Community searches for answers in the wake of two recent killings, the first there this year.
A review of some of this week’s top stories, told in pictures.
Oakland’s African-American male students have a disappointing high school graduation rate, their efforts often dragged down by poverty, crime and too many absences. More than half of African-American boys now in middle school are at risk of dropping out of high school. Oakland Unified is fighting back with something school districts usually leave to community […]
About the same number of African American boys graduate from Oakland public high schools college-ready as get shot dead. That’s from “Even Odds,” a three-part series appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle that documents efforts to address the daunting challenges faced by African American males in Oakland. KQED is providing additional coverage of this issue […]
School is cool! That’s the message from Oakland Unified School District as millions of children head back to school this week and next. In a new YouTube video remix, students from Oakland middle and elementary schools bust a move to Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop the Music” to promote the importance of school attendance. Titled “I’m […]
As many as 325,000 U.S. children are at risk for being sexually exploited, according to one of the more reliable assessments. The FBI’s sting operation against child prostitution, announced Monday, included numerous sites in the Bay Area; 12 children across multiple counties were rescued. Many children’s advocates consider Oakland in particular as a hub for child […]
BART showcased its new cars this week, scheduled to go into service in 2017. David Jaeger, carrying his son Nico, particularly likes the new bike racks. The mock train car was on display in the MacArthur BART station for riders to explore and give feedback. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED) Members of the Vietnamese-American community […]
A woman dances in the street in front of a trash can fire set by protesters at 18th Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland on Saturday, July 13. Some protesters turned violent in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial. (Anna Vignet / San Francisco Public Press) About 150 people […]