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San Pablo: Urgent care facility opens on eve of hospital shutdown

Lifelong Medical Care, a nonprofit community health organization, already offers primary care as well as dental care, health education and health promotion at 2023 Vale Road. The newly opened urgent care facility in the same building is supposed to cater to many of the 80-odd patients a day who used to walk into the DMC emergency room, which is slated to close Tuesday morning.  
Friends of the Hercules Library group will hold its Spring Book Sale on April 18 and 19 at the branch, 109 Civic Drive at Sycamore.  
 
After hearing their spending options, students voted overwhelmingly to bolster programs that would help them become better prepared for college and careers.  
 
Police arrested a 26-year-old San Francisco man on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm and pot during a traffic stop in Hercules, police said Wednesday.  
 
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Dire predictions of problems stemming from DMC's emergency room closing to ambulance traffic have not come true, county officials say. But some medical professionals as well as members of the public say that the official pronouncements do not tell the whole story.  
 
If you're at a loss for something to do this coming weekend, the East Bay Regional Park District stands ready to assist with a dazzling array of special events.  
 
Kathy Kramer, Bringing Back the Natives
This year's tour features two gardens in the Berkeley hills, one in Kensington and two more in El Cerrito, each one a unique vision of gardening with water-conserving natives.  
 
There are a lot of ways to help a little corner of the planet at this year's area Earth Day events, taking place April 18 and 25 in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, North Richmond and Richmond.  
 
There are a lot of ways to help a little corner of the planet at this year's area Earth Day events, taking place April 18 and 25 in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, North Richmond and Richmond.  
 
Authorities have charged Adela Delores Belfrey, 52, and Catherine George, 52, with committing more than a dozen felonies in an extensive workers' compensation fraud scheme that netted more than half a million dollars.  
 
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Napa's City Winery rocks out as a music venue

Tosca may not reign supreme at the historic Napa Valley Opera House these days, but the space has morphed into a concert and dining venue dubbed City Winery.