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Smash and Grab Turns Deadly for Former Officer

Ex-cop Kevin Nishita was protecting a TV news crew covering the break-in

(Newser) - A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region, per the AP . Kevin Nishita, a former police officer in several Bay Area communities including...

He Died Chasing Men Who Stole His Laptop. Now, a Verdict

2 convicted on murder, manslaughter charges after 2019 Starbucks robbery led to death of Shuo Zeng

(Newser) - Update: Two men have been convicted in a 2019 laptop robbery at a Bay Area Starbucks that left a research engineer dead. The Mercury News reports a jury on Wednesday found 24-year-old Byron Reed guilty of second-degree murder, and 20-year-old Kejuan Wiggins guilty of voluntary manslaughter, in the Dec. 31,...

2 Dead After Shooters Fire 70 Rounds Into Party Bus

Witness describes bullet holes the size of golf balls

(Newser) - Multiple shooters fired an estimated 70 rounds into a party bus carrying a dozen women for a 21st birthday celebration in Oakland, Calif., early Tuesday, leaving two dead and five wounded. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Hughes of Modesto and 19-year-old Alayasia Thurston from Stockton were killed in the shooting, which began on...

Man Guilty in Fire That Killed 36 Won't Go Back to Jail

Derick Almena will serve sentence at home

(Newser) - Derick Almena, the master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse that caught fire during a music event , killing 36 people, was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, although he is unlikely to spend more time in jail. Already on house arrest after being released from jail last...

Hundreds Offer to Walk With Older Asian Americans

Bay Area effort was launched after recent, unprovoked attacks

(Newser) - When an Oakland man saw two attacks on older Asian Americans in the area in less than an hour, he decided to do something. He posted an offer to walk with anyone in Oakland's Chinatown who didn't feel safe. In days, 300 people had signed up to help...

Oakland Police Arrest Suspect in Attack on Elderly Asian Man

It's just the latest in a series of unprovoked attacks on Asian-Americans

(Newser) - Surveillance video last month captured a very disturbing incident in Oakland, California's Chinatown, where a man walking down the sidewalk came up behind an elderly Asian man and pushed him over, violently and unprovoked. (Watch the video here , but note that it is disturbing.) Now, a suspect has...

More Bad News for Breonna Taylor Bust

Artist Leo Carson believes it was stolen

(Newser) - First a bust of Breonna Taylor was vandalized in Oakland, Calif. Now it’s disappeared altogether. Oakland Police are investigating reports that the ceramic bust of a smiling Taylor was stolen from Latham Square on Tuesday, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Days earlier, the bust had been smashed, leaving a...

Artist Describes 'Racist Attack' on Breonna Taylor Bust
Breonna Taylor Bust
Lasts 2 Weeks

Breonna Taylor Bust Lasts 2 Weeks

Artist Leo Carson says he'll rebuild in bronze after statue vandalized

(Newser) - A bust of Breonna Taylor has been found smashed in Oakland, Calif., a mere two weeks after its installation. The artist who created the ceramic bust, placed over a plaque reading, "Say her name: Breonna Taylor," said it was "a racist attack on the Black Lives Matter...

This Is the Worst US City to Drive In

Oakland is no smooth ride, but you'll be cruising right along in Lincoln, Neb.

(Newser) - While more of us are telecommuting during the pandemic, WalletHub notes that many prefer to drive rather than take public transportation in the COVID-19 era, so it looked at the 100 largest cities in the country to see where driving is the best—and the worst. The site examined 31...

10 Most Gentrified Cities
Most Gentrified Cities in US

Most Gentrified Cities in US

San Francisco-Oakland is new No. 1

(Newser) - Gentrification is surging in the US, and nowhere moreso than the San Francisco-Oakland area, according to data from the nonprofit National Community Reinvestment Coalition . The group's new report found that more than 31% of the area's census tracts eligible for gentrification were, in fact, gentrifying, per US News ...

Prof to Student: Your Name 'Sounds Like an Insult'

Matthew Hubbard is on administrative leave at Oakland's Laney College

(Newser) - An Oakland professor is on administrative leave after urging a student to "anglicize" her name—which he said "sounds like an insult in English." Matthew Hubbard, who teaches math at Laney College, told the Vietnamese student by email to change her name, the San Francisco Chronicle reports....

Park Neighbor: Those Ropes Aren't Nooses

Five ropes in Oakland park investigated as hate crime, but resident says they're for exercise

(Newser) - Police say five ropes were found Tuesday attached to various trees in a park in Oakland, Calif., and the city's mayor says a hate crime investigation is in the works. NBC Bay Area reports the ropes were tracked down by police after a complaint on social media about a...

The $1.2M Rent? Oakland A's Aren't Paying It

Team says it can't use venue due to shelter-in-place order

(Newser) - The Oakland Athletics have so far refused to pay the $1.2 million annual rent due April 1 for use of its city and county-owned ball park. Henry Gardner, interim head of the Coliseum Authority, tells the East Bay Times the Athletics "said because they haven't used [the...

State Department Warns Americans to Skip Cruises

Warning comes as cruise ship will unload passengers in Oakland

(Newser) - For more than 2,000 passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, Monday will be a good day. For residents of Oakland worried about the coronavirus, maybe not as good. The ship has been in limbo off the California coast , but authorities have finally given it the green light to...

Bad News for Cruise Ship Stuck Off Calif. Coast

Looks like the Grand Princess will have to wait at least another day

(Newser) - A cruise ship hit by the new coronavirus and headed to the port of Oakland, Calif., will remain in international waters for at least another day as officials worked on plans to transport passengers to federal facilities around the country, the AP reports. Local officials in California began ordering the...

10 Most, Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in America

Cities in one state appear 4 times in the top 10

(Newser) - In 25 years, the United States will be the most "colorful" it's ever been, as WalletHub puts it. That's because by 2045, it's estimated there will be no single ethnic group that can claim the most people in the nation. To find out which US cities...

Moms Booted From Home That Wasn't Theirs Get Good News

Nonprofit land trust to buy Oakland residence from developer, let homeless evicted families back in

(Newser) - The homeless moms who were booted from a vacant residence in Oakland, Calif., will soon be able to call it home again. The members of activist group Moms 4 Housing had been served an eviction notice by Wedgewood Inc., a developer that specializes in flipping houses, and last week, sheriff'...

Homeless Moms Evicted From Vacant Home in 'Act of War'

'This isn't over'

(Newser) - Four people were arrested Tuesday when Alameda County Sheriff's deputies showed up to evict a group of homeless mothers who'd taken up residence in a vacant home in Oakland, Calif. NBC News and the Mercury News report that members of Moms 4 Housing, an activist group trying to...

City Official's Idea to House Homeless: Cruise Liner

Oakland's city council president says it could house up to 1,000

(Newser) - A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people amid a high cost of living and a shortage of housing, the AP reports. Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting Tuesday...

Dramatic Subway Rescue Captured on Video

Man was pulled to safety moments before train hit

(Newser) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit System is praising "humble hero" John O'Connor for saving a man's life at a station in Oakland on Sunday night. In a dramatic rescue captured on video , the transportation supervisor saved an intoxicated man who had fallen into the path of a...

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