Special San Jose State task force releases recommendations on campus climate

04/17/2014 09:11 PM PDT
A special task force convened at San Jose State after allegations that a black student was relentlessly bullied by his white roommates concluded its work Thursday night -- and told President Mo Qayoumi all eyes will be on him as he considers their recommendations. 
Agnews site: San Jose-Santa Clara Unified deal almost done to purchase for schools and park
04/17/2014 05:28 PM PDT - The city of San Jose and the Santa Clara Unified School District are nearing the finish line in the $80 million purchase of the former Agnews Developmental Center from the state. Votes to authorize final negotiations on the 81 acres are set Tuesday for the San Jose City Council and Thursday for the school district.  

Contra Costa Times editorial: Karen Sakata obvious choice for Contra Costa schools superintendent
04/17/2014 12:32 PM PDT - After 14 years as a school principal, Sakata has worked in the county Office of Education for the past six. She understands the complex policy issues facing a superintendent -- and the importance of keeping the job independent.  

A year later, Martinez boy wounded in Boston Marathon bombings returns
04/17/2014 08:41 AM PDT - A 12-year-old Martinez boy who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings a year ago is back in Boston with his family this week to pay tribute to the three people killed and more than 200 wounded in the attacks.  

Sustainable farm on sanitary district land could move forward
04/16/2014 05:42 PM PDT - The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board expects to vote Thursday on a proposal to lease a 14.8-acre portion of district property by $1 per year to be used for a sustainable farm project for up to 10 years. The land would planted with fruits and vegetables for schools and the local food bank, and could be used for education programs.  

Contra Costa County announces Teachers of the Year finalists
04/17/2014 06:27 AM PDT - Out of more than 20 teachers in Contra Costa County named as district Teachers of the Year, four have been named finalists for county Teacher of the Year.  

Bay Area community college students awarded transfer scholarships worth as much as $30,000 per year
04/16/2014 03:04 PM PDT - Scholars were picked based on high academic ability and achievements, leadership, and financial need. The Jack Kent Cooke foundation picked recipients from families with an average adjusted gross income of approximately $25,000.  

Walnut Creek School Notes: District unveils accountability plan
04/16/2014 11:33 AM PDT - Walnut Creek School District has a new plan. To fulfill a state mandate, the district recently completed its Local Control Accountability Plan. As part of the new school spending formula passed by the state Legislature, all districts had to change from a revenue limit system to a new local control 

UC Berkeley students vie for Obama's keynote attention
04/16/2014 11:23 AM PDT - Cal students campaign for President Barack Obama to be the 2015 commencement speaker. 

Tri-Valley: Livermore program teaches helpful parenting skills
04/17/2014 04:48 AM PDT - The Parent Project explains how to improve adults' communication skills with their children and enforce discipline at home without sacrificing empathy. The program is offered in English and Spanish, although with the city's Hispanic population growing over the past decade, demand for Spanish language classes is stronger. 

Nancy Pelosi is UC Berkeley commencement speaker
04/17/2014 06:24 AM PDT - U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi will speak at ceremony May 17 in Memorial Stadium 

San Jose State names provost and vice president for academic affairs
04/15/2014 07:27 PM PDT - Andy Hale Feinstein, 46, who comes with the unusual academic background of hospitality management, has been deputy provost at the troubled SJSU campus since July 2013, interim provost since January.  

'Every 15 Minutes' drives home vital realities of DUI
04/15/2014 01:14 PM PDT - Foothill students watched as the accident reenactment played out with real emergency responders. 

Tri-Valley: Livermore program teaches helpful parenting skills
04/15/2014 01:13 PM PDT - The Parent Project explains how to improve adults' communication skills with their children and enforce discipline at home without sacrificing empathy. The program is offered in English and Spanish, although with the city's Hispanic population growing over the past decade, demand for Spanish language classes is stronger. 

Valley Stars: Danville graduates at University of Oregon named
04/15/2014 01:10 PM PDT - J.B. FidelibusRainesacademicGraduates announced: The University of Oregon, Eugene, has announced its winter term 2014 graduation list, which includes the following Danville residents: Michael Scott Gailey, bachelor of science in general social science; Alexandria Marissa King, bachelor of arts in 

San Ramon Valley High's new pool "worth the wait"
04/15/2014 01:09 PM PDT - San Ramon Valley High School recently celebrated the completion of its state-of- the-art pool complex, a $3.3 million construction project that got under way in January 2012. Although the pool has been open this past year, a covered main entranceway and ticket booth were finally completed in the past few months.  

Revealing the mountain's essence: Students' photos of Mt. Diablo sought for annual contest
04/16/2014 10:03 AM PDT - Students' photos of Mt. Diablo sought for annual contest 

Bay Area youth baseball coach 'a broken man' at sentencing
04/15/2014 06:29 AM PDT - Joel Kaufman, an Orinda resident who pleaded guilty to four felony counts of lewd acts, reveals his own molestation as a boy before being formally sentenced to 10 years, eight months 

West Contra Costa school district student art reception Thursday
04/14/2014 06:53 PM PDT - The 49th Annual West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Art Show, featuring the work of more than 300 middle and high school students, is on display through April 30 at the Richmond Art Center. A special reception and awards program will take place at the center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  

Dublin High reopens gymnasium after mold scare
04/14/2014 05:08 PM PDT - Air quality samples show the school gym is safe for classes to resume there. 

This opera singer treated Paris commuters to a surprise performance

At times, opera singer Christophe Ménager likes to treat commuters in the Paris metro to a performance. In this comedic piece of opera, he clearly enjoys singing to passers-by. Full Story
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Chelsea Clinton is pregnant

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be grandparents.