Berkeley enacts stricter minidorm regulations, approves Blake Street project

New group living accommodation rules are intended to limit noise, trash, late-night partying, drunkenness and other unruly behavior.  
The Oakland Unified School District's board of directors approved in a 6-0 vote KIPP Bay Area School's petition to expand KIPP Bridge Charter School to serve elementary grades beginning in fall 2016.  
 
In its search for a new superintendent to replace Bruce Harter, who will retire at the end of this year, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education will interview three superintendent search firms and select one of them on Saturday, Feb. 13.  
 
A DNA sample led police to arrest a San Ramon man at a Hayward court Wednesday in connection with a 2014 gang rape at UC Santa Barbara.  
 
Mary Shelton has been with district since 2012, will step down in June and move to Texas to be near family  
 
Even after a warrant for suspected molestation was issued for his arrest, a Palo Alto elementary school teacher continued teaching for five days in January -- right through the day he turned himself in at Santa Clara County Main Jail.  
 
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Helen Chase, who celebrates her 107th birthday Friday, has lived in Oakland since she was a toddler. She was born with William Howard Taft was president and the Athletics still played in Philadelphia.  
 
Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children.  
 
West Contra Costa schools trustees on Wednesday approved a new contract with its teachers union, in a deal that may not help with teacher recruitment as much as hoped and will require some program cuts to fulfill, according to a board member.  
 
District adopts stance that housing developers must do more to address overcrowded classrooms  
 
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Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7 
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Kanye West's super strict rules for Yeezy show models

Kanye West had some pretty strict rules for how models at his Yeezy Season 3 fashion extravaganza should display his clothes.