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Oakland Leaders, Community Mark M.L.K. Day

Richard Duboc

January 20, 2011

On Monday, the ILWU Warehouse Union Hall hosted The 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Rally. The event featured speeches from local bigwigs such as Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts. However, the rally focused on the legacy of Dr. King when superimposed upon the backdrop of the gre...

MODERN SLAVERY – The Bay Area’s Shameful Secret

Richard Duboc

January 20, 2011

Walking down Oakland’s International Boulevard, it might seem like a typical urban neighborhood. Convenience stores, youth centers and homes line the thoroughfare. However, there is a darker side of “The Track,” as it is known by some—one that links the East Bay to the growing epidemic of mode...

Travel Agencies Struggle To Stay Afloat In Internet Age

Hazeleen Carpio

January 20, 2011

Online companies like Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz have for the most part taken over the travel industry, but two Fremont travel agencies are still in business and they are fighting back. “Travel agencies compete equally and often better than online prices,” said All Seasons Travel owner Bill Simons...

Akaihana: Great Place For Sushi in Hayward

Ashley Matuszak

January 20, 2011

Hayward has its fair share of Japanese restaurants, and high quality sushi for a reasonable price can be difficult to find. Akaihana, on Foothill Boulevard and B Street, offers good quality sushi and sashimi, available for those on a budget. Akaihana is a very small restaurant with limited seating s...

Alameda Vodka Distillery Produces Quality Alcohol

Stephanie Spearman

January 20, 2011

Nestled on the waters at the west end of Alameda and overlooking the San Francisco skyline is the Hangar One vodka distillery and tasting bar. Hangar One is an all-in-one vodka distillery, bottling facility, tasting bar and distributor based out of the old military structure on Alameda’s now-defunct...

Italian-American History, Coast to Coast

Ashley Matuszak

January 13, 2011

San Francisco and New York City are two of the busiest, culturally diverse and visited cities in the United States. Even though these places are over 3,000 miles apart, they have more in common than at first glance. One of the more notable similarities is they key role these places played in the assimilation and integration of Italian immigrants ...

California’s Ex-Prisoners Still Feel Trapped Behind Bars

Cheyann Elmore

January 13, 2011

Ex-prisoner Quiano Smith, 31, says he can’t find a job because California’s employers have a “once a convict, always a convict” attitude. Times are tough, and the majority of the population has to deal with obstacles like foreclosure, unemployment and the high cost of living. These f...

China Hoards Earth’s Rare Metals, Reduces Exports

Mark Laluan

January 8, 2011

China has announced that it will decrease export quotas for rare earth metals by 10 percent in 2011. China cites growing domestic demand for electronics as its primary rationale behind quota reductions. Governments such as Japan, which found itself barred from rare earth exports after a diplomatic row over a Chinese fisherman arrested in a disputed zone of the East China Sea, clai...

The Market Ends the Year with Mixed Signals

Richard Duboc

December 9, 2010

Despite a strong showing of holiday sales numbers, the stock market has continued to fluctuate recently after the national unemployment rate was released on Dec. 2, reaching 9.8 percent. The number is up from 9.3 percent in November, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Dow Jones dropped j...

Hayward Police Warns Holiday Shoppers to be Careful

Carole Reynolds

December 9, 2010

‘Tis the season to go shopping, but authorities warn of opportunistic criminals with shopping lists of their own. “The best thing [people] can do is to be aware of their surroundings,” said Aaron Gallagher, security director of Southland Mall in Hayward. “Look for a place to park in a we...

Gluten-Free Diet

Ashley Matuszak

December 9, 2010

Gluten-free eating has recently become another up-and-coming diet trend. What was once a lifestyle created for those with gluten allergies is now catching on all over, with promises of more energy, weight loss and an overall healthier being. Writing off one food source might sound easy, but gluten-fr...

Mehserle Not Likely To Get Early Release

December 9, 2010

Johannes Mehserle’s unlikely appeal for early release from jail was denied on Friday. Attorney Michael Rains remained confident that a pending appeal of his client’s July conviction for the Jan. 2009 involuntary manslaughter of Hayward resident Oscar Grant will be overturned. Rains hoped that h...

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