Race for Alameda County schools chief: Underdog issues verbal attacks during debate

Helen Foster highly critical of office in which opponent Karen Monroe is the second in command 
A neighbor's screams may have saved a 38-year-old woman's life after a suspected arson fire took place at her apartment on Amador Street in Hayward.  
Illegal sideshow activity over the weekend, including some incidents where gunfire was reported, shut down portions of Interstates 880 and 580 and created dangerous situations on city streets, authorities said Monday.  
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UC, CSU to start loan program for students who entered the country illegally  
Alameda Contra Costa Transit District to hold eight public workshops seeking public advice about how to change bus routes and schedules  
Adoption fees will be lowered for animals, including rabbits, cats and dogs.  
Two incumbents and one challenger are running for two seats on the Hayward Unified board.  
After refusing to eliminate a requirement that leaders affirm a doctrine of faith, a Christian student organization has returned to Cal State University this fall without the financial help, recruitment opportunities and community standing other groups enjoy.  
FREMONT -- Josh McKinnie rushed for three touchdowns, and teammates Kaleem Abubukari and Braxton Kiester also ran the ball well as the host Titans (5-0, 1-0 Mission Valley Athletic League) dominated the Cougars (1-3, 0-1).  
Alhambra quarterback Mark Azevedo found Grant Hill for a 49-yard touchdown pass with 2:21 left to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.  
Review: Oakland's vegetarian Encuentro expands and delights

Oakland's Encuentro takes an inspired approach to vegetarian and vegan cuisine, coming up with creative, seasonal fare that's hearty enough to satisfy any omnivore.