East Bay businesses can get rebate for energy programs

Select businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are offered rebates of up to 50 percent of the cost of installing more energy-efficient equipment. 
West Contra Costa school district voters approved a parcel tax in 2004 to help fund programs such as athletics and to help retain teachers. Although voters renewed the tax in 2008 and 2012, one district resident questions whether changes to the ballot language should have also resulted in changes to the way the money was spent.  
 
A dead woman was found floating in the water near the shoreline at Point Isabel Regional Park Thursday afternoon, police said.  
 
Brentwood residents are pushing their homeowners association to approve their plans to ditch their grass in favor of drought-friendly plants.  
 
PITTSBURG -- A public comment period has begun for a new environmental report for a plan to renovate and modernize the long-unused former PG&E tank farm along the Sacramento River waterfront.  
 
County zoning administrator to consider 5,900-square-foot structure Monday afternoon  
 
A single-alarm fire damaged the roof of a home Thursday afternoon, according to a Contra Costa County Fire official.  
 
June ridership on tram between Coliseum Station, airport up 35 percent over last year, district says  
 
Dennis Clay, a project analyst for the West Contra Costa school district, said he first alerted his supervisors about errors in financial reporting related to the $1.6 billion bond program in 2011. After he provided detailed documents to the bond program's auditor that he believes were not well-investigated, he decided to go public with allegations of mismanagement and suspicions of possible corruption.  
 
Jury finds Antioch resident Clarence Cater, 18, and Ohmad Burks, of Pittsburg, guilty in the gang-related shooting death of Dayvon George, an 18-year-old Brentwood man, three years ago in Buchanan Park.  
 
(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
Five delicious noshes for that picnic basket

Ready to dine al fresco? Picnic cocktails, addictive fried chicken and tasty salads add up to a quintet of delicious treats for your outdoor feast. 
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Did Tiger Woods cheat with Amanda Dufner?

Lindsey Vonn reportedly caught golfer with his competitor’s ex-wife, which is likely why they aren’t dating anymore.