Archival photo of dancers in the Mills dance department; photo courtesy of Ann Murphy and the Mills dance department.

Decision on whether to cut Mills undergraduate dance program to be made this week

On December 1, the Mills Board of Trustees may make a final decision on whether to phase out the undergraduate dance major over the next few years.
Alameda County Superior Court. Photo by Alicia Vargas.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to stop requiring female inmates to take pregnancy tests

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to stop requiring female inmates who are arrested and booked into Alameda County jails to take pregnancy tests. This agreement, reached on October 28, comes as an out-of-court...
Nia Imara standing next to her painting, "Who Is Happy in America?" - photo taken by Akira Olivia Kumamoto

Nia Imara sheds light on Oakland through art

Born in East Oakland and raised in the Bay Area, Imara is an astronomer and a researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, holding the prestigious title of a Harvard-MIT Future Faculty Leader Postdoctoral Fellow. Not...
Four gamers huddled around a television playing "Super Slam Dunk Touchdown" at Reddit HQ.

Reddit gamer day raises $282,000 for Children’s Hospital

The gamers’ cries were punctuated by clocks of game controllers, flips of cards and a crackle of pizza crusts—all part of the soundtrack at Reddit on November 7 as the social networking and news site...
Liberating Ourselves Locally is a hacker and maker space located in East Oakland. They host various events throughout the year.

Liberating Ourselves Locally encourages diversity in tech force through Hack Night

Carlos Mendoza, a high school student, comes every Monday night at Liberating Ourselves Locally for Hack Night. Sitting in the back of the room next to his mentor, Mendoza takes out his laptop and starts...
Brendon Woods, a public defender in Alameda County, spoke Oct. 15th in Oakland about the effectiveness of Prop. 47. Photo by Libby Leyden

One year after Proposition 47’s passage, is it working in the Bay Area?

As the one-year anniversary of Prop. 47’s passage approaches, many people working in the state’s legal system are evaluating its effectiveness.
Jimi Yamaichi looking at a copy of a sign that announced Executive Order 9066 in 1942; photo by Benjamin Alexander

Trove of Japanese internment photos prompt search for surviving elders

During his years of internment at Heart Mountain, Jimi Yamaichi mastered living in a frozen world. He insulated his barrack with ice. He substituted cold cow dung for cement. He grew summer vegetables in below-zero...
Map of the East Bay Municipal Utility District

EBMUD: Drought Measures Working

While the East Bay Municipal Utility District is suffering the worst drought since its founding in 1923, its 1.3 million users face no danger of going dry anytime soon. That was the message from EBMUD...
Teens have the second highest suicide rate after middle-aged men.

Suicide prevention methods in Alameda County focus on groups most at risk

A teen text-line and an older men's support group prove Alameda County's progressive suicide prevention initiatives that focusing on the two groups remaining the most at risk in recent years: teens and elderly men. OR...
Photo of sunrise at Out of the Darkness Community Walk Oakland. Photo courtesy Teresa Ferguson.

At Lake Merritt, families and survivors walk to support suicide prevention

Before sunrise on October 17, survivors of suicide and those who have lost loved ones to suicide will gather on the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt for the 7th Annual Out of the Darkness Community...