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Contra Costa Times editorial: Transfer degree offers students big advantages

When California's master plan for higher education was spawned more than a half century ago it was not just innovative legislation but also a social compact establishing primacy of higher education in the Golden State. 
Ed board meets with Contra Costa Auditor-Controller candidates

Contra Costa Auditor-Controller incumbent Robert Campbell and challenger Ayore Riaunda make their best pitches to the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune Editorial Board. 
Cartoons: Big, bad IRS

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April 21 letters to the editor

Snake-waving pastor died due to religionThe Rev. Jamie Coots, pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middleboro, Ky., literally believed this questionable teaching of Jesus: "In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and 
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Timm Herdt: A top-drawer, down-ticket race

Maybe it's because there are only three opportunities to run for statewide office in California this year without having to take on an incumbent. Perhaps it's a desire to test the possibilities of California's new top-two primary system during its first application in contests for state 
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02/12/2013 02:15 PM PST
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Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.