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    Concord: Office furniture store on fire

    11/26/2015 08:20 PM PST
    Crews battling two-alarm blaze at Sam Clar office furniture store 
    Danville: Man arrested after entering house, making threats
    11/26/2015 05:17 PM PST - Man threatened to kill occupants of one house before entering another residence and making threats there 

    Oakland: Arrests at sit-in demanding charges be dropped against 'Black Friday 14' protesters
    11/25/2015 10:17 PM PST - An interfaith group demanded Wednesday that charges be dropped against the so-called Black Friday 14, who allegedly disrupted BART service by chaining themselves to trains at the West Oakland station on Nov. 28, 2014, as part of nationwide "Black Lives Matter" protests. 

    Share the Spirit: Richmond organization lends helping hand through 'wraparound' services
    11/26/2015 06:17 AM PST - West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, a Richmond nonprofit, connects residents to food, housing, counseling and other support through collaborations with local groups like the YMCA, Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County and local food banks.  

    Plan to curb oil refinery emissions touted as toughest in nation
    11/25/2015 06:51 PM PST - Bay Area Air Quality Management District proposes six refinery rules to curb emissions but environmentalists and refiners sharply criticize plan. 

    Alameda: Coast Guard crew nabs $455 million worth of narcotics
    11/25/2015 11:41 PM PST - U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams from the Cutter Bertholf spent two days searching submarine-like vessel used by suspected drug traffickers during deployment, which ended Tuesday when the ship returned to its homeport in Alameda 

    'Marmalade Mamas' create Alameda Fruit Co.
    11/25/2015 11:42 PM PST - The aptly named "Marmalade Mamas" create small batches of classic strawberry, apricot and blueberry jams, along with marmalades with distinctive flavor profiles including orange cardamom bourbon, Meyer lemon vanilla bean and spicy margarita with a dose of tequila and a sprinkling of red chili flakes. 

    Alameda: USS Hornet names first female executive director
    11/25/2015 11:49 PM PST - Rapposelli became the Hornet's executive director on Nov. 2. She was previously chief operating officer of Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center for 10 years. Not only is the 50-year-old Rapposelli the first woman to hold the top job at the Hornet, she's the first whose background includes working in a museum-like facility. She's also the first who has not served in the military. 

    Alameda: Tenant activists, officials meet over rent crisis
    11/25/2015 08:29 PM PST - The Alameda Renters Coalition met with city officials and said any future ordinance should include a provision that ties rent increases to inflation and caps them at 4 percent during any given year 

    Students form global exchange to work on Earth's problems
    11/26/2015 12:22 AM PST - Called "Hacking Space: A Student Exchange to Sustain Life on Earth," the project is being made possible by a U.S. State Department's Museums Connect grant that invites students to look toward their own communities, select an environmental problem and then work together and hack into space science and technology to develop innovations to solve it. 

    Firefighter pay bump comes early
    11/25/2015 05:26 PM PST - Improved Moraga-Orinda Fire District finances prompt salary restoration ahead of schedule  

    Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios to kick off 25th year
    11/25/2015 05:18 PM PST - Painter-jeweler Susan Brooks and clothing designer Carol Lee Shanks launched the good time event in 1991 to showcase their work. Open this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays and Sundays beginning Nov. 28, Brooks said longtime customers now send their children to her studio for their wedding rings. "You can find a client for life," Brooks said. The attraction for the public is convenience, with 100 professional artists and galleries opening their studios in an area bracketed by interstates 80 and 580 on the west, College Avenue on the east and only a few locations further north than Gilman Avenue or south of Alcatraz Avenue. 

    Snapp Shots: Stormy, Cloudy living the good life in Sacto
    11/25/2015 11:08 PM PST - Stormy and Cloudy are just two of the more than 6,000 homeless cats and kittens that have been rescued by ICRA over the last 20 years and given a second chance at life. In addition, ICRA has had 17,000 cats spayed or neutered, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens from ever being born. 

    Alameda: Felon found with loaded gun, police say
    11/25/2015 05:02 PM PST - The man, who was arrested about 6:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Cedar Street, was also in possession of a large amount of marijuana, narcotics, cocaine and ecstasy all packaged for sale, police said. 

    Alameda: ASTI celebrates National Blue Ribbon award
    11/25/2015 11:45 PM PST - ASTI, which stands for Alameda Science and Technology Institute, recently won a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools award which recognizes outstanding schools throughout the United States. Students, teachers and parents associated with the ASTI campus gathered on Nov. 12 to celebrate the achievement and recognize the unique program that has made the school so successful. "When I look at the ASTI students today, I see that you think of yourselves as more than what you are today," said Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Sean Mc Phetridge, "That you have an idea of a possible self and will achieve more than society and adults and families have thought possible before." 

