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February 6, 2010: New twist in Oscar Grant case, Local hero passes away

on February 6, 2010

Good morning Oakland,

A fight of sorts broke out this week between John Burris, the lawyer representing Oscar Grant’s family and friends in various civil suits against Johannes Mesherle and BART and KTVU 2, the local TV station that reported a possible change in eye witness testimony on Thursday. (Warning: The links to KTVU start an auto-play, including sound.) The testimony is for the criminal case the city has brought against Mehserle, but may affect BART’s liability in the civil cases being brought by Grant’s family and friends. The latest from KTVU is here. Stay tuned to O.N. for the full story.

In other news this week, Mayor Dellums has announced that federal stimulus officials will be visiting Oakland to see how our “model city” is handling it’s large share of stimulus funds. A local boxing hero, Stanley Garcia, who ran the East Oakland Boxing Club since the late eighties, passed away on Thursday. He was 69. And finally, if you’re looking for a cozy cafe to spend this rainy weekend, you might check out the newly opened Actual Cafe in Golden Gate, but don’t bring your laptop!

Have a great Saturday!

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