Scientists Get A Real 'Rise' Out Of Breakthroughs In How We Understand Changes In Sea Level

THE BUSHWORLD...

US-India meeting sees deals but no UN move + Singh, Bush agree to step up nuclear cooperation

Bush Administration Cautions Turkey Against "hot Pursuit" Across Border With Iraq

Monday: Bush vows to fire anyone convicted of leak

Bush: U.S., India have close relationship

Washington secret talks with Hizbullah via mediator

CNN: Partial British withdrawal from Iraq

Rove's Troubles Expose Strategic Drawbacks of a United Front

Bush Plays Host for Fifth Grand Dinner of His Presidency

Bush banter can seem endearing or ridiculous

Supreme Court: Rehnquist's incentive to stay may be chance to top tenure list + Bush team uses delay as tactic in judge selection

Iran: Asefi: Iran will react quickly to an EU unacceptable nuclear offer

Syria, Lebanon: Syria Accused of Not Stopping Insurgents + Lebanon parliament pardons anti-Syria ex-warlord + UNIFIL launches Lebanon complaint

Domestic: Governors unanimous re: Medicaid: co-payments from poor, disabled, women with children, prevent seniors from giving relatives assets to qualify for Medicaid-funded long-term care. But don't agree re: Medicare prescription plan because requires states to send cash to D.C. to pay for it. + Beltway lobbyist Jim Tozzi (master of Data Quality Act) and bicoastal activist Steph Sherer team up to legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states + First New Cattle Shipment From Canada Rolls Into U.S. + Administration Appeals Ruling That Barred Pursuit of $280 Billion From Cigarette Companies +  U.S. healthcare costs are double Canada's 

Congress: UPDATE 1-US senators drop objections to vote on FDA nominee + Greenspan to Testify Before Congress + Congress' hidden perk: air miles + Obama draws on African roots as he steps onto global stage with Sudan

GOP:  GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo, Colorado says US could "take out" Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalists terrorist attack US with nukes

OPINIONS:

Mike Whitney: Genesis of an American Gestapo

Doug Thompson: Yet Another Lie

Charlie's war, act two

Jim Lobe: Attack! Attack! Attack!

General Judy's in the Brig: Justin Raimondo

Can Congressional Republicans Save Bush?

Novak: House GOP guiding Social Security

PLAME CASE  (LAT) Top Aides Reportedly Set Sights on Wilson + CNN stands behind Novak + Message machine Rove built now comes to his aid + Bush Changes Standard for Firing Leaker: Now Must Have Committed Crime + Cannonfire: Good old Mr. Wilson. The CIA and Rovegate

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

CNN Plans High-Tech News Show

How a Small Publisher Bloomsbury Became Stuff of Legend (took risk on Harry Potter book, now profits)

Keller On Judith Miller's Life Behind Bars: Bad Food But Good Spirits

Why Few Graphic Images from Iraq Make it to U.S. Papers

The Embedded 'New York Times' Reporter Who Brought Us the 'Atomic Age'

Transcript: McClellan Defends President On Failure to Fire Rove

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Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

El Dorado couple hopes to build $16 million castle dedicated to Shakespearean arts and 16th century history

Mission Hills lawn stands out

Gulf of California given spotlight as U.N. World Heritage site

A voice in the city: San Diego City Works Press is for local writers

My Dog Is Tom Cruise

Webcomics Attract Spit, Fans

Fox Buzzes Moviegoers on Cell Phones

Ancient Aryan civilization achieved incredible technological progress 40 centuries ago

Precious scroll found but experts remain cautious

Museum preserves heritage of Gutenberg printing press

Cubans, Americans unite to preserve Hemingway's island home

Joan Acocella on Hilary Mantel

It's back to the drawling Bard for the Globe actors

Picasso's lost women reunited in exhibition

"The Daily Shows"'s Stephen Colbert starts his own fake-news show

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Kevin's ex is feeling Star-crossed

Rush & Molloy: A Love letter to Courtney's judges

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The Governor:   Gov. may make a deal with Australian firm to build $5 billion gas terminal off California Coast  + Governor To Sign Bay Bridge Bill Monday + Workers' comp reforms succeed, but leave some in a world of hurt + Is Gov. retreating from green agenda? + With budget passed, new battle emerges over education + Blame schools, not Schwarzenegger, for budget problems + Quitting 2nd job won't advance Gov.'s ideas + State workers are not 'interests' + Arnold flexes for the voters + Stay smart if you want to go solar + Gov.'s fancy boot collection

3 Small Beetles (Asian Longhorn that destroy forests) in a Shipment From China Trigger a Massive Search in Sacramento

State Sees Conflict in CAFTA Trade Pact - State could be sued by foreign companies for having environmental, health regulations which violating the Act by rendering foreign investments "worthless"

Officials work on tsunami alerts

Tradition, ideals draw young organic growers to California fields

Williamson Act marks 40 years of California farmland protection

Health Net of California Awarded Another Government Contract

Initiatives: Prop 80 will try to roll back the deregulation of energy + California's dueling drug measures draw money, national attention + Drug firms built $52 million war chest for ballot fight+ California needs another Prop. 13 style revolt to protect private property

Stem cell institute: Taxpayers unlikely to get quick stem cell windfall

Indian tribes: Casino plans compete in Cloverdale +  Gaming scandal threatens conservatives + Judge said Interior neglected trust responsibility

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

California's Bogus Parole Debate

To whom does a minor child belong? The family or the state?

When not enforced, CC&Rs useless

Learning the legacy of land trusts

Sacramento & north: Galt: Suspect in critical condition following shooting + Mendocino DA Vroman to run for judge + Granite Bay man charged with murder of longtime friend + Local Law Enforcement Aid Sacramento Sheriff In Air Patrols + Sacramento Clothing Store Robbery + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: BALCO Focuses on Change in Sports World + World Doping Chief Critical Of BALCO Deal + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Ivy League Student Killed Near UC Berkeley + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: East Palo Alto police to arrest sex offenders + Palo Alto: Council to interview board candidates + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Investigation Underway In Santa Rosa Police Custody Death + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Solano: Benicia bars curb drunk driving + Six arrested in dual meth busts last week + 4 arrested for DUI during checkpoint + Benicia Police Calls

Monterey: Man gets 21 years in shooting

Central Valley: Fresno: Message sent to street racers + 100 officers take part in Fresno's gang crackdown + Madera: Man Murdered Trying to Stop Fight + Fresno: Deadly Drag Race Suspects in Court + Fresno: Package Theft Suspect Expected in Court + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Sharpton Urges Calm After Death of Toddler + Kern County: Would-be suicide almost received 3 strike life sentence + Long Beach: Teenager Is Killed in Drive-By Shooting + Granada Hills: Hit-Run Driver Sought in Death of Pedestrian, 85 + Vista: 2 men wounded near a market + Woodland: Police arrest man found skinning pit bull + San Diego: Investigators probe 4 accident deaths + Riverside: Woman gets life for murdering husband + 'Senior Citizen Bandit' Strikes Three Southern California Banks

 

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Exotic parrots moving into San Fernando Valley

Sacramento & north: Auburn: Quarry deal a litmus test for land usage + Plumas: Sebold addresses budget and Prop 63 funds + Massive effort to preserve Delta finds funding, fish populations threatened+ Mendocino: Odd Fellows Hall restoration plan defeated by preservationists + Downer Lake: Search For Drowning Victim Continues + Yuba River hearings seek balance to water, cash flow + Mosque to be built in El Dorado Hills area + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Francisco AIDS Walk Raises $3.6 Million + New Emergency Water Supply for Bay Area + Clean-Up of Moffett Field Superfund Site + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Tri-Valley: Business leaders organize for big picture + Livermore: Mertes, Kamena to battle in mayor's race + Livermore votes to limit condo conversions + Pleasanton set goals for public art + Livermore: Board adopts Haggerty compromise on Altamont bird deaths + Livermore Board asks questions about Pardee development + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF  JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

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Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Hundreds march in farm worker protest against Gallo of Sonoma + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: St. Helena shifting sidewalk liability to landowners + Study finds Napa Valley in top 10 congested tourist areas + Doing the math + Grandpa drowns trying to save toddler + Beth Sholom rabbi to step aside

Solano: Vallejo: Open spots on the school board + Profile Matthew Pope. American Canyon Planning Commission + Vallejo: Motorcyclist, passenger in OK condition after crash + A first for summer Solano County Fair: Ice skating + Vallejoan killed in head-on collision + Irvine grant benefits the county + Kaiser to host open house on new hospital + English's last words + American Crow in Rio Vista Tests Positive for West Nile Virus + Easing poverty in Africa--Suisun City filmmaker says hip hop could create job opportunities + I-80 In Vallejo Closed After Big-Rig

Monterey: Monterey School Trustees: Four incumbents ready to run again + Firefighters get safety vests + Baby times three + It's time to take ballfield back from gophers + Your Town + MPUSD revitalizes Web site + Motorcyclist injured in crash on Highway 101

Central Valley: Stockton Seeking to Capture Battleship Iowa + News from the San Joaquin Valley + Depth of relationships defines success for Atwater finance director+ Scientists, politicians team to criticize dairy cow data+ Lawmakers join interstate dairy fight + Fresno: Heat Suspected in Farmworker Death + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

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Southern California: LA: Mayor steers tough course, heading transportation board (MTA) + Musical chairs of term limits, Southern California style. Moving chairs: Alcaron, Montanez, Padilla + LA: Caltrans wants to restrict use of Haskell Avenue exit + LA: New San Fernando Orange Line Bus Gears Up for Fall Debut + LA: Big Rig Crashes Into Restaurant, 4 Injured + San Bernardino, Riverside: Cool Centers' Take the Simmer Out of Summer + Ontario: Facing Tragedy, Pastors Put Their Faith on Hold + Looking at Bait Company in Newport + San Diego: Mayoral candidates sharpen tone + San Diego: Candidates hoping to build a housing fix + San Diego: Pensioners fear loss of benefits + San Diego: Port District working to fix pension fund deficit + San Diego: Zucchet to be named interim mayor as his trial continues +  Intrigue has early lead in campaign to replace Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham + Citizen border patrols growing + Laguna Beach gets protested for funding day labor center that hires illegals + Three SoCal cities agree to change election procedures

School days: LA: Cheating charters of support makes it difficult to get bond measure passed + A Virtual Way to Learn About the Real World + Hollister superintendent resigns, schools ready for state takeover + California State University System Chooses Cdigix, Digital entertainment and educational services



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El Dorado couple hopes to build $16 million castle dedicated to Shakespearean arts and 16th century history

Mission Hills lawn stands out

Gulf of California named U.N. World Heritage site

San Diego City Works Press is for local writers

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD


CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Wireless comes to Mount Diablo
By Denis Cuff, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Greg Kohl leaned into a steep grassy slope for balance and pulled hard on rusty barbed wire that once defined the landscape as cattle country. The wire resisted his pliers as it had resisted the elements for perhaps a century.

City may acquire mobile home park
By Tom Lochner, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
The San Pablo City Council today will consider acquiring the Circle S Mobile Home Park by eminent domain after negotiations with its owner did not yield an agreement.

Oakland's billboard fight
By Guy Ashley, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Vice Mayor Jane Brunner says she fears a blizzard of billboards is about to descend on some of the city's most highly traveled hubs -- and that Oakland's elected officials will be powerless to stop it.

Library bond may be on ballot
By Theresa Harrington, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Walnut Creek voters could decide the fate of a proposed downtown library if a $21 million bond measure is placed on the November ballot. The cost for the project could reach $50 million, City Manager Mike Parness said Friday. Previous estimates were $40 million, which Parness said remains at the bottom of the range.

County braces for benefits bug
By Peter Felsenfeld, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Contra Costa social service leaders are girding for a major midsummer storm that threatens to jolt thousands of residents and wreak havoc on county government.

Bellies, minds fed
By Jackie Burrell, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Schools feed children during the year who can't afford lunch. But what happens when school is out for the summer? In many East Bay school districts, nothing changes. Every child is invited for lunch.

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Analysis: Deal's disclosure: Did it come too late?
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's long-obscured contract with muscle magazines may tarnish his no-secrets pledge.

Galt renews push for school bond
They were hoping for a crowd. They wound up with many empty chairs

Sac City gives fingerprinting a thumbs-up
What do a teacher, a commercial painter and a foster parent have in common?

R.E. Graswich: His lordship, the next Earl of Essex, hails from shire of Yuba City
Lords have mercy: A retired Yuba City grocer is next in line to become the Earl of Essex and take his seat in the British House of Lords. "I remember hearing something about it years ago, but that's about it," said the heir, Bill Capell. "Then the 10th Earl died in England last month. A reporter from London called and asked a lot of questions." The family dates to William the Conqueror.

Officers probe fatal Lodi crash
LODI - Lodi police are investigating a one-vehicle accident that killed a 48-year-old man Friday morning.

Man found shot to death
NORTH HIGHLANDS - A 24-year-old man was shot and killed outside an Elkhorn Boulevard apartment building late Saturday night.

Whole grain white: A bread apart
A new round of bread wars begins in Sacramento today as two local baking giants take the wraps off new products that they hope will be the biggest thing since, well, sliced bread.

