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Antioch woman makes giving back her biggest hobby

Bari Costello has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities over the years, led local community groups, and spearheaded efforts to improve the town of Antioch.  
The Republic of Zambia continues to make strides in its fight against childhood sexual abuse and gender-based crimes with a helping hand from the Bay Area.  
 
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The Orinda Union School District hired a private investigator to find out whether a second-grader actually lived in the city, determined she lived in Bay Point and kicked her out. The girl's mother, a live-in nanny in Orinda, and her employer are mad and fighting back.  
 
I'm glad to say that the trail more than lives up to the hype. It's an easy round trip of just less than 3 miles through a mostly wooded landscape, with a few gentle grades along the way. Set high above the shoreline, the trail provides spectacular views of Carquinez Strait and its maritime traffic, the city of Benicia and Mount Diablo peeping around the corner.  
 
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Shepherd's Gate is helping a mother and her two children regain stability and independence after years of tumult  
 
Prosecutors filed a murder charge against Marcus Serhan on Wednesday for the shooting death of Angelo Esqueda in Rodeo, along with a slew of charges stemming from the wild police chase Serhan led police on during his arrest earlier this week.  
 
John Swett Elementary Principal Adam Welcome and his staff are using Twitter and all sorts of other social media to keep parents, each other and the community informed about what they're doing in school. Through Twitter and other apps, Welcome and his staff share ideas and collaborate with educators across the state and country as part of a larger, virtual online professional learning community.  
 
Ahmad Mushfiq, who was injured as an interpreter for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and his family are welcomed to their new home in San Ramon, which was donated to them as a token of gratitude for his service and sacrifice to the country.  
 
A 35-year-old Pittsburg man was arrested after police received several reports that he was masturbating at a bus stop near Century Boulevard.  
 
Col. Jonathan Drake Stevenson bought the southern half of the Rancho Los Medanos in 1849 and made plans for a community on his property at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.  
 
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Review: 'Far Cry 4' takes players to new heights -- literally

The latest in the Ubisoft series places players in a Himalayan kingdom, where they fight a dictator, scale mountain cliffs and dodge rampaging elephants.