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Alameda: Proposed hotel goes before City Council

Along with issues surrounding the parking, the 100-room hotel does not qualify for an exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act for infill projects, including the site not meeting the standard set for "no value as habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species," according to UNITEHERE! Local 2850. 
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A large whale carcass found lodged under an Alameda pier in the Oakland Estuary this week was towed away Thursday morning to a remote location where scientists can determine a cause of death, according to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.  
 
The fires, including one outside a commercial building at Alameda Point, caused no significant damage  
 
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program -- BORP, for short -- is a wonderful Berkeley organization offering an extensive choice of adaptive recreation programs for physically disabled or visually impaired adults and kids.  
 
The daffodil-colored cottage sat just beyond the road, perched on a knoll and surrounded by grazing sheep. "Bonjour," said the woman with the brightly colored apron as if welcoming dear friends.  
 
Work crews have been busy over the summer, carrying out repairs and upgrades funded through Measure I, the $179.5 million facilities bond that Island voters passed in November 2014. Among the projects completed was paving at Amelia Earhart, Henry Haight and Lum elementary schools, as well as at Lincoln Middle School.  
 
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program -- BORP, for short -- is a wonderful Berkeley organization offering an extensive choice of adaptive recreation programs for physically disabled or visually impaired adults and kids.  
 
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The carcass was first spotted Monday but sank before authorities could find it on the Alameda side of the Oakland Estuary.  
 
Thanks for support of reading programThe Alameda Free Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program was a huge success. With more than 3,300 kids, teens and adults participating in the Read to the Rhythm program, this was a very busy summer for Alameda readers.  
 
If you're dropping a child off at school, please be mindful of the safety of other students and families around you, and follow all traffic laws, even if you're in a hurry. If you're a community member, please consider avoiding the streets around schools at pickup and drop-off times. If you do have to pass a school site, please drive slowly and watch carefully for pedestrians and bicyclists.  
 
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'Star Wars': 15 biggest celebrity fans

From Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey to Megan Fox, some of the biggest names in Hollywood were inspired by the George Lucas movies of their youth. 
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Chris Brown owns 14 Burger Kings

Peyton Manning, Kanye West, Magic Johnson, Rick Ross, Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Aaron also own fast food joints.