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Dr. Garen Wintemute
Stephanie April 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm
All I want to say is this: I said months ago that there was a ban on gun research and no oneRead More believed me. I don't care what his studies say. I'm just glad this article finally says in it's first sentence what I have been saying for a long time. Small victory for moi! I'm off for some ice cream!
Rodger Higgins April 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm
Oldtimer -- They took away all of the weapons in Britain and now they have the highest incidence ofRead More knife stabbings in the world. It is not the guns it is the evil in the thugs that causes these deaths. If a thug knows you are armed he will not cross you but if they know you don't have a weapon you are game to them. Direct your research to the thugs and their families to get to the root of the problem, not the law abiding person.
Desert Rat April 25, 2014 at 01:22 am
Spoons made me fat.
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Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 04:31 pm
stubborn people.. they aren't trying to annoy/disturb you..they are telling you for your safety !
Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
don't put a fire fighters life at risk because you want to be stubborn and stupid.
Damn Shame April 24, 2014 at 06:40 pm
Robert Martinez is an idiot to begin with. Engaged to someone else and still married. Sad. Shouldn'tRead More be talking to the news if you're trying to live a double life fool.
The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
Portent April 24, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Hey, Steven Spiegel, do you believe that Jewish people should stop remembering and teaching theRead More world about the horrors of the Holocaust just because it's so old and declasse to bring it up?
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 09:03 pm
York County, Pennsylvania I wish to call it home one sunny day.Since Obama has taken office black onRead More white crime is up 438% google white girl bleed a lot.
Robert Marrujo April 25, 2014 at 12:52 am
Who watches the watchmen, I wonder; hopefully, the cops, ready to make arrests.
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
erin greisch April 24, 2014 at 10:11 am
Thank you Alison I was thinking the same thing....
BIGBAKER.. April 24, 2014 at 04:13 pm
It`s just Baby fat, I had an UNCLE years ago 15 lbs and he was born at home, turned out to be aRead More regular kid.
Queena Armstrong Knox April 24, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Actually this is usually a sign of gestational diabetes. But not always....Alison and Erin. AndRead More BIGBAKER I've heard of bigger babies being born at home years ago too but that gets into the whole accuracy of the way they were weighed. My daughter weighed 9lb 1oz. I'm average size. My birth weight was around 7 pounds. My husband was a premie and weighed about 5 pounds. But he was a big man. Not huge. He was 6ft 1in and weighed about 190 at his heaviest. I'm 5' 3" and weighed 165 at full term. Sometimes the size of the baby is determined by ancestors long dead! My son weighed 7lb 12oz and he was born 4 weeks premature! Imagine where he was headed! So don't go blaming things that may have NOTHING to do with it!
Bike Share in Mountain View.
John McCormick April 24, 2014 at 01:09 pm
So let me see if I have this straight - 1. This is based on technology that has been problematic inRead More other cities 2. It requires docking stations and bikes provided by a company in bankruptcy that no longer makes the bikes 3. With over 100 stations already in place in various cities over 90% of the rides have been in San Francisco, which demonstrates practically zero interest outside of a location with a very tight urban core, very limited parking, and limited car ownership And based on all this, the MTC wants to spend almost $9M of ostensibly public money to EXPAND the program to other towns? Yep, that makes sense. Sure don't see any wishful thinking here.
Richard S. Colman April 24, 2014 at 07:53 pm
An unprecedented record of failure and incompetence is what taxpayers can say about the MetropolitanRead More Transportation Commission (MTC). Why is MTC asking for $8.7 million for the bicycle-sharing program? If drivers of cars have to pay for crossing the Bay Bridge, why can't riders of bicycles come up with $8.7 million. MTC has had other problems, like tearing down a bicycle pathway a few months after it was installed. The new segment of the Bay Bridge went way over budget. Not one of the MTC commissioners (board members) is elected directly by voters. MTC must be abolished. --Richard Colman, Orinda, CA
Richard S. Colman April 24, 2014 at 08:03 pm
A miserable record of incompetence and failure characterizes the Metropolitan TransportationRead More Commission (MTC). Why does MTC want to spend $8.7 million on a bicycle-sharing program? Let the beneficiaries of the bicycle program come up with the $8.7 million. Recently, MTC announced it is tearing down a multi-million dollar bicycle pathway built a few months ago. The cost overruns on the new segment of the Bay Bridge have been astronomical. MTC commissioners (board of directors) are not even directly elected by voters. MTC is accountable to no one. MTC must be abolished. --Richard Colman, Orinda, CA.
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NWBL April 24, 2014 at 06:23 pm
IMO if you break into someone's house (or assault them for that matter) you are taking your chancesRead More as to what they will do to you.
Gary Moore April 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm
I don't want to comment about this incident and I don't want to judge people, but this is really aRead More sad news
Steve April 25, 2014 at 12:48 am
If the old man does get 1st or 2nd degree murder charges, the best thing to do in a home invasion ifRead More you don't have time to call the police is to go hide in a closet and pray they don't find you (and your family) and if they DO find you, DON'T look at them!!!.... Of course unless you're an experienced gun fighter and in total control of your emotions.
Crogan's Bar and Grill in downtown Walnut Creek
Bruce Palmer April 24, 2014 at 07:40 am
Good news. Out of town trouble makers require extra police resources which the residents have to payRead More for out of their taxes. Go and cause trouble somewhere else, please. We don't want you here.
The Merry One April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
Finally! Thank you, WCPD!
Civilized WC Resident April 24, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Good. Shut it down completely. It's like Escape from New York out here after Dark. I would betRead More only 25% of the losers running around on Locust after dark are from Walnut Creek. Go hang out in Oakland if you're such tough guys. Get the F outta WC.
