Middle and high school students can vote in mock election

Although teens under age 18 can't legally vote in the November election, they can still weigh in on issues and candidates this fall through a statewide 2014 MyVote California Student mock election sponsored by the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Schools are invited to register in the next three months and report their final schoolwide vote tallies to the Secretary of State's office after the Oct. 28 mock election. 
Former Bay Area schoolteacher sentenced for having child porn videos
A former Fremont resident and Bay Area schoolteacher was sentenced to over 8 years in prison for having videos depicting child pornography on his computer, authorities said. 

Oakland Airport workers to get fare discount on BART tram to airport
BART board agrees to cut $6 fare to $2 for airport workers on new people-mover tram from Coliseum station to the airport 

Oakland: Alta Bates Summit's new Merritt Pavilion opens Aug. 3
New Alta Bates Summit hospital offers private rooms and larger rehab facility. 

Attorney who kept nearly 100 cats gets probation, is banned from having pets
Oakland woman accused of keeping 100 cats in rancid conditions says animal services came at bad time when felines had a "major diarrhea outbreak."  

Oakland's Maxine Hong Kingston to be awarded National Medal of Arts
For helping shape conversation about culture, gender and race, Kingston will receive the National Medal of Arts award from President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.  

Newark Councilwoman Ana Apodaca will not seek re-election
The two-term Newark councilwoman and current vice mayor announces decision at a city meeting Thursday night. She cited "life-changing moments." 

Newark: Road closures Saturday and Sunday for Holy Ghost Festival
Motorists are advised to follow detour instructions and be alert while driving through the area 

Harmful bacteria prompts closures for swimmers at popular East Bay lakes
Extremely high levels of harmful E. coli bacteria have prompted the closure of Shadow Cliffs Lake to swimmers until further notice, East Bay Regional Park District officials said Friday.  

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. 
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'Sharknado 2': Will 'The Second One' have the same bite?

The promotional hubub preceding the sequel, to air July 30, stands in stark contrast to the distinct lack of hype that accompanied the original. By director Anthony C. Ferrante hopes for another social media tidal wave.