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    Concord: Sexually violent predator will not move into neighborhood

    09/03/2015 06:15 PM PDT
    Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith will not be moving to a Concord neighborhood after the property management company renting the house backed out, a Contra Costa prosecutor said. 
    CRIME & COURTS
    Jury deliberations under way at trial over paramedic's killing

    Defense attorneys for two teens charged with murdering Dublin resident Quinn Boyer during an attempted carjacking in the Oakland Hill ask jurors for acquittals 
    OBITUARY
    Dean Jones dies; Disney star known for 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat! 
    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.  

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    BAY AREA NEWS
    Thieves shrink core supply for Garin Park apple festival in Hayward

    09/03/2015 04:25 PM PDT
    Hayward: Eight of nine heirloom apple trees at Garin Regional Park are stripped bare by thieves just ahead of the Sept. 12 apple festival. 
    Antioch elementary schools poised to reinstate instrumental music lessons
    09/03/2015 05:55 PM PDT - The Antioch Unified School District has earmarked just over $2 million to hire more music teachers and buy additional instruments for the program it axed four years ago. 

    Latest Oakland Voices class ready to tell the stories of East Oakland
    09/03/2015 03:50 PM PDT - Community storytelling project trains residents to tell the stories that go untold. 

    Antioch holds trash-busting event this weekend
    09/03/2015 03:43 PM PDT - Residents are invited to do their part by picking up litter Saturday in the city's 63rd Neighborhood Cleanup 

    Concord: Sexually violent predator will not move into neighborhood
    09/03/2015 06:15 PM PDT - Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith will not be moving to a Concord neighborhood after the property management company renting the house backed out, a Contra Costa prosecutor said. 

    Healing conference for hurting women scheduled this month
    09/03/2015 01:58 PM PDT - The free gathering is by and for women who have been wronged by men 

    Six Flags building The Joker roller coaster
    09/03/2015 05:12 PM PDT - How do you turn the eccentric personality of a comic-book villain into an extreme roller coaster? With 3,200 feet of purple and green track, a Zero G barrel roll, three inversions, 15 airtime moments -- and a "step-up, under-flip inverted roll" that will result in riders going horizontal. 

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    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
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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