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Private wells in California's Central Valley farm area show high uranium

mercurynews.com — By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Posted: 01/27/2015 11:52:14 AM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 11:52:15 AM PST SAN FRANCISCO -- One in four household water wells in parts of California's Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @KateGalbraith: Private wells in California's Central Valley farm area show high uranium mercurynews.com/california/ci_… (AP)

Jan 28, 2015

Private wells in California's Central Valley farm area show high uranium mercurynews.com/california/ci_… (AP)

Kurt Warner Talks About How He's Re-Making Kaepernick The World's Smartest Stupid Sports Blog

blogs.mercurynews.com — Let's face it. Most Bay Area residents don't care as much about the Patriots and Seahawks as much as they do about the 49ers and Raiders. The Raiders don't have as much of a presence here this week. But one very prominent 49er player has been spending time here in the desert - and with nothing connected to the Super Bowl.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

RT @MercPurdy: My latest blog post: Kurt Warner talks about how he's re-molding Colin Kaepernick during workouts here in Arizona: bayareane.ws/18s9blt

Jan 27, 2015

RT @MercPurdy: My latest blog post: Kurt Warner talks about how he's re-molding Colin Kaepernick during workouts here in Arizona: bayareane.ws/18s9blt

Jan 27, 2015

My latest blog post: Kurt Warner talks about how he's re-molding Colin Kaepernick during workouts here in Arizona: bayareane.ws/18s9blt

Police: Suspect arrested, second vehicle sought in deadly South San Jose hit-and-run

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/28/2015 09:33:59 AM PST Updated: 01/28/2015 09:34:00 AM PST SAN JOSE -- Police have announced an arrest and are seeking a second vehicle in the hit-and-run death of a female pedestrian in South San Jose last week.
Jan 28, 2015

Police: Suspect arrested, second vehicle sought in deadly South San Jose hit-and-run bayareane.ws/1y5NXj5 @mercnews http://t.co/bcahpDXSIh

Furniture store a convincing front for large marijuana grow in California

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/27/2015 03:02:44 PM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 03:02:47 PM PST GILROY -- At 'Gilroy Furniture & More," it turns out only the second offering was true. The downtown storefront on Monterey Road was never an operating business, but rather a well-disguised indoor marijuana grow housing over 1,000 plants valued at upward of $2 million, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
Jan 28, 2015

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Bay Area college basketball: Ranking the locals

blogs.mercurynews.com — Tough week around the Bay: * Stanford missed a chance to topple Arizona, collect a quality win and remain in first place. * Saint Mary's fell well short in its chance to upset Gonzaga, collect a desperately-needed quality win and take over first place.
Jan 28, 2015

Bay Area college basketball: Ranking the locals: Tough week around the Bay: * Stanford missed a chance to topp... bayareane.ws/18uVvpJ

San Jose: Police locate at-risk teen runaway safe in Monterey

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/28/2015 09:16:50 AM PST Updated: 01/28/2015 09:16:54 AM PST SAN JOSE -- A 15-year-old boy who ran away from home last week and was sought by police in part because of family concerns about whether he's able to treat his diabetic condition was found safe in Monterey, police said Wednesday.

Apple stock pushes toward record after massive holiday sales

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/28/2015 09:19:31 AM PST Updated: 01/28/2015 09:19:33 AM PST CUPERTINO -- Apple stock hopped Wednesday morning after the tech giant announced record profits and revenues in the holiday-shopping quarter, nearing the company's all-time high as analysts predicted more growth to come.
Jan 28, 2015

Apple got within about 1.6% of its record high this morning, and analysts expect the stock to keep rising. bayareane.ws/1Cg7ljY $AAPL

AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

mercurynews.com — By Howard Fendrich And Eddie Pells AP Sports Writers Posted: 01/28/2015 09:14:02 AM PST Updated: 01/28/2015 09:18:58 AM PST Click photo to enlarge PHOENIX (AP) - Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports.
Jan 28, 2015

.@AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by @NFL were passed swiftly by states, but many were weakened tinyurl.com/k9rw437 #football

Data: Vaccination rates at California elementary schools

mercurynews.com — Daniel J. Willis, Bay Area News Group. Posted: 01/26/2015 07:08:39 PM PST Updated: 01/26/2015 07:13:15 PM PST Vaccination rates are among kindergartners at California public elementary schools with 10 or more kindergarten students. Green markers signify a vaccination rate of the 92% or more required for "herd immunity" to protect the unvaccinated from disease.
Jan 27, 2015

Data: Vaccination rates at California elementary schools: mercurynews.com/health/ci_2739… via @bayareadata

Jan 27, 2015

RT @DMJreports: Great work by @BayAreaData: Searchable map/list of Bay Area public elementary schools' #vaccinations rates bayareane.ws/1EO0IUi #measles

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Cat comes back from grave: 'Pet Sematary is real'

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/28/2015 08:47:27 AM PST TAMPA, Fla. -- Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart's owner was so distraught, he couldn't stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave.
Jan 28, 2015

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CHP officer pleads no contest to sharing explicit photos of female arrestees, avoids jail

