( Doug Duran )
New express lanes opening on I-580

02/09/2016 04:42 PM PST
All drivers, including carpoolers, will need a new FasTrak Flex tag to drive in these lanes between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
Pittsburg man pleads guilty to tax fraud

A Pittsburg man pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing more than $375,000 in false tax returns and identity theft, federal officials said. 
Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90

Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus in his "Peanuts" comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90. 
'Weekend project' to help local beavers turns into labor of love for Martinez woman

Battle to save toothy rodents in Alhambra Creek has resulted in lasting legacy for child psychologist.  

Public Employee Database

The details of more than $12.2 billion in tax money spent on local government salaries in 2009 are now available

University of California Employee Database

The database covers more than 250,000 workers in the University of California system.

Life in the wild

Follow the seasons at the SF wildlife refuge with photo slide shows and more on our ongoing interactive map.

Salary search

Find out how much Contra Costa County employees make in our searchable salary database.

Shortened Lives

Where you live affects how long you live.

Running on Empty

Experts worry that the Bay Area transit system has entered a death spiral.

Tips for the college-bound

It's never too early to start preparing for college, especially during these economic times. With the right steps, students and their families can stay on the path to a higher education.

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Antioch Lapidary Club members polish their craft in anticipation of show

02/09/2016 06:00 PM PST
Jewelry, rocks and gems will be displayed and for sale at Feb. 20-21 event 
Guest commentary: Walter Ruehling: Time to look at ways to preserve the redwoods in these drought years
02/09/2016 05:14 PM PST - "Where have all the redwoods gone?" might soon be on our collective lips. For the past couple of years I shuddered coming down Country Hills Drive right off Hillcrest In Antioch seeing a clump of six browned trees. 

Brentwood: Student video team makes spreading the word a group effort
02/09/2016 05:10 PM PST - Bristow Productions, a student-run video team, has been involved in projects that run the gamut from community service endeavors, video showcases, advisory videos, and filming musicals and DVDs. 

Jury awards $1.12 million in civil suit against former Oakland firefighter
02/09/2016 04:27 PM PST - A jury returned a verdict in favor of two women, Halona Sudduth and Farah Sanders, who say they were molested as children by former Oakland firefighter Solomon Sacay and sued him in civil court for fraud, alleging he and his wife filed for divorce in attempts to avoid restitution payments. 

Super Bowl sex trade: FBI announces arrests of more than 200 in crackdown
02/09/2016 04:45 PM PST - A Super Bowl sting by agencies across the Bay Area results in multiple arrests and recovery of seven juveniles, including a developmentally disabled teenager in Castro Valley. 

San Francisco: Former Pittsburg High football player among 3 dead in fiery crash
02/09/2016 06:55 PM PST - A crash near the NFL's Super Bowl City in San Francisco on Saturday night claimed the life of at least one former football player. 

BART security: Less than one-quarter of BART's cars had working cameras
02/09/2016 05:16 PM PST - Use of decoys will change shortly, BART officials say, with existing cars to be retrofitted with security cameras and new cars to be delivered in coming years to be equipped with them 

(Adam Berry)
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
(Chris Pizzello)
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