Bob Shallit: Regional equity fund near its debut
An 18-month campaign to establish a low-tech equity fund in the region is nearing successful completion

Tax amnesty payments due
If you are among the nearly 39,000 taxpayers who filed for amnesty earlier this year with the Franchise Tax Board and you still owe them money, you'll soon be getting a notice that you have 15 days to either pay up or devise a payment plan

On the move: Westly names PUC staffer as chief deputy
State Controller Steve Westly has named Ross LaJeunesse as chief of staff and chief deputy controller. LaJeunesse will oversee all the controller's operations statewide

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

City Hall has big impact on downtown S.J.
REVIEW: DELIGHTFUL HIGH-RISE'S DIVERSE SHAPES AND TEXTURES COALESCE INTO STRIKING STRUCTURE
It is startling to see the gleaming dome of San Jose's new City Hall rising above the old Spanish and Victorian buildings on San Fernando Street. It looks like a piece of the city of the future edited into a vintage postcard.

City Hall architect sought metaphor for government transparency
He's built soaring Manhattan condos for movie stars, an ultra-modern church for the Vatican, and a sprawling hilltop home for Los Angeles' Getty art museum.

Despite soaring prices, few seek gas deals
SOME DRIVERS PAY TOP RATE FOR SAKE OF CONVENIENCE
Gas prices are approaching record highs again, which should have motorists ready to revolt and in frantic search of the cheapest price around.

S.J. charter school bid delayed
ADVOCATES SAY THEY NEED MORE TIME TO PLAN BUT WILL AIM FOR '06 CAMPUS CONVERSION
Teachers at Andrew Hill High School hoping to convert the East San Jose campus into a charter school by fall concede time's too short and will instead refocus their efforts on reaching their goal next year.

Robots challenge teens on break
NASA GIVES SUMMER CLASS BIG BOOST
Laura Williams, 16, has an educational background from early childhood that prepared her well for a summertime class in robotics she's taking at Homestead High School.

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MODESTO BEE

Volunteer Justice
On a recent afternoon in Stanislaus County Superior Court, attorney Karen Dixon issued two warrants and ordered changes to five child support agreements.

Meth, ID theft make alarming combination
There's a strong and frightening link between two of the most pervasive crimes in the San Joaquin Valley. Law enforcement officials in Stanislaus County estimate that 90percent or more of identity thefts are committed by methamphetamine users."


Board should study Salida expansion
After simmering in the background for more than a year, the issue of how much Salida should grow moves into the limelight this week

Yosemite judge has best court in America
SACRAMENTO — On summer days when the mosquitoes are not too bloodthirsty, William Wunderlich, an intriguing figure in Brooks Brothers and Dockers, walks to work.

Water bill OKs California studies
WASHINGTON — The House has passed a big water bill that contains plenty of California studies. Not to mention, critics say, a big dollop of pork.

Stanislaus County Safety Center Inmate Dies An inmate in the Stanislaus County Safety Center died Sunday morning. Valerie Weathers, 39, a transient, had been arrested Friday and booked into the jail on Hackett Road on suspicion of possessing heroin and hypodermic needles, sheriff's spokesman Jason Woodman said. Weathers told jail personnel that she suffered from various medical problems but then refused any treatment 

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

Weak PSL sales mean trouble for the Raiders
The upcoming Raiders football season could prove to be a pivotal one for the team, the fans and, perhaps most of all, Oakland and Alameda County taxpayers. No, the team isn't moving, but when the 2005
RICHMOND / Diesel fallout cited as hazard along busy route / Residents near parkway face health dangers, report says
Big rigs that rumble through North Richmond neighborhoods, freight trains that idle for hours on train tracks and in rail yards, and cargo ships delivering thousands of foreign cars to Richmond's port...
Parks official calls for boost in rangers
The president of the Recreation and Park Commission on Friday called for a revival of The City's moribund park ranger program, which in two decades has dwindled from dozens of rangers to just four part-time employees.

Bioterror isolation units planned for city hospital
State-of-the-art isolation units to treat victims of bioterror attacks and serious cases of tuberculosis would be set up at San Francisco General Hospital under a plan being reviewed by city officials

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Races on for 130 municipal seats in November election
There will be 130 local governmental seats up for grabs during the Nov. 8 election - including 21 seats on numerous Marin municipal councils. In addition to the council races, there will be an abundance of seats available on district school boards, community service districts, fire protection districts, public utility districts, sanitary districts and water districts. Declarations of candidacy may be filed with the Registrar of Voters beginning today. The deadline for filing is Aug

Marin's own coffee
Two of the biggest names in the Bay Area coffee business plan to put their stamp on the coffee industry in Marin, joining forces with a Novato cafe owner to roll out a series of stores under the name Bonavita Coffee & Tea. The trio are in the midst of converting the two Novato cafes owned by Tim Mock to the Bonavita brand, with plans to have five Bonavita shops open within 18 months. Bonavita operates a cafe at 2 Miller Ave.  

Police seek suspect in bank robbery
Authorities are seeking a man whom they suspect robbed the Bank of America in downtown San Rafael Saturday morning. Just after the bank opened for business around 9 a.m., police said a man entered the bank at 1000 Fourth Street, approached a teller and demanded money. No weapon was seen or displayed, according to a spokeswoman for the San Rafael Police Department. Police would not specify how much money was taken.

Inside Marin's pot club
THE Rev. Lynnette Shaw, Marin's mother superior of medical marijuana, has been doing a lot of praying lately.
Since last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding federal authority over marijuana, she's been on edge, uncertain if U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents will feel inclined to crack down on her little operation in Fairfax, Marin's one and only pot club.
It's been more than two years since anyone involved with the club has been busted for pot, so trouble now seems unlikely. But you never know.

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

Deal to save Sonoma open space
A grass- and oak-covered hillside that forms the scenic backdrop for the city of Sonoma would be preserved as open space under an agreement to purchase the historic Montini dairy, once part of Gen. Mariano Vallejo's original ranch.

Widow questions police actions
The widow of a 31-year-old Santa Rosa man who died after a weekend struggle with police involving stun guns and other restraints disputed police accounts of the confrontation and said her husband - fearful of a possible intruder - placed the 911 call

Hearing tonight on septic rules
Proposed state regulations that could affect virtually every Sonoma County family on a septic system will be aired for the first time at a hearing tonight.

Readers divided on keeping teen jailed until trial
Community opinion appears divided on whether a Santa Rosa teenager who crashed her car and killed two teen-age passengers should stay in jail until her trial.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

County’s tsunami-alert system is a work in progress
The man in charge of emergency services for Santa Cruz County says progress has been made since last month’s imperfect tsunami alert process

Watsonville officials inspired by Puerto Rico visit
"To see hundreds and hundreds of other officials ... (to see) what’s going on in their cities and their challenges ... (you realize) you’re not alone in fighting these battles, these challenges to get our communities to move up in education, income and improving the quality of life," said Mayor Ana Ventura Phares. "(You realize) you need to keep working at it."
Some, including Councilwoman Judy Doering-Nielsen, criticized the trip as a waste of taxpayer money

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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Era comes to end for nuns of All Saints convent
Maldonado's eyes filled with tears as she watched nearly three dozen nuns walk into All Saints Catholic Church Saturday evening and — more than an hour later — walk out

Elder financial abuse bill clears hurdle
SACRAMENTO — A bill seeking to make employees of banks and other financial institutions more legally responsible for reporting suspected financial scams against the elderly cleared a key hurdle Wednesday.

North Oakland, Piedmont area scorns City's redevelopment plan
COUNCILMEMBER Jane Brunner got an earful from an influential neighborhood group last week when she tried to persuade them North Oakland would benefit if a proposed redevelopment plan for the area is adopted by the city.
The renewal idea afoot would expand the existing Auto Row on Broadway between 27th Street and 42nd Street in a gerrymandered configuration to take in a chunk of North Oakland residential areas and a strip of San Pablo Avenue. It would include the MacArthur BART station, where a garage might be built as one project.

Logan High ready to offer Punjabi in fall
UNION CITY — James Logan High School, where more than 4,000 students come from 73 countries and speak more than 60 languages, will become even more diverse this fall when it begins offering

Alameda County Medical Center still seeking new CEO
The top pick selected to run Alameda County's public hospital system has turned down the job, meaning the system's governing board will likely extend a contract with key consultants while pursuing a second candidate

Fremont priest elevated
Fremont priest Stephen Lopez to become Levada's personal assistant at the Vatican.. In his new role, Lopes' responsibilities will include researching cases for Levada, including church trials for priests accused of being pedophiles.

Livermore: Condos lead to rental crunch
LIVERMORE — With a booming Bay Area housing market, some here are worried that the supply of rental units could become scarce as apartment complexes convert to condominiums.

Plan would give state authority over biotech crops, animals
Florez, D-Shafter, said it should be the states job to regulate crops by passing laws that affect everyone in California. The state will end up with a patchwork of standards if all 58 counties adopt different rules, he said.

Fremont woman hit by car dies
At age 85, Nita Pessagno was a popular fixture in her Fremont neighborhood, where she would rise early, toss her neighbors' newspapers onto their porches, grab a broom and sweep leaves from city streets. 

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July 16, 2005

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. may make a deal with Australian firm to build $5 billion gas terminal off California Coast  + Governor To Sign Bay Bridge Bill Monday + Workers' comp reforms succeed, but leave some in a world of hurt + Is Gov. retreating from green agenda? + With budget passed, new battle emerges over education + Blame schools, not Schwarzenegger, for budget problems + Quitting 2nd job won't advance Gov.'s ideas + State workers are not 'interests' + Arnold flexes for the voters + Stay smart if you want to go solar + Gov.'s fancy boot collection

3 Small Beetles (Asian Longhorn that destroy forests) in a Shipment From China Trigger a Massive Search in Sacramento

State Sees Conflict in CAFTA Trade Pact - State could be sued by foreign companies for having environmental, health regulations which violating the Act by rendering foreign investments "worthless"

Officials work on tsunami alerts

Tradition, ideals draw young organic growers to California fields

Williamson Act marks 40 years of California farmland protection

Health Net of California Awarded Another Government Contract

Initiatives: Prop 80 will try to roll back the deregulation of energy + California's dueling drug measures draw money, national attention + Drug firms built $52 million war chest for ballot fight+ California needs another Prop. 13 style revolt to protect private property

Stem cell institute: Taxpayers unlikely to get quick stem cell windfall

Indian tribes: Casino plans compete in Cloverdale +  Gaming scandal threatens conservatives + Judge said Interior neglected trust responsibility

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

California's Bogus Parole Debate

To whom does a minor child belong? The family or the state?

When not enforced, CC&Rs useless

Learning the legacy of land trusts

Sacramento & north: Galt: Suspect in critical condition following shooting + Mendocino DA Vroman to run for judge + Granite Bay man charged with murder of longtime friend + Local Law Enforcement Aid Sacramento Sheriff In Air Patrols + Sacramento Clothing Store Robbery + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: BALCO Focuses on Change in Sports World + World Doping Chief Critical Of BALCO Deal + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Ivy League Student Killed Near UC Berkeley + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: East Palo Alto police to arrest sex offenders + Palo Alto: Council to interview board candidates + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Investigation Underway In Santa Rosa Police Custody Death + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Solano: Benicia bars curb drunk driving + Six arrested in dual meth busts last week + 4 arrested for DUI during checkpoint + Benicia Police Calls

Monterey: Man gets 21 years in shooting

Central Valley: Fresno: Message sent to street racers + 100 officers take part in Fresno's gang crackdown + Madera: Man Murdered Trying to Stop Fight + Fresno: Deadly Drag Race Suspects in Court + Fresno: Package Theft Suspect Expected in Court + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Sharpton Urges Calm After Death of Toddler + Kern County: Would-be suicide almost received 3 strike life sentence + Long Beach: Teenager Is Killed in Drive-By Shooting + Granada Hills: Hit-Run Driver Sought in Death of Pedestrian, 85 + Vista: 2 men wounded near a market + Woodland: Police arrest man found skinning pit bull + San Diego: Investigators probe 4 accident deaths + Riverside: Woman gets life for murdering husband + 'Senior Citizen Bandit' Strikes Three Southern California Banks

 

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS: ( NMN is running excerpts of articles in various newspapers which require registration or block, alter urls Click for index.)

