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    (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
    Richmond sees spike in homicides, robberies

    08/31/2015 09:42 AM PDT
    Police blame the homicide increase on a gang dispute and other crimes on the transfer of nonviolent offenders to local prisons. 
    CRIME & COURTS
    Fremont: Police arrest two men on suspicion of burglarizing cars

    Police arrested two men on suspicion of burglarizing cars on Aug. 25 at the Pacific Commons Shopping Center in Fremont, officials said. 
    OBITUARY
    Hayward businessman, civic leader Gilbert Zaballos dies

    Gilbert Zaballos contributed time, money to numerous Hayward causes. 
    HOMETOWN HEROES
    ( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
    '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
    Benicia releases revised report on Valero's crude-by-rail project

    08/31/2015 09:37 PM PDT
    If the crude-by-rail project is approved, Valero Benicia Refinery will be allowed to transport crude oil through Benicia via two 50-tanker car trains, rather than shipping the crude oil by boat. It will not replace the crude that is transported by pipeline. 
    Newark woman arrested on suspicion of stealing truck, drug possession
    08/31/2015 04:44 PM PDT - A 27-year-old woman with three felony warrants was arrested Thursday in connection with the theft of a pick up truck in Newark on Aug. 14.  

    Bay Area vineyards withstanding impacts of drought, for now
    08/31/2015 05:31 PM PDT - With harvest underway, Bay Area vineyards expect small but high-quality crop this season. Another year of drought, however, could mean major problems for winegrowers and winemakers from Napa Valley and Livermore to Santa Clara Valley and Contra Costa 

    Alameda: Monday marks start of new school year
    08/31/2015 02:32 PM PDT - Students at Paden Elementary School lined up with their classmates for an opening ceremony in the playground, where they recited the Pledge of Allegiance, heard announcements, sang "Make New Friends," then followed their teacher into the classroom. 

    Livermore: Coroner IDs Tracy motorcyclist who died in big-rig crash
    08/31/2015 04:07 PM PDT - A 33-year-old Tracy man died Thursday on Altamont Pass Road when he fell off his motorcycle and was struck by a big rig.  

    Fremont: Authorities ID man killed in Niles Boulevard crash
    08/31/2015 02:53 PM PDT - Miguel Languren, 46, died on Aug. 25 when his vehicle crashed into a wall in the intersection of Niles Boulevard and Kraftile Road.  

    UC Berkeley: Fence around chancellor's residence divides opinions
    08/31/2015 02:45 PM PDT - A newly installed chain-link fence marks the path an incoming permanent barrier will soon take between University House -- the landmark building where Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks resides -- and the surrounding UC Berkeley campus. 

    (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