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Warriors fall to Suns in ejection marred game, 117-109

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER In a game Monday night where referee Ben Taylor mistakenly thought that the Oracle crowd had paid their hard earned money to watch him officiate, the Warriors fell to the Phoenix Suns 117-109 in a match-up where Taylor took center stage ahead of the two-time defending NBA ...

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County officials break ground on new I-680 Express Lanes

Transportation officials in Contra Costa County held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning on a $127 million project that will add 11 miles of a southbound carpool express lane from Martinez to Walnut Creek, shortening drive times along Interstate Highway 680 by 10 to 15 minutes. When completed in 2021, the ...

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As a new season nears, these are the Warriors biggest threats

  BY MARTIN DAVIDSON The Golden State Warriors are a dynasty, and at this point they’re widely expected to keep winning titles until something dramatically changes the team. Local fans should keep in mind that this will probably happen at some point. 10-year dynasties don’t happen in modern sports, and ...

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Martinez resident gets 25 years to life in child molestation case

A former teacher at a Walnut Creek middle school pleaded guilty today to molesting multiple children under the age of 13, Contra Costa County prosecutors said. Michael Bartel, 34, of Martinez, entered the guilty plea to four counts of child molestation and Judge Patricia Scanlon sentenced him to 25 years ...

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Ann Wilson salutes rock Immortals at Saratoga Mountain Winery

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Confined to the role of being an opening act for fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Cheap Trick on this evening, Ann Wilson still managed to rock the house Saturday night at the Saratoga Mountain Winery with an epic setlist of Classic Rock covers inspired by ...

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The Perfect Pumpkin at First Generation Farmers of Brentwood

BY DEBBRA J. MORRIS Sitting side by side with the hefty pumpkins used for decorating, are the smaller, smoother sugar pie or pie pumpkins. This heirloom variety is thought to have originated here in the eastern United States, and is a smaller cultivar of the Connecticut field pumpkin, one of ...

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Liz Phair continues to do it her way at The Fillmore

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Indie-Rock heroine Liz Phair’s sold out show at The Fillmore in San Francisco Thursday night was a homecoming of sorts. The 51 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist is touring in support of the recently released “Girly-Sound to Guyville,” a retrospective 25th Anniversary three disc set of her ...

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Herbie Hancock, Grace Potter and Bob Weir rock Sound Summit

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Nestled away deep in the hills of Mt. Tamalpais State Park with a spectacular view of the bay, the fourth annual Sound Summit music festival rocked a sun splashed crowd Saturday afternoon. Dedicated to raise funds for the conservation and protection of the natural resources of Mt. ...

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Martinez Measure X – Quality of Life & Essential Services

On July 23, 2018, the Martinez City Council unanimously placed Measure X – a local half-cent sales tax measure – on the November 6, 2018 ballot. If approved by voters, Measure X provides local funds for Martinez’s quality of life and essential services, including 911 response times and public safety, ...

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