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Op-Ed: Latina playwright's work is compared to that of Steinbeck Special

Oakland - Playwright Lisa Ramirez brings to the Bay Area a deeply examined and richly textured work. It is one that speaks to our times. Yet as some critics point out, it also gives witness to the universal and the timeless.

Op-Ed: Brazilian Capoeira seeks to help schools 'Get Empowered!' Special

Oakland - This past Sunday concluded the annual mega-celebration of Carnival in Sao Palo, Brazil. As ‘a last indulgence’ before the observance of Lent, Carnival is Brazil’s version of Mardi Gras.

John Stanley retired host of 'Creature Features' talks ghost Special

Sonoma - On Halloween night it is customary for the older kids to watch scary movies. These days Netflix, Hulu and others have dozens and dozens to select from. But not too long ago, there was a time when a scary move was on local TV.

California city must pay for police cam videos needed for lawsuit

Oakland - A San Francisco Bay Area city has been ordered to pay for copies of police videos that could show misconduct during Black Lives Matter protests in 2014.

Op-Ed: New Book about Science of War tells a human body story Special

Oakland - As the patriotism of the 4th of July approaches, people's thoughts usually turn to those soldiers that died fighting for our country.

Oakland 'feels the Bern' as Sanders barnstorms the Bay Area Special

Oakland - As the California primaries fast approach, Bernie Sanders is barnstorming the Bay Area with a series of appearances throughout Northern California.

Bay Area airline passengers get holiday surprise — No lines

Oakland - Security lines for passengers seeking to board airplanes at Bay Area airports have been surprisingly short over the holiday weekend despite an uptick in travelers.

Internet retailer takes name off Oakland's outdoor sports stadium

Oakland - Internet retailer Overstock.com has dropped its paid-for right to put the O.Co name on the outdoor sports stadium in Oakland, Calif.

Four hurt when gunmen open fire on bus crossing S.F. Bay Bridge

The California Highway Patrol hunted Sunday for gunmen who fired at least a half-dozen shots at a leased party bus crossing San Francisco Bay toward Oakland, injuring four passengers.

Demonstrators block westbound Bay Bridge in MLK Day protest

San Francisco - Protesters blocked all five westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge for more than an hour Monday in an extended version of anti-racism demonstrations that started early in the day in Oakland.

Most security cameras on BART trains are fake, agency admits

Oakland - Most of the hundreds of security cameras on BART commuter trains around the Bay Area are not working, the agency admitted Wednesday as it began investigating the second onboard shooting in its 45-year history.

Decision day for Oakland Raiders could come as early as Wednesday

Oakland - The storied Oakland Raiders football team could decide by Wednesday whether to stay in the San Francisco Bay Area or move back to Southern California, where it played in the 1980s and early 90s.

Family of brain-dead child moves legal battle to federal court

Oakland - The family of a brain-dead Oakland teen has filed a federal civil rights suit claiming her California doctors violated her rights by issuing a death certificate while the girl was still breathing.

Cargo spill at entrance to San Francisco Bay forces ship warnings

San Francisco - U.S. Coast Guard officials warned ships entering or leaving San Francisco Bay to watch out for pallets and other shipping materials that were washed off a container ship heading from Oakland to Seattle.

Golden State Warriors get green light to return to San Francisco

San Francisco - San Francisco supervisors voted 10-0 to approve construction of a new $1 billion arena on the city's southern downtown shoreline to lure the NBA champion Golden State Warriors basketball team back to the city by the bay.

More than 200 earthquakes shake up east S.F. Bay Area

San Ramon - The earthquake swarm that has rocked the eastern San Francisco Bay Area since Saturday continued Monday, with at least 25 temblors reported by the afternoon.

Legal pot? California voters could face two initiatives in 2016

Oakland - Marijuana users and supporters in California could get the opportunity to legalize using their drug of choice in November if a planned voter initiative to accomplish that makes it to the ballot.

Artist killed while painting anti-violence mural in Oakland

Oakland - A California muralist was shot and killed on Tuesday morning while painting an anti-violence community art piece in Oakland.

Earthquake shakes up SF Bay Area but no, it wasn't the big one

Oakland - Monday's 4.0 earthquake that awakened hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents at 6:49 a.m. was surprising and interesting, yes, but it was nothing like the massive shaker still overdue on the Hayward fault.

Op-Ed: Realtor leaves city to pursue artistic dream in small town Special

Sonoma - Art and commerce were in abundance at the Plaza on Tuesday evening and while the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel played to an enthusiastic crowd, artist Jan Small was delighted because she has now settled in Sonoma to pursue her life-long passion of art.

Op-Ed: Bay Area transit agency needs a timeout or something

San Francisco - Call us old-fashioned. Go ahead, we can take it. If you're still dishing by the time we're done telling you what we think, we might even listen.

Comatose girl's family files lawsuit against California hospital

Oakland - The family of a young girl whose heart stopped during routine surgery in 2013 and had to sue to prevent a Northern California hospital from turning off her life support has sued the medical facility for malpractice.

Dockworkers return to U.S. West Coast ports

Oakland - All but one of 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast reopened this week after months of wrangling over the terms of a new dockworkers contract.

