( Mike Lewis )
Insect killer of crops, gardens arrives in Bay Area and is spreading north

Only six years after landing in Los Angeles, invasive Bagrada bugs have moved north into Santa Clara County, especially in greenhouses growing arugula and mizuna in the Gilroy and Hollister area. Last month, the African insect turned up in Redwood City.  
( Kristopher Skinner )
Raids uncover wage fraud at Contra Costa senior care homes

A yearlong investigation culminated in the arrest Tuesday of the owners of 19 senior care homes throughout Contra Costa County. Authorities said the owners were working employees for up to 16 hours a day while paying them as little as $4 an hour. 
( Gary Reyes )
Testing the new buffer zone for bicyclists

Newspaper columnist tests the new buffer zone for bicyclists on Tuesday, the first day California drivers were required to keep 3 feet away when passing  
(Jim Gensheimer)
Purdy: Wild times ahead for A's and Giants

Calm down. The A's and Giants will both make the playoffs.  
The Oakland Raiders remade their defense, but the results haven't been there, as the Raiders rank last in the NFL against the run.  
 
 
Brandon Rush, who helped the Golden State Warriors off the bench in the 2011-12 season, is glad to be back with the NBA team in a similar role for new coach Steve Kerr.  
 
 
Drake and Lil Wayne, two of hip-hop's brightest stars, unite for winning show at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View.  
 
 
Calling all flappers and zoot suiters: This new dining and entertainment venue is the perfect place to eat, sip and dance away the weekend.  
 
 
Laura A. Oda/Staff file photo
The University of California on Monday announced plans for a $250 million venture capital fund to finance startups created by students and faculty, signaling a growing interest to cash in on companies created in dorm rooms and classrooms.
 
 
 
A fundraiser will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday for a young San Jose couple who are taking care of four siblings after the death of their mother.  
 
 
 
The California Public Utilities Commission is a regulatory circus, a parody of government run amok. Its clueless maneuvers Monday to deal with commissioners' misconduct were an insult to the public its supposed to serve.