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It’s American History: It’s time to face the truth...

When you’re losing the game, summon the commies! And conservative white America has been losing...

The Kids Are Alright: Despite claims from prohibitionists, teen...

Advocates of cannabis legalization insist that legal pot does not increase pot use among...

Equity Through Energy: How the East Bay is becoming...

Despite pandemic woes and ruthless extreme weather events, from wildfires to droughts, the East...

How Green Is My Castle: Home decor and design...

Beyond the “color of the year” or “make the home office a focal point,”...

Reopen the World: Gift picks for travel and yoga

Gifts for the 2022 Traveler Not everyone is ready to get back out on the...

Hash Crop: Cannabis is well on its way to...

One of the many persistent myths about cannabis—right up there with “George and Martha...

Trick in Treats?: Every year, the myth of people...

Halloween is over, and so far, there are no reports of lunatics throwing cannabis...

High Stakes: The movement for a countywide drilling ban...

In May 2020, when Brentwood resident Jovita Mendoza learned of a new proposal to...

Crime Troubles Oaklanders: In the latest Oakland Power Poll,...

More than 60 percent of Oakland Power Poll participants who have considered leaving the Bay Area said the city needs to make progress on crime to make them content to stay here. Improving the public schools’ quality also was a key factor for voters.

Elmwood Scene: Neighborhood’s past is not its future

Elmwood is not without its own problematic history when it comes to breaking down racial walls. In the 1950s, according to scholar Richard Rothstein’s 2017 book, 'The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America', Elmwood was essentially envisioned as a segregated neighborhood. 

CBD vs. FDA: Until there’s regulation, Californians should obtain...

CBD is known to have some curative properties, such as relieving certain kinds of seizures. That’s really its only fully proven medicinal use, but there are strong indications it can relieve a number of other ailments, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety. Researchers are finally delving into CBD, now that it’s fully legal to do so, but it will be some years before we know the full range of its benefits and—perhaps—its dangers. Until then, it’s the Wild West.

From Refugees to Diaspora: Generations of Vietnamese contribute to...

Gee mentions the rise in anti-immigrant sentiments in America. “When you’re new in a country that’s hostile to you, it’s pretty awful, because you [are powerless],” she says. “You may be coming from a country where if you speak up, you die. [Refugees] bring those fears with them.” After a pause, she adds, “Bullies always go after the people that are least able to defend themselves.”

Crappy Vape Pens: The vape market is a particularly...

More than 2,700 people were hospitalized in the United States, and 60 people died from an illness dubbed EVALI—E-cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury—by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The precise cause hasn’t been confirmed, but the outbreak was almost certainly caused by shoddy production, most likely due at least in part to the use of vitamin E acetate in the oil.

Alameda DA Files Charges: Reporting by East Bay Express...

In a two-part cover series in 2018, the East Bay Express reported on Private Property Impound’s predatory towing for dollars in the East Bay cities of Oakland, San Leandro and Alameda. The reporting on “PPI,” and complaints by at least 13 victims, led to an investigation by the Consumer and Environmental Protection Division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
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