Talk Back: Airline tragedy
Will the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet change Russia's policies toward Ukraine?
 Yes
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Oakland Tribune editorial: Tony La Russa's enshrinement in Hall of Fame is well-deserved

If ever there was a poster child for those in this world who believe in the virtue of sweating the details, it's former A's Manager Tony La Russa. Ask anyone who ever played for him or worked with him on anything, the man leaves little to chance. 
Gov. Jerry Brown has always sought to be a transformational leader. In his first stint as governor three of his appointees to the California Supreme Court were indeed transformational, but perhaps not in the way Brown had hoped.  
 
The horrific downing of a Malaysia Airlines commercial jetliner over Ukraine last week -- most likely from surface-to-air missiles launched by Russian separatists -- has put Russian President Vladimir Putin in a desperate bind.  
 
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July 26 letters to the editor

Fleeing children may have refugee statusWe should help determine legitimate need and claims. If they are fleeing for their lives and safety, legally they have claims as refugees. 
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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. 
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'Sharknado 2': Will 'The Second One' have the same bite?

The promotional hubub preceding the sequel, to air July 30, stands in stark contrast to the distinct lack of hype that accompanied the original. By director Anthony C. Ferrante hopes for another social media tidal wave.