Nik Wojcik - East Bay Editor

22 Jan 2020

Hakeem Jeffries Dropped the Mic on the Impeachment Trial

The official start of the Senate impeachment trial against Donald J. Trump kicked off Tuesday with a marathon 13-hour “debate” session. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had just hours before laid out the ground rules for the process, which effectively made it impossible to call this thing anything other than

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08 Jan 2020

Suspect Makes Formal Insanity Plea in Nia Wilson Murder Case

John Lee Cowell doesn’t deny killing Nia Wilson, 18, and injuring her sister Letifah, but neither does he take responsibility for his actions, claiming he is not guilty by reason of insanity. His defense attorney previously entered the plea on his behalf, but Cowell, 29, showed up to a hearing

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01 Jan 2020

AB5 and the Uncertain Future of Independent Journalism

As of today, the world of independent, noncommercial journalism is turned on its head. Effective Jan. 1, Assembly Bill 5 limits freelance writers and photojournalists to 35 submissions per outlet in any given year. The alternative is to hire freelancers as employees, but as most people well know, independent news

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01 Jan 2020

Remembering Oscar Grant

People are gathering Wednesday to remember the life and death of Oscar Grant III. A noon vigil and rally organized by the Oscar Grant Foundation takes place 11 years after Grant was fatally shot on a BART platform at Oakland’s Fruitvale station in the wee hours of the new year.

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01 Jan 2020

The New Roaring Twenties: Welcome to the Revolution

One hundred years ago, women were just about to win the fight to ratify the 19th amendment and what followed was a cultural manifestation of that new independence. It was an opulent display bordering on hedonism, where opium and sexuality dripped as hair and dresses shortened. It was a time

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25 Dec 2019

Happy All the Holidays to All of You

When I think of Christmas, I think of family. It’s not about how much we spend on presents, but about the smiles we bring to people we love. It’s a time that allows us to put aside the petty crap that bothers us about our kids, partners, parents and friends

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18 Dec 2019

It Says Something When the Wealthy Turn On Trump Too

Political protests are often associated with youth, but across the Bay Area Tuesday night we saw a large presence of people well beyond the age of 50. One particular rally in Walnut Creek provided an interesting perspective on how age and economic status play into this whole impeachment thing. Hint:

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18 Dec 2019

Moms 4 Housing Represent the Ultimate Fight Between Greed and Good

Some people look down on homelessness — they make assumptions that the dire situation is brought on by bad personal behavior or laziness. You hear people make callous and highly generalized arguments in comment forums on the topic. The blame tends to fall on drug abuse and therefore, people suffering

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