West Contra Costa school district: Ten candidates seek three seats

09/22/2014 07:07 PM PDT
Two incumbents face eight challengers in the race to oversee the third-largest school district in Contra Costa County. Longtime Trustee Charles Ramsey has thrown his hat into the Richmond City Council race so is not seeking re-election to the school board. 
Antioch: Police investigating shooting at teacher's house
09/22/2014 11:20 AM PDT - Police are investigating a shooting into the home of an Antioch teacher, authorities said.  

Jeff Kent provides women's scholarship endowment to Cal athletics
09/22/2014 09:33 AM PDT - Cal alum and former San Francisco Giants star Jeff Kent has established the Jeff Kent Women Driven Scholarship Endowment for his alma mater, the university announced Monday 

San Ramon high school wrestling coach facing 20 charges related to alleged lewd acts
09/22/2014 07:47 PM PDT - A wrestling coach at a San Ramon high school arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of child molestation is now facing 20 felony charges, police said.  

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop spreads enthusiasm for urban chicken farming
09/21/2014 05:44 PM PDT - Hundreds of bicyclists toured 29 mini-ranches showcasing black Australorps, silver-spangled Hamburgs, golden sex-link and other breeds, as well as gardens and beehives. Many rode on one of the eight free self-guided tours mapped out by organizer Scott Vanderlip, while others hopped among farms enticingly named the Downton Eggy in Los Altos, Duck-a-ponics in San Jose and the Purple Palace Poor Coop in Redwood City. 

Mt. Diablo school board: Six candidates vie for three seats
09/20/2014 04:04 PM PDT - Incumbents Cheryl Hansen and Linda Mayo are facing challengers Herbert Lee, Michael Langley, Debra Mason and James Ryan.  

Poll: Public thinks teachers need better preparation
09/19/2014 03:52 PM PDT - A Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll revealed that those surveyed support stricter requirements for admission to teacher education programs, longer student teaching stints and a 'bar exam' type certification test. The poll also showed the public favors rigorous teacher evaluations, although support was lower for the use of test results in performance reviews. 

Data Center: High school exit exam pass rates for 2013-14
09/19/2014 05:07 PM PDT - CAHSEE pass rates by school and grade for the 2013-14 school year 

Pleasanton school board candidates to speak at forum Oct. 6
09/19/2014 09:25 PM PDT - Two incumbents and two challengers are running for two seats. 

Jon Hamm, Kevin Love and Questlove want you to prevent sexual assault
09/19/2014 01:46 PM PDT - Celebrities back White House "It's On Us" campaign to stop sexual assault, particularly on college campuses. 

California teachers fund to boost clean energy bets
09/19/2014 11:33 AM PDT - The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years.  

California's high school exit exam pass rate stable at 95.5%
09/19/2014 06:46 PM PDT - Following gains last year, the percentage of the Class of 2014 passing the high school exit exam by their senior year remained stable at 95.5 percent, keeping the rate at its record high. 

UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises of up to 20 percent
09/19/2014 10:08 AM PDT - The University of California's board of regents is boosting the six-figure salaries of its chancellors by as much as 20 percent.  

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg wants more students to explore tech
09/19/2014 07:29 AM PDT - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies -- and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.  

UC Berkeley law professor nominated for Mexico ambassador
09/19/2014 09:43 AM PDT - Next ambassador to Mexico could be UC Berkeley law professor Maria Echaveste, former White House deputy chief of staff for Bill Clinton 

Divided West Contra Costa school board approves bridge easement
09/18/2014 04:25 PM PDT - In 3-2 vote, trustees agreed to an easement for a new pedestrian bridge across Interstate 80 that will be available to students at Riverside Elementary School in San Pablo. 

University of California appoints permanent CFO
09/18/2014 01:51 PM PDT - Nathan Brostrom will be the UC's new chief financial officer 

Ranking of Salinas in 'least educated city' list upsets many
09/18/2014 11:18 AM PDT - When it comes to education spending, California ranks near the bottom. It's not surprising then that five of its cities were ranked by WalletHub among the top ten "least educated" in the United States. 

L.A. school district to give up three grenade launchers, keep 60 M16 rifles
09/18/2014 10:56 AM PDT - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.  

Stanford, Michigan get $10 million for election studies
09/18/2014 11:01 AM PDT - The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to researchers at the University of Michigan and Stanford University to conduct a series of surveys on political participation and vote choice in the 2016 presidential election.  

French Laundry's Thomas Keller dishes on fame, golf and guilty pleasures

Who knew Thomas Keller had a thing for In-n-Out burgers? The famous Yountville chef talks about his love of golf, scotch, the restaurant business -- and his penchant for fries. 
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Emma Watson delivers powerful speech on feminism

The 'Harry Potter' actress questions why women's rights has become so polarizing in a United Nations Speech in New York over the weekend.