( ANDA CHU )
Trees robbed of fruit right before apple festival

09/04/2015 01:50 PM PDT
Eight of nine heirloom apple trees at Garin Regional Park were stripped bare by thieves. 
CRIME & COURTS
Murder defendant accepts plea deal

San Francisco man who prosecutors say killed a Brentwood man over missing gold grill dental jewelry accepts 27 year, four month sentence during jury selection for his trial. 
OBITUARY
Dean Jones dies; Disney star known for 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat! 
HOMETOWN HEROES
( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
'Weekend project' to help local beavers turns into labor of love for Martinez woman

Battle to save toothy rodents in Alhambra Creek has resulted in lasting legacy for child psychologist.  

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
San Jose inmate death: Arrested guard says little, pleads for family's privacy in jail interview

09/04/2015 01:34 PM PDT
In his first public comments since his arrest in the deadly beating of an inmate at a Santa Clara County Main Jail last week, correctional officer Jereh Lubrin said little, but did make a point to tell the media to leave his family and friends alone. 
San Jose bacon festival heads downtown Labor Day weekend
09/04/2015 09:27 AM PDT - Moveable Feast's third annual Bacon Festival of America has moved to Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-6), when 150,000 strips of bacon will be served at Plaza Cesar Chavez in San Jose. 

Fixing the rental crisis: Make Room's Angela Boyd is trying
09/04/2015 01:23 PM PDT - Incomes are stagnating and rents are rising. In steps Angela Boyd, managing director of the Make Room campaign, which aims to address the nationwide rental crisis.  

Fremont: Vehicle crash downs electrical pole, wires on Driscoll Road
09/04/2015 01:22 PM PDT - A vehicle crash downed an electrical pole and live wire lines on Driscoll Road, forcing the roadway's closure on Friday afternoon. 

Organ transplant victories: Saved children in Saturday benefit walk/run
09/04/2015 12:55 PM PDT - Matthew Ouimet and 'Izzy' Martin were saved by donated organ and now are active children who will help raise money for others.  

Vallejo: Pedestrian dies after hit by multiple cars on I-80
09/04/2015 12:14 PM PDT - A 43-year-old Vallejo man died Thursday night after a car struck him along Interstate Highway 80, according to California Highway Patrol. At about 9:10 p. 

San Jose jail death: New details from inmates on Michael Tyree beating
09/04/2015 12:33 PM PDT - New eyewitness details emerged Friday from inmates housed in the same wing of the Santa Clara County Main Jail as mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree, who was allegedly beaten to death last week by three jail guards who have since been arrested on suspicion of murder. 

(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