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Warriors in NBA Finals

05/27/2015 11:48 PM PDT
The Warriors beat the Rockets to advance to their first championship series since 1975, where they'll meet LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 
Antioch standoff: Gunman surrenders peacefully, hostages freed

After an hours-long standoff with two hostages at a gas station, an armed suspect who had carjacked several vehicles and fled authorities across Contra Costa County released his captives and surrendered peacefully Wednesday afternoon, police said. 
U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan dies during band's Southern California stint

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area. 
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.

Nilda Rego, Days Gone By: Crocker builds his spite fence

05/27/2015 09:17 PM PDT
Crocker then carried out his threat to build a three-sided fence around Yung's lot. It went up-and-up, reaching 40 feet. It had to be braced with big timbers. It cost him $3,000.  
Bay Bridge: Two arrested in copper wire theft along bicycle path
05/27/2015 07:54 PM PDT - The California Highway Patrol arrested two people Wednesday who were allegedly caught in the act of stealing copper wire from along the Bay Bridge bike path.  

Alameda: Teen remembered with mural, skateboard tournament
05/27/2015 06:49 PM PDT - The mural will feature Clay's name, two sloths on skateboards, a sunburst and the word "Surya," a Hindu sun deity, since the westward-facing park can be especially atmospheric at evening when the sun dips below the horizon. It will be painted on a wall where Clay, known as "C-Bone" to his friends, would sit and hang out when he was not skating. 

DVDs: "Paddington" an adorable film adaptation of kids' books
05/27/2015 06:09 PM PDT - "Paddington"When kids' books like this are turned into film there are often challenges about how to take a scant 20-page tome and stretch it out into 90 minutes of movie that is worth watching. 

Alameda: St. Joseph Notre Dame High School names interim principal
05/27/2015 05:57 PM PDT - Milt Werner, who will be taking over the duties of Principal Simon Chiu, is a former superintendent of the Fremont Unified School District, and has previously served as principal of San Leandro High School, Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Union City's James Logan High School and Washington High School in Fremont.  

Oakland Book Festival debuts Sunday
05/27/2015 05:11 PM PDT - The Oakland Book Festival is kicking off its inaugural event Sunday. The one-day festival will be held in and in front of City Hall, with about 90 writers participating in panels, readings and interviews to be held over the course of the day, all free to the public. 

Piedmont, Montclair police logs: Oakland hills report 32 auto burglaries
05/27/2015 05:09 PM PDT - PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave. 

(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