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Oakland youth dance program celebrates 20 years

Dimension Dance Theater's Rite of Passage program teaches kids life lessons through dance. 
Hometown Hero: Doug Schuster founded Concord Police Department's neighborhood patrol program
CONCORD -- Doug Schuster stumbled into a career in law enforcement in the military and found the work so rewarding that he has spent nearly 20 years and thousands of hours volunteering with the Concord Police Department. 

Antioch woman makes giving back her biggest hobby
Bari Costello has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities over the years, led local community groups, and spearheaded efforts to improve the town of Antioch.  

Oakland woman brings health care and sense of home to local immigrants
Former undocumented worker has built pioneering health program for day laborers and the needy all over Oakland 

Celebrating the people in the Bay Area who make a difference in the communities

    Hometown Heroes celebrates people in the Bay Area who make a difference in their communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the Hometown Heroes feature aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and key causes in the area and create a spirit of giving.

    Read about a new Hometown Hero every other Monday and watch the program on Comcast On Demand at Channel One-Bay On Demand-Hometown Heroes.

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Women's purses: Readers divulge the craziest thing they're carrying around

We asked readers to tell us about the craziest thing they have stashed in the handbag. You think you're carting around something wild or funny? Read on. 
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Justin Bieber apologizes for being a jerk

After appearance with Ellen DeGeneres, singer posts video because he doesn’t want people to judge him.