Talk Back: Airline tragedy
Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?

(Tell us why or why not?)
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Alameda: Buzz Aldrin marks 45th anniversary of first moon landing

Astronaut visited USS Hornet, which recovered the Apollo crew following mission 
"In order to think, you have to know some things to think about." This little message used to be one of the weekly signs on the front of my class podium when I taught history at Encinal High School.  
The 30th annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire in Alameda this past weekend featured live music stages, food, crafts, beer, wine, a children's area and more.  
The 150 acres around what's known as the Seaplane Lagoon at the former U.S. Navy base will become a "retail, recreational, entertainment, and transit center," according to the document, which the council greenlighted July 15.  
The new Alameda station will be built at a city-owned site at Hibbard Street and Buena Vista Avenue and replace Fire Station Three, which operates out of a former family home that the city rents on Grand Street because the station's building on the same block is not earthquake safe.  
I've been getting anxious phone calls from people all over Berkeley because of rumors that Berkeley Hardware, one of the most beloved stores in the city, is going out of business, just a year short of its 120th birthday.  
"Catch Me If You Can" tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who successfully pretended to be a Pan American pilot, a doctor in Georgia and a prosecutor in Louisiana.  
The City of Alameda is seeking letters-of-interest and qualifications from companies that can provide occupational medical services.  
August is popularly referred to as the "Dog Days of Summer," and there are now two special days in the month devoted to our beloved canine pals. Aug. 5 is "Work Like A Dog Day," and Aug.  
Officers found the suspected crack cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia after a routine background check revealed he was on probation and could be searched, Alameda police said.  
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
Aperitif hour

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