CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2004 |
The San Francisco Bay Area's first weekend of the year was violent, with six shootings and one stabbing that left seven people dead in Oakland, San Jose and Vallejo. Four homicides were reported in Oakland during the weekend. Police said Marcus Lynn Brown Jr., 20, was fatally shot in West Oakland on Friday night, the city's first homicide of 2004. Two more men died, one from stab wounds, on Sunday, and a fourth man died early Monday morning. Oakland had 114 homicides last year.
November 22, 1992 |
In the living room of a Victorian-style West Oakland house that has been converted into a recording studio, Todd (Too Short) Shaw munches french fries and reflects on how "Oaktown"--the rap nickname for Oakland and the rest of the East Bay area--became such a hip-hop hotbed. "It all happened at the same time, this recent little splurge," says Shaw, over the background of a funk-heavy track being mixed in the next room. "From the late '80s into the '90s, you had Tony! Toni! Tone!
October 22, 1989 |
Cheers broke the gloom along the tomb of rubble that was the Nimitz Freeway when a surprise earthquake survivor--uncovered by a fluke shifting of debris--was carried to safety Saturday after being pinned in a buried air bubble for four chilly Bay Area nights. Laboring fast in a cool rain, workers freed Buck Helm, 57, from his Chevrolet Sprint more than five hours after his waving hand was seen by a rescue worker about 6 a.m.
October 25, 1991 |
A report prepared after a 1970 brush fire that destroyed 37 homes here warned Oakland officials that conditions in the city's wooded, densely populated hills invited a catastrophe like the inferno that claimed 23 lives this week. The report triggered a campaign to clear overgrown brush, uproot eucalyptus trees and sweep pine needles off roofs, said Oakland City Councilwoman Marge Gibson Haskell, who co-chaired the citizen's task force that issued the warning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2003 |
The mother of a 3-year-old Chinese girl who died after a battle with congenital heart disease thanked supporters for their efforts to save her daughter. "This process has touched so many people's lives," Rui Cao said through an interpreter during a news conference Tuesday in Oakland. "It's not the end result that I am looking at, but it's a process that I have experienced. And that is more important than the end result."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2007 |
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.
December 1, 1992 |
The discovery Monday of a slain kidnap victim pushed to 167 the number of murders in a city that only hours earlier eclipsed the previous single-year homicide record, set last year. Eric Dorrough, 22, was found shot to death near a junior high school, said homicide Lt. Mike Sims. The victim had been taken from his home at gunpoint Sunday night. "We got a call from his wife that the husband was kidnaped but there were no ransom demands," said Sims.
October 23, 1991 |
They were a firefighter shielding a woman from a falling power line; a nurse who supervised reviews of patient care; an architectural writer; a police patrol officer. Several were neighbors or belonged to the same family. The people who died in the devastating fire that ravaged the hills above Oakland and Berkeley apparently fell victim to the brutally, unexpectedly swift speed of the flames.
October 24, 1991 |
With a weary sigh of relief, authorities declared the most catastrophic brush fire in California history officially out on Wednesday, but the death toll surged to 24 as grim-faced volunteers, assisted by dogs, prowled for missing victims in the torched hills above Oakland. Fire officials also revealed that the blaze--which has caused an estimated $5 billion in damage--has been classified as "suspicious in nature," noting that they have ruled out most natural causes.