Talk Back: Freddie Gray
Do you think Baltimore authorities are right to treat Freddie Gray's death as a homicide?
 Yes
 No

(Tell us why or why not?)
( Kristopher Skinner )
Independent bookstores celebrate new chapter in sales

May 2 to mark second such event around region 
BART track work on May 16 and 30 will slow and delay trains between the Lafayette and Bay Point-Pittsburg stations  
 
A panel discussion featuring women who have excelled in their chosen fields will be held at JFK University Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership, 2151 Salvio St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 20.  
 
One person suffered major injuries and another was arrested early Sunday morning after a two-car crash, the California Highway Patrol said.  
 
Dan Honda
Senate Bill 200 -- inspired by this newspaper's reports on an Orinda elementary school student improperly deemed to be living outside her district's boundaries -- would update state school residency laws to ensure live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers, maids and gardeners whose children live with them could attend school in that district.  
 
The 2015 Lesher High School Journalism Awards, presented Thursday at the Bedford Gallery in the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, honored the work of 29 student journalists from six Contra Costa County schools. Acalanes High in Lafayette won the overall excellence award for the "Blueprint."  
 
Residents of three apartment complexes purchased by Sack Properties of San Francisco say the new owners are increasing rents by 90 percent and serving eviction notices to some tenants. City leaders will consider emergency moratorium on rent increases May 11. If approved, it would be the first city in Contra Costa County to enact such a moratorium.  
 
Talking, asking questions keys to observational skills  
 
Walnut CreekMayor will be leading open space hike May 9Mayor Bob Simmons will lead a hike through the Lime Ridge Open Space on Saturday, May 9.The 4.5-mile walk will go under Ygnacio Valley Road twice and is one of the mayor's Second Saturday Walks, which will take place monthly through October.  
 
Council to discuss plans for up to 22 affordable units, parking garage downtown  
 
( Jackie Burrell )
Taste-Off: The best flavored coffee pods -- and the undrinkable

Coconut fudge and buttery toffee wreak havoc on waistlines, but when those flavores are infused into no-calorie coffee, that's a win-win. Here's the scoop on the best flavored coffee pods and the worst.