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Oakland Residents Plead: Pay Attention to Killings

January 24, 2013 | 1:53 pm

Oakland Residents Plead: Pay Attention to Killings

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The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has opened a new national dialogue about guns and gun violence. In Oakland, where a recent violent crime surge has residents anxious, a group of committed demonstrators are pleading to be heard by the police, policymakers, and their own community. “Somebody died here, we need […]

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Health Officials Now Say Several People May Have Been Admitted to Hospitals Due to Chevron Fire

August 14, 2012 | 3:16 pm

Health Officials Now Say Several People May Have Been Admitted to Hospitals Due to Chevron Fire

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Contra Costa County health officials are revising earlier statements that no one had been hospitalized for health problems related to the Chevron refinery fire. Health officials had said as late as yesterday that while thousands of people have been seen in local emergency rooms, none were hospitalized. Now, Contra Costa County’s Public Health Director, Wendel […]

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California Bucks Trend in Child Poverty

February 23, 2012 | 6:08 pm

California Bucks Trend in Child Poverty

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Children growing up in areas of concentrated poverty are more likely to experience stress, drop out of school, and grow up to be low-income adults. Those are some of the findings of an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Thursday. In the last decade, the number of US children living in poor neighborhoods grew by […]

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Tech Companies Agree to Disclose Mobile App Privacy Policies

February 22, 2012 | 5:40 pm

Tech Companies Agree to Disclose Mobile App Privacy Policies

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Smartphone owners who download mobile applications could soon be able to easily access the app’s privacy policy. A deal between State Attorney General Kamala Harris and six technology companies — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion — requires that mobile app developers inform users of their privacy policies before users download mobile […]

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‘Secure Communities’ Program Draws Ire of Church

January 27, 2012 | 5:58 pm

‘Secure Communities’ Program Draws Ire of Church

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The Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Francisco is sponsoring an event Saturday, to express opposition to the federal Secure Communities immigration program. During the event at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is expected to share a new version of his Secure Communities opt-out bill (AB 1081). The earlier version was based on an implementation […]

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Homicide Rate Among Calif. African-Americans Significantly Higher Than National Average

January 25, 2012 | 5:09 pm

Homicide Rate Among Calif. African-Americans Significantly Higher Than National Average

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California ranks ninth in the country for homicides of African-Americans. That’s according to a study released today by the Violence Policy Center which shows the state’s black homicide rate is four times higher than the national average. Most of the victims were shot to death. “California, though it has comprehensive gun control laws, is at […]

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January 24, 2012 | 5:30 pm

SF Supes Consider Local Oversight of FBI Terrorism Investigations

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San Francisco supervisors are considering legislation that will require local control and civilian oversight of terrorism investigations the San Francisco Police Department undertakes with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Calling it ‘The Portland Solution’ because it mirrors a similar ordinance enacted in Oregon, Supervisor Jane Kim said Tuesday her legislation does nothing more than restore […]

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Occupy Santa Rosa, Immigration Groups, Rally Against Wells Fargo

January 6, 2012 | 6:29 pm

Occupy Santa Rosa, Immigration Groups, Rally Against Wells Fargo

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On the cracked, asphalt parking lot of a former Albertsons grocery store in Santa Rosa, live theater and an Aztec dance performance revved up the crowd as they began their march to the city’s Old Courthouse Square. Their target: Wells Fargo. Protesters say the financial institution invests in companies that operate for-profit immigration detention centers. […]

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Deportation Stayed For Same-Sex Partner

January 6, 2012 | 1:42 pm

Deportation Stayed For Same-Sex Partner

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A reprieve for a San Francisco man caring for his ill same-sex partner is giving hope to other gay, binational couples. The couple is legally married, but since the federal government doesn’t recognize same-sex unions, the Australian man was denied a spousal visa. “I love America and I love Americans,” said Bradford Wells, after learning […]

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Bay Area Koreans React With Concern, Hope at Kim Jong Il’s Death

December 19, 2011 | 6:32 pm

Bay Area Koreans React With Concern, Hope at Kim Jong Il’s Death

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At a busy Korean grocery story in Oakland, shoppers said they were shocked when they learned of the North Korean leader’s death. Yul Huh, a general contractor, said the first thing he did on Sunday was call family members in South Korea. “Everybody’s scared of the situation,” said Huh. “Everybody say it’s more difficult after […]

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