• How to invest in renewable energy - 07/30/2014 10:18 AM PDT
    The osprey, a fierce and powerful fishing bird, used to be just another San Francisco Bay shoreline visitor, flying over and feeding without setting down roots. These days, however, the acrobatic divers are becoming natives, constructing elaborate stick nests on cranes, poles or other man-made structures.  
    The sleek, driverless trains will whiz riders between Coliseum Station and Oakland International Airport beginning this November.  
    Monday, July 14 STOLEN VEHICLE -- A 1997 Infinity J30 was reported stolen in the 700 block of Lexington Avenue overnight. WARRANT -- A San Francisco man, 45, was arrested on an Alameda County warrant during a traffic stop at 10:15 a.  
    Berkeley HumaneBig, handsome Floyd will be your best friend. He wishes you were here to go for walks, chase balls, learn new tricks and just hang out. He may look macho, but he isn't afraid to get affectionate.  
    MONDAY, JULY 28 RECKLESS DRIVING -- Police warned drivers and occupants of two cars at Golden Gate Fields who were driving around the parking lot hanging off the side of the cars and sitting on top of them.  
    FRIDAY, JULY 18 STOLEN AUTO -- A vehicle was stolen at Eighth and Grayson streets. THEFT -- Someone stole less than $950 worth of items from a location in the 2000 block of Kittredge Street.  
    The city will participate in the annual National Night Out on Aug. 5, with neighborhoods all over the city closing down to traffic to encourage neighbors to meet neighbors as well as interact with the Albany Police Department. Similar gatherings will be held in Berkeley, El Cerrito and other area cities.  
    I've been getting anxious phone calls from people all over Berkeley because of rumors that Berkeley Hardware, one of the most beloved stores in the city, is going out of business, just a year short of its 120th birthday.  
    "Catch Me If You Can" tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who successfully pretended to be a Pan American pilot, a doctor in Georgia and a prosecutor in Louisiana.  
    It's been a long time since I've checked out Lake Merritt at night. I really need to get out more.The change is impressive. There are cafés and people everywhere -- a beautiful blend of humanity coming together to celebrate the near-perfect weather in Oakland.  
    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. 
    Aperitif hour

    Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.