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POSTED April 15, 2013 8:34 p.m.

EARTHQUAKES 'APPALLED' BY PLAYER'S ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN JOSE  (AP) — The president of the San Jose Earthquakes says he is appalled that forward Alan Gordon directed an anti-gay slur at an opponent.

Dave Kaval said Monday that Gordon's actions have let down the team's fans and he will do whatever is necessary so the team can be "viewed as a beacon of diversity, community, and equality."

Gordon was ejected in the second half Sunday after receiving a pair of yellow cards involving fouls on other players. But minutes before his ejection, he was seen on the television broadcast using a slur toward Portland's Will Johnson.

Gordon apologized after the match and said his comments don't reflect his views. Gordon could face a three-game suspension from MLS.

DEPUTIES SEIZE 12 GUNS, ARREST 4 IN SONOMA: SONOMA  (AP) — Authorities say four people were arrested and a dozen guns were seized near Sonoma after a deputy spotted a pickup linked to a shooting earlier this month.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/17BcstT) the white Nissan Frontier truck was the getaway vehicle on April 5 for a group of men who taunted a security guard at a park, exposing their genitalia and throwing beer cans at the guard. After they took off, several people reported hearing gunfire nearby.

On Saturday a deputy approached a group of men who were standing around a Nissan Frontier. The deputy found two rifles, a shotgun and a handgun in the bed of the pickup as well as a loaded .357 handgun under a seat.

Officials say the guns had been stolen during a residential burglary.

BART BOARD TO HOLD SOME MEETINGS AT NIGHT: OAKLAND  (AP) — Hoping to provide more access to commuters, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials will begin holding some board meetings at night.

BART directors will be experimenting with night meetings to see if it will be easier for the public to attend and speak out about the train system.

The newspaper says few people other than BART employees and contractors usually attend the board's 9 a.m. meetings held in downtown Oakland on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

On May 23 the BART board will discuss the annual budget at a meeting starting at 6 p.m. The June 13 meeting discussing easing restrictions on bringing bicycles on trains will also begin at 6 p.m.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS HEADQUARTERS TO BE SOLD: SAN JOSE  (AP) — The San Jose Mercury News is joining the growing number of U.S. newspapers that have sold their headquarters as a way to get more modern office space and to save or make money.

The newspaper announced Monday that the 36-acre campus it has occupied since 1965 is being put on the market.

The Mercury News' plans to open new editorial and advertising offices at a location that hasn't been selected yet. The newspaper's printing and production will be relocated to Concord and Hayward, where Bay Area News Group has printing plants.

 

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