( Gary Reyes )
How well are teachers being taught?
The Obama administration wants to improve teacher training so that newly minted teachers arrive prepared to teach and able to deliver high-quality instruction. Credential programs devote too little time to instructing teachers on how to teach, critics say, and too many teachers — 40 percent — leave the profession in the first five years, in part because they’re unable to handle a complex, tough job.
( ARIC CRABB )
Black Diamond mine tours are open again
Four free open houses are held each year, but tours also can be reserved at minimal cost.
(Gary Reyes, Bay Area News Group)
Lottery winner, store owner fight over $1 million
Instead of dipping into the money for a family vacation in Hawaii and banking the rest for early retirement, the 53-year-old mother of five is gearing up for a court battle with the owner of USA Liquors.
( Patrick Tehan )
Coco Crisp isn't thrilled by move to left field
Oakland A's outfielder Coco Crisp says he's not thrilled by the idea of moving to left, but he understands why manager Bob Melvin is making the switch; Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry will platoon in center.
( Randy McMullen )
Review: Updated 'Cinderella' keeps its old-fashion charm
The touring Broadway musical includes some contemporary messages about girl power, but it's the traditional fairy tale that makes the show worthwhile; it plays at Broadway San Jose through March 8.
( Yui Mok )
Armani calls Madonna 'very difficult' person
The fashion designer took exception to Madonna saying the design of his matador cape caused her to take a tumble down stairs at last week's Brit Awards