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Oakland youth take flight lessons. (Photo by Isara Krieger)

Oakland youth take flight

Every Saturday morning, kids of all ages gather in the sunlit second story of a West Oakland community building. The kids come to attend a lesson unusual for most youngsters, especially those from a low-income...
Tales of Two Cities will bring you audio stories about Oakland and Richmond. Stay tuned. Design by Angelica Casas.

Introducing the Tales of Two Cities Podcast, radio stories from Richmond and Oakland

Dear Readers/Listeners, The combined staff of Oakland North and Richmond Confidential is excited to announce a new bi-weekly podcast featuring radio stories from Richmond and Oakland, as well as interviews with our reporters, community leaders and other news-worthy...
Panelists Hon. Keith Muhammad, Rev. Dr. Martha Tayor, and Marlon McWilson at the Prayer Breakfast in Downtown Oakland (photo by Brad Bailey)

State of the black church in Oakland is at crossroads, local leaders say

In Oakland, the state of the black church is at a crossroads, local leaders said. Religious and civic leaders gathered in downtown Oakland last Wednesday for a prayer breakfast to discuss the state of the...
Field Day and Friends is a local artist boutique that focuses on using re-useable fabrics.

Local boutique owner designs clothing with sustainable materials

Field Day and Friends is a local boutique that is part workshop, part brick and mortar store. Trinity Cross, owner and designer, creates her own patterns for women’s clothing using reused and sustainable fabrics. Cross...
Darius Aikens, a junior at Oakland High School, and Bianca Ramirez, a sophomore at Fremont High School, are student directors for the school board for the 2015-2016 school year.

In Oakland, students have a voice as school board directors

Darius Aikens, a junior at Oakland High School, and Bianca Ramirez, a sophomore at Fremont High School, are student directors for the school board for the 2015-2016 school year. They attend all board meetings and...
Abandoned storefront on Telegraph Ave.

Public health experts ask: Does your zip code affect your health more than your genetic code?

At their first meeting of the year, the Bay Area chapter of NFBPA hosted public health experts to help its members better understand the socio-economic roots of national health disparities.
Claremont Canyon eucalyptus

Will a controversial FEMA plan to cut eucalyptus reduce the danger of another hills firestorm?

In over 40 years working at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mike Martin, now Alameda County battalion chief, has never seen anything like October 20, 1991 in the hills east of Oakland...
After 49 years doing drugs, including crystal meth and crack cocaine, Robin Davis is sober for the first time. Photos by Luisa Conlon.

Sixty, sober, and starting over

It’s 6 am on a Sunday, and a group of men are sitting in a parking lot in the dark. They’re half of the Teen Challenge Choir—two dozen men and women in treatment for “life...
Tom Chappelear, a mentor at Curiosity Hacked, is helping one of the kids build the base of a BattleBot.

Curiosity Hacked brings the maker movement to Oakland’s students

It is 7 p.m. and the young makers at Curiosity Hacked are swiftly moving between the laser cutter and their workbenches. This Tuesday, the kids have one mission in mind: creating BattleBots for the spring...
Details from a nicho in Rituals + Remembrances, exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California through January 3rd.

Grieving their ‘little angels’: Latina women in Oakland process the loss of their children, together

A Day of the Dead exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California highlights the work of MADRE, a local group who aims to help Latina women cope with the grief of child loss.