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  • Raiders offensive lineman donates game check to 4-year-old with rare heart condition

    12/21/2014 4:24:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    SB Nation ^ | December 21, 2014 | Rodger Sherman
    The Raiders went above and beyond for the family of 4-year-old Ava Urrera -- especially offensive lineman Menelik Watson. I can't quite say I've ever heard anything like the story of the Oakland Raiders and 4-year-old Ava Urrera of Las Vegas, which Jay Glazer just told on Fox's NFL Sunday pregame show. Urrera has a heart condition Glazer described as equivalent to having "half a heart," and this post indicates doctors aren't too hopeful. Glazer had told the Raiders about her story, and they put together an amazing experience for her and her family: they made her captain for a day,...
  • California Police Chief Joins Anti-Police Violence Protests

    12/10/2014 6:31:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 10, 2013 | KRISTOPHER SKINNER
    December 10, 2014 California Police Chief Joins Anti-Police Violence Protests KRISTOPHER SKINNER RICHMOND, Calif. - A Northern California police chief noted for his community policing efforts raised a few eyebrows when he joined a peaceful protest Tuesday, holding a sign with the popular Twitter hashtag of #blacklivesmatter. The Contra Costa Times reported Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus was part of a group of about demonstrators who lined a busy street, holding signing and listening to recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches. "I spoke with my command staff, and we agreed it would be nice to convey our commitment...
  • Police made on-the-spot decision not to arrest protesters

    12/10/2014 10:20:32 AM PST · by PeteePie · 29 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | December 10, 2014 | ERIN GOLDEN
    Rather than make arrests, Minneapolis police and State Patrol officials said they made on-the-spot decisions to keep demonstrators safe from traffic... As the group moved onto the freeway, officers told leaders to stop but didn’t intervene when the crowd ignored the orders.... None of the protesters was arrested or cited... Grimm and McDowell (community organizers) said the group plans more demonstrations.
  • No NFL team moving to Los Angeles for 2015, report says

    12/21/2014 3:38:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 20, 2014 | Frank Schwab
    Until we have some actual progress involving an NFL team moving to Los Angeles, maybe it's best to stop the breathless speculation about which teams will move there. There won't be a team moving to Los Angeles in 2015. ESPN.com's Adam Schefter said commissioner Roger Goodell told the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams – the three hottest candidates to move to L.A. if that ever happened – that there will be no team in Los Angeles next season.
  • Sign honoring 4 slain Oakland officers knocked down

    12/20/2014 3:14:03 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Someone knocked down and vandalized on Friday a sign on Interstate 580 that honors the four Oakland police officers who were shot and killed in 2009, the deadliest day in the department’s history.
  • The classless NFL clowns, and the ‘experts’ who enable them

    12/13/2014 9:13:37 PM PST · by TBP · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 12, 2014 | Phil Mushnick
    To save time and syllables, we’re going journo-green today. Thus “common sense” will be replaced by “it,” as in “getting it.” And that’s the point: “it” doesn’t matter, not anymore. It doesn’t matter that the absurd, the grossly inaccurate and the just plain stupid easily can be eliminated. It is what it is. And that’s it. There will be no deviation from, let alone elimination of, the ridiculous, no matter how self-evident.
  • Undercover cop pulls gun on protesters in Oakland

    12/12/2014 5:08:09 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 26 replies
    Mashable ^ | 12/10/14 | Patrick Kulp
    check it out - the undercover cops are accused of not identifying themselves, and inciting violence..whatever - there are so many things wrong with the whole issue..BUT - check out the link pics - the Cop is holding his service auto ghetto style
  • Undercover cops outed, attacked at Oakland protest

    12/11/2014 2:46:19 PM PST · by dware · 23 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12.11.2014 | Vivian Ho
    An undercover law enforcement officer from an outside agency who was attempting to infiltrate a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland pulled a gun on the protesters after he and his partner were outed and the partner was attacked. The undercover work — captured by a freelance photographer working for The Chronicle — raised questions about tactics employed by police and protesters as authorities seek to get a handle on rallies that have flooded the streets of Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, at times shutting down freeways and devolving into vandalism and looting.
  • Rand Paul: Officer involved in chokehold death shouldn't be a policeman

