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November 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A construction worker died Monday when an excavator he was driving onto a barge slipped off and fell into the Sacramento River, state officials said. The Sacramento Bee identified the man as 49-year-old Richard Wayne Alexander of Pittsburg. Alexander died after 1:30 p.m. when the excavator he was driving fell into about 15 feet of water, said Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins. The agency, which investigates possible workplace safety violations, will issue the findings of its review into the incident by April, he added.
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January 4, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A 7-year-old girl who was abducted at gunpoint Friday evening in front of her Bay Area home has been found unharmed and her suspected abductor taken into custody, authorities said. Natalie Calvo of Antioch was abducted outside her home in the East Bay city of Antioch about 6:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Hours later, the alleged suspect's gold Toyota Camry was spotted by at the Antioch Marina, according to a report by KGO-TV in San Francisco. Police found Natalie when they arrived at the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A massive grass fire Friday near California 12 in Solano County was blowing a pall of smoke over the Bay Area, prompting calls to local fire departments from worried residents. The 8-alarm fire in the Suisun City area had spread to 500 acres by Friday afternoon and was only 10% contained. It had burned one structure. Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister told KTVU that it was either a residence or a ranch outbuilding. The fire was reported to the California Highway Patrol shortly after noon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of BART Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith, who was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search Tuesday, expressed compassion for the shooter and his family in an interview with a local television station. Smith, a 23-year veteran of the Bay Area Rapid Transit force who led the detective unit, was killed accidentally by a partner during what was to be a routine search of the Dublin, Calif., apartment of a robbery suspect already in custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters were left without rail service Monday as the BART strike moved into its fourth day. The second strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers in four months produced traffic jams and frustration Friday -- the first day of the shutdown -- but officials predicted Monday would be much worse. Transportation officials said they believed many commuters took Friday off or telecommuted , relieving the crush to get in and out of San Francisco and around the East Bay. But that wasn't expected to happen again on the first day of a new work week.
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August 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco and East Bay cities will be closed during Labor Day as the bridge gets ready for its official post-retrofit ribbon-cutting after the holiday. The bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 28 until 5 a.m. Sept. 3 so workers can take the old east span out of service and ready the new part of the bridge. About 300,000 drivers daily cross the bridge that connects San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley and other cities. So what's the best way to get around?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Unionized bus drivers in the Bay Area have voted down a contract proposal, setting the stage once again for a possible strike that could affect thousands of commuters. Roughly 181,000 people who ride the AC Transit bus lines every day could ultimately be affected by the labor dispute. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 -- which represents drivers, mechanics and dispatchers for the East Bay district -- had averted a strike earlier this month with a tentative deal that included 9.5% pay increases to be phased in over three years.
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May 12, 1989 | From the Associate Press
The Top of the Mark, where tens of thousands of servicemen enjoyed a last drink before going off to fight the Japanese in World War II, celebrated its 50th birthday Thursday. It was there that many a wife or sweetheart went to watch and shed a tear as the troopships and warships sailed out of San Francisco Bay, heading for the Pacific war. "It was THE place to go," said Dorothea Walker, who hosted a radio show from the famous 19th-story saloon in the sky during the '40s. "All the other bars were down below and a little bit dreary."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
With another BART strike in full effect Friday, Bay Area commuters crammed onto extra ferries and buses to get around the lack of rail service. For some, the strike was a minor inconvenience, for others, the frustration of a protracted labor dispute between transit workers and Bay Area Rapid Transit management had taken its toll. One Oakland man was arrested after he tossed a traffic cone at strikers picketing BART's Lake Merritt Station, KTVU-TV reported . PHOTOS: Both sides dig in on BART strike Thousands of commuters were forced to take extra buses or expanded ferry service Friday after labor negotiations between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and the leaders of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555  crumbled late Thursday . It sent some early morning commuters fuming on social media as many dealt with longer than usual delays, with expanded use of carpool lanes.
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