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Half Moon Bay: Man dies after being buried alive by sand at Francis State Beach

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/22/2014 02:49:49 PM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 02:49:51 PM PDT HALF MOON BAY -- A man in his 20s died Monday evening at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay after a hole he was digging collapsed and buried him alive beneath four feet of sand.
Jul 22, 2014

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Jul 22, 2014

RT @Erin_Ivie: "He was buried alive in that hole that he dug": Man dies after being buried by sand at Half Moon Bay beach bit.ly/1nyIhOd @mercnews

Jul 22, 2014

Man digging holes on #HalfMoonBay beach buried standing up w/ hands to side as rescuers frantically tried to save him mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/…

Jul 22, 2014

RT @rgkeith: Buried alive "standing up straight,. . . with hands to his sides'' on Half Moon Bay beach. mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/… via @MercNews

Jul 22, 2014

Buried alive "standing up straight,. . . with hands to his sides'' on Half Moon Bay beach. mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/… via @MercNews

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Concord 'Mystery Man' gave away groceries to shake the blues

mercurynews.com — The 'Mystery Man' of Concord came forward this week to talk about why he used a big chunk of his last paycheck after being laid off to buy $600 in groceries for customers at a local market: Michael Simas, 33, said he was "trying to take a lousy day and make it a good day.
Jul 23, 2014

#Concord Mystery Man comes forward after spending last paycheck after layoff on groceries for strangers contracostatimes.com/my-town/ci_261… @3rdERH

Jul 22, 2014

Turns-out that the Concord 'Mystery Man' gave away groceries to shake the blues disq.us/8jdcv1

Jul 22, 2014

RT @DMJreports: #Concord man spent $600 - from last paycheck after being laid off - on groceries for strangers bit.ly/1jU3WPW #exclusive @3rdERH

Jul 22, 2014

#Concord man spent $600 - from last paycheck after being laid off - on groceries for strangers bit.ly/1jU3WPW #exclusive @3rdERH

Hall of Famer Tony La Russa still obsessing over the details

mercurynews.com — Before he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, before he is cast in bronze alongside the greatest of all-time, Tony La Russa wants Oakland to know just how rotten he feels for lousing things up. He won one World Series with the A's. Just one.
Jul 22, 2014

RT @MarkConley: #HallOfFame read by @mercbrownie on inductee Tony La Russa. I like the guy better after reading it. (Tony, not Dan!) bit.ly/UratW6

Jul 22, 2014

RT @MarkConley: #HallOfFame read by @mercbrownie on inductee Tony La Russa. I like the guy better after reading it. (Tony, not Dan!) bit.ly/UratW6

Jul 22, 2014

#HallOfFame read by @mercbrownie on inductee Tony La Russa. I like the guy better after reading it. (Tony, not Dan!) bit.ly/UratW6

Giants outlast Phillies in 14 innings

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/22/2014 10:09:31 PM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 10:09:33 PM PDT PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants ran out of relievers and bench players Tuesday night, but they never ran out of fight. Brandon Crawford cleared the bases in the 14th inning shortly after the five-hour mark at Citizens Bank Park, and the Giants swiped a thrilling 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jul 23, 2014

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Jul 23, 2014

The Giants ran out of relievers, hitters and options, but they had plenty of fight left. Story on a 14-inning win: bit.ly/1nTad9N

San Ramon: Remains of Mexico fishing trip organizer returned to family

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/22/2014 06:42:07 PM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 06:42:08 PM PDT SAN RAMON -- The remains of Don Lee have been reunited with his San Ramon family. More than three years ago, Lee organized a fishing trip to Mexico that ended with the 115-foot ship Erik sinking in the Sea of Cortez.

Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics

mercurynews.com — Hannah Dreier Associated Press Posted: 07/22/2014 09:15:31 PM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 09:15:32 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela's president. His first thought was, "Not again."
Jul 23, 2014

AP: In Venezuela, don't discount the power of the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory bit.ly/1rJNy4O

Marin County parks warns visitors about man posing as park ranger

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/22/2014 06:37:56 PM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 06:44:14 PM PDT Marin County Parks officials are cautioning visitors to the Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve above Mill Valley and Corte Madera about a man who is posing as a park ranger.
Jul 23, 2014

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Los Altos: McKenzie Park offer riles residents

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/22/2014 11:27:09 PM PDT Updated: 07/23/2014 12:03:36 AM PDT More than half a dozen Los Altos residents implored the City Council on Tuesday night to take McKenzie Park off the table as a potential site for an elementary school.

Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow suffering from degenerative muscle disease

mercurynews.com — Mike Krukow's condition is not life-threatening, but San Francisco Giants' radio/TV voice said the disease, diagnosed eight years ago, will force him to use a cane and possibly a scooter as he gets older.
Jul 22, 2014

Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow suffering from degenerative muscle disease dlvr.it/6PKf5P

Jul 22, 2014

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POSTGAME NOTES: Nearly six hours, 507 pitches, 14 innings ... and one very fulfilling victory for Giants

blogs.mercurynews.com — Hector Sanchez hobbled to the clubhouse shower, teammates egging him on with every step. As the five-hour, 46-minute game had come to an end, a cramping Sanchez had caught the 247th of 248 Giants pitches and badly seized up. His right leg stiffened and he shook his head deliriously, then got ready for another pitch from closer Tim Lincecum.
Jul 23, 2014

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New law bans homeowners associations for fining residents with burnt lawns

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/22/2014 04:07:15 PM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 04:07:16 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge SACRAMENTO -- Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker.
Jul 22, 2014

RT @dakizuki: New law bans homeowners associations for fining residents with dried lawns bit.ly/1mBDWnf @Calefati

Jul 22, 2014

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Photos from Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros on July 22

photos.mercurynews.com — By Oakland Athletics' Craig Gentry was in the mood to steal second and third bases in the third inning at O.co Coliseum against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 22. He later crossed the plate for the A's first run. (Photos by Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

California whooping cough epidemic: Latinos vigilant about vaccinating children

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/15/2014 05:54:00 PM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 08:43:51 PM PDT Click photo to enlarge WATSONVILLE -- They are often poor, undocumented and find it harder than most Californians to access health care.
Jul 23, 2014

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Listeria warning: California fruit recalled; retailers include Costco, Trader Joe's

mercurynews.com — Posted: 07/22/2014 08:10:51 AM PDT Updated: 07/22/2014 08:14:08 AM PDT CUTLER -- A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure.

Police Blotter: Police receive complaint of loud singing at church

mercurynews.com — Compiled from police department reports Posted: 07/22/2014 12:01:00 PM PDT SAN JOSE Southern Division, 10 a.m. July 15 Officers working gang suppression detail performed parole and probation searches and made one drug arrest. 1300 block of Danube way, 12:53 p.m.