    12/09/2014 6:50:59 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 138 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 9:28 AM EST, Tue December 9, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    Washington (CNN) -- The New York officer involved in the death of Eric Garner should no longer be on the police force, Sen. Rand Paul argued Monday. The Kentucky Republican said Daniel Pantaleo lacked "discretion" when he placed Garner in a chokehold for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.
  • Man Is Knocked Out With Hammer As Crowd Chants "Peaceful Protest"

    12/10/2014 6:16:51 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 78 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jGmGiARnBo&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop Supposedly from Oakland. Hippie guy has a t-shirt saying, "STOP KILLING BLACK MEN." Is decked by a thug with a hammer.
  • Bay Area Protests Turn Violent For Second Night In A Row

    12/08/2014 7:42:38 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    kenw PBS New Mexico ^ | 12-8-2014 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Protests over police killings in Missouri and New York turned violent in Berkeley, Calif., for the second night in a row as demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked traffic on a freeway. "I did a few things that, you know, I'm not too proud of but, you know, I felt like it was all for a good cause at the time," protester Gary Leroy told KRON TV. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police who responded with tear gas. The protests came in the wake of a grand jury's decision last week not to indict a New York police officer involved...
  • More Berkeley Protests Sunday Night: "Jesus Can't Breathe"

    12/08/2014 4:12:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Demonstrators have gathered in Berkeley and Oakland, California for another night of protests against the non-indictment of police officers in the deaths of black suspects in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York.
  • Feds Find Shocking, Systemic Brutality, Incompetence In Cleveland Police Department

    12/04/2014 12:06:23 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12-4-2014 | Dana Liebelson, Ryan J. Reilly
    In recent years, Cleveland police officers have punched a 13-year-old boy who was in handcuffs for shoplifting and shot at an unarmed kidnapping victim who was wearing only his underwear, according to disturbing allegations released Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency's investigation found that officers in Cleveland routinely use unjustifiable force against not only criminals and suspects, but also innocent victims of crimes. The so-called “pattern or practice” report from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was released Thursday afternoon as DOJ and the city announced plans to develop a court-enforceable agreement that would impose an independent monitor on...
  • Irony knows bounds: Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime

    12/03/2014 5:52:42 AM PST · by bestintxas · 148 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/3/14 | c flaherty
    David Ruenzel knew, better than most, about the white privilege that killed him. As a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of this favorite topics was rooting out racism. And how white racism is permanent. White racism is everywhere. And white racism explains everything. This mantra of the Critical Race Theory and the Southern Poverty Law Center applied to all white people because, even if they were not personally cracking the whips, or breaking the skulls, white people benefitted from a racist system that did all that — and a lot more. Ruenzel was writing about white privilege...
  • 14 arrested in peaceful protest that disrupts BART

    11/28/2014 5:42:23 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 46 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jill Tucker, Kevin Fagan and Kurtis Alexander
    “We’re not here to destroy or harm. That’s not what this is about,” said protester Kharyshi Wiginton, 39. “The war on black people is very real. It’s not made up. It’s not on some black people. It’s on all black people.” The demonstration, like those earlier in the week, was in reaction to Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict white police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. More than a dozen people chained themselves together and to BART cars, on both platforms of the West Oakland BART Station. BART officials halted...
  • 'Must Not Stand': Nation Reacts to Missouri Grand Jury Decision

    11/24/2014 7:13:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 24, 2014 | Miranda Leitsinger
    People across the country reacted sharply to the decision by a grand jury not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, with protesters taking to the streets in cities from Oakland to New York. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury had chosen not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who gunned down Michael Brown, 18, on a street in Ferguson on Aug. 9. The grand jury had options from first-degree murder to no charge at all. In New York, protesters held up a poster reading "Black Lives Matter."...
  • Oakland (CA) To Offer ‘Healing Centers’ As Police, Shop Owners Prepare For Ferguson Verdict

    11/19/2014 12:37:58 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    CBS Bay Area ^ | November 18, 2014 | Christin Ayers
    Business owners in Oakland prepped their storefronts in anticipation of protests over an expected grand jury decision on the police shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson Missouri. Meanwhile, the city says it will open “healing centers” for those who remain troubled by the incident. Dion Bullock’s downtown Oakland shoe store Groupie suffered damage in a protest over the Trayvon Martin case, and fears what might happen after the grand jury’s decision on Ferguson.
  • Oakland schools to reinstate curriculum about Mumia Abu-Jamal

