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The Alameda Unified School District and its teachers have reached a tentative, one-year contract accord, the first time in a decade they have done so prior to the expiration of their existing contract.

The new contract, which must still be approved by teachers and the Board of Education, gives teachers a 4 percent pay raise next year and allots money to boost teachers' hourly rate, increase stipends for speech and language pathologists and help pay teachers' dental insurance costs. The district also agreed to cover teachers' expected pension cost hikes this year, a press release issued by the district on Tuesday afternoon says.

City Manager John Russo is leaving Alameda for the city manager's job in Riverside, an official with that city confirmed Thursday. Russo has been Alameda's top administrator since 2011.

AC Transit and Alameda police are investigating a fatal bus collision with a pedestrian that occurred Thursday evening.

Friends identified the victim as Sam Sause, 78, of Alameda.

AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said the Line 20 bus was turning left from Grand Street onto Otis Drive shortly before 5:45 p.m. Thursday when the collision occurred. He said the driver had a green light and that Sause was in the crosswalk. But Johnson said the cause of the accident isn't yet known.

"There's still a lot that hasn't been determined as to the cause of the accident," Johnson said Friday morning.

A storm dumped more than three inches of rain on Alameda on Thursday morning, flooding roads and downing trees across the Island. But Alameda appears to have escaped the heavier flooding and power outages experienced by some other Bay Area cities.

The East Bay Regional Park District has filed a request to dismiss its two-year-old lawsuit against the City of Alameda over city leaders' decision to zone property the park district wanted to permit housing, the park district announced Tuesday.

Arson charges against one of the two men accused of setting a string of fires on and around Park Street on September 28 have been dropped. Alameda police said Stephen Petersen, 27, of Alameda has been eliminated as a suspect in connection with the fires based on evidence collected over the past several weeks.

A 72-year-old Alameda man is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of his wife.

The Encinal High School varsity football team will forfeit this Friday's Island Bowl following a bench-clearing incident at a game last Friday, the district's spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

Alameda police have arrested two men in connection with a string of apparent arson fires that took place within a seven-block radius on and around Park Street Sunday morning.

An earthquake centered near American Canyon rattled the Bay Area a little before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. While the 6.0 temblor caused damage and knocked out power for many near the epicenter, Alamedans only lost sleep. Here's what happened and what Island residents shaken awake by the quake had to say; feel free to share your earthquake experience here.