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Top 5 SRP Stories of the Week: Charity Soccer Game, No Fireworks and a Heated Debate

A look back at the top stories on San Ramon Patch in the last week.

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The two elite women's soccer college programs will play an exhibition game at Dougherty Valley High on April 21 at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the game will go to the family of 10-year-old Brianne “Breezy” Bochenek and other children who have been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

Bochenek, who was a competitive soccer player, was diagnosed with the cancer last fall and has since aggressively fought the cancer, with chemotherapy and support from family and the San Ramon community.

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The council voted 3-0 to cease all efforts to legalize "Safe and Sane" fireworks in San Ramon on Tuesday night.

When the San Ramon City Council cancelled , it wanted to explore the possibility of selling legal fireworks to individuals in San Ramon.

But councilmen Jim Livingstone and Phil O'Loane said they thought the legal fireworks would pose too much of a public safety threat.

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The first debate for the open seat in California's new 15th Congressional District, which covers San Ramon, took place in Hayward on Tuesday night.

Rep. Pete Stark, Democrat Eric Swalwell and conservative businessman Chris Pareja debated health care, the economy and immigration, among other issues.

Stark and Swalwell traded verbal blows, with Stark claiming Swawell has taken bribes while a councilman. The Swalwell campaign has demanded proof or an apology.

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The two men accused of taking advantage of three runaway underage girls and pimping them out of their San Ramon house were convicted by a jury in Martinez Tuesday, the Contra Costa Times reported

Duane Fields, 33, of San Ramon and Claudiens Griffin, 21, of Sacramento were found guilty on multiple counts. Sentencing will be in May and Fields faces up to 10 years, 8 months in prison and Griffin is facing more than 20 years.

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This year’s Read-A-Thon, which ran from Feb. 14 through March 2, had over 3,200 students participate. Students read a combined total of over 2 million minutes in the 18 days.

,  and schools had the most participation, all over 50 percent. The top three schools with the most minutes read were: Gale Ranch, Iron Horse and .

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