Op-Ed: Mills College Library is pleased to be in spotlight at book fair Special

Oakland - Having the annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland for the very first time is something that the staff at Mills College is extremely honored and excited about.

California Antiquarian Book Fair is among the largest of its kind Special

Oakland - For rare book collectors, print is not dead. In fact, it is growing as this year's California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at Oakland Marriott City Center from February 6 to 8. Coordinators like Michael Hackenberg are thrilled.

Protesters sound off in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley

San Francisco - Thousands of Californians returned to the streets of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley on Saturday in a show of support for larger protests against recent shootings of unarmed black men by police in other states.

Protest over Ferguson violence halts Bay Area transit service

Oakland - Dozens of San Francisco Bay Area residents tied up regional transit service for more than an hour Friday with a peaceful protest that closed a major station serving transbay commuters.

First cat cafe in United States opens in Northern California

Oakland - Think Americans are a little pet obsessed? Think the "Hello Kitty" craze was over the top, even before we all found out "Hello Kitty" was not a cat at all? Well, hang on -- you ain't seen nothin' yet!

Kaiser hospitals say they'll stay open if nurses strike

Oakland - Kaiser Permanente pledged Friday to keep all of its Northern California hospitals open next week when nurses walk off their jobs to demand greater safety precautions against the Ebola virus.

Family of brain-dead California girl says she's still responsive

Oakland - An attorney for an Oakland, Calif., girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy last year released video clips Thursday he said shows her responding to verbal commands.
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The Athletics celebrate its 7-2 win over the Blue Jays in the first of a three-game series at Rogers...
The Athletics celebrate its 7-2 win over the Blue Jays in the first of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. Oakland is the hottest team in baseball with a 15-2 record in July
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Northern Light School in Oakland  CA
Northern Light School in Oakland, CA
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Another rendition of the painting  this student is eager to show his work to the class.
Another rendition of the painting, this student is eager to show his work to the class.
Courtesy of Cornelia de Schepper and Northern Light School, Oakland, CA
ADDRESS: The northern end of the renovated Oakland Coliseum is seen during a football game in 2008.
ADDRESS: The northern end of the renovated Oakland Coliseum is seen during a football game in 2008.
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Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
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BART: Entrance to BART station at Oakland International Airport  which serves passengers on a people...
BART: Entrance to BART station at Oakland International Airport, which serves passengers on a people-mover system to travel from Coliseum Station to the airport along Hegenberger Road. The station opened last year.
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GLEAMING: The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge shines above the darkened old...
GLEAMING: The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge shines above the darkened old span during construction in 2013. The old bridge has largely been removed.
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Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
LOCATION: Baker Beach lies just outside the entrance to San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge...
LOCATION: Baker Beach lies just outside the entrance to San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie
Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie
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Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
Occupy Oakland
An activist headed for Oakland on November 5th wrote a number for legal aid on his arm  took a photo...
An activist headed for Oakland on November 5th wrote a number for legal aid on his arm, took a photo, and posted the photo to Facebook, anticipating arrests.
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Mesha Mongo Irizarry with De Lacy Davis  President of Black Cops Against Police Brutality  on stage ...
Mesha Mongo Irizarry with De Lacy Davis, President of Black Cops Against Police Brutality, on stage at Bang4Change2006, Civil Rights Revival Fest in SF, hosted by the Idriss Stelley Foundation.
Courtesy Idriss Stelley Foundation
STRIFE: A line of cranes waits for cargo at the Port of Oakland  the only port on the U.S. West Coas...
STRIFE: A line of cranes waits for cargo at the Port of Oakland, the only port on the U.S. West Coast that failed to reopen this week following months of disagreement over a new contract for dockworkers.
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SHAKER: Candlestick Park in San Francisco was filled to capacity for the World Series in 1989 when t...
SHAKER: Candlestick Park in San Francisco was filled to capacity for the World Series in 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck on Oct. 17.
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The 4th  5th and 6th grade students in the Thursday art class program  coordinated by Leah Bullen. T...
The 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in the Thursday art class program, coordinated by Leah Bullen. Thursday June 5 was the last day of the school year. Bullen has provided the class with an art history perspective featuring famous artists each week; as well as interpretive art projects that encourage the students' creativity and artistic growth.
Courtesy of Cornelia de Schepper, and permission of Northern Light School
SCENIC: The new eastern half of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge rises brightly above the darken...
SCENIC: The new eastern half of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge rises brightly above the darkened, old eastern span in 2013. Four people were hurt Saturday morning when gunmen opened fire on a vehicle leaving the span in Oakland.
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A s starting pitcher Travis Blackley shut down the Jays offence and only gave up a single run  a wal...
A's starting pitcher Travis Blackley shut down the Jays offence and only gave up a single run, a walk and five hits over seven innings of work. The only run he gave up was a solo home run to Travis Snider in the third inning
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Naturgemählde: A 3-D German’s Children’s Book from 1827  Leopold Chimani  Booth 302  $12 000
Naturgemählde: A 3-D German’s Children’s Book from 1827, Leopold Chimani, Booth 302, $12,000
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OFFICIALDOM: The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and Courthouse in Oakland  Calif.
OFFICIALDOM: The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and Courthouse in Oakland, Calif.
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