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43 min ago | Contra Costa Times

On Tap: East Contra Costa County theater, arts and other events

The Drama Factory debuts its first production with "The Magic Flute" at the Nick Rodriguez Theatre, 213 F St. in Antioch. Directed by John Ballesteros, the play is a "fantastical story about a dandy prince who, with the help of a zany bird catcher and a magic flute, must rescue the daughter of an angry queen from the clutches of a sun worshiping brotherhood and the evil henchman, Monostatos."

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Related Topix: Theater, Arts, Antioch, CA, Photography, Linda, CA

4 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

Martinez, Pittsburg educators are Contra Costa County Teachers of Year

A middle school English educator and high school automotive technology instructor are Contra Costa County's 2014 Teachers of the Year. Elizabeth Lanfranki, who is beginning her fourth year of teaching at Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High in Pittsburg, and Brian Wheeler, who is starting his fifth year of teaching at Alhambra High in Martinez, were selected from among four finalists based on speeches, classroom visits and application packets.

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Related Topix: Pittsburg, CA, Martinez, CA, Education Etc.

6 hrs ago | Inside Bay Area

San Ramon Valley former fire chief to speak at Las Positas Tedx talk

The retired San Ramon fire chief who brainstormed the idea for a smart-phone app that alerts citizens trained in CPR to cardiac emergencies in their vicinity will be one of the speakers at the 2014 TEDx symposium, set for Sept. 20 at Las Positas College in Livermore.

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Related Topix: San Ramon, CA, Livermore, CA, Fire, Alameda County, CA

11 hrs ago | SFGate

BART investigating copa s takedown of...

BART is investigating whether one of its police officers acted properly when he slammed a female passenger to the floor of a train at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station, an encounter captured on video and posted online, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday. Some witnesses said the woman, whose name wasn't released, had done nothing to warrant being taken to the ground.

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Related Topix: Bay Point, CA

15 hrs ago | CBS Local

Crews Rescue Dog From San Pablo Apartment Fire

A dog was rescued from a one-alarm fire at an apartment in San Pablo on Monday afternoon, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman said. The fire was reported around 2:20 p.m. at a two-story apartment in the 1400 block of Bush Avenue, according to Fire Inspector George Laing.

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Related Topix: San Pablo, CA

20 hrs ago | The Antioch Herald

Code enforcement, police, feral cat issues addressed at recent Antioch Council meetings

At the two most recent Antioch city council meetings issues of code enforcement and police matters continued to dominate in public comments and presentations. Code enforcement, particularly with respect to the feral cat problem, and trash dumping, were the focus of comments and concerns expressed by residents at the August 26th council meeting.

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Related Topix: Antioch, CA

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Reporter

Larry Sly: Proof of community care is clear in the audit

In spite of what we think when we hear the word, having an audit done is not a negative thing. As a charitable organization, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano knows we should have outside experts evaluate the way we manage our financial affairs.

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Related Topix: Hercules, CA, Opinion

KTVU Oakland

Suspect in multiple home burglaries arrested after latest break-in

A Walnut Creek man suspected in multiple burglaries from recent months is in jail after allegedly burglarizing a home in Orinda on Friday, Contra Costa County sheriff's officials said. Kyle Facchin, 30, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of residential burglary, resisting arrest, impersonating another person and narcotics possession, according to the sheriff's office.

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Related Topix: Walnut Creek, CA, Orinda, CA, Lafayette, CA

CBS Local

24-Year-Old Man Identified As Suspect Killed In Richmond Police Shooting

A 24-year-old has been identified as the man shot and killed by a police officer after fighting with the officer in front of a liquor store in Richmond early Sunday morning. Richard Perez II of Richmond was shot dead in front of Uncle Sam's Liquor Store a short time after 12:15 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

Contra Costa Times

Martinez: March death of Alamo man in county jail deemed suicide

A jury has ruled that a 24-year-old Alamo man who died while in custody at the county jail in Martinez last March committed suicide, according to county sheriff's officials. The Contra Costa County coroner's inquest jury found that David Bremer died on March 20 from "asphyxia due to aspiration of food," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

