(Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail)
East Bay man on probation for trying to kill his wife legally changes name

On Halloween night 2004, after failing to find a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Virginia prosecutors said Kurt William Kroboth wore a vampire mask, severed phone and electric wires, sneaked into the sleeping woman's house with a bottle of chloroform and attempted to knock her out to stage a bathtub suicide, prosecutors said. Kroboth now lives in Hercules and in May changed his name in Contra Costa Superior Court. 
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program -- BORP, for short -- is a wonderful Berkeley organization offering an extensive choice of adaptive recreation programs for physically disabled or visually impaired adults and kids.  
 
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program -- BORP, for short -- is a wonderful Berkeley organization offering an extensive choice of adaptive recreation programs for physically disabled or visually impaired adults and kids.  
 
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag Aug. 21. At 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25, the movie will be "Far From the Madding Crowd"; $1.  
 
ANDA CHU
When you go to visit the naval museum, remember: You are standing on sacred ground. Because of one man, Admiral J.J. Clark, hundreds of boys lived instead of crashing to watery deaths.  
 
Josh Taugner's first ride on Roar at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was with his mom on his eighth birthday weekend in 1999 -- which also just happened to be the coaster's first weekend in operation. On Sunday, Taugner was part of a group of Six Flags employees who became the last-ever official riders on Roar.  
 
The Rodeo-Hercules Fire District Board of Directors on Wednesday rejected key findings of a Contra Costa County Grand Jury report that criticized its handling of a new contract for its fire chief and its adherence to state open meeting laws.  
 
New hours, effective next week, are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; the expanded hours are part of a continuing response to the closing in April of nearby Doctors Medical Center.  
 
Trees are turning bright yellow, red or orange weeks earlier than usual as a way to conserve energy and nutrients during this extended dry period; and it's not just trees: many species of wildlife have also adjusted their schedules to account for the shortage of water.  
 
Although Newhouse hates to show off, preferring to get out of the way and let a good story tell itself, no one is better at capturing someone in a few well-crafted words.  
 
( Randy Wilder )
'Big Blue Live': Monterey Bay to star in its own 'reality show'

PBS, BBC team up for a groundbreaking multimedia event showcasing marine life along California's coast in which producers hope to deliver real-time images of whales, dolphins, great white sharks, elephant seals and other sea creatures to millions of viewers across the nation.
 
(Jason Merritt)
2015 VMA photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj open together

Miley Cyrus led the pack for over-the-top outfits, while Taylor Swift classes up the night at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.