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    CRIME & COURTS
    PG&E calls criminal charges against agency 'unwarranted,' says it didn't break the law

    According to a statement released in response to a federal indictment filed against the company Tuesday in San Francisco, PG&E claims it never obstructed an investigation into the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline blast and that it has taken accountability for what happened. 
    OBITUARY
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    Antioch Councilman Gary Agopian dies after long cancer battle

    Services are being planned for Aug. 9 in Brentwood. 
    HOMETOWN HEROES
    (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
    Danville historian blazes new trails as a modern-day pioneer of San Ramon Valley politics

    Beverly Lane, a 20-year director of the East Bay Regional Park District, has helped blaze new trails as one of Danville's founding council members and a three-time mayor in its earliest days as an incorporated town. 

    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.

     
    BAY AREA NEWS
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    Osprey expand nesting areas to San Francisco Bay shoreline

    07/30/2014 10:24 PM PDT
    Large fishing birds have historically nested near many California lakes  
    BART tests new Oakland Airport tram
    07/30/2014 10:39 PM PDT - The sleek, driverless trains will whiz riders between Coliseum Station and Oakland International Airport beginning this November. 

    PG&E calls criminal charges against agency 'unwarranted,' says it didn't break the law
    07/30/2014 08:59 PM PDT - According to a statement released in response to a federal indictment filed against the company Tuesday in San Francisco, PG&E claims it never obstructed an investigation into the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline blast and that it has taken accountability for what happened. 

    Alameda: Council OKs 'Waterfront Town Center'
    07/30/2014 05:59 PM PDT - The 150 acres around what's known as the Seaplane Lagoon at the former U.S. Navy base will become a "retail, recreational, entertainment, and transit center," according to the document, which the council greenlighted July 15. 

    Alameda: City to seek money for new fire station
    07/30/2014 05:59 PM PDT - The new Alameda station will be built at a city-owned site at Hibbard Street and Buena Vista Avenue and replace Fire Station Three, which operates out of a former family home that the city rents on Grand Street because the station's building on the same block is not earthquake safe. 

    Snapp Shots: Beloved Berkeley Hardware seeks new home
    07/30/2014 05:56 PM PDT - I've been getting anxious phone calls from people all over Berkeley because of rumors that Berkeley Hardware, one of the most beloved stores in the city, is going out of business, just a year short of its 120th birthday. 

    'Catch Me If You Can' is next Woodminister musical
    07/30/2014 05:49 PM PDT - "Catch Me If You Can" tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who successfully pretended to be a Pan American pilot, a doctor in Georgia and a prosecutor in Louisiana. 

    (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