Officer pleads no contest to sharing explicit photos

01/27/2015 11:25 AM PST
'I apologize to my family, my wife, my friends, I apologize to officers everywhere, especially to the two women involved,' former CHP officer Sean Harrington said Tuesday, reading from a prepared statement in his first public comments on his case. 'I'm trying to put this behind me and move forward from this, I hope now everyone else can too.' 
CRIME & COURTS
Joseph Martin convicted on 19 molestation counts, likely faces life in prison

The jury deadlocked on the five remaining counts and prosecutor Derek Butts told the judge it was "highly unlikely" his office would retry Martin on those. 
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San Jose: Bystander killed in alleged street race remembered for family devotion

Right around noon Monday, San Jose native Kiran Pabla was out on a jog and called her grandmother. Within seconds, Pabla was gone, the bystander victim of a suspected street race that started up the hill on Yerba Buena Road and barreled west toward Silver Creek Road before careening out of control. 
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(Doug Oakley, Bay Area News Group)
Oakland youth dance program celebrates 20 years

Dimension Dance Theater's Rite of Passage program teaches kids life lessons through dance. 

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BAY AREA NEWS
Joseph Martin convicted on 19 molestation counts, likely faces life in prison

01/27/2015 01:08 PM PST
The jury deadlocked on the five remaining counts and prosecutor Derek Butts told the judge it was "highly unlikely" his office would retry Martin on those. 
Castro Valley Unified Superintendent Jim Negri to retire
01/27/2015 12:11 PM PST - Castro Valley Unified Superintendent Jim Negri will step down at the end of the school year. He joined the district in 2009. 

Dublin City Council appoints first female member
01/27/2015 12:10 PM PST - Council members on Tuesday voted 3-1 to appoint Doreen Wehrenberg, a former Dublin planning commissioner, to fill the vacant seat left when David Haubert was elected mayor in November. Wehrenberg will serve out the remainder of Haubert's term, which ends in Dec. 2016.  

SF: Man convicted of killing sex partner, lighting him on fire, again facing arson charges
01/27/2015 12:06 PM PST - A 25-year-old man convicted of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly killing a sexual partner and setting his body on fire in San Francisco's Buena Vista Park in 2011 appeared in court Monday after being arrested in the Castro District last week on suspicion of another act of arson. 

CHP investigates patrol car fire on Bay Bridge; officer released from hospital
01/27/2015 12:07 PM PST - The California Highway Patrol termed their investigation into a patrol car fire on the Bay Bridge that injured one of their officers as the a "super-high priority" and said they hope to have determined the cause for the fire before the end of the week, a spokesman said. 

Santa Cruz Jewish community responds to upcoming Angela Davis talk
01/27/2015 12:05 PM PST - An upcoming civil rights talk by UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor Angela Davis has prompted division and outcry among local Jews due to Davis' public support for boycotts of Israel.  

Donors step up to pay for North Bay police dog's chemotherapy
01/27/2015 12:04 PM PST - The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/18oMIWj ) Sebastopol Police Sgt. Nick Belliveau had received more than $11,000 by Monday night to pay for a 19-week course of chemotherapy for Frank, a 7-year-old German shepherd.  

(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
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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