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Contra Costa: Bentley students travel to world's largest physics lab in Switzerland

Bentley Upper School students travel to world's largest physics laboratory 
Planning Commissioners recommend that City Council approve the basic plans for a new six-story Marriott Residence Inn 'transit-oriented extended-stay' hotel at North Main Street, Pringle Avenue and North California Boulevard, where a bank and a used-car business are now located.  
Dealership wants to build "jewel box" building to display luxury vehicles  
Courtesy of Janice De Jesus
Arrangements are freestyle, follow shape of growth patterns  
Courtesy of Amador Alviz
March has been named grand jury month by proclamation of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. Among the 19 jurors serving this year with Judge John Laettner, and liaison Elisa Pantaleon, were Bob Finlayson and Greg Villaseran of Walnut Creek, Chuck Legge and Harold Mantle of Orinda, and Barbara  
The ultimate stage mother comes to town with her two young daughters as Contra Costa Musical Theatre presents "Gypsy" at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts.  
Contra Costa Animal Services
Maine Coon AdoptionsRose is a 3-year-old Siamese-mix full of love, energy and affection. She is petite at only five pounds, and has gorgeous blue eyes.  
Bunny business Egg-stravaganza: 9 a.m. March 26, Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. Kids' Egg hunts, photos with Easter Bunny, face painting, crafts hosted by Bedford Gallery, music by Civic Arts Education.  
Lafayette Art Gallery is closing March 31 After 17 years, the Lafayette Art Gallery is closing. The last day it is open to the public is March 31.Almost everything in the gallery -- paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass works and jewelry -- is on sale at 25 percent off.  
Take big step, cut back thirsty cropsAn essay in the Sunday, March 6, edition says California has a water shortage and the way to deal with it is to build more storage and expand delivery systems.  
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7 
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Palin wants to be a TV judge now

Sarah Palin is said to be in talks to start as a judge on a reality TV show -- no shine has no legal experience or training, why do you ask?