Exotic parrots moving into San Fernando Valley

Sacramento & north: Auburn: Quarry deal a litmus test for land usage + Plumas: Sebold addresses budget and Prop 63 funds + Massive effort to preserve Delta finds funding, fish populations threatened+ Mendocino: Odd Fellows Hall restoration plan defeated by preservationists + Downer Lake: Search For Drowning Victim Continues + Yuba River hearings seek balance to water, cash flow + Mosque to be built in El Dorado Hills area + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Francisco AIDS Walk Raises $3.6 Million + New Emergency Water Supply for Bay Area + Clean-Up of Moffett Field Superfund Site + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Tri-Valley: Business leaders organize for big picture + Livermore: Mertes, Kamena to battle in mayor's race + Livermore votes to limit condo conversions + Pleasanton set goals for public art + Livermore: Board adopts Haggerty compromise on Altamont bird deaths + Livermore Board asks questions about Pardee development + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF  JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Hundreds march in farm worker protest against Gallo of Sonoma + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: St. Helena shifting sidewalk liability to landowners + Study finds Napa Valley in top 10 congested tourist areas + Doing the math + Grandpa drowns trying to save toddler + Beth Sholom rabbi to step aside

Solano: Vallejo: Open spots on the school board + Profile Matthew Pope. American Canyon Planning Commission + Vallejo: Motorcyclist, passenger in OK condition after crash + A first for summer Solano County Fair: Ice skating + Vallejoan killed in head-on collision + Irvine grant benefits the county + Kaiser to host open house on new hospital + English's last words + American Crow in Rio Vista Tests Positive for West Nile Virus + Easing poverty in Africa--Suisun City filmmaker says hip hop could create job opportunities + I-80 In Vallejo Closed After Big-Rig

Monterey: Monterey School Trustees: Four incumbents ready to run again + Firefighters get safety vests + Baby times three + It's time to take ballfield back from gophers + Your Town + MPUSD revitalizes Web site + Motorcyclist injured in crash on Highway 101

Central Valley: Stockton Seeking to Capture Battleship Iowa + News from the San Joaquin Valley + Depth of relationships defines success for Atwater finance director+ Scientists, politicians team to criticize dairy cow data+ Lawmakers join interstate dairy fight + Fresno: Heat Suspected in Farmworker Death + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Mayor steers tough course, heading transportation board (MTA) + Musical chairs of term limits, Southern California style. Moving chairs: Alcaron, Montanez, Padilla + LA: Caltrans wants to restrict use of Haskell Avenue exit + LA: New San Fernando Orange Line Bus Gears Up for Fall Debut + LA: Big Rig Crashes Into Restaurant, 4 Injured + San Bernardino, Riverside: Cool Centers' Take the Simmer Out of Summer + Ontario: Facing Tragedy, Pastors Put Their Faith on Hold + Looking at Bait Company in Newport + San Diego: Mayoral candidates sharpen tone + San Diego: Candidates hoping to build a housing fix + San Diego: Pensioners fear loss of benefits + San Diego: Port District working to fix pension fund deficit + San Diego: Zucchet to be named interim mayor as his trial continues +  Intrigue has early lead in campaign to replace Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham + Citizen border patrols growing + Laguna Beach gets protested for funding day labor center that hires illegals + Three SoCal cities agree to change election procedures

School days: LA: Cheating charters of support makes it difficult to get bond measure passed + A Virtual Way to Learn About the Real World + Hollister superintendent resigns, schools ready for state takeover + California State University System Chooses Cdigix, Digital entertainment and educational services



Montsegur

El Dorado couple hopes to build $16 million castle dedicated to Shakespearean arts and 16th century history

Mission Hills lawn stands out

Gulf of California named U.N. World Heritage site

San Diego City Works Press is for local writers

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES

SACRAMENTO BEE

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

MODESTO BEE

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD


CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Wireless comes to Mount Diablo
By Denis Cuff, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Greg Kohl leaned into a steep grassy slope for balance and pulled hard on rusty barbed wire that once defined the landscape as cattle country. The wire resisted his pliers as it had resisted the elements for perhaps a century.

City may acquire mobile home park
By Tom Lochner, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
The San Pablo City Council today will consider acquiring the Circle S Mobile Home Park by eminent domain after negotiations with its owner did not yield an agreement.

Oakland's billboard fight
By Guy Ashley, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Vice Mayor Jane Brunner says she fears a blizzard of billboards is about to descend on some of the city's most highly traveled hubs -- and that Oakland's elected officials will be powerless to stop it.

Library bond may be on ballot
By Theresa Harrington, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Walnut Creek voters could decide the fate of a proposed downtown library if a $21 million bond measure is placed on the November ballot. The cost for the project could reach $50 million, City Manager Mike Parness said Friday. Previous estimates were $40 million, which Parness said remains at the bottom of the range.

County braces for benefits bug
By Peter Felsenfeld, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Contra Costa social service leaders are girding for a major midsummer storm that threatens to jolt thousands of residents and wreak havoc on county government.

Bellies, minds fed
By Jackie Burrell, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Schools feed children during the year who can't afford lunch. But what happens when school is out for the summer? In many East Bay school districts, nothing changes. Every child is invited for lunch.

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Analysis: Deal's disclosure: Did it come too late?
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's long-obscured contract with muscle magazines may tarnish his no-secrets pledge.

Galt renews push for school bond
They were hoping for a crowd. They wound up with many empty chairs

Sac City gives fingerprinting a thumbs-up
What do a teacher, a commercial painter and a foster parent have in common?

R.E. Graswich: His lordship, the next Earl of Essex, hails from shire of Yuba City
Lords have mercy: A retired Yuba City grocer is next in line to become the Earl of Essex and take his seat in the British House of Lords. "I remember hearing something about it years ago, but that's about it," said the heir, Bill Capell. "Then the 10th Earl died in England last month. A reporter from London called and asked a lot of questions." The family dates to William the Conqueror.

Officers probe fatal Lodi crash
LODI - Lodi police are investigating a one-vehicle accident that killed a 48-year-old man Friday morning.

Man found shot to death
NORTH HIGHLANDS - A 24-year-old man was shot and killed outside an Elkhorn Boulevard apartment building late Saturday night.

Whole grain white: A bread apart
A new round of bread wars begins in Sacramento today as two local baking giants take the wraps off new products that they hope will be the biggest thing since, well, sliced bread.

Bob Shallit: Regional equity fund near its debut
An 18-month campaign to establish a low-tech equity fund in the region is nearing successful completion

Tax amnesty payments due
If you are among the nearly 39,000 taxpayers who filed for amnesty earlier this year with the Franchise Tax Board and you still owe them money, you'll soon be getting a notice that you have 15 days to either pay up or devise a payment plan

On the move: Westly names PUC staffer as chief deputy
State Controller Steve Westly has named Ross LaJeunesse as chief of staff and chief deputy controller. LaJeunesse will oversee all the controller's operations statewide

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

City Hall has big impact on downtown S.J.
REVIEW: DELIGHTFUL HIGH-RISE'S DIVERSE SHAPES AND TEXTURES COALESCE INTO STRIKING STRUCTURE
It is startling to see the gleaming dome of San Jose's new City Hall rising above the old Spanish and Victorian buildings on San Fernando Street. It looks like a piece of the city of the future edited into a vintage postcard.

City Hall architect sought metaphor for government transparency
He's built soaring Manhattan condos for movie stars, an ultra-modern church for the Vatican, and a sprawling hilltop home for Los Angeles' Getty art museum.

Despite soaring prices, few seek gas deals
SOME DRIVERS PAY TOP RATE FOR SAKE OF CONVENIENCE
Gas prices are approaching record highs again, which should have motorists ready to revolt and in frantic search of the cheapest price around.

S.J. charter school bid delayed
ADVOCATES SAY THEY NEED MORE TIME TO PLAN BUT WILL AIM FOR '06 CAMPUS CONVERSION
Teachers at Andrew Hill High School hoping to convert the East San Jose campus into a charter school by fall concede time's too short and will instead refocus their efforts on reaching their goal next year.

Robots challenge teens on break
NASA GIVES SUMMER CLASS BIG BOOST
Laura Williams, 16, has an educational background from early childhood that prepared her well for a summertime class in robotics she's taking at Homestead High School.

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MODESTO BEE

Volunteer Justice
On a recent afternoon in Stanislaus County Superior Court, attorney Karen Dixon issued two warrants and ordered changes to five child support agreements.

Meth, ID theft make alarming combination
There's a strong and frightening link between two of the most pervasive crimes in the San Joaquin Valley. Law enforcement officials in Stanislaus County estimate that 90percent or more of identity thefts are committed by methamphetamine users."


Board should study Salida expansion
After simmering in the background for more than a year, the issue of how much Salida should grow moves into the limelight this week

Yosemite judge has best court in America
SACRAMENTO — On summer days when the mosquitoes are not too bloodthirsty, William Wunderlich, an intriguing figure in Brooks Brothers and Dockers, walks to work.

Water bill OKs California studies
WASHINGTON — The House has passed a big water bill that contains plenty of California studies. Not to mention, critics say, a big dollop of pork.

Stanislaus County Safety Center Inmate Dies An inmate in the Stanislaus County Safety Center died Sunday morning. Valerie Weathers, 39, a transient, had been arrested Friday and booked into the jail on Hackett Road on suspicion of possessing heroin and hypodermic needles, sheriff's spokesman Jason Woodman said. Weathers told jail personnel that she suffered from various medical problems but then refused any treatment 

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

Weak PSL sales mean trouble for the Raiders
The upcoming Raiders football season could prove to be a pivotal one for the team, the fans and, perhaps most of all, Oakland and Alameda County taxpayers. No, the team isn't moving, but when the 2005
RICHMOND / Diesel fallout cited as hazard along busy route / Residents near parkway face health dangers, report says
Big rigs that rumble through North Richmond neighborhoods, freight trains that idle for hours on train tracks and in rail yards, and cargo ships delivering thousands of foreign cars to Richmond's port...
Parks official calls for boost in rangers
The president of the Recreation and Park Commission on Friday called for a revival of The City's moribund park ranger program, which in two decades has dwindled from dozens of rangers to just four part-time employees.

Bioterror isolation units planned for city hospital
State-of-the-art isolation units to treat victims of bioterror attacks and serious cases of tuberculosis would be set up at San Francisco General Hospital under a plan being reviewed by city officials

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Races on for 130 municipal seats in November election
There will be 130 local governmental seats up for grabs during the Nov. 8 election - including 21 seats on numerous Marin municipal councils. In addition to the council races, there will be an abundance of seats available on district school boards, community service districts, fire protection districts, public utility districts, sanitary districts and water districts. Declarations of candidacy may be filed with the Registrar of Voters beginning today. The deadline for filing is Aug

Marin's own coffee
Two of the biggest names in the Bay Area coffee business plan to put their stamp on the coffee industry in Marin, joining forces with a Novato cafe owner to roll out a series of stores under the name Bonavita Coffee & Tea. The trio are in the midst of converting the two Novato cafes owned by Tim Mock to the Bonavita brand, with plans to have five Bonavita shops open within 18 months. Bonavita operates a cafe at 2 Miller Ave.  

Police seek suspect in bank robbery
Authorities are seeking a man whom they suspect robbed the Bank of America in downtown San Rafael Saturday morning. Just after the bank opened for business around 9 a.m., police said a man entered the bank at 1000 Fourth Street, approached a teller and demanded money. No weapon was seen or displayed, according to a spokeswoman for the San Rafael Police Department. Police would not specify how much money was taken.

Inside Marin's pot club
THE Rev. Lynnette Shaw, Marin's mother superior of medical marijuana, has been doing a lot of praying lately.
Since last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding federal authority over marijuana, she's been on edge, uncertain if U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents will feel inclined to crack down on her little operation in Fairfax, Marin's one and only pot club.
It's been more than two years since anyone involved with the club has been busted for pot, so trouble now seems unlikely. But you never know.

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

Deal to save Sonoma open space
A grass- and oak-covered hillside that forms the scenic backdrop for the city of Sonoma would be preserved as open space under an agreement to purchase the historic Montini dairy, once part of Gen. Mariano Vallejo's original ranch.

Widow questions police actions
The widow of a 31-year-old Santa Rosa man who died after a weekend struggle with police involving stun guns and other restraints disputed police accounts of the confrontation and said her husband - fearful of a possible intruder - placed the 911 call

Hearing tonight on septic rules
Proposed state regulations that could affect virtually every Sonoma County family on a septic system will be aired for the first time at a hearing tonight.

Readers divided on keeping teen jailed until trial
Community opinion appears divided on whether a Santa Rosa teenager who crashed her car and killed two teen-age passengers should stay in jail until her trial.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

County’s tsunami-alert system is a work in progress
The man in charge of emergency services for Santa Cruz County says progress has been made since last month’s imperfect tsunami alert process

Watsonville officials inspired by Puerto Rico visit
"To see hundreds and hundreds of other officials ... (to see) what’s going on in their cities and their challenges ... (you realize) you’re not alone in fighting these battles, these challenges to get our communities to move up in education, income and improving the quality of life," said Mayor Ana Ventura Phares. "(You realize) you need to keep working at it."
Some, including Councilwoman Judy Doering-Nielsen, criticized the trip as a waste of taxpayer money

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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Era comes to end for nuns of All Saints convent
Maldonado's eyes filled with tears as she watched nearly three dozen nuns walk into All Saints Catholic Church Saturday evening and — more than an hour later — walk out

Elder financial abuse bill clears hurdle
SACRAMENTO — A bill seeking to make employees of banks and other financial institutions more legally responsible for reporting suspected financial scams against the elderly cleared a key hurdle Wednesday.

North Oakland, Piedmont area scorns City's redevelopment plan
COUNCILMEMBER Jane Brunner got an earful from an influential neighborhood group last week when she tried to persuade them North Oakland would benefit if a proposed redevelopment plan for the area is adopted by the city.
The renewal idea afoot would expand the existing Auto Row on Broadway between 27th Street and 42nd Street in a gerrymandered configuration to take in a chunk of North Oakland residential areas and a strip of San Pablo Avenue. It would include the MacArthur BART station, where a garage might be built as one project.

