ALAMEDA COUNTY
Livermore: Traffic snarled after big-rig overturns on I-580

A big rig truck overturned on Interstate 580 early Friday morning, forcing lanes in both directions of of the freeway to be closed for a period of time and turning the morning commute into a slow crawl.  
La Potencia t-shirts will be given to 10,000 fans at Oakland A's game on Saturday; they were originally made to honor Yoenis Cespedes' contributions to back-to-back A.L. West titles.  
 
Public is urged to minimize driving, and limit strenuous exercise to early morning hours Friday during seventh Spare the Air alert this summer.  
 
Caltrans workers and contractors say they suffered job repercussions when they voiced concern about bridge work quality and costs.  
 
Downtown streets will close Friday afternoon to late Sunday night for the annual, two-day festival.  
 
When African-American workers came to work late June, they found the racist death threats, the latest incident in an ongoing pattern of racial discrimination and harassment after a lawsuit was filed late last year.  
 
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GenZe, an electric-powered scooter maker, moved last month from Palo Alto to south Fremont, where Tesla's factory and other cleantech companies have set up shop.  
 
Of the two remaining candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, both Democrats, incumbent Tom Torlakson panders to the politically powerful California Teachers Association by defending the status quo, while Marshall Tuck advocates for immediate changes and understands what must be done.  
 
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Following the Senate's refusal to release portions of the legislative calendars of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who have both been indicted on public corruption charges, Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles News Group have sued to get the documents.  
 
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In a festive vote, Oakland council members cut ties with Waste Management after more than a century and gave its $1 billion garbage and recycling contract to a homegrown firm.  
 
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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Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf

Long scoffed at as the bad toupee of the landscaping world, today's high-end fake grass is realistic-looking, kid-friendly, nonflammable, nontoxic, recyclable and low-maintenance. Better yet, hosing it off once a week, which is recommended if you have pets, consumes way less water than a live lawn.