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Assembly committee hears ideas on reducing prison and jail population

December 4, 2013 11:30 pm

A state Assembly committee gathered ideas from Bay Area law enforcement and community representatives at a hearing in San Francisco Wednesdayon how to help people avoid going to prison and avoid going back. The purpose of the Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment session was to obtain information that could shape legislation aimed at reducing prison […]

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Ponytailed burglar caught on surveillance

December 4, 2013 11:13 pm

Fremont Police have released surveillance video of a home burglary in-progress in hopes of catching the thief captured on the video. The home not far from Washington High School is located on the 4100 block of Eggers Drive and was burglarized on Saturday, November 30 around 12:30pm. The thief with a ponytail, wearing a gray shirt […]

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Woman unknowingly live-tweets husband´s fatal car wreck

December 4, 2013 10:58 pm

A Southwest Washington woman unknowingly live-tweeted her husband’s fatal car accident Wednesday afternoon. The collision happened about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday on southbound Interstate 205. Caran Johnson, who tweets using the handle @scancouver, is known for tweeting news in the city of Vancouver, Wash., while listening to police scanners. She re-tweeted information about the accident from […]

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Frigid temperatures move into Bay Area

December 4, 2013 10:10 pm

Walnut Creek was one of several Bay Area neighborhoods that saw an unusual drop in temperatures Wednesday night, dipping into the 20s. Devorah Ben-Zeev watched heavily bundled ice skaters at a temporary rink set up near Walnut Creek City Hall. “I can’t believe it. This event tonight of all nights because it was really nice […]

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City Council selects medical marijuana dispensary director as mayor

December 4, 2013 9:58 pm

The Sebastopol City Council Tuesday night unanimously selected as mayor the founder and executive director of two Peace in Medicine licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Sonoma County. Robert Jacob, 36, will serve as mayor for one year. He has been on the City Council for two years. Jacob was vice mayor before his selection Tuesday […]

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Oldest human DNA leads to more questions than answers

December 4, 2013 9:57 pm

The discovery of a bone representing humanity’s oldest known relative is something that should have scientists patting themselves on the back, but it’s also got them scratching their heads. Researchers discovered the ancient humanoid remains in a cave — known as the “Sima de Los Huesos” or “Pit of Bones” — in Spain. (Via Madrid Scientific Films) […]

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Father killed in hit-and-run crash

December 4, 2013 9:44 pm

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in solving a deadly hit and run accident on Interstate 80 in Richmond. The tragic crash took place just hours after the 32-year-old enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Police say Nathaniel Robinson Sr., of San Pablo, was driving his Buick Park Avenue west on […]

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Berkeley redistricting plan approved

December 4, 2013 9:39 pm

The Berkeley City Council has voted to approve a redistricting plan that includes a district that will be comprised mostly of college students. The plan, which faces a second reading on Dec. 17, was approved on a 6-2-1 vote Tuesday night, with councilmen Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin voting “no” and Councilman Max Anderson abstaining. […]

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Groups oppose planned upgrades at oil facilities around Bay Area

December 4, 2013 9:21 pm

Several oil companies around the Bay Area are proposing upgrades or additions to their facilities, but environmental advocates said Wednesday that the projects will endanger the public by enabling increased refining of dirtier crude oil. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s board of directors Wednesday received updates on the projects, which include the installation […]

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Lawsuit blocking turf replacement at Beach Chalet fields dismissed

December 4, 2013 9:03 pm

A San Francisco Superior Court judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a parent and environmental group that opposed plans to convert the city’s Beach Chalet athletic fields from grass to artificial turf. Judge Teri Jackson ruled Tuesday that the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department renovation plans to change the fields into turf at […]

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