Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Must Reads: At Least Two People Injured in Oakland Protests; Feds Are Unlikely to Go After Zimmerman

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. At least two people were injured last night during the third night of protests in downtown Oakland, including a waiter at the restaurant Flora, who was struck in the face by a protester wielding a hammer, the Trib reports. "Protesters with black masks approached the window and tried to bang at it," bartender Phillip Ricafort told the Trib. "(The waiter) said, 'Don't do that!' and the guy turned around and smacked him in the face with a hammer" or another metal object. A demonstrator was injured when hit by a police-fired projectile. Protesters clashed with riot-gear-wearing police at about 11 p.m. Earlier in the evening, a group of demonstrators shut down 880. Police arrested at least nine people last night.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Must Reads: BART Workers Go on Strike; Oakland Workers Call for One-Day Walkout

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. BART workers went on strike today for the first time in sixteen years, shutting down the regional transit system and forcing about 400,000 commuters to find other ways to get to work, SFGate and the Trib report. BART unions are demanding pay increases following years of cutbacks during the recession. Negotiations with management failed to produce a deal during talks on Sunday as the two sides remained far apart. No bargaining sessions were scheduled for today. The last strike, in 1997, lasted six days.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

East Bay to Celebrate Gay Marriage Victories Today (Updated)

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The Supreme Court issued historic rulings on gay marriage today, dismissing an appeal by Prop 8 supporters and stating that married same-sex couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as opposite-sex ones. While the justices did not rule on the constitutionality of states’ rights to prohibit same-sex marriages or give guidance on the effect of their ruling, legal analysts believe today’s decision regarding Prop 8 will open the door for same-sex marriages in California.

Time to celebrate, yall.
  • Time to celebrate, y'all.

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