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Related Topix: Alamo, CA, Martinez, CA, Suicide, Walnut Creek, CA

ClayCord.com

Feeling Suicidal? The Contra Costa County Crisis Center Can Help

"a all believe GW is real and caused by human activity." so did Al Gore BELIEVE that ethanol was a good idea, or did he promote I saw exactly what #46 and some others saw over Toronto Canada at 8:38 pm Thursday night.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Al Gore, US News

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Examiner.com

Mysterious UFO over San Jose CA: Bright white light seen in West Coast skies

UFOs in the news on the West Coast of the USA: San Jose California - taken by different cameras in different locations On Friday morning in Northern California, as well as in Oregon and Nevada, a mysterious bright white UFO was seen streaming across the West Coast skies. Around 6:00 a.m. the mysterious bright white light was seen in the California skies over San Jose in the Bay Area, as well as in Oxnard, Mammoth Lakes, Contra Costa County, and Sacramento.

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Related Topix: UFO and Alien, California, Mammoth Lakes, CA

KRON 4

Pittsburg Fire Crews Battling Blaze in Portable Classroom

Firefighters are responding to a one-alarm fire in Pittsburg this afternoon, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District dispatcher said.

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Related Topix: Pittsburg, CA

The Fresno Bee

California regulators seek train bridge inspectors

The Contra Costa County Times reported Sunday that the safety of thousands of railroad bridges in California is now left to rail line companies and one federal inspector responsible for 11 states. One of the first tasks for the new inspectors once hired by the California Public Utilities Commission will be to compile a list of all railroad bridges in the state.

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Related Topix: Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Napa, CA

San Jose Mercury News

Richmond: Man killed by officer in early morning shooting at liquor store

The scene outside a Richmond liquor store where a police officer shot and killed a man as the two fought was quiet just hours after the early Sunday morning shooting. Uncle Sam's Liquors on Cutting Boulevard reopened for business at 7 a.m. and a store clerk there had no comment.

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Related Topix: Richmond, CA, Science / Technology

Sat Sep 13, 2014

ClayCord.com

Start Smart Traffic Safety Class Coming to a High School Near You in Claycord

Contra Costa has teamed up with 511 Contra Costa, Street Smarts - Diablo Region and Street Smarts - San Ramon Valley to bring the Start Smart traffic safety class to high schools all across Contra Costa County. "Start Smart" is a two-hour driver safety education class given by the California Highway Patrol to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians.

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Related Topix: Diablo, CA

SFGate

Firefighters rescue man from trapped car in Hercules

Firefighters from Contra Costa County, Rodeo-Hercules and Pinole responded to a report of an accident shortly after 8 a.m. They found the vehicle on top of a drainage pipe about 100 feet down an embankment from the road, officials said. The car, a Toyota SUV, went down the embankment after it lost control, hit a guardrail and overturned, they said.

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Related Topix: Hercules, CA, Pinole, CA

CBS Local

What Was That Strange Streak Of Light In The East Bay Sky Friday Morning?

People across the East Bay reported seeing a streak of light shoot across the sky Friday around 6 a.m. "I am used to seeing planes early in the morning with lights, but this was different," said one bystander. "This had something coming out of it, it wasn't just the light.

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Related Topix: Weird

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Contra Costa Times

Martinez, Pittsburg educators are Contra Costa County Teachers of Year

A middle school English educator and high school automotive technology instructor are Contra Costa County's 2014 Teachers of the Year. Elizabeth Lanfranki, who is beginning her fourth year of teaching at Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High in Pittsburg, and Brian Wheeler, who is starting his fifth year of teaching at Alhambra High in Martinez, were selected from among four finalists based on speeches, classroom visits and application packets.

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Related Topix: Pittsburg, CA, Martinez, CA, Education Etc.

Contra Costa Times

More homeless students in California, but decline in some counties

Like trying to count the revolving number of people who sleep under freeways and in doorways, gauging the number of Bay Area students who are homeless isn't easy to pin down. But their numbers are on the rise in California and some Bay Area counties, according to a report released earlier this week by the California Homeless Youth Project.

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Related Topix: California, San Mateo County, CA, Santa Clara County, CA, Alameda County, CA, Education Etc.

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