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San Ramon photographer specializes in glamor shots of the four-legged set

The East Bay SPCA relies on the volunteer work of people like Heidi Eder to adopt out pets. 
The U.S. Department of Energy on April 17 recognized two Lawrence Livermore Laboratory researchers for their contributions to science, energy and national security.  
 
The wholesale water agency for Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and part of San Ramon faces shortages because it expects to get no water allocation from the State Water Project.  
 
The city of Livermore will host a "Zero Waste and Be a Sustainable Citizen" workshop to discuss no-cost wsays to save money on energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  
 
Lawrence Livermore Lab security arrested 40 people during the annual Good Friday protest against nuclear weapons organized by interfaith groups and anti-nuclear activists.  
 
Despite the spring rains, Livermore is mandating various water conservation measures aimed at reducing water usage by up to 20 percent.  
 
The pilot of a single-engine plane performed an emergency landing in a field near Livermore after the plane lost engine power this evening, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration said.  
 
The Parent Project explains how to improve adults' communication skills with their children and enforce discipline at home without sacrificing empathy. The program is offered in English and Spanish, although with the city's Hispanic population growing over the past decade, demand for Spanish language classes is stronger.  
 
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and wine making in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.  
 
The superintendent has a key responsibility to oversee finances of the 18 school districts in the county, to sound alarms when one is heading for a financial cliff or unrealistically addressing its accounting. For that reason, the superintendent must be lead by fiscal example.  
 
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Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
(Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Images)
Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.