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Livermore: Equestrian needs help to achieve Olympic dream

Jessica Gradillas, of Hayward, a skilled young rider, and her horse, Loki, are said to be good enough to have a chance, but bills are piling up. 
A teenage girl was grabbed and sexually battered by a man Sunday night in Livermore, police said, but she managed to escape the man's grasp and call authorities.  
Climate change researchers from Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley labs, along with scientists from six other national laboratories, will be part of a new 10-year supercomputing project to model and simulate the effects of climate change on the Earth.  
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and winemaking in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.  
Livermore police searched a residence Tuesday afternoon after a woman reported that she had been assaulted by her possibly suicidal boyfriend and held captive in her home for several hours, but did not locate the man.  
The Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District will be again be fogging in Livermore on Thursday evening after finding more mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus near Bruno Canziani park, district officials said.  
An Ohio man has pleaded no contest to charges that he struck and killed Kristina Chesterman while he was driving drunk in September, then fled the scene. Chesterman, a 21-year-old Livermore native, was a nursing student at Chico State University.  
Valley Humane SocietySummer will never end with Sanibel in your life! A sandy blond 2-year-old, she's surfing the tides of fortune in search of a forever home.  
The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:dublinFriday, aug. 8 BURGLARY -- 6:36 p.m. A report of braking and entering, 6400 block Dublin Boulevard.  
eventsaug. 21 Art and Wine Stroll -- 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of wine tasting, small bites from Danville restaurants, the latest offerings from our shops, live music, a commemorative wine glass and trolley rides.  
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Olivia Wilde breast-feeding photo sparks new round of the Mommy Wars

The latest celebrity breast-feeding photo, showing actress Olivia Wilde nursing her 5-month-old son, sparks another round of the Mommy Wars over women's parenting and lifestyle choices.