(Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail)
East Bay man on probation for trying to kill his wife legally changes name

On Halloween night 2004, after failing to find a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Virginia prosecutors said Kurt William Kroboth wore a vampire mask, severed phone and electric wires, sneaked into the sleeping woman's house with a bottle of chloroform and attempted to knock her out to stage a bathtub suicide, prosecutors said. Kroboth now lives in Hercules and in May changed his name in Contra Costa Superior Court. 
Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group
Some Contra Costa juvenile defendants are shackled and forced to walk across a public street in downtown Martinez, up courthouse steps and down a hallway, eliminating the confidentiality afforded most youths in the criminal justice system. Youth Law Center and the county's probation department plan to meet to discuss what can be done.  
 
Caltrans, two other state agencies offer up to $25,000 in three separate contests seeking residents ideas for improvements. One contest is for coders.  
 
A Sacramento man who recorded underage girls on his cellphone at a swim meet has pleaded no contest to a felony child pornography charge, according to the Solano County District Attorney's Office.  
 
Vern Fisher
Two people died and two were wounded after a gunman opened fire outside a Salinas government office on Thursday morning. The gunman was arrested and police said he "completely confessed" to the crime.  
 
(Richard Shotwell/Invision)
'Star Wars': 15 biggest celebrity fans

From Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey to Megan Fox, some of the biggest names in Hollywood were inspired by the George Lucas movies of their youth. 
(Photo by Colin E. Braley/Invision/AP)
Chris Brown owns 14 Burger Kings

Peyton Manning, Kanye West, Magic Johnson, Rick Ross, Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Aaron also own fast food joints.