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President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo courtesy of Evan Vucci / AP.

Obama: People Should Be Punished, But Not Sentenced to Life

Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post   The criminal justice system is “particularly skewed by race and by wealth,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, [...]
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Oakland Street Academy Teacher Betsy Schulz Retires After 40 Years

  Betsy Schulz, who has taught generations of high school students at Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, has retired after 42 years       Schulz began her teaching career at the small alternative school, [...]
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Jowel Laguerre Named as New Chancellor of Peralta Colleges

  Trustees of the Peralta Community College District recently voted to appoint Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre as the new chancellor of the district’s four colleges.   Currently superintendent of the Solano Community College District, Laguerre [...]
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SF Community Music Center Awards $50,000 in Scholarships

    San Francisco’s Community Music Center (CMC), a non-profit community arts organization, announced an award of $50,000 in merit scholarships to 31 students, covering their private lesson tuition during the 2015-2016 school year. <
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Long Live Zydeco Accordion Queen Ida

    Ida Lewis grew up listening to lots of lively zydeco and Cajun music played on accordion in Beaumont, Texas during the 1930s and ‘40s. She was fascinated by the instrument but never considered [...]
Joan Story and Ces Butner, Port of Oakland Commissioners. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Council Approves Appointment of Butner, Story to Port Board

The Oakland City Council this week confirmed the reappointment of incumbent Commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner to the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners.   The council also approved the appointment to the port board [...]
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Schaaf: “We will not have coal shipped through our city.”

In a sharp email exchange, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has blasted local developer Phil Tagami for moving ahead with a deal to export coal out of the former Oakland Army Base.