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July 1, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first it seemed quixotic. But today, billions of dollars in California pension funds have been pulled out of South Africa. And as Nelson Mandela concluded his U.S. tour, people who set out to force California to pull its money out of South Africa were basking in the belief that they played a part in freeing the anti-apartheid leader. "It's an affirmation of our work," Pedro Noguera said of Mandela's visit.
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August 3, 2007 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
The editor of a weekly newspaper in Oakland was gunned down as he walked to work Thursday morning in what police called a contract killing. Chauncey Bailey, 57, recently promoted to editor of the Oakland Post, was shot at 7:30 a.m. not far from his office. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police that a gunman in dark clothing approached Bailey and shot him multiple times before fleeing. He was shot in the back and in the head.
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March 25, 1992 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with an explosive increase in his city's murder rate, Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris called Tuesday for emergency measures to combat violence, including a voluntary 10 p.m. curfew for juveniles, mandatory arrests in family assault cases and closure of liquor stores and bars where drugs are a problem.
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July 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A prostitution sting scheduled to coincide with major league baseball's All-Star Game netted 131 arrests, authorities said Monday. "Operation Strikeout" resulted in arrests of suspected pimps, prostitutes and customers drawn to the Bay Area July 6-12 for the well-attended All-Star events.
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April 7, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Through wisps of fog that often hover below Rudolph Henderson's hilltop mansion, vineyards stretch toward a faint silhouette of San Francisco's skyline, painting a breathtaking picture. It was here, in this secluded hideaway, that Henderson enjoyed a lavish lifestyle far removed from the inner city's drugs and crime, where he used his ties to Colombia's infamous Medellin cocaine cartel to build the largest illegal narcotics trade in Oakland.
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October 21, 1991 | MARTHA GROVES and ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A windblown wildfire fueled by dry brush whipped through the fashionable Oakland and Berkeley hills Sunday, killing 10 people, destroying more than 200 homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people in one of the worst brush fires in Bay Area history. Among the fatalities were an Oakland firefighter and an Oakland police officer, Mayor Elihu Harris announced late Sunday night.
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November 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
An armored car guard accused of slaying his partner and stealing $300,000 remained on the loose Wednesday while police questioned an alleged accomplice and recovered most of the money. In a predawn raid, a SWAT team burst into a Sacramento motel room rented to Thomas Wheelock, 20, and found cash stuffed in paper bags beneath the mattress. The money was still in the plastic wrapping of Oakland-based Armored Transport of California, where Wheelock had worked, authorities said. "Mr.
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January 2, 1987 | United Press International
The shotgun death of a man on the final day of the year boosted Oakland's 1986 homicide record to 146, highest in the history of the city. The previous record was established in 1980. Cleo Hildreth, 40, was fatally shot as he drove his 1978 Cadillac Seville along MacArthur Boulevard near 106th Avenue at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The victim drove wounded for about a block before he lost control and smashed his car into a series of store fronts.
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April 13, 1991 | From United Press International
A U. S. District Court jury on Friday found four former Oakland Housing Authority police officers guilty of conspiring to make false arrests and to beat and intimidate residents in a case that stemmed from the largest federal probe of a police agency in Northern California.
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October 20, 1992 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the devastating killer firestorm swept through the Oakland hills a year ago today, artist Darrell Hunger's house burned to the ground, destroying his life's work. Now, out of the rubble of the blaze, Hunger is creating new sculpture using the remnants of his ruined art, his melted household possessions and fused fragments of the house itself. "I call it resurrected art," he said. "For me, healing was to get on with being an artist again."
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June 23, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
An Oakland man died after being struck in the back of the head by a 200-pound fire hydrant that was sent flying when a sport-utility vehicle crashed into it, police said. Humberto Hernandez, 24, was walking with his wife Thursday evening when a 2007 Ford Escape blew a tire and swerved onto the sidewalk, striking the hydrant, police said. Water pressure and the impact of the crash sent the hydrant flying like a bullet, said Phil Abrams, an Alameda County deputy sheriff.
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June 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 5-year-old was shot and killed Friday at his grandmother's home, police said. "We cannot yet tell you if this was a homicide or tragic accident," said police homicide Lt. Ersie Joyner. "We can just confirm that this young boy was shot at his home and died later at Children's Hospital." The boy lived with his grandfather, Bobby Butler, in Prattville, Ala., but had been visiting his grandmother, Loretta Collier Butler, in Oakland.
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May 11, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The medical marijuana patient who took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that she is dropping further legal appeals. Angel Raich, 41, a mother of two from Oakland who smokes cannabis for a variety of ills, including a brain tumor, said the battle should now move from the courts to Congress. "I'm not a quitter, so this was a hard decision. But I've lost all faith in the judicial system," said Raich, who was never arrested for her medical pot use but sought to bar the U.S.
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January 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A private security guard was shot in the head but finished his shift and went home before being hospitalized and later dying, police said Thursday. Demetrio Baltazar, 59, of Oakland was shot Sunday afternoon as he sat in a security vehicle at an East Bay Municipal Utility District maintenance facility where he worked. Investigators believe that he was hit by a stray bullet from a nearby shooting. Oakland police Sgt. Jim Rullamas said it was unclear why Baltazar had not sought treatment.
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October 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city will use part of a $1-million grant to clean up bird waste that has been killing trees on Lake Merritt's islands. The islands, which were built between 1925 and 1956, have served as a nesting and roosting site for herons, egrets, Canada geese and other birds. The grant will help renovate an irrigation system that replenishes bird ponds on the islands. The funding comes from the state's Wildlife Conservation Board and Proposition 50, a 2002 voter-approved bond measure.
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August 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A California Highway Patrol officer struck in a hit-and-run collision died of his injuries Sunday morning, authorities said. Officer Brent Clearman, 33, a decorated Marine sharpshooter and Iraq war veteran, was investigating an accident Saturday night on an Interstate 880 onramp when a light tan Buick LeSabre slammed into him, according to CHP spokesman Mike Wright. The vehicle sped off and Clearman died hours later at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Clearman served as a CHP firearms instructor.
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July 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayor Jerry Brown has fired his senior aide and longtime confidant, Jacques Barzaghi. Brown's office released a statement Monday announcing that Barzaghi no longer worked for the city of Oakland. Barzaghi earned $89,500 and was not eligible for a severance package. Barzaghi met Brown in the 1970s and had worked with him since Brown became governor of California in 1975.
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July 25, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
For more than 30 years of Jerry Brown's adventurous political life, the stylish, bald Frenchman with the designer tattoos and Zen haiku banter was Brown's soul mate and sounding board. People compared the relationship of Brown and Jacques Barzaghi to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the visionary knight and his faithful sidekick. To others, it was more like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, the bohemian buddies from Kerouac's classic novel "On the Road."
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June 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Rep. Ronald V. Dellums has won the Oakland mayoral race, unofficial results show. Dellums, 70, got 50.18% of the vote, barely securing the majority he needed to avoid a runoff election in November. City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, who took nearly 33% of the vote, called Dellums on Saturday to congratulate him on his victory and would not challenge the final count, a spokeswoman said.
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May 26, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Most anyone placing bets last year would have wagered that this former bastion of black political leadership was headed for a milestone: its first Latino mayor. City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente had locked up endorsements from leaders as far afield as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Mexican-born labor chief had battled his way into Oakland politics 14 years ago with a get-it-done attitude, literally sweeping every street in his district.
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