Logan High ready to offer Punjabi in fall
UNION CITY — James Logan High School, where more than 4,000 students come from 73 countries and speak more than 60 languages, will become even more diverse this fall when it begins offering

Alameda County Medical Center still seeking new CEO
The top pick selected to run Alameda County's public hospital system has turned down the job, meaning the system's governing board will likely extend a contract with key consultants while pursuing a second candidate

Fremont priest elevated
Fremont priest Stephen Lopez to become Levada's personal assistant at the Vatican.. In his new role, Lopes' responsibilities will include researching cases for Levada, including church trials for priests accused of being pedophiles.

Livermore: Condos lead to rental crunch
LIVERMORE — With a booming Bay Area housing market, some here are worried that the supply of rental units could become scarce as apartment complexes convert to condominiums.

Plan would give state authority over biotech crops, animals
Florez, D-Shafter, said it should be the states job to regulate crops by passing laws that affect everyone in California. The state will end up with a patchwork of standards if all 58 counties adopt different rules, he said.

Fremont woman hit by car dies
At age 85, Nita Pessagno was a popular fixture in her Fremont neighborhood, where she would rise early, toss her neighbors' newspapers onto their porches, grab a broom and sweep leaves from city streets. 

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July 15, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Minister: Al-Zarqawi Fled Baghdad Recently + Suicide Bomb Spree Kills Over 20 Across Baghdad + Car Bombs and Explosions Kill 29 in Iraq + IRAQ WRAPUP 2-Nine suicide bombs in Iraqi capital, 20 dead + Suicide bombs rock Baghdad + Car Bombs and Explosions Kill 30 in Iraq (AP) + Insurgency 'Rising from the Rubble' in Falluja, 'NY Times' Says + Iraq Qaeda denies Egypt envoy kidnapper arrested-Web + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iran, Iraq prepare to take great leaps

War prisons: Court Ruling Clears Way for Pentagon to Resume Military Trials of Terror Suspects

AFGHANISTAN: Danger stalks women running for office in Afghanistan + US-led forces kill 24 militants on Pakistan border

MIDDLE EAST: Saudi opposition figure dismisses U.S. terror claims

Israel, Palestine: Two killed in Gaza Strip clashes between PA troops and Hamas + Israel hits Hamas, killing 7 militants + Sharon orders 'unlimited' response to terrorism + Mofaz orders IDF to ready for large Gaza offensive + Analysis: The end of the period of calm is fast approaching + Two killed in Gaza Strip clashes between PA troops and Hamas + (AJ) Israel resumes 'targeted' killings

RUSSIA: (Pravda) Russian oil tycoon involves USA in serious international scandal

EUROPE: Row over Sudeten Germans offer

Bears at the dustbins, wolves in main street as Europe goes wild

Blair accused of hypocrisy over call to cut EU research budget

AFRICA: Killings in Uganda cattle battles

Ivorian deadline threatens peace

ASIA PACIFIC: Aceh talks deadlock on elections

Arroyo hanged by history

The wrong cure for Japan's moral malaise

Tug-of-war over the Taj Mahal

AMERICAS: Rebels Should Have Had Role in Struggle Against Armed Gangs, Haiti's Interim Leader Says

Mexican Official: No Proof Federal Agents Involved in Death of Ex-President's Brother + U.S. Governors Pledge to Help Mexican Counterparts Fight Wave of Violence

LONDON BOMBINGS
(Scotsman) Bomber was given House of Commons tour by a Labour MP
London Times:
London terror suspect held in Pakistan + Egyptian chemist held + Cleric who defended suicide bombers allowed into Britain + Explosives match al-Qaeda blueprint + Killers may have been recruited at youth centre + Multiculturalism has fanned the flames of Islamic extremism
Independent:
Bomber's family: why we fear the racial backlash + Muslim fears of revenge attacks grow + Egyptian police hold scientist who lived in Leeds + Inside the Pakistani school accused of teaching terrorism
Guardian:
Chemistry student held in Cairo + Newsblog: Elnashar on the web + Police: fourth bomber is Jamaican + Loving father, Piccadilly line bomber + 'Father figure' inspired bombers + Analysis: Vikram Dodd + Talking with the jihadists
Other news coverage:
(BBC) Hunted chemistry expert arrested + AP) Egyptian Biochemist Jailed in London Bombings; Police Raid Bookstore + (SMH) Cairo police catch London bomb maker + (World Socialists) The London bombings: Why did it happen here? + (Whig-Standard) London bombings are directly linked to invasion of Iraq + (Washington Times) Al-Qaeda's information war + (Financial Times) Short says she has no doubt of Iraq war link + (Australian) The Enemy Within
Alternative views: Xymphora: Yet more on the London bombs + Did reporters leak to Rove?

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Push to create college for national security BRAC. Proposal asks Pentagon to merge Naval Post Graduate School and Defense Language Institute

Bin Laden's driver to face trial

Man Wrongly Held in Spain Bombings Demands Return or Destruction of Seized Files

Hitchens reviews Woodward's new book on Deep Throat

Hentoff: Italy Asks, Who Sent the CIA Thugs?

New book re: suicide bombers: God's madmen

Brazilian intelligence chief resigns after testimony made public + Spy Chief Resigns Over Remark on Lawmakers

Chinese General Threatens Use of A-Bombs if U.S. Intrudes

Concern for Rwanda ex-spy chief

Zimbabwe says church group was on spy mission – paper

Defection Spotlights Chinese Way of Spying

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Two Ex-New York Ad Agency Executives Sentenced for Defrauding Government

Court Allows Teen to Sue Lead Paint Pigment Makers for His Injuries

Florida Authorities Arrest 10 in Massive Internet Drug Sweep

Talent for lying was ticket to freedom for Idaho murder suspect

He's outta there! Real estate heir Durst gets sprung from jail

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Space race is on again as Russia puts £6.1bn into reaching Mars

UN outlines future of US-less internet - 4 plans

NASA Delays Discovery Launch Indefinitely + NASA Veteran Weighs In on Launch

Russia to Develop Soyuz Replacement

Big thinkers show the way forward

Electronic Paper Debuts in Tokyo

Tokyo Quake Fault Line Is Re-Evaluated

Three Satellites Needed To Bring Out 'Shy Star'

NOAA Scientists Work To Improve Severe Weather Forecasts

NOAA Research Yields New Tools For Lightning Prediction

Device Creates Electricity And Treats Wastewater

PLAME CASE  (AP) Rove E-Mailed Security Official About Talk

(NY Daily News) Fleischer, Libby, others under probe

'NY Times' Scoop: Rove Talked to Novak About Plame

(Herald Tribune) Bush adviser's talk with columnist described

AP Makes Key Addition to Rove Story on Wilson 'Clandestine' Quote

John Dean: It appears that Rove is in serious trouble

Molly Ivins: Plame case spin

(Capitol Hill Blue) Rove Claims Novak Leaked Plame's Name to Him

Senate rejects bid to restrict Rove access

Cannonfire: Turdblossom triumphant

Greg Mitchell: Plame Gets the "Gate" (label)

(Independent) Grand jury told how Rove indirectly confirmed the identity of CIA agent

MILITARY Investigators: A closer look at "Operation Hero Miles" (reunited wounded soldiers and families)

World War II Vet Gets Back Rare Japanese Rifle He Sold for $75


U.S. government sued over sea lion research

Who's Afraid of J.K. Rowling?

CONNECT THE DOTS....

This great undersea principality of whales will make your heart soar

Mack White: The Forgotten World

When it comes to sex, men are eternal optimists

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Unocal May Seek Battle of Bidders

Former Revolution exec joining Paramount

Peso Nears Two-Year High Against Dollar

Amazon.com Faces Growing Pains

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Indonesia suspects bird flu deaths

New scare as chicken disease prompts EU ban on exports

CHIRON/FDA FLU ISSUE: Chiron Cuts European Vaccine Supplies After Finding Sterility Problems at German Plant


Caution urged in human-ape brain stem test

Memory Loss Reversed in Lab Test on Mice

Cancer vaccine for girls before sex life starts

Forever Young: The scientific frontier

Leg pain may signal heart problems

Scientists predict a pill for every ill

New model on synapse offered

Cell Mutations That Lead To Apoptosis May Contribute To Aging In Mammals

Tulane Pioneers Novel Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Poor Sleep Not A Normal Part Of Aging

Asthma, Allergies May Reduce Risk Of Brain Cancer

Discovery Of T-cell 'Traffic Control' Boosts New Drug Promise

PediPump Presents Hope For Children With Heart Failure

Calculating Consonants: Researchers Identify A Key To How The Brain Processes Language

Study: Nose Doesn't Smell Like The Eyes See

New hope for locust pest control

World's biggest tiger living in Russian woods saved from extinction

Augmented Reality Technology May Improve Communication In Poultry Plants

Living With Salt: Strategy Helps Plant-like, Microscopic Alga Happily Proliferate In Inhospitable Surroundings

Birds carry pollution to Arctic

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush Takes Campaign for Cafta to Enemy Territory in Carolinas

Australia's PM flies in for talks with Bush

Indian PM to raise terror issues with Bush

Indiana Black Expo crowd gives polite welcome to Bush

Court Rules Military Panels to Try Detainees

Bush in tricky position over Rove

GOP Senators Balk At Bush Cuts

US should pull out of Iraq now says former CIA chief John Deutch

New York, Other Cities Steaming Over Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Transit Remarks + Chertoff defends remarks on security for ground transit

Russia Rejects U.S Accusation It Is Bullying Central Asian States

Base closing authority questioned

Americans Share Confidence in Rwanda's Future, Says Laura Bush + Laura Bush on Tour for HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in Africa

Iran: Is Iran's regime ruled by its Praetorian Guard?

Syria, Lebanon: Syria exit leaves a messy border + Jordan says Iraq-bound militants train in Syria

Rice: Rice Plans Trip to Keep Gaza Withdrawal on Track Despite Spurt of Violence

Domestic: Court Rejects Effort by States to Force Bush Administration to Regulate Greenhouse Gases + Ag Secretary: US-Canada Cattle Shipments Should Resume in Days, Not Weeks

Social Security: Congress tables Social Security reform + House Social Security Bill Would Increase National Debt by $851 Billion

Congress: Bill Strives to Protect Privacy + US senator vows to try to stop China-Unocal deal

Democrats: 'NY Times' Sunday Preview: Profile of Linguist Who Is Framing Issues for the Democrats

GOP: Businessman Who Narrowly Lost Washington Governor's Race Declines Senate Bid

OPINIONS:

Paul Krugman: Karl Rove's America

(World Socialists) Bush administration refuses to relinquish US control of Internet

Robert Parry: Bush family tradition. Ducking scandal

Chris Floyd: Harvesting the blood fruits of terror

Stephen Pizzo: The wrong stuff

(Capitol Hill Blue) The News is Bad...And Getting Worse + The Monica Lewinsky Lesson + A Dangerous Black Hole + Rethinking the American Dream

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay, lesbian films thriving + Ground broken for nonprofit gay retirement home in Hollywood

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Discord at FCC Stalling Debate

Funds sought to help free media

'Intelligent' Move? Pennsylvania Papers Will Turn Over Reporters' Notes to Federal Judge

The trouble with Harry is he's a tough act for any author to follow

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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Tillie to join circle of friends at Hemingway grave site

Children's Zoo To Reopen In Oakland

New Champion SF Cable Car Bell Ringer Crowned

Rancho Penasquitos: Variety of day camps offered this summer

Wish they all could be California wines

Egypt Heritage sites named + Africa World Heritage sites named

Kennewick Man gives up secrets

Google spots Jesus in Peruvian sand dune

The nonverbal dictionary of gestures, signs and body language cues

Quetzalcoatl: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Iris Murdoch

Samurai Gallery

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Mission Churches of the Sonoran Desert

Daily French Lesson

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: 'GMA' hails a high-flying competitor

Rush & Molloy: Jail would've had Jacko frozen in fear

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. Praises Light Impact of Proposed Base Closures + 07/14 - Governor Schwarzenegger Testifies Before Base Realignment & Closure Commission + Making the case for Barstow Marine logistics base

Gov.'s mag deal: A fit thing to do? + Aide Defends Governor's $8-Million Deal + Veto of Supplements Bill Is Now Drawing Scrutiny + Despite criticism, Schwarzenegger ignores conflict-of-interest concerns about magazine deal + FTCR Calls Upon Legislative Leader to Subpoena Gov.'s personal business records + Tabloid Connection To Schwarzenegger's Muscle Deal

Gov. Pays Quick Visit to Mexico + U.S., Mexican governors mull border security + Mexican, US border states try to stem drugs war + Latin lawmakers say Gov.'s appearance at meeting with Mexico just a photo op

Gov.  Issues Statement on Deaths of Two Sacramento County Sheriff Deputies

Gov. Comes Unhinged + People's Governor or Flouter of First Amendment

California Lottery Official Posed as Reporter

Bankrupt Enron agrees to pay $47.5 million to settle claims topping $1.5 billion re: gouging California other western states + Attorney General Lockyer Announces $1.52 Billion Settlement With Enron Over Price Gouging, Market Gaming During California's Energy Crisis + Davis Says He Was Unprepared For Energy Crisis + Enron Traders Scammed California For Years

California Dept Housing & Community Development announces: 10,211 families in 36 counties will realize affordable housing opportunities with $162.9 million in Proposition 46 awards

Vintners Receive OK to Ship to Homes in Two More States. Major victory for California wineries