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/27/2015 09:38:10 AM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 09:55:32 AM PST MARTINEZ -- Former California Highway Patrol officer Sean Harrington pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felony counts of secretly copying and sharing explicit photos of female DUI suspects, however the Martinez resident will avoid serving any time in jail.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @katienelson210: No jail time for CHP cop who shared explicit photos of women. Judge quotes Elizabeth Cady Stanton bayareane.ws/1tmVYUj @CCTimes @mgafni

Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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First batch of Bay Area birds found covered in mysterious goo to be released

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/28/2015 07:29:12 AM PST Updated: 01/28/2015 07:29:13 AM PST The International Bird Rescue will release its first batch of cleaned seabirds Wednesday recuperating from getting covered in a mysterious goo on the shores of the East Bay and the Peninsula, bird rescue officials said Tuesday.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @mercnews: First batch of Bay Area birds found covered in mysterious goo to be released bayareane.ws/1K4dTBj

Plan to raise Shasta Dam takes hit after federal biologists say they can't support it over salmon concerns

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/27/2015 06:26:45 PM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 06:26:49 PM PST Click photo to enlarge Less than three months after California voters approved a water bond that contains $2.7 billion for new water storage, one of the leading projects under consideration has suffered a potentially fatal setback.

Colorado lawmakers introducing right-to-die legislation

mercurynews.com — By Ivan Moreno Associated Press Posted: 01/27/2015 02:07:47 AM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 03:03:42 PM PST DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats unveiled what's sure to be one of the most emotionally charged proposals of the year - legislation to give terminally ill patients the right to choose when they die, with the help of doctor-prescribed medication.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @FenitN: Colorado joins California in looming battles over right-to-die legislation mercurynews.com/california/ci_… via @IvanJourno

Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

Colorado joins California in looming battles over right-to-die legislation mercurynews.com/california/ci_… via @IvanJourno

Jan 27, 2015

RT @IvanJourno: One of the most emotionally charged debates coming to Colo: Right-to-die legislation. mercurynews.com/california/ci_… #coleg #copolitics

Jan 27, 2015

One of the most emotionally charged debates coming to Colo: Right-to-die legislation. mercurynews.com/california/ci_… #coleg #copolitics

Sheriff's Office: Gilroy furniture store was convincing front for large marijuana grow

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/27/2015 03:02:44 PM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 03:02:47 PM PST GILROY -- At 'Gilroy Furniture & More," it turns out only the second offering was true. The downtown storefront on Monterey Road was never an operating business, but rather a well-disguised indoor marijuana grow housing over 1,000 plants valued at upward of $2 million, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @mercnews: Gilroy Furniture and More sold pot, not sofas bayareane.ws/1z8cLcW @robertsalonga http://t.co/sY1ZK3R6vJ

Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Berkeley: Shannon Williams, longtime advocate for sex workers, dies at 48

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/27/2015 03:50:30 PM PST Updated: 01/27/2015 03:52:37 PM PST OAKLAND -- A former Berkeley High School teacher whose arrest on prostitution charges more than a decade ago gained national attention and who later became an advocate for legal sex work died unexpectedly last week, according to her family.
Jan 28, 2015

"She touched a lot of people" - actual quote in obit: Shannon Williams, longtime advocate for sex workers, dies at 48 mercurynews.com/crime-courts/c…

Review: Oakland's Plank is a boisterous affair

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/27/2015 12:00:00 PM PST Oakland has a lot to love. A beautiful lake. Three major sports franchises. A thriving cultural scene with artists, musicians, poets and more. Great restaurants and nightclubs. But no bowling?! There are alleys in neighboring cities -- Alameda, Albany, San Leandro -- but none here, until now.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @DMJreports: Dining review: @plankoakland packing 'em in for games, drinks, more; needs to step up service bayareane.ws/1tmKujr http://t.co/D0pQ3ub2rd

Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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They dumped Harbaugh, they had no plan beyond that, and now they're getting exposed

blogs.mercurynews.com — (Getty Pictures photo by Ezra Shaw.) * I've been trying to hold to my self-imposed moratorium on 49ers coaching blog-items until at least an offensive coordinator is named, but darn it, I had to break it tonight, a few hours after the news broke about Rob Chudzinski choosing to remain in Indianapolis instead of considering the 49ers or Rams OC jobs.
Jan 28, 2015

From overnight: The 49ers are the place for every good coach... unless he has any other option at all. bayareane.ws/1CyUY0S

Jan 27, 2015

RT @timkawakami: The 49ers’ wayward coaching journey: They dumped Harbaugh, they had no plan beyond that, and now they’re getti... bayareane.ws/1zuRzRQ

Jan 27, 2015

The 49ers’ wayward coaching journey: They dumped Harbaugh, they had no plan beyond that, and now they’re getti... bayareane.ws/1zuRzRQ

Palo Alto: Community searches for answers in wake of student suicides

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/28/2015 12:40:25 AM PST Updated: 01/28/2015 12:40:27 AM PST The search for answers in the wake of another suicide involving a Gunn High School student or recent graduate extended to the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.
Jan 28, 2015

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