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Review: Hilarious 'Avenue Q' signals new direction for Berkeley Playhouse

The company known for its family-friendly fare presents a first-rate production of the not-for-kids musical. 
The Berkeley City Council heard a report from a group of researchers from the Stanford Criminal Justice Center on the pros and cons of Tasers, seeking clarity on whether it would be a good idea to equip Berkeley police with Tasers.  
A man was transported to the hospital after being shot Tuesday night in Berkeley, police said.  
In-person screenings will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, National Depression Screening Day, at Sutter Health's Alta Bates campus in Berkeley and the Summit campus in Oakland, while online screening is available anytime.  
After the 1996 Northridge earthquake, the city identified 321 wood-frame buildings with weak fronts accounting for more than 3,200 housing units; as of last week, there were 124 buildings on the city's list still to be retrofitted.  
Tony Rowell, who grew up in Albany and did some of his earliest photography in the area, is the author of "Sierra Starlight: The Astrophotography of Tony Rowell," published by Heyday Books of Berkeley.  
Doug Oakley
A city council member who helped the police chief buy a home after voting to loan him $500,000 in public funds said Monday he will now donate the money he received from the deal to charity.  
MARTINEZ -- A traffic stop last week yielded the arrest of a suspect in burglaries across eight East Bay towns, authorities said.A Martinez police officer stopped a vehicle Sept.  
Labor leaders have slipped through the state Legislature a bill eroding a key requirement of Jerry Brown's 2012 pension law, which was designed to ensure workers pay a fair share of their retirement costs. The governor must veto SB 292 and send a clear message that he won't backtrack on what he has touted as one of his major legislative accomplishments.  
Caravan for justice launches social media education tour in Oakland Saturday  
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Behind the Label: Beauregard Vineyards, Bonny Doon

The roots run deep for Beauregard Vineyards, a father-son winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
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Nick Gordon charged in Bobby Kristina Brown's death?

Report says Georgia grand jury will decide this week whether there’s enough evidence to charge Gordon with a crime.