Global voice for inclusion at World Down Syndrome Day

Abdu Khalid, 9, of Berkeley, plays with ribbon at the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area's local celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, held March 21 at Matteo's Dream Playground at Hillcrest Park in Concord. Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff 
Elsewhere: Alameda County to appraise Coliseum land; police complaints will go to civilian board.  
John Caner, CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association, said the male ambassador, on the job for one year, has been fired after recorded scuffle behind CVS.  
OAKLAND -- Two longtime Alameda County public defenders were appointed to judgeships by the governor Friday.Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Andrew Steckler and James Cramer to the Alameda County Superior Court bench to fill vacancies created by the retirements of judges Joan Cartwright and Hugh Walker.  
By studying quartz collected beneath the San Andreas Fault, researchers are getting a close look at what triggers movement  
The judge didn't rule on a USPS motion to end two lawsuits challenging a sale of the building, instead asking the agency to rescind several documents, possibly opening the door to in-depth environmental studies and public hearings. He gave USPS a week to rescind the documents.  
PALS East Bay, a group founded to rescue homeless pets from East Bay shelters, is asking for the public's help in finding a foster home to provide hospice care for two older dogs in the Oakland Animal Shelter.  
A Downtown Berkeley Association ambassador was fired after video surfaced of him assaulting a homeless man March 20, a confrontation caught on video.  
A Berkeley High School student was attacked while off campus for lunch Thursday, school officials said.  
Also: Hayward art exhibit opening; Cherryland Elementary wins wellness challenge grant; Oakland school gets green transit award; Oakland teachers to march; and Union City students win awards and cash.  
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.