(Dai Sugano)
Drugging our kids: The documentary video

12/27/2014 04:19 PM PST
Part 5 of the investigative series "Drugging Our Kids": A video that gives voice to many of the young people who say they were silenced by powerful drugs while in California's foster care system.  
CRIME & COURTS
Oakland: 4 boys arrested in series of street robberies

Four teenage boys were arrested Friday after five East Oakland street robberies, including one left a woman beaten so badly she was hospitalized, police said. 
OBITUARY
British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70 
HOMETOWN HEROES
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Hometown Hero: Doug Schuster founded Concord Police Department's neighborhood patrol program

CONCORD -- Doug Schuster stumbled into a career in law enforcement in the military and found the work so rewarding that he has spent nearly 20 years and thousands of hours volunteering with the Concord Police Department. 

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
Bay Area: Wood-burning ban in effect Sunday

12/27/2014 02:03 PM PST
Wood fires will be prohibited as weather conditions create poor air quality across the region. 
Share the Spirit: St. Vincent de Paul
12/27/2014 02:46 PM PST - The international organization with chapter's all over the Bay Area takes care to "custom-fit" their service to the particular region's needs, and to ensure that the bulk of their services remain free.  

San Jose State, Cisco high-tech deal ran into problem at outset
12/27/2014 01:32 PM PST - Careless tracking of valuable Cisco equipment exposed San Jose State to theft. 

Poll: Most feeling optimistic about 2015
12/27/2014 06:59 AM PST - WASHINGTON -- Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. 

West Contra Costa: Mass transit study to seek solutions to I-80 traffic snarls
12/26/2014 07:19 PM PST - The West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee is looking to evaluate several transit options, including express buses, ferries and wBART, an extension of BART to northwestern Contra Costa County, as an alternative to automobiles along the I-80 corridor from the Alameda County line to the Carquinez Bridge.  

After 40 years, George Miller comes home to stay
12/26/2014 07:00 PM PST - U.S. Rep. George Miller has cast his final House vote after 40 years in Congress but says he's not done with public policy and service. 

Community college 4-year degrees sought at 7 Bay Area schools
12/26/2014 03:28 PM PST - Laney, Evergreen Valley, Foothill, Napa, Ohlone, Skyline and Solano and colleges have applied to start bachelor's degree programs as California eases restrictions that prevented community colleges from offering 4-year degrees. 

(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