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Orinda is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 17,599.

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Victory parade cleanup begins

Cheers and confetti rained down on Giants players and fans Friday afternoon in San Francisco. It was a celebration that left behind a lot of goodwill and tons of trash.

"We've heard that there's two tons of confetti, that's 4,000 pounds, that's probably the hardest thing to pick up," said San Francisco Department of Public Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon. "2010, we picked up about 17 tons of garbage after the parade. 2012, it went up to almost 22 tons. So we don't know what to expect this time."

Batting cleanup, a crew of about 100 followed the last float, racing to clear and reopen the streets to traffic within a couple hours. Police predicted a million people might come for the festivities, and the goal was to get streets cleared and reopened in time for the Friday night commute, which included a Critical Mass bike ride and trick-or-treaters on the streets.

The city encouraged everyone to take public transit into the city for the parade, though Marin's Jean Dalporto said problems during the 2012 championship celebration prompted her to drive in this year. "We took the ferry [in 2012]. And we had to wait about two hours, they didn't have enough," said Dalporto as she waved at the floats carrying Giants players.

In Bart & Muni stations, lines for trains formed the moment the parade ended. Bart ridership was up by 60,000 riders Friday morning and Muni saw an additional 30,000 riders over a normal Friday. Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the rain may've kept those numbers from being even bigger.

Those who rode trains in for the celebration said they didn't mind the crush.

"There's a lot of people but it shouldn't be too bad," said Taryn Stewart. "We've done it for every other parade and it's pretty simple, you just have to squish. It's so amazing and everyone's just like so pumped up on Giants energy, Giants spirit. So everyone's just really excited."

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:15:08 -0700

At least 2 injured in explosion, fire at Walnut Creek apartment

Contra Costa County firefighters are responding to a two-alarm explosion and structure fire at an apartment complex in a residential area of Walnut Creek Friday morning.

Police said the fire broke out in the 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue. The fire was reported at about 10 a.m.

Fire officials said the explosion and fire has caused multiple injuries.

The explosion blew the roof off the apartment complex.

Fire officials said six ambulances and one medical helicopter initially responded to the scene.

One person was transported to the hospital by ground, one was transported by helicopter and one person is still unaccounted for.

The buildings around the explosion are being searched for victims.

Firefighters haven't been able to search the unit where the explosion occurred due to the structural instability of the building.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:04:29 -0700

CHP officer charged for sharing nude photos stolen from female suspects' phones

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office filed felony charges Friday against a California Highway Patrol officer for allegedly sending nude pictures of two women in his custody to his personal cell phone.

Prosecutors charged Officer Sean Harrington, 35, with two counts of unauthorized access to a computer and copying computer data.

Prosecutors said the first incident occurred in Livermore on Aug. 6 when a 19-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence.

While she was being treated at a local hospital, Harrington allegedly searched her phone and sent private photos from her cell to his.

The second incident happened on Aug. 29, when Harrington arrested a woman in San Ramon for driving under the influence and booked her in the Martinez Detention Facility. When she was released from custody, she realized several of her personal photos had been sent to Harrington's cell phone, prosecutors said.

The woman's attorney notified the District Attorney's Office, which obtained search warrants for Harrington's phone and computer.

Prosecutors said forensic evidence confirms Harrington transmitted the photos to his cell phone as well as to two members of the CHP's Dublin Office.

So far, only Harrington has been charged in the case, but prosecutors said they would charge others if more information comes to light.

Golden Gate Division Chief Avery Browne said he expects the highest level of integrity and moral strength from everyone in the CHP.

"There is no place in our organization for individuals who choose to manipulate the law and department policy for their person," Browne said in a statement. "His behavior does not reflect the professionalism of the thousands of members of the California Highway Patrol who pledge to provide indispensable safety, service, and security to the people of California."

District Attorney Mark Peterson said it was the first time in the county's history his office had charged an officer with a crime of this nature.

Prosecutors and public defenders are both reviewing cases involving Harrington and the officers he sent pictures to.

Harrington told the investigator that the practice of sharing female arrestees' nude photos was not uncommon in the Dublin office of the CHP, according to search warrant records. The search warrant said Harrington first learned of the practice while working at the CHP office in Los Angeles.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:00:52 -0700

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