ALAMEDA COUNTY
Sunol: big-rig catches fire on Highway 84; no injuries

No one was injured after a big-rig mysteriously caught fire Monday night on Highway 84 in Sunol, according to the California Highway Patrol. 
The ex-girlfriend of accused killer Darnell Williams, who faces the death penalty for the deaths of killing Alaysha Carradine, 8, and Anthony Medearis Jr., testified against him Monday.  
 
D. ROSS CAMERON
Judge Julia Spain's order transferring control of the Tribune Tower and other Oakland properties and assets to a court-appointed receiver is the latest legal blow to Thomas Henderson, a 67-year-old Oakland resident, who has portrayed himself as a selfless job creator, but has been hounded by creditors and accused of bad faith dealings from former business partners.  
 
Four contenders are seeking election in November to the District 9 seat being vacated by Loni Hancock that serves the area west of the East Bay hills from San Leandro on the south to Rodeo on the north and includes Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond.  
 
A 20-year-old Oakland man was in custody after his arrest last week on suspicion of burglary, auto theft and possession of burglary tools, police said.  
 
Kristopher Skinner
The transit agency's missteps -- fake security cameras, "secret" bonuses and electrical surges -- are "not our finest hour" a BART director says.  
 
Former cabinet secretaries often retire to think tanks, quiet academic positions or perhaps the golf course, in between their memoirs and the occasional op-ed. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich -- who served in the Clinton administration from 1993-97 -- has taken a different tack.  
 
Stanislav Petrov
The man beaten by two Alameda County sheriff's deputies late last year and arrested by the FBI Friday appeared at a closed hearing in federal court Monday, according to reports.  
 
Police said the woman's speeding car hit a wall in East Oakland.  
 
Line from Central Valley to San Jose might be ready in 2029, but it'll likely be longer to reach San Francisco or Los Angeles.  
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
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