( Patrick Tehan )
The top 10 Bay Area news stories of 2014

If a single theme characterized Bay Area news during 2014, it might be contradiction.As the local economy caught fire, we saw stark evidence that its benefits eluded many. 
(Dai Sugano)
Drugging our kids: The documentary video

Part 5 of the investigative series "Drugging Our Kids": A video that gives voice to many of the young people who say they were silenced by powerful drugs while in California's foster care system.  
( Justin Edmonds )
Raiders' Sparano has support of veteran players

Interim Oakland Raiders coach would like to keep the job in 2015, and he has the full support of veterans Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith and Charles Woodson. 
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New Year's Eve cold snap to greet 2015

Outdoor revelers celebrating New Year's Eve on Wednesday night might want to make sure they have gloves, hats and scarves available. Cold times will greet the arrival of 2015. 
Oakland Raiders prized rookies Derek Carr, Khalil Mack end season on down note but have great expectations for future  
 
 
Draymond Green had a brilliant all-around game, and Stephen Curry scored 25 points and Klay Thompson 21 as the Golden State Warriors ended their two-game skid with a 110-97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves  
 
 
Richard Vogel
Google's decision to air the controversial film 'The Interview' on its video platform YouTube is far more than a statement on the freedom of speech -- it's a calculated business move that aims to propel YouTube from a go-to entertainment site for free videos of dancing cats and Korean pop stars to a source for Hollywood-grade films that viewers will happily pay to see.
 
 
 
Karl Mondon
After 58 years, the Chinese eatery closed its doors for the last time Sunday, as hundreds of customers dined and reminisced about banquets, reunions, business lunches and especially family dinners. Owner Vicky Ching, 69, plans to raze the award-winning building and redevelop it as an extended-stay hotel.  
 
 
RAY CHAVEZ
A flotilla of giant container ships is anchored in San Francisco Bay waiting to unload cargo at the Port of Oakland, the result of a disruption that has clogged the West Coast’s major commercial arteries. The traffic jam in the bay, from ships bringing in imported goods, is only part of the problem. Exports are also threatened, including perishables from the Central Valley that are stuck in limbo.
 
 
 
D. ROSS CAMERON
A cold-weather spell that has kept dirty air low in the atmosphere will bring with it another Spare the Air day on Monday.  
 
 
 
On Friday, organizers will submit more than 35,000 signatures on referendum petitions seeking to overturn Contra Costa supervisors' exorbitant 33 percent pay raise. Board members should rescind their raises, pause and reflect, and then begin a reasoned dialog with the public about how much their salaries and benefits should be and how they should be set.