ALAMEDA COUNTY
Alameda: Developer drops housing plans for Crab Cove Visitor Center

The East Bay Regional Park District wants to acquire the approximately four-acre property off McKay Avenue to expand Crab Cove by using funds from Measure WW, which Alameda and Contra Costa County voters approved in November 2008 to protect and expand open space at the district.  
ARIC CRABB
Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson's aggressive actions escalated the confrontation with Michael Brown leading to the teen's tragic shooting  
 
HAYWARD -- A San Francisco labor attorney pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run for killing a Chinese tourist in Dublin in 2012.  
 
Monday was the deadline for comments to the recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Phillips 66 Company Rail Spur Extension Project, which would bring about 250 unit trains a year with 80 tank cars plus locomotives and supporting cars to a new crude oil unloading facility in Santa Maria from the north or from the south along tracks owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, including possibly the Capitol Corridor along the east shore of San Pablo and San Francisco bays.  
 
The City Council approved the plan, despite objections from neighbors, for a remodeling of the Valero station at Santa Rita Road and West Las Positas Boulevard.  
 
Reason doesn't sway believers in liberalismI was amused to read the comments by retiring U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, (Valley Times, Nov. 17) on why Americans were discontented with President Obama and showed it at the ballot box.  
 
A Novato man was identified as the driver who went the wrong way on Highway 101 early Sunday, causing a head-on collision that killed himself and the other driver, police said Monday.  
 
On Nov. 20, BART unveiled the Oakland Airport Connector with a party to celebrate the new link from Coliseum Station to Oakland International Airport.We like parties as much as anyone else.  
 
Gary Reyes
Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports 5 days of unhealthy smog in 2014 -- the highest number in four years.  
 
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Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: Clean up your act

The veteran entertainer complains in an interview that young singers rely too much on selling sex instead of talent.