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Oakland North’s 2014 year in review — our top stories and photos

on December 22, 2014

2014 was a year of big changes for the city of Oakland, as the public school system welcomed a new superintendent and voters headed to the polls to select a new mayor from a pool of 14 candidates. It was also a year of heavy street protesting, beginning with demonstrations to mark the fifth anniversary of the shooting death of Oscar Grant, and ending with protests against the decisions of grand juries not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Throughout the year, Oakland North reporters were there to cover the news as it happened, from truly local stories, like Oakland going six weeks without a murder this summer, the longest stretch since the late 1990s, to getting the East Bay’s take on international stories like the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Here are some of our favorite and most-read stories from 2014. We’ll be back in 2015!

Oakland greets the New Year with two protests

By Yolanda Martinez

Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict

By Max Levenson

Female tattoo artists make their mark on Oakland

By Beatrice Katcher

Dalai Lama visits East Bay, gives advice on achieving happiness

By Sukey Lewis and Nausheen Husain

Concussed: East Bay high school athletes battle concussions

By Juan Martinez

Early candidates for Oakland’s fall mayoral race outline platforms

By Oakland North Staff

Hip Hop Chess Federation creates partnership with East Bay schools

By Juan Martinez

Oakland goes six weeks without a murder, the longest stretch in 15 years

By Molly Pierce

Oakland Black Cowboys parade celebrates 40 years

By Alissa Greenberg and Gabriela Arvizu

Report shows “chronic absence” down in Oakland, but still a problem

By Laura Klivans

On the 25th anniversary of Loma Prieta, paramedics remember

By Gina Pollack

The Buddha of Oakland

By Deana Mitchell

MLK parklet becomes the seed for a neighborhood’s dreams

by Jacqueline Ipp

Ebola reaction among African community in the East Bay

By Alsanosi Adam

Bike heist spotlights thieves’ evolving modus operandi

By Alex Kekauoha

Life on the trail: A day campaigning with Oakland’s mayoral candidates

By Joshua Escobar, Alissa Greenberg, Sasha Lekach and Justin Whiteman

On the money: How much Oakland’s mayoral candidates have spent and raised

By Molly Pierce and Nigel Manuel

Libby Schaaf celebrates Oakland mayoral victory: “an awesome city”

By Sasha Lekach, Molly Pierce, Jacqui Ipp and Hanna Qassis

Registrar’s map gives nuanced glimpse into Oakland mayoral results

By Joshua Escobar and Alissa Greenberg

Oakland reacts to Ferguson grand jury decision

By Deana Mitchell, James Pace-Cornsilk and Alyssa Jeong Perry

Peaceful Tuesday night Ferguson support march erupts into vandalism in the Temescal area

By Joshua Escobar, Alissa Greenberg, Molly Pierce and Brett Murphy

Oakland protesters respond to decision not to indict in Eric Garner’s death

By Brett Murphy and Tom Goulding

OUSD study finds link between lack of Internet, computer access and poverty level

By Melina Tupa

Friends and family gather to remember shooting victim Isaiah Sudan: “The violence needs to stop”

By Gina Pollack

Six months in, new schools head Antwan Wilson is pushing his “roadmap” for a challenged district

By Laura Klivans

 Animal advocates debate a No Kill Policy for Oakland Animal Services

By Molly Pierce

Two cultures–Mexican and Vietnamese– come together in one Oakland kitchen

by Justin Whiteman


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