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Trial begins for teen who was 16 during killing of Castro Valley woman

Attorney for Christian Birdsall says boy was at a breaking point  
The Alameda County District Attorney filed charges Friday against an 18-year-old man who police say struck a woman with his truck and fled from the fatal hit-and-run last week.  
Matthew Amaral did the right thing by speaking truth to the power of popular American culture  
Hayward's Words for Lunch fills ears and bellies.  
Parts of the East Bay might be roasting in the summer heat, but that shouldn't stop residents from enjoying the outdoors. The East Bay Regional Park District offers 40 miles of breezy shorelines, 10 lakes, and dozens of cool, shady trails throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  
Karl George Sanft, of Union City, now faces sanity hearing after being found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for killing Angelito Erasquin, 63, of Hayward, and truck driver James Wightman, 53, of Oregon.  
Shortage of 'small, lap-type dogs' north of the border, and volunteers work to move them where they'll be adopted quickly  
Attorney for Karl Sanft says Union City man was legally insane when he killed a truck driver and a security guard in 2010  
Daisy Bamberger is victorious by unanimous decision  
Hayward council wants voters to know who is behind independent committees spending money on campaigns and ballot measures.