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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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November 3, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
Gambling halls and arts education may make strange bedfellows. But over the last three years, five Los Angeles-area card clubs have showered more than $100,000 on a Bay Area school for the arts some 400 miles away. The gifts offered more than a chance to help inner-city kids. They were an opportunity to please the state official who asked for the money, directly oversees the clubs and is widely viewed as the front-runner to be California's next governor: state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown.
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December 13, 1998 | JOHN McKINNEY
Oakland wasn't named for its redwoods, that's for sure. Yet a magnificent redwood forest once thrived at what is now the eastern edge of the metropolis. Oakland's redwoods are removed from other areas of coast redwoods--the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south and the state and national parks on California's north coast--which makes a walk in Redwood Regional Park all the more special.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Oakland pot activists fresh off a victory at local polls on the taxing of medical marijuana took their first official step Tuesday toward asking California voters to legalize pot. A proposed ballot measure filed with the California attorney general's office would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot. Homeowners could grow marijuana for personal use on garden plots up to 25 square feet.
NEWS
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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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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2009 | Associated Press
A transit officer said Tuesday that an unarmed man who was fatally shot by another officer at an Oakland train station failed to obey her commands before his death. Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Marysol Domenici testified during the fourth day of a hearing to determine whether former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle will stand trial for murder in the death of Oscar Grant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2009 | Associated Press
A former bakery handyman pleaded guilty Thursday to killing two men, including an Oakland journalist who was writing about the bakery's finances. Devaughndre Broussard, 21, entered his plea to two counts of voluntary manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors. Broussard admitted to fatally shooting Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in August 2007 and another man, Odell Roberson Jr., a month earlier. Bailey's sister, Lorelei Waqia, and father, Chauncey Bailey Sr.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
A new Oakland-based union -- the product of a brutal fight between the elected leaders of healthcare workers in Northern California and their superiors in Washington -- announced Tuesday that it had gained its first members. North American Healthcare agreed to recognize the National Union of Healthcare Workers as the representative of more than 350 nursing home workers at four of the company's facilities in Northern California, the union said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2009 | associated press
An outside party will take over the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency's investigation of all officers involved in the shooting of an unarmed man at a train station platform, BART officials said Thursday. Oscar Grant, 22, was fatally shot in the back while lying face down at the Fruitvale station early New Year's Day. Alameda County prosecutors have charged former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle with murder. He has pleaded not guilty.
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January 9, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga and Ruben Vives
The family of a 22-year-old man shot to death by a transit police officer on New Year's Day urged Oakland residents Thursday to remain calm and deplored the violence that erupted during a protest over the shooting a day earlier. The city bristled with anger and sorrow as store owners cleaned up the debris from the vandalism during Wednesday night's protest and officials announced that the Oakland Police Department would join in the investigation of Oscar J. Grant III's death.
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October 11, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
The largest donation ever to the UC Berkeley business school, a gift of $25 million announced two years ago, will be shifted from a scrapped construction project to an endowment fund to pay for professors' salaries and to hire faculty. University officials said at least five professors will be added because of the donation, boosting the roster of full-time business faculty to 86.
NEWS
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
OAKLAND -- A maze of wooden planks and glass panes is gradually taking shape among the austere office buildings of downtown Oakland. To passersby puzzling over the curious structure -- alternately described as a beehive, an inverted basket or a nuclear reactor -- only an inconspicuous sign on a fence offers a clue that it will soon be one of the nation's most ambitious, and expensive, religious sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2007 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A 19-year-old handyman was charged with murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a journalist who was investigating the troubled finances of the teenager's workplace. Devaughndre Broussard, who worked at Your Black Muslim Bakery, appeared in Alameda County Superior Court on charges that he gunned down Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey last week. Broussard's arraignment was postponed until Monday so that he could get a defense attorney.
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