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Thompson: Lester trade is clear indication A's are going for World Series

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/31/2014 07:59:06 AM PDT The Oakland A's have provided the second big jolt of the baseball season. Billy Beane leaves no doubt he is going for a title. Right now. The A's acquired another coveted arm in Jon Lester from Boston, along with Johnny Gomes. How? Beane gave up Yoenis Cespedes.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @lisa_p_white: OK, @ThompsonScribe 's analysis of #Cespedes trade has calmed me down a bit, but I'm still blown away.. and nervous: contracostatimes.com/news/ci_262504…

Jul 31, 2014

OK, @ThompsonScribe 's analysis of #Cespedes trade has calmed me down a bit, but I'm still blown away.. and nervous: contracostatimes.com/news/ci_262504…

El Cerrito Journal community briefs: Theater holding drama camp reunion; urban greening workshop set; Bike About Town returns

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/30/2014 02:21:27 PM PDT CCCT holding drama camp reunion A 25-year reunion party for those connected with the Contra Costa Civic Theatre drama camp will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at CCCT, 951 Pomona Ave. in El Cerrito.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @westcountytimes: El Cerrito Journal community briefs: Theater holding drama camp reunion; urban greening workshop set; Bike About... fb.me/2E6ym7WcM

Bay Area and Los Angeles news groups sue California Senate to get indicted senators' calendars

contracostatimes.com — Following the Senate's refusal to release portions of the legislative calendars of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who have both been indicted on public corruption charges, Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles News Group have sued to get the documents.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @insidebayarea: Bay Area and Los Angeles news groups sue California Senate to get indicted senators' calendars bit.ly/1rN8tmk

AIA East Bay Home Tours features six houses

contracostatimes.com — By Marta Yamamoto, Correspondent Posted: 07/30/2014 05:44:23 PM PDT BERKELEY -- There's something unique about a new home, addition or remodel designed by an architect who transforms the "before" into an "after" that solves problems and pleases aesthetically. And it's no surprise that touring examples of these homes can be educational, inspiring and fun.

Berkeley: Nader talk supports post office activists

contracostatimes.com — By Judith Scherr Correspondent Posted: 07/30/2014 02:55:09 PM PDT BERKELEY -- Anti-corporatist consumer advocate Ralph Nader, 80, stood on the steps of the city's historic downtown post office July 29 and praised efforts of the more than 150 people gathered there for their two-year fight to save the landmark building, which the U.S.

Kensington's 'Woodland Elf' has heart and passion for fire break, trail

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/30/2014 02:26:15 PM PDT KENSINGTON -- With her practiced eye, Ciara Wood takes a mental note of hemlock, drying berry bushes and clumps of dry grass along a woodland trail below her home. These plants are part of nature, sure, but are also undesirable fire fuel, particularly in today's extreme drought conditions, both she and local fire officials say.
Jul 31, 2014

Kensington's 'Woodland Elf' has heart and passion for fire break, trail... fb.me/1snewEzqX

Berkeley, A Look Back: New civic center building celebrated in 1939

contracostatimes.com — By Steven FinacomBerkeley Historical Society Posted: 07/30/2014 02:21:34 PM PDT "High ranking officials" of the federal government visited Berkeley 75 years ago to participate in the first flag-raising ceremony at the new Farm Credit Administration Building on Milvia Street. The building was still several months from completion, but the visiting dignitaries "expressed pleasure at the rapid progress that has been made."

Suspended State Sen. Leland Yee pleads not guilty to racketeering

contracostatimes.com — By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com Posted: 07/31/2014 10:25:10 AM PDT Updated: 07/31/2014 10:34:59 AM PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty Thursday to racketeering and corruption charges, the first stage in what promises to be a prolonged legal battle that has doomed his political career and threatens him with a lengthy prison term.
Jul 31, 2014

State Sen. Leland Yee pleads not guilty to federal racketeering charges contracostatimes.com/news/ci_262515… @hmintz @CCTimes

Osprey expand nesting areas to San Francisco Bay shoreline

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/30/2014 10:19:56 PM PDT RICHMOND -- The osprey, a fierce and powerful fishing bird, used to be just another San Francisco Bay shoreline visitor, flying over and feeding without setting down roots. These days, however, the acrobatic divers are becoming natives, constructing elaborate stick nests on cranes, poles or other man-made structures.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @insidebayarea: Osprey expand nesting areas to San Francisco Bay shoreline bit.ly/1nLnMg8

Jul 31, 2014

Ospreys are expanding nesting territory into the San Francisco Bay shoreline bit.ly/1qsNrsn #osprey #SanFranciscoBay

One-alarm house fire controlled in Oakland hills

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/31/2014 10:10:27 AM PDT OAKLAND -- A one-alarm house fire Thursday morning in the Oakland hills below Highway 13 was controlled in 30 minutes, officials said. The fire erupted about 9:19 a.m. at the home in the 1800 block of Brentwood Road near the intersection of Melvin Road east of Dimond Park.

Oakland: Jean Quan files papers to seek second term as mayor

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/31/2014 08:40:15 AM PDT OAKLAND - Oakland Mayor Jean Quan filed papers today seeking re-election to a second four-year term, saying, "Our city is rising overall." Surrounded by a group of supporters at a news conference on the steps of City Hall, Quan said she has developed "momentum" in improving Oakland's economy and reducing its crime rate and would like to "finish the job."
Jul 31, 2014

RT @insidebayarea: Oakland: Jean Quan files papers to seek second term as mayor bit.ly/1nNw0o5

Antioch: Shots fired into home wound woman sleeping in bed

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/31/2014 07:48:43 AM PDT ANTIOCH -- A 23-year-old woman sleeping in bed was struck in the back of the neck after several shots fired outside her home went through the walls early Thursday morning, but she is expected to survive, police said. Police received several emergency calls at 4 a.m.
Jul 31, 2014

A 23 yo woman shot while sleeping in her #Antioch home early Thursday. Follow @daviddebolt for developing details. bit.ly/UNRLbn

A's trade Yoenis Cespedes to Red Sox in blockbuster deal

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/31/2014 07:16:03 AM PDT Updated: 07/31/2014 07:27:13 AM PDT The A's stunned the baseball world again hours before the trade deadline, sending All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes early Thursday morning.
Jul 31, 2014

Hey @Athletics fans, wake up to a blockboster. So long @ynscspds. Welcome back Johnny Gomes. Hello Jon Lester. bit.ly/1xF0hXg

Oakland officer fired over Occupy is reinstated

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 07/30/2014 03:55:10 PM PDT OAKLAND -- A police officer fired for throwing a grenade into a crowd of Occupy Oakland protesters who were tending to a wounded comrade got his job back Wednesday. An arbitrator ordered Oakland to reinstate Officer Rob Roche with back pay, his attorney Justin Buffington said.

Albany neighborhoods ready for anti-crime evening

contracostatimes.com — The city will participate in the annual National Night Out on Aug. 5, with neighborhoods all over the city closing down to traffic to encourage neighbors to meet neighbors as well as interact with the Albany Police Department. Similar gatherings will be held in Berkeley, El Cerrito and other area cities.
Jul 31, 2014

RT @westcountytimes: Are you taking part in a National Night Out event in your town? Albany neighborhoods ready for anti-crime evening fb.me/3n3rESMQo

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