Homicide in Concord park

12/01/2015 01:50 PM PST
The body discovered early this morning was the city's fourth homicide in less than three months.

Bay Area homicides 2015: Map and stories 

Tri-Valley police logs: Auto burglary, grand theft reported

The following excerpts were taken from area police logs:DANVILLESaturday, Nov. 21 AUTO BURGLARY -- 10:01 p.m. Theft from a vehicle, 3100 block of Stone Valley Road. 
( Scott Herhold )
Herhold: Judge John Ball: A prankster and a serious judge

The 82-year-old judge died on Nov. 10 in Reno. 
'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.

City of Antioch prepares for heavy rain ... just in case

12/01/2015 02:04 PM PST
Antioch's public works department started battening down the hatches earlier this year in anticipation of what might be a very wet winter. 
California water saving rate dips slightly in October
12/01/2015 12:29 PM PST - State still on pace to meet governor's goal of using 25 percent less water than in 2013 

Tom Meyer cartoons for November
12/01/2015 10:59 AM PST - Our monthly tradition continues as we unveil the works of California cartoonist Tom Meyer from November 2015, and to be sure, Gov. Jerry Brown is among the highlights. 

Brentwood's good summer water conservation came at a price
12/01/2015 10:54 AM PST - There are few cities that have responded to the drought in more effective ways than Brentwood, but the city's water conservation wasn't cheap.  

Missing Hollywood producer Eric Kohler, an Oakley native, subject of police search
12/01/2015 01:34 PM PST - Hollywood producer and an Oakley native Eric Kohler remained the object of a search by the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday, a week after he went missing. 

Antioch: 7-Eleven robbed, clerk shot but expected to recover
12/01/2015 10:26 AM PST - A 7-Eleven employee in Antioch suffered a gunshot wound during a robbery Monday night but was expected to recover, police said. 

Oakland: Man shot after asking for money will recover
12/01/2015 08:31 AM PST - A man was shot in the arm in West Oakland by a man whom he'd asked for money. 

(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