So This Happened...Week of Jan. 8 through 14, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Jan. 8 through 14, 2023

Concord library brings some science fun to kids. Concord’s dog parks closing for maintenance. Looking at fact vs. fiction in the development of artificial intelligence.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Jan. 14, 2024) — A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 9. for Chunliam Nai Saechao, who is facing charges in connection with a shooting and stand-off with police in Pleasant Hill. The former U.S. Marine and retired Pittsburg Police detective has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the late December incident.

Meanwhile, police in Concord found a stolen, loaded firearm during a vehicle stop. For more on this incident and others, read the latest report from Concord PD.

Understanding AI on a global level: In the final two parts of her series on Artificial Intelligence, Gail Murray goes back to 1983 and the impact of the “WarGames” movie – then she looks ahead to how society should be controlling advances in AI.

Goin’ to the dogs: Concord’s popular dog parks are both slated to close for turf renovation and general maintenance in the coming months. Newhall Park’s Paw Patch will shut down Feb. 5-March 11. Then, the Baldwin Park site will close March 11-April 16.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

Hands-on learning opportunities engineer fun at Concord Library.

A3 Crisis Call Center now operating 24/7 in Contra Costa County.

Local fundraisers: Concord Senior Center Roaring ’20s dance Feb. 10, and Livermore Valley Opera benefit features Three Redneck Tenors Feb. 17.
At the movies: “Ferrari” takes too narrow a turn; “Poor Things” is flat-out crazy.

Obituary: Allison Marie Macaulay.

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Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.