( Dan Honda )
Many Tri-Valley trees sick, dying from drought

They're dangerous if left standing and expensive to remove, experts note. Water conservation efforts are part of the problem, but trees can be sustained without much. 
Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office
DANVILLE: The indictment charges James Joseph Jr., the alleged ringleader, with crimes ranging from kidnapping to rape that go back to 2001 and occurred in three counties in Northern California.  
Scoop, based in San Francisco, has partnered with large local employers such as Workday, Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, Roche, Gap, ValleyCare Health and the city of Pleasanton to encourage their employees to sign up.  
Courtesy of the Deming family
PLEASANTON: The family of John Deming Jr., 19, of San Jose, who was fatally shot last month by a Pleasanton police officer during an alleged burglary at a custom auto dealership, filed a claim Wednesday against the city and the police department alleging police attempted to "cover up their unlawful conduct following the homicide" and stating that an examination by an independent pathologist contradicts police accounts that the man -- who was unarmed -- was shot at close range while brutally assaulting the officer.  
From De La Salle to Pittsburg to El Cerrito and elsewhere, here are 15 players to watch  
We have started an East Bay preps sports page on Facebook  
A tech worker suspected of stealing trade secrets was arrested Thursday at San Francisco International Airport as he prepared to board a flight for China, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.  
A meal at downtown Danville's Lotsa Pasta is less like dinner out than a home-cooked meal at a good friend's house, and that's the way owner Tom Lembo likes it.  
Desaulnier will reminisce on his first eight months in Congress.  
To submit an item to the What's Happening calendar, email ccnsports@bayareanewsgroup.com to request a form. Put "What's Happening" in the subject line.  
( Rob Eby )
'Big Blue Live': Monterey Bay to star in its own 'reality show'

PBS, BBC team up for a groundbreaking multimedia event showcasing marine life along California's coast in which producers hope to deliver real-time images of whales, dolphins, great white sharks, elephant seals and other sea creatures to millions of viewers across the nation.
(Jason Merritt)
2015 VMA photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj open together

Miley Cyrus led the pack for over-the-top outfits, while Taylor Swift classes up the night at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.