A judge Wednesday denied a bid for a preliminary injunction that would have blocked the formal unveiling of a memorial at an Oakland cemetery that commemorates the 918 victims of the mass suicide at Jonestown in Guyana in 1978.
The $45,000 memorial, which consists of four granite plaques, was installed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland on May 9. A dedication ceremony is planned for Sunday. Read More
With summer vacation season ready for takeoff, national and Bay Area forecasts show air travel increasing despite more-expensive ticket prices driven by high fuel costs.According to figures from AAA, about 3 million people will travel by air nationwide during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, an 11.5 percent increase from last year. Ticket prices during the holiday weekend are expected to be 14 percent more expensive than last year. Read More
Motorists leaving the Bay Bridge for Oakland will have to deal with a slight detour, but the construction project is expected to speed up the long-awaited completion of the span’s rebuild.Starting on Memorial Day weekend, construction crews will begin work on building new traffic lanes on the span, a procedure that will require a different route for eastbound drivers exiting off the bridge. Read More
People in Oakland want to be able to turn parking spaces into common areas, too.An online news nonprofit, Oakland Local, reports that it does not have a permit process like The City’s, but businesses are willing to pay for it. Read More
Six people were hospitalized when a van collided with an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit bus in Oakland on Thursday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the bus agency.The bus was traveling west on Foothill Boulevard at the intersection with 5th Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when a van traveling north on Fifth Avenue apparently ran a red light, AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said.The bus then broadsided the van, Johnson said. Read More
Fans have always been convinced they know exactly how to improve their teams, and they express their views in emails and blogs.
Right now, I’m being besieged by A’s fans who bemoan their team’s lack of hitting. One suggested they should pick up Milton Bradley, just released by the Seattle Mariners. Read More
A tanker truck carrying 1,000 gallons of fuel crashed on Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland on Thursday afternoon and blocked multiple lanes of traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol.The crash happened at about 12:45 p.m. and blocked the three left lanes of northbound traffic on Highway 880 near 23rd Avenue, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.A Sig-alert was issued at about 1 p.m. with no estimate on when the lanes would be reopened. Read More
Wanna know just how fast time flies? Here’s some news that clocks it at a staggering SST velocity: Only yesterday, it seems, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong was an angry young green-haired man, writing about cute girls he saw — but was too shy to address — in the high school library. Read More
A man was taken off a BART train in Oakland on Friday morning after scaring passengers by talking about weapons of mass destruction, an agency spokesman said.BART officers responded at about 9:20 a.m. to the 12th Street Oakland City Center station to a report of a man on a train who was scaring other passengers by saying “you should be aware of weapons of mass destruction,” BART spokesman Linton Johnson said. Read More
Morning commuters said they reacted to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death with happiness, but some are worried about the possibility of retribution in the Bay Area and nationwide.Letitia Moore, who took BART to San Francisco from the East Bay on Monday morning, said she is concerned. “This may be good news, but it doesn’t end terror,” she said. Read More