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Youth learn junior lifeguard skills at Contra Loma

Focus of program is on personal safety and water skills 
The Contra Costa Fire Department responded to a fire on Alturas Avenue in Pittsburg, although the damage was not immediately known.  
A family was displaced after a small fire broke out in the kitchen of a home on Palo Verde Drive in Pittsburg.  
The following excerpts are from the Pittsburg police logs July 22-24.TUESDAY, JULY 22 BURGLARY -- At 6:10 a.m. an unspecified burglary was reported in the 1100 block of Stoneman Avenue.  
Class was first to attend grade one through 8 at the Antioch school  
The annual, daylong event, staffed partly by volunteer "ambassadors," draws more than 1,000 homeless people who receive food, medical and dental care, haircuts, pet care, shelter and many other services.  
Events in Antioch, Martinez, Concord, Brentwood, Richmond and Pittsburg will emphasize health, nutrition and the importance of breast-feeding;  
PITTSBURG -- This city is seeking community input on its blueprint for future housing needs.Pittsburg is updating its Housing Element, which is a part of its overall guiding document for the city.  
Through July 27Hitter Team League Class AVG. HR RBIAnthony Aliotti (SMC/DLS) Sacramento (A's) Pacific Coast AAA .261 1 13Adam Buschini (Cal Poly/Cal HS) San Antonio (Padres) Texas AA .  
Carol Olson's senior column takes a look back at the way things used to be  
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
(Hector Casanova/Kansas City Star)
5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

What's wrong with 'You're so smart'? Nothing, if you don't mind raising kids who are more likely to be motivated by praise than their own determination. We dissect five common parenting phrases and provide the more appropriate -- and effective -- alternatives.