Foster a Dream's work to change realities with 'Get Set Camp'

Businesses take part in program to show foster youths snapshots of the working world 
Local area baseball players now in the minor leagues  
Two Live Oak Campground campers were injured Friday  
The organizers of Independence Day in Martinez in 1889 had managed a coup. For the first time in county history there would be a balloon-ascension on the Martinez side of the Oakland-Berkeley hills.  
Select businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties are offered rebates of up to 50 percent of the cost of installing more energy-efficient equipment.  
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The city notes progress in snuffing out apartment smoking, but stopping downtown violators is proving more difficult.  
Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons leading hike in Shell Ridge Open Space  
"Walnut Creek Energy Champion" rebate program has rebates of up to $2,500 to help commercial property and business owners become more energy efficient.  
Police were seeking help from the public Tuesday as they investigated the theft of nearly a dozen catalytic converters overnight.  
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Othalie Graham lends Ariadne her 'grand, Wagnerian voice'  
Review: El Cerrito's Taste of Ethiopia definitely worth a visit

With its super fresh vegetarian and meat dishes, Ethiopian coffee and authentic, hard-to-find touches, this new Ethiopian restaurant is worth a visit. 
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Paula Deen tweets photo of son in brownface

Former Food Network star reveals racial insensitivity again with “I Love Lucy” post that ignites social media backlash.