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Walnut Creek: Crews respond to possible fire, explosion near I-680

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/31/2014 10:33:36 AM PDT WALNUT CREEK - Fire and police have responded to the area of 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue, investigating a possible fire. Residents were urged to stay out of the area. Check back for updates.
Oct 31, 2014

What we know so far about fire and explosion at Walnut Creek apt building. @enardi10 on scene #SunnyvaleIC contracostatimes.com/walnut-creek/c…

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Walnut Creek: 2 injured, 1 missing after suspected hash oil-butane explosion

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 10/31/2014 10:33:36 AM PDT Updated: 10/31/2014 11:17:05 AM PDT WALNUT CREEK -- Two people were injured and another resident was unaccounted for after an explosion and fire at an apartment building Friday morning, a fire official said.

Chevron money rains down on Richmond election

contracostatimes.com — By Jennifer Baires Contra Costa Times Posted: 10/31/2014 09:14:56 AM PDT RICHMOND -- With its mighty East Bay refinery under attack from environmentally minded politicians here, Chevron is pouring staggering sums of money into this blue-collar town's local election -- raising eyebrows across the nation and questions about the role global corporations should play in local politics.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @westcountytimes: What do you think of the amount of money Chevron Richmond refinery is spending on the #RichmondCA election? fb.me/1DQqtB8nl

Fans start arriving for Giants parade; major delays at Daly City BART

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/31/2014 07:50:04 AM PDT Updated: 10/31/2014 07:58:06 AM PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Delays at the Daly City station in the SFO, Millbrae and East Bay directions has slowed commuters and fans headed to the city for the Giants World Series parade today.
Oct 31, 2014

Thousands of Giants faithful already line parade route, ready to celebrate rain or shine bit.ly/1nWxtuq #SFGiantsParade

Oct 31, 2014

RT @CCTimes: Fans start arriving for Giants parade; major delays at Daly City BART bit.ly/1q8ALWZ

CHP nude pic scandal: Second woman speaks to investigators about suspicious cellphone use by officer

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/30/2014 05:15:56 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 05:15:56 PM PDT MARTINEZ -- A second woman has come forward with suspicions that California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Harrington may have stolen a racy photo from her cellphone while she was in police custody on suspicion of drunken driving, according to an attorney representing her and another alleged victim.

Richmond: Detective shoots person in Pacific East Mall parking lot

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 10/30/2014 02:10:11 PM PDT RICHMOND -- A homicide detective shot a person in the parking lot of a strip mall in Richmond on Thursday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. The person was shot at about noon in the parking lot of the Pacific East Mall on Pierce Street near Interstate 80 and the El Cerrito border, police said.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @DMJreports: UPDATE: Suspect critically wounded in police shooting in #Richmond; no word on any injuries to police bit.ly/1wKfiaT @daviddebolt

Oct 30, 2014

UPDATE: Suspect critically wounded in police shooting in #Richmond; no word on any injuries to police bit.ly/1wKfiaT @daviddebolt

Oct 30, 2014

RT @DMJreports: #BREAKING: @RPDCAOnline homicide det. shoots person at Pac East Mall. Condition, circumstances unknown bit.ly/1tlJMkO @daviddebolt

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'The Colbert Report' has a finale date

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/31/2014 10:07:24 AM PDT Prepare to bid farewell to "The Colbert Report." Stephen Colbert has announced that his hilarious political satire will end its nine-year run on Comedy Central Thursday, Dec. 18. That will give him plenty of time to prepare for his new gig as David Letterman's replacement on "The Late Show" on CBS.

Police: Man fatally shot Wednesday night in East Oakland

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/30/2014 03:19:20 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 03:19:20 PM PDT OAKLAND -- A man was fatally shot Wednesday night along a residential street in East Oakland. His death marked the city's 69th homicide so far this year. Officers were dispatched about 7 p.m.
Oct 31, 2014

#oakland187 #69: man shot on 6900 block of Morken St, 7 pm, 10/30/14, e #oakland. no ID, no arrests insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @nataliealund: Man fatally shot in East #Oakland, no suspects, no motive; Death marks city's 69th so far this year bit.ly/13njh4A @insidebayarea

Oct 30, 2014

Man fatally shot in East #Oakland, no suspects, no motive; Death marks city's 69th so far this year bit.ly/13njh4A @insidebayarea

Oakland: Buildings near Clay Street evacuated for possible gas leak

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/30/2014 01:51:36 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 01:51:36 PM PDT OAKLAND -- Several buildings were evacuated in downtown Oakland on Thursday following reports of a possible gas leak in the area, a fire dispatcher said.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @DMJreports: .@PGE4Me still has no explanation for widespread gas odor that caused evacuations Thursday in #Oakland, #Alameda bit.ly/1wiDOlt

