Hercules: Husband and wife ordered to stand trial in retired teacher's slaying

At end of a four-day preliminary hearing, a judge ordered Tania and Darnell Washington to stand trial in the slaying of Susie Ko, of Hercules. 
El Cerrito Relay for Life, Berkeley Kite Festival return this weekend  
Courtesy of Simon Ko
An expert says Tania Washington, the co-defendant charged in the killing of Susie Ko, was abused, battered and a 'psychological hostage' to husband, Darnell Washington, a claim challenged by the prosecution.  
I've mentioned it before, but in view of the recent hot and dry weather, it's worth repeating -- take plenty of water with you when you hike in the regional parks and other open spaces.  
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. At 1:30 p.m. July 29, the movie will be "Noah"; $1. Traditional circle dance class for women of all ages, 10:15-11:30 a.  
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Husband and wife charged with jail break, carjackings and murder of retired Hercules teacher before their arrest near Seattle  
The preliminary hearing for Darnell and Tania Washington began Monday, and a prosecutor revealed additional jail escape attempts by the husband. The couple are charged in the stabbing death of retired Hercules teacher Susie Ko in 2012.  
Chris Treadway
Leaders of Acalanes and West Contra Costa districts remain hell bent on pushing ahead with school construction programs no matter the cost or deception required. For some reason, they fear telling voters the truth.  
If you were at the Off the Grid food truck event in El Cerrito on July 9 you might have caught a talented and spirited group of young people supplementing the usual live entertainment by performing numbers from the classic stage musical "South Pacific.  
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Surprise! Justin Bieber in news for his music

The troubled singer releases clips of 11 new tracks on Instagram, hinting at prospect of new album.