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“Magic: The Gathering” attracts gamers to Oakland

A third-grader was not the only one excited about sharing his favorite card game at "Magic: The Gathering," an event at Oakland Convention Center on August 23 - 25 that attracted 1,800 gamers. Among the people...
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Quan, Santana Accused of Thwarting Reform of Intake of Complaints Against OPD Officers (Analysis)

By Ken Epstein Many supporters of increased police accountability to the community consider that it is a small step forward to take intake of complaints against police away from the police department and...
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Birth of an Oakland tradition: Umoja African festival and SuRu soccer tournament (Slideshow)

Story by Macha Rose, photos by Michael Santiago On a warm Saturday afternoon, tucked away at Lowell Park in West Oakland, something magical happened. In a pioneer effort, the first inter-African festival...
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Oakland Social: The 63rd Street Gallery artist’s life

I find this week that I don't know what to write. The news in the world has caught up with me at last. Syrian Civil War, violence here at home, Yosemite in flames, the Fukushima power plant leaking 400 tons of...
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How do you report police abuse?

Who do you have to talk to if you need to complain about something a cop did to you? Another cop that is who. Complaints against police officers are taken in the Internal Affairs section of the Oakland...
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Not only commemorate, but continue: Rally on August 24, the 50th anniverary of the Dream (Community Voices)

A multiracial, mostly older, crowd of about 150 people gathered at the Mosswood Park Amphitheater on Saturday, August 24, to attend a rally organized by the Bay Area Black Worker Center. Contemporary and local...
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Hipster food Oakland’s Lungomare is not

If Oakland is west-coast Brooklyn, then Jack London Square might be little New Jersey. And here, inside Lungomare, Meadow Soprano could probably fit her whole wedding party. Tony would complain about how it...
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16 incredibly informative things to do around Oakland, August 30 – September 5

OK, there's a wine cruise this week where you may learn absolutely nothing, but then again, what might you learn about your fellow attendees? In vino, veritas, after all. If tipsy confessions are not your...
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Black Oakland youth arrested, but not charged, in stunning numbers, report says

by Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity African-American youth in Oakland, Calif. are arrested — but then not charged — at “vastly disproportionate” rates compared to others, which...
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This Weekend in the YaY! Area thru Sept 1st

It's finally here!  It is Oakland Pride Weekend, the weekend so many of us wait for all year.  Oakland Pride holds a special place in my heart.  I was lucky enough to arrive just two years before the...