( Kristopher Skinner )
Annual feast warms hearts, feeds needy in Richmond

11/25/2015 08:30 PM PST
The Bay Area Rescue Mission Thanksgiving luncheon is a longtime Richmond tradition and serves meals to hundreds of people dealing with homelessness, addiction and job loss.  
(Oakland Police Department/Contributed Photo)
Oakland: Reward offered for bank robber who claimed to have bomb

The suspect demanded money and gave a note to a teller at a downtown Oakland bank that claimed he had a bomb. 
Longtime former Knightsen fire chief Bob Pastor passes

Knightsen fire station was named after Pastor, who once served as fire chief there. 
'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.

Oakland: Arrests at sit-in demanding charges be dropped against 'Black Friday 14' protesters

11/25/2015 10:17 PM PST
An interfaith group demanded Wednesday that charges be dropped against the so-called Black Friday 14, who allegedly disrupted BART service by chaining themselves to trains at the West Oakland station on Nov. 28, 2014, as part of nationwide "Black Lives Matter" protests. 
Share the Spirit: Richmond organization lends helping hand through "wraparound" services
11/25/2015 10:12 PM PST - West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, a Richmond nonprofit, connects residents to food, housing, counseling and other support through collaborations with local groups like the YMCA, Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County and local food banks.  

Alameda: Coast Guard crew nabs $455 million worth of narcotics
11/25/2015 11:41 PM PST - U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams from the Cutter Bertholf spent two days searching submarine-like vessel used by suspected drug traffickers during deployment, which ended Tuesday when the ship returned to its homeport in Alameda 

'Marmalade Mamas' create Alameda Fruit Co.
11/25/2015 11:42 PM PST - The aptly named "Marmalade Mamas" create small batches of classic strawberry, apricot and blueberry jams, along with marmalades with distinctive flavor profiles including orange cardamom bourbon, Meyer lemon vanilla bean and spicy margarita with a dose of tequila and a sprinkling of red chili flakes. 

Alameda: USS Hornet names first female executive director
11/25/2015 11:49 PM PST - Rapposelli became the Hornet's executive director on Nov. 2. She was previously chief operating officer of Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center for 10 years. Not only is the 50-year-old Rapposelli the first woman to hold the top job at the Hornet, she's the first whose background includes working in a museum-like facility. She's also the first who has not served in the military. 

Alameda: Tenant activists, officials meet over rent crisis
11/25/2015 08:29 PM PST - The Alameda Renters Coalition met with city officials and said any future ordinance should include a provision that ties rent increases to inflation and caps them at 4 percent during any given year 

Students form global exchange to work on Earth's problems
11/26/2015 12:22 AM PST - Called "Hacking Space: A Student Exchange to Sustain Life on Earth," the project is being made possible by a U.S. State Department's Museums Connect grant that invites students to look toward their own communities, select an environmental problem and then work together and hack into space science and technology to develop innovations to solve it. 

(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