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Ten-year-old Oakland girl becomes best-selling author

Abbey Richter's first book, "Lucky Leo, My Best Friend," tells the story of how her pet shih tzu was bitten by another dog but made a miraculous recovery. The book shot to the number-one spot on Amazon's bestseller list, inspiring the young author to write three more books in quick succession about her other pets: "Stunning Stella, The Hospital Cat," "Everybody Loves Charlie Brown" and "Frieda The Fabulous." 
As the number of measles cases in California over the past 2 months rose Friday to 130, the Golden State is still battling its worst whooping cough epidemic in seven decades -- all of which is making many Californians wonder if they're here to stay.  
OAKLAND -- Memorial services for Dori J. Maynard, longtime champion of diversity in news coverage and president of the Maynard Institute, will be held Monday at Chapel of the Chimes.  
On Jan. 23, Shum won a silver medal for junior men at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Two days later, U.S. Figure Skating -- the sport's national governing body -- selected him to compete in the International Skating Union World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2015, set to begin Monday and running through March 8 at Tallinn, Estonia.  
Consultants Barbara Young and Bill Levinson of Hazard, Young and Attea Associates said 45 applications were received by candidates from eight states, a diverse group with a wide range of degrees and expertise.  
Fearless Storytelling. Learn how to turn your own true, personal narrative into fearless storytelling with from Kay DeMartini. Bring one idea of a story and you will have an opportunity to share.  
CHIME, also known by the name Citizens Highly Interested in Music Education, is a group of Piedmont parents and supporters that every year rally support for music in the schools in a never-ending quest to bring in extra money for the programs.  
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EBMUD is continuing its program of offering rebates for residential landscape conversions. It has also developed new WaterSmart plant tags to guide consumers looking to convert to water efficient landscaping and is working closely with area nurseries.  
I'm sitting here in Starbucks, with a window to the weekday world of Montclair Village. It's 11 a.m., and I see a smattering of shoppers and a half-dozen seniors sipping coffee outside Peet's.  
PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.