(Laura A. Oda, Bay Area News Group)
No charges yet against Livermore DUI suspect

05/05/2015 09:30 PM PDT
Brian Jones, 35, of Livermore appeared at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton at 9 a.m. for a scheduled court hearing to be arraigned but the hearing was postponed to May 28 because prosecutors have not yet charged him. 
Antioch: Man shot in foot after argument

A man was shot in the foot after an argument escalated Tuesday night, police said. 
'Star Trek' actress Grace Lee Whitney dies at 85

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 85.  
( Doug Duran )
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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Postal Service recommends severing ties with firm that marketed downtown Berkeley post office

05/05/2015 11:35 PM PDT
A U.S. Postal Service report finds potential conflicts when a broker represents both buyer and seller of surplus postal properties, but CBRE Group Inc. and USPS management tout the company's performance, saying it generated tens of millions of dollars in sales above appraised values. 
State begins Delta salinity barrier to protect water supplies in drought
05/05/2015 06:16 PM PDT - Rock dam across West False River begins after state gets enviromental permits 

Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman caught loitering in Chicago airport
05/05/2015 05:51 PM PDT - Marilyn Hartman, the serial stowaway who made headlines repeatedly attempting to sneak into Bay Area airports or on planes over the past year, has done it again -- this time in Chicago, police said. 

Man who was 15 when he killed San Lorenzo High senior gets 50 to life
05/05/2015 03:38 PM PDT - A San Leandro man who was 15 when he shot and killed a San Lorenzo High School senior during an attempted robbery at a San Lorenzo park in 2010 was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison. 

As Hillary Clinton arrives in Bay Area, a look inside pricey political fundraisers
05/05/2015 04:38 PM PDT - Hillary Clinton and many of the Bay Area's deep-pocketed Democratic donors are old buddies, but Wednesday will be the first time she comes with her hand out as a declared candidate for president in 2016. 

Defense calls Randy Alana's oldest daughter and then rests in Sandra Coke murder trial
05/05/2015 09:33 PM PDT - Jury in Oakland trial over investigator's killing is excused until closing statements May 18 

Park district set to start work on new Bay Area camping area with sweeping views
05/05/2015 09:31 PM PDT - The Dumbarton Quarry Regional Recreation Area in Fremont also will feature picnic areas and an amphitheater. 

(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
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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