• Walden West: What went wrong - 05/24/2015 06:10 AM PDT
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    Family of man found dead on Richmond train tracks never informed of death

    Lehman Leonard Brightman III died unceremoniously on train tracks in Richmond, homeless, possibly drunk and high on methamphetamine, according to an autopsy report.  
    Lacuna, the public art project coming to Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park as part of the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival on June 6 and 7 resembles a whimsical circus tent. Or a spaceship made of literary leftovers.  
     
    Firefighters will be at locations around Contra Costa County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 and 4 for the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  
     
    At the annual California League of Bond Oversight Committees conference in Sacramento, citizen watchdogs from around the state learned how to detect malfeasance from a certified fraud expert. Trust, he said, is not a control.  
     
    Trustees also heard an initial presentation from Redwood City-based Summit Public Schools about a charter middle and high school it wants to open in the Hilltop area of Richmond in the fall of 2016.  
     
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    For decades, Richmond was a center for black life in the Bay Area and home to many Baptist churches, blues and jazz clubs and black-owned businesses. But over the past two decades, many black families have moved out of the city, forced out by high crime, redevelopment and a lack of jobs. Now that things are finally improving, black residents face being displaced through gentrification.  
     
    West Contra Costa schools trustees heard from their employees for about 90 minutes at the beginning of their board meeting Wednesday about the need for higher salaries, preserving adult education, resisting the proliferation of charter schools and other issues.  
     
    Charged with murder for fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy waiting for his mom, Darious Lewis accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors  
     
    The event on May 27 will highlight the projects and work of young people through the city's nonprofit Richmond ESC (Excellence Serving our Community) program and the community partners they have worked with during the past school year.  
     
    West Contra Costa schools trustees heard from their employees for about 90 minutes at the beginning of their board meeting Wednesday about the need for higher salaries, preserving adult education, resisting the proliferation of charter schools and other issues.  
     
    ( Jeffrey R. Staab )
    David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

    Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.