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Guest commentary: New Airport Connector shows BART's distorted priorities

contracostatimes.com — By Joel Ramos, Oakland Tribune My Word © 2014 Bay Area News Group Posted: 11/25/2014 11:25:24 AM PST Updated: 11/25/2014 11:25:25 AM PST On Nov. 20, BART unveiled the Oakland Airport Connector with a party to celebrate the new link from Coliseum Station to the Oakland International Airport.
Nov 25, 2014

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Oakland mops up after protest: 40 arrests, 1 officer injured

contracostatimes.com — OAKLAND -- The city was cleaning up Tuesday after hundreds of protesters took to the streets, vandalizing stores, setting fires and attacking police following a grand jury decision not to indict a white officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager in Ferguson Missouri.

Berkeley: Apartment rents near BART still affordable, but few are available, real estate app says

contracostatimes.com — According to online real estate marketplace and mobile app RadPad, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment within a half-mile of Berkeley and North Berkeley BART is $2,050 a month, and $1,795 near Ashby BART; downtown San Francisco rents are highest, topping $3,000, while East Bay bargains include South Hayward, Hayward and Richmond.
Nov 25, 2014

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Walnut Creek: MC Hammer, Mayor to kick off Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/25/2014 11:46:17 AM PST Updated: 11/25/2014 11:46:18 AM PST WALNUT CREEK -- This Thanksgiving in downtown Walnut Creek it's Hammer Time. Bay Area pop icon MC Hammer will join Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti to rev-up the runners for the Forma Gym Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.
Nov 25, 2014

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Richmond: BART back on time after woman on tracks causes delays

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/25/2014 10:55:36 AM PST Updated: 11/25/2014 10:55:37 AM PST BART delays have subsided Tuesday morning after police were called to the Richmond Station due to a woman on the tracks, a police lieutenant said. BART police responded a short time before 8 a.m.

Ferguson, Mo: Live Bay Area reaction to grand jury announcement

contracostatimes.com — Get live updates from the Bay Area as the grand jury report is released from Ferguson, Mo.
Nov 24, 2014

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Nov 24, 2014

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Berkeley: Cal students plan walkout Monday to protest tuition hike

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 11/24/2014 09:09:18 AM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 09:11:17 AM PST BERKELEY -- Students at UC Berkeley plan to walk out of classes and rally Monday to protest planned tuition hikes, organizers said.

Wood burning ban in effect Tuesday and possibly Thanksgiving Day

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/24/2014 02:16:38 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 02:16:39 PM PST Wood fires will be banned in the Bay Area Tuesday, and could be prohibited on Thanksgiving Day too as weather conditions create poor air quality this week.
Nov 24, 2014

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Nov 24, 2014

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Oakland groups brace for thousands seeking Obama's immigration relief

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/24/2014 03:18:01 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 03:20:48 PM PST OAKLAND -- Mayor Jean Quan said Monday she expects tens of thousands of local immigrants will be eligible for work permits and protection from deportation through President Barack Obama's sweeping new immigration action, lifting a cloud over broad sections of the city.

Ferguson decision: Oakland officials, community leaders prepare for potential unrest

contracostatimes.com — Oakland officials and community leaders are preparing in the event of violence and vandalism when a decision is announced Monday afternoon about whether a grand jury believes Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson should face charges in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August, Oakland police and community readied for a new round of local vandalism and violence.

El Cerrito residents still skeptical of herbicide plans

contracostatimes.com — BART is planting grass along portions of the Ohlone Greenway between the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station on the north to Cerrito Creek below the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center on the south that it says requires at least one and perhaps two applications of the iron-based herbicide Fiesta to suppress weeds and insure that the roots become firmly established.

Berkeley artisans set to open their studios for holiday shopping

contracostatimes.com — The 24th annual event begins the weekend after Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas Eve, offering the chance to shop locally for unique and creative gifts, meet and support the more than 100 artists and craftspeople in relaxed, enticing environments. On display will be an array of high quality, handcrafted items, many one-of-a-kind.

El Cerrito Journal calendar: Covered California assistance event; blood drive in El Cerrito; holiday boutique

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/24/2014 04:04:59 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 04:05:00 PM PST Lego Day at the Library. Everything is awesome. It's a class on Jedi Engineering led by Play-well instructors, then it's a showing of "The Lego Movie." 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, ccclib.org.
Nov 25, 2014

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Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater returns to practice

contracostatimes.com — By Jerry McDonald jmcdonald@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 11/24/2014 04:44:45 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 04:44:45 PM PST ALAMEDA -- The Raiders returned to practice Monday feeling not only rested and relaxed, but buoyed by the return of one of their key players. Wide receiver Rod Streater, out with a foot fracture since Week 3, was back on the practice field.

El Cerrito panel backs stricter smoking restrictions

contracostatimes.com — By Rick Radin Correspondent Posted: 11/24/2014 04:38:13 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 04:38:14 PM PST EL CERRITO - The city's Planning Commission got a chance to weigh in on the details of proposed new regulations on tobacco smoking and sales Nov. 19 and generally approved the steps the city is considering.

Second Joseph Martin molestation trial begins

contracostatimes.com — Acknowledging that the accusations of fondling boys' chests under their shirts is on the "low end of victimization," prosecutor Derek Butts opened the second trial of former Concord teacher Joseph Martin on Monday portraying the middle school teacher as a terrific instructor who crossed the line between affection and molestation.
Nov 24, 2014

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Fremont: Two napping preschoolers injured by falling cabinet

contracostatimes.com — By Natalie Neysa Alund Bay Area News Group Posted: 11/24/2014 03:19:00 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 03:19:00 PM PST FREMONT -- Two sleeping children were injured when a large cabinet at a Bay Area preschool fell on them last week, officials said.
Nov 24, 2014

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Raiders focused at first practice since beating Kansas City Chiefs

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/24/2014 01:44:05 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 02:03:04 PM PST OAKLAND -- The Raiders returned to practice Monday after spending three days basking in the glow of their first victory in 11 games this season. Coach Tony Sparano was interested to see how his players would respond.

Driver fatigue may have caused Northern California tour bus crash

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 11/24/2014 01:15:32 PM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 01:29:54 PM PST Click photo to enlarge REDDING -- The driver of a tour bus that overturned in California, killing one man and injuring at least 30 other passengers, might have been fatigued, authorities said Monday.