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    Rodeo refinery's propane and butane recovery project to be subject of much-delayed hearing in Martinez

    The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in Martinez will hear two appeals of a Planning Commission-approved land use permit for the Phillips 66 propane and butane recovery project and consider a recirculated Environmental Impact Report 
    Although the West Contra Costa school district's $1.6 billion bond construction program is the third largest in the state, behind the Los Angeles and San Diego districts, it does not adhere to many practices commonly used by others to minimize costs and ensure effective oversight. For example, both the Los Angeles and San Diego districts employ their own in-house construction and program management teams, whereas West Contra Costa pays millions of dollars a year to the SGI Construction management company -- with a 10 percent markup on everything from employee wages to tea bags -- to manage its program and construction projects.  
     
    A man died after he was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in his car in Richmond early this morning, a police lieutenant said.  
     
    Teens at several East Bay schools that offer hands-on, career-themed education programs said they like their caring teachers, the small communities of students who share classes, and the real-world experience they are getting, which make what they're learning more relevant to them.  
     
    Leon Ferguson, 28, of Richmond, pleaded for leniency Friday, hoping he could be a parent to his three children, unlike his own father who was murdered when he was 5. He was convicted of a 13-hour crime spree in Antioch in 2011.  
     
    The Pinole Community Players will present the award-winning rock musical "Rent" in weekend performances from Jan. 30 through Feb. 21 at the Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Ave  
     
    The district will have to reduce the teaching force by 34 in 2015-16 and 16 in 2016-17 to meet the reserve requirement, according to a staff report, but reductions can likely be made by not filling the jobs of employees who retire or leave voluntarily.  
     
    PINOLE -- The following is a partial list of animals that may be available for adoption at the Animal Services Department, 910 San Pablo Ave.Dogs: Neutered male Labrador retriever, 5 years; female pit bull mix, 1 year; male terrier mix, 1 year; male Chihuahua mix, 1 year; male Siberian husky mix,  
     
    "You didn't just kill my son, you killed a family," the mother of DeJuan McDonald wrote in a statement to Donte Smith, who was convicted last month of first-degree murder and attempted murder.  
     
    Kristopher Skinner
    The jam sessions at El Cerrito Music Works are free and open to beginning through advanced players of guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, violin and other instruments typically used in bluegrass. Participants are encouraged to sing along.  
     
    Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

    The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.