Oct 31, 2014

RT @DMJreports: .@PGE4Me still has no explanation for widespread gas odor that caused evacuations Thursday in #Oakland, #Alameda bit.ly/1wiDOlt

Oct 31, 2014

.@PGE4Me still has no explanation for widespread gas odor that caused evacuations Thursday in #Oakland, #Alameda bit.ly/1wiDOlt

Police: Driver slams vehicle into tree in Oakland hills

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/30/2014 03:32:38 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 03:38:14 PM PDT OAKLAND -- A man suffered major injuries Wednesday night when the car he drove slammed into a tree in the Oakland hills, police said. Officers were dispatched at 7:47 p.m.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @nataliealund: Driver critically injured after vehicle slams into tree in #Oakland hills, car catches fire. bit.ly/1tnfrkc @insidebayarea

Oct 30, 2014

Driver critically injured after vehicle slams into tree in #Oakland hills, car catches fire. bit.ly/1tnfrkc @insidebayarea

Fremont man fatally struck by train in Oakland identified

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 10/30/2014 02:35:15 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 02:39:19 PM PDT OAKLAND -- A man who was fatally struck by an Amtrak train Wednesday morning while he was walking on train tracks has been identified as Fremont resident Armando Depratt Jr., according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office.

Steven Carlson found guilty of murdering 14-year-old classmate in Pleasanton

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/30/2014 06:32:23 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 06:32:23 PM PDT OAKLAND -- Long suspected but never charged until his blood linked him to the gruesome stabbing in 2011, transient Steven Carlson was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the 1984 killing of his 14-year-old classmate Tina Faelz.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NewsByNight: 'I hugged every juror': Family of #Pleasanton teen #murdered in 1984 rejoices at killer's conviction: bit.ly/1tXwMCX @malaikafraley

Pressure builds for community investment in new UC Richmond campus

contracostatimes.com — By Alice Kantor Richmond Confidential Posted: 10/30/2014 03:06:39 PM PDT RICHMOND -- A new report from UC Berkeley's Haas Institute adds pressure on UC Berkeley's chancellor to commit to local goals for the development of the Richmond Bay Campus.
Oct 30, 2014

Article: Pressure builds for community investment in new UC Richmond campus contracostatimes.com/west-county-ti…

Antioch gym where girl crashed through window had similar accident in 2007

contracostatimes.com — By Nate Gartrell Contra Costa Times Posted: 10/30/2014 01:54:06 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 04:24:55 PM PDT ANTIOCH -- Kyla Graham, the 10-year-old girl who needed more than 100 stitches after she crashed through a window at a local gymnastics academy, still has tiny pieces of glass stuck in her five days later, but even more surprising is that an almost identical incident happened at the same gymnastics studio in 2007.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @CCTimes: Antioch gym where gril crashed through window had similar accident in 2007 bit.ly/13mOW5Z

Charter money controversy in West Contra Costa school board race

contracostatimes.com — Influx of campaign funding from California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee and developer who leases space to a charter school has stirred fears among some that charter supporters may want to take over the district.
Oct 30, 2014

Controversy builds in #WCCUSD based on large influx of money from #charter school advocates into school board race: contracostatimes.com/richmond/ci_26…

National Nurses Union plans strike to demand greater protections against Ebola

contracostatimes.com — By Joyce Tsai Contra Costa Times Posted: 10/30/2014 05:08:58 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 05:34:05 PM PDT OAKLAND -- Stepping up demands to protect nurses from Ebola, the national nurses's union said Thursday that nurses coast-to-coast are planning a National Day of Action on Nov. 12 that includes strikes at 21 Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California.
Oct 31, 2014

18K nurses at bay area kaiser hospitals go on 2-day strike next tues over #ebola safety precautions. bit.ly/1rGb4N1 #abc7getup

North Richmond: Police raids end in 31 arrests

contracostatimes.com — By David DeBolt ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 10/30/2014 05:55:13 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 06:02:23 PM PDT NORTH RICHMOND -- Two days of raids this past week targeting North Richmond gang members ended with 31 arrests and the seizure of drugs and guns, authorities said.

Pleasant Hill: Fallen tree causes major delays on BART Pittsburg/Bay Point line

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/30/2014 05:11:52 PM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 05:31:24 PM PDT PLEASANT HILL -- BART officials reported that trains on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line are under a major delay after a tree fell on the tracks near the Pleasant Hill station. The delay was reported around 5 p.m. Thursday.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @CCTimes: Pleasant Hill: Fallen tree causes major delays on BART Pittsburg/Bay Point line bit.ly/1q5QbLO

San Francisco Mayor announces Friday victory parade for Giants World Series win

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 10/30/2014 09:03:19 AM PDT Updated: 10/30/2014 09:16:45 AM PDT San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Wednesday evening that the city will hold a victory parade for the Giants on Friday following the team's Game 7 World Series victory against the Kansas City Royals.
Oct 30, 2014

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