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In Livermore wine country, craft brewers and the city build beer industry together

Hoping to cash in on a booming business, Livermore is making it easier for craft breweries to open in the city's empty industrial warehouses. Brewers are taking advantage and linking up in an effort to make the city a 'destination' for microbrew enthusiasts. 
Courtesy of Hugh Sprunt
Apparently never before in California history has someone battled the state Franchise Tax Board to make sure his young grandchild didn't hold on to her first-ever tax refund.  
 
Dan Honda
At least one person was injured at Saturday's Great Bull Run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, but it was not known how serious the injuries were. Outside, animal rights activists protested.  
 
Lawrence Livermore and Sandia/California lab officials, medical professionals, investors and entrepreneurs met in Pleasanton at the Sixth Annual Innovation Tri-Valley Forum to discuss partnering on health care startups.  
 
Whether we were diligent or just plain lucky, the Fourth of July fireworks Armageddon predicted by some because of the very dry brush and grass failed to materialize -- at least in Dublin.  
 
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Bowling Scores Bowlers of the Week: Pam Honda of the Nisei Invitational league shot games of 188-154-469 for a 511 set; 139 pins over her average.  
 
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and winemaking in the Livermore Valley region. This column information was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association The Italian game of bocce is fun for people of all ages.  
 
Knitters and crocheters will create clothes for a "yarn bombing" event in downtown Livermore. It begins Sept. 22, and the outdoor fashion show will last a month,  
 
I've mentioned it before, but in view of the recent hot and dry weather, it's worth repeating -- take plenty of water with you when you hike in the regional parks and other open spaces.  
 
eventsthrough aug. 3 Shrek the Musical -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday. "Shrek, The Musical," based on the Oscar-winning film, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on the stage.  
 
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. 
(ABC/Javier Pesquera)
'The Bachelorette' recap: Who did Andi pick?

SPOILER ALERT: Read no further unless you want to know who the winning suitor was on Monday night's season finale of "The Bachelorette. 
(Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Batkid documentary in the works

A film about Miles Scott, the 5-year-old who stole the hearts of millions when he “saved Gotham” as part of a Make-a Wish Foundation event in San Francisco, is underway, but needs funds to be finished; a trailer has aired at Comic-Con.