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Mule Creek State Prison, 2006 (Photo Courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

In November, Californians passed Proposition 57 by a 64.5 percent vote. Formally known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, and strongly endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland’s former...
Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

At a mulching party, East Bay residents learn how to convert lawns to gardens

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party. Trail...
Axis dancers practicing for an upcoming show.

AXIS: A dance company for every body

Oakland is home to many diverse dance companies that travel the world performing unique choreography for all to see, but one group stands out from the rest: AXIS. Nearing their 30th anniversary, this physically-integrated repertory company has both...
Imperfect Produce is a start up company with a mission to end food waste. On Tuesday, April 19, Oakland residents signed up for their services at Vivian's booth as part of an Earth Day celebration at the Oakland City Center. (Aileen Macalintal | Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Business reduces food waste by providing “ugly” produce to Bay Area residents

"Just because it's imperfect doesn't mean its bad."
Urban Peace Movement's youth member Joel Reyes facilitates a chess lesson for DetermiNation Black Men's Group. Photo by Prince White.

School suspensions cost communities and unfairly affect minorities, experts say

A recent study suggests that not only do suspensions take a toll on students, they place a financial burden on their communities. In March, the California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara and the...

Henderson’s career comes full circle as A’s rename field after him

Ricky Henderson tried not to smile. He strode onto the Oakland Athletics’ field with his unmistakable swagger—a delicate mix of confidence, bravado and humility—embodied by his sleek blazer, grey trousers, sunglasses, and a peek of...

Panel discusses “Women Breaking the Mold” in the film, animation and game development industries

Four leading women artists in the film, animation and game industries led the opening night of the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival.
Two TriField Meters which are used in paranormal investigations to check magnetic fields around the area. (Photo: Jeff Weisinger)

Bay Area ghost hunters investigate the paranormal

Dive into the world of the paranormal investigating scene in the Bay Area. They examine both private residences and notoriously haunted locations to determine if there is a ghostly presence there.