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  1. Troop 202 honors five Eagle ScoutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday | Contra Costa Times

    Boy Scout Troop 202 honored its five newest Eagle Scouts -- Matan Bostick, Jonathan Kim, Jacob Loo, Baxter Schumacher and Will Tolmasoff -- on Jan. 3. To be considered for the rank of Eagle Scout, each young man was involved in years of leadership experiences, training and education to earn a specific course of merit badges, and design, complete and present to a review board a required community service project. Matan's Eagle project was refurbishment of the John C. Fremont Memorial site in Joaquin Miller Park, cleaning it, providing new signs, adding a bench, and beautification of the surroundings.

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  2. Plan to raise Shasta Dam takes hit after federal biologists say they...Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Contra Costa Times

    Less than three months after California voters approved a water bond that contains $2.7 billion for new water storage, one of the leading projects under consideration has suffered a potentially fatal setback. Biologists at the main federal agency that oversees the Endangered Species Act have concluded they cannot endorse a $1.1 billion plan to raise the height of the dam at California's largest reservoir, Shasta Lake, because of its impact on endangered salmon.

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  3. Sex-abuse civil trial in SoCal to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' filesRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jan 26 | Contra Costa Times

    Previously sealed Boy Scout "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday that a victim of sex abuse filed against the organization. Opening statements were scheduled in Santa Barbara, where a man who is now 20 and was molested by a Boy Scout volunteer in 2007 is seeking punitive damages.

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  4. Marin conservative activist Deke Welch dies at 85Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jan 15 | Contra Costa Times

    Vincent Patrick "Deke" Welch was a gentleman and a scholar, a Republican patriot equally at home fishing San Pablo Bay in his canoe, translating Greek or Russian verse at his desk or lecturing public officials about the pitfalls of liberal civic policies. Mr. Welch, the conservative, proud patriarch of a family of 10 children and 22 grandchildren, died Jan. 7 at home in San Rafael.

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  5. Santa Barbara newspaper's building defaced over 'illegals' headlineRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jan 8 | Contra Costa Times

    The Santa Barbara News-Press building was defaced with paint and graffiti after the paper referred to immigrants as "illegals" in a front-page headline. In addition to apparent paintball splatters, the entrance to the building was spray-painted with graffiti that read: "Fight back" and "The border is illegal not the people who cross it."

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  6. Stanford women defeat UC Davis 71-59Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Stanford tumbled from seventh to No. 16 in the Associated Press rankings Monday in the wake of losing two in a row in Tennessee, and it did little to prove the pollsters wrong in an uninspiring 71-59 victory over UC Davis at Maples Pavilion.

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  7. Former Montclair resident turns recipes into bookRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    It all began in 1991 when Joseph Isadore Marinello, a union organizer in the San Fernando Valley, fell ill with terminal leukemia. Given just months to live, Marinello recorded his life story and love for the garden and Italian cooking.

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  8. Santa Clara County open space tax has slimmest of leadsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Santa Clara County voters by the narrowest of margins -- less than a full percentage point and still counting Wednesday afternoon -- appeared on the brink of approving Measure Q, a parcel tax to boost resources for the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. With some votes still to count, the measure had just barely cleared the two-thirds majority requirement for a new parcel tax.

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  9. Tom Sneddon, ex-Michael Jackson prosecutor, diesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 2, 2014 | Inside Bay Area

    In this Nov. 19, 2003, file photo, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Thomas Sneddon speak at news conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., regarding allegations of multiple counts of sexual molestation against singer Michael Jackson. Retired assistant district attorney Patrick McKinley says former Santa Barbara County district attorney Tom Sneddon died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after a battle with cancer.

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  10. Travel Channel's new 'Booze Traveler' is a boozy global tourRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Moss schnapps -- who knew? Besides Boston bartender Jack Maxwell and the fine people of Iceland, we mean. Maxwell's new Travel Channel gig, "Booze Traveler," has him traipsing around the world for some serious schmoozing and schnapps.

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  11. Pacific Grove butterflies, Pismo bubblesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 29, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    This is butterfly season, when the monarchs flutter back to eucalyptus groves along California's Central Coast, from Santa Barbara to Big Sur. Some 13,000 butterflies flocked to the eucalyptus and pines of the Pacific Grove Monarch Grove Sanctuary last year, and their descendants are due to return later this month in what is considered one of the nation's largest overwinter butterfly migrations.

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  12. California gun restraining order may deter suicideRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2014 | Inside Bay Area

    California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him. Advocates say its greatest use actually might come not in preventing headline-grabbing murderous sprees, but in helping families deal with loved ones who are in danger of taking their own lives or who might be so angry or distraught that they could turn a gun on family members.

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  13. Review: Katy Perry is at her best in San JoseRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Neon soldiers danced about the stage and flew overhead. The band revved into action.

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  14. Review: Katy Perry is at her best in San JoseRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2014 | Inside Bay Area

    Neon soldiers danced about the stage and flew overhead. The band revved into action.

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  15. Senate passes 'gun violence restraining order' billRead the original story

    Aug 27, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Family members and police could ask courts to take away a mentally disturbed person's guns under a bill inspired by May's UC Santa Barbara massacre and approved Wednesday by the state Senate.

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  16. California lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills prompted by rampage near UCSBRead the original story

    Aug 25, 2014 | Inside Bay Area

    The Senate unanimously passed SB505 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

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  17. East Bay leaders support gun violence restraining order billRead the original story

    Aug 19, 2014 | Inside Bay Area

    East Bay elected officials and law enforcement leaders today rallied in support of a bill that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people who are at risk for committing acts of violence.

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  18. California eyes first-in-nation firearms restraintRead the original story

    Aug 3, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.

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  19. Transcript on the RoadRead the original story

    Jul 16, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    During their annual "Sisters Trip + One" to Santa Barbara, from left, Judie Busch of Clayton, Diane Boyer of Santa Rosa, Barbara Nebeker of Concord, and Patricia Williams of Oakland, stopped at the Santa Barbara Mission where they caught up with the community news in the Concord Transcript.

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  20. Robert Redford to play Dan RatherRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 10, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the legendary newsman's controversial report about former President George W. Bush's National Guard service, according to the New York Daily News. 1 comment

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