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Walnut Creek: For Alette Coble-Temple, a different sort of achievement

Associate professor at JFK University hopes 'Ms. Wheelchair California' victory will giver her a bigger stage to advocate for residents with disabilities 
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.  
 
SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD
She didn't start publicly performing jazz standards, other popular songs until her mid-50s  
 
Megan's Law
The Contra Costa District Attorney's office is debating whether to challenge a judge who placed Charles Christman, 71, into a residential Walnut Creek neighborhood as part of his conditional release after being convicted of sexually assaulting young boys.  
 
courtesy of Dana RasmussenOmie's 106th birthday Renata Ritter Stirnus, known as "Omie" to those who lover her, celebrated her 106th birthday recently at the Byron Park senior community in Walnut Creek, where she lives, with a large group of family and friends.  
 
LAFAYETTEViolinist Ji Soo Choi to join Gold Coast Chamber PlayersA concert featuring violinist Ji Soo Choi, who will join the Gold Coast Chamber Players for her west coast debut, will take place at 7:30 p.  
 
Taking a fresh look at an American classic, Contra Costa Musical Theatre presents "The Music Man" March 20-April 19 at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts.  
 
The Oakland Oaks, a charter member of the Pacific Coast League, hadn't won a pennant since the baseball league started in 1903. Maybe, just maybe this was going to be the year.  
 
Maybe supes do deserve higher pay ...Columnist Dan Borenstein puts me in mind of Casablanca's Captain Renault in his shock that supervisors Mary Piepho and Karen Mitchoff would imply there would be "consequences" to public employee unions spearheading the petition drive to rescind their recent pay  
 
(Michelle Hazelwood)
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. 
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Katie Couric returning to NBC?

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