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    Travel Top 10: Best cities for pool parties

    You'd think California would have scored more than three spots on Evite's list of the nation's top spots for pool parties. 
    From Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey to Megan Fox, some of the biggest names in Hollywood were inspired by the George Lucas movies of their youth.  
     
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    Feminism is enjoying a pop culture resurgence as A-list celebrities, social media activists and college students proudly identify with and celebrate push for equality.  
     
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    AMC's new zombie drama "Fear the Walking Dead" is pegged to a Los Angeles family with two strikingly different siblings: Nick (Frank Dillane), a wayward junkie, and his sister Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), a brainy teen bound for UC Berkeley.  
     
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    An empty mourning dove nest and a stray feather has reader worried about baby's fate.  
     
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    Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg also among the fall season's best bets.  
     
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    With its blasts of trippy cinematic tricks and a great performance from Wes Bentley, this late summer release has the bones of a decent movie.  
     
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    SFJAZZ, Yoshi's, Kuumbwa, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society will host plenty of great shows.  
     
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    Sheet mulching is the best way to get rid of your lawn, and prevent flooding when the rains come.  
     
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    As comical as it appears, it's a pretty safe posture for a squirrel, protecting their more vulnerable bellies and making them less of an upright target for predators (not to mention protects males' manly bits from nips by other squirrels).
     
     
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    Call me crazy but I love it all, the cross section of humanity, the collective patience (forced though it may be), even the small talk that leads to an actual conversation.  
     
    Autumn brings a parade of masterworks to Bay Area museums by European, Asian and American artists. Among the big names are Van Gogh, Hiroshige, Sargent and Diebenkorn.  
     
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    All the seafood we tried was tasty and made to order; most dishes are fairly tame on the heat scale so as not to overwhelm the delicate flavors.  
     
    Also on tap: Kronos Quartet debuts new work about My Lai Massacre.  
     
    This year's iteration keeps and polishes the previous improvements and gives fans just enough to make it feel fresh with ideas generated from trends in the sport and gaming.
     
     
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    Is the small white bird visiting a Bay Area feeder a rare fellow?  
     
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    The new Dana's in Danville's Livery is filled with surprises, from its creative, beautiful plates to its winsome flavor combinations.  
     
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    Head for the Marin Headlands for wilderness hikes, history and more.  
     
    Also on tap: Classical Indian dance from Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Oakland's Dimensions Dance tackles East Bay forces of change.  
     
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    One family has discovered an unwanted issue with trying to save water -- they may be breeding mosquitoes.  
     
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    A reader shares his favorites stretches of the San Francisco Bay Trail.  
     
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    Idina Menzel returns to Bay Area to star in Broadway hit 'If/Then.'  
     
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    Fanciful wine names and non-traditional blends hallmark of new red wine blend style  
     
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    Highway mile marker is replaced after pot smokers commandeer the number 420.  
     
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    The state has a lot of animals that are considered native, but that doesn't mean they are exclusive to our borders.  
     
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    Companion series finds Los Angeles on the brink of the zombie apocalypse.  
     
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    'Public Morals,' 'The Carmichael Show' debut; 'Hannibal' departs.  
     
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    San Mateo County History Museum runs a free 3-D video mapping light show every Tuesday night.  
     
    All jokes aside, turns out some airlines actually serve great food, particularly if you're traveling first class or business. These are the top 10 airlines, ranked by cuisine.  
     
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    From a Darth Vader backpack to Star Wars gummy vitamins and Obi-Wan toothbrushes, the movie-branded merchandise is already getting out of hand -- four months before 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' hits theaters.  
     
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    Chris Brown owns 14 Burger Kings

    Peyton Manning, Kanye West, Magic Johnson, Rick Ross, Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Aaron also own fast food joints.