Grammy Award-winning choral groups to perform at inauguration

By Khalida Sarwari The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus will head to Washington D.C. on Jan. 20 to perform as part of the historic swearing-in ceremonies at the United States Capitol. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for President-elect Barack Obama chose the two Grammy Award-winning choral music groups for their talent, embodiment of the American spirit and promise for the future. “These two Read More …

Police searching for man after robbery of First Republic Bank

By Khalida Sarwari Orinda police are searching for a man who robbed First Republic Bank in the city Saturday afternoon. The robbery was reported at about 1:30 p.m. at the bank at 224 Brookwood Road, according to the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office. The suspect allegedly handed a teller a note demanding money, Lt. George Wright said. He indicated he had a weapon, but none was seen. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect Read More …

Catholic church vandalized with depictions of swastikas

By Khalida Sarwari A Catholic church in San Francisco was defaced with spray-painted graffiti depictions of swastikas overnight, police said today. A Most Holy Redeemer Church employee reported the incident at about 6:30 a.m. at 100 Diamond St., Lt. Neville Gittens said. The employee told police that when he left the night before, the church had not been defaced, Gittens said. Police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. 0

Winter Spare the Air alert issued

By Khalida Sarwari The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a winter Spare the Air alert for today, banning indoor and outdoor wood burning. “It’s important for Bay Area residents to refrain from burning while this winter Spare the Air alert is in effect, to protect their health and the health of the community,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a prepared statement. Wood smoke is a major source of air Read More …

Police net one DUI arrest, 13 citations from checkpoint

By Khalida Sarwari One motorist was arrested for driving under the influence during a checkpoint in Martinez on Saturday night during which nearly 600 vehicles passed through, according to the Police Department. The checkpoint was conducted in the 3700 block of Alhambra Avenue, according to police. Of the 592 vehicles that traveled through the checkpoint, in addition to the drunken driver, one motorist was cited for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Read More …