( Rich Pedroncelli )
Senate Democrats propose big reforms to gift rules
Pledging to restore public trust in state government, Democratic leaders of the state Senate on Thursday unveiled a package of bills aimed at restricting lawmakers' fundraising and banning popular freebies like rounds of golf and concert tickets.
Among highest paid in the state, Berkeley elected officials ponder asking for a raise
Full time job at part time wages tough for some
Richmond city leaders criticized for housing complex living conditions
Residents of Hacienda tell City Council members that the city's housing authority has failed to provide decent living conditions
Water agency may declare emergency, enforce restrictions
The Alameda County Water District board might declare an emergency shortage next week and impose mandatory limits on water use for residents and businesses. Repeat offenders exceeding those restrictions might lose their water service or be jailed up to 30 days and fined as much as $600, water district leaders said.
Sharks rally to beat Penguins 5-3
Joe Thornton launched a shot from just inside the blue line with 5:39 left in the third period Thursday night that held up as the game-winning goal to give the San Jose Sharks a wild come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
(Courtesy Richmond Police Departm)
Richmond: Teacher's arrest on sex abuse charges raises concerns about hiring practices
As shock spread Thursday about the arrest of Ronald Guinto, who was fired from Richmond's Making Waves Academy after several students accused him of sexual abuse, questions followed about how he was hired at Mira Vista Elementary School even as police were investigating him.
( Doug Duran )
Google's mysterious tech barge greeted by Stockton residents weary of hard times
Stockton officials gathered on a quiet pier Thursday morning to welcome Google's mysterious 250-foot tech barge and its two escorting tugboats, which took nearly eight hours to travel roughly 70 miles from Treasure Island to their city on the San Joaquin River.
(MLive.com, Emily Rose Bennet/AP)
More than 1,600 wore their sunglasses at night, for a possible record
There appears to be another arcane world record in Grand Rapids, this time for the most people wearing sunglasses at night. Full Story
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
SXSW Music Picks: Chain Gang of 1974 buzzes into Texas
Also meet Adrian Marcel, one of Oakland's most promising R&B talents.
(Photo by Isaac Brekken/Invision/AP, File)
Look who's sleeping in Justin Bieber's bed
Qianying Zhao was arrested after breaking into the home Bieber is renting and falling asleep in a bedroom.
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Kawakami: Kaepernick shoulders blame for loss
Colin Kaepernick's late-game interception allows the Seattle Seahawks to hold off the San Francisco 49ers and advance to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos
( Nhat V. Meyer )
Purdy: Brutal heavyweight fight went way of Seahawks
This was a wicked, awful, exhausting game for both the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.
( JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO )
Thompson: 49ers defense shows fight even after Bowman injury
The San Francisco 49ers defense was not as dominant as it needed to be Sunday. But when things looked most bleak against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, the defense got the ball back to the offense with a chance to win. Twice. Even without the unit's best player.