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  1. Contra Costa County Office of Education Teacher of the Year is Joann RossiRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 17, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    What was Joann Rossi's first thought upon learning she'd been selected as a 2014-2015 Contra Costa County Office of Education Teacher of the Year? After all, Rossi's 25 years of team-centric teaching, most of it in the county's Early Start Program, stood in the balance: rising to the forefront would tip her equilibrium. "She kept it quiet for so long, we had to learn about it from a newsletter," said Alison Fingerut, an occupational therapist who's worked alongside Rossi for nine years.

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  2. Remembering 9/11Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 11, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack.

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  3. Appreciation: Joan Rivers made us laugh and wince, blasting barriers all the whileRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 4, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    One can only imagine what the final words would have been from the 81-year-old comic legend if she knew she were dying. Instead, Rivers, who made a groundbreaking career out of brazenly mocking subjects most of us were afraid to talk about, died hooked up to machines Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, in a medically-induced coma, one week after suffering a cardiac arrest while undergoing a routine medical procedure on her vocal chords.

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  4. Danville: Best-selling author Grossman to sign books at RakestrawRead the original story

    Aug 5, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    The New York Times best-selling novelist and Time magazine senior writer and book critic became a father and within months embarked on the journey that brought his fantasy fiction trilogy, "The Magicians" , "The "Magician King" and "The Magician's Land" , to the top of best-sellers' lists and earned him favorable comparisons to industry icons like ... (more)

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  5. Sound Advice: These headphones will make you smileRead the original story

    Aug 1, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Q I just moved to a one-bedroom apartment and I'm interested in options for music listening aside from using speakers.

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  6. Woody Allen criticized for not hiring black people.Read the original story

    Aug 1, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    The New York Daily News recently reported that Allen's play about Harlem's Cotton Club, "Bullets Over Broadway" -- which debuts in April -- has no black gangsters, something it said Allen specifically requested, citing an anonymous source.

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  7. Woody Allen criticized for not hiring black peopleRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 1, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    The New York Daily News recently reported that Allen's play about Harlem's Cotton Club, "Bullets Over Broadway" -- which debuts in April -- has no black gangsters, something it said Allen specifically requested, citing an anonymous source.

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  8. Tammerlin Drummond: Citizen cellphone videos help monitor policeRead the original story

    Jul 21, 2014 | Inside Bay Area

    A California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman near an exit ramp on Interstate 10 in Los Angeles.

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  9. Tommy Ramone dead, last of the original RamonesRead the original story

    Jul 12, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    The Ramones always seemed too fast. Their songs rushed by, often two minutes or less of pure adrenaline.

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  10. Talk Back letter July 12Read the original story

    Jul 10, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Why should we bring a Muslim terrorist to the United States while, at the same time, spending much money to keep Muslim terrorists away from the United States? Many Muslims in the Middle East don't like us because we encouraged creating the Jewish state of Israel from Palestine on April 14, 1948.

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  11. Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as peopleRead the original story

    Jul 9, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog's mouth started bleeding. 4 comments

  12. NYPD arrests mother of baby abandoned at subway stationRead the original story

    Jul 8, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    A woman accused of abandoning her baby at a Manhattan subway station told police on Tuesday that she is homeless and felt she could no longer take care of the little girl.

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  13. Man dies at South Dakota hot dog eating contestRead the original story

    Jul 8, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

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  14. Joey Chestnut wins eighth-straight hot dog eating contestRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 4, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    The city of San Jose scored a trifecta of headlines at Friday's annual hot dog eating contest when hometown hero Joey Chestnut won his eighth-straight mustard belt by besting another San Jose eater and also fit in a marriage proposal to his girlfriend, also from San Jose.

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  15. Black Widow loses women's hot dog eating contestRead the original story

    Jul 4, 2014 | Inside Bay Area

    Two-time defending champion Sonya Thomas lost her hot dog eating title Friday to Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, who wolfed down 34 franks and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's division of the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

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  16. Sharks stress physicality, competitiveness on second day of NHL draftRead the original story

    Jun 28, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Scouting director Tim Burke is describing the Sharks prospects chosen Saturday in the NHL entry draft, and there's a common theme to the words and phrases he chooses.

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  17. San Jose Sharks draft Sweden's Bergman, Switzerland's Rod in second roundRead the original story

    Jun 28, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    The Sharks returned to Europe for their first two draft picks Saturday morning, selecting Swedish defenseman Julius Bergman with the 46th overall pick and Swiss forward Noah Rod with the 53rd.

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  18. Climate change: Business leaders forecast impactRead the original story

    Jun 24, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience.

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  19. Town Crier: Even Brooklynites call Oakland the new BrooklynRead the original story

    Jun 11, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Oakland is the new Brooklyn. I heard it again the other day from two people who live -- of all places -- in Brooklyn.

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  20. Coke ad: It takes 23 minutes to burn off a sodaRead the original story

    Jun 6, 2014 | Contra Costa Times

    Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.

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