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January 27, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
I have in my possession a copy of the super-secret official Oakland Raiderettes handbook, which outlines employment policies that are the subject of a class-action lawsuit, and also promises to teach “elite etiquette” to “football's fabulous females.” Someone sent it to me after I wrote about Lacy T ., a 27-year-old Oakland Raiders cheerleader who has filed a class-action lawsuit against the team alleging multiple violations of...
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January 26, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - This city's beleaguered Police Department entered 2013 in full defensive mode. The crime rate had soared. Staffing was off sharply. And memories of the heavy-handed police response to Occupy protests 14 months earlier - and the lawsuits it generated - remained fresh. Scrambling for a turnaround, elected leaders hired out-of-state consultants to overhaul policing strategy and launched the first new police academies in years to beef up the force. The federal judge overseeing a settlement agreement over racial profiling and the beating and framing of suspects named a compliance director, giving him near-total control over the department.
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January 24, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Call it a tale of two sides of the capitalist system: JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Jamie Dimon got $20 million for being CEO in 2013; each Oakland Raiderette got $1,250 for kicking up her heels in the same year. The Raiderettes are suing ; presumably, Dimon is smiling - all the way to the bank. True, the Raiders had another lousy year in 2013, though I'm not sure how much blame can be put on the cheerleaders. But as Forbes' Halah Touryalai wrote about our banker friend : “Despite what was arguably the bank's worst year under Dimon's reign, JPM's board is awarding the CEO a 74% raise which includes over $18 million in restricted stock.” Or, to quote a Raiderette: “Sis, boom, boooooooo.” It isn't fair.
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January 23, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 14-year-old Oakland boy allegedly shot and killed his 17-year-old sister after an argument over laundry in the family's apartment, according to Bay Area media reports. The family of Justice Toliver, the mother of a 2-year-old girl, pleaded for her teenage brother to turn himself in after police said they suspected that he was connected to the slaying, The Oakland Tribune reported . The family lived in the apartment in the 800 block of Franklin Street in Oakland's Chinatown neighborhood.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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