Nik Wojcik - East Bay Editor

19 Oct 2021

Looking Back at What Went Wrong 30 Years After the Tragic Tunnel Fire

Thirty years ago today was pretty unremarkable in the East Bay. It was a breezy Saturday, hot by Oakland’s standards at about 83 degrees. By all accounts, it was a beautiful day to be out. We didn’t know then that there was a monster lying in wait.  There had been

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19 Oct 2021

Black Panther Party Alumni, Punk Artists Join Forces to Revive Radical Roots

It all began here in Oakland 55 years ago: the rise of what would become a global movement for equal civil rights under the law, for oppressed brothers and sisters of every stripe. With a “radical” idea of what equality looks like and a 10-point platform, the Black Panther Party

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08 Nov 2021

How to Get $300+ Worth of Free Stuff at Rad Bay Area Restaurants

I am extremely excited to announce the release of The Delicious Card! Delicious cardholders get awesome deals at over 37 delectable Bay Area eateries! Membership is a great way to explore new places, support local businesses, AND support local journalism. And all you gotta do is join the Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon for $10

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12 Oct 2021

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges Against Former San Leandro Officer in Walmart Killing

A former San Leandro police officer hoped the court would dismiss voluntary manslaughter charges against him for fatally shooting a man in April 2020, but a judge Tuesday was not inclined to let him off the hook so easily. On April 18, 2020, Jason Fletcher was the first officer to

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12 Oct 2021

Two Bay Area Hostage Situations End Peacefully Tuesday

The Bay Area experienced not one, but two hostage situations Tuesday. Thankfully, both incidents were resolved without major incident or harm to any of the three victims. In the first reported case, a suspect had taken a hostage and barricaded himself in the Alum Rock area of San Jose. Officials

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12 Oct 2021

Local Artists Illuminate Lake Merritt Gardens in Immersive Autumn Lights Festival

For a 10th year, The Gardens at Lake Merritt will transform into an outdoor immersive gallery of art and light. This year’s Autumn Lights Festival welcomes the public back to experience the beauty in person. People are invited to take an illuminated stroll through 7 acres of municipal gardens made

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05 Oct 2021

Facebook Whistleblower Claims Renew Calls for Section 230 Repeal. But Who Benefits?

Facebook is firmly planted in the hot seat this week, which, of course, means calls to repeal Section 230 are again at a fever pitch. But, there’s a lot of confusion over what and who the policy actually protects, and who stands to gain and lose in its potential reform.

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28 Sep 2021

Simone Biles Is a F’n Hero, and We Probably Don’t Deserve Her

I had other stories I planned to finish writing today, but those plans came to a screeching halt when I paused to check in on the newsfeed.  Buzz surrounding the Simone Biles New York Magazine interview is still strong the day after it ran, but so is criticism of Biles

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28 Sep 2021

SF State Armed Violence Threat Seemingly Resolved After Person Detained

San Francisco State University will reopen Wednesday for in-person classes now that a person of interest has been arrested in connection with an armed violence threat that shut the school down Tuesday. According to university officials, a “a non-specific violent threat” was posted on social media. Students who saw the

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