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Liz Sandoval, a household name for years among restaurant goers, shop owners and locals, has been a popular waitress in various restaurants in Martinez and Pleasant Hill. In keeping with her go-get...

August 5 is National Night Out
August 5 is National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. It began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood...
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Shakespeare in the Park
On August 2 and 3, head to the John Muir Amphitheater in Martinez for the Fifth Annual Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park, presenting A Midsummer Night's Dream . Bring a picnic lunch or purchase one f...
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Bark For Life on Aug. 2 - Register Now
Woof’s happening? Dog of all sizes and breeds are invited to “take a bite out of cancer” at the fourth annual Bark For Life of Pleasant Hill. This cancer-fighting fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m...
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BART will close two platforms at the Daly City station on Saturday and Sunday for maintenance and improvement activities, BART officials announced Thursday.

BART will only use one track between the Balboa Park and Colma stations during the work.

Officials said the work will include replacing platform edge tiles, performing preventative maintenance on elevators and escalators, addressing issues with the tracks and trackside areas and maintenance work on public areas like stairwells.

During the work, BART will only operate one service between the 24th Street station and the Daly City station.

On Saturday, the Blue Line and Green Line Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont trains that normally go to the Daly City station will stop at the 24th Street station.

Also on Saturday, there will be no Red Line service from Richmond to Daly City.

Officials said passengers traveling to San Francisco and beyond should board a Fremont-bound train and transfer at the MacArthur station.

Fremont trains will operate 12 minutes before and eight minutes after the scheduled times of the Richmond and San Francisco trains.

One train every 20 minutes on Saturday and two trains every 20 minutes on Sunday will provide service between Daly City and 24th Street.

2014-08-01 08:44:12 -0700

A person was hit by a train and critically injured in Antioch Friday morning, a fire spokesman said.

The train hit a pedestrian at about 7:35 a.m. near Fulton Shipyard Road, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Robert Marshall said.

An air ambulance was called and medical crews are working on getting the critically injured victim ready for transport to the hospital, Marshall said.

At this point, additional details have not been released.  

2014-08-01 08:18:57 -0700

As the deadly West African Ebola outbreak continues to spread, health officials are working to fast-track an Ebola vaccine. (European Commission DG ECHO / CC BY ND 2.0)

According to The Washington Post, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseasesis in talks with the Food and Drug Administration to begin Phase I human testing of an Ebola vaccine in September. If the trial is completed by January and the vaccine appears to be working, "researchers could conduct more robust human trials later in 2015."

And while it gives the impression fast-tracking a trial would only serve to launch more trials, USA Today reports there's a far more helpful result.

If the drug is proven to be safe and effective, "It could be given to health workers in affected African countries sometime in 2015 ... on an emergency basis."’

NBC explains patients infected with Ebola currently receive only immune system support — saline to replace fluid, painkillers for fever, and antibiotics for "secondary infections." (European Commission DG ECHO / CC BY ND 2.0)

Ebola has a 90 percent fatality rate. With the death toll climbing, many are asking why we haven't already created a vaccine for Ebola. It seems to be a simple — if disappointing — answer: money. 

Vox reports there are actually a few Ebola vaccines that have shown promise in "non-human primates." But because there's no market for a vaccine against a disease that "surfaces sporadically in low-income, African countries," pharmaceutical companies don't want to provide funding for research and development. 

Vox spoke with one researcher who said current funding for a vaccine comes almost exclusively from the National Institutes of Health, and it only comes because of a concern over the Ebola virus being weaponized. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

In other words, the researcher believes if a bioterrorism concern didn't exist, funding for a vaccine probably wouldn't either. 

ABC points to another barrier for Ebola vaccine research. Because outbreaks are generally sporadic in nature, researchers are unable to conduct successful field studies. Compared to HIV or malaria, Ebola is far more unpredictable. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 1976 the second-largest Ebola outbreak infected 318 and killed 280. Since then, only two other outbreaks resulted in more than 200 deaths — until this year. 

With more than 1,000 infected in a few months, health officials hope pharmaceutical companies will find monetary motivation in an Ebola vaccine. 

2014-08-01 08:08:53 -0700

The Dublin BART station is closed due to a suspicious package.

The delay is causing delays for riders on the Dublin/Pleasanton line.

Riders will have to go to the West Dublin station.

At this point, additional details have not been released.

2014-08-01 07:59:09 -0700

There are traffic delays in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood due to a fallen tree.

Columbus Avenue between Grant and Stockton is shut down as Department of Public Works crews work to clear the street.

As the tree fell around 4:30 a.m., it took down the eastbound lines for Muni electric buses.

Since then, the SFMTA cut power to the line so crews could clean up the mess.

There have been some slight delays for Muni riders due to this incident.

Route 41 is blocked in both directions and buses are rerouting around the block because of it.

Public Works is trying to move fast so the SFMTA can get service to the line restored.

2014-08-01 07:47:52 -0700
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