Appeals court weighs in on Danville development dispute

A state appeals court on Tuesday appeared favorable to upholding at least part of a ruling last year that halted a controversial residential development in Danville after a group of neighbors sued, arguing that the 69-home project near Mount Diablo Road violated the town's zoning ordinances and would endanger bicyclists. 
According to a Board of Equalization audit, Outpost sports bar owner John Schireck is responsible for the approximately $420,000 his former tenants underpaid in sales tax.  
 
Bywater is Concord's new football coach  
 
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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said he's abandoning an appeal by his predecessor that would take any voting rights from felons on supervised release in California.  
 
A 51-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of leaving several racist, sexist and threatening voice mails on a black female realtor's phone, police said.  
 
Dr. Gene Zimmerman began treating patients in Antioch in 1967. He used his construction skills to design and build six of the buildings in the Antioch Medical Park complex at which he has practiced for 41 years and also remodeled a nearby Seventh Day Adventist church and school.  
 
This year's book selection is New York Times bestseller "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  
 
Author Ray Figueroa has captured the hidden beauty and heritage of the Altamont in "Traveling Vasco Road" and will take the public along his journey on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at an event sponsored by Friends of Brentwood Library at the Brentwood Community Center.  
 
Citywide celebrations to observe National Night Out on Aug. 13  
 
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According to a Board of Equalization audit, Outpost sports bar owner John Schireck is responsible for the approximately $420,000 his former tenants underpaid in sales tax.  
 
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Martinez barn swallows improvise in drought

Barn swallows typically build their nests of mud, but a pair opted for a move-in ready finch's nest, perhaps because they couldn't find enough mud in the drought to build their own. 
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson forced to admit impending fatherhood

A day after band member Liam Payne confirms the news, Tomlinson acknowledges for the first time that he's going to be a dad -- after getting blindsided by question on 'Good Morning America.'