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    State Senate blocks passage _ for now.  
    The Richmond City Council will hold two special meetings to finalize the rent control ordinance passed last week. The first meeting will be this Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Richmond Civic Center. The second reading of the rent control ordinance is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.  
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    Although litigation with the Guidiville Indian tribe and Upstream LLC is ongoing, soil cleanup at the Point Molate peninsula is nearly complete, and plans are in the works to refurbish and rent one of the historic cottages as a way to drum up interest in the site.  
    RICHMOND -- A body found in the back seat of a burning car is being investigated as a suspicious death, police said Thursday.At 12:26 p.m., Richmond dispatchers got a call about a car on fire in the 200 block of West Nevin Avenue, Richmond police Sgt.  
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    An irate standing-room only crowd of more than 200 residents filled the clubhouse of the Springtown Public Golf Course for two heated community meetings to discuss the future of the threatened city-owned course.  
    Prosecutors added a second boy victim to the child molestation charges against former Walden West science camp aide.  
    Brian Hamilton, who helped turn around Concord High's football program, will work at Cal as a quality control assistant.  
    California's beer industry topped three key economic sectors in a nationwide study released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association in Alexandria, Va.  
    LiPo Ching
    Nearly 70 percent of California's previously uninsured adults have gained health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act -- and most of them say their health care needs are being met, according to the latest survey of the Kaiser Family Foundation. But the survey also found that plenty of challenges for the newly insured remain when it comes to paying for and accessing care.  
    OAKLAND -- The Alameda County District Attorney's Office filed felony charges Thursday against an Oakland pain management doctor accused of prescribing prescriptions for large quantities of pain-relieving medications and other dangerous drugs.  
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    Katy Perry still battling nuns for former convent

    Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary deny singer's bid to buy a Los Angeles convent, in favor of restaurateur's higher bid, but judge opens the door for renting the property -- and Perry hopes to make her case.