Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The East Bay Today: July 29, 2008

Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 7:31 AM

Today's Top Event: Christina Schwarz reads at A Great Good Place for Books.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Discover African Through the Stories of Peace Corps Volunteers at the Danville Library.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Sunflower in Castro Valley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Ready to dance? It's another Jazzschool Tuesday at Jupiter, featuring students from the Berkeley music school.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Night Visions.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Slap Hitter: Settling for being a Baseball fan

Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 2:56 PM

The home team's out of the race, the fantasy team is failing and there are three months left of baseball to play. (Just two for the A's). It's an opportunity by gum, to become a baseball fan for the rest of the season. Every division (but ours) has a great race ahead. This is a defining moment fans, if you love baseball you should still be excited. Take a week or so to mourn lost opportunities but then if you can't get fired up about five whiz bang division chases, friend, you may as well watch football players who aren't even going to make the team fight, sweat and be asked to sing their alma mater's fight songs.

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Oakland Airport to Buy Cleaner Buses

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Well, it's a start, we guess. Oakland airport officials must replace their fleet of buses, and they've decided to buy 26 vehicles that use compressed natural gas. According to the East Bay Business Times, the natural gas buses are cleaner that gasoline of diesel-powered vehicles, and the airport will now use them to transport travelers to and from the BART station and various rental car lots. How nice.

Bob Bobb: Heads Will Roll in Oakland

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Sunday's Matier and Ross had a quick item floating the possibility that Robert Bobb will angle for his old job as Oakland city administrator, or maybe run for mayor. Their proof? Um, nothing. Well, they asked Bobb whether he'd run for office, and the always coy fellow said he never rules anything out. So sure, we guess that's good enough for an item on a slow day. But more interesting was Bobb's promise to fire some folks as he reviews the performance of each city department. "It's pretty clear to me that at the end of the day there will be people going home," Bobb told the Chron columnists.

John Burris Will Seek Criminal Charges Against Oakland Cop

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 9:04 AM

John Burris, the Oakland attorney who has specialized in police brutality cases and briefly hit the big time as a legal expert during the O.J. Simpson trial, says he will seek criminal charges against an Oakland cop who fatally shot a motorist early Friday morning. Officer Hector Jimenez, a young cop who also fatally shot a man last December, chased Mack Woodfox after reportedly noticing he was speeding and driving erratically. According to the Oakland Tribune, Police Chief Wayne Tucker said Woodfox got out of the car and ran, and Jimenez claims he fired after Woodfox made a sudden movement toward the waistband of his pants. But according to Shamika Steele, who sat in the car with Woodfox, the cops just started blasting as Woodfox had his hands up.

Chron: Jerry Brown Top Candidate for Guv

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 8:52 AM

So far, Oakland's very own Jerry Brown is the odds-on favorite to win the race for governor, a recent poll finds. According to Matier and Ross, the poll found Brown topping Gavin Newsom and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but Senator Dianne Feinstein would demolish them all if she wanted to quit her gig and try running the state for a while. DiFi has made noises about leaving the Senate before, mostly because she reportedly hates the nasty tactics it takes to win an election these days. But she'd have to campaign just as hard to win the governor's seat, and then she'd have to fix California. And who'd want to do that? Our money's still on Brown for now.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The East Bay Today: July 25, 2008

Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Today's Top Event: Shakespeare in the Vineyard: Twelfth Night.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: James Rollins discusses Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at Clayton Books.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Alekos Cafe in Orinda.

On the Town: Going out tonight? The Summer Sunset Cabaret at Berkeley's Claremont Resort and Spa features live music, dancing, and more.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Bert & Ernie gangsta rap.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Slap Hitter: Reasons to Watch a Team 10 Games out of first and Falling

Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 4:19 PM

The A's return home from the All-Star Break irrelevant. Double digits behind the Angels and having to leapfrog about a half dozen American League teams, the Athletics will stay in the national eye only as long as the trading deadline, at which point they will be recast as spoiler for the rest of the pennant contenders. As in "the Twins will play three this weekend against a team already out of contention." Hey, that's us! The team has two goals near as we can figure; try to hang onto second place, and finish at .500. This weekend will be a fair test of both those tests. Texas is right behind us and the A's are four games above par, clinging by their fingernails.

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Armed Robbers Strike in Downtown Berkeley

by Anneli Star Josselin Rufus
Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 3:46 PM

A bulletin just arrived from the UC Police stating that this morning at 12:56 a.m. (you know, just after midnight), a man was walking along Shattuck Avenue in the heart of downtown Berkeley when he noticed two men at the Kittredge Street intersection (you know, near the Main Library: "The two males approached the victim and demanded his money. One of the suspects pulled out a small semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at the victim while the other suspect searched the victim's pants pockets. The suspect with the gun then struck the victim across the nose with the pistol. The suspects fled the scene traveling southbound on Shattuck and then eastbound on Bancroft." According to UCPD, Berkeley PD officers "intercepted one of the suspects and arrested him. BPD and UCPD searched the area but were not able to find the other suspect. The victim suffered minor injuries." According to UCPD, the arrested man was "Burton, Trent T., a Black male, 20 years of age, 5'4" in height and weighing 110 lbs." (Petite!) The one who got away is described as "a Black male, approximately 18 to 19 years of age, 5'11" in height with a slim build, a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, and dark jeans."

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