    11/18/2014 6:38:10 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 18, 2014 | Jill Tucker
    Oakland school officials, under pressure from supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, have agreed to reinstate a controversial curriculum that includes a lesson comparing the convicted cop killer to the Rev. Martin Luther King J
  • Black Revolutionary Group Puts Bounty Out on Officer Darren Wilson’s Head #Ferguson

    11/09/2014 6:19:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 9, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The “peaceful” Ferguson activists have put a bounty on Darren Wilson’s head. The starting price if $5,000 – paid by RbG Black Rebels and a local invester. RbG Black Rebels @BlackRebels_Stl The find Darren Wilson bounty is starting at $5k. Paid by RbG BR & local investor. Looking for current location to ask him a few questions 9:55 AM - 9 Nov 2014 44 Retweets 16 favorites In case you were wondering… THe RbG Black Rebels are Pan Africanist, Military Minded, Political Aware, Revolutionary but Gangsta Garveyites. Fighting for Uhuru. RbG Black Rebels @BlackRebels_Stl Not sure wha we stand for...We...
  • Conflict Kitchen closes indefinitely after death threat (Hates Jews; rec'd Heinz $$$)

    11/08/2014 2:17:09 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 17 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | November 8 | Staff
    Oakland restaurant Conflict Kitchen has closed until further notice after receiving a letter containing death threats, according to a post on its Facebook page... Conflict Kitchen recently has been the focus of controversy over its serving of Palestinian food with anti-Israel messages on the food wrappers.
  • Recovered remains of WWII airman to be buried with full military honors

    10/26/2014 8:39:32 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 12 replies
    Associated Press at FoxNews.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Associated Press staff
    OAKLAND, Calif. – A World War II airman whose remains were found more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany will finally be laid to rest. A burial with full military honors for Lt. William "Billy" Cook is set for Sunday at a cemetery in Oakland. The 27-year-old airman and his five-man crew were on a Dec. 23, 1944, mission when they were shot down over Germany.
  • Jerry Brown Passes Buck on Troubled New Bay Bridge

    08/10/2014 7:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May. Before Brown's 2010 election victory, which made him the boss of all Caltrans, Brown was the mayor of Oakland whose political posturing helped delay the retrofit of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, made necessary after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake knocked down a chunk of the span. It took 24 years and $5 billion more than the original budget for the state to complete the $6.4 billion span. Before the new span even opened, the...
  • Occupy Wall Street Dog Officially Begins Campaign for Oakland Mayorship

    10/02/2014 10:30:06 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 14 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/2/14 | Aurelius
    Occupy Oakland has finally found their candidate, who arguably has the same intelligence as them: a dog. Called "Einstein," Occupy Oakland released a pun-laden announcement in February declaring the dog's intent to run for office. As the group of ultra-liberals explained, "Einstein has thrown his collar in the ring, his leash in the pond, and his id chip in the circular file. Yes, Occupy Oakland’s unofficial official non-human with personhood status has announced, on the steps of City Hall, that he will be a candidate in Oakland’s mayoral race for 2014... ANOTHER OAKLAND IS POSSIBLE!" Eight months since then, the...
  • Protesters block unloading of Israeli ship in Oakland

    09/27/2014 7:06:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 27, 2014 | Hamed Aleaziz
    Protesters angered by Israel’s military actions in Gaza gathered at the Port of Oakland on Saturday morning in an effort to prevent a cargo ship managed by an Israeli company from unloading.
  • Climate Movement Drops Mask, Admits Communist Agenda

    09/24/2014 6:36:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-23-14 | zombie
    Communists along with a few environmental groups staged a “People’s Climate Rally” in Oakland, California on Sunday, September 21, in conjunction with the larger “People’s Climate March” in New York City on the same day. Wait — did I say communists? Isn’t that a bit of an exaggeration? Well…no. At the New York event, many people noticed that gee, there sure are a lot of communists at this march. But in Oakland — always on the cutting edge — the entire “climate change” movement at last fully, irrevocably and overtly embraced communism as its stated goal. Any concerns about “optics”...
  • LIAR: Black Firefighter Cries ‘Racism, Police Bullying’, Cop’s Body-Cam Proves Him Wrong

