Tri-Valley Haven helps families find a second life
Victoria Choate, of Livermore, now a volunteer with Tri-Valley Haven's Buenas Vidas Thrift Store, returned to the nonprofit to volunteer. It seemed a natural place to go when she had to select a place to do community service, She benefited from the nonprofit's help, having lived in the agency's shelters as an 8-year-old and when she was in her mid-30s.
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Good news for homeowners: Property taxes will barely go up in 2014
Housing prices in many Bay Area neighborhoods have skyrocketed in the last year, but a quirk in Proposition 13 means even more good news for local homeowners: Their property taxes next year will barely go up.
Neighborhood House of North Richmond seeks fresh start amid financial turmoil
After years of financial turmoil left the agency struggling under mounting debt and dwindling resources, Neighborhood House of North Richmond has new leaders who say the historic social service institution is on the mend.
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Cold weather and frost to sit a while over Bay Area
Cold weather and frost will sit over the Bay Area until Friday.
Five tablet apps for the (very) young set
With an endless cavalcade of new apps for the iPad and its Android rivals, we decided to poke around for five great apps that could benefit kids aged 1 to 5 years old. With the help of pediatricians, app reviewers, schoolteachers and parents, we struck gold.
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Historic San Jose church reopens after years of hurdles
The congregation of San Jose First Methodist Church on Sunday honored two members who helped rebuild the historic downtown institution after a devastating fire more than two decades ago.
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Invasive cockroach can withstand harsh winter cold
The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan's West Side into one of New York's newest tourist attractions, may have brought a different kind of visitor: a cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold and never seen before in the United States. Full Story
Tonight's TV picks: 'The Voice' semifinals; 'The Sing-Off' smackdown
'Bonnie & Clyde' concludes. Nick Lachey returns to host 'The Sing-Off,' and reality TV's latest entry finds families battling it out over holiday light displays.
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Susan Boyle has Asperger's syndrome
The singer who became an overnight sensation on “Britain’s Got Talent” calls the diagnosis “a relief” and vows to keep performing.
Bay Area residents live longer; here's why
Bay Area residents are among the nation's longest-lived people, surviving on average more than a decade longer than residents of rural Kentucky, West Virginia or Mississippi.
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Mi Pueblo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Mi Pueblo, the festive Bay Area supermarket chain and icon of family-grown Hispanic businesses, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, citing a dispute with its primary lender, Wells Fargo.