(Concord Police Department)
School district: Ex-teacher didn't abuse kids

11/24/2015 07:07 AM PST
In a stunning defense against civil lawsuits filed against it, the Mt. Diablo school district plans to defend the actions of convicted child molester Joseph Martin, saying his fondling of boys' chests was not abuse but proper instruction, a court transcript shows.

Concord teacher avoids life sentence, receives 12 years for molestation 

Santa Clara police outfits officers with body-worn cameras

The Santa Clara Police Department announced Tuesday that its officers have been outfitted with body-worn cameras, joining a national wave of law-enforcement agencies that have adopted the technology in an atmosphere of heightened focus on police accountability.  
(Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)
Bay Area facts: Berkeley Mystery Walls' origins not so off-the-wall

The Easter Island statues. Stonehenge. Berkeley Mystery Walls? The general public might not know much about the walls that stop and start across the landscape in the Bay Area and are the subject of tons of speculation. It turns out, they're not much of a mystery. 
'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.

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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.

Treadway: Regional parks offer Black Friday alternative

11/24/2015 01:51 PM PST
The East Bay Regional Park District will waive normal fees at its 65 sites on Nov. 27 "to encourage people to hit the trails, not the malls," the district announced. 
Water treated at Newark Desalination Facility goes into drinking supply
11/23/2015 02:28 PM PST - The Newark Desalination Facility has been turning salty water into drinkable water that is distributed to homes and businesses in Newark, Fremont and Union City since September 2003. 

Newark heading in right direction for real estate
11/24/2015 01:09 PM PST - The California Association of Realtors forecast sees an increase in existing home sales of 6.3 percent next year, reaching 433,000 units, up from the projected 2015 sales figure of 407,500 homes sold, a CAR statement said. 

The truth about glass recycling
11/24/2015 01:08 PM PST - All glass is the same and it's all recyclable, right? The truth about glass recycling lies in the melting point, and knowing what type of glass can go into your blue recycle cart in Newark makes a difference! 

Annual Newark Artists Open Studios set for Dec. 5-6
11/24/2015 01:06 PM PST - Free event includes holiday boutique 

Holiday season Share the Spirit lifts hearts
11/24/2015 01:05 PM PST - Share the Spirit, the annual holiday fundraising program of the East Bay newspapers led by the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune, depends on those hearts to bring some of the season's best feelings to the growing number of people and families still struggling with the reversals of the economic downtown.  

Warriors, Lakers ticket prices not getting any cheaper
11/24/2015 01:00 PM PST - Average ticket price for over past 72 hours for potential 16th straight Warriors win: $484 

(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