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Dr. Temple Grandin to speak at Las Positas

Dr. Temple Grandin, the best-selling author of books on animal behavior and autism and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, will speak April 24 at Las Positas College.

Grandin, who is autistic, is an associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her life has been the subject of an award-winning HBO biopic and numerous television specials. She is also author of "The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum," "Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism" and "Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals."

Grandin's speech will be at 7 p.m. in the Mertes Center for the Arts, 3000 Campus Hill Drive. Admission is $20, $15 for students. Tickets may be bought at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/608499. There is a $2 campus parking fee. For details, contact Ernest Jones at 925-424-1217 or email ejones@laspositascollege.edu.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

Bay Area

New signs to beam info to BART riders

BART has turned on its first electronic news and advertising sign at the Montgomery station, beginning a test program to determine whether more signs should be placed at other stations.

The 82-inch LCD sign is on a wall at the Montgomery station across from the passenger platform. The digital sign has no sound but features a rotating mix of news, weather, commercials and BART consumer messages.

The train system will survey riders' opinions of the sign this spring before the transit board decides in May whether to authorize six screens apiece at the heavily used Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell Street stations, all in San Francisco.

BART estimates it could make $1 million a year from a digital sign program at its stations.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff