Concord plan would eliminate council pensions

08/27/2014 09:39 AM PDT
Proposed changes would affect benefits for future elected officials. 
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Out on bail, convicted Alamo killer a man in motion

Attorney for Michael Littman, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in death of neighbor over disputed shared driveway, requests increasing freedom for his client 
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Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90. The actor's son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday.  
Hometown Heroes: Walnut Creek couple help save man's life, dedicated to helping in emergencies

Husband and wife Adolfo Peñaloza and Maura Kelley honored with Walnut Creek Police Chief's Award 

Public Employee Database

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Antioch buys more time to mull restrictions on bingo halls

08/27/2014 02:58 PM PDT
The City Council this week extended a moratorium on new or bigger bingo operations while it reviews existing rules and considers others 
Quinn: Getting more workforce data out of Silicon Valley firms
08/27/2014 02:54 PM PDT - We report the results of a letter sent a month ago asking top Silicon Valley employers for workforce demographics  

California drought: San Jose declares water shortage, but won't fine wasters
08/27/2014 02:53 PM PDT - More than seven months into the California drought, San Jose has officially declared a city-wide water shortage, asking the city's 1 million residents to cut their water use by 20 percent -- but there will be no new consequences for those who don't. 

Santa Clara County explores fireworks 'social host' law
08/27/2014 02:53 PM PDT - The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore a law that could hold property owners responsible for illegal fireworks ignited on their property. 

7 years later, San Jose open-government reforms become law
08/27/2014 02:52 PM PDT - The vast majority of the 80 or so policies have been in place for the past several years but are only now becoming law following a unanimous vote from the San Jose City Council on Tuesday. 

Signs of Indian walking sticks in Bay Area
08/25/2014 10:48 AM PDT - Reader spots an unusual bug, which turns out to be a pest more common in Southern California. 

San Jose-based Nutanix raises $140 million as it readies for 2015 IPO
08/27/2014 02:50 PM PDT - San Jose-based Nutanix announced a new round of funding Wednesday that pushes its value to more than $2 billion. 

(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