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Deadly drug Fentanyl reaches bay area

Deadly drug Fentanyl reaches bay area

By Marinda Avalos, CONTRIBUTOR

March 7, 2019

There has been an alarming increase in overdoses over the last few years from the highly potent synthetic opioid Fentanyl in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has prompted local agencies to seek new ways to educate and assist addicts and recreational drug users about the potentially deadly effects of ...

Trump defunding Planned Parenthood

Trump defunding Planned Parenthood

By Ethan Alonzo, CONTRIBUTOR

March 7, 2019

There are moments in life where we can not admit to the ones we love that we need help. Moments where it seems like a better option to walk into a clinic, where no one knows you, and receive the help you need. Moments like that are the reasons Planned Parenthood is a necessity for people. Presiden...

Supes vote to make changes to Urban Shield

Supes vote to make changes to Urban Shield

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

February 28, 2019

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 at the end of a five-hour meeting on Tuesday to accept most of a committee's recommendations to make sweeping changes to its "Urban Shield" first-responder training exercise. Those changes recommended by an ad hoc committee appointed by the board last...

NorCal Regionals comes back to Bay Area

NorCal Regionals comes back to Bay Area

By Earlene Mary Escobal, CONTRIBUTOR

February 21, 2019

One of the largest fighting video game tourna- ments in Calif. is returning to San Jose. This year’s NorCal Regionals will be taking place on March 29 through the 31. The event was previ- ously held in Sacramento in 2018 and is in the San Francisco, Bay Area this year. NorCal Regionals is a fig...

Obama calls on youth of Oakland

Obama calls on youth of Oakland

By Craig Lazzeretti, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

February 21, 2019

Accompanied by Grammy-winning musician John Legend and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, former President Barack Obama sought to empower and inspire an audience of young men to change society for the better during a national gathering Tuesday of his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in Oaklan...

Trump sued over a declaration of national emergency

Trump sued over a declaration of national emergency

By Jesicca Irrera, MANAGING EDITOR

February 21, 2019

President Trump declared a national emergency last week in order to bypass Congressional approval for border wall funding. The move came after a 35-day government shutdown and a political standoff between Democrats and Republicans over whether providing the funds was not only an option but also if...

Case delayed on Nia Wilson murder

Case delayed on Nia Wilson murder

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

February 14, 2019

It has been five months since Nia Wilson was fatally stabbed at the MacArthur BART Station in Oakland, Calif. by transient John Lee Cowell. Wilson and her sister got off at MacArthur BART station to transfer trains on their way home. Wilson was standing on the platform when Cowell fatally stabbed he...

Trump implements transgender military ban

Trump implements transgender military ban

By Ethan Alonzo, CONTRIBUTOR

February 14, 2019

President Trump placed a ban on transgender men and women from entering the military. Last October, the Health and Human Services Department acted to remove the right for transgender men and women to identify by whichever gender they choose, forcing them to associate themselves with the gender th...

San Leandro’s first medical dispensary

San Leandro’s first medical dispensary

By Priscila Solis, CONTRIBUTROR

February 14, 2019

San Leandro’s first of three medical-only cannabis dispensary finally opened its doors in January, three years after it was granted its license and a year after marijuana was legalized for recreational use in California. Blüm opened on Jan. 11 near Kaiser Permanente. They are one of three busin...

2019 State of the Union Address

2019 State of the Union Address

By Jessica Irrera, MANAGING EDITOR

February 7, 2019

President Donald Trump held his second State of the Union Address on Feb. 5, roughly two weeks later than its annual date of Jan. 29. The historic 35-day government shutdown halted the address after Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi rescinded the invitation to speak until after the government had...

The double standard in the media’s portrayal of mass shooters

The double standard in the media’s portrayal of mass shooters

By Nyla Roberts, CONTRIBUTOR

February 7, 2019

It has been seven years since the nation wept over 20 first grade school children and six adults being gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. After the massacre of the children, the discourse of gun control in this country was renewed. Since the incident there have been hu...

Supervisor Ronen Proposes forcing SFO to change Harvey Milk Signage Plan

Supervisor Ronen Proposes forcing SFO to change Harvey Milk Signage Plan

By Daniel Montes, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

February 7, 2019

Almost a year after San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation to rename the San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 1 after slain Supervisor Harvey Milk, Supervisor Hillary Ronen said she's still fighting over the name change. On Tuesday, Ronen's office announced she will...

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