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Shakespeare in the Park
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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...

Contra Costa County Mayors' Healthy Cookoff
The 6th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff competition will be held at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on Thursday, July 31st . Nineteen Contra Costa County cities were invited to bri...
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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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Pleasant Hill's Blues & Brews
On Saturday, July 19 crowds of people came to enjoy the 5th Annual Blues and Brews Festival. It was a day of craft beer tasting, beach ball dodging, delicious food and free music, including Caroomp...
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Surbhi Sarna knew she had to take action.

The baby Great White Shark had beached itself in the shallow waters at San Francisco’s Land End. It was struggling would likely died before wildlife authorities could arrive on the scene.

She gently reached down, petting the shark, trying to calm it.

Sarna first tried to free the shark in a cove near the rocks, but the surf was so rough the 3-foot-long shark got tossed about by the rough seas.

So she then waded into the pounding surf, carrying the young shark as far as she could beyond the surf line.

Then with a gentle push, she freed the shark which quickly swam away.

2014-07-29 11:23:47 -0700

A police K-9 and fire crews were needed to capture a suspected car thief who allegedly led police on a chase from Antioch to Oakley, where he became stuck underneath a house early Tuesday morning.

Antioch police said the pursuit began after officers spotted a man driving a stolen car near the intersection of Marie Avenue and Crest Street around 4:45 a.m.

When the officers attempted to stop the car, the driver sped off, prompting a chase onto eastbound state Highway 4.

After an apparent mechanical problem, the suspect stopped the car on state Highway 160 between Hillcrest Avenue and Main Street in Oakley and ran, police said.

An Antioch police K-9 tracked the suspect to a nearby home, where he had hidden underneath a pool house.

Police said the suspect fought with the K-9 and ended up stuck beneath the house.

The suspect refused to come out and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District crews were called to the scene.

The fire personnel dug a trench under the house to reach the suspect and officers used a rope to pull him out, according to police.

Police said the suspect, identified as 44-year-old James Marglin of Antioch, was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered when officers apprehended him.

He was later arrested and taken to county jail in Martinez.

2014-07-29 10:49:58 -0700

A California man who was charged after refusing treatment for his tuberculosis was found and arrested, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was arrested late Monday in Kern County, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said. Before Rosas Cruz can be sent back to San Joaquin County, he has to be medically cleared, which could take weeks, Taylor said.

Authorities last week obtained an arrest warrant for Rosas Cruz, saying he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in March after going to San Joaquin General Hospital's emergency room with a severe cough.

Medical staff at the hospital told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he left.

Rosas Cruz is a transient and comes from an area of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of TB, authorities said.

He was arrested on the San Joaquin County warrant during a traffic stop in Lamont, a community about 15 miles southeast of Bakersfield, said Ray Pruitt, a spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Officers took him to the Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.

TB can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease can be deadly.

Taylor said the goal of prosecuting a tuberculosis patient through the criminal courts is not to punish him, but to protect the public. He said Rosas Cruz refused to cooperate with officials.

"When somebody has behaved like this, it's time to go in-patient," Taylor said.

In court papers filed in support of the warrant, public health officials said Rosas Cruz resisted treatment from the start. He also used crack cocaine and methamphetamine, officials said, adding that he could develop the drug-resistant strain if he hasn't already.

By law, health officials can't force a patient to be treated for tuberculosis, but officials can use the courts to isolate him from the public. That is when officials offer treatment.

2014-07-29 10:46:49 -0700

San Jose police were searching for several suspects in an early Tuesday morning altercation and stabbing that left one man dead, authorities said.

According to San Jose police, someone called 911 at around 2:15 a.m. to report that a group of suspects attacking a man near Market and Park streets.

Arriving officers found a man suffering from at least one stab wound. He was rushed to a local hospital but died a short time later of his injuries.

He was the city’s 22nd homicide of the year.

While investigators believe the attack was not gang related, they remained on the scene for several hours gathering evidence while several downtown streets remained blocked off.

There was no description available for the suspects and a motive had yet been released.

It was the second homicide in San Jose in less than 24 hours, but police said they were not related.

2014-07-29 08:52:05 -0700

Attention, everyone who hates to run: Turns out you only need to torture yourself for about five minutes a day to reap some important health benefits. (Via Getty Images)

According to a new study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, those who jogged or ran for as little as five minutes a day reduced their risk of premature death by about three years.

USA Today quotes the study's lead author, who says those who run for less than an hour a week reap the same health benefits as those who run more, regardless of age, gender or health conditions: "More [running] may not be better in relation to health benefits."

To get these results, researchers studied the exercise habits of more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over the course of 15 years.

They found compared to those who didn't run at all, those who ran less than an hour a week were 30 percent less likely to die for any reason during the course of the study. (Via YouTube / Running Wild)

And on top of that, those runners were also 45 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. (Via Getty Images)

A cardiologist and chief medical officer of Virginia Heart in northern Virginia told CNN: "That's important to note. Even with all the negative factors, such as obesity, smoking and diabetes, those who were, let's say, obese and ran had a less likely chance of dying from heart problems than those obese people who didn't run. Same with smokers, diabetics, etc."

Other studies have offered conflicting results — finding that taking your running routine to the max on a consistent basis may do more harm than good.

Research presented at the American College of Cardiology back in April found those who run an average of more 20 miles a week don't live as long as those who run less than 20 miles per week. In fact, they apparently live, on average, about as long as people who don't run much at all.

It seems consistency is key here. The study that said running could add years to your life found those who ran consistently over a six-year period gained the most health benefits — 29 percent saw a lower risk of death, and 50 percent had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. (Via Getty Images)

The researchers advise that those who want to start running should start off slow with walking, then move to jogging and running. 

2014-07-29 07:20:24 -0700
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