Parra a thorn in side of Giants, Cain in 5-2 loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before Tuesday’s game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy sounded cautiously optimistic talking about right-hander Matt Cain -- that it takes time, after a pitcher misses such an extended period with injuries, to maintain a regular rhythm and arm slot, that the game can still speed up on a veteran, that he believes Cain is "only going to get better with each outing as far as comfort, command."

Cal Fire academy manager fights for his job

The battle ended Monday in a windowless State Personnel Board meeting room on Capitol Mall after 18 witnesses and six days of testimony. Whether former Cal Fire Assistant Chief Mike Ramirez wins back his job after all that depends on how effectively he put Director Ken Pimlott and department leaders on trial.

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The granddaddy of public health programs hits the half-century mark Thursday

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