BART board votes to retain lifetime free-travel perk, but with limitation

BART directors vote 5-3 to continue program that allows them free travel for life on the transit system, but now they must serve eight years in office to qualify for it. 
A Southern California man who had three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine in his car when he was stopped by the California Highway Patrol on an Oakland freeway last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday, federal officials said.  
 
Phaley Nget, the Oakland woman accused of leaving her young children inside a car, ignored an officer carrying one of the children while they were looking for her in the casino, according to a police affidavit. It was the second case of a mother being accused of leaving her children in a car to go into a Bay Area casino in the last month.  
 
Lawrence Livermore and Sandia/California lab officials, medical professionals, investors and entrepreneurs met in Pleasanton at the Sixth Annual Innovation Tri-Valley Forum to discuss partnering on health care startups.  
 
Firefighters responded to a one-alarm fire in East Oakland this morning, a fire dispatcher said. A report of a structure fire in the 8700 block of Hillside Street came in shortly before 2 a.  
 
A 40-year-old man was electrocuted while stripping wires at an abandoned warehouse on the 2000 block of Mandela Parkway in West Oakland on Wednesday.  
 
Starlight Movie in the Park. Enjoy a movie and fun under the stars. Preshow festivities of games and crafts for kids. The featured movie, the PG-rated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," begins at 8:15 p.  
 
For whatever reason, the culinary wave that's been washing over Oakland has largely missed Montclair. Could that be changing?When the Silver Palace closed last week after 28 years, reaction was mixed.  
 
Oakland Municipal Band. The Oakland Municipal Band's 103rd season celebrates summer with an outdoor concert series. Bring a lawn chair and picnic. 1 to 3 p.  
 
Bumblebee, a 2-year-old female Chihuahua cross, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. She always fancies her honey-brown coat and buzzes around with cute, adorable ears flaring when she hears bee sounds.  
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
( JOHN GREEN )
Bay Area s snobbiest small cities? (Cast your vote)

Palo Alto and Walnut Creek make the list compiled by real estate blog Movoto based on home prices, household income, cultural amenities, educational achievement and more. 
(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Surprise! Justin Bieber in news for his music

The troubled singer releases clips of 11 new tracks on Instagram, hinting at prospect of new album.