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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. 
The East Bay Municipal Utility District Board on Tuesday will consider sticking with 10 percent voluntary water saving plan  
 
Elsewhere: Hayward updating mobile home rules to protect residents  
 
The organization Rebuilding Together East Bay-North (rtebn.org) is issuing a plea for volunteers to help with a project in Albany on National Rebuilding Day on April 26.  
 
UC Berkeley students' complaint prompts a federal investigation into Cal's handling of sexual assault cases  
 
Former Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory director Andrew Sessler, described as a visionary in the fields of physics and particle accelerator sciences, died Friday at the age of 85, lab officials said.  
 
The report calls on the postal service to suspend disposal of historic post offices and relocation of postal services out of historic facilities until it implements the report's recommendations.  
 
The nine-campus system's admissions offers were up 4.8 percent over the preliminary count for 2013, but UC Berkeley's offers to California residents were down by 9 percent  
 
A five-alarm that destroyed the warehouses of three West Berkeley businesses on Saturday night caused an estimated $9 million in damage, Berkeley fire Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb said today.  
 
An Oakland man and a Berkeley man were sentenced to years in prison for robbing an Alameda bank of almost $9,000 last August.  
 
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

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