(Kristopher Skinner, Bay Area News Group)
Booming budget surplus to benefit schools

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that the state budget surplus could be as much as $8 billion higher than estimated just four months ago.
 
(Asia White)
Oakland: Arrest in fatal shooting of young father

Police say the victim, a San Leandro resident, was shot by someone in a car that pulled alongside the vehicle he was driving Tuesday afternoon in East Oakland. The suspect was arrested after a vehicle chase but two other suspects were able to escape. 
( Daniel Jimenez )
BART meltdown: Multiple issues disrupt service

BART officials were scrambling to deal with several issues Wednesday, as a broken rail line in San Francisco forced emergency repairs and major delays and a man on the tracks in the morning and a power outage in the afternoon added to the transit system's woes. 
( DAN HONDA )
Thompson: No need to panic over Warriors

Sure the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, but can they really do it three more times?
 
John Madden, Tom Flores, George Atkinson remember 1970s Oakland Raiders' fullback Marv Hubbard  
 
 
DAN HONDA
Sure the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, but can they really do it three more times?
 
 
 
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Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are wasted on characters who aren't likable, and on a script that isn't funny.  
 
 
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There are many good reasons to save the seed from your garden.  
 
 
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The speed of deal-making is accelerating this spring in Silicon Valley and the East Bay as homes spend less time on the market and cash deals close at bullet-train speed.
 
 
 
The Alameda City Council approved settling the lawsuit with Jeffrey Navarro, whose attorney described as mentally and physically handicapped, during a closed session on Tuesday. The incident on July 27, 2012, was captured on a camera that Sgt. Patrick Wyeth was wearing. The camera was not issued by the police department and was purchased by Wyeth for his own use.  
 
 
 
SST Inc. data shows that system that detects and locates gunfire doesn't merely replicate 911 calls but also helps to solve crimes.