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July 11, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking back at that crazy 1999 season, Richmond High School Coach Ken Carter was at his wit's end with his underachieving basketball team: The problem wasn't on the court, where his players had raced to a 13-0 record--the best ever for the violence-plagued school in this blue-collar East Bay town. The troubles were in the classroom, where many athletes were skipping lessons and blowing off assignments, riding high on a wave of popularity that only an undefeated season can bring.
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April 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A January fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., was sparked by a corroded pipe that should have been detached 20 years ago, investigators said. The failed pipe leaked during a Jan. 15 maintenance operation and caused the fire, prompting thousands of people to take shelter and releasing more than 400 pounds of toxic gas. The San Ramon, Calif.-based company said it had replaced all faulty equipment discovered during the investigation.
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July 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Chevron has agreed to pay $300,000 in fines for failing to meet air quality standards at its Richmond refinery, including infractions that contributed to a fiery explosion in 1999, according to a settlement announced Monday. The 52 violations span from 1998 until May, and account for some of the factors that led to the blaze, which sent hundreds to hospitals complaining of breathing difficulty and eye irritation.
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January 16, 2007 | From Reuters
A Chevron refinery fire here sent flames as high as 100 feet into the air Monday, but was quickly contained and was not expected to affect production, officials said. "It looks like the fire is contained to a small area in the crude unit," where the fire started, said Tony Semenza, executive director of Contra Costa County's emergency response, who estimated the maximum height of the flames at 100 feet. Chevron officials said the fire was extinguished Monday afternoon.
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April 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The city will lay off 213 workers, shutter its branch libraries and close half its recreational centers as a result of $9.2 million in budget cuts approved by the City Council this week. Hamstrung by a projected $35-million shortfall for the coming fiscal year, city officials expect to make 200 more layoffs unless they can negotiate concessions worth another $9.2 million from the city's unions.
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May 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 90,000 ballots were expected to be sent out Monday to west Contra Costa County residents for a vote in June on a measure to raise $8 million annually to help funds local schools. In the past, mail elections were limited to jurisdictions with fewer than 1,000 voters or for certain assessments, such as the Oakland hills fire district approved in January.
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January 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
This East Bay city is on the brink of bankruptcy, leaving officials scrambling to find a way to avoid defaulting on a major bond payment and bouncing checks in April. Contra Costa County's second-largest city, Richmond has only $125,000 in available cash flow, according to the Contra Costa Times. Officials are considering a third round of cuts and layoffs before the fiscal year ends in June. Officials stopped short of announcing a bankruptcy filing, but called the situation "dire."
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August 28, 1989
A fire destroyed what was left of the last active whaling station in the United States. The station in Richmond was the western outpost of a national fleet that once numbered 750 vessels. It was a sad end for what some hoped would become a whaling museum on its site at Point San Pablo, 10 miles inside San Francisco Bay, Fire Battalion Chief James Fajardo said. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.
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April 1, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has received nearly $650,000 in donations to help save sports, libraries, music and counselors. Officials said Tuesday that the biggest donation came Monday in a $500,000 check from the San Francisco Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor. Most of the foundation's donation is earmarked for preserving limited library services next year, said Ruth Vedovelli, assistant superintendent for fiscal services.
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November 21, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A nonprofit group is proposing to take over Nystrom Elementary School, a downtrodden campus where academic achievement and family income rank among the lowest in Contra Costa County, and turn it into an alternative public school.
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July 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday after an attacker poured gasoline on her and set her ablaze, officials said. The unidentified victim, 49, had second- and third-degree burns over a quarter of her body. Jeffrey Thomas, 40, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson. Officials said they are unsure what led to the attack.
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May 31, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police shot and killed a man after a five-mile car chase that ended in a fight with an officer, authorities said. San Pablo police were trying to stop a car Monday for reckless driving when the vehicle sped off. The vehicle crashed, and an occupant ran. The officer caught the man, and the two struggled. The officer shot the man during the fight, said Richmond Police Lt. Enos Johnson. Neither the dead man nor the officer was identified.
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December 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A police sergeant who was caught taking merchandise from a closed cookie shop has returned to work. Hector Esparza was demoted to the rank of officer in the Police Department of this Bay Area city. Seven other officers had two-week suspensions reduced to one-day suspensions after administrative appeals hearings this month. The officers were caught on video in a mall taking drinks from a soda fountain at a Mrs. Fields Original Cookie store July 15.
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July 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A city employee has surrendered on vehicular manslaughter charges for allegedly killing a pedestrian while driving a municipal truck. Larry Reed, a 23-year employee of Richmond's Recreation and Parks Department, turned himself in Tuesday night, Police Lt. Mark Gagan said Wednesday. Police said Reed killed Rosalind Martin, 47, when he ran her over as he drove a flatbed truck, dragging her several hundred feet. Reed, 49, had pretended to be a witness, police said.
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May 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 90,000 ballots were expected to be sent out Monday to west Contra Costa County residents for a vote in June on a measure to raise $8 million annually to help funds local schools. In the past, mail elections were limited to jurisdictions with fewer than 1,000 voters or for certain assessments, such as the Oakland hills fire district approved in January.
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April 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The city will lay off 213 workers, shutter its branch libraries and close half its recreational centers as a result of $9.2 million in budget cuts approved by the City Council this week. Hamstrung by a projected $35-million shortfall for the coming fiscal year, city officials expect to make 200 more layoffs unless they can negotiate concessions worth another $9.2 million from the city's unions.
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July 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A woman remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday after an attacker poured gasoline on her and set her ablaze, officials said. The unidentified victim, 49, had second- and third-degree burns over a quarter of her body. Jeffrey Thomas, 40, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson. Officials said they are unsure what led to the attack.
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February 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The city of Richmond, which has been grappling with financial problems, has hired a veteran public relations consultant to communicate with the news media. City Manager Jay Corey contracted with Darolyn Davis, whose San Francisco firm worked for the Legislature for 10 years, eight of them with then-Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
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April 1, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has received nearly $650,000 in donations to help save sports, libraries, music and counselors. Officials said Tuesday that the biggest donation came Monday in a $500,000 check from the San Francisco Foundation on behalf of an anonymous donor. Most of the foundation's donation is earmarked for preserving limited library services next year, said Ruth Vedovelli, assistant superintendent for fiscal services.
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February 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The city of Richmond, which has been grappling with financial problems, has hired a veteran public relations consultant to communicate with the news media. City Manager Jay Corey contracted with Darolyn Davis, whose San Francisco firm worked for the Legislature for 10 years, eight of them with then-Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
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