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Star Quest's Annual Talent Show
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For twenty-one years, Star Quest of Pleasant Hill has been bringing amazing performances by our youth to the community, and its 22nd show at DVC Performing Arts Theatre on April 26 & 27  promises t...


COME TO THE CABARET!
Join the Alhambra High School Drama Club for Cabaret . Performances nightly from Wednesday ,  April 23 through Saturday, April 26 . Doors open at 6:30 and curtain at 7 o'clock.  You may purchase ti...
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Martinez Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner
On Saturday, April 26, we will be honoring citizens from the community for their contributions to the betterment of Martinez. The event will take place at the Martinez Event Center, 524 Main Street...
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Downtown Martinez Spring Wine Stroll
Come and enjoy the Wine Stroll in Downtown Martinez on Saturday, May 3 from 2-5:30pm. Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling from business to business in downtown Martinez. Stop in participating stor...
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The mother of conjoined twins said she didn’t think they would survive pregnancy. They did and are home in Indiana, Pa., with their parents.
 
“We were told that I was going to have a stillbirth,” mother Michelle Van Horn told WPXI reporter Courtney Brennan.
 
Doctors were not optimistic when an early ultrasound showed Van Horn was carrying conjoined twins
 
The babies are conjoined from the chest to the navel and are sharing the same heart and liver.
 
Because they share those two vital organs, Andrew and Garrett were not separated when they were born.  It was a decision Van Horn and her boyfriend, Kody Stancombe, made.

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"They're breathing good.  They're crying.  They're doing everything a normal infant would do.  That's why we see them as our miracle babies," Van Horn said.
 
The babies’ parents said conjoined twins happen one in every 50,000 births.
 
While the newborns are bringing Van Horn and Stancombe great joy, there are challenges like feeding and dressing them.
 
“We basically take two outfits and snap them together,” said Van Horn.
 
As parents, it's heartbreaking to care for their sons knowing they might not have them for very long.  They said it's a blessing they have their little boys at all.
 
“They’ll continue to fight until it’s their time.  We will love them and cherish them until that moment and continue even after,” said Van Horn.

If you would like to help with diapers and clothing, Brennan reports you can email a family friend at danceriot78@yahoo.com.

2014-04-24 02:25:22 -0700

A Kentucky mail carrier is behind bars for hiding more than 44,000 pieces of mail in a storage facility and his dead mother's home.

Kentucky Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley Jr. hit William "Brent" Morse of Dawson Springs with a sentence of six months in jail and six months of home incarceration for “destroying, hiding and delaying the delivery of U.S. mail.”  

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"He wanted to speed up his route," police Capt. Craig Patterson told The Courier-Journal. "I think he was lazy."

The federal employee was also ordered to shell out $15,000 in restitution to people who had their mail delayed or destroyed, the newspaper reported.

More here.   

2014-04-24 01:40:53 -0700

​Lupita Nyong’o seems to be taking over the world. She’s an Oscar winner and People Magazine revealed her as its “Most Beautiful” woman Wednesday. So what’s next?   

Before we look ahead, let’s first look at some of her recent accomplishments: the Yale School of Drama grad announced she signed with premier talent agency Creative Artists Agency, or CAA. 

 The Hollywood Insider reports, “She became the target of every major agency as soon as she signed on to ['12 Years a Slave'], but ... postponed taking any meetings not only until after the movie had wrapped but also until well after awards season.” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

Earlier this month, she was announced as the new face of Lancome.

“Hi! I’m Lupita Nyong’o and I’m incredibly excited to let you know that I am the new ambassadress for Lancome. See you soon.” (Via Instagram / lupitanyongo)

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And Hollywood Life says the two are a perfect match. Nyong’o said, “I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”  (Via Hollywood Life)

From fans to speculators to haters, everyone is dying to know what her next project with be.  

There are many reports speculating that Nyongo’s next big gig may be in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie. Yep… Luke Skywalker move out of the way. Ms. Nyong’o is coming through.

Since her big Oscar win, numerous reports have cited Nyong’o recently meeting with “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams. (Via Business Insider)

But as the Los Angeles Times puts it, “Nearly every actor in Hollywood seems to have done the same.” ​

Point taken. Nyong’o has been tight lipped about her possible next role. But a Forbes writer says she needs to be the star and not in a supporting role, even if it is the multi-million dollar “Star Wars” franchise.

“For many reasons, the new Star Wars movie would be better served with Nyong’o as the star. It should be as much her character story as the original trilogy belonged to Luke Skywalker.”

Interestingly enough, that might not be the only film role in the works.

She may be teaming up with acclaimed novelist and poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche — a.k.a. the girl-power, spoken-word artist on Beyonce’s latest track “Flawless.” Adiche hinted towards the “collab” in a recent interview.

“Lupita might be making an announcement sometime soon ... I don’t know ... It might be about ‘Americanah.’ I don’t know”  (Via Bustle)

But with the avalanche of the good news coming her way, Nyong’o is taking a second to just be happy.

