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UC Berkeley in the red: Cuts, changes coming

02/10/2016 10:47 AM PST
Just as California's public colleges are getting back on their feet after crushing recession-era cuts, the world's most prominent public university has revealed it has deep financial problems.  
CRIME & COURTS
Oakland: Man withdraws insanity plea in Berkeley attempted murder case

Duane Nailor, who plead not guilty by reason of insanity in an attempted murder case, withdrew his plea yesterday and will face 12 years and two months in prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter. 
OBITUARY
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Man who gave name to "Peanuts'" Linus dies at age 90

Linus Maurer, a cartoonist and illustrator whose old friend and colleague Charles M. Schulz borrowed his first name for Charlie Brown's blanket-wielding best friend Linus in his "Peanuts" comic strip and cartoons, has died at age 90. 
HOMETOWN HEROES
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'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
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Drummond: UC Berkeley students feel the Bern

02/10/2016 02:54 PM PST
UC Berkeley students at forefront of a youth movement to elect Bernie Sanders for president. The overwhelming turnout of young people for the Vermont senator drove his decisive victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary 
Oakland: Man withdraws insanity plea in Berkeley attempted murder case
02/10/2016 02:45 PM PST - Duane Nailor, who plead not guilty by reason of insanity in an attempted murder case, withdrew his plea yesterday and will face 12 years and two months in prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter. 

Antioch council OK's election on card room ordinance
02/10/2016 02:24 PM PST - Antioch council members on Tuesday reluctantly agreed to place a proposed ordinance governing card rooms on the June ballot, saying that the out-of-town casino bankrolling the campaign is forcing their hand. 

Livermore: Driver in pedal error death won't face charges, but lawsuit filed
02/10/2016 01:57 PM PST - An 80-year-old woman who slammed her white Mercedes Benz SUV into a health club, killing a Livermore Lab executive and injuring six others, won't face criminal charges.  

Photos: Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala puts Southern California home on the market
02/10/2016 01:27 PM PST - Warriors' guard-forward Andre Iguodala has listed a home in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles for $1. 

DA: Ex-San Jose cop chose perfect rape victim
02/10/2016 01:23 PM PST - The woman was drunk, unsophisticated, in the country illegally, spoke limited English and had asked to be removed from a family argument and taken to a nearby hotel where she'd worked as a maid, Vega said. 

Pleasanton: School year to start and finish earlier
02/10/2016 01:22 PM PST - Pleasanton Unified School District board votes 4-0 to begin and end classes a week earlier with new school year calendar. 

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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