East Bay parks' volunteer safety patrols cover lots of ground
A group of more than 200 on horseback, foot, bicycles and with dogs help a small police department protect 65 different parks over 118,000 acres.
Finger pointing grows over blame for Richmond public housing crisis
Revelations about mismanagement and poor conditions in Richmond's public housing system have touched off a flurry of finger pointing, as local politicians have asserted that dwindling federal funding from Congress and the Department of Urban Housing and Development are at the root of the Richmond Housing Authorities problems.
( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
California drought: Firefighters, residents bracing for long fire season
California's drought has fire agencies throughout the state on high alert with CalFire, the state fire protection agency, and the U.S. Department of Forestry being aggressive about prevention far ahead of the usual push by keeping an eye on brush moisture levels, hiring seasonal firefighters and conducting public awareness campaigns.
Dancer mixes Bollywood and hip-hop in Oakley
Indian dance performer to offer classes from classical to a blend of hip-hop
( JOHN GREEN )
Q&A: Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake, on melding fashion and technology
What if a stylist mailed you five pieces of clothing, specifically chosen for you, and you bought what you liked and mailed the rest back in a prepaid envelope? That's the business model behind Stitch Fix, a San Francisco-based startup that is equal parts technology and retail and has largely grown by word of mouth.
( Kathy Kmonicek )
Los Gatos transgender woman fights to join CrossFit strength competition
A transgender woman from Los Gatos is suing CrossFit Inc. because they have prohibited her from competing as a woman in their worldwide fitness competition
(Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images)
Elephants can understand us and use it to protect themselves
Whether we realize it, African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are listening to us. Full Story
(Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)
( David McNew )
Chris Brown back in jail; kicked out of rehab
A Malibu center booted Chris Brown Friday for reasons unknown; this had been his second stint in rehab for anger management treatment
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Kawakami: Kaepernick shoulders blame for loss
Colin Kaepernick's late-game interception allows the Seattle Seahawks to hold off the San Francisco 49ers and advance to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos
( Nhat V. Meyer )
Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks
This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Thompson: 49ers defense shows fight even after Bowman injury
The San Francisco 49ers defense was not as dominant as it needed to be Sunday. But when things looked most bleak against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the defense got the ball back to the offense with a chance to win. Twice. Even without the unit's best player.