    09/15/2014 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 9/14/14
    Make sure you watch both videos! See how the two videos give two different stories. Someone call Al Sharpton quickly before he gets the pitchforks out. With the nation a racial tinderbox in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death by a white police officer, a California firefighter threw out what could have been an incendiary spark by accusing a cop of treating him differently because he’s black. Little did Oakland firefighter Keith Jones know that the officer was wearing a body-cam video recorder when their tense encounter unfolded. And the video didn’t quite match the complaint Jones filed...
  • Oakland Firefighter Plays Victim Card Until Police Release Video

    09/13/2014 2:41:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jack Dunphy
    The perpetual siren call of victimhood. Oh, how alluring, how comforting, how most pleasing is the mantle of victimhood. So pleasing, in fact, that even when the claim to victim status is tenuous at best, some people cannot restrain themselves from rushing before the news cameras to inform the world of how they have been mistreated. Pátio ergo sum. I suffer, therefore I am. Witness the case of Keith Jones, a firefighter in Oakland, Calif., who recently had a brief but mildly tense encounter with an officer from that city’s police department. Jones, 43, was leaving an Oakland Raiders football...
  • Oakland Marchers Hold Up Mirrors To Officers In Protest Over Ferguson, Police Shootings

    08/21/2014 3:06:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KPIX-TV ^ | August 20, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Protesters against the police actions in Ferguson, Mo. as well as police killings of other suspects in California and other states gathered in Oakland on Wednesday. A couple of hundred demonstrators gathered at Oakland Police headquarters on 7th and Broadway and faced off with officers in riot gear. Some protesters unveiled a new tactic, by holding up mirrors in the faces of officers. “I was holding up the mirror because I wanted the police to just look at themselves. Especially if they were about to take some kind of action just so they had to acknowledge what they were doing,”...
  • Another Blockade of the Port of Oakland: Protesters block ship partly owned by an Israeli company

    08/19/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/19/2014 | By Ian Tuttle
    The Zim Piraeus traversed the Panama Canal two weeks ago, then turned its 964-foot deck north, toward California, where it was scheduled to offload tens of thousands of tons of cargo at the Port of Oakland this weekend — just like 1,897 other container ships last year. But the Zim Piraeus, which arrived in San Francisco Bay on Sunday afternoon, is not unloading — and might not anytime soon. The problem with the Piraeus is that Israel Corporation, Israel’s largest holding company, founded by the Jewish state’s government in 1968, owns 32 percent of the Piraeus’s operator, Zim Integrated Shipping...
  • Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland [Blockading Israel Ship]

    08/17/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August17, 2014 | Rebecca Bowe
    Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day Rebecca Bowe at the Port of Oakland 17 August 2014 Pro-Palestinian protesters at the port of Oakland attempt to prevent an Israeli ship from docking. Photograph: Justin Benttinen/The Guardian An Israeli ship that was scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland in California on Saturday remained at sea as between 2,000 and 3,000 pro-Palestinian activists streamed towards the port entrance, chanting and waving flags....
  • Oakland protests in support of Ferguson heating up, significant police presence

    08/15/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/15/2014
    Tweeps are reporting that the Oakland protest going on now is beginning to get a little tense. Mario Sevilla ‏@mariosevilla 6m LIVE http://news.kron4.com/?p=75006 -- Heavy police presence in #Oakland as protesters take over downtown streets. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/7f1JvKrZ3X ѕyndιcalιѕт ‏@syndicalisms 21m Helicopters above in #Oakland at #Ferguson solidarity march. Via @OccupyOakland pic.twitter.com/wPsLCKycQy
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Leave Driving to Staffers and Volunteers: Report

    08/10/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 9, 2014
    Mayor Quan Not DrivingIt appears Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will not be behind the wheel this election season. According to the Oakland Tribune, a spokesman said going forward, Quan will leave the driving to staffers or volunteers. Quan's driving suddenly became a red flag back in June when she damaged her city-issued car in a fender bender. Before the accident, she was also seen using her phone behind the wheel. As for that June car crash, police never did determine which driver was at fault.
  • Rally Possum Inspires A’s To Walk-Off Win Over Rays

    08/05/2014 5:40:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Oakland A’s fans may be singing the praises of the rally possum at the Coliseum. Sure there have been sewage problems at the ballpark and various other issues, but none of them came before a game-winning rally in extra innings like this little marsupial did on Monday. But it was at the beginning of the inning after the first out, as centerfielder Sam Fuld walked up to the plate, that a possum went running along the warning track and vanished under the stands. Fuld would go on to a hit and later score the game-winning run for Oakland. Derek Norris...
  • NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players

