Newark: Police officers rescue woman from burning building

Newark police officers rescued a 55-year-old woman from a burning home early Friday morning, police said.  
A Christmas light display in the front yard of the home of Tom BetGeorge in Newark. The light show is programed to both holiday songs and music from the Star Wars movie.  
Elsehwhere: Mt. Eden is a Grammy Signature semifinalist  
San Leandro weighs shuttle from BART to downtown; Berkeley police under scrutiny  
Alameda Health System has put together a plan to pay down its debt and gets its finances under control.  
Bernardine C. Verdile, wife of Michael A. Verdile Sr., passed away Dec. 2, 2014 at home surrounded by her husband, children and Natalie (Bundy) Verdile.  
Alameda Lacrosse Club -- Registration open and roster spots available for U11 girls team, for ages 9-10. No experience necessary. 510-864-9772, www.alamedalacrosse.  
Team East Oakland Youth Camp -- Registration open for youth baseball skills camp, for boys and girls ages 7-14. Dec. 28 at Bishop O'Dowd High School with ages 7-9 from 9-11:30 a.  
The county seems to have learned nothing from earlier embarrassment; it needs a policy to protect residents from being spied on in their homes and meeting places.  
Dan Honda
To guard scarce school resources and keep class sizes down, school districts are sometimes hiring private investigators to surreptitiously photograph youngsters as they come and go from homes suspected of being fronts. Sometimes, they lie about who and what they're doing in hopes people unwittingly will rat the kids out.