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Contra Costa County Mayors' Healthy Cookoff
by Mayor Tim Flaherty
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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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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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Free Campfire Program at John Muir National Historic Site
Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, July 26  at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez. The program begins at 7 p.m. and lasts roughly 1.5 hours. Ran...
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Patchy fog revisits the coast first thing Friday morning. Mostly sunny skies and warm to hot temperatures will top our weather headlines.

Afternoon highs should range from the mid 70s near the coast to 102 well inland. The hot weather pattern will also boost our local fire danger.

    Projected highs for FRIDAY:
  • Santa Rosa: 97
  • Napa: 99
  • Concord: 100
  • San Rafael: 96
  • Oakland: 89
  • San Francisco: 84
  • Pacifica: 75
  • Redwood City: 93
  • Fremont: 90
  • San Jose: 94
  • Morgan Hill: 99

A stronger onshore breeze will cool us off a little as we head into the weekend. Inland neighborhoods will still approach the mid 90s.

2014-07-24 15:20:28 -0700

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after porcelain dolls resembling little girls were left at the girls’ homes in San Clemente, California. 

As many as 11 dolls were left in front of the girls’ homes, all of which are in the same gated residential development, Lt. Jeff Hallock said. (KTLA

All the girls are about 10 years old and attend the same elementary school. 

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Hallock said the dolls were taken as evidence as investigators work to determine who left the dolls and why.

“Is it a prank? Is there some specific motivation?” Hallock said. “Obviously, there’s an indication by some the parents that the dolls resemble their daughters.”

Hallock said there is no obvious criminal act behind the dolls, but investigators are concerned.

“Anything that has the potential to involve children causes us some concern.”

2014-07-24 14:29:50 -0700

Temperatures will soar into the triple digits east of the Caldecott Tunnel Friday with the warming trend expected to continue through the weekend, forecasters predicted.

KTVU meteorologist Mark Tamayo said temperatures would likely reach triple digits in Antioch, Livermore and other East Bay inland areas over the next 24 hours and then dip slightly over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday as winds were also forecasted to be light.

Forecaster Bob Benjamin said San Francisco was expected to reach at least 80 degrees, while coastal areas will be in the mid- to upper-70s.

The hot days are not record-breaking, but getting close, Benjamin said.

Livermore would have to get to 111 degrees to set a new record for the date. San Jose, which is expected to reach a high of 96 Friday, will come close to its 99-degree record.

So-called monsoonal humidity in San Francisco and other parts of the region will diminish as the heat moves in, Benjamin said. .

2014-07-24 14:15:31 -0700

The parents of 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi were stunned by his request.

As cancer ravaged his body, the fifth grader from the Chinese city of Shenzhen focused on how he could save others if he could not survive his own battle.

"There are many people doing great things in the world," he said from his sickbed according to the China Daily.com. "They are great, and I want to be a great kid too."

He told his parents he wanted to donate his organs so others could live.

On Friday, the brave young boy who dreamed of becoming a doctor lost his battle with brain cancer. Immediately, doctors went to work removing his organs for transplant.

Hospital officials said his kidney and liver were transplanted into other patients who were suffering from life-threatening ailments.

As his body was wheeled for the surgery room, the medical team stopped and formed an honor guard, bowing to the gurney carrying Yoayi’s remains in honor of the brave boy.

The photo triggered social media responses from around the world.  In his final hours, Liang Yaoyi's choice and life had touched the lives of millions. 

2014-07-24 13:46:46 -0700

San Francisco city officials are considering a $15.1 million payout to the family of a woman who was struck and killed by a city gardener while with her dog and baby at a park.

The city's Recreation and Parks Commission voted last week in favor of the payment to Christine Svanemyr's widower and child as part of a legal settlement recommended by the city attorney. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the settlement will now go before the Board of Supervisors.

Authorities say the 35-year-old Svanemyr was run over while she relaxed in the grass on Sept. 5 by a maintenance vehicle driven by Thomas Burnoski.

Burnoski has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.

His lawyer, Robert Waggener, has said Burnoski didn't realize he had hit a person.

2014-07-24 13:25:25 -0700
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