All HAIL KING KITTY CAT April 24, 2014 at 05:41 pm
What are you talking about? The Warriors are moving over bye USF, BART doesn't even go there man.
livermoron April 24, 2014 at 06:08 pm
jow. no good teams to watch? how bout the baseball team that won two titles in three years? or theRead More football team that went to three straight nfc title games? I have to assume your a bitter Oakland fan.
All HAIL KING KITTY CAT April 24, 2014 at 06:39 pm
^^who invited this stat sheet^^
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Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 11:54 am
I don't disagree with you that we're becoming less and less a free country but it's wrong to blameRead More democrats alone. It wasn't dems alone that passed the patriot act. It hasn't been dems alone that have been re-uping it since it was passed the first time. On how bad Hillary will be as a president. Every president is bad in some ways. Reagan raised taxes more than a dozen times. Bush took us to war on two fronts with no way to pay for it. Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. Obama gave away the farm in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed. Papa Bush said that atheists shouldn't be considered Americans. Sure Hillary will be a bad president in some ways.... they are all bad in some way. I can tell you this much though, any president is going to be a worse president when the publicly stated goal of the opposition is to obstruct that president at any and all opportunities. The dems did it to Bush. The republican'ts are doing it to Obama. It's like Palestine and Israel, they'll fight to the death out of spite and habit, neither one of them knowing which one threw the first punch and not caring because winning is the only goal. What America needs are citizens that go into government for the good of the country instead of the good of their party.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Oh, one last point on your last post B. Dub. "Hillary presidency combined with a DemocraticRead More Congress." Ain't gonna happen. Republicant's have gerrymandered the states to absolute death. They have the House for the foreseeable future and they have a good chance at getting the Senate. I can't guarantee you who's going to win in 2016 but I can very well guarantee you that no one party will take executive and legislative branches, both.
PAUL April 24, 2014 at 03:57 pm
who the hell cares?????????????????
Photo from Long Beach Patch Post
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 05:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 05:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
Bob West April 24, 2014 at 03:20 pm
@ eddie, I wouldn't mention any specific phone-calling service in case any other arseholes areRead More looking for tips. But for better or worse, those calls are traceable. They have "add-ons" that can fool your friends, but certainly not the NSA. BTW, that phone service was bought by Microsoft a couple of years ago- so much for any illusion of confidentiality. By using it, you "opt in" to give up your privacy, just like with G-mail. Using a computer to make a prank call is a dumb move in itself. Any computer transmits a wealth of information. Non-smart phones are a lot less traceable than anything else. Have you ever seen how many items advertisers and other web sites use to uniquely identify your computer? They can't tell your name but track your unique computer. It's called "computer fingerprinting." As soon as you give your name at a web site they track, they've got you. Check this site sometime to see how unique your computer is-- https://panopticlick.eff.org/ .... I suspect that nobody's putting much effort into tracing this call, because in the big scheme of things, they've got more serious things to deal with. (Unfortunately, unlike our local PDs.) Shame this idiot got so much publicity from his crime. I think the glorifying news "perp walk" should be stopped in virtually all cases.
Three trees are marked on a Martinez resident's property for removal, one a 100-year-old olive tree with sentimental value.
Terry Kremin April 23, 2014 at 09:18 am
This is definitely over reaction by PG&E to old bad planning and execution by PG&E, and moreRead More bad planning and execution again by choosing a hack and slash policy over actually assessing what is on the pipelines. Some trees that were planted over the pipeline right of way should never have been planted. That is a public safety issue, and some should be removed both for root control and for inspection access. PG&E SHOULD have been more proactive in the past ensuring the trees didn't get planted in the first place. But then they should have been inspecting welds as well... While some trees should be removed for safety concerns, a tree by tree assessment (root type, true proximity) should be done to determine which should actually be removed. As usual, the truth lies in the middle of the "cut all trees" and the "save all trees" arguments. Hopefully our city council can show the leadership to actually accomplish both necessary public safety clearing and non-problem tree retention, and not forsake safety of people for all the trees. While I love trees, and likewise would hate to see our big old Mulberry in the backyard have to go, if I had to sign a waiver saying that if a gas line break and eruption occurred because of my tree that I absolve PG&E and agree to be liable for all damages to all parties caused by the leak and/or explosion, I would have to favor losing the tree over assuming that responsibility.
Liede-Marie Haitsma April 24, 2014 at 11:12 am
They are cutting down lots of trees on Contra Costa Blvd next to Sun Valley Mall; both down theRead More middle of the street and by the sidewalk.
Liede-Marie Haitsma April 24, 2014 at 04:24 pm
And what's going on on Geary Blvd, Pleasant Hill...the trees have been cut down and sections ropedRead More off down the entire road...new pipes or sidewalks being put in (?).
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 07:37 pm
I got you Kevin. I f you delete the point of contention then the debate is incoherent. The BlackRead More Panther of poetry was defending his viewpoint. I disagree with race based politics but he was standing up in the arena of ideas Then poof...( hello Patch?)... he was gone. I know the Panthers have a terror tactic history, but I thought media has forgiven the past. In Philly 08, Holder allowed military uniformed poll watchers to prevent any 2nd party participation with obvious intimidation. I appreciate Patch. We gotta talk this stuff out. Maybe the panther crossed the line his last comment we did not see, and they scrubbed up a bit. What ever happened, I do appreciate the Patch forums. It is a good local thing for info and exchange. If it becomes editorially dysfunctional, then we all will move on to a more open forum.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 07:49 pm
In the past, our local Patch editor would jump in and correct our misconceptions on Patch policy andRead More what actually happened on the thread. His name is Bob Bynes and I will always respect him as an objective journalist... too few. So many, so few.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 09:09 pm
How ya like me now.