(Pinole Fire Department)
Hercules: Two teens seriously injured in crash

Two people were seriously injured and had to be cut out of their vehicle after a driver lost control, crashed into another car, then hit a tree, the Pinole Fire Department said. 
Finance director Sheri Gamba attributed about two-thirds of the enrollment loss to the district's approval of three new charter schools in December and the rest to data from a recent population survey. The district also faces increased costs for retirement contributions and health care costs for current and former employees.  
The annual "Shop with a Cop" program in Richmond will again give 40 children age 7 to 13 from low-income families in Richmond a holiday shopping outing at Hilltop Mall, giving each young person $100 to spend as they choose while accompanied by a law enforcement mentor.  
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag Dec. 19. At 1:30 p.m. Dec. 23, the movie will be "Elf"; $1. The center will be closed Dec.  
Derailment of oil trains could trigger explosions that could damage affordable rental housing stock as well as schools, health care agencies and businesses in West Berkeley, the board finds.  
Battalion chief said the quick emergency response prevented the Rodeo blaze from being a lot worse.  
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Admission is free to a community holiday gala and fundraiser being held by from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Doctors Medical Center J.C. Robinson, M.D. Regional Cancer Center, 2000 Vale Road. Festivities will include music and appetizers and the art exhibit "Point Richmond on Canvas," featuring original plein-air works by Dr. Stuart Gourlay, a surgeon at DMC.  
School board skeptics at this week's meeting, where members Liz Block and Val Cuevas scrutinized items, were quick to notice the change in tone from the recent past, where most board decisions have been made with little contentious debate.  
Due to an editing error, a story that ran in the Local News section Wednesday about the FBI's queries into the West Contra Costa school district's bond program contained an obsolete affiliation for Anton Jungherr. He no longer works with Making Waves Academy.  
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. At 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16, there will be a movie; $1. Traditional circle dance class for women of all ages, 10:15-11:30 a.