It's not just Oakland that can put them dawgs up and go to work. These gangstas from a century ago put the whale in whalebone corsets. Just under two minutes into this tour of Berkeley in 1906, watch as two trolley operators tackle a pedestrian and put a beatin' on him. That's what you get for interfering with public transportation.
Some deluded people insist that Oakland has an image problem. How could they spew such lies when dozens of people put their sideshow videos on YouTube? Behold the first in our intermittent series of ghetto fabulous adventures. We guarantee you'll drop everything and get yourself a grill by the end of the day.
The CoCo Times is reporting that in an attempt to escape a school for troubled kids, an Oakland youth stole a truck and "led police on a 30-mile chase that ended when he drove the wrong way on a highway and was rammed by a highway patrol car." Before he was ultimately apprehended in Ukiah, the article explains, "the chase reached speeds of 85 mph as the young driver evaded a spike strip and crossed several lanes of Highway 101, heading the wrong way toward an exit ramp." That's some seriously bad driving, but don't blame our nation's public school drivers' ed program -- this kid was way too young to enroll. He turned out to be only 12 years old. Whatcha wanna bet the makers of Grand Theft Auto get an earfull after this one?
The Hayward Daily Review has a handy summary of the latest report to Congress on research at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos weapons labs (in Berkeley and New Mexico, respectively) that may handily torpedo the Bush administration's plans for a new arsenal of nuclear weapons. (Or, as the prez would put it, "nucular weapons.") Administration officials have insisted that our old weapons need to be replaced with brand-spankin'-new ones by the year 2030 because the plutonium inside them is aging, and may not reliably detonate. The labs' report contends that, actually, the warheads the United States already has will last at least another ninety years, and that the production rate needed to sustain the arsenal is one tenth to one half what the Bush administration proposes. Now there's some fireworks for ya!
This week, "The Fremont Athletics": Dissed by the national sports media, handcuffed by Major League Baseball, shoved out of the American League playoffs this year by Detroit even though hailed by Michael (Moneyball) Lewis for its loyal, knowledgeable fans - what else could possibly happen to Oakland's baseball dreams? They could be crushed, and Oakland could lose the A's. In fact, it already has. Sometime around 2010, Lewis Wolff, Billy Beane, and company will pack up their four World Series championships, magical bullpen, and green-and-gold banners, and move the show down the bayfront to Fremont, where the money is. Who's to blame? Take your pick: football plunderer Al Davis, the nature of sports merchandising in the dot-com era, the lack of political will in Oakland city government, or perhaps (shudder) the scrappy underdog fans themselves, who didn't come out to the Coliseum enough. Read all about it in the Express' exhaustive takeout on the A's - complete with timeline. The going-away party begins next April.
Today's Top Event: The Shotgun Players The Forest War at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley.
Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Poet Bob Perelman reads with Mia You in the Maude Fife Room in UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall
Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Won Thai in Hercules.
On the Town: Going out tonight? Chill out on the dark leather couches with a Mango Mojito at Silk Road Restaurant & Lounge.
Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Can You Pass the Third Grade?
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For almost two years, Bay Point neighbors have worried about the presence of convicted sex offender Cary Verse, who has been living in a house owned by two idealistic lawyers and wrestling with God and the demons of his past. But it looks like they won't have to worry much longer, now that Verse has been caught driving a car with a fourteen-year-old boy, in violation of the terms of his release from state prison. MediaNews reports that Verse has been ordered to stay in prison until Friday, when a judge will decide whether or not to toss him back into a mental hospital. Joyriding, indeed.
The FDA has just released an advisory urging healthcare professionals to bone up on the potentially dangerous effects of the pill form of methadone, which docs have increasingly been prescribing for chronic pain relief. It's the first time the agency has addressed the recent nationwide surge in overdose deaths attributed to the painkiller, a subject the Express tackled in an August cover story. (In the past, methadone has primarily been known for its role in treating heroin addiction.) Methadone became a household word in October when it was revealed that it contributed to the overdose death of Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, who was not an addict and was apparently using the painkiller recreationally.
Chase it down: Daily, at the corner of West A St. and Royal Ave., Hayward. What to get: Camaron tacos ($1.50 each) bristle with bay shrimp redeemed by a sweat session in a sauté pan with tomato, onion, cilantro, and dried marjoram. Who's in line: A guy in work boots and plaid flannel jacket; he scarfs a couple of rounds of tacos on the hood of his pickup truck like it's a stand-up table.
We're sure that the United States offers many benefits to Hispanic immigrants. But according to a recent study, living free from cancer ain't one of them. The Fremont-based Northern California Cancer Center recently published the results of a new study, which found that native-born Hispanic women had a 50 percent higher chance of contracting breast cancer than Hispanic women born outside the United States. The longer you live here, the study added, the greater the risk: "Among long-term foreign born residents, risk was lower among Hispanic who moved to the United States at age greater than or equal to 20 years and those who spoke mostly Spanish." Habla espanol, senoras y senoritas. It just might save your life.