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Garden tour in 10th year promoting native plants

The free, self-guided Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour on May 4 features 35 locations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties selected as models of using indigenous vegetation. 
An Oakland man and a Berkeley man were sentenced to years in prison for robbing an Alameda bank of almost $9,000 last August.  
 
Our local community colleges -- Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Oakland's Laney and Merritt colleges -- join in Earth Week with all manner of Earthy festivals, events, workshops and good old-fashioned teach-ins.  
 
U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi will speak at ceremony May 17 in Memorial Stadium  
 
Cal students campaign for President Barack Obama to be the 2015 commencement speaker.  
 
The Berkeley Fire Department and its Community Emergency Response Team program are holding a family oriented Emergency Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the North Berkeley BART Station.  
 
A conversation with authors Michael Pollan and Frances Dinkelspiel at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave., will kick off the event locally.  
 
A proposed Windfall Profits Tax that would hike levies on landlords to pay for affordable housing will likely face stiff opposition from rental property owners if it qualifies for the ballot.  
 
FRIDAY, APRIL 4 STOLEN AUTO -- Someone stole a vehicle from the 1000 block of Gilman Street. THEFT -- Someone stole less than $950 worth of items from a location in the 800 block of Page Street.  
 
Berkeley HumaneMeet Wyatt, a mellow and charming 1-year-old feline just a-waitin' to win you over with his charm and good looks. This handsome fellow enjoys ear scritches, chin rubs and head bumps.  
 
This opera singer treated Paris commuters to a surprise performance

At times, opera singer Christophe Ménager likes to treat commuters in the Paris metro to a performance. In this comedic piece of opera, he clearly enjoys singing to passers-by. Full Story
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Chelsea Clinton is pregnant

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be grandparents.