NFL On The Defensive
The release of surveillance video showing N.F.L. player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée and dragging her unconscious body from an elevator has sparked national outrage and an independent investigation into the top brass of the N.F.L. The case resonates in the Bay Area where 49er Ray McDonald was recently arrested following a fight with his pregnant fiancée. McDonald was allowed to the play in the season opener despite the arrest.
• Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle
Tale Of Two Cities: San Jose & Oakland Mayoral Races
Voters are getting ready to cast their ballots in two big mayoral contests in the Bay Area. In San Jose current Mayor Chuck Reed is being termed out. The race there is down to two candidates, Councilmember Sam Liccardo, and Santa Clara County Supervisor and former vice mayor, Dave Cortese. In Oakland incumbent Jean Quan is facing 14 challengers. Both cities are grappling with the high cost of housing, the direction of economic growth and public safety.
• Bob Gammon, East Bay Express
• Scott Herhold, San Jose Mercury News