Bay Bridge: Tests show metal parts should last; demolition costs of old span rising

Ongoing corrosion tests show more than 2,300 metal parts installed on the bridge should be protected, but do not have to be replaced.  
Hurricane Maria: Southern California prepares as big waves brew along coast
The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing Wednesday, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.  

Signs of Indian walking sticks in Bay Area
Reader spots an unusual bug, which turns out to be a pest more common in Southern California. 

Company ranks Milpitas as one of the most solar friendly cities
A Bay Area solar company has given City of Milpitas the grade of "A" for the ease of gaining required city permits to install solar panels in their homes or businesses. 

Hayward: Alert lifted after hazardous vapor release at shuttered chemical plant
Authorities lifted a shelter-in-place order after a hazardous materials release Tuesday afternoon at a Hayward chemical company, and police said there were no reports of damage or injuries.  

Antioch updates drought management plan by reaffirming water restrictions
Call the city's hotline at 925-779-6140 if you see people wasting water by using non-recirculating fountains, washing driveways, flooding yards while irrigating, or washing vehicles using a hose without a shut-off nozzle. 

Half Moon Bay pledges $100,000 to State Parks to fix bridge
Desperate to reopen a well-traveled coastal foot bridge, the city of Half Moon Bay has taken the unusual step of offering $100,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation -- with no strings attached. 

Alviso: 'Charismatic' burrowing owl protected by special habitat
The city of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society are helping to protect the burrowing owl through a special habitat near a wastewater facility.  

Pleasanton: New Iron Horse Trail segment opens
The $5.2 million new link completes the trail between Pleasanton and Concord 

Plastic bags: California ban rejected by Assembly
The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.  

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Cee Lo Green makes controversial comments about rape

Former 'The Voice’ judge deleted Twitter account temporarily after causing stir by suggesting women must be conscious to be raped.