Melky Cabrera testosterone plot thickens (SF Chronicle)

The Melky Cabrera drug saga took a bizarre turn Sunday when it was reported that he tried to trick Major League Baseball in a plot that backfired and prompted another federal investigation into the sport’s link to performance-enhancing drugs.

Refinery smoke blew past air monitors (SF Chronicle)

Smoke and soot from the fire at Chevron’s refinery in Richmond spread across a densely populated area, sickening thousands. But while the material found its way into lungs and bloodstreams, it did not find an air quality system that could measure it in a meaningful way.

‘Hostages’ at home: Intimidation spreads in Oakland, other violence plagued cities (Bay Area News Group)

Gardening under the tobacco tree in her backyard one day in June, Mercy Vanaman felt something rough in the dirt. She clawed at the soil, then pulled up a tarp and discovered a black duffel bag half-buried in the ground. She had found evidence of unwelcome visits to her West Oakland garden before — usually by people, usually at night. In that way, the garden was a kind of secret hiding place.

Facebook hits record low for third straight session, falls to less than half of IPO price (SJ Mercury News)

Facebook shares reached a record low for the third consecutive trading session Monday, when the Menlo Park social network’s stock fell lower than half the price commanded in the company’s record-breaking initial public offering.

West Nile virus fight takes hold in Bay Area (Contra Costa Times)

With West Nile virus outbreaks at record levels across the country and warning signs popping up in the Bay Area, some counties are stepping up efforts to control virus-carrying mosquitoes.

‘Top Gun’ director left behind notes to loved ones (Associated Press)

Coroner’s officials investigating Tony Scott’s death say the director left several notes to loved ones in his car before jumping from a Los Angeles bridge Sunday.

Survivor of bridge jump advocates for mental health, safety barrier (Bay Citizen)

When Kevin Hines speaks about the need for a suicide prevention barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge, he speaks from experience: He is one of a few dozen people who have survived the 220-foot jump from the span.

Ross man helps with ‘Zombie Bee’ research (Marin IJ)

A Ross beekeeper is getting involved in an effort to research a phenomenon that sees honey bees turned into “zombies” by parasitic flies that use the bee as a living breeding ground. San Francisco State biology professor John Hafernik — who was first to report the zombie bees — has launched, a citizen science project to report sightings of the parasitized bees.

Field Poll: Support grows in California for federal health care law (Sacramento Bee)

A majority of California voters support the national health care overhaul, with the proportion of voters strongly favoring the legislation growing over the previous year, according to a new Field Poll.

A.M. Splash: Cabrera Plot Thickens; Air Tests Questioned; ‘Hostages’ in Oakland 20 August,2012Caitlin Esch

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