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One girl's struggle through psych wards before Stanford doctors make bold diagnosis

04/21/2014 06:12 AM PDT
One day, Tessa Gallo was a typical sixth-grader, the next her mother says "she was psychotic and mentally retarded." It took 10 months misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder before two Stanford doctors determined she had a misunderstood and little-known condition called PANS that was likely caused by some kind of infection that sent her immune system attacking her brain. 
CRIME
Santa Clara teen OK after riding in jet's wheel well from San Jose to Maui

HONOLULU (AP) -- Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. 
OBITUARY
Menlo Park: Bay Area jazz lover, expert Herb Wong dies

Herb Wong fell in love with jazz by accident and went on to become an influential jazz journalist, historian and producer in the Bay Area. He died on Easter Sunday. 
HOMETOWN HEROES
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Hometown Hero: East Bay man fights for justice on behalf of abused animals

Animals have a great friend in Leroy Moyer, a 76-year-old Walnut Creek man who's devoting his life to stopping violence against animals and seeing that people who abuse and kill pets are brought to justice. 

Public Employee Database

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University of California Employee Database

The database covers more than 250,000 workers in the University of California system.

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Follow the seasons at the SF wildlife refuge with photo slide shows and more on our ongoing interactive map.

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Tips for the college-bound

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BAY AREA NEWS
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Santa Clara teen OK after riding in jet's wheel well from San Jose to Maui

04/21/2014 06:53 AM PDT
HONOLULU (AP) -- Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. 
Santa Clara teen survives after stowing away on flight from San Jose to Hawaii
04/21/2014 06:32 AM PDT - A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. 

PG&E and East Bay cities at standoff over plan to chop down thousands of trees
04/21/2014 06:17 AM PDT - Utility now claims tree roots pose main risk to pipeline. Cities prepare lawsuits to stop the chopping. 

San Leandro: 14 businesses cited for selling tobacco to minors
04/21/2014 06:16 AM PDT - A tobacco decoy operation in San Leandro resulted in 14 businesses receiving citations Thursday afternoon, police said. 

Suit says SamTrans retaliated against ex-employee for questioning accounting practices
04/21/2014 06:15 AM PDT - A former SamTrans accountant is suing the public transportation agency in federal court for allegedly retaliating against her after she began raising concerns about what she considered improper accounting practices. 

Body of missing boater recovered near Brentwood
04/21/2014 06:15 AM PDT - A Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said a boat hit a drawbridge near the Cruiser Haven Marina about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.  

San Jose families of slain hold peace march calling for safer streets
04/21/2014 06:14 AM PDT - The short march from San Jose High School to Alum Rock Cemetery was organized by bereaved families in San Jose's Latino community. 

Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city

Pistachios are already a key ingredient in Turkish baklava, but the country may now have found a new way to exploit the nuts known as "green gold" -- by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Full Story
(Matt Rourke)
Boston Marathon is ready to be run again

A year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, runners and spectators began filtering in Monday morning at the starting line in Hopkinton amid tight security. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Lindsay Lohan reveals she suffered a miscarriage

The 27-year-old actress made the disclosure during Sunday's final episode of "Lindsay," the OWN cable channel series. Full Story