Money woes imperil Contra Costa fire districts

10/03/2015 07:24 PM PDT
As several fire county fire agencies recover from the Great Recession, the East Contra Costa and Rodeo-Hercules fire districts are struggling to survive, putting residents at risk well beyond their borders. 
Well known East Bay ice cream vendor killed in East Oakland

A well known neighborhood ice cream vendor was fatally shot in East Oakland Saturday afternoon, police said Sunday. 
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Former Rep. Don Edwards: 1915-2015

Former Rep. Don Edwards, a San Jose Democrat and champion of civil and constitutional rights known to many as "the conscience of Congress," dies at 100. 
'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

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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.

San Francisco's last gun store closing doors for good

10/04/2015 09:00 AM PDT
The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business.  
Carly Fiorina makes distortion of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her campaign
10/04/2015 08:59 AM PDT - Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.  

Gov. Jerry Brown signs anti-racial profiling bill
10/04/2015 08:05 AM PDT - SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation changing California's definition of racial profiling and requiring that local law enforcement agencies collect demographic data on the people they stop. 

Stanford University touts numbers of student sexual assault that appear far lower than other schools -- activists balk
10/04/2015 08:05 AM PDT - Student activists and one of Stanford University's leading experts on campus sexual assault are outraged at what they call a dangerously misleading message and fuzzy findings released at this world-class research institution.  

California weighs banning concealed handguns on campuses
10/04/2015 08:04 AM PDT - SACRAMENTO -- California is once again considering a move to tighten its restrictions on guns with a ban on the concealed carry of handguns at colleges and schools. 

Santa Rosa: Cyclist killed in Levi's GranFondo bike ride
10/04/2015 08:02 AM PDT - The mass charity bicycle ride Levi's GranFondo took a tragic turn Saturday morning when a rider was killed in a crash on a winding section of road north of Cazadero. 

Internal Affairs: Sundheim gets help from GOP heavyweight Shultz
10/04/2015 08:02 AM PDT - Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz will serve as a co-chairman of Republican candidate Duf Sundheim's campaign for U.S. Senate.Shultz, of Stanford, "is one of the most knowledgeable and respected public servants in our lifetime. 

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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