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    Richmond: Natural gas leak capped, evacuation orders lifted

    Houses on 25th Street between Macdonald and Bissell avenues in Richmond were evacuated Thursday evening after a gas leak. 
    The special 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 meeting will include presentations from experts on local and regional issues from government as well as private industry.  
     
    Laura A. Oda
    More than 400 buildings in Berkeley with balconies or other projecting structures require corrective work, inspections performed in the wake of a deadly balcony collapse at the Library Gardens apartment complex last year have revealed.  
     
    A six-week SAT preparation workshop for college-bound teenagers is being offered by Richmond Public Library Teen Services to students in West Contra Costa. Participation in the 19th annual workshop can also be used to fulfill the college readiness requirement for the Richmond Promise Scholarship.  
     
    West Contra Costa schools trustees on Wednesday approved a new contract with its teachers union, in a deal that may not help with teacher recruitment as much as hoped and will require some program cuts to fulfill, according to a board member.  
     
    George Kelly
    RICHMOND -- Parked cars were hit but no injuries were reported after gunfire was exchanged Thursday afternoon between two groups of men outside Hilltop Mall, police said.  
     
    County Supervisor Glover's next session in a 10-year series of twice-a-year events to help agencies land grant dollars  
     
    DAN ROSENSTRAUCH
    Richmond police veteran Augustine "Gus" Vegas was shot and killed Thursday morning inside his Vallejo home by the father of his 6-year-old grandson, police said.  
     
    Members of West Pittsburg for Progress now affiliated with larger Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment advocacy group, and vow to appear at Thursday night's Ambrose district board meeting and insist pool be a priority.  
     
    Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, perhaps inspired by marathon City Council meetings that last well into the night, proposes sleeping more as a simple means of reducing energy consumption and the collective carbon footprint.  
     
    ( T. Charles Erickson )
    Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

    The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7