SUMMER CAMP: Following an exhausting nine-week trial, a jury reached a partial verdict Aug. 14 in the molestation case against a Concord schoolteacher and was excused.
As Judge Mary Ann O'Malley excused the jury following the acquittal of Joseph Martin on 21 counts, there was a moment of levity as she told the six men and six women: "Thank you for spending the summer with me."
As the jurors gathered their belongings and walked out of the jury box, O'Malley added, "I hope to see you soon."
A reunion is just a jury summons away.
PLANE REPO: Lafayette attorney Dan Horowitz shared a bizarre highlight from early in his legal career. He represented a doctor who was kicked off a United Airlines flight for being drunk, but he was sober and just loud, Horowitz said.
He won damages for his client, but the airline refused to pay -- so he decided to seize a Boeing 727. Horowitz said he contacted the sheriff and gave him a check for $15,000 to cover the cost of renting a hangar and moving the jet.
"They went to SFO and seized a plane that was leaving later that day to Paris," Horowitz said. "Before they could move it, I got a call from a United representative promising to deliver a check to me within an hour."
He received a check for the judgment, interest, costs of collection and the $15,000 paid to seize the plane.
"The sheriff was a very willing participant," Horowitz said. "I think they wanted to see if it could really be done."
RAIDERS COUNTRY: The Eye made the trek to Napa on a recent weekend to join other die-hard Oakland Raiders fans in viewing one of the team's practices at training camp. Reviewing the team's roster, The Eye was impressed to discover some deep Antioch roots on this year's squad.
The East Contra Costa city is listed as the hometown for three players on the roster -- running back Maurice Jones-Drew and cornerbacks Taiwan Jones and TJ Carrie.
No other city has such representation on this year's roster. And while training camp rosters often are sprinkled with players with little hope of making the final cuts, the three Antioch natives are expected to suit up when the regular season starts next month.
SPEAKING OF ANTIOCH: While three of Antioch's native sons were hard at work preparing to play for the silver and black, the rest of the community works harder than most, according to a recent survey The Eye spotted.
A study done by online financial site NerdWallet found that Antioch is the eighth-worst city in the country when it comes to finding work-life balance. The study looked at the average number of hours worked each week, commute time, median income and average rent.
Antioch workers average 37 hours of work a week and 41.8 minutes each day traveling to work.
Tracy, a San Joaquin County city about the same distance from job hubs in San Jose and San Francisco, placed fourth on the list. Workers in that city travel 42.6 minutes a day and average the same hours of work each week.
The Eye suggests that maybe they can watch the Raiders to relax, though some may argue that can be stressful as well.
Staff writers Matthias Gafni, Craig Lazzeretti and Paul Burgarino contributed to this report.