Grocery chains face fines for mislabeling Mexican grapes

Officials Continue Search for Beetle Threatening California Oak trees

Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham: Rancho Mirage: Cunningham Won't Seek Reelection + No re-election bid for Cunningham + Duke decision saddens some, surprises few+ Career spans from Top Gun to scandal + Scramble to replace Duke is on + Charities express surprise, gratitude at offer to donate Duke's home sale proceeds

Initiatives: Judge: Dem lawmakers can't join lawsuit over redistricting

Legislature: Panel Defends 12% Raise Granted State Lawmakers + California lawmakers seek to strengthen homeowners' rights + State Senator wants to protect your home from 'eminent domain' + Property Rights: Tom McClintock's "Kelo Protection" Amendment

Indian tribes: House may bar new casinos / Committee warns state about Indian land-claim settlements

HOW LOW
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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Bankrupt Enron agrees to pay $47.5 million to settle claims topping $1.5 billion re: gouging California other western states

Sacramento & north: Man shot by Elk Grove police + Sacramento police capture mid-town robbery suspects + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo:  BALCO founder Victor Conte pleads guilty Friday to steroid distribution and money laundering + FBI Joins Protest Investigation + SFPD Chief Says Deputy's Move Unrelated To Protest + Chief denies Suhr reassignment related to protest + Former "Village People" policeman arrested in Daly City + Manhunt for shooting suspect (killing on Van Ness Avenue) + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: San Jose: Police Investigate Body Found In Apartment + Alleged Internet Pirates Arraigned In San Jose + San Jose: Home-Invasion Murder? + Suspects In Disabled Teen's Stolen Van Case + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: Richmond: City Worker Surrenders in Death of Pedestrian + Richmond Police Seek Men Who Tried To Rob Mall + Danville Police Looking For 3rd Robbery Suspect + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Police Nab Suspect In Charlie Brown Theft + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: CHP tracks van full of stolen goods (LOJACK)

Solano: Vallejo: Man shot dead on street + Vallejo has back-to-back hit-and-runs + Doctor says child died from fall from bed + Man charged with attempted murder + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Monterey Sheriff gets his own bomb squad + Gag order issued in rape-death hearing + Conditions cited in Salinas guards' stabbing

Central Valley: Fresno: New officers ready to 'hit the streets' + DVD "stars" face real-life courtroom drama, face felony charge of "street terrorism" + DVD Defendants Headed to Trial + Fresno: Man Sentenced For Valle Murder + Fresno: Body Found Burned in Field + Stopping the Violence in Fresno + Fresno: Update: Husband arrested in murder of Fresno Pacific professor + Man Found Shot Near Goshen + Shooting & Car Crash Near Sanger + Fresno: More Delays Possible in Abdullah Trial + Fresno: Teacher Headed to Trial on Pot Charges + Fresno: Husband Charged in Homicide Investigation + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: Santa Cruz: Marijuana Patch Believed Linked To Mexican Drug Cartel + Grover Beach: Judge orders man to shut down sex shop + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: Burbank councilwoman Stacey Murphy held in gang bust + Burbank Official Murphy Arrested in Gang Probe + Lawsuits Target LAX Environmental Studies + Video Adds to Picture of LAPD Shootout + Actress Carmen Diaz Takes the Stand in Trial of Photographer + LA: Labor Leader Julie Butcher's Car Fire Being Probed + LA: Christian Slater rejects plea bargain re: groping woman + Van Nuys: Teen killed in cop chase + Van Nuys: Police name four murder suspects + Las Lomas developer sues city + Buena Park: ACLU Seeks Freedom for Muslim Accused of Ties to Terrorists + Ex-Anaheim Officer Awarded $5 Million for Discrimination After Job Injury + Ex-Hope Airport cop sues over firing + Pico Rivera: 4 Teenagers Are Charged as Adults in Gang Rape + Santa Cruz Island: New Court Fight Looms in Pig Killing + Is 'Whitey' Bulger O.C.'s Elderly Bandit? + Some Charges Dropped in O.C. Corruption Case + Trial ordered for El Cajon man in killing of ex-girlfriend + Body of woman found in Encinitas identified + Armed robbers storm La Jolla restaurant + De Anza mobile home fight not over + El Cajan man faces trial on charge of murder + San Diego: 11 arrests linked to rash of crimes + San Diego: Man, 56, sentenced in stabbing of wife + San Diego: Man killed at liquor store identified + San Diego: Judge rescinds order to free sexual predator + La Mesa: 3 brothers indicted in Freon case + Kearny Mesa: Woman tells police of being abducted + National City: Boy's arm broken in reported hit-run

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Los Angeles: Notoriety nothing new at City Hall

Sacramento & north: Yucaipa: Fire Started by Sparks Burns 160 Acres + Something Fishy In Sacramento Delta Report + Tehema: General plan discussed at Lake California + Lodi: Man dies in Turner Road crash + ADA compliance a tough challenge for Lodi + Lodi: Su Salud's founder resigns post + Vicuña's son new president of Su Salud + Sacramento: Parents angry over campus consolidation (Jediah Smith elementary) + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: News in brief from California's North Coast + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: BART Union Members Worried About Vote + OAKLAND FIRE DEPT. PAYS $50,000 FOR WASTE VIOLATIONS + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: Palo Alto: Injured Mexican Iraq veteran is naturalized a U.S. citizen + HP Workers Jittery Over Pink Slip Rumors + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF  JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Napa Officials: Bird's Death First From West Nile + West Nile discovered in Napa + New leader takes helm at Copia + Busted sale adds to Chardonnay golf club's money woes + Cyclist critically injured in nasty run-in with car + Supervisor Bill Dod's e-mail a virtual admission he misused County equipment, personnel for his private benefit

Solano: It's time for the fair + Home Depot may open 2nd Vallejo store + Benicia Dial-a-Ride gets the ax + Peoples High principal moving to district + Glen Cove mansion may soon be history + Boat fire causes minor burns on limbs + SF salami company to build facility in Fairfield + Painter revisits Golden Bear work at Travis base

Monterey: Push to create college for national security BRAC. Proposal asks Pentagon to merge Naval Post Graduate School and Defense Language Institute + Liberal talk-radio double shot coming + 'Joe Nucci died a very, very happy man' + Study sets desal plan in motion + Desal proposal by the numbers + Officials work to maintain sandbar Carmel River

Central Valley: Fire at a Fresno gas supply company + New Program Warns of Bad Air Days + Fresno Asks Residents to Save Water + Fire Destroys Strip Mall in Atwater + Major Sports Store Interested in Fresno + West Nile Cases in Fresno & Merced + Fire at Malibu Boats in Merced + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LA: Terror funding baffling. 73 sites get protection, but some low priority  on, some high priority off + Bad idea for LA Dept Water & Power to make $2 million loan to Hawaiian company to build electric scooters + Guard role for LAPD in DWP urged + LA: Notoriety nothing new at City Hall + Rail Study: Pushed as Safe as Pulled + LA: King/Drew Hospital Audit Questions Hours + LA: Villaraigosa Names 4 to Panel Overseeing LAPD + LA: New police panel appointed + Former Rivals Back Ludlow as Labor Chief of LA Federation of Labor + New Start for Head Start at Latin American Civic Assn + Van Nuys: Controller has guided planes since 1959 + Fire Fighters Gaining Upper Hand in Acton + Anaheim: Harvest Crusade, Promise Keepers on Center Stage + Garden Grove: Toddler Killed, 6 Hurt in Collision + Land Deal Is Probed in San Bernardino County + San Clemente: Sheriff Suspects Busy Pair in Latest Robbery + Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties Defend Military Bases From Closure + Laguna Hills: Coroner Identifies Child Who Drowned in Spa + San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy steps down + Failed mayor Dick Murphy + San Diego mayor leaves in midst of second term + San Diego: Rural bus service decision held up for public input + San Diego: Citizens petition for 'Repurified' wastewater for home use + 'Dreams' reduced to dust in Oceanside + Encinitas council cuts Ecke ranch proposal + Panel nod advances Escondido hotel plan + Oceanside's fire chief to retire on July 22 + Encinitas to curb its power of eminent domain + Solana Beach: Horse handlers find homes for season + $5 million OK'd to buy land along San Luis Rey River for a park + Sunset Cliffs plan for rehabilitation passed + Chula Vista: Padilla appointed to coastal panel + Lemon Grove hopes to fill empty seat + Acton: Dry grass fuels fire burning near Southern Cal hillside community

School days: Blacks, Latinos closing test score gap + L.A. City College Names President After 2 Years + Contributions help Poway students conquer tough equations + Carmel Valley: School's Ecoclub puts focus on environment + >One student uses summer to get ahead


Hopper, Ground Swell

Tillie to join circle of friends at Hemingway grave site

Children's Zoo To Reopen In Oakland

New Champion SF Cable Car Bell Ringer Crowned

Rancho Penasquitos: Variety of day camps offered this summer

Wish they all could be California wines

 

Saito, Grapes

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD


CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Going fallow
By Kiley Russell, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A project set up to preserve East Contra Costa’s agricultural legacy has run into a problem: No takers among the farmers it seeks to protect.

ACLU helps Antioch students rally
By Rowena Coetsee, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A Deer Valley High student club prevailed this week when the school district, under threat of a lawsuit, agreed to allow the club to hold a political rally.

Neighbors flex muscles against crime
By Tom Lochner, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
In early October 2003, Dave St. Pierre brought his newborn daughter home from the hospital and couldn't get in his house. "There were police everywhere," he said. "That was the last straw."

Orinda lot still a disaster, neighbors say
By Meera Pal, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
City-owned property that was declared a federal disaster in the late 1990s due to landslides has sat untouched for two years, creating a safety hazard and an eyesore, neighbors say.

Catholic school plans advance
By Bonita Brewer, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Plans for what could be the first Catholic high school built in the East Bay in more than 40 years advanced Thursday when Alameda County's Local Agency Formation Commission approved the city of Livermore's annexation of 122 acres west of Springtown.

Sentence in cat slaying
By Sophia Kazmi, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A Pleasanton man who pleaded no contest in the torture death of an 18-year-old pet cat was sentenced Thursday to community service and five years' probation.

Bay Trail building projects continue
By Rebecca Rosen Lum, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
As the sun dapples water in the San Francisco Bay, a group of bicyclists pauses to watch the watery flap of great blue heron. The riders are making their weekly jaunt along the Bay Trail, from Berkeley to Marina Bay.

Alert citizen provides key to robbery arrests
By Kelli Phillips, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A vigilant citizen helped detectives locate two suspected bank robbers, $26,000 and a cache of guns, including an assault weapon capable of firing 200 rounds before reloading.

Davis brings new vision to CTV
By Chris Metinko, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
This isn't the first time Glenn Davis has found himself at a small, struggling public-access television station. Back in the late 1960s, long before cable television sought to entertain the masses with the Golf Channel and Oxygen, Davis was just beginning his television career at Channel 13 in Beacon, N.Y.

Delta smelt dwindling to record low numbers
By Mike Taugher, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
The ecological crisis in the Delta may have taken a turn for the worse based on results of a summer survey showing the population of one of the region's key fish species has hit a new record low.

Allegation dropped in Pombo mailings
By Lisa Vorderbrueggen, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Complaints have been dropped against Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, in cases stemming from a pro-administration flier he mailed to battleground states prior to the November election.

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SACRAMENTO BEE

Flawed measure ignites new flap
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration knew about legal problems with the proposed redistricting ballot initiative at least a week before the secretary of state's office was contacted and the matter was publicly disclosed.

Tribes weigh in on dam removal
A new alliance of seven American Indian tribes on Thursday demanded a role in restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley, an idea under study by a team of state officials.

Wilderness plan hits some snags
WASHINGTON - Legislation to protect as wilderness about 300,000 acres of federal land along the North Coast, described as some of the most spectacular public lands in the country, got a long-promised hearing Thursday in the House.

Dan Walters: Should legislative terms be modified to buy redistricting reform?
Periodically - every couple of decades, more or less - scandal sweeps through the California Capitol as prosecutors, usually of the federal variety, delve into that era's version of the building's perpetual pay-to-play game.

House OKs water bill full of plums for state
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday passed a big water bill that contains plenty of California studies. Not to mention, critics say, a big dollop of pork.

Editorial: Million-dollar man
Stop pumping iron for gold, Governor. The safety of dietary supplements is a subject of debate, but there is no doubt these products are extremely healthy for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his bank account

Grape inquiry may last weeks
The California Department of Food and Agriculture says its investigation into Ralphs Grocery Co., Food 4 Less and Foods Co. stores for advertising Mexican-grown table grapes as "California Grown" may take weeks or months

Two Pakistani men in immigration court
Mohammad Adil Khan, a former imam from the Lodi Muslim Mosque, and his 19-year-old son Mohammad Hassan Adil, will appear today before an immigration judge in San Francisco

Two men arrested in connection with Midtown robberies
Sacramento police arrested two men who are suspected of committing five robberies at gun point in Midtown since June 22, officials said.

Granite Bay man arrested in slaying of 23-year-old friend
A 23-year-old Granite Bay man is being held without bail at the Placer County jail on suspicion of murder in the slaying of Christopher Worth, also 23, authorities said Friday.

Canadian drug curb is feared
Ellen Plumb worries she may have to start paying twice as much for her prescription medication if Canadian authorities make good on their threat to curb sales of lower-cost drugs to the United States.

