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Reporter’s Notebook: Fate of African-American Boys in Oakland ‘Not Just a Story About Race’

August 22, 2013 | 11:52 am

Reporter’s Notebook: Fate of African-American Boys in Oakland ‘Not Just a Story About Race’

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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 […]

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Oakland Classes Attempt to Help Black Male Students Beat Daunting Odds

August 21, 2013 | 5:43 pm

Oakland Classes Attempt to Help Black Male Students Beat Daunting Odds

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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 […]

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Oakland Students Promote Attendance With A Little Help From Rihanna and Marshawn Lynch

August 15, 2013 | 8:42 am

Oakland Students Promote Attendance With A Little Help From Rihanna and Marshawn Lynch

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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 […]

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Oakland Advocates Seek to Help Sexually Exploited Children

August 6, 2013 | 11:09 am

Oakland Advocates Seek to Help Sexually Exploited Children

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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 […]

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News Pix: New BART Cars, Vietnamese Protest and Berkeley’s ‘Art Attack’

July 26, 2013 | 12:28 pm

News Pix: New BART Cars, Vietnamese Protest and Berkeley’s ‘Art Attack’

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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 […]

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News Pix: Zimmerman Acquittal Protests, Napolitano Appointed Head of UC and Beach Pianos

July 19, 2013 | 1:50 pm

News Pix: Zimmerman Acquittal Protests, Napolitano Appointed Head of UC and Beach Pianos

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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 […]

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In Oakland, Safe Routes to School Elusive

July 1, 2013 | 12:40 pm

In Oakland, Safe Routes to School Elusive

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by Barbara Grady, Jon Leckie, and Irene Florez, Oakland Local Kahmaria Adams, 15, listens to gospel music on her commute to school through the harrowing streets of East Oakland. She takes two city buses to get from home to Piedmont High School. She’s got the hour-long routine down, but there’s one stretch of the bus […]

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Berkeley Schools Make Commitment to Recycling After Lagging Behind

June 17, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Berkeley Schools Make Commitment to Recycling After Lagging Behind

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Berkeley schools are making a renewed commitment to recycling and composting after efforts slacked off over the past five years.

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Berkeley’s Most Troubled High School Students Excel Under New School Leadership

June 14, 2013 | 1:37 pm

Berkeley’s Most Troubled High School Students Excel Under New School Leadership

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By Lance Knobel, Berkeleyside This Friday, nearly 800 students from Berkeley High will attend their graduation ceremony at the historic Hearst Greek Theatre. But with equal fanfare, they’ll be joined by 62 seniors from Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech). Compared to the many hundreds from BHS, that might not sound like a lot, but consider this: […]

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News Pix: Bay Area Foraging, Immigration Overhaul and Alameda Gin

June 14, 2013 | 1:07 pm

News Pix: Bay Area Foraging, Immigration Overhaul and Alameda Gin

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Food foraging is the new Bay Area craze. It’s a popular culinary trend, taking us back to our hunter-gatherer roots. What does it mean? Simple. You go out into the wild, find edibles in Mother Nature’s pantry and whip up a meal. Locally, Americano’s executive chef, Kory Stewart, has taken up the pastime, leading groups […]

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