Richmond: Burglar shot to death by roofer, but fellow robbers charged with his murder

Contra Costa prosecutors, using a rarely used penal code, have charged two suspected burglars with murdering their accomplice even though it was an elderly store owner who shot the man to death while defending his business. 
The Stationary Source Committee of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will discuss next month the permit status of five energy projects: crude oil shipment by rail to the Valero refinery in Benicia; a WesPac Energy crude oil terminal in Pittsburg; a propane and butane recovery project at the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo; a hydrogen and sulfur recovery project at the Chevron refinery in Richmond; and Kinder Morgan's ethanol and crude oil rail-to-truck transloading operation in Richmond  
 
Maps listing registered garage sale locations will be sold for 50 cents from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Hercules Public Library, 109 Civic Drive; unlike past years, there will be a single citywide garage sale this year.  
 
Crockett-Rodeo United to Defend the Environment, also known by its initials C.R.U.D.E., was supposed to speak about a propane-and-butane recovery project at the Phillips 66 refinery, but lack of a quorum forced the cancellation of Thursday's monthly meeting of the Rodeo Municipal Advisory Council.  
 
Conceived as a moneymaker for the general fund, the Hercules Municipal Utility fell short of the rosy predictions of its promoters, eventually pushing the city to sell it to Pacific Gas & Electric Co.  
 
Activities in celebration of Earth Day are planned at several of the East Bay Regional Parks in coming days; you can take your pick.At the Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley, interpretive student aide Julia Burks will lead an Earth Day recycling program from 2 to 3 p.  
 
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag April 18. At 1:30 p.m. April 22, the free movie will be "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  
 
The Bay Area is replete with unstable hillsides that could instantly collapse during a heavy rain or an earthquake. But a landslide's lesson is one of nature's utter unpredictability and property owners' intransigence.  
 
The board commissioned a poll that will test the community's receptiveness to placing a $50 million bond measure on the November ballot that will fund a replacement middle school and complete renovations of Swett High School  
 
A proposed benefit assessment would raise about $950,000 a year to beef up services and assure the long-term reopening of the Rodeo fire station. Single-family homeowners would pay $82 a year, while the Phillips 66 petroleum refinery would pay a total of about $45,500 a year on 29 parcels it owns in the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District.  
 
(Peter Dazeley)
Worried about hackers? You should be

A new report found that hackers are becoming more efficient and organized while many companies are struggling to get even fundamental cybersecurity measures into place. Full Story
( Mark DuFrene )
Mead steps outside the Renaissance Fair

Bored with chardonnay and IPA? Explore mead, the ancient honey beverage and fastest growing segment of the American alcohol industry, with sales up 130 percent from 2012 to 2013. In the Bay Area, fine artisanal mead is being crafted in a variety of styles, from the hop-fermented mead at The Mead Kitchen in Berkeley to sparkling mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes. 
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Oprah Winfrey sued by her stepmom

Barbara Winfrey claims Oprah kicked her out of her own Nashville home following a divorce.