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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...

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 beloved "How I Met Your Mother" series concluded its nine-season run last month, but its highly anticipated spinoff already has fans abuzz about what's to come.

And big news: E! reports Meg Ryan is the newest actress set to join the cast of CBS' upcoming "How I Met Your Dad." It will be Ryan's first regular prime-time television role ever, but she won't be making any on-screen appearances.

Mirroring Bob Saget, who voiced "future Ted" in the "How I Met Your Mother" series, 52-year-old Ryan will narrate the voice of "future Sally," played by Greta Gerwig, a "female Peter Pan" telling the story of how she met her husband. (Via HBO / "Bob Saget: That Ain't Right"Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone)

Ryan, best known for her role as another Sally in the 1989 rom-com "When Harry Met Sally," has stayed out of the spotlight in recent years — only appearing in a few cameos on the Showtime series "Web Therapy" in 2013. (Via Columbia Pictures / "When Harry Met Sally"Showtime / "Web Therapy")

According to People, the spinoff will be similar to its predecessor, but their stories will not intersect. The new series will include an entirely different set of friends.

But with the finale of "How I Met Your Mother" drawing so many polarizing opinions from fans, some question whether the new show should follow in those footsteps.

A writer for ScreenRant adds, "We all know spinoffs are often met with trepidation and skepticism, but this seems to be especially true when the spinoff is born from a successful and popular series that has just ended its nearly decade-long run with a much-debated finale."

Still, many have high hopes. According to Us Weekly, although the sitcom has only been picked up for a pilot so far, its "impressive cast" has made it a leading pick for CBS' fall lineup.

CBS has yet to comment on the show's casting picks.

2014-04-24 12:22:31 -0700

Young and middle-aged adults who use marijuana could be at a higher risk for serious heart problems, according to new research.

"A new study says exposure to marijuana may increase the risk of heart complications in some users. People with pre-existing heart problems were more prone to the effects of marijuana." (Via The Weather Channel)

Researchers looked at medical data that was gathered from 2006 - 2010 from a database called the French Addictovigilance Network. (Via Journal of the American Heart Association)

And of the nearly 2,000 reported complications linked to marijuana use, the researchers found that 35 cases, or 2 percent, involved heart problems of some kind. Those cases included 20 heart attacks and nine deaths. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Bogdan)

According to the study's authors, most of the patients were men in their mid-30s. (Via YouTube / MarijuanaCash Crop)

But they also noted many of the patients had other risk factors for heart disease, including drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Tomasz SienickiFlickr / Ken Johnson)

Now, considering the fact that over a million people reportedly smoke marijuana regularly in France, LiveScience points out the number of complications seems pretty small.

But the study's authors say they believe the number of heart-related complications and deaths among marijuana users is actually higher than their research suggests because many incidents aren't reported. A cardiologist told CBS he agrees.

"As more and more marijuana is being used, there have been more identified cases of cardiovascular complications. It can increase heart rate, and this can increase the demand for oxygen by the heart."

​Some doctors say the study's findings could be a warning sign as the U.S. continues to move in the direction of widespread marijuana legalization. (Via Flickr / Torben Hansen)

"Not enough emphasis is being put on the fact that this is an active chemical. What is it doing to people? Are we going to see more complications when it's legal than less? I'm afraid yes, because the education isn't there." (Via Fox News)

But even the study's authors say this research isn't the final word on the link between marijuana and heart problems.

The Huffington Post notes doctors aren't even sure how marijuana affects the cardiovascular system or if it affects people with pre-existing heart conditions differently.

But one thing the researchers are sure about — more studies on the subject need to be done before they can come to a solid conclusion. This study was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

2014-04-24 12:21:18 -0700

A San Francisco Municipal Railway bus caught fire in the city's Rincon Hill neighborhood Thursday morning, a Muni spokesman said.

The back of the 30X-Marina Express bus was reported on fire around 8:45 a.m. at a stop at Howard and Main streets, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

Muni crews quickly put out the fire, which started in the engine compartment in the back of the bus, Rose said.

There were no passengers onboard and the driver was able to get out safely, Rose said.

The last passengers had gotten off at the previous stop on the inbound route.

Rose said the bus is an older-model coach that has been towed to a bus yard to evaluate the damage and cause of the blaze.

2014-04-24 09:59:07 -0700

Two suspects have been arrested in the Oakland slaying of beloved dog walker who was killed last July as she drove down an East Oakland street, authorities announced Thursday.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office filed murder charges against Stephon Lee and 21-year-old Mario Floyd in the death of 66-year-old Judy Salamon.

Prosecutors also charged them with the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery.

Oakland police said in a probable cause statement that Lee and Floyd argued with Salamon over her cellphone. She allegedly videotaped a crime being committed on her cellphone.

Police said witnesses identified Lee as the man who shot Salamon and Floyd as the man who drove the suspects' car before and after the fatal shooting.

Floyd and Lee also face weapons enhancements and Lee is charged with being a felon in possession of a gun because he has two prior convictions for illegal firearms offenses.

He was convicted of one of those offenses, carrying a loaded firearm in a city, only eight days before Salamon was murdered.

Salamon, a pet sitter known for her love of dogs, was an advocate for hiring a private security firm to patrol the Maxwell Park neighborhood where she lived and was slain.

Oakland police said she was shot and killed at about 1:24 p.m. on July 24th as she drove in the 2400 block of Fern Street, between Brookdale and Fairfax avenues. She crashed her car into a parked car after the shooting.

2014-04-24 09:54:14 -0700

A man was in critical condition early Thursday after a shooting on a street in Oakland’s Golden Gate District, authorities said.

A spokesman at Highland Hospital said the victim was driven to the hospital and was in critical, but stable condition with a head wound.

Oakland police said their shot spotter technology alerted them to gunshots in the area near 62nd and San Pablo Ave, at 6:02 a.m.

Officers arrived and found evidence of a shooting but no victim. A quick call to Highland alerted officers to the victim being treated there.

The shooting took place near the Golden Gate Recreation Center and the Aspire Berkeley Maynard Academy. Fortunately, the academy had not started classes for the day at the time of the shooting.

No arrests had been made and no suspect information was immediately available in connection with the shooting, according to police.

2014-04-24 08:44:23 -0700
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