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Opponents of Marin County's decision to buy the San Geronimo Golf Course have so far collected nearly half of the signatures they need to put an initiative on the ballot that would require the property's continued use as a golf course unless voters approve such a change.

"We are real close to 4,000 signatures and that is in five weeks," said Amelia "Niz" Brown, one of the leaders of the petition drive and San Geronimo Advocates, a citizens' group that filed suit to block the purchase.

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Investigators arrested three suspects and seized suspected methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine after a bust at a tavern in San Rafael.

The Marin County Major Crimes Task Force and allied agencies conducted the bust Friday at Trevor's Pub at 927 Tamalpais Ave. The task force has been investigating alleged drug sales at several bars downtown, said sheriff's Sgt.

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If virtual reality is the new smartphone, notebook or laptop computer, then Marin County has just reached the leading edge of the "next big thing."

"I believe this technology is going to fundamentally transform the way we communicate," said Sir Francis Drake High School teacher John MacLeod, founder of the nonprofit New Media Learning that is a key partner in the fledgling virtual reality-focused Marinovation Learning Center.

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Investigators arrested three suspects and seized suspected methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine after a bust at a tavern in San Rafael.

The Marin County Major Crimes Task Force and allied agencies conducted the bust Friday at Trevor's Pub at 927 Tamalpais Ave. The task force has been investigating alleged drug sales at several bars downtown, said sheriff's Sgt.

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By Richard Halstead

Marin residents joined a crowd of about 300 in a rally outside San Quentin State Prison on Saturday to support inmates nationwide who began a two-week strike Tuesday.

Bilal Ali, a spokesman for the Bay Area National Prison Strike Solidarity Committee, which organized the rally, said prisoners are striking for "humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.

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There were more surprises during day two of the preliminary hearing involving Novato businessman William Bradley's alleged shooting of his stepson - including a question as to who did the shooting.

On Thursday, the prosecution amended its complaint against Bradley, founder of the regional contracting firm W.

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Bay Area institution Orchard Supply Hardware has fallen victim to a battle of the big-box stores as parent company Lowe's, seeking to catch up to Home Depot, has decided to close all Orchard stores.

Orchard was founded in San Jose in 1931 as a farmers' co-op. Sears bought it in the 1990s and then sold it to Lowe's in 2013.

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Orchard Supply Hardware, the iconic do-it-yourself, fix-it chain founded in San Jose during the Great Depression, is closing all stores including the San Rafael location by year's end, a spokeswoman for parent company Lowe's said Tuesday.

The news comes ahead of an earnings call Wednesday, when more details about the move are slated to be released.

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The Whole Foods Market in downtown Novato is expected to open Thursday after an electrical snafu last week prompted a five-day closure.

A message on the store's answering machine says the grocery store at 790 DeLong Ave. will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.

In an email, a spokesman wrote: "Whole Foods Market Novato experienced a power outage and has been closed since Saturday.

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The Fairfax Town Council is inching closer to deciding what cannabis activity it will and will not allow in town.

Meanwhile, a petition aimed at jump-starting the cannabis industry in Fairfax has been rejected for not complying with the election code, town staff said.

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