Tri-Valley water suppliers to consider drought rates soon
Local water retails to consider sharp water increases to get big water use reductions.
Richmond: Burglar shot to death by roofer, but fellow robbers charged with his murder
Contra Costa prosecutors, using a rarely used penal code, have charged two suspected burglars with murdering their accomplice even though it was an elderly store owner who shot the man to death while defending his business.
California's affirmative action ban bolstered by Supreme Court ruling
By upholding a Michigan law nearly identical to California's, the ruling left only a legislative -- or ballot initiative -- route for allowing racial and gender preferences in public college admissions, contracts and hiring. But that path, too, is now littered with obstacles.
San Jose's first female mayor, Janet Gray Hayes, has died at 87
Janet Gray Hayes, who became San Jose's first female mayor 40 years ago and sparked a late-20th-century women's movement in elective politics, died Monday at about 4:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Retirement Community where she had been living, her daughter, Megan Hayes, said. She was 87.
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Richmond council opts to limit speaker time in effort to curb long meetings
04/22/2014 11:12 PM PDT
Marred for years by lengthy meetings and legislative hysterics, one of the Bay Area's most long-winded councils voted Tuesday to limit the amount of time that elected leaders can talk.
( Mark DuFrene )
Mead steps outside the Renaissance Fair
Bored with chardonnay and IPA? Explore mead, the ancient honey beverage and fastest growing segment of the American alcohol industry, with sales up 130 percent from 2012 to 2013. In the Bay Area, fine artisanal mead is being crafted in a variety of styles, from the hop-fermented mead at The Mead Kitchen in Berkeley to sparkling mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes.
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Oprah Winfrey sued by her stepmom
Barbara Winfrey claims Oprah kicked her out of her own Nashville home following a divorce.