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    Oakland: Arrests at sit-in demanding charges be dropped against 'Black Friday 14' protesters

    11/25/2015 10:17 PM PST
    An interfaith group demanded Wednesday that charges be dropped against the so-called Black Friday 14, who allegedly disrupted BART service by chaining themselves to trains at the West Oakland station on Nov. 28, 2014, as part of nationwide "Black Lives Matter" protests. 
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    11/26/2015 06:17 AM PST - West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, a Richmond nonprofit, connects residents to food, housing, counseling and other support through collaborations with local groups like the YMCA, Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County and local food banks.  
    Jon Kawamoto
    11/25/2015 11:41 PM PST - U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams from the Cutter Bertholf spent two days searching submarine-like vessel used by suspected drug traffickers during deployment, which ended Tuesday when the ship returned to its homeport in Alameda  
    Jon Kawamoto
    11/25/2015 11:42 PM PST - The aptly named "Marmalade Mamas" create small batches of classic strawberry, apricot and blueberry jams, along with marmalades with distinctive flavor profiles including orange cardamom bourbon, Meyer lemon vanilla bean and spicy margarita with a dose of tequila and a sprinkling of red chili flakes.  
    Laura A. Oda
    11/25/2015 11:49 PM PST - Rapposelli became the Hornet's executive director on Nov. 2. She was previously chief operating officer of Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center for 10 years. Not only is the 50-year-old Rapposelli the first woman to hold the top job at the Hornet, she's the first whose background includes working in a museum-like facility. She's also the first who has not served in the military.  
    11/25/2015 08:29 PM PST - The Alameda Renters Coalition met with city officials and said any future ordinance should include a provision that ties rent increases to inflation and caps them at 4 percent during any given year  
    Jon Kawamoto
    11/26/2015 12:22 AM PST - Called "Hacking Space: A Student Exchange to Sustain Life on Earth," the project is being made possible by a U.S. State Department's Museums Connect grant that invites students to look toward their own communities, select an environmental problem and then work together and hack into space science and technology to develop innovations to solve it.  
    11/25/2015 05:26 PM PST - Improved Moraga-Orinda Fire District finances prompt salary restoration ahead of schedule  
    11/25/2015 05:18 PM PST - Painter-jeweler Susan Brooks and clothing designer Carol Lee Shanks launched the good time event in 1991 to showcase their work. Open this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays and Sundays beginning Nov. 28, Brooks said longtime customers now send their children to her studio for their wedding rings. "You can find a client for life," Brooks said. The attraction for the public is convenience, with 100 professional artists and galleries opening their studios in an area bracketed by interstates 80 and 580 on the west, College Avenue on the east and only a few locations further north than Gilman Avenue or south of Alcatraz Avenue.  
    Courtesy of Sharon Green
    11/25/2015 11:08 PM PST - Stormy and Cloudy are just two of the more than 6,000 homeless cats and kittens that have been rescued by ICRA over the last 20 years and given a second chance at life. In addition, ICRA has had 17,000 cats spayed or neutered, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens from ever being born.  
    11/25/2015 05:02 PM PST - The man, who was arrested about 6:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Cedar Street, was also in possession of a large amount of marijuana, narcotics, cocaine and ecstasy all packaged for sale, police said.  
    Jon Kawamoto
    11/25/2015 11:45 PM PST - ASTI, which stands for Alameda Science and Technology Institute, recently won a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools award which recognizes outstanding schools throughout the United States. Students, teachers and parents associated with the ASTI campus gathered on Nov. 12 to celebrate the achievement and recognize the unique program that has made the school so successful. "When I look at the ASTI students today, I see that you think of yourselves as more than what you are today," said Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Sean Mc Phetridge, "That you have an idea of a possible self and will achieve more than society and adults and families have thought possible before."  
    Jon Kawamoto
    11/25/2015 11:52 PM PST - "This year, 60 percent of families were adopted in the first three to four days after we started this year's Jammie Drive," said executive coach and Alameda resident Merideth Mehlberg, who founded the project three years ago. "The outpouring of support from Alamedans is remarkable."  
    Jon Kawamoto
    11/25/2015 11:47 PM PST - Author of the hit shows "Not a Genuine Black Man" and "The Waiting Period" among others, the KGO radio personality turns to his early memories of living in Oakland in the 1970s. "People who remember Oakland at that time love the references to what the city was like then," Copeland said. "It really gives the flavor of Oakland at that time."  
    Jon Kawamoto
    11/26/2015 12:23 AM PST - Grand Fare Market, 3265 Grand Ave., with oyster bar, beer and wine corner, gourmet eat-in or takeout, flower shop, cafe, deli and al fresco dining, was a two-year labor of love for veteran restaurateur Doug Washington and his wife Freya Prowe. Washington is a partner in the Stock & Bones culinary group, which owns San Francisco's Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope eateries. The husband-and-wife team issued a statement Monday through their publicist Jannis Swerman thanking guests, vendors and employees for their support. "Unfortunately, the market's current incarnation simply required too much cost to keep up basic operations and they couldn't keep it going," the statement read. "They hope that everyone will accept their most sincere apologies and deepest regrets for the troubles."  
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    Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

    With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?