(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Antioch hostage recalls ordeal at gas station

05/28/2015 08:48 PM PDT
When a carjacking suspect took Jagdish Bhalla and his co-worker hostage, the 75-year-old gas station owner welcomed him with iced tea and a candy bar. 
Concord gang member guilty of first-degree murder

With firearm and gang enhancements, Vincent Ochoa faces a mandatory 60 years-to-life sentence for shooting a partygoer outside a Baptismal celebration. 
Iconic Bay Area sportswriter Bergman left impression on readers, athletes

Ron Bergman, who died at age 80, would hit the town with Catfish Hunter or Joe DiMaggio and played bridge with the likes of Rollie Fingers and Ken Holtzman. 
Hometown Hero: Director of Fremont cancer institute blends compassion with artistic flare

Pam Priest Naeve, who works at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, has dedicated her nearly 40-year career to educating cancer patients about how they can best cope with their fight against the disease. She also is a well-respected painter and artist. 

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.

Walnut Creek: Police searching for missing 84-year-old man

05/28/2015 06:56 PM PDT
Police were searching for a missing at-risk 84-year-old man Thursday, officials said.  
Photos: Oakland Museum of California's Pacific Worlds exhibition opens May 30
05/28/2015 07:28 PM PDT - Oakland Museum of California's Pacific Worlds exhibition to run through Jan. 3, 2016. 

New details released in Castro Valley home invasion, police chase
05/28/2015 06:09 PM PDT - Jamarco Jackson, 22; Mercedes Dunlap, 25 and Lavincent Clark 20, who also goes by the alias Kenneth Ray Watkins, were arrested in connection to a home-invasion robbery in Castro Valley. 

More than 600 turn out for Brentwood job fair
05/28/2015 04:46 PM PDT - The three-hour event featured dozens of employers ranging from the FBI, Kaiser Permanente to Union Pacific Railroad and many retailers 

Oakland hills residents angry over cell tower installation
05/28/2015 06:45 PM PDT - The council on March 31 denied the appeal to reverse a Planning Commission decision to approve the installation of cellular equipment on an existing utility pole. 

Muir conservation group to buy and preserve 600 acres near Moraga
05/28/2015 04:09 PM PDT - John Muir Land Trust buys Carr Ranch property to preserve as open space and buffer to protect reservoir 

(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