• Walden West: What went wrong - 05/24/2015 06:10 AM PDT
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    Contra Costa County firefighters holding MDA Fill the Boot fundraiser June 2 and 4

    Firefighters will be at locations around Contra Costa County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 and 4 for the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 
    Trustees also heard an initial presentation from Redwood City-based Summit Public Schools about a charter middle and high school it wants to open in the Hilltop area of Richmond in the fall of 2016.  
     
    West Contra Costa schools trustees heard from their employees for about 90 minutes at the beginning of their board meeting Wednesday about the need for higher salaries, preserving adult education, resisting the proliferation of charter schools and other issues.  
     
    West Contra Costa schools trustees heard from their employees for about 90 minutes at the beginning of their board meeting Wednesday about the need for higher salaries, preserving adult education, resisting the proliferation of charter schools and other issues.  
     
    Point Richmond Town Wide Garage Sale is Monday; San Francisco food delivery startup SpoonRocket expands to El Cerrito.  
     
    Performances are at 8 p.m. June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on June 7 and 14 at the intimate Pinole Community Playhouse at 601 Tennent Ave., which features cabaret table seating where the audience can enjoy food and beverages during the show.  
     
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    The district officially reclassified 812 students who were formerly "English language learners as "fluent English proficient," in an annual ceremony held Monday at the Richmond Auditorium. About 10,000 of the district's nearly 30,000 students are English language learners and those students speak 117 different primary languages, according to the district.  
     
    Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. The center will be closed on Memorial Day, May 25. At 1:30 p.m. May 26, the movie will be "Gotta Dance"; $1.  
     
    Officials said a bright flare at a refinery reported by multiple citizens on Twitter was "under control" Monday night.  
     
    Angel Robert Garcia, 54, was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion that he stole more than $300,000 from his own mother and spent some of it at casinos, police said.  
     
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    David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

    Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.