Students sound off about why they love 'linked learning' classes

Teens at several East Bay schools that offer hands-on, career-themed education programs said they like their caring teachers, the small communities of students who share classes, and the real-world experience they are getting, which make what they're learning more relevant to them. 
Also, Discovery Bay captain to tie the knot; a new definition of video game violence in Brentwood; Comcast customers fall off the grid; and guitarist to sing the gentrification blues at crab feed  
Run by teens, The Wolverines' Den translates marketing theory into hands-on experience.  
Black History Month offers opportunity for Caucasians to reflect, Webb, who is white, explains  
Leon Ferguson, 28, of Richmond, pleaded for leniency Friday, hoping he could be a parent to his three children, unlike his own father who was murdered when he was 5. He was convicted of a 13-hour crime spree in Antioch in 2011.  
More than 1,400 marijuana plants valued at over $3 million were discovered inside an Antioch home Thursday, authorities said.  
The board is expected to come to terms with Patrick Scott McKibben to take over the joint Oakland-Alameda County authority that operates O.Co Coliseum and Oracle Arena.  
The house in the middle of a city park will soon be demolished. The onetime private domicile and surrounding land, given to the city years ago, will soon see major changes, with city leaders greenlighting the demolition of Miriam Lar Rieu's former home, likely to happen this fall.  
"(Oakland A's Vice President of Communications) Ken Pries offered to donate to a nonprofit organization of my choice. I chose two: Youth Impact Hub Oakland and Youth Uprising. They both support Oakland youth and do a lot for their community," said Frigo, who added that he doesn't know how much the A's donation will be or if it will be one-time or ongoing.  
The district will have to reduce the teaching force by 34 in 2015-16 and 16 in 2016-17 to meet the reserve requirement, according to a staff report, but reductions can likely be made by not filling the jobs of employees who retire or leave voluntarily  
(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
10 best new Bay Area restaurants

Looking for a terrific place to take your sweetheart? These 10 Bay Area restaurants opened within the last year -- and they delight on every front, from the Spanish dazzle of Jen Biesty's Shakewell to the savoir faire of Guillaume Bienaime's Zola and the Japanese inspiration at Michael Mina's Pabu. 
Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.