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In Livermore wine country, craft brewers and the city build beer industry together

Hoping to cash in on a booming business, Livermore is making it easier for craft breweries to open in the city's empty industrial warehouses. Brewers are taking advantage and linking up in an effort to make the city a 'destination' for microbrew enthusiasts. 
About 96 percent of the outstanding shares of Safeway were voted in favor of the merger at a meeting at Safeway's headquarters in Pleasanton.  
 
Dan Honda
At least one person was injured at Saturday's Great Bull Run at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, but it was not known how serious the injuries were. Outside, animal rights activists protested.  
 
Extremely high levels of harmful E. coli bacteria have prompted the closure of Shadow Cliffs Lake to swimmers until further notice, East Bay Regional Park District officials said Friday.  
 
Lawrence Livermore and Sandia/California lab officials, medical professionals, investors and entrepreneurs met in Pleasanton at the Sixth Annual Innovation Tri-Valley Forum to discuss partnering on health care startups.  
 
Police are replacing sedans with SUVs over the next year.  
 
My students wrote reflectively in their journals in response to a variety of prompts, some serious and some lighthearted, about misconceptions they believed when they were little.  
 
For five days, Springhouse apartment residents in Pleasanton have been without any running water after a main pipe broke Friday night. That means going without showers, flushing toilets or brushing teeth.  
 
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and winemaking in the Livermore Valley region. This column information was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association The Italian game of bocce is fun for people of all ages.  
 
eventsthrough aug. 3 Shrek the Musical -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday. "Shrek, The Musical," based on the Oscar-winning film, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on the stage.  
 
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. 
(ABC/Javier Pesquera)
'The Bachelorette' recap: Who did Andi pick?

SPOILER ALERT: Read no further unless you want to know who the winning suitor was on Monday night's season finale of "The Bachelorette. 
(Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Batkid documentary in the works

A film about Miles Scott, the 5-year-old who stole the hearts of millions when he “saved Gotham” as part of a Make-a Wish Foundation event in San Francisco, is underway, but needs funds to be finished; a trailer has aired at Comic-Con.