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October 22, 1991 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once again, fire officials say wood-shingle roofs made a hellish inferno worse, sending it roaring from housetop to housetop through yet another California neighborhood. And once again, the disaster has ignited political fires as well, prompting state and local officials either to recommend banning wood shingles on future construction, or at least making them safer. A somber Gov.
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October 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The estranged husband of a San Jose Mercury News photographer was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder. Raymond Houston, 41, of Oakland had been jailed since his arrest nearly two years ago after the body of his wife, Luci Houston, 43, was found in the backseat of her car on Nov. 25, 2001. She had been shot in the head and stomach. Houston faces a maximum of 40 years to life in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 12.
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July 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The driver of a van that crashed into a Bay Bridge toll plaza building -- killing himself and a friend -- stabbed his parents to death in 1989, authorities said. Artists Ronald Wade McClave, 39, of Oakland and Mildred Harris, 71, of Emeryville died Saturday in the accident. They were on their way to an art exhibition in San Francisco, where they were to have displayed paintings. McClave was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing deaths of his parents in San Luis Obispo.
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June 11, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Earth First! activists accused of transporting a bomb that blew up in their car were carrying nails that were identical to those in the explosive, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Police statements filed in Oakland Municipal Court said officers found the sack of nails during a search of the car after the May 24 blast in Oakland, the paper said.
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April 10, 1999 | Associated Press
A protest over military training exercises and an unannounced visit by a man bearing a pie have prompted Oakland Mayor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr.'s office to look at security measures. "Jerry's very famous, he's more highly publicized than previous mayors," said Gilda Gonzalez, the mayor's chief of staff. "Frankly, we have been lax. Most mayors' offices have a lot more security than we do."
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December 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
For the first time in 30 years, the Fox Theatre's marquee was illuminated this week. Oakland officials put $650,000 into bringing the historic downtown theater back to life, part of Mayor Jerry Brown's campaign to revitalize downtown Oakland. The theater opened in 1928 and for decades hosted live performances by actors and musicians. Erma DeLucchi of Piedmont saved the building from demolition when she bought it at auction.
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June 10, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council has rejected Mayor Jerry Brown's plan to make attending "sideshows" -- late-night car rallies known for high-speed stunts -- a criminal offense, after hearing complaints that the proposal would violate constitutional rights. About a dozen angry residents denounced the proposal Wednesday, saying it would erode civil liberties.
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April 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
A state appeals court has ruled that the public's right to know how government spends money trumps a public employee's right to privacy. The state Court of Appeal for the 1st Appellate District rejected arguments Monday that high-earning public employees' salaries should be kept secret to protect their privacy. The San Francisco-based appeals court's finding upholds a ruling the Contra Costa Times won last year in Alameda County Superior Court.
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January 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council has voted against a landless Native American tribe's plans for turning a sprawling parking lot outside Oakland International Airport into a casino resort. The council, with five members opposed, made its decision Tuesday despite the Lower Lake Rancheria-Koi Nation's pledge to the city of $30 million a year for 20 years.
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January 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
State highway officials and two regional transportation agencies have signed an agreement to dig a new tunnel linking Oakland and Berkeley with eastern suburbs. The partnership between Caltrans and officials in Alameda and Contra Costa counties was announced Thursday and is expected to speed construction of the tunnel. The project will add a fourth bore to the Caldecott Tunnel on Highway 24, which serves about 175,000 drivers a day.
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