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Medical pot crackdown called unwarranted

05/22/2015 10:38 AM PDT
Livermore residents say they are being unfairly targeted; police insist they are finding criminal acts. 
Report: Grand jury probes PG&E's ties with California regulators

A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.  
Tree at San Jose hospital dedicated to fallen Officer Michael Johnson

An annual celebration today for emergency medical services partners at Regional Medical Center of San Jose included a special ceremony for fallen Officer Michael Johnson. 
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Hometown Hero: Activist helps solve social problems in Antioch and other Contra Costa communities

Antioch resident Iris Archuleta, who helped found the Antioch Youth Intervention Network and works with her husband as a consultant helping to improve low-income communities, also teaches political science at Los Medanos College, where she inspires young adults with her passion for history, politics and activism. Archuleta developed the High Performing Communities Framework, trademarked in 2014, which she and her husband use in their consulting work to find root causes of social problems and build consensus around solutions. 

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Second man who beat Giants fan Bryan Stow in LA gets federal time

05/22/2015 12:01 PM PDT
A second man has been sentenced to federal prison in connection to a brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011.  
Report: Grand jury probes PG&E's ties with California regulators
05/22/2015 12:00 PM PDT - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.  

West Contra Costa district averts tutor layoffs
05/22/2015 11:50 AM PDT - Trustees also heard an initial presentation from Redwood City-based Summit Public Schools about a charter middle and high school it wants to open in the Hilltop area of Richmond in the fall of 2016. 

Danville: Police search for suspect near Contada Circle
05/22/2015 11:49 AM PDT - Danville police are searching for suspect Christopher Ramos near the 700 block of Contada Circle. Anyone who sees Ramos is asked to call 911 immediately. 

Discovery Bay teen, accused of killing boy, has arraignment postponed
05/22/2015 11:49 AM PDT - Public defender requests continuance; judge schedules next hearing for June 2 

Pizarro: Willow Glen Trestle advocates lose two-year battle to save bridge over Los Gatos Creek
05/22/2015 11:48 AM PDT - A group of passionate speakers Tuesday couldn't persuade the San Jose City Council to preserve an aging railroad trestle over Los Gatos Creek in Willow Glen. 

Planned weekend closure of Doyle Drive in San Francisco postponed
05/22/2015 11:48 AM PDT - A weekend closure planned for Doyle Drive in San Francisco has been postponed after concerns were raised about the readiness of fire, ventilation, communication and other systems inside tunnels that are part of the $1 billion project.  

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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
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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