Pittsburg: CHP hopes sharing results of poor driving choices will keep teens safe

08/19/2014 11:10 PM PDT
A California Highway Patrol officer didn't pull any punches Tuesday as he described -- and showed in graphic detail -- the consequences of making poor decisions behind the wheel during an impassioned presentation at Pittsburg High School. 
West Contra Costa district receives $1.4 million in legal settlement
08/19/2014 09:28 PM PDT - In a lawsuit settlement approved by the school board last week, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP will pay the district $1.4 million in response to the district's claims that it gave the district faulty legal advice, while denying that it was negligent or engaged in wrongful conduct.  

West Contra Costa district receives $1.4 million in legal settlement
08/19/2014 05:31 PM PDT - In a lawsuit settlement approved by the school board last week, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP will pay the district $1.4 million in response to the district's claims that it gave the district faulty legal advice, while denying that it was negligent or engaged in wrongful conduct.  

Pittsburg: New Heights Elementary readies for debut
08/19/2014 10:15 PM PDT - New $28.4 million two-story school replaces well-worn 61-year-old campus as school year begins. 

De La Salle football's humble start
08/19/2014 02:00 PM PDT - Under original coach Ed Hall, the De La Salle football program's early years were lean but formed the roots for the success story that became "When the Game Stands Tall" 

Valley Stars: San Ramon Valley High grad going to Merchant Marine Academy
08/19/2014 01:32 PM PDT - accomplishmentsLocal student to attend U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Eve Watterson, of Danville, has been accepted to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, New York for the Class of 2018. 

Richmond: Explore adult school classes at open house
08/19/2014 12:45 PM PDT - Learn about classes being offered at the new West Contra Costa Adult Education session at the annual open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Serra Campus, 6028 Ralston Ave. in Richmond.  

Police to hold campus shooter drills at CSU East Bay this week
08/19/2014 12:08 PM PDT - Officers from CSU East Bay, Chabot College and the Hayward police are taking part in active-shooter drills from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.  

Son fulfills mom's dying wish
08/19/2014 03:41 PM PDT - As a struggling single mother, Falelima Puaauli embraced her children with unconditional love amid sometimes dire conditions while impressing upon them the importance of generosity, community and family. Her values seeped in. When metastatic cancer claimed her life at age 46 two years ago, her then-teenage son and his girlfriend stepped up to care for his younger siblings and fulfill Puaauli's wish the family stay together. ( 

Pittsburg: High School 1970s reunion set for this weekend
08/19/2014 11:23 AM PDT - PITTSBURG -- Alumni of Pittsburg High School from throughout the 1970s are invited to a party in the streets of Old Town Pittsburg this weekend.Third and Sixth streets. 

Martinez: Forum focuses on preventing, treating concussions
08/19/2014 12:18 PM PDT - U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, convenes a panel discussion at Alhambra High School to educate young athletes and their parents on the dangers of concussions, how to recognize them and what can be done to avoid them. 

Danville: De La Salle former head coach attends local premiere of film on team
08/18/2014 07:14 AM PDT - As someone who shies away from the spotlight, Bob Ladouceur, the main character of the major motion picture, "When the Game Stands Tall," has been a little out of his element the past few months. About 1,100 people, many of them wearing De La Salle attire, attended the film's premiere. 

Barnidge: Contra Costa's best teachers find they can learn from their students
08/18/2014 10:52 AM PDT - Four Teacher of Year finalists share their classroom discoveries 

Questions mount about West Contra Costa school district's construction costs
08/18/2014 11:09 AM PDT - After years of smooth sailing, West Contra Costa Unified's massive $1.6 billion bond program is listing as trustees and staff scramble to get back on course, respond to mounting questions and figure out how to complete more than two dozen large construction projects after residents rejected a multimillion bond measure in June.  

Back-to-school advice from state PTA
08/16/2014 12:27 PM PDT - Advice on how to calm the back-to-school jitters. 

Joseph Martin trial: When is touching a boy on the chest a bad touch?
08/18/2014 10:57 AM PDT - Prosecutor Derek Butts faced tough case persuading jury that touch on Mt. Diablo school district students' chests wasn't innnocent.  

Cal to sell slightly used instruments
08/15/2014 02:36 PM PDT - Cal to sell slightly used instrumentsThe UC Berkeley Music Department will sell to the public hundreds of slightly used grand pianos, baby grand pianos, digital player grands, upright pianos, digital pianos, orchestral string instruments and acoustic and electric guitars. 

Newark schools: Superintendent pick backs out
08/15/2014 05:35 PM PDT - School board members last week selected Donald Gill, superintendent of Antioch schools, to lead Newark's district after interviewing him in closed session for more than two hours. But Gill decided to stay in Antioch. 

Stanford: Children who like milkshakes sought for obesity study
08/15/2014 08:04 AM PDT - Stanford University researchers are looking for volunteers to participate in their experiment -- by drinking chocolate milkshakes.  

Pleasant Hill: Golf Club Road bridge construction could snarl traffic near Diablo Valley College
08/15/2014 06:39 AM PDT - The northern half of the bridge has been demolished and traffic rerouted onto the southern part to one lane in each direction. Construction is expected to continue through December.  

(Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, file)
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