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Berkeley: School bus crash on I-80 injures several students

More than a dozen children were hospitalized with minor injuries Monday after a school bus and five other cars were involved in a crash on Interstate 80, California Highway Patrol officials said. 
Antioch baccalaureate targeting black teens triggers backlash
Citing racism and constitutional violations, critics blame Antioch Unified for supporting an event that it appeared to sanction; school district officials say the advertising was misleading and that organizers didn't follow protocol. 

East Bay graduation rates rise slightly, while dropout rates decline
As high school students from the class of 2015 begin receiving their diplomas this month, they may help boost overall graduation rates for their schools and districts. Between 2013 and 2014, most districts improved their graduation rates and saw lower percentages of students dropping out of high school. 

Actresses Laura Dern, Jennifer Beals speak out against 'crumb rubber' synthetic fields
Laura Dern and Jennifer Beals spoke out Wednesday in favor of legislation by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, to conduct a roughly $6 million analysis of synthetic turf fields. 

Saint Mary's College values at heart of graduation
Inspirational speeches on community and service are highlights of the undergraduate commencement ceremony. 

Oakland student beaten by security guard files lawsuit
Student who was handcuffed to his wheelchair seeks damages 

Marc Benioff inspires students at UC Berkeley graduation
Cloud-computing pioneer and social justice advocate asks students to use their skills to change the world for the better. 

Name game: Washington Redskins could learn from Stanford Indians
Stanford yielded in 1972 to the type of pressure now mounting on the Washington Redskins some 42 years later. 

Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda's new role -- UC Berkeley professor
Famed for his explorations of Asian-American history and identity -- from the Japantown drama "After the War" to "The Wind Cries Mary" (an Asian twist on "Hedda Gabler") -- Gotanda brings his love of aesthetics and defying convention to UC Berkeley. 

Former SF State professor charged with taking illicit photos of students
A former associate professor at San Francisco State University's College of Business was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with taking photos of students from San Francisco universities, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and college officials.  

MARKING A MILESTONE
SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD/STAFF photosCelina Marie Gomez, top photo, flashes her diploma cover after walking across the stage during the 2014 graduation ceremony at Pittsburg High School on June 11. 

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addresses Saint Mary's College commencement
During a stirring commencement address Saturday, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta exhorted Saint Mary's College graduates to summon the will to fight to protect American democracy.  

San Jose State hate crime case: Black student files $5 million claim
The claim alleges that a dormitory resident adviser ignored an obvious early sign that "a potentially explosive and dangerous situation was developing in Room 704." 

Oakland schools set goals for increasing number of graduates
Oakland public-school leaders hope to see the graduation rate rise to 64 percent by the end of this school year and the percentage of students who drop out fall to 21 percent as part of a yearly goal setting program for the district called the Balanced Scorecard. 

Acalanes High School (Lafayette) 2013 Seniors Honors
ACALANES HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AWARDS 2013NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS: Elliott GrossmanSarah PardoBrett UsingerNATIONAL MERIT HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM: Marol EscajedaKatherine McGlothenSarah PardoJulie VaccaroCALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION: CSF Lifetime Members 2013Brooklyn AielloCraig 

Campolindo High School 2013 Senior Honors
Association of American University Women Award -- Mina ArastehArt AwardsCertificatesArt -- Ruth Hoover Photo -- Molly HeistandVideo -- Kyle MerrymanPlaque -- Megan ChenCALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATIONJustin Archangel MeganArthKevin FongAnnieGuoLaura HickeyLauraHurdAllison KilleenHae LinKimJiWon 

LAS LOMAS HIGH SCHOOL (Walnut Creek) CLASS OF 2013 HONORS AND AWARDS
LAS LOMAS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2013Honors and AwardsNICHOLAS ABRAMSON -- California Scholarship Federation (CSF); U.S. Naval Academy AppointmentMATTHEW AGUSTIN -- Most Outstanding Jazz Musician AwardSOPHIA AKBAR -- Yearbook AwardEMILY ALBAUGH -- CSF; Las Lomas Award of Excellence in Social 

Video: California School for the Deaf graduates celebrate in Fremont
Forty seniors celebrated their graduation at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont on Friday. 

Saint Mary's grads have each others' backs
New Saint Mary's College graduates Hannah Friedman, Mollie Clark, Stephanie Triggas and Amanda Trapp, from left, use each others' backs to fill out cards to have their picture taken after getting their diplomas during the 150th Saint Mary's undergraduate commencement on the Moraga campus 

Daniel Borenstein: Time to slow West Contra Costa's deceptive school construction program
While misleading voters about the full cost, district has issued more bonds and gone deeper in debt than any district of its size. Consequently property owners pay large extra taxes that are forecast to increase more than 35 percent in the next four years if officials keep pushing ahead. 

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Yo, football fans! Two top chefs share their tailgate party noshes

It's football season -- and that means just one thing to die-hard tailgate fans. Time to start partying. Fortunately, chefs Michael Mina and Stephane Tonnelier are on hand to share their favorite noshes and tips.