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June 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
Michael (Irish) O'Farrell, a Hells Angels leader, received the club's traditional funeral honors Saturday as bikers wearing jackets emblazoned with a winged skull escorted his body to a cemetery. O'Farrell, believed by law enforcement officials to be second in the Hells Angels hierarchy only to the motorcycle club's spiritual leader, Ralph (Sonny) Barger Jr., died during a bloody bar brawl on Tuesday. O'Farrell, 40, who along with Barger was awaiting sentencing on federal explosives convictions, was stabbed in the neck, chest and back, as well as being shot four times from behind, according to the Alameda County coroner's office.
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March 9, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Almost as soon as Matthew Hoff turned 18 and aged out of the mental health programs he'd been enrolled in since childhood, he was out on the streets and in and out of jail. His parents tried to get him back into treatment for bipolar and other brain disorders he suffers, but the young man wasn't cooperative and he wasn't considered dangerous or gravely disabled. So they stood by helplessly as their son faded from their reach. Less than a year later, Hoff walked into a Buena Park bank with a robbery note and left with a handful of cash.
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September 4, 1997 | Associated Press
Unabomber defendant Theodore Kaczynski was transferred to a top-security federal lockup east of San Francisco at the request of his attorneys, authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Marshal Jerry Enomoto said Kaczynski was taken in a marshal's van from the Sacramento County Jail just before 1 p.m. and arrived at the federal institution in Pleasanton, in Alameda County, two hours later.
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February 28, 2014 | By Anthony York
OAKLAND -- One day after walking in to the Alameda County elections office unannounced to take out paperwork to run for reelection, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially filed his candidacy for an unprecedented fourth and final term. Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne, spoke to reporters after handing his papers to Alameda County officials, and outlined his message for reelection: ensuring the state's budget stays balanced and monitoring the effects of sweeping changes he has made in the way schools are funded and criminals are incarcerated.
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April 5, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the owners of a gun show business and Alameda County authorities who have banned weapons from public property to mediate their 13-year-long dispute over whether the county's policy deprives citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights. Lawyers for Russell and Ann Sallie Nordyke argued two weeks ago before the full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the county's 1999 ordinance banning weapons even at gun shows traditionally held at the county fairgrounds stripped them of a fundamental right and exceeded the U.S. Supreme Court's definition of reasonable restrictions on guns in the interest of public safety.
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January 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alameda County has delayed approval of permits for wind turbines at the Altamont Pass after environmentalists sued two major wind energy companies, claiming their turbines were killing thousands of protected birds. The East Alameda County Board of Zoning Adjustments voted Thursday to hold off on making a decision on 15 permits until Jan. 29 to allow the county planning staff to review a lawsuit filed Monday by the Center for Biological Diversity.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, is attempting to block a law in Alameda County aimed at keeping out so-called supercenters that sell groceries along with other merchandise. Wal-Mart filed a lawsuit in Oakland over the law passed this month by the county supervisors. It prohibits stores larger than 100,000 square feet from devoting more than 10% of the floor to groceries and prescription drugs, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company said.
NEWS
October 7, 1992 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to photograph and fingerprint prospective gun buyers faltered at the last minute Tuesday in the face of an outpouring of protest from gun store owners and firearms enthusiasts. Final approval of the ordinance--normally a formality known as a "second reading"--was delayed for at least two weeks while supervisors regroup and attempt to persuade cities in Alameda County to join in adopting the law at the same time.
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November 7, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
Shell Oil Co. will pay $19.5 million in civil penalties and fees to settle a state complaint involving hundreds of environmental violations at its California gas stations, the attorney general's office said. A state investigation found problems with leak detection and monitoring of underground storage tanks, as well as hazardous waste handling at Shell gas stations. One of the gas stations was next door to the office of the Contra Costa County hazardous materials program. An Alameda County Superior Court order also requires the company to improve its spill and alarm monitoring.
SPORTS
July 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
Alameda County supervisors today approved the latest deal to lure the Raiders football team back to Oakland, but board members conceded public perception could hurt chances of success for the $127-million proposal. The board also approved a new lease agreement with the Oakland Athletics baseball team.
