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Good chimneys make good neighbors

Good chimneys make good neighbors

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under Metro, Opinion, Showcase

When I moved less than three miles away from the Valero oil refinery in Benicia just over two years ago, I wondered if it was safe to live so close to a compound designed solely to process toxic materials. From time to time, I catch a whiff of rotten eggs, indicating the presence of sulfur in the breez...

East Bay nursing student uses education at Standing Rock

East Bay nursing student uses education at Standing Rock

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
December 7, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase

Removing pepper spray from skin with a concoction of baby shampoo and granulated sugar wasn’t quite what third-year Cal State East Bay nursing student Sara Oldershaw had in mind when she decided to volunteer as a medic at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota; but it’s precisel...

Benicia city council votes unanimous ‘no’ on crude oil by rail

Benicia city council votes unanimous ‘no’ on crude oil by rail

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
September 28, 2016
Filed under Metro, Showcase

On any given day, trains can be heard screeching throughout Benicia on the Union Pacific Railroad, transporting industrial materials and automotive parts. A unanimous vote by the city council guaranteed that crude oil will not be riding the rails into the city anytime soon. On Sept. 20, the Benicia City Council unanim...

Transportation plan in ‘uncharted territory’

Transportation plan in ‘uncharted territory’

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
July 13, 2016
Filed under Metro

Benicia residents will have to wait a few more months for a final decision on the Valero refinery’s controversial proposal to transport more than two million gallons of crude oil by train into the city, daily. The three-year-long Crude by Rail initiative is currently awaiting review by the Surface ...

A snapshot of 2014 significant world events

A snapshot of 2014 significant world events

Tiffany Jones,
Editor-in-Chief
January 8, 2015
Filed under Features

Ebola Outbreak According to the World Health Organization, almost 8,000 people died from an outbreak of Ebola that occurred in West Africa. The Ebola epidemic is considered to be the largest in history, also affecting smaller numbers of people in Nigeria and Senegal. There were also a few cases in Eur...

Obama and Oil Spill

May 11, 2010
Filed under Metro

In light of the large oil spill plaguing the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration has decided to put new offshore drilling on-hold. "No additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what happened here and whether there was something unique and preventable here," said...

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