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Shakedown on the bridge!

When I think of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, I think of the decadeslong building of the new eastern span, the shameless political grandstanding for a project that ran $5 billion over budget - and the construction headaches that live on. Brian Maroney, Caltrans' chief engineer for the bridge, sees something entirely different. He sees a visual stunner that delights drivers as they emerge from Treasure Island to gasp at a skyway with twinkling lights curling toward the East Bay hills. He thrills at the experience to the user, especially at night. Most importantly, he sees a bridge that is safe.

June 29, 2014 | | Other Views


Nasty playing cards and apologies

There's a new card game making the rounds that's designed to offend. What does it say about our culture that this marketing strategy actually works?

June 29, 2014 | | Other Views


USMNT captures attention

SAO PAULO (AP) - The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Dutch heat up late; KO El Tri

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) - The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left it with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


A’s finish off Marlins

MIAMI (AP) - Summoned from Triple-A Sacramento, Nate Freiman caught a red-eye flight to Miami and slept half an hour before landing at 6:30 a.m. for his season debut Sunday for the Oakland Athletics.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


SF swept at home for 1st time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Homer Bailey heard frequent reminders that he had a no-hit bid in progress. Not anyone on the Cincinnati bench mentioned it, however.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Bosh opts out; Big 3 are free

MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James went first. Dwyane Wade followed a few days later. And now Chris Bosh has made it a clean sweep.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Big 4 alive for Week 2 at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) - The so-called "Big 4" who have won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles titles - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer - are all around for the second week at Wimbledon, joined by the new major winner on the block, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


VICTORY LANE PROBLEMS

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - Brad Keselowski will have to fine-tune his victory celebrations after a shattered champagne bottle left him with a bloodied and bandaged right hand.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Teams now focused on free agency

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - NHL teams are about to go shopping, and they will have less money to spend than they might have thought just a few days ago.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Lewis collects 3rd LPGA win

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Stacy Lewis made a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday in the NW Arkansas Championship to finally win an official event in her adopted state.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


PGA: Rose overcomes late mistake at Congressional

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way one hole early and won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff Sunday over Shawn Stefani.

June 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Border Patrol has lots of agents ­– in wrong places

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

June 29, 2014 | | State


‘Flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft - and one day even astronauts - safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

June 29, 2014 | | State


New fireworks sponsor eases Calif. oversight

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tourism officials at Lake Tahoe say that obtaining Nevada-based sponsorship for their annual Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks shows will help free them from California regulators after settling a lawsuit over pollution.

June 29, 2014 | | State


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San Jose makes qualifying offers to 6

SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent defenseman Jason Demers, forwards Tommy Wingels and James Sheppard and three other players.

June 30, 2014 | | Pro Sports


World Cup kisses goodbye to Africa

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high.

June 30, 2014 | | Pro Sports


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