Occupy Oakland march against police brutality ends peacefully

Heated confrontations between Oakland police and over 500 Occupy Oakland demonstrators during a march against police brutality on Saturday night threatened to turn into a repeat of Tuesday night’s violence, but the tension dissipated as the march moved away from OPD headquarters and into West Oakland. The night ended peacefully and without arrests.

Clowns prescribe smiles and laughter at Oakland Children’s Hospital

A comedic troupe of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clowns made the rounds through the fifth floor of Oakland Children’s Hospital yesterday, waddling room-to-room, clad in big floppy shoes, and bright red noses and oversized apparel presenting each child with a special bead, and an unorthodox prescription: smile.

Community rallies against underage sex trade in Oakland

Community members rallied alongside city leaders Thursday evening to protest the sexual exploitation of minors, shutting down 17th Ave at International Blvd in Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood — a neighborhood where residents say encountering hookers, pimps and johns is a day-to-day part of life.

Plans for a sex shop near a school, youth programs get mixed reactions

Plans to open a sex boutique in downtown Oakland near a school and several youth program offices have caused some mixed reactions among neighboring businesses, although opponents seem unlikely to appeal a recent decision by the Oakland City Planning Commission allowing the shop to operate within close proximity to a school.

In photos: Oakland celebrates the holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, Oakland North decided to take a trip across Oakland and share with its readers some of the decorations, festivities, holiday duties, and acts of goodwill and generosity that its residents are taking part in.

Police identify man shot after car chase, link him to gang activity

The Oakland Police Department has identified the man shot and killed by two officers Monday afternoon in East Oakland after a car chase as 19-year-old Oakland resident Obataiye Edwards. At a press conference Tuesday, Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said that the department was trying to prevent a gang-related shooting which officers were informed was set to occur yesterday in a West Oakland neighborhood known as “the ACORN.”

Join Oakland North for the Race to the Airport

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many Oaklanders will soon be flocking to the airport to spend the holiday with loved ones across the country. But with the holiday rush clogging traffic, that may be easier said than done. Join Oakland North next week for the Race to the Airport to find out which means of transport will get you there first: car, bus, BART or bike.

Voices of veterans: Former servicemen share their stories

For many of Alameda County’s nearly 75,000 veterans, this Veteran’s Day was more than just an opportunity to fire up the barbecue. It was a time to reflect on the role their military service has played in their lives. Oakland North reporters Roberto Daza, Nicole Jones and Teresa Chin asked four former servicemen to share their stories for this multimedia presentation.