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East Bay football player of the year: Antoine Custer, De La Salle

Antoine Custer is the East Bay football player of the year 
Interim city manager says former council mistakenly increased its benefits in violation of state law, costing the city $11,530 -- and considerably more than that in investigating the error  
 
Dan Honda
At a John Muir House gathering Friday, it was evident the famed environmentalist continues to inspire, even as some question whether his philosophies remain relevant  
 
The Concord Democrat, who handily beat Republican Tue Phan in November for election to the 11th Congressional District seat occupied for 40 years by the retiring Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will host an open house early next year for the office at Civic Center  
 
Gustavo 'Gus' Vina is coming from the city of Encinitas in February.  
 
If you are of a certain age and grew up in the East Bay you might remember that one of the big treats of the holiday season was to stand on the corner of 21st Street and Broadway in Oakland to look at the colorful animated figures in the Breuner's Christmas window.  
 
DAN ROSENSTRAUCH
Renaissance Man and blues festival organizer bakes 50 different breads in the past few months in his wood-fire brick oven in honor of his upcoming landmark birthday.  
 
A Richmond man with apparently too much to drink tried to back out of a driveway early Wednesday morning while a passenger in his car was unconscious in his trunk, police said.  
 
A minor traffic stop in San Rafael's Terra Linda neighborhood led to the discovery of a 16-year-old Washington state girl allegedly being sold for sex at a nearby hotel.  
 
Dan Honda
Development, smoking and plastic-bag bans, fight over cutting trees mark city's centennial year  
 
Thursday's TV picks: 'Call the Midwife,' 'Dr. Who' deliver holiday specials

Older Jenny reflects on Nonnatus after she left on 'Call the Midwife Holiday Special.' Plus, Dr. Who teams up with Santa for a dangerous sleigh ride through space and time.