Health

Eric Maundu, an electrical engineer grow fresh foods sustainable in urban cities using smart aquaponic systems.  He teaches at American Steel Studio in West Oakland.

Eric Maundu greens up Oakland at Kijani Grows

Out of a small section of warehouse space in West Oakland, Eric Maundu is growing a big dream. He wants to make it possible for almost anyone to grow food in an economical, energy efficient...
Adisa Banjoko

Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools

Banjoko once lived in Oakland and was a part of the ‘90s Bay Area Hip Hop music scene. Currently, he is teaching chess and life strategies to students at Encinal High School in Alameda through...
A new billboard campaign from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is aimed at combatting youth sex trafficking. (Photo courtesy of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office)

Oakland introduces new billboard campaign to combat human trafficking

Oakland District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced Thursday morning the launch of a billboard campaign aimed at combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors in the Bay Area.
A terminal at the Port of Oakland

Pollution cuts at the port promise a breath of fresher air for West Oakland

In a boon for West Oakland residents, cancer-causing diesel pollution from the Port of Oakland's maritime operations has plunged 70 percent.
Nwo Oo speaks at the TEDxPeacePlaza 2013. Photo credit: Jason Jao.

Nwe Oo provides a voice for Burmese refugees in Oakland

Nwe Oo, a Rakhine Burmese refugee based in Oakland, is an advocate for human rights and adamantly speaks out against domestic violence.
North Oakland Senior Center

Timing of Medicare and Covered California enrollment collide, causing confusion among seniors

When Barbara Witney, a 65-year-old marriage and family therapist, tried to sign up for Medicare last week, she was dismayed to find herself baffled. “I’m a pretty educated person and it was confusing for me,”...
Faces of Morquio patients

Taking a shot: An orphan drug trial that drew an international crowd of patients nears its end

When Sarah Morrell was first diagnosed with Morquio syndrome, a rare, incurable disease that crippled her joints and deformed her vertebrae, her family never expected the illness would cause her to travel halfway around the...