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Hayward police ask residents to join them in honoring slain officer Thursday

Hayward police Sgt. Scott Lunger's funeral will be Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The motorcade will drive through Hayward beforehand. 
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.  
 
Attorneys for Danville and developer SummerHill Homes are asking the court to overturn a ruling last year by Contra Costa County Judge Steven Austin in favor of Save Open Space Danville -- a group of residents who sued to upend the development. The case goes to court Tuesday  
 
Through Aug. 2 Summer Reading Program -- The Children's Librarian has unveiled the reading incentive program theme of Destination Read. Children of all ages welcome.  
 
The Tri-Valley branch of the California Writers Club's monthly events give audiences to the established or aspiring alike.  
 
Hayward Police Department
Police will escort the body of Hayward Sgt. Scott Lunger from funeral home to services at Oracle Arena in Oakland.  
 
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.  
 
Fix state's water laws to benefit all, not just fewCalifornia, unlike other Western states, grants unlimited free water to a few senior rights holders and doesn't regulate ground water depletion.  
 
Valley Humane SocietyGo-go-gadget-nose! With his keen sniffer, Inspector Gadget will easily detect a friend. This 2-year-old terrier mix is always on the ball.  
 
City Manager Nelson Fialho is getting a 5 percent pay increase to boost his annual salary to $206,877, the City Council decided last week. Fialho also will get five additional vacation days annually, boosting his time off from four to five weeks a year under his contract amendment.  
 
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Want modern grange? Try Shed in Healdsburg

So much more than an award-winning cafe, Shed is an ode to local farming -- a market, flower shop, coffee bar, fermentation bar, garden shop and community gathering space and more. 
(Kevin Winter)
Is Ben Affleck dating kids' nanny?

The actor's reps deny a report that he started to get close with his kids' 28-year-old nanny during his separation from Jennifer Garner.