• 450 structures at risk in Sierra fire - 07/28/2015 07:01 AM PDT
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    ( SUSAN POLLARD )
    CoCo grand jury: Marsh Creek could host more inmates

    2014-15 report says upgrades at rural minimum-security facility could ease crowding at County Jail in Martinez 
    What started as a routine test drive Monday at a Concord car dealership escalated into a kidnapping of the salesperson, a frantic escape by the employee and finally a police chase and crash, police said.  
     
    WALNUT CREEK -- Shortly before 8 p.m., flickering flames were passed from hand to hand, light meant to illuminate a close community's loss, and show resolve in a loved one's absence.  
     
    Firefighters kept a 1-alarm fire from spreading in a storage facility on Pacheco Boulevard, near the city of Martinez.  
     
    And he's not too happy with those who are feeding them. But is he also partly responsible for the squirrels in his yard?  
     
    Janice De Jesus
    CC14 group's August show, in various media; 'Whatever the artists choose to portray in their visual universe'  
     
    Doug Duran
    Traffic and parking challenges frustrate visitors to the outdoor concert venue. Weeknight concertgoers urged to carpool, take BART  
     
    Musical theater Les Miserables: July 24-Aug. 8, Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. An epic musical about courage, faith, hope and love.  
     
    CONCORD -- A Habitat for Humanity resale shop is scheduled to open Friday in a Monument Boulevard shopping center. The grand opening festivities this weekend include a 15 percent storewide discount, prizes for the first 100 shoppers and free lunch at noon on Saturday.  
     
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    The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano recently celebrated 40 years of dedicated service to our communities to feed our hungry neighbors with the "Nourish Gala," inaugurated in May to thank supporters, raising spirits and more than $125,000.  
     
    Train co-founder Hotchkiss back on track with new band

    The Grammy singer-songwriter Rob Hotchkiss won as a founding member of the multiplatinum band Train sits inconspicuously on a shelf in the hillside house in Fairfax that he and his wife, Pam, recently moved into,returning to the Bay Area after years of semi-retirement on Vashon Island in Washington's Puget Sound.