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Broken water main floods UCLA; 5 people rescued

sfgate.com — LOS ANGELES (AP) â€" A broken water main near the UCLA campus is spewing water into the air, and stranding cars and people in underground parking structures. Streets on and near campus are flooded, and fast-moving sheets of water are pouring down the entrance of a parking structure and into campus athletic fields near Pauley Pavilion.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @SFGate: Broken water main near UCLA finally shut off, millions of gallons of water flood campus: sfg.ly/XbVLnT pic.twitter.com/cJaS0JJA5w

Jul 30, 2014

RT @SFGate: Broken water main near UCLA finally shut off, millions of gallons of water flood campus: sfg.ly/XbVLnT pic.twitter.com/cJaS0JJA5w

Jul 30, 2014

RT @SFGate: Broken water main near UCLA finally shut off, millions of gallons of water flood campus: sfg.ly/XbVLnT pic.twitter.com/cJaS0JJA5w

Gov. Brown must show PUC President Mike Peevey the door

sfgate.com — Gov. Jerry Brown had ample cause to remove Mike Peevey as president of the California Public Utilities Commission even before the disclosure of e-mails that underscored the coziness between state regulators and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. How about that e-mail from Peevey's chief of staff offering advice to PG&E on how to stonewall a public information request about the commission's work?
Jul 29, 2014

RT @JohnDiazChron: SFChron Edit: @govjerrybrown has all the evidence he needs -- and more -- to remove Michael Peevey as CPUC prez. sfchronicle.com/opinion/editor…

Jul 29, 2014

SFChron Edit: @govjerrybrown has all the evidence he needs -- and more -- to remove Michael Peevey as CPUC prez. sfchronicle.com/opinion/editor…

Mother of journalist Jason Rezaian pleads for Iran release

sfgate.com — The mother of Bay Area native and former Chronicle correspondent Jason Rezaian, who was arrested for unexplained reasons last week in Tehran, implored Iranian authorities to release him and his wife, in a video-recorded message released Tuesday.
Jul 29, 2014

RT @hanifzk: Jason Rezaian's brother Ali: "Jason is fun-loving, has lots of friends & loves bringing people together." | #Iran http://t.co/…

Jul 29, 2014

Mother of former Chronicle journalist Jason Rezaian pleads for Iran release, via @haleaziz sfgate.com/world/article/…

S.F. tenants rally, sue over evictions for vacation rentals

sfgate.com — Outside a three-unit apartment building in North Beach at noon on Tuesday, Benito Santiago banged a drum while Erin McElroy danced and led a dozen housing activists in chants such as "Vacation rentals; you can't evict me."
Jul 29, 2014

RT @SFGate: Housing activists chant "vacation rentals; you can't evict me" in protest against VRBO rentals sfg.ly/1pplItB pic.twitter.com/7ueafCBCbN

Firefighters pushing back against fire near Yosemite

sfgate.com — Firefighters battling a 2,700-acre wildfire on the western edge of Yosemite National Park pushed the blaze farther from homes, but only as flames raced deeper into the heart of the park, officials said Tuesday. [...] residents of the threatened communities of Old El Portal and Foresta, near the park's Highway 140 entrance, praised firefighters for keeping the blaze from demolishing their communities.
Jul 29, 2014

Good progress in fight - Yosemite blaze: A surge of relief in tiny Foresta - SFGate sfgate.com/bayarea/articl… via @SFGate #ElPortalFire

Jul 29, 2014

Sand Fire pretty much done donw / Yosemite blaze: Some return home as firefighters dig in - SFGate sfgate.com/bayarea/articl… via @SFGate

Jul 29, 2014

Blaze now 19 % contained: Firefighters pushing back against fire near Yosemite - SFGate sfgate.com/bayarea/articl… via @SFGate

Jul 29, 2014

Firefighters protect most homes from #Yosemite #fire, but those pretty sequoias now at risk @kurtisalexander bit.ly/1tojQVO @sfgate

Jul 29, 2014

RT @kurtisalexander: "Finally, peace and quiet," says Old El Portal resident, as many return home after Yosemite fire evacuations: sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…

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Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

blog.sfgate.com — Many folks on the A's weren't thrilled when the team let go of Sam Fuld early in the season, and wouldn't he be a good fit right about now?

Speaker: Spill law should exempt small oil, gas

sfgate.com — (AP) â€" West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley wants Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to limit regulation on small oil and gas operators in a law responding to a January chemical spill. In a July 9 letter, Miley said small, non-Marcellus Shale wells are in "survival mode" and should be exempt from new aboveground tank inspections and registrations.

A’s rally for six in the ninth to beat Astros 7-4

blog.sfgate.com — HOUSTON - The A's tried out a new center fielder Tuesday, and the kid was flawless in the field.

Extension imminent? Brooks restructures to create $2M in space

blog.sfgate.com — Given the stalemate, Boone is a candidate for an extension. The 49ers' top two pending free agents are wide receiver Michael Crabtree and right guard Mike Iupati. On Sunday, general manager Trent Baalke said he'd like to sign them to extensions before they reach free agency.
Jul 29, 2014

Extension imminent? Brooks restructures to create $2 million in cap space. blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2014/07/… #49ers

Instagram launches Bolt app abroad

blog.sfgate.com — Instagram launched a new photo and video messaging app called Bolt, despite pleas from a San Francisco start-up to not copy its name. The app is available in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa, but not in the U.S.
Jul 29, 2014

Instagram launches Bolt app in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa: blog.sfgate.com/techchron/2014…