    08/02/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 62 replies
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Glenn McDonald
    As a hardcore baseball guy, I often wonder why people needlessly waste their time on all those other, lesser sports. But I suppose everyone has a right to their insane opinions. In any case, football fans may want to keep an eye on this development: The NFL announced this week that it will be using RFID tracking chips on players during select games in the 2014 season. The high-tech chips — RFID stands for radio-frequency identification — will generate precise positioning data on each player on every play. Football Uniforms Throughout History For the initial rollout, the RFID system will...
  • S.A. may be home of Los Raiders

    07/30/2014 12:34:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 52 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | July 29, 2014 (upd: July 30) | Tom Orsborn
    San Antonio - Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and two top lieutenants met recently with several San Antonio officials to discuss the potential of moving his NFL team from the Bay Area to the Alamo City, local leaders involved in the talks confirmed Tuesday.
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Is "Unequivocal": Not on Phone at Time of Crash

    06/09/2014 2:21:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jun 9, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez, Jodi Hernandez and Stephanie Chuang
    A day after a minor fender bender that has blossomed into a political conundrum because of the players involved, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told reporters in no uncertain terms that she was not on her phone when her city SUV was rear-ended. Stephanie Chuang reports. A day after a minor fender-bender that blossomed into a political conundrum because of the players involved, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told reporters in no uncertain terms that she was not on her phone when her city SUV was rear-ended. "I learned my lesson," Quan said. "I was not on my phone. My phone records...
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police

    06/08/2014 11:16:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Jun 8, 2014
    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved in Car Crash: Police A car damaged in Sunday's accident involving Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was involved in a car crash Sunday evening, police said. Oakland police said Quan was a driver in a two-car crash on 26th and Market streets at about 5:30 p.m. Police are investigating the accident, and they do not know who is at fault. But police said they have conflicting reports from witnesses about whether the mayor had the right of way. The mayor’s spokesman did not have a response as to whether or not Quan...
  • Mother Accused Of Hammer Attack On Third Grade Girl In Oakland School Restroom

    06/01/2014 11:03:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    cbs ^ | cbs,
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An act of retribution may have provoked a woman to brutally attack a third grader inside an Oakland elementary school bathroom, police say. Students at Oakland’s Lafayette school knew something was wrong when they saw officers arrive at school Friday morning. They arrived to arrest Haseemah Diame, a parent and volunteer at the school. Police say Diame walked onto the campus during recess armed with a hammer and pulled a 9-year-old girl aside.
  • Feds Prosecuting Tree-Trimmer for Unintentionally Bruising Herons

    05/29/2014 7:25:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 5-29-14 | Bridget Johnson
    The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is questioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the agency’s decision to prosecute a tree-trimmer who accidentally knocked herons out of a tree. Ernest Pulido is expected to face charges from the U.S. Attorney’s Office within a week for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He could face a maximum fine of $15,000 and six months in jail. Pulido was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to prune trees May 3 outside an Oakland, Calif., branch, where postal officials were upset with birds pooping on mail trucks. One branch...
  • Students protest UC President Napolitano's Laney College talk

    05/25/2014 3:25:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2014 | by Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Laney College students marched in protest and some heckled University of California President Janet Napolitano as she gave a commencement address at the community college's graduation ceremony Saturday. Booing and at one point turning their backs on her, dozens of students, faculty and supporters in the audience objected to remarks by the former chief of Homeland Security, who has been faulted for her stance on immigration issues during her time with the Obama administration. Many pumped their fists as a gesture of defiance. "No one could hear her as she was speaking, the whole time," said Yvette Felarca, one of...
  • Oakland probes disability pay of ex-cop who's now FBI agent

    05/23/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 05/23/2014 | Henry K. Lee and Will Kane
    Oakland officials are investigating why a former police officer is collecting $52,488 a year in medical disability benefits from the city even though he has been working as an FBI agent in Boston. The unusual case of FBI Special Agent Aaron McFarlane, 41, came to the attention of Oakland officials after the agent was identified last week as the federal officer who shot and killed a key figure last year in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The disability benefit that McFarlane is collecting under the California Public Employees' Retirement System is awarded when a worker is unable to perform the...
  • “This is not a witch hunt”: Oakland bishop to meet with teachers over controversial new contract

