Oakland: Driver fatally shot in broad daylight near Lake Merritt

OAKLAND — A man was fatally shot Sunday while driving along Lake Merritt and crashed his vehicle into a nearby motel parking lot, creating a public crime scene but no immediate clarity on why he was attacked, authorities said. The driver was traveling east on Lake Merritt Boulevard, just before it turns into First Avenue at East 12th Street, around 11:55 a.m. when he was shot by an unknown assailant, according to Oakland police. Wounded, the man continued driving his Honda Odyssey minivan and crashed through a fence of an Americas Best Value Inn motel located a half-block south of the intersection where the shooting was reported. The vehicle hit two parked cars the motel’s lot before coming to a stop. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the minivan, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been publicly released pending his formal identification and notification of his next of kin by the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau. The aftermath of the crash was visible from the sidewalk of the motel, showing twisted metal from the fence — including a portion lodged

As storms moves across Texas, a child dies after being swept away in floodwaters

By JAMIE STENGLE and LEKAN OYEKANMI (Associated Press) HOUSTON (AP) — Storms in Texas brought additional rain Sunday to the already saturated Houston area, where hundreds of people have been rescued from flooded homes and roads. To the north in the Fort Worth area, a child died after being swept away when the car he was in got stuck in floodwaters. Over the last week, areas near Lake Livingston, northeast of Houston, have gotten upward of 20 inches of rain, said National Weather Service meteorologist Hayley Adams. Meanwhile, she said, as much as 12 inches of rain has fallen in northeastern Harris County, which includes Houston. Adams said the storms coming through Sunday were expected to bring up to an additional 3 inches of rainfall, with up to 8 inches possible in some areas before tapering off in the evening. “It’s going to be raining through the day and some of the storms could be producing the heavier downpours,” Adams said. CHILD DIES IN FLOODWATERS In Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, a 5-year-old boy died when he was swept away after the vehicle he

‘Celebrating Chicano culture’: San Jose parades for Cinco de Mayo

When he was raising his kids, Moses Castro would take them to downtown San Jose for the Cinco de Mayo parade — “we would go every year,” he said. Three decades later, he still goes — but these days, he’s bringing his grandkids. “It showed me the Mexican culture — and that’s what Cinco de Mayo is really about,” said Castro’s 10-year-old granddaughter Carmelita Rodriguez as she watched a group of Aztec dancers strut by in feathered headdresses and sparkling outfits. “I don’t really get to see my Mexican culture that much — it’s only once a year.” Cinco de Mayo began as a commemoration for Mexico’s victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but has morphed into a celebration of Mexican-American pride. San Jose’s festivities were spread out over two days, beginning Saturday with a car show near the SAP Center and salsa dancing festival, and culminating on Sunday with two parades in downtown and East San Jose. Dancers with Alpha Public Schools participate during a Cinco de Mayo parade in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, May 5, 2024. The

Hernan Lopez isn’t Maradona. He is exactly what the San Jose Earthquakes need.

SANTA CLARA – Hernan Lopez, the $6 million Argentinian wunderkind from storied club River Plate, made his anticipated debut for San Jose at the start of the second half against LAFC.  Anyone expecting highlights that recalled the legendary moments his great-uncle Diego Maradona produced in the 1980s probably left Saturday’s match at Levi’s Stadium disappointed. There were no weaving runs, where defenders and their broken ankles were strewn across Levi’s Stadium’s grass. No thunderbolt goals that whistled past LAFC goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. No perfectly weighted assists that floated into waiting goal-hungry strikers.  And yet, rightfully so, the Earthquakes were thrilled by what they saw in the 3-1 victory.  “You could see that he’s a fantastic player,” said forward Amahl Pellegrino. “I think he’s ready and looks really impressive.” When the Earthquakes introduced Lopez, the club stated they did not believe he’d be eligible to play in its upcoming game. But once he was cleared, coach Luchi Gonzalez began to scheme up ways to utilize the talented playmaker.  “Thankfully he was cleared to start, and got a head start in helping this team compete,” Gonzalez said.

Review: Legendary punk acts gather in a parking lot to rock with fans

Ronald “Skip” Greer had something he needed to share with the audience. “My doctor told me that, from a medical standout, I’m too old for punk rock,” the Dead Kennedys vocalist joked. He then went right ahead and proved this (most likely fictitious) doctor wrong, as he led the legendary San Francisco punk band through some of the greatest material ever produced in the genre. Too old for punk rock? Is there indeed such a thing? It sure didn’t seem that way during the Punk in the Park American Road Trip’s show at the Cow Palace in Daly City on Saturday. The event — which was held in the parking lot adjacent to the barn-shaped venue that hosted everyone from KISS to The Doors in its heyday — featured some 10 bands and a goodly number of musicians who are in their 50s, 60s and even 70s. And all of the ones I saw at this event, which kicked off around noon and stretched past 9 p.m., had no problem turning on the punk-rock power as they delighted fans who, in many cases, were in

The 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD High Performance SUV

What is a Stelvio? The Stelvio is a compact SUV built in the Cassino, Italy assembly plant, and sold worldwide by Alfa Romeo. The Quadrifoglio edition is an intricately crafted, high performance focused, luxury SUV, built for speed and handling. The price of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV starts at $45,950, and goes up to $87,370, depending on the trim, luxury and high performance options. Alfa is discontinuing the Stelvio Quadrifoglio soon, so this might be the last time you get to buy one in the USA. To show off this incredible vehicle, Alfa Romeo sent me a 2024 Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV to test drive and review. The base window sticker price for this AWD high performance edition is $87,370. The options on the test SUV are: the tri coat exterior paint for $2,200, the active assist plus package for $700, the dual pane sunroof for $1,495, and the staggered front 21″ x 9″ wide, and rear 21″ x 10″ wide, dark hole painted 5 spoke alloy wheels with front 255/40 R21″ summer tires, and rear 285/35 R 21″ summer tires, for $2,000. The

Hernan Lopez isn’t Maradona. He is exactly what the San Jose Earthquakes need

SANTA CLARA – Hernan Lopez, the $6 million Argentinian wunderkind from storied club River Plate, made his anticipated debut for San Jose at the start of the second half against LAFC.  Anyone expecting highlights that recalled the legendary moments his great-uncle Diego Maradona produced in the 1980s probably left Saturday’s match at Levi’s Stadium disappointed. There were no weaving runs, where defenders and their broken ankles were strewn across Levi’s Stadium’s grass. No thunderbolt goals that whistled past LAFC goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. No perfectly weighted assists that floated into waiting goal-hungry strikers.  And yet, rightfully so, the Earthquakes were thrilled by what they saw in the 3-1 victory.  “You could see that he’s a fantastic player,” said forward Amahl Pellegrino. “I think he’s ready and looks really impressive.” When the Earthquakes introduced Lopez, the club stated they did not believe he’d be eligible to play in its upcoming game. But once he was cleared, coach Luchi Gonzalez began to scheme up ways to utilize the talented playmaker.  “Thankfully he was cleared to start, and got a head start in helping this team compete,” Gonzalez said.

Musical month of May in downtown Campbell

Mother’s Day concert After 25 years as the lead vocalist for Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammys, traveled on numerous world tours and recorded on seven Santana CDs. In addition to many Grammy Awards show performances, Lindsay’s time with Santana included a 2003 pregame performance at Super Bowl XXXVII, where they were joined onstage by Beyonce. His band Spangalang has opened for Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Jr. Walker and the Average White Band. On May 12 Lindsay will perform a more intimate Mothers Day show in the Ainsley House garden, located at 300 