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3 hrs ago | CBS Local

Jail Escapee And Murder Suspect Tried To Escape From CoCo County Jail Too, Prosecutors Say

A man accused of slaying of a retired San Francisco Bay area schoolteacher attempted an escape from jail by trying to carve his way out of a cell window, Contra Costa County prosecutors said.

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4 hrs ago | The Drinks Business

Chinese firm buys Quixote winery for $29m

The Stag's Leap vineyard, owned by organic winemaker Carl Doumani, was purchased by Jinta Vineyards and Winery, a Chinese-owned private firm registered in the US, according to reports by Wine Spector.

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Related Topix: Drink, Wine, Vietnamese-American, Asian-American

9 hrs ago | Inside Bay Area

Chevron Richmond touts economic impact to city, but skeptics wonder at what cost

Chevron's mammoth refinery leaves a footprint in Richmond far beyond its 2,900 waterfront acres.

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Related Topix: Richmond, CA

13 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

El Cerrito studies ways to add housing

Discussions have started on how the city can fulfill its fair share of affordable housing for the region, a process complicated by a shortage of developable sites and government funding mechanisms.

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Related Topix: El Cerrito, CA, Lafayette, CA, Richmond, CA

Mon Jul 21, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

App uses facial recognition to reunite dogs, owners

App's facial recognition reunites dogs, owners A smartphone app that helps dog owners find their lost pets by using doggie facial recognition.

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Related Topix: Discovery Bay, CA

Patch.com

Car Fire Sparks Vegetation Blaze Along Hwy 4 Monday Afternoon

Firefighters battled a blaze that spread from a vehicle experiencing mechanical troubles to nearby vegetation on westbound state Highway 4 in Contra Costa County this afternoon, fire officials said.

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ClayCord.com

"Veterans' Voices" TV Show Debuts Tonight - Live Local Talk...

The brand new, live television and webcast talk show "Veterans' Voices" will make its debut in Contra Costa County tonight at 7:00 p.m. The monthly show, a joint production of Contra Costa Television and the County's Veterans Service Office, will feature a range of guests and topics.

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The Salinas Californian

Hoarder, fake rescue group barred from having animalsHoarder, fake...

Hoarder, fake rescue group barred from having animals SPCA investigated woman, 'sanctuary' after receiving reports of sick animals Check out this story on thecalifornian.com: http://bit.ly/1rwEbaX Animal hoarder Crystal Kisicki and St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary have been officially prevented from further contact with animals after ... (more)

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Related Topix: Tulare County, CA, Monterey County, CA, Fresno County, CA

SFGate

Found shot in Antioch, man accused of murder

Gary Bryant Jr., 28, of Antioch was found seriously wounded from gunfire in an apartment complex on Hudson Court about 2:30 p.m. July 8, said Antioch police acting Lt.

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Related Topix: Antioch, CA, Pittsburg, CA

Business Journal

Investment fund accused of conning clients out of $700M, potentially state's largest Ponzi scheme

A Lafayette company is accused of defrauded Californians of millions of dollars, and if guilty, could be one of the largest Ponzi schemes in the state's history.

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Related Topix: Alameda County, CA, IRA, Personal Finance

Sun Jul 20, 2014

CBS Local

Magnitude 2.5 Earthquake Shakes Area Near Blackhawk

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.5 struck an area near the unincorporated community of Blackhawk in Contra Costa County Sunday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Earthquake, Geology, Science

The Reporter

First 5 Solano director taking on new Bay Area challenge

A bitter sweet decision is taking one county leader out of Solano County in order to further pursue her passion.

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Related Topix: Solano County, CA, Nevada County, CA

Sat Jul 19, 2014

KTVU Oakland

Water conservation efforts paying off in Contra Costa County

In the middle of a rough drought for all of California, there's some good news from Contra Costa County as calls for conservation are paying off.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Home Gardening, Home, August, CA

Inside Bay Area

Local investment fund accused of defrauding investors out of $700 million

In Walnut Creek, Calif., on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, John McGuire of Walnut Creek, has his photo taken next to letters and statements from a Lafayette based investment brokers firm that he and other investors say defrauded them out of more than $700 million.

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Related Topix: Walnut Creek, CA, Lafayette, CA, Personal Finance, Retirement, Alameda County, CA, Orinda, CA

Oakland Post

Girls Inc. Offers Summer Fun for Girls Ages 5 to 14

Girls Inc. of West Contra Cost County is offering Summer Fun Experience for girls ages 5 to 14, which has six weeks left.

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Related Topix: Richmond, CA

Contra Costa Times

Concord senior club says it can't afford to keep senior center open Thursdays

The nonprofit Concord Senior Citizens Club says it can no longer afford to keep the city's senior center open for several hours on Thursdays.

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Related Topix: Concord, CA

Patch.com

Two Lanes of Hwy 4 Re-Open After Saturday A.M. Collision

Two lanes of state Highway 4 just east of Port Chicago Highway in Contra Costa County have reopened following a collision this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Contra Costa Times

Chevron Richmond touts economic impact to city, but skeptics wonder at what cost

Chevron's mammoth refinery leaves a footprint in Richmond far beyond its 2,900 waterfront acres.

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Related Topix: Richmond, CA

Fri Jul 18, 2014

Inside Bay Area

Eye on the East Bay: Antioch and Richmond are stressed to the max

Stressed to the max: Antioch and Richmond. Two poles on opposite edges of Contra Costa County that share a great deal in common, including persistent problems in crime and higher poverty levels than most other area cities.

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Related Topix: Victorville, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, Burning Man, Arts

Inside Bay Area

Contra Costa County, cities show mixed reaction to Civil Grand Jury...

A recommendation by the Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury to post employment contracts, audits and financial disclosure statements on public agency websites is getting mixed responses.

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Related Topix: Oakley, CA, Pinole, CA, San Pablo, CA

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