Elementary student beaten by another seeks to return to school

The parents and grandparents of a Downer Elementary student who was beaten unconscious last month by another student have asked the West Contra Costa school board to intervene. In response, the superintendent promised to investigate the principal's response to the beating and to help get the student back to a safe environment at Downer. 
The smaller urban version of the more typical Target store found in the suburbs joins Walgreens and CVS on Shattuck Avenue in selling mostly packaged and bottled food products, cosmetics, household items, socks and underwear, and pharmaceuticals.  
 
The ceremony at 7 p.m. March 12 is hosted by the district's Special Education Community Advisory Committee "to recognize individuals who go above and beyond, and make outstanding contributions to the lives of students with special needs in West County."  
 
The meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. March 11 is being hosted by the city and UC Berkeley to get community input on the final designs of the project, "which includes a road diet on Hearst from four lanes to two lanes for cars," according to advocacy group Bike East Bay, along with other infrastructure changes and pedestrian and cycling amenities.  
 
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The National Union of Healthcare Workers, in a letter to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and 69 other Bay Area billionaires, says that if they chip in a tenth of a percent of their combined net worth, they could keep Doctors Medical Center running for 20 years.  
 
Victor Silva didn't fire the gun that killed Stephanie Hill last weekend, but he has been charged with her murder.  
 
A team of students from California High in San Ramon has won the 34th Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial competition for the second year in a row. The competition included teams from 17 county high schools, with Alhambra High in Martinez placing second, followed by Las Lomas High in Walnut Creek placing third and Acalanes High in Lafayette coming in fourth.  
 
A day after Communities for a Better Environment sued Phillips 66 and Contra Costa County, Rodeo Citizens Association sued the two co-defendants and Safe Fuel Energy Resources of California, a group representing workers at the Rodeo refinery, announced it had filed suit also.  
 
The public is invited to come to Atchison Village, near the foot of Macdonald Avenue by the Richmond Parkway, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 7 to see the 1.1-kilowatt solar system installation take place and learn more about opportunities available to homeowners through the partnership between the city and nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives (www.gridalternatives.org).  
 
Trios of local musicians will perform compositions from a variety of periods of music at a free concert at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Hope Lutheran Church, 2830 May Road. While there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted and will go to benefit Richmond-based urban agriculture group Urban Tilth (www.urbantilth.org).  
 
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Having the nerve to age and show it

Society sends mixed messages, punishing people for daring to look their age, then mocking them for trying to hold onto their youth. 
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Katie Couric returning to NBC?

New network news chief Andy Lack reportedly has good relationship with former 'Today’ co-host.