"It’s through inter-contentment and happiness that I care about my presentation.” (Via People)

I guess we will have to stay tuned and play the waiting game to see what will be next for the big star.

2014-04-24 00:10:22 -0700

State officials have suspended the liquor license of Crogan's, a popular Walnut Creek bar. The California Alcoholic Beverage Control posted a notice of suspension Thursday at Crogan's on Locust Street in downtown Walnut Creek. An ABC spokesman John Carr told KTVU the business was found to be a "Disorderly House" which is putting a strain on police resources due to frequent calls for service.

 The ABC is imposing a 20-day suspension, which means the bar cannot serve alcohol during that period.

The general manager told KTVU that the owner decided to shut down completely and reopen May 7th.

 People looking to have a drink at Crogan's Wednesday night were surprised to see the sign.

So were some longtime residents, who noted the bar had been operating since the 1970's.

 "I'm actually surprised to hear that this happened," said Rich Hildebrand, a Walnut Creek native now living in Alamo. "It's an establishment and it's been here a long time."

 "They have one of the highest call volumes in Walnut Creek in regards to alcohol-related incidents," said Lt. Steve Gorski, a Walnut Creek Police spokesman.

Fights and public intoxication have become a problem for Walnut Creek's booming nightlife scene.

In Crogan's case, ABC agents reviewed police records and found more than 200 calls to Crogan's in just a little more than a year, between August 2012 and November 2013.

Police say it's the highest among the dozen or so bars that are concentrated in the four square block downtown area.

"There's too many incidents here," Lt.Gorski told KTVU Wednesday, "There're too many fights, there's too many drunken cases, there's just too many incidents that draw police resources from other areas of town."

KTVU spoke with Ed Reel, Crogan's general manager, who says the bar has been meeting regularly with police to address problems.

"It kind of caught me off guard a little bit especially since we'd been hearing form Walnut Creek Police what a good job we've been doing," Reel told KTVU.

According to ABC's records, Crogan's liquor license has been in suspended twice before. The first time was in 2008 for serving alcohol to a minor. The second incident was in 2010 for serving someone obviously intoxicated and allowing public drunkenness.

 Crogan's manager says they've since worked with police and the ABC to train their employees and increase security. Reel feels the call volume is unfair because he says some calls have nothing to do with their bar. In one recent case, he says their security guards denied entry to a man who appeared too drunk.

 "He ended up getting arrested out front by the police but hadn't even been in our bar at all," Reel said.

 Some residents say the suspension might be too great a punishment.

 "To close it down and be that intense about it? I don't know," said Carlos Reyes of Pleasant Hill, "I think maybe it might be excessive."

 Other residents say while they appreciate the city's nightlife, they want police and the ABC to crack down on alcohol-related incidents to preserve the city's image.

"I wouldn't want it to be tainted by an element and reputation as a party city," said Barbara Kelley, of Walnut Creek.

After Crogan's 20-day suspension it will be on probation for two years. Any further violations could lead to the license being revoked by the ABC. The city could also take action and revoke Crogan's use permits.

2014-04-23 23:07:25 -0700

San Francisco police are warning people to be on alert for a scam that's already claimed four victims in the past four weeks.

One woman who says she’s on a limited income tells KTVU she lost some of her savings.

"For someone to call on my home phone and violate me like this," said the woman who asked to be identified only as Ann.

"I was in shock, I can't believe this happened to me," said the retiree who works part-time to supplement her income.

It all started with a voice message left on her home phone from a man identifying himself as Sgt. Jackson with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department.

"He told me ‘We're going to have a warrant out for your arrest , you failed to appear for jury duty’," the woman told KTVU.

The man proceeded to tell Ann she needed to pay a fine and instructed her to buy a prepaid cash card in the amount of $480 at her local pharmacy.

He then had Ann call him back with the cash card’s account number, which gave him access to her money.  The man told her she’d get her money back when she appeared in court.

"I believed it. I didn't want to go to jail," she said.

She said she realized she had been scammed when she went to court the next day to clear her record and was told that she had not been summoned for jury duty.

"It hurts. It really hurts," she said.

KTVU called the number the man provided to Ann and a recording came on to say the number is no longer working.

Police say the number goes to a disposable phone.

Investigators say they suspect there are many more victims who are too embarrassed to report what happened.

"The bottom line is law enforcement won't ask you for money," said Lt. Michael Dudoroff with San Francisco Police Department.

"I've worked all my life for my money, it's my savings. I just hope they get caught. I want them to get caught," Ann said.

Ann wants to share her story in hopes of preventing this from happening to someone else.

Police say it’s often difficult to catch these scam artists and add the thieves could be operating from out of state.

Investigators are urging anyone that has been targeted to contact their local law enforcement.

2014-04-23 22:48:22 -0700
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