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February 27, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown finally made it official Thursday -- he's running for reelection. Brown filed paperwork in Alameda County to seek an unprecedented fourth and final term as governor. He had been widely expected to make the move, but had remained coy about his official plans as recently as Wednesday. But with the June primary less than 10 weeks away, and with Brown scheduled to make a speech to the state Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles next weekend, the 75-year-old governor pulled the trigger on Thursday.
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January 6, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain-dead last month after undergoing a complex tonsillectomy , is being given nutritional support, hormones and antibiotics to combat infections that grew as she “wasted away” at an Oakland hospital, the family's attorney said Monday. Children's Hospital Oakland released Jahi's body Sunday to the Alameda County coroner's office, which in turn transferred the body to a facility where she will receive “all of the healthcare that any human being should deserve to have," family attorney Christopher Dolan said at a news conference.
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January 6, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead at an Oakland hospital last month due to complications suffered after surgery, will not disclose where she was transferred due to "real concerns" about her safety. Jahi's body was released Sunday by the hospital to the Alameda County coroner's office, which in turn released the body to her mother “as per court order,” hospital officials said. At a news conference Sunday, the family's attorney, Christopher Dolan, said hundreds of threatening emails have been received during the public drama that played out for weeks in court and on the steps of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, which had been ordered by a judge to keep the girl on a ventilator.
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January 6, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old Oakland girl, underwent complex surgery at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids, uvula and bony structures from her nose. She was declared brain-dead three days later, after she went into cardiac arrest, lost oxygen to her brain and suffered extensive hemorrhaging. Tests by multiple neurologists confirmed that Jahi was unable to breathe without a ventilator, had no blood flow to her brain and no sign of electrical activity.
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January 5, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The body of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after sleep apnea surgery was released from an Oakland hospital Sunday evening, hospital officials said. Jahi McMath's body was released by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the Alameda County coroner, according to a statement from David Durand, the hospital's chief of pediatrics. The coroner, Durand said, released Jahi's body to her mother, Nailah Winkfield, “as per court order, for a destination unknown.” PHOTOS: The Jahi McMath case “Our hearts go out to the family as they grieve for this sad situation and we wish them closure and peace,” Durand said.
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January 5, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The release of 13-year-old Jahi McMath's body from an Oakland hospital Sunday night is being hailed as a victory by her family and their attorney. The girl was declared brain dead after sleep apnea surgery last month at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Her body was released Sunday by the hospital to the Alameda County coroner's office, which in turn released the body to her mother “as per court order,” hospital officials said. “Jahi is FREE!!! Bye Children's Hospital,” her uncle, Omari Sealey, wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening.
NEWS
January 28, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE and JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An elected official in Northern California said Saturday he has been told by state law enforcement sources that Charles David Rothenberg, released last week from prison almost seven years after setting his son afire, was paroled somewhere in the east San Francisco Bay Area. Alameda County Supervisor Don Perata refused Saturday to identify his sources, who he said spoke to him on condition of anonymity.
NEWS
March 13, 1990 | KENNETH REICH and KEVIN RODERICK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Al Davis agreed Monday to accept the richest deal ever given a sports franchise and return his Raiders to Oakland in 1992, a decade after he beat the National Football League in court for the right to play in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Within hours, both the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors had approved the deal--the council, by a 5-3 vote with one abstention, and the supervisors, with a 3-1 vote, also with one abstention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A federal public defender's investigator in Northern California who was allegedly slain by a high-risk sex offender died of asphyxia and compression of the neck, officials with the Alameda County coroner's office said Wednesday. Sandra Coke , 50, was an inspector with the Sacramento branch of the federal public defender's office and went missing on Aug. 4, according to the Alameda County district attorney's office. Her body was discovered five days later in a dry creek bed in Vacaville.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A woman's body has been found just outside Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville, where authorities were searching for a missing Oakland woman who vanished. Police have not identified the body or calculated a possible age for the woman, said Daryl Snedeker, a spokesman for the Solano County Sheriff's Department. Authorities began searching for Sandra Coke, 50, late Thursday night in the area of the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, said Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department.  After receiving new information, the search was shifted to Lagoon Valley Park on Friday afternoon.
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