Sierra, CSUS team up to aid students
Four-year public institutions don't exist in Placer County, but local college officials are pledging to continue creating opportunities for bachelor's degrees.

June smelt levels lowest ever seen
A new survey for the threatened Delta smelt shows that the tiny native fish continues its alarming decline, prompting state officials to consider delaying a plan to increase water exports from the estuary.

German camp survivors enlist in an elite corps of comrades
When a young man spends months in a prisoner-of-war camp after having his airplane shot from under him, he's just grateful to get home alive and take up life as a normal civilian.

District names deputy superintendent
SACRAMENTO - Sacramento City Unified School District has named a new deputy superintendent who will serve as the district's chief financial officer.

100 gallons of acid spill at shipping yard
SACRAMENTO - About 100 gallons of acid used to make fertilizer spilled at a shipping yard Thursday, nauseating several employees before hazardous materials crews contained the spill, authorities said.

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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

S.J. street conversions to end era
CONVERSION OF FOURTH, JULIAN STREETS JUST THE START
San Jose begins converting two busy, one-way thoroughfares north of downtown into two-way residential streets on Saturday. It's a change that comes as a relief to residents tired of traffic speeding by at all hours, but worries commuters who use the one-way arteries to get to and from work.
( By Gary Richards, Mercury News, 07/15/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Student bullying under scrutiny
LAWSUIT AGAINST DISTRICT ILLUSTRATES NEW LOOK AT OLD BEHAVIOR
Peggy Sackach said she asked her son's teacher and principal for their help to stop the teasing, taunting, pushing and shoving sixth-grader Elliot faced each day at Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos.
( By S.L. Wykes, Mercury News, 07/15/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Medicinal pot group plans protest
Medicinal marijuana patients will carry live cannabis plants through the streets of Santa Cruz on Saturday in what is expected to be the city's largest demonstration since protesters passed out medicinal marijuana at City Hall nearly three years ago.
( By Ken McLaughlin, Mercury News, 07/15/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Cassidy: Man behind the Guadalupe mammoth find
If anybody was going to find what's left of that 15,000-year-old mammoth near the banks of the Guadalupe River, it was Roger Castillo.
( By Mike Cassidy, Mercury News, 07/15/2005 03:01 AM PDT)

Panel lays out rules for using stem cells in primate brains

By Lisa M. Kreiger 7/15/05

An influential group of bioethicists has given the go-ahead to future research that introduces human neural stem cells into the brains of our primate cousins, but it also outlined strict ethical boundaries.

At least two American teams of scientists are already creating ``chimeras'' by inserting human neurons into primates. Such ``neural grafting,'' conjures up images of super-smart primates such as those in the sci-fi horror film ``Planet of the Apes.''

Could the introduction of human cells into primate brains make them more ``humanlike?'' How would one tell? And where should the line be drawn?

To answer such questions, Johns Hopkins University assembled a group of 22 philosophers, neuroscientists, primatologists, stem-cell researchers and other experts, including Stanford University law Professor Hank Greely.

``We can't say that it is impossible that putting human stem cells into non-human primates will lead to some aspect of humanlike consciousness, although it is highly unlikely,'' Greely said. ``And no one is trying to do that.

``These recommendations are an effort to make sure that something like that doesn't happen inadvertently or accidentally,'' he said.

There are huge therapeutic opportunities in the field of embryonic stem-cell research, according to the group's report, published in today's issue of the journal Science.

Some brain diseases, such as Parkinson's, could be remedied by inserting healthy neurons.

Because future therapies may require testing in primates, the panel sought to create responsible research guidelines.

``The closer to humans you get, the better your model -- but the better your model, the more you worry about `humanizing' the animal you put the cells into,'' he said.

Six factors should be considered before attempting such research, their report concluded. They include the number of human cells injected, the age of the animal, the species, the size of the animal's brain, the site of injection and whether the animal's brain was injured or diseased.

The group was not troubled by transplants of a few human cells into healthy adult brains of more distant relatives like monkeys.

But it had far greater concerns about implanting large numbers of human cells into the developing brains of chimps and great apes, whose brain size and genetic makeup are close to humans -- and perhaps transferring humanlike behaviors.

Adult animals are not as impressionable as younger ones, and embryos are thought to be the most impressionable of all, Greely said.

And the larger the quantity of human embryonic stem cells inserted, the more powerful the influence they are likely to have, he said.

In April, a National Academy of Sciences report recommended that stem cells shouldn't be implanted into the embryos of primates. Both Canada and the United Kingdom ban such research altogether.

This group agreed with the academy's recommendations, but said there might be a role for placing such cells in adult primates.

``An adult animal already has a functioning brain, and adding new stuff is much less likely to cause major changes than if you add new cells into an eight-cell embryo,'' Greely said.

The group also recommended that scientists who do these experiments report any changes in the animals' cognition. No one is expecting the animals to recite Shakespeare. But there are other ways to detect altered minds.

``You'd look for changes in brain structure. And you'd look for changes in behavior -- anything that seems human or un-monkeylike,'' Greely said.

``This gets tricky, the closer the animal is to us,'' he admitted. ``But there clearly are some differences.''

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MODESTO BEE

Editorial: Legislature should OK ed doctorate at CSU

Gag order lifted in Golden West Nuts case
A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge on Thursday lifted a gag order in a criminal case against Golden West Nuts Inc. of Ripon.

Dining out experience could be curtailed
Amid the flower pots, trees, fire hydrants and outdoor dining patios, navigating the narrow sidewalks of downtown Modesto can be a challenge, especially for wheelchair users like Fred Dickinson.

Modestan's $3M gift to Mexican art
A housing developer from Modesto has given the Mexican Museum a $3 million donation, moving it closer to its goal of building a permanent home in downtown San Francisco.

O'Bryant will run again for Modesto council
Will O'Bryant, a retired sheriff's detective elected to the Modesto City Council in 2002, said Thursday he will seek another four-year term.

American Indian group wants say in Hetch Hetchy restoration
SACRAMENTO — A new alliance of seven American Indian tribes on Thursday demanded a role in restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley, an idea under study by a team of state officials.

Castle base search finds no nuke waste
ATWATER — The Air Force's third search in two years for radioactive remnants of nuclear weapons at Castle Airport Aviation and Development Center turned up a few piles of buried fence posts.

DA objects to 2-week delay in Sabatino case
A judge on Thursday put off a ruling on a defense request that seeks to remove the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office from former Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino's perjury and grand theft case.

Home detention for 2 deaths
A judge on Thursday sentenced a big-rig driver to 120 days of home detention and 300 hours community service for her role in a Highway 99 accident in 2003 that killed two men.

Vandals hit vans that deliver lunch to low-income children
Vandals did thousands of dollars worth of damage to trucks used to deliver summer lunches to children of low-income families, officials at Beyer High School discovered Thursday morning.

Motorists cited in crosswalk sting
Modesto police staged a sting operation Thursday morning, issuing $130 tickets to drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Girl left behind at Turlock rest stop
A 14-year-old girl from Washington state was reunited safely with her father Thursday, after he mistakenly left her at a Turlock rest stop on Highway 99, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Patterson warehouse plans are approved
PATTERSON — The Planning Commission approved architectural and site plans for a 1-million-square-foot Longs Drugs distribution center amid concerns from residents that it will create substantial truck traffic near residential areas

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

Departing Muni chief: New revenue sources needed Agency starts national search for new manager When Executive Director Michael Burns joined Muni in 1999, the transit agency had such a bad reputation that it became synonymous with the word "meltdown."

BART must ‘learn lessons' of London attack, official says
Terrorist attacks on mass transit agencies in London and Madrid should be a wake-up call for Bay Area Rapid Transit, board president Joel Keller said Thursday

SFPD shakes up personnel
n a major Police Department shake-up, a powerful deputy police chief in charge of patrol has been reassigned and is the inside favorite to take over security for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

P.J. Corkery: The shame of the supes, and dog day tales

Board has ‘no intention' of selling land to Wal-Mart
SAN BRUNO — Opponents came from several cities Wednesday night to air their dismay about a reported offer by the San Bruno Park School District Board to sell surplus land to giant retailer Wal-Mart.

Candidates emerge for Redwood City Council
REDWOOD CITY — The field of City Council candidates has begun to take a firmer shape as the election season heats up

Conservation measures successful
REDWOOD CITY — State energy officials were patting themselves on the back Thursday afternoon for lower-than-expected demand placed on California's power grid.

Fugitive arrested in Daly City
DALY CITY — Police have arrested a fugitive who fled New York after allegedly shooting a student during a college party in February.

Daly City won't change taxi policy
DALY CITY — Despite pleas from the city's taxi drivers to crack down on unlicensed cab drivers, Daly City officials say they are in no position to increase current enforcement levels.

Woman pleads to manslaughter in boyfriend's death
REDWOOD CITY — A Menlo Park woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend will not be prosecuted for murder

Asian-Americans applaud new judge
REDWOOD CITY — San Mateo County Superior Court will seat its first Asian-American judge, according to the Asian American Bar Association, which is praising the governor's recent appointment of Elizabeth Lee.

Belmont planning chief resigns
BELMONT — The city's head of planning has resigned to move to warmer climes.

CALIFORNIA / Wilderness protection bill slowly advances
Edward Epstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Legislation to add 303,164 acres of North Coast land to California's federally protected wilderness areas was promoted Thursday in a House hearing and was on the verge of passing the Senate for the se...

SAN FRANCISCO / Care providers failed widow, probe shows / Woman's apartment was taken over by gang members
Ilene Lelchuk, Chronicle Staff Writer
A probe into why a widow with dementia was allowed by city workers to live in a San Francisco apartment overrun by gang members reveals that care providers cut off her services and failed to alert pol...

LIVERMORE / Remove plutonium from lab, task force says / Draft paper by federal advisory panel urges nuclear materials be centralized elsewhere
Keay Davidson, Chronicle Science Writer
Livermore residents who fear nuclear accidents or terrorist attacks at the weapons lab down the street will be able to breathe a sigh of relief if the recommendations of a federal task force are carri...

SAN FRANCISCO / Peskin supports Sandoval for assessor
Ilene Lelchuk, Cecilia M. Vega
With Mayor Gavin Newsom saying he's close to naming a new assessor, Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin threw his support behind fellow Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval for the job. Peskin endorsed...

SAN FRANCISCO / State board finds no discrimination by Castro bar owner
Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer
State investigators have cleared a Castro neighborhood bar owner of allegations that he discriminated against customers and potential employees because of race and gender. A diverse group of investiga...

SAN FRANCISCO / Police ID alleged Van Ness gunman
Chuck Squatriglia
San Francisco police are searching for a gunman who opened fire Wednesday night on a pedestrian in San Francisco before fleeing the crime scene with a woman and young child. The unidentified victim, a...

SAN FRANCISCO / Tiburon man given tax evasion sentence
Leslie Fulbright
A Tiburon man has been sentenced to 41 months prison and fined $171,000 for evading federal income taxes. Randolph Bronte, 53, was convicted in March of five counts of tax evasion and filing false tax...

RICHMOND / Gang-rape victim granted asylum after long court battle / Appeals court says attack on woman in Guatemala was political persecution
Tyche Hendricks, Chronicle Staff Writer
An East Bay woman gang-raped by soldiers in Guatemala a dozen years ago has won asylum in the United States, a year after a San Francisco federal appeals court ruled the assault was a form of politica...

OAKLAND / Carjacker shoots victim signaling police / Officers recover vehicle, arrest 2 robbery suspects
Jim Herron Zamora, Chronicle Staff Writer
With two carjackers riding in her backseat, a motorist abruptly stopped and flagged down an Oakland police officer just before she was shot three times, police said Thursday. She survived, and her cou...

DANVILLE / 2 jailed, 1 sought in bank robbery
Jim Herron Zamora
Two Vallejo residents are in jail in connection with a bank robbery last month, while a third suspect is being sought, Danville police said Thursday. Tymarien McDowell and William Jermaine Patton, bot...

OAKLAND / BART advances 2 West Oakland deals
Patrick Hoge
BART directors approved agreements Thursday with two developers for housing and parking on private land and transit district property next to the West Oakland station. The 12-month agreements allow BA...

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Earnings jump at Bank of Marin
Corte Madera-based Bank of Marin reported nearly a 21 percent jump in quarterly earnings yesterday, with the bank's continued growth in its loan business leading the way.

Buck Institute turns to ex-49er
Biotechnology industry veteran and former San Francisco 49er Jim Kovach has joined Novato's Buck Institute for Age Research as its chief operating officer, bringing with him a hefty resume of working with the nation's top drug companies and academic institutions. Kovach will take over management of the center's day-to-day operations, allowing Chief Executive Officer Dale Bredesen to focus largely on its scientific work.  

Marin burglary probe widens
At least three Marin County cities - Novato, Corte Madera and Larkspur - are reviewing suspected burglary cases that could be linked to Knox-Box break-ins in San Rafael. On Wednesday, San Rafael police revealed that 27 Knox-Boxes - small key vaults mounted on commercial and multi-unit residential buildings to be used by firefighters in emergencies - had been broken into. The master keys inside were missing, according to police. Approximately 360 Knox-Boxes are located in San Rafael.

