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Sunday, Oct 8


Marijuana rules fire up debate in East Bay city

The Livermore City Council considers Monday whether to allow any medical marijuana dispensaries in town. The photo above shows a jar of Sour Diesel marijuana at the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax, Calif. on June 12, 2017. …

Monday, Oct 2


Most Bay Area cities won’t allow recreational marijuana sales in January

Memo to all you Golden State tokers: Your dreams of buying recreational pot in California after New Year’s Day are hazy at best. It’s become clear in recent weeks that most cities around the Bay Area, as well as the rest of the state, will…

Sunday, Sep 17


Opinion: Sensible solutions for California’s economic growth

Now that Congress has returned to the Capitol, there is a critically important opportunity for the Senate to pass legislation with sensible regulatory changes that will help banks of all sizes, in particular our community and mid-size…

Friday, Sep 15

Changing course, Pleasant Hill panel rejects recreational marijuana sales

PLEASANT HILL — In late August, the majority of the planning commissioners favored allowing retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in Pleasant Hill, provided the stores were not near schools, day cares or parks. Two weeks later…

Monday, Sep 11


Bannon declares war on Republican leaders in Congress

Stephen Bannon – President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist who left the White House in August – declared war Sunday against the Republican congressional leadership, called on Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser, to resign, and…

Friday, Sep 8


California weighs controversial ‘injection centers’ to fight opioid epidemic

OAKLAND — A woman walks into a clinic where a nurse offers her a choice of sterilized needles of different sizes. She picks one, pulls a packet of heroin out of her purse and injects herself. The health staff stands by, ready to give her…

Tuesday, Aug 29


Left-wing activists downplay antifa violence at Berkeley rally, vow resistance to 'alt-right'

Community advocate Alex U. Inn speaks to members of the media during a press conference about weekend protests on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group). Expand. By David DeBolt ...

Monday, Aug 14


Popular Berkeley hot dog chain fires worker…


A local hot dog chain fired an employee after he was seen in picture with white supremacy protesters in Charlottesville, Va. By Rick Hurd | rhurd@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group. PUBLISHED: August 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm | UPDATED:…

Thursday, Jul 20


Protesters celebrate pledge from Oakland CEO not to submit bid for Trump’s Mexico-border wall

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) OAKLAND — Protesters declared victory early…

Wednesday, Jul 19


Oakland cuts ties with ICE


Oakland has terminated an agreement that allowed its police to take part in ICE task forces. (Richard Drew/Associated Press). By Rebecca Parr | rparr@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group. July 19, 2017 at 7:51 am. Oakland is severing…

Friday, Jul 14


Borenstein: Legislature keeps patients in the dark about bad doctors


Doctors win another round. Patients lose again. Secrecy prevails. Physicians on professional probation can continue hiding their status from patients after a Sacramento showdown this week between two Silicon Valley legislators ended — for…

Friday, Jun 30


Charges against cardinal revive questions about Pope Francis’ handling of child sexual abuse scandal


ROME — The Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal ensnared one of Pope Francis’s top lieutenants on Thursday, underlining the halting progress the reformist pontiff has made in addressing decades of abuse by the clergy even as…

Tuesday, Jun 13


Army reservist gets second chance to graduate after uniform dispute

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) BRENTWOOD — Private First Class Harland Fletcher,…

Sunday, Jun 11


Puerto Rican voters back statehood in questioned referendum

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S.…

Friday, Jun 2


Editorial: GOP deliberately hid its repeal of Americans’ privacy, what’s next?

Most members of Congress seem to think using Twitter or having a Facebook page makes them experts on technology. But how many really have a tech background? You can count them on one hand. Wolverton: Senate Republicans vote to undermine…

Friday, May 26


Bay Area college professor used U-shaped bike lock in beating, police say

BERKELEY — A former Diablo Valley College professor was arrested Wednesday in connection with the use of a bike lock in the beating of three people during a rally for President Donald Trump last month, police said Thursday. Fruit vendor’s…

Tuesday, May 16


Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures…

Saturday, Apr 29


Editorial: Abandoning free and open Internet is a very bad idea

It’s no surprise that new Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai wants to do away with the basic principle that all internet data should be treated equally by broadband providers, such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. He’s a…

Friday, Apr 28


How Ann Coulter cashed in on a ‘dark day for free speech’


In a perfect world, Ann Coulter would have given a speech Thursday, at UC Berkeley, as originally scheduled. She would have spoken on immigration and no doubt aroused passionate reaction ranging from rabid applause to sputtering apoplexy.…

Thursday, Apr 27


Oakland could lose millions under Trump budget

OAKLAND — The city could lose $10.5 million in federal funds under the White House’s proposed budget, according to an analysis from the city administrator’s office. It is too early to know exactly what to expect, as the president’s 62-page…

Wednesday, Apr 26


Workers at Ivanka Trump’s clothing-maker earn about $62 a week

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) What was Ivanka Trump doing at the W20 women’s…


Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

By LAURAN NEERGAARD WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it…

Wednesday, Apr 19

Trump’s cuts to EPA lead prevention programs would hurt Oakland kids, local officials say


OAKLAND — Stephanie Avila was shocked when a doctor told her earlier this year that her adventurous 18-month-old son Alexander was poisoned by lead — with an exposure rate 10 times the safe limit. But she was even more shocked when she…

Sunday, Apr 16


San Jose protesters join national push for Trump tax returns

CHICAGO — Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying that Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of…

Friday, Apr 7


US strikes Syrian military targets in first direct assault on Assad’s government

The U.S. military launched approximately 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar Assad since that country’s civil war began six years ago…

Tuesday, Mar 28


Oakland hills: New police chief meets, greets residents at town hall


OAKLAND — Anne Kirkpatrick, Oakland’s new police chief, is gregarious, informal and can charm an audience with her southern accent. But beneath that genteel exterior beats the heart of the real cop, according to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.…

Monday, Mar 27


Trump’s son-in-law to lead ‘government-as-business’ initiative

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises – such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid…

Friday, Mar 17


East Bay store among JCPenney locations to close

RICHMOND — The JCPenney at Richmond’s Hilltop mall is among 138 stores that the company will shutter this year as part of a plan to shrink its store count as the industry grapples with changes. Most of the stores on the list will begin…

Thursday, Mar 16


Federal budget: These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

Here’s a snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Donald Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his “budget blueprint.” Trump’s proposal also calls for deep cuts in other agencies and…

Sunday, Mar 12


Cardboard boxes as cribs? Safety sleep program expands

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Cardboard boxes certainly aren’t new technology. But when they’re linked to a practice that started in Finland decades ago to help babies sleep safely, they’re taking on a new purpose as so-called baby boxes make their…