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Pleasanton: Library's Open Mic nights provide writers creative outlet

The Tri-Valley branch of the California Writers Club's monthly events give audiences to the established or aspiring alike. 
A young female golden eagle rescued by San Ramon Valley firefighters in March and rehabilitated by Lindsay Wildlife Hospital died last Saturday after being struck by a wind turbine.  
 
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A young female golden eagle rescued by San Ramon Valley firefighters in March and rehabilitated by Lindsay Wildlife Hospital died last Saturday after being struck by a wind turbine.  
 
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The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer.  
 
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An irate standing room only crowd of more than 200 sounds off on shutting down Springtown Public Golf Course.  
 
Randy Johnson, a Livermore High School graduate, has been enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with other former MLB stars John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio. The induction ceremony was held in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, July 26, 2015.  
 
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Biology instructor Nan Ho, the driving force behind the idea, became convinced that the use of sophisticated posters would not only allow for the presentation of research results but would teach her students how more advanced scientists routinely share their work.  
 
LIVERMORE -- Firefighters from several regional districts have contained a 125-acre vegetation fire, authorities said Thursday.The fire, reported around 11:35 a.  
 
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Partnering with downtown Danville's Role Players Ensemble, the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's 2015 season features O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" at Tao House (Sept. 18-27) and Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Village Theater (Sept. 4-19).  
 
Between El Niño and the drought, the East Bay's natural landscape is filled with oddities these days. Giant purple sea slugs are turning up on the shoreline, birds are migrating months earlier than usual and mammals appear to be few and far between. No place is better to observe these natural shifts than Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley. The park offers an ideal vantage point to see how climate change, water policy and natural fluctuations in the weather and currents affect our region.  
 
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How will Jon Stewart say goodbye?

Plus, 'Bachelor in Paradise' gets the party started in Mexico and 'Top Model,' 'Project Runway' kick off new seasons 
J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back.