Citizens' group gets school data after long wait
Two years of wrangling by a citizens' oversight group in the San Rafael City Schools District culminated last night with a tool to do their job: a ledger that shows how the district spent $63 million from voter-approved bonds.
Pesticide use approved for W. Marin
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District has lifted its moratorium on the use of pesticides in West Marin. The decision, the result of a meeting of the district board in Cotati Wednesday night, has once again stirred up a swarm of opposition. It goes against a citizen advisory group's demand that West Marin remain pesticide free.

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SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

$90 million summer rush
Construction workers are laboring this summer to complete classrooms, libraries and other facilities as part of more than $90 million in building projects for Sonoma County schools

Laguna herbicide spraying to begin
The first spraying of the Laguna de Santa Rosa to control a fast-growing water weed will begin within days when a herbicide is spread by boat over the affected area.

Hwy. 101 widening set for spring
Construction to widen two miles of Highway 101 through downtown Santa Rosa will begin next spring, bringing to an end years of delay.

Architectural history written in stone
Katherine Rinehart and Edwin Hamilton are like detectives sleuthing to uncover the history of stone edifices in Petaluma.

Council split on traffic lanes
A plan to change a narrow and dangerous stretch of Petaluma's downtown boulevard by reducing the number of traffic lanes got off to a rocky start this week at City Hall.

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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Medical pot parade to put festive face on ongoing, hard-fought battle
SANTA CRUZ — Organizers of a medical marijuana march planned Saturday in downtown Santa Cruz promise a bit of festivity and a bit of reverence for their deceased colleagues. And, they hope to make a social and political statement.

Drug gang farmers increasingly squat on State land

Tuesday’s bust of nearly 2,000 marijuana plants in Castle Rock State Park helped to more than triple the number of plants eradicated this year compared to last.
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The illegal gardens are an increasing problem throughout the state, according to a February report from the National Drug Intelligence Center. And Sgt. Steve Carney, who heads the sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, said the team wants to stem the trend before it takes root in Santa Cruz County.|

Carney said deputies have been more persistent with state officials in seeking use of a National Guard helicopter to scout out the illegal gardens.

"We are hoping to push them farther off into the wilderness where the odds are less that people will wander out there," he said.

The pot plots destroy natural vegetation and leave waste, fertilizers and other unwanted debris behind.

They are also a danger to law enforcement officials or anyone who happens to stumble across them, as armed caretakers often live in campsites near the plots tended by organized gangs.

Sometimes they are booby-trapped, federal officials say. ....

Federal officials say the cartels increasingly are growing marijuana in California to avoid smuggling it across the U.S. border. The plots also are getting bigger, they say, with typical cops of 5,000 plants in the late 1990s burgeoning to 10,000 in the 2003 busts.
Carney says Mexican cartel-operated "farms" are very systematic and more of a mass-production operation than plants grown by locals. The caretakers have consistent access to water, set up camp, handle water and trash and employ tactics to conceal the operation. They also live on the land, and usually are Mexican citizens....

Bag Lady Bandit’ hits another market

After a hiatus of several weeks, the so-called "Bag Lady Bandit" struck again this week at a Wells Fargo Bank in a Livermore grocery store, police said.

Watsonville works to free up Freedom Boulevard

Soquel woman named to Bush trade committee

Ag history unearthed: Cabrillo students turn historic mansion into dig site
The Cabrillo program is working with the nonprofit Redman Foundation, which plans to restore the house and turn the property into an agriculture demonstration project.

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OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

NUMMI upgrade may be in works
FREMONT — The NUMMI car plant, a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors, could see as much as $143 million in upgrades to assembly and paint lines during the next five years, a Japanese...

Fremont man charged in piracy case
A Fremont man, arrested two weeks ago as part of an international sting on online piracy groups that stole at least $50 million worth of copyrighted movies, music and software, was formally charged

Public hospital system deals with rejection
The top pick selected to run Alameda County's public hospital system has turned down the job, meaning the system's governing board will likely extend a contract with key consultants while pursuing a...

BART approves deal to feed eastern cities' train needs
Plans to extend BART service east of Pittsburg/Bay Point Station are clear for environmental review, after the BART Board of Directors unanimously voted to enter a legal agreement with BART

Oakland boy to be sentenced in bunny deaths
OAKLAND — A 13-year-old foster child charged with animal cruelty in May for killing his neighbor's pet rabbits has been sent back to San Francisco for sentencing, authorities said Thursday.

Water bill would fund bay area projects
A bill making its way through Congress earmarks money for several local drinking water and flood control projects — including a new intake that would help the Contra Costa Water District avoid drawing brackish water from the Delta for its 450,000 customers.
The Water Resources Development Act, which passed the House on Thursday, would also fund a study on a desalination plant on San Francisco Bay and build a facility to recycle sewage wastewater for use by industries in Richmond.

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July 14, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq Suicide Bombers Strike Green Zone + Green Zone blasts kill one + Al Qaida denies Baghdad attack + Suicide barrage on Baghdad govt. compound foiled + Police thwart triple suicide attack on Iraq govt compound + US military says suspected killer of Egypt envoy captured +  2 suspected Leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq Captured + Security incidents in Iraq, July 14 + Oil revenue theft adds to problems in Iraq + Corruption threatens to leave Iraq with a 'ghost army' + A suicide attack every day in the new Iraq + Civilian Deaths in Iraq Exceed Military + Fassino's exit strategy from Iraq + Schroeder Challenger Hints at Iraq Support + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Egypt concerned at sectarianism in Iraq government + Wooing Sunnis may not end Iraq suicide bombings + Minister: Iran ready to help reconstruction of Iraq's industries + Pak-Iran joint venture for Afghanistan + Iraqi oil money hasn't fueled rebuilding + Talabani: Jaafari Monopolizing Authority

War prisons: Abu Ghraib Tactics First Used At Guantanamo

AFGHANISTAN: Australian govt sets time limit on Afghanistan troop commitment + London attacks underscore Canada's need to be in Afghanistan+ Casualties likely in new mission: soldier + Canadian soldiers injured as Kandahar airport attacked

Taliban says they have escaped prisoners + Afghanistan: UN expert on violence against women meets with female prisoners + Afghanistan Unit Takes on New Mission, Name + 19 Militants Killed in Afghanistan + Gunmen kill a fourth Afghan cleric

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Radical outsiders barred from Gaza + PM closes Strip to preempt march on Gaza + Editorial: The evacuation has begun + Six soldiers reject order to block Gaza + Airstrike comes after rocket kills Israeli woman + PA police battle Hamas in wake of lethal rocket attack on Israel + PM: There'll be just one pullout, and after that, the road map + Hamas committed to truce despite suicide bombing, Mashaal says

RUSSIA: Russia launches 10 yr space program + Russia backs G-4 for permanent berth in UNSC + Russia faces difficulty in spent nuclear fuel market + Europe forces Russia to give away Kurile Islands to Japan + Moscow to double air base forces in Kyrgyzstan + Russia to Reintroduce Soviet-Era Military Training in Schools

EUROPE: The great pretender (re: Blair)

Battered Chirac defends France on all fronts + Violence mars Bastille Day celebrations in France + The time bombs in France's suburbs

The real story behind Srebrenica

AFRICA: War-Divided Ivory Coast Prepares to Disarm + Raid, Reprisals Leave 71 Dead in Kenya

Philippine crisis in search of a forum

India, Pakistan press on with pipeline

China casts long shadow of US-Australian ties + China’s central bank says overheating challenges not over + Tokyo plan to drill in China Sea draws fire + China rushes to expand nuclear power + India has doubts about a successful FTA with China

Indonesia offers compromise at Aceh peace talks

Pakistan province gets 'Taleban' law

AMERICAS: Thousands March in Peru to Protest Proposed Free Trade Pact With United States

Brazilian Police Find Missile Meant for Prison Breakout

Guatemala Suspends Its L.A. Consul

Mexico must rely less on foreign remittances + Mexico Election Officials Approve Two New Parties for 2006 Presidential Vote

Chile drops Pinochet's constitution

Star Haitian journalist murdered

MILITARY  New program helps enlisted troops fight fraud

Camp Pendleton: Program focuses on kids of deployed Marines

Reservist helps restore dental college in Iraq

Local Man Leads Guardsmen On Mission To Train Afghan Forces

Letters offer glimpse into Civil War

PLAME CASE

Wilson's Iraq Assertions Hold Up Under Fire From Rove Backers

CIA agent's spouse says Rove must go

Democrats Push for Fresh Rove Investigation, Senate Vote

(E & P) The Plame Game: The Latest Commentary on the CIA Leak Investigation

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Chertoff: States foot transit safety bill + Highway Safety Administrator to Take Position at Homeland Security + Lawyer pegged for key role in Homeland Security revamp

Advisory Group Recommends Consolidating Nuclear Weapons Complex to Increase Security

Suspected Muslim insurgents launch coordinated attacks in Thailand

Dealing with 'moderate' Islam

Israel on Cutting Edge of Stopping Bombers

NASA Telescope Launched On Japanese Space Observatory

HOW LOW
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LAW GOES....

Chief Justice Discharged From Hospital; Questions Linger About His Health

Web Could Unclog Patent Backlog

Texas Attorney General: No Evidence Mexican Cartels Operating on U.S. Side of Border

Aruban Teen to Remain in Custody in Disappearance of Alabama Teen

Nation's First Vioxx Trial Begins

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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Failing to Agree, U.N. Panel Presents Four Options on Internet Governance + U.N. report addresses Internet governance

Net-based technology would allow limitless TV

NASA: We don't want to miss our window + Easy Shuttle Solution Not Likely + NASA's First Step in Trying to Figure Out Fuel-Gauge Trouble: The Wiggle Test

US state learns costly lesson in water creation

First Planet Under Three Suns

Internet Telephone Quality Still Lags, Survey Says

Is the Desktop PC History?

Purdue Findings Support Earlier Nuclear Fusion Experiments

Process May One Day Yield Solution To Global Wastepaper Glut

LONDON ATTACKS: London Times: Bomber's 81 missing minutes + Net widens as al-Qaeda link is confirmed + London lives: the victims + Jamaican-born bomber from Middle England + Message of defiance from silent cities + Police seek Egyptian chemist

The Guardian: Footage of bus bomber released + Comment: Sadiq Khan MP + Comment: Madeleine Bunting + 'An aura of threat' + The boy who didn't stand out + Profile: Shehzad Tanweer + Profile: Mohammed Sidique Khan + Profile: the fourth bomber + It's paranoia, not Islamophobia + Throw the book at Osama + Our leaders must speak up + Massacre of the innocents

The Independent: Police hunt national terror cell after fourth attacker is traced to Aylesbury + Why four young men turned to terror+ Chris Bellamy: Why these men follow the music of a distant drum

US and other coverage: Britain Seeks Muslim Help to Battle 'intellectual Strength' of Radical Islam + Ringleader on London bombings has history of terror + Revealed: fourth bomber Jamaican + Clues point to link with early sleeper cell + 'The suicide bomber is the smartest of smart bombs' + Pictures of London suspect released + Pakistan Chasing London Suspect Tip + MPs Wonder: Is Iraq Factor in Bombs? + FBI Agents and Jamaican Authorities Join London Bomb Investigation, Searching for Plotters

Alternative ideas: New developments in London underground exercise study + Commissioner of London Transport is ex CIA! + Alleged Bomber's Father Worked for Police + Probability of 7/7 Drill and Attack Coinciding + The Myth of the Suicide Bomber + French Say London Bombing Suspects Were Arrested Then Freed + UK Denies Suspects Arrested + Police Won't DNA Bombers, Since They Had ID

CONNECT THE DOTS....

