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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...

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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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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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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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A pit bull and two men were stabbed in two separate incidents that happened in San Francisco early Friday morning.

The first happened when a man was standing with his pit bull in the area of Broadway and Kearny streets around 1:30 a.m., police said. 

A male suspect approached and fought with the dog, brandished a knife and began to stab the animal, according to police.

Another man got into the middle of the fight and was stabbed by the suspect, police said.

The man suffered injuries that were not believed to life-threatening, according to police.

The pit bull was taken to a veterinarian for lacerations to a leg that were not life-threatening, police said.

Another stabbing occurred near 16th and Mission streets around 3 a.m., when five men attacked a male victim, according to police.

The suspects robbed the man of his cellphone and cash and stabbed him in the leg before fleeing, police said.

The man was transported to a hospital, where he is in stable condition, police said.

No arrests have been made in either case.

2014-08-01 19:35:59 -0700

Crews are working hard to get Levi’s Stadium ready for the first big event, a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game, Saturday night.

While it won’t be the 49ers breaking in the field first, officials say they’re planning a party they believe will appeal to fans of both football and soccer.

Tickets are sold out and fans can't wait for the doors to open.

"It's pretty cool. It's not every day you get to see a new stadium," says Landon Calannio of Santa Clara.

Friday afternoon workers tested the sound system, the power and workers walked the entire stadium making sure the wi-fi was working from every seat.

And while some put in new plants and polished the railings.

Others were tasked with stocking the stores with merchandise and the concession stands with cold beer.

Contractors came in to meet last minute deadlines.

"That's what we do. We're always about last minute craziness," says TIme Prater of Splash Events.

The San Jose Earthquakes got in one final practice before the big game.

The team president says fans at this inaugural event are in for a treat.

"We're going to have a lot of pomp and circumstance both at pregame and at halftime. And of course all the action on the pitch," says Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes.

The halftime show, a tribute to championships, will have appearances by former champions both from the Earthquakes and the 49ers.

And there are keepsakes. Banners will be a free giveaway at the door and scarfs will be on sale for $25, so fans can remember the day.

"We have a lot of things that are one offs that we did for this game cause it's so special," says Kaval.

Now the time for practicing is finally over. Saturday's game will fill the stands to about two-thirds their capacity.

Still it will be a real test for everything from security to parking.

Officials say all the planning and hard work is about to pay off.

"Now we're here to enjoy that and I think people are ready for a party," says Kaval.

After Saturday’s soccer game there will be some time to evaluate what worked well at the stadium and what needs tweaking. The 49ers take the field for their first preseason game August 17th.

2014-08-01 19:13:47 -0700

For the second time in as many months the Bay Area-based worldwide social media site Facebook crashed, leaving untold millions of users without access to their accounts.  Though it was a short outage it had worldwide reverberations.

It made headlines worldwide and was the talk of Twitter and all other social media.

Los Angeles police even took to twitter to plead with residents to stop asking them when Facebook would be back up.

Facebook has become something of a utility that’s expected to work all the time.

"Consumers just expect it to be there when they need it. Its part of their life and when it's not there it's terrifically upsetting," says Kit Yarrow, Professor of Consumer Psychology at Golden Gate University.  Doctor Abby Metcalf, a Psychologist specializing in addictions says, Facebook and other social media stimulate the same brain pleasure centers that drugs and other addictive do.

"There are treatment centers across the United States.  There's only a few open.  There's three or four that I know of who are specifically treating social media addiction," says Dr. Metcalf.

One man we met in Berkeley says many of his friends sure seem addicted.

"People, that's their whole lives, so it's like, you know what I mean, they can't go without it, you know, Now that it's here it's here to stay," says J.R. Williams. 

Other folks we met in Berkeley, fully aware of alternatives, told us that they're not so concerned about a Facebook outage.

"If I was on it during an outage, I don't think I would care that much though. I'd just go on another website maybe," says Jocelyn Wu, a young Facebook user.

"It's not like a life or death moment like you have to be, get a connection on the Facebook and it's gonna hinder you in some way," says Jacob Johnson another frequent Facebook user.

However, one man told us that many companies use Facebook for marketing, ordering and customer service.

"I'm sure it is a big part of some peoples' businesses. They're probably using it all the time and being down, it's like anything else being down," says Andrew Hoffman.

Facebook ultimately did put up an explanation of what happened, but I think you'd have to have a software engineering degree to understand it. But, make no mistake Facebook is important. If Facebook's users were a nation, its population would be third only to China and India.

2014-08-01 18:31:07 -0700

Arsonists appear to have been behind a fire that destroyed an outbuilding and damaged a residential building along the Delta de Anza Regional Trail in Pittsburg Friday afternoon, a fire marshal said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 3:13 p.m. near the intersection of the trail and Railroad Avenue, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials.

The fire burned about an eighth of an acre of vegetation in addition to burning the two structures along the trail between Railroad Avenue and Crestview Drive, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.

Firefighters got the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, he said.

No injuries were reported.

The fire marshal said witnesses reported seeing someone start the fire a short time before it was reported. Fire district and East Bay Regional Parks District investigators are working to identify and locate at least one suspect.

Marshall said the fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the residential structure, but it is unclear whether anyone is currently living there.

2014-08-01 17:10:09 -0700

An elderly black Labrador retriever who once walked 30 miles to return to a home that did not want her has now been rescued by an heiress with a soft spot for animals.

Lady was adopted by a family in Sedan, Kansas, after her owner died in 2012. But she did not get along with smaller dogs that the family adopted, so she was taken to a shelter.

The mellow Lab was again adopted, this time by a woman who lived 30 miles from the previous family with the small dogs.  She grabbed headlines when she walked all 30 miles to get back to that family -- a family that did not want to take her back.

At this point, the story becomes a fairy tale.

Helen Rich, the Wrigley chewing gum heiress,  recently lost her own senior black Labrador. She saw a Facebook post about Lady and decided to adopt her.

Rich sent her personal assistants Chet Ragsdale and Barbara DeCiocco on a private jet to Kansas to pick Lady up.

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And where is Lady now? Sharing space at an 11,000-square foot home in Odessa, Fla., with five other dogs and several cats. With a spot right next to Rich.

“The dog will be right there where she is,” DiCioccio said. “We already have a bed for her.”  (

Rich founded On the Wings of Angels Rescue and shelters scores of rescued animals on a large tract of land in Odessa.

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