    05/10/2014 7:04:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | May 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    You may remember that Oakland teachers are being required to sign a new contract similar to one in Hawaii and Cincinnati, requiring them to “model behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith.”That hasn’t gone over well with some in Oakland: Tim Newman, who has taught science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland for 23 years, says some of his colleagues won’t sign a contract forcing them to be disingenuous. Others worry the contract gives the diocese a reason to discipline them for actions outside the classroom.“I will lose good teachers in my department,” he said.Diocese...
  • Tree trimmer apologizes for Oakland baby bird fiasco

    05/09/2014 8:18:58 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 24 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 5/9/14 | Carolyn Jones
    The tree trimmer at the center of a federal and state investigation into the destruction of nests and slaughter of baby birds in Oakland said Thursday that he "screwed up" because he allowed his crews to chain-saw trees even as baby birds were falling out. Pulido was the supervisor for a crew of tree trimmers hired Saturday by the U.S. Postal Service's Civic Center Annex in Oakland. The post office ordered trees containing the nests of egrets and black-crowned night herons, species protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Act, to be cut because the nesting birds were defecating on mail...
  • Woman shot dead by 2 burglars after recording their crimes on cell phone' (Reverse Trayvons)

    04/28/2014 4:52:06 PM PDT · by equalator · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 4-24-2014 | James Nye
    The two men allegedly fired shots at true-crime enthusiast Salamon, after a heated argument over her cellphone and then made their getaway, leaving the dog-lover fatally wounded. The two men are well known to police said Sgt. Gantt and both belonged to a local gang he said. Sgt. Gantt said that Salamon, who had advocated her neighborhood hiring a private security firm only days before the shooting, was a 'brave lady.'
  • "We're 1000 Percent Like The Most Normal People On Earth:" Stephen Curry's Wife Ayesha Curry

    04/26/2014 1:17:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 25, 2014 | Cheryl Hurd and Riya Bhattacharjee
    She's a wife, a mom and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s biggest cheerleader. Ayesha Curry wears a lot of hats, but on Thursday night she was focusing on only one thing: How to keep her husband focused on leading his team to victory in the NBA playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. More than 20,000 fans filled Oracle Arena to cheer the Warriors on until the very end of Thursday night's Game 3 nail-biter -- the Clippers won 98-96 -- and a very emotional Ayesha was among them. “Our day-to-day life isn’t this,” she said, referring to the crazed...
  • Death penalty to be sought in Oakland slaying of girl, 8

    04/17/2014 6:24:38 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 17, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Alameda County prosecutors said Thursday that they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of firing the shots that killed an 8-year-old girl during a sleepover at a friend's house in Oakland.
  • Affirmative action debate create rifts in ethnic communities

    04/06/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 04/06/2014 | David E. Early and Katy Murphy
    The backlash by Chinese-American activists against a measure aimed at restoring affirmative action in the admissions process at California's public universities has set off political fisticuffs between ethnic groups accustomed to battling side-by-side.
  • Delta flight evacuates at Oakland Airport due to smoke

    02/27/2014 6:07:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | 2/26/14
    Wednesday night at the Oakland International Airport, a flight had to make an emergency evacuation at the gate after it safely landed because of smoke in the plane. The video was shot by Linton Johnson, a passenger onboard the Delta connection Flight 4454, which was operated by SkyWest. Johnson said on his Facebook page that the plane's cabin filled with smoke and that the flight attendants yelled at passengers to exit the plane. The video shows a chaotic scene. The Oakland Fire Department told ABC7 News they responded to the gate for a red alert.
  • In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA

    02/22/2014 10:52:16 AM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | Martin Kaste
    Police are like the rest of us; they suffer from information overload. The data pour in from 21st century sources ranging from license plate readers to Twitter. But as the information comes in, it hits an old-fashioned bottleneck: human beings."They all have access to different databases," says Dave Mosher, vice president of program management at Microsoft Services. He describes the typical law enforcement command center as a room full of people at computers. "And they all stand up and walk around and talk to each other and they'll say, 'Tell me about this,' or 'Tell me about that.' "Microsoft believes...
  • Fatal shooting near bus punctuates violent day in Oakland

    02/21/2014 6:19:38 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 21, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A chaotic gunbattle in East Oakland left one man dead and another injured, and a bullet hit the windshield of a passing AC Transit bus, police said. The incident capped a violent day in Oakland in which three other people were injured in shootings.