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January 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A high school student who allegedly set fire to another teenager's skirt on a bus in Oakland will be tried as an adult. An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected arguments from defense attorneys that 16-year-old Richard Thomas should be tried as a juvenile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Instead, Richard will face hate-crime charges as an adult. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the Nov. 4 incident that he set 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- This city is a national hub for the commercial sexual exploitation of children. But the plague of underage girls -- and to a lesser extent, boys -- who are prostituted by often violent pimps has now received a big boost in visibility. And Alameda County prosecutors, along with leaders of a nonprofit that helps exploited youth rebuild their lives, hope that bringing the problem into the light will increase arrests while sending a signal to the victimized that there is a way out. On Thursday, Alameda County Dist.
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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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December 24, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An Alameda County judge on Tuesday declared a 13-year-old Oakland girl brain-dead due to complications from a tonsillectomy earlier this month, but ordered her kept on life support until next Monday. Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo told relatives of Jahi McMath that until then, they can file an appeal to his decision. Soon after Jahi had tonsils removed at  Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Dec. 9, the eighth-grader went into cardiac arrest and the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off.   She was declared brain-dead after three tests showed there was no "cerebral activity," according to court records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An independent neurologist appointed by a n Alameda County judge  has affirmed that a 13-year-old Oakland girl is brain-dead after a  tonsillectomy on Dec. 9, paving the way for her to be removed from life support. The opinion by Paul Graham Fisher, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Stanford School of Medicine, backs the assessments of two doctors at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland after  Jahi McMath had her tonsils removed, went into  cardiac arrest and  the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off. She was declared brain-dead after three tests showed there was no "cerebral activity," according to court records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An Alameda County judge has ordered a pediatric neurologist from Stanford to evaluate an Oakland girl declared brain-dead after a tonsillectomy and to provide an independent assessment of her condition. Jahi McMath became brain-dead s oon after a routine procedure to remove her tonsils at  C hildren's Hospital & Research Center Oakland  on Dec. 9. After going into  cardiac arrest,  the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off and a CT scan showed two-thirds of the girl's brain had swollen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Ashley Powers
A judge has ordered an Oakland hospital not to remove from life support a 13-year-old girl who became brain dead after having her tonsils removed. The girl's family had requested that she remain on life support. At a hearing Friday, both sides agreed to keep Jahi McMath on a ventilator while they chose a neurologist to further examine her, the Associated Press reported . Another hearing was set for Monday. Doctors at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland had performed a tonsillectomy on Jahi on Dec. 9, hoping to cure her sleep apnea, weight gain and other afflictions. But soon after her surgery, the girl's condition quickly deteriorated, her family said.
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December 18, 2013 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Harold Camping didn't live to see the end of the world. The Oakland-based radio preacher, who died Sunday, drew international attention, much of it in the form of ridicule, when he predicted - more than once - the precise date of the Rapture and then had to concede his error. He was 92. Camping died at his home in Alameda after suffering a fall last month, according to a statement from his Family Radio Network . Convinced that he had unlocked hidden clues in the Bible, Camping predicted the end of the world no fewer than 12 times, beginning in 1978, according to an aide, and was persistent in the face of his repeated failures.
SPORTS
December 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber said Wednesday he has no interest in buying the Oakland Athletics. The East Bay Express reported Wednesday that Guber and his ownership partner in the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, lead an investment group exploring the possibility of buying the A's and building a ballpark in Oakland. "Absolutely not true," Guber told The Times. "100% not true. " Guber declined comment about whether Lacob might be interested but called it "categorically incorrect" to say he might be. "I have not had any conversations with the league or any of the owners about buying the team," Guber said.
NEWS
December 14, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
What happens when the high school football coach can run a faster 40-yard time than the team's starting running back? That could be the dilemma for Oakland Bishop O'Dowd this fall after hiring former Lompoc High, Washington and Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman as its head coach. Kaufman, 40, has probably slowed a little bit since his playing days at Lompoc in the late 1980s, but he was as fast as they come. He'll have two sons on the team. Kaufman is the latest former athlete trying to make an impact in the coaching profession.
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