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October 30, 2009: Bridges, spills, and sugar

on October 30, 2009

It’s Friday, Oakland Northers!

The movie 2012 doesn’t come out for a couple of weeks, but it looks like the San Francisco Bay is getting a sneak preview.

First the Bay Bridge starts falling apart, as giant steel rods come loose and careen into oncoming traffic. Now there’s been an oil spill just south of the Bay Bridge that authorities are trying to contain. What’s next, alien invasion? Meteor shower?

It’s still unclear how much fuel has been released into the Bay, but stay tuned for updates throughout the day.

In more Bay Bridge news, KTUV interviews an Oakland resident whose car was damaged when the repair on the Bay Bridge fell apart on Tuesday.

The bridge is still closed this morning as Caltrans is working to test the repairs and enhancements made over the past two days. They expect it to reopen later today- but you don’t need to brave the bridge to have a fantastic Halloween weekend. We know your sweet tooth is starting to get the best of you, so to help you resist diving into your trick-or-treat candy a day early, here’s a few things to whet your appetites:

The final night of concerts from the Oakland R and B group, En Vogue, finishes at 8pm tonight at Jack London Square. Jim Harrington from the Oakland Tribune has the latest, here.

The New York Times has given Commis, James Syhabout’s Oakland restaurant high praise this morning, bringing national attention to the thriving restaurant scene that has grown up in Oakland.

A bicycle joust is happening at Vulcan Studios tonight, located at 4401 San Leandro street. Here’s the perfect chance to use that Knight armor you were saving for Halloween.

Speaking of Halloween, check out the 3rd annual Scraper Bike Halloween Parade on Saturday at Fremont High School! With music and comedy , raffles, as well as the bike parade itself, it promises to be a fun day of all things hyphy. Doors open at three with performances beginning at four pm. The parade itself is expected to begin around 7:30.

And in amongst all the Halloween celebrations don’t forget Day of the Dead festivities at Fruitvale on Sunday.

Oakland Museum has also launched an interactive website for the Day of the Dead.

We’ll be covering some of these events and more in our Halloween coverage this weekend! Happy Haunting!

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