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Doctor Allison Briscoe-Smith reflects on neighborhood violence issues and discusses strategies in which she feels would effectively curb the  problems it creates.

Children’s Hospital doctor talks Oakland violence, trauma consequences

Allison Briscoe-Smith, the director of the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, sees consequences in Oakland’s violence that extend far beyond the victims to become a public health issue for the...
"The shootings in Newtown are a tragedy, but I live in a community where Newtown happens every day," McBride said. "We need to have targeted approaches to addressing gun violence, not just universal strategies."

Pastor Michael McBride speaks out against gun violence

In January, about a month after the massacre that left 27 people dead in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden met with a group of 12 religious leaders to discuss national strategies to combat gun...
Jim Burress and his wife Sue Magee, Oakland residents, proudly show their favorite reusable bag. Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County.

Plastic supermarket bags to disappear, come January—and paper bags will cost you

Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County, and customers will have to pay for their paper bags at the checkout counter. The Reusable...
Takahiro Noguchi and Veronica Ramirez stand in the garden they helped build on property owned Glorious Kingdom Primitive Baptist Church in the Golden Gate District.

Neighbors working to create a sense of place in the Golden Gate District

Placemaking--using art to create places of meaning and significance--is catching on in the Golden Gate District with a new project created by neighbors that aims to tell the story of the area, both its history...
People are encouraged to rethink their relationships with common urban inhabitants this International Raccoon Appreciation Day. Photo by Neil McIntosh via Flickr.

Celebrate local late-night “pests” this International Raccoon Appreciation Day

Oakland North reporters Megan Molteni and Dylan Bergeson set out to track a raccoon in observance of International Raccoon Appreciation Day. They failed spectacularly.