Oakland: Police dismantle chopshop operation

Two men, including one sitting in a Honda that had been carjacked, were arrested and six other stolen vehicles recovered at a vacant, burned out apartment building in East Oakland.  
The proposals come in the wake of the June 16 collapse of a fifth-floor balcony at the Library Gardens apartment complex at 2020 Kittredge St. that killed six young people.  
 
Investigators are working to determine whether foul play was involved in the death of a 30-year-old woman found dead last week on a regional park shoreline, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.  
 
Lakota Brightman, the son of longtime Contra Costa College professor and Native American activist Lehman Brightman, died in a stabbing outside a corner market on Friday night, police said Tuesday.  
 
The Special Olympics torch, officially called the Flame of Hope, came through East Bay cities as part of a relay by law enforcement agencies and participating athletes that will take the flame to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.  
 
"Echoes of World War II -- A Bay Area Perspective" a new documentary about the children of the Greatest Generation will be previewed at 11 a.m. July 11 at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South.  
 
Activists protesting against crude oil transporting trains were arrested Monday morning while attempting to hang banner in front of the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge.  
 
A subcommittee responsible for recommending an independent attorney to assist the West Contra Costa school board in pursuing a forensic audit of its $1.6 billion bond construction program will meet Tuesday for the first time. The three-person group expects to discuss its role, a scoring guide for attorney selection, the scope of the planned forensic investigation and a time line for its completion.  
 
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Eighty years ago, Model A's first rolled off the assembly line at the Ford plant in Richmond. Today, part of the factory is used by Ekso Bionics, a wearable robot company that's using cutting-edge technology to help stroke patients relearn how to walk and soldiers carry heavy loads without sustaining injury.  
 
A 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of recklessly causing a fire to his own home after he allegedly admitted his involvement to police.  
 
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Review: El Cerrito's Taste of Ethiopia definitely worth a visit

With its super fresh vegetarian and meat dishes, Ethiopian coffee and authentic, hard-to-find touches, this new Ethiopian restaurant is worth a visit. 
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Paula Deen tweets photo of son in brownface

Former Food Network star reveals racial insensitivity again with “I Love Lucy” post that ignites social media backlash.