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Plaza Concert August 21
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Head to Downtown Pleasant Hill this Thursday for the third plaza concert in the series. Come enjoy Dave Martin's House Party Band from 6:30-8:30pm. This FREE outdoor concert is located next to Jack...


Next PH Gateway Workshop on 8/19
The next Pleasant Hill Gateway Workshop is Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30pm. If you missed the first workshop on the City Gateway Project here is your opportunity to come and hear a recap of that meeti...
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Summer Concerts at the Lake
On Sunday, August 17, head to Pleasant Hill City Hall lawn for the next Summer Concert by the Lake-- Fundamentals! The Fundamentals present a high octane, fun filled stage show featuring two dynami...
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6th Annual Mayor’s Healthy Cook-off
Pleasant Hill Mayor Tim Flaherty competed against mayors from nine other Contra Costa cities in the 6th Annual Mayor’s Healthy Cook-off at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on Thursday, July 31st. Mayo...
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You may remember the Holderness family from their YouTube sensation, “Christmas Jammies.”

Now the impossibly telegenic clan is back with a parody titled "Baby Got Class," an homage to the Sir Mix-A-Lot classic "Baby Got Back".

The Raleigh, N.C., family calls it an ode of thanks to all of those hard-working teachers, bus drivers, staff and administrators as kids get ready to go back to school.

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"If there was one of those Facebook relationship status options for my children, at this point in August, I would choose 'needs to see other people,' Penn Holderness wrote on the family's blog.  "On both sides — we literally need to see other people."

Penn Holderness and his wife, Kim Dean Holderness, quit successful TV careers to form GreenRoom Communications,  a video production firm with emphasis on internet marketing and social media management.

2014-08-21 05:56:26 -0700

Emory University Hospital will hold a news conference Thursday to talk about the release of both Ebola patients currently being treated at the hospital, WSB-TV reports. Dr. Kent Brantly is expected to be present at the news conference to make a statement.

News Chopper 2 was there as Brantly arrived at the hospital Saturday, Aug. 2, where he walked in wearing a protective suit. A second Ebola patient, Nancy Writebol, arrived three days later.

Both patients have been kept in isolation inside the hospital as they received treatment for the virus.

In a statement from Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, he said:

“Today I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital. Over the past few weeks I have marveled at Dr. Brantly’s courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital. His faithfulness to God and compassion for the people of Africa have been an example to us all.

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“I know that Dr. Brantly and his wonderful family would ask that you please remember and pray for those in Africa battling, treating and suffering from Ebola. Those who have given up the comforts of home to serve the suffering and the less fortunate are in many ways just beginning this battle.

“We have more than 350 staff in Liberia, and others will soon be joining them, so please pray for those who have served with Dr. Brantly - along with the other doctors, aid workers and organizations that are at this very moment desperately trying to stop Ebola from taking any more lives.”

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.

The latest figures Wednesday show that the deaths are mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the deaths.

In a previously released statement, Brantly talked about his work as a missionary in Liberia.

“My wife Amber and I, along with our two children, did not move to Liberia for the specific purpose of fighting Ebola. We went to Liberia because we believe God called us to serve Him at ELWA Hospital.

“One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places. When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.

“When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to him.”

In a previous statement from David Writebol, Nancy's husband, he talked about coming to Atlanta to visit his wife three weeks after she was transported from Liberia to Atlanta to receive treatment.

"I have had the great joy to be able to look through the isolation room glass and see my beautiful wife again. We both placed our hands on opposite sides of the glass, moved with tears to look at each other again. She was standing with her radiant smile, happy beyond words. She is continuing to slowly gain strength, eager for the day when the barriers separating us are set aside, and we can simply hold each other. We prayed together over the intercom, praising our great and mighty God for his goodness to us," David Writebol said.

The news conference at Emory University Hosptial will take place at 11 a.m. Brantly will make a statement at that time but will not take any questions.

This is a breaking news update. Please return for updates.

2014-08-21 02:37:30 -0700

A deep sea fishing trip turned into quite the spectacle for these guys.

They were fishing off the coast of Bonita Springs earlier this month when one of the anglers hooked a shark about 4 feet long.  Realizing they caught something big, one of the men pulled out a camera and started recording.

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As they reeled the shark in, they noticed a massive creature lurking so someone stuck the camera under water to get a closer look.  

The large fish, which appears to be a Goliath Grouper, begins to follow the shark which is still on the line.

As soon as the anglers get the shark close enough to their vessel to cut the line, the grouper strikes, swollowing the shark whole.

2014-08-21 02:10:38 -0700

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday with clear objectives: investigate the officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown, ensure that there were no federal civil rights laws violated and help ease tensions the city.

Holder met with residents, community leaders and the Brown family hoping to, in his words, exert "a calming influence" through dialogue and face-to-face meetings. (Video via KSHB)

But it's not every day the nation's top law enforcement official and legal adviser to the president comes to visit. And given the circumstances, many people seem to have a few ideas of their own about what Holder needs to be doing with his time.

"What they need to hear from this black man in this position ... is that they need to stay out of trouble with the law. They need to pull up their pants, finish school and take care of their kids." 

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That was Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley specifically addressing how Holder should deal with "looters and rioters" in Ferguson amid consecutive nights of chaos. 

A Salon writer suggests this is Holder's moment to address racial inequity on a larger scale: "It’s time to utter the three words that have inflicted more racial injustice against black men than any other three words in the English lexicon: prison industrial complex." 

There's lots of talk about Holder trying to calm racial tensions. A Cornell University law professor told NBC,"He'll be able to mediate between the law enforcement community, which obviously sees Holder as being the highest law enforcement official in the country, and the African-American community, which knows that Holder is one of the highest ranking African-American officials in the whole country. ... That's not an explicitly legal function. It's more of a socio-political function."

But what sort of tangible action can Holder take to really influence things in Ferguson? 

Politico writer says some of what Holder can do is already being done: he's ordered an investigation, he's ordered (another) autopsy and he can take action against the Ferguson PD if he finds that they've been "violating people’s rights." But the writer adds, beyond that, Holder's authority is limited. 

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If Holder were to take over the investigation to prosecute officer Darren Wilson, a Christian Science Monitor writer says that would be a mistake. "Legal analysts stress that a state prosecutor has significantly more flexibility to tailor a charge to a particular crime. ... In contrast, federal law would require Holder’s prosecutors to prove significantly more. ... Prosecutors would have to prove that Wilson deliberately acted with evil intent to deprive the teenager of his rights."

And Holder does have more political leeway to talk about race than, say, President Obama. The president has been criticized in the past for speaking about race, such as when he made remarks following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  

But a Bloomberg correspondent says Holden can't seem biased, either. 

Peter Cook: "He has to walk a very fine line because he can't appear to take sides in this, just like the president. He has to appear that he hasn't conducted a rush to judgment."

Meanwhile, a grand jury examined evidence in the shooting death of Michael Brown Wednesday, but St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch told reporters it could be as long as two months before we know if charges will be brought against Wilson. 

This video contains images from Getty Images.

2014-08-21 00:24:41 -0700
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