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09 Feb 2021

Chevron Oil Spill Prompts East Bay Health Advisory

Parts of Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo are under a public health advisory Tuesday afternoon due an “incident” at the Chevron Richmond Refinery. The Contra Costa County Community Warning System notified impacted residents just before 4 p.m., warning that individuals with respiratory sensitivities are at most risk of adverse

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09 Feb 2021

Trump Team Resorts to Threats in Impeachment Defense

“Remember this day forever!” The Senate convened Tuesday to try former President Donald Trump for his incitement of a violent insurrection that ultimately resulted in seven deaths, countless injuries and devastating damage to the U.S. Capitol, both to the building and democratic principles it was built to uphold.  Neither side

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09 Feb 2021

Newsom Unveils State’s Largest Vaccination Site at Levi’s Stadium

The official home of the San Francisco 49ers is now California’s greatest symbol of hope in the effort to combat the devastating Covid-19 pandemic. The Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara opened its gates Tuesday to host the state’s largest vaccination site to date.   When vaccine supply allows, the site will

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02 Feb 2021

CVS Expands Vaccine Distribution As State Contends With Spread of West Coast Variants

Just about one week after regional stay-at-home orders were lifted in California, all but four counties remain in the state-designated purple tier, indicating pervasive community spread of COVID-19. While most of the state is still weighed down by the pandemic, there has been some optimism over a decline in new

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02 Feb 2021

The Oakland Homicide Rate is Not All That Sudden or Unique

Oakland is experiencing an alarming spike in violent crimes. The city recorded 15 homicides in the first month of 2021, a stark contrast from the one murder in all of January 2020. Tuesday, the Oakland Police Department released ShotSpotter for the last week of January, reflecting a 137 percent increase

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02 Feb 2021

Secretary Mayor Pete Makes History, But Can He Do the Job?

Like him or hate him, there’s no denying that Pete Buttigieg has shaken the norms in the political sphere. His path from reelection as an openly gay mayor in the midwest to his historic cabinet confirmation has served as a feel-good story we didn’t know we needed. But we’ll need

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26 Jan 2021

Madam Secretary: Who Is Janet Yellen and Can She Save Us From Economic Demise?

Janet Yellen was sworn in Tuesday as the 78th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. In the hallway of portraits depicting every person who’s held that title, beginning with Alexander Hamilton, Yellen’s will stand out as the first woman on that esteemed wall. The 74-year-old Brooklyn-born economic phenom is no stranger

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26 Jan 2021

Trump Pardons Were Mixed Bag of Accidental Good, Intentional Bad and Absolute Absurdity

By Ian Firstenberg During his term, former President Donald Trump pardoned 89 people and commuted 117 sentences. The volume and late-stage flurry is thoroughly average compared to past presidents. Some of Trump’s pardons are distinctly more political, like the four Blackwater guards convicted for murdering Iraqi citizens, while some are

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