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    Drought: Country club plans sewer plant

    08/01/2015 06:16 PM PDT
    Diablo Country Club tees up plans pioneering recycling project to secure its water future  
    CRIME & COURTS
    Antioch: Arson suspected in dumpster fire outside school

    Grant Elementary School sustained "very limited" damage from the fire set to two dumpsters directly outside the Antioch school building. 
    OBITUARY
    Cilla Black: British singer, TV host dies at 72

    Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died at the age of 7s. 
    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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    Oakland's Art + Soul festival inject life into downtown

    08/01/2015 04:41 PM PDT
    The two-day festival features the musical heritage and future of Oakland with blues, gospel, R&B and more. 
    Bay Point hosts National Night Out at Ambrose Center
    08/01/2015 01:41 PM PDT - The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs. 

    Country club golf course plans sewer plant as newer fix for grass water woes
    08/01/2015 06:16 PM PDT - Diablo Country Club tees up plans pioneering recycling project to secure its water future  

    Political Blotter: Tauscher ramps up independent redistricting effort
    07/31/2015 11:09 PM PDT - Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher names a Republican co-chair for her effort to urge more states to adopt citizen redistricting commissions; also, Rep. Jackie Speier wants to lift the ban on sending booze through the U.S. Postal Service. 

    Drummond: Legal battle continues in case of brain-dead teen Jahi McMath
    08/01/2015 08:00 PM PDT - The family of brain-dead teen Jahi McMath wants her death certificate rescinded because they say she is still alive 

    'Death Cafes' provide forum for that least comfortable of topics
    07/31/2015 06:03 PM PDT - These sessions are designed to be informational and not therapeutic; as safe opportunities to process grief and loss 

    Caltrain hits person walking on tracks in San Francisco
    07/31/2015 06:37 PM PDT - A person was fatally hit by a train after they were walking illegally along Caltrain tracks Friday afternoon in San Francisco, officials said. 

    (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
    (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