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Antioch fast-food places lock doors after school

09/18/2014 04:18 PM PDT
Loitering teens, fights have long been issues at restaurants near Deer Valley High School. 
Richmond man gets 24 years in shooting death

Ismael Luis Carrillo pleads to voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder for killing his brother-in-law in a Taco Bell parking lot over a family dispute in 2012. 
Ian Paisley dies; Protestant firebrand in Northern Ireland

DUBLIN (AP) -- For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never." The Protestant minister who became the province's most divisive politician used the slogan "Ulster Says No! 
(Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Hometown Hero: Oakland man works to keep Piedmont Avenue clean

Michael Lydon has been keeping his neighborhood -- Oakland's Piedmont Avenue -- clean by picking up litter on the street without pay since 1979. 

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University of California appoints permanent CFO

09/18/2014 01:51 PM PDT
Nathan Brostrom will be the UC's new chief financial officer 
Disruptive teens force Antioch fast-food restaurants to lock doors after school
09/18/2014 04:18 PM PDT - Loitering, fights have long been an issue at plaza near Deer Valley High School 

Oakland: Rebecca Kaplan beats Jean Quan in latest mayor poll, but 39 percent undecided
09/18/2014 04:31 PM PDT - Oakland developer bankrolls latest telephone poll. 

Larry Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO
09/18/2014 04:19 PM PDT - Larry Ellison, who for 37 years steered Oracle to become one of the world's biggest and well known technology companies, is giving up his position as CEO to become the company's executive chairman and chief technology officer.  

Orinda City Council candidates: Growth a key concern
09/18/2014 01:19 PM PDT - Two incumbents, four challengers take part in Times/League of Women Voters forum 

Man who chained himself to 50-foot tree in Menlo Park couldn't save it from being cut down
09/18/2014 05:56 AM PDT - A Menlo Park resident who chained himself to a tree in Fremont Park on Tuesday morning couldn’t stop it from being cut down. 

Morris: Help the stray cats in East Bay park
09/18/2014 11:48 AM PDT - Reader wants someone to help the cats he sees in the park. 

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Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
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Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story