    Alameda: Holiday drive for Midway Shelter in full gear
    11/25/2015 11:52 PM PST - "This year, 60 percent of families were adopted in the first three to four days after we started this year's Jammie Drive," said executive coach and Alameda resident Merideth Mehlberg, who founded the project three years ago. "The outpouring of support from Alamedans is remarkable."  

    Alameda: Copeland brings 'Jewelry Box' to Altarena
    11/25/2015 11:47 PM PST - Author of the hit shows "Not a Genuine Black Man" and "The Waiting Period" among others, the KGO radio personality turns to his early memories of living in Oakland in the 1970s. "People who remember Oakland at that time love the references to what the city was like then," Copeland said. "It really gives the flavor of Oakland at that time." 

    Grand Fare Market closes abruptly
    11/26/2015 12:23 AM PST - Grand Fare Market, 3265 Grand Ave., with oyster bar, beer and wine corner, gourmet eat-in or takeout, flower shop, cafe, deli and al fresco dining, was a two-year labor of love for veteran restaurateur Doug Washington and his wife Freya Prowe. Washington is a partner in the Stock & Bones culinary group, which owns San Francisco's Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope eateries. The husband-and-wife team issued a statement Monday through their publicist Jannis Swerman thanking guests, vendors and employees for their support. "Unfortunately, the market's current incarnation simply required too much cost to keep up basic operations and they couldn't keep it going," the statement read. "They hope that everyone will accept their most sincere apologies and deepest regrets for the troubles." 

    Town Crier: Oakland Zoo building must-see view
    11/26/2015 12:11 AM PST - The Oakland Zoo's California Trail will be finished in 2018, and will double the size of the zoo to some 100 acres in Knowland Park. Graced with majestic oaks and native grasses, it'll be a home where the buffalo roam, along with mountain lions, black bears, grizzlies and other native California animals. What's unique about this attraction? For one thing, it's the view. You'll see five bridges and six counties, accessed by a gondola lift. 

    Piedmont, Montclair police logs: Oakland hills report 25 stolen cars
    11/25/2015 03:51 PM PST - PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave. 

    13th annual Montclair Village Holiday Stroll set Dec. 3
    11/26/2015 12:19 AM PST - "You don't get a better community holiday celebration than the holiday stroll," said Daniel Swafford, executive director of the Montclair Village Association. "We showcase the incredible businesses and participating nonprofits and all the incredible schools and church groups performing to highlight what they do for the season -- and it's free." 

    Oakland's homeless seeking shelter, kindness as housing crisis pushes more to streets
    11/26/2015 07:24 AM PST - The city is seeing about a 45 percent increase in the number of unsheltered homeless, according to preliminary data to be released early next year. 

    Antioch council earmarks one-time funds for habitat conservation plan
    11/25/2015 05:45 PM PST - The City Council this week decided how it wants to spend just over $442,000, most of which will go toward developing a plan helping developers meet their obligations to preserve open space  

    Piedmont: Autonomy develops good habits in students, speaker says
    11/26/2015 12:13 AM PST - Lahey spoke to a nearly full house Nov. 17 at the speaker series that highlights current issues in education and children's lives. Her talk was titled "The Gift of Failure," but she spoke more about how parents could help their children become successful in life. She said that what parents really want from kids is intrinsic motivation. In order to have intrinsic motivation, kids need autonomy, competence and interpersonal connection. 

    Benicia day trip -- respite from the Bay Area rush
    11/24/2015 11:06 AM PST - Parking, history, ghosts and other tourist attractions offer up a blissful day in Benicia  

    California Carnivores: Myth-busting, fly-eating fun in Sonoma County
    11/25/2015 01:24 PM PST - One of the Bay Area's many claims to quirky fame is that it's home to the nation's largest carnivorous plant nursery. Watch your fingers! (Just kidding.) 

    Berkeley: City Hall protesters say new laws criminalize homeless
    11/25/2015 02:21 PM PST - An encampment has been outside Old City Hall for more than a week to denounce planned city rules governing public spaces. 

    When Old Faithful turns faithless
    11/25/2015 01:21 PM PST - Calistoga's Old Faithful Geyser usually spouts every five to 40 minutes, depending on the season. It's a scenic place to relax and learn about local geology and history. But when fickle, there's trouble brewing in its underground plumbing system. Here in earthquake country, that means it's time to cork the wine bottle, fold up the picnic blanket and head home. 

    Santa Cruz County man finds explosives while cleaning out home
    11/25/2015 12:41 PM PST - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office Bomb Team collected a firefighter-training device from a resident who brought it to an Aptos fire station on Monday.  

    Oakland: 3 arrested in takeover robbery at marijuana business
    11/25/2015 03:19 PM PST - At least one employee at the West Oakland business was pistol whipped during the robbery Wednesday morning.  

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    Alternative gifts: Tips for meaningful holiday giving

    Dreading holiday gift shopping? Here are readers' ideas for gifts that are unique and meaningful. 
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    Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

    With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?