OAKLAND

Crash critically injures Moraga bicyclist, 80

A Moraga man was critically injured when he fell from his bicycle while riding down a street in Montclair on Tuesday afternoon.

The 80-year-old man was riding a blue "Titus Racer X" full-suspension bicycle southbound in the 5600 block of Colton Boulevard at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control and flipped over the handlebars, landing in the roadway, witnesses told police.

The man's name has not been released, but investigators said he is an enthusiastic bike rider who regularly rides between Moraga and Oakland.

Several people gave first aid before paramedics arrived. He was transported to Highland Hospital, where he was unconscious in critical condition on Wednesday.

-- Harry Harris, Staff

PLEASANT HILL

County gets $1.1M to prevent tobacco use

The Contra Costa County Office of Education will receive about $1.1 million through a California Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program grant to continue its services through June 30, 2017.

The educational agency was one of 14 statewide to receive funding out of 57 applicants, and it was the only East Bay agency to receive a grant. The money will fund tobacco use prevention programs at all middle and high schools in the Antioch, Byron and West Contra Costa districts, as well as to students in county-run court and community schools.


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More information is available at www.cocoschools.org/edsvcs/ci/tupe.html.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

Hayward

Police: Slain woman found in closet

A Castro Valley woman found slain last week was shot twice and discovered in a bedroom closet by her teenage daughter, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Yun Yi Zhang, 45, was pronounced dead Friday inside her home in the 19000 block of Stanton Avenue after policed responded to her daughter's call to 911. Zhang's husband, 45-year-old Feng Mi, had disappeared after Zhang's body was discovered but surrendered to police Monday.

Mi appeared before an Alameda County Superior Court judge Wednesday afternoon via video arraignment from a courtroom inside the Santa Rita Jail.

Mi, who speaks limited English, did not speak during the hearing. He is being held without bail.

The couple, investigators say, has a history of domestic violence.

-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

Berkeley

McLaughlin to speak at Soroptimist event

Fresh off a City Council vote that could make her city's minimum wage the highest in the nation, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will be the featured speaker at a Soroptimist event in Berkeley on Sunday evening.

The annual Every Woman has a Story speaker series, hosted by the El Cerrito chapter of Soroptimist International, will feature a talk with McLaughlin at 7 p.m. at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda in Berkeley.

The evening opens with a 6:30 p.m. social time and refreshments.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students. For tickets or details send an email to soroptivista@gmail.com or leave a message at 510-237-8918.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff

EAST BAY

Film looks at dangers of prescription drugs

A free documentary screening this weekend seeks to raise awareness of the threat that prescription drugs can pose, particularly to teenagers and young adults.

The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse is co-sponsoring four screenings of "Behind the Orange Curtain." The documentary delves into the problem of teenage prescription drug abuse in Orange County and other affluent suburbs.

The group was founded by April Rovero, a San Ramon mom who lost her 21-year-old son Joey to an accidental drug overdose in 2009. The screenings will include panel discussions with Rovero as well as the film's cast members.

Screenings will be held:

  • Friday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon.

  • Saturday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Galinas Road, San Rafael.

  • Sunday, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Brenden Theater, 1985 Willow Pass Road, Concord.

  • Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Miramonte High School Theater, 750 Moraga Way, Orinda.

    For more information or to reserve a seat, go to http://bit.ly/1g8GMwg.

    -- Joyce Tsai, Staff

    Walnut Creek

    Concert aims to bring back music program

    To help raise money to bring back instrumental music to fourth- and fifth-graders in the Mt. Diablo school district, a Northgate High student is hosting a Friday benefit concert.

    Anna Waletzko, who plays clarinet and piano in Northgate's band programs, will present "Keeping the Beat: A Musical Fundraiser" at 7 p.m. Friday in the school's Little Theater at 425 Castle Rock Road as part of her senior project.

    The admission cost is $4 for students, $5 for adults and $10 for families.

    All proceeds will be donated to the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation. More information is available by visiting www.mdmef.org. Click on "Keeping the Beat."

    -- Theresa Harrington, Staff