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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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A North Carolina couple was arrested Tuesday after police said they found a 2-year-old wandering outside with feces all over him.

Police arrested Michael Banks and Crystal Knight of Landis on suspicion of child neglect.

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Police said that when they arrived at the home, the child was running around the yard without any clothes on, and the couple was inside sleeping.

“As we went inside, we found the parents were asleep in the back bedroom. They weren't watching the child at all,” said Detective Shane Safrit.

Police said the Department of Social Services placed the child with another family member.

2014-08-20 03:43:43 -0700

More than 115 million people tuned in to watch Bruno Mars perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show — the largest audience to view the mid-game spectacle in history. The show is a big boost both for the performers' publicity and pocket book, and now the NFL wants them to pay up for using that spotlight.

That's right, the NFL wants artists to "Pay To Play," as The Wall Street Journal puts it. Sources told the Journal the league asked its field of potential halftime show acts "if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league ... or if they would make some other type of financial contribution."

The most likely candidates to take the stage at this year's halftime show include: Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay, and, well, sorry, Weird Al fans. No love just yet despite the ever-growing petition

This would mark the first time the NFL has asked performers to fork over payment to grab the coveted mid-game spotlight, something performers historically have not been paid for — and haven't had to pay the NFL for. 

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Obviously, artists' reps have not been very receptive to the idea. With the Super Bowl halftime gig comes massive exposure and more money. 

Bruno Mars' album sales exploded up the charts within a day following his performance. 

His second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," jumped from number 18 to seven on the Billboard Top 200, a 180 percent boost.

And Bruno's debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," fared even better, racing from number 82 to 19 on the chart, a 303 percent spike.

And that wasn't just the case for Bruno Mars. In 2013, Beyonce didn't even have a new album out, but her most recent album, 2011's "4," broke into the top 100 and moved 10,000 units in the two weeks following her performance. (Video via Columbia Records / Beyonce 'Love On Top')

And the halftime spotlight has a positive effect on more than just record sales.

A Forbes writer says the social media sphere gets a similar boost. Bruno Mars added 150 Twitter follows in the week after his showing. And Beyonce had well over a million Facebook users posting about her after her gig.

The Super Bowl XLIX halftime show is set for Feb. 1 in Phoenix, Arizona. From what we understand, there will also be a football game played as well.

This video contains images from Getty Images.

2014-08-20 01:15:57 -0700

"Here, in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground."

That was President Barack Obama the day after two journalists were arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Since that day, stories of journalists being arrested or otherwise caught up in the clashes between police and protesters have been pouring in.

Scott Olson, the photographer responsible for one of the most iconic images to come out of the protests so far, was arrested Monday.

Also Monday, two reporters working for a German newspaper were arrested. One of them, a veteran who has reported from Gaza, Iraq and China, said Ferguson was the first place he'd been arrested and "treated rudely by the police." 

>> SPECIAL SECTION: Social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri

And a reporter for The Telegraph was arrested Sunday along with reporters from Sports Illustrated and the Financial Times. They were all released less than 10 minutes later. 

According to Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it's a matter of not being able to tell who's a reporter and who's not.

"We're not sure who's a journalist and who's not. And yes, if I see someone with a $50,000 camera on his shoulder, I'm pretty sure. But some journalists are walking around and all you have is a cell phone because you're from a small media outlet."

A KMOV reporter from St. Louis pointed out a further wrinkle Monday night, saying, "The role of 'citizen journalists' has been interesting to watch in Ferguson – an unfamiliar topic to many cops I've talked to."

Some journalists have their own theories, though: like that the police are intentionally targeting reporters.

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Max Fisher at Vox says police arrest journalists in order to make a political statement about their authority, adding, "Intimidation of journalists in Ferguson is not just coming from the occasional hotheaded cop."

But there are also those, like a writer for Hot Air, who say the situation is more complicated than that, accusing some journalists of trying to get arrested for attention. "In many ways, the media appears to believe that it is an active participant in the events in Missouri."