With Its Prototype Theme Park Aging, Disney Looks for New Ways to Entertain Kids

Moral Debate: Procedure Risks Making Monkeys More Humanlike

Stardom: Drawing A Blank In Curious Colors

The towns that wait under the spell of Harry Potter

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

China, India Millionaire Ranks Swell, Boosting Banker Pay 50%

Unocal Bid Denounced at Hearing by former Director CIA + Cnooc Seeks Unocal Support, May Raise Bid to $19 Bln (Update5) + Bidding war expectations grow as Unocal board meets

Billionaire's spending spree: The man who bought Malibu

Oil and the Yuan

Latinos lag in funds to retire

Daily Forex Commentary


Republican, Democratic Parties Woo Black Voters at NAACP Convention

Civil Rights Group Upset After Cadillac Recognizes Nazi Group

RFID Foes Find Righteous Ally

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Scientists determine how SARS kills

Primate Virus Jumps Species Barrier To Humans For First Time In Asia


Gene scientists win crucial battle in the war against killer parasites

Woman Alleges Merck Depended Too Heavily on Animal Studies to Assert Vioxx's Safety

Genetic lines of various cancers studied

Scientists Uncover New Clues About Brain Function In Human Behavior

Potent Spice Works To Block Growth Of Melanoma In Lab Test

Modification Of Program Enables Prediction Of Gene Transcription

Subtle Changes In Normal Genes Implicated In Breast Cancer

Biologists See Combined Structure Of Cold Virus And Receptor Molecule

Yale Recruits Patients For Alzheimer's Vaccine Trial

OHSU Researchers Help Develop 'iPod-like' Portable Device To Assist Those Combating Balance Disorders

Speed And Endurance Are Doled Out By The Pound

UIC Researchers Show Protein Routes Messages In Nerve Cells

Secret Sex Life Of Killer Fungus

Scientists And The Kennel Club Work Together For Healthier Dogs And People

Organic Farms Produce Same Yields As Conventional Farms

Native Lore Tells The Tale: There's Been A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush Tries to Woo Blacks in Indiana, 250 Miles From NAACP

Bush Comes to "Ground Zero" of Textile Job Losses to Lobby for CAFTA

US Rejects Joint Bid at UN by Brazil, Germany, India, Japan for Security Council Membership

Departing Pentagon Policy Chief Says Administration Overemphasized WMD as War Rationale

General Myers Accuses Russia, China of Bullying smaller Asian nations that host US bases and troops + Asian nations to US: Set date to leave bases

Florida Democrats Push for Override of Jeb Bush Veto of bipartisan bill to increase oversight of efforts to privatize state gov't jobs

Female Senators Call for O'Connor to Try for Chief Justice if Rehnquist Retires

Syria, Lebanon: Differences postpone new Lebanese government + Al-Murr holds Lebanese security responsible for assassination attempt + Dancing on the Volcano

N. Korea: Seoul's warning to the US on Pyongyang + US wants progress from N. Korea in July 25 talks

Rice: Hard line swayed N Korea: Rice + Following Islamic Jihad operation in Israel, Rice demands Syria end support for Palestinian organizations

Congress: Democrats unveil China bill, criticize Bush + Congressional Trip to Canceled Shuttle Launch Cost Taxpayers $73,000 + Specter, Suffering From Cancer, Is Suddenly Everywhere, Steering Senate's Biggest Issues + Grand Jury subpoenas 4 people from Washington D.C. yacht club where Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham lived aboard contractor's boat + California Rep. intends to announce he will retire when term ends

Democrats: Hillary Clinton wades into GTA sex storm + Hil wants fed probe of porn modifications to video game + Sen. Clinton Is Industry Favorite In Campaign Fundraising + Hillary Calls Bush's Bluff on the Morning-After Pill and More

Voting: New report identifies Ohio election failures

OPINIONS:

Helen Thomas: White House Follows Scandal Script For Rove

Capitol Blue: Binge Thinking + Americans No Longer Trust Bush + America's Class Divide

Josh Marshall: It's clear the leakers knew what they were doing

Margaret Carlson: The outing of a coward

Paul Waldman: Saving Karl Rove

'Bush's Brain' Besieged: Jim Lobe

Cannonfire: Did the Bush men fund vote fraud with money earmarked for rebuilding Iraq?

Blood for pork....

ManTech wins $27.7 million contract for US Army Afghanistan operations

Democrats want inquiry into Halliburton KBR's selling expired food to troops in Iraq

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Ground broken for nonprofit gay retirement home in Hollywood + Local alt-weekly exposes faults of gay men, police + Conservative Lawmakers Want Gay Adoptions Examined + Events in Charlotte mark black gay pride

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Judge Dismisses Navy SEAL Lawsuit Against The Associated Press

Knight Ridder's Baghdad Chief Replies to Criticism From Back Home

XM and Sirius Should Join Bands

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

The Emmy nominations

VIPs Say 'Tut Tut' to Waiting in Line for Egyptian exhibit

Green, but Not Exactly Health Food. Deep Fried Avocados at Orange County Fair

Crew's discovery at San Fernando Mission spurs an archaeological hunt

Freddy Soto, up-and-coming Hispanic comic, dies at 35

Lawn furniture in the living room. T-shirts celebrate Mexican culture's tacky side

Dead Sea Scrolls set for Seattle exhibit next year

New fiction by Allegra Goodman

The Academy Of Natural Sciences Probes What's Eating Historic USS Monitor

JFK's mementos come home

Budding Filmmakers Crave a Break

Norwegian Fjords, World's Largest Meteorite Crater Among New U.N. Protected Sites

Biography of Christopher Marlowe

The Ancient African City of Benin

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: With stock under fire, Bronfman is roasted

Rush & Molloy: Quite an ensemble, with Halle starring

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. to Be Paid $8 Million by Fitness Magazines + Gov.'s Magazine Deal Raises Questions + Lawmaker calls on Gov. to cut ties to fitness magazines + Financial Times: Gov. faces new battle + Governor Approves CYA Reforms + Bay Bridge overhaul measure on Gov.'s desk + Gov. may restore tribal gambling funds for Riverside, Tulare and other counties + Battin leads bid for casino offset funds + Border security to top agenda as US, Mexican border governors meet + Gov. is visiting Mexico + Gov. Acts to Keep Univ. California's Labor Institute + Car Buyer's Bill of Rights awaits governor + Gov. Proclaims July 26 "ADA Anniversary Day" + Gov. Discusses Education Budget + Gov. Issues Statement on Death of Cupertino Sailor: Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson + No cuts to IHSS in state budget + Townhall: Will Gov. terminate California's prosperity?

Public hearings next. Consumer group says using homeowners insurance should cause future hardship. They back Garamendi's disclosure rules

Steve Padilla is named to California Coastal Commission

Quake-Damaged Section of Bay Bridge to Be Replaced + LA assured its funds won't be grabbed by Bay Bridge

US inspector general finds federal fisheries official i n California skipped key internal reviews when concluding pumping more water from Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta would not seriously hurt endangered salmon

OK of 2 new lottery panelists delayed

Food inspectors recall Lappert's ice ream

Initiatives: Labor groups want to see list of donors backing union dues measure + Lockyer Describes Ballot Initiatives With Summary Justice + Judge denies lawmakers' bid to join redistricting lawsuit

Legislature: Used-car bill allows return + Bill to drop fund raising cap dies in committee + California Rejects "Anti-Immigrant" Amendments

Indian tribes: La Jolla tribe gets approval for Palomar Mountain bottled-water project + Tribal casino revenues rose 15% in '04, to $$19.4 billion + Gov. may restore tribal gambling funds for Riverside, Tulare and other counties + Tribes seek equal footing in casino race

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Bush appeals rule protecting salmon

Sacramento & north: Man Shot By Elk Grove Police + CHP To Crack Down On Highway 99 Violators + Suspect In Woman's Disappearance Appears In Court + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: Menlo Park woman pleads to manslaughter in boyfriend's death + San Francisco Human Trafficking Trial Postponed + Deportation Mistake Keeps Family Separated + SF Shooting last night, suspect at large + Redwood City: Adult, Four Boys Arrested In Fatal Shooting + Minivan For Disabled Teen Stolen In Brisbane + Anarchists Plead Not Guilty In SF Cop Assault + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: Bag Lady Bandit Strikes Again In Livermore + Suspects Arrested In Oakland Carjacking, Shooting + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: Four Arrested In Internet Piracy Operation + Pedophile's roommate faces molest charges  + Additional charges filed against alleged molester Fred Everts + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: Man Convicted In Lafayette Dominatrix's Murder + Martinez grass fire suspect pleads not guilty + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: St. Helena sidewalk law would put homeowners on the hook

Solano: English says he will resign next Tuesday + Bail denied in murder case + Former coach faces Aug. 30 sentencing + Judge schedules Caceres hearing + Vallejo Police Calls + Vacaville thieves like old Toyota Camrys + Fairfield: Narcotic officers investigate latest shooting

Monterey: Judge takes up validity of old map of Spreckels + Lawyer argues for dismissal of charges. Girl's use of alcohol father bought her was unpredictable

Central Valley: Fresno: Man fires shots at passing car + Man shot while driving in Salinas + Fresno: DVD "Uncensored" Suspects in Court + Fresno: North Valley Church Searching For Victims of Abuse + Fresno: 11-year-old girl facing felony charge for throwing rock at boy + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: Santa Cruz: Marijuana Patch Believe Linked To Mexican Drug Cartel + Felton: DNA Leads To Arrest In 18-Year-Old Murder Case + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California: LAPD Bullet Killed Girl in Clash + Toddler killed by LAPD bullet + Trial starts re: theft, forgery of sexy paparazzi shots of Cameron Diaz + Cameron Diaz testifies in trial over topless photos + Blind bus riders sue L.A. County transit system + Gang Rape of Girl Shocks Pico Rivera + 28 Southland Men Are Charged in Child Porn Probe + More than 50 targeted in Southern California child porn crackdown + Riverside County D.A. Aide Arrested for Spousal Abuse, Perjury + Santa Barbara: Health Worker Pleads No Contest in Rape of Autistic Woman + Simi Valley: Western actor Robert Sorrells 75, gets prison for killing + Santa Barbara: Judge rejects effort to halt killing of pigs on Santa Cruz Island + San Diego: Man wounded at psychic firm + Encinitas: Body in plastic bag shows no signs of foul play

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LOCAL NEWS: ( NMN is running excerpts of articles in various newspapers which require registration or block, alter urls Click for index.)

Scientists Identify Big Bones In San Jose

Asian beetle turns up in state

Sacramento & north: 2 Sacramento Sheriff Deputies Die, 1 Hurt in Helicopter Crash + 'Mayday' Call Before Deadly Police Chopper Crash + Crews Battle Fire At Arden Area Home + Animal Rights Group Criticizes Primate Research Center + Rare Tree-Killing Beetle Found In Sacramento + Nightline focuses on terror investigation in Lodi + Response to Nightline story about Lodi + City of Lodi works on growth allocations for developments + News in brief from Northern California + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLES

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Francisco Hotel Labor Dispute Intensifies + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER ARTICLES

Alameda: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD

Santa Clara: San Jose Gearing Up For The Grand Prix + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF JOSE MERCURY NEWS ARTICLES

Contra Costa: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Marin: CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sonoma: Lake County Region Aspires to Grapeness + Occidental: Memorial Saturday for well-known bartender +CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT ARTICLES

Napa: Growth: AmCan sets pace in growth + Napa Valley papers have new publisher + Chesbro pushes direct shipping measure + County must decide where mental health money should go

Solano: Vallejo schools cash in on attendance + Another feather in Benicia's cap: 81st on 'best places to live' list + New venture would restore Mare Island shipyard + Agency puts half-cent tax on hold until 2006 ballot + Transportation sales tax measure on hold + Motorcyclist dies in Suisun City crash + 4-H'er enjoys raising goats to beef up her college fund

Monterey: Rippling River to remain open + East Garrison wows planners + Salinas: Tax watchdog bows out

Central Valley: Fire at a Fresno gas supply company + More West Nile cases in Tulare County + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF MODESTO BEE ARTICLES

Central Coast: News briefs from California's Central Coast + CLICK TO READ EXCERPTS OF SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

Southern California:  LA: Years Have Done Little to Help Local Blacks + Blacks hurting in L.A. + LA: King/Drew Doctors Earn Top Dollar + County hospital workers cash in + LA: $1.2 billion in bonds considered by DWP + LA Schools Superintendent Romer: Clueless or what? + LA: Video feed brings testimony to council + LA Community College District streamlines construction +  LA: Ban on Lap Dancing Again Put in Motion + L.A.'s Skyline to Get Gehry Touch + Feds say 'push-pull' commuter trains safe + Proposed School Must Pay L.A. Port for Rehab + 127 Landslide Claims Target Ventura County + Rancho Palos Verdes: Blaze Forces People to Flee Homes + Santa Clarita: New Signals Give Pedestrians the Time to Make Wise Decisions + OC: Rules Eased on Vietnamese Food + Rancho Cucamunga Outgrowing Emergency Services + Laguna Hills: Toddler Drowns in His Family's Backyard Spa + Huntington Beach uses logo, song to promote Surf City image + Oceanside in private talks over condo tower + Blaze destroys 13 homes at Palmdale construction site + Escondido found liable for water quality violations + Encinitas: Ballot-measure wording weighed + San Diego: Grand Jury subpoenas 4 people from Washington D.C. yacht club where Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham lived aboard contractor's boat + San Diego: $5 million OK'd to buy land along San Luis Rey River for a park + San Diego: Ownership of Soledad cross at issue + El Cajon: Council OKs 2nd Home Depot + San Diego: Landowners OK fee to fund West Nile fight + San Diego: Pension whistleblower won't return to board + Escondido OKs $100,000 cap on site study for hospital + Work on transitional shelter begins for Interfaith, partners + Trustees returning to rejected sites for planned high school in Escondido + San Marcos motorcyclist run over, killed

School days: UC Quits National Merit Program + Proposed School Must Pay L.A. Port for Rehab + Gov. Acts to Keep Univ. California's Labor Institute + LA Schools Superintendent Romer: Clueless or what? + LA Community College District streamlines construction + Trustees returning to rejected sites for planned high school in Escondido + Vallejo schools cash in on attendance



                         Chagall, The flying carriage

The Emmy nominations

VIPs Say 'Tut Tut' to Waiting in Line for Egyptian exhibit

Green, but Not Exactly Health Food. Deep Fried Avocados at Orange County Fair

Crew's discovery at San Fernando Mission spurs an archaeological hunt

Freddy Soto, up-and-coming Hispanic comic, dies at 35

Lawn furniture in the living room. T-shirts celebrate Mexican culture's tacky side

Newspapers excerpted today because they require registration:

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

SACRAMENTO BEE

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

MODESTO BEE

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, EXAMINER

MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

OAKLAND TRIBUNE, ARGUS, TRI-VALLEY HERALD


CONTRA COSTA TIMES