Legally, at least, the police seem to be within their rights. A general counsel for the National Photographers Press Association told The Poynter Institute that while reporters are protected by the First Amendment, police can order journalists to move away from a dangerous area, and not complying with the order could lead to an arrest.

Though he also notes that police can't order the media to leave completely, saying, “That restricts far more speech and free press than is necessary to achieve a government purpose.”

That's something that the 48 news organizations that penned a letter to the Ferguson police forces apparently think has been happening — citing their concern for journalistic freedom and asking for increased transparency from law enforcement. 

2014-08-20 00:56:01 -0700

Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself in to authorities in Travis County, Texas, on Tuesday following his indictment last week on corruption charges.

"I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law. ... We will prevail. We'll prevail because the rule of law will prevail." (Video via Austin American-Statesman)

But what are the chances Perry's indictment on federal charges will be a boon to his renewed political livelihood? 

Let's start with the case itself: Perry is accused of threatening a political rival — Rosemary Lehmberg — after her drunken driving arrest in 2013. The Texas governor defunded Lehmberg's public integrity unit after she refused to resign.

>> Complete coverage of Rick Perry's indictment from the Austin American-Statesman

But while Perry's actions have been seen by some as "bullying," Craig Robinson, the founder of conservative website Iowa Republican, said Perry's indictment, "Kind of ironically, it's helped him. ... I think people kind of see this as an overreach, and he's kind of the victim."

Besides the charges being "thin at best and spurious at worst," a Christian Science Monitor writer said Perry has done himself a favor by coming out in front of the charges. "Perry’s not running from the publicity around the indictment so much as trying to spin it to his advantage, framing it as an attack on what he calls his legitimate use of political power."

Perry's indictment has even helped garner support from other GOP leaders. Essentially, interparty rivals, who normally wouldn't have many nice things to say about Perry, have been singing his praises. That includes New Jersey's Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

But trying to use the indictment to his advantage could also backfire.

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GERALD SEIB: "The problem is it does create a huge distraction and it does get in the way of the process of getting out of the governor's office and moving onto a wide, smooth path toward the Republican nomination." (Video via CBS)

That would be a distraction for a potential candidate that Politico says is still a "long shot for the White House": "The indictment is a blow to Perry just as he’s trying to rehabilitate his image after a disastrous 2012 presidential run."

Perry's arraignment is set for Friday, though he doesn't need to be there in person. Instead, he's expected to visit the first primary, New Hampshire. 

 This video contains images from Travis County Sheriff's Office and Getty Images.

2014-08-20 00:20:35 -0700

A San Francisco man wants to warn others after he said a coyote "went after" his 6-year-old daughter.

The incident happened last week on a hiking trail near the Land's End Visitors Center.  

Chris Feroz said he took his daughters Luna and Anna there thinking it was a safe place to ride their scooters.

"As we came around the corner and Luna was in front of me a good distance, I saw a coyote see her and go running for her, and I started running and ran down and stopped the coyote from coming towards my kids," said Feroz.

He said he scared the coyote off once and then started taking video of the encounter.  He said he was surprised when the coyote came back and he had to scare it off a second time.  Feroz says he posted the video on social media to warn other parents.

"I want people to know there's a coyote over there who went after my kids," said Feroz. 

A spokesperson for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area said there have been no recent reports of problems with coyotes in the area, and no reports of coyotes biting humans in recent years.

Camilla Fox, the founder of Project Coyote, said if a coyote gets too close for comfort, let it know it's not welcome.

"What we say is basically be big, bad and loud.  Put your hands up.  Let them know you don't want them there and do it until they flee the area," said Fox.  "But nine times out of ten, that coyote doesn't want anything to do with you."

Fox added that coyotes are an important part of the ecosystem as they help keep the rodent population in check.

A representative for San Francisco Animal Care and Control said the agency routinely takes reports of coyote sightings and uses them to learn more about the animals' patterns of behavior.  

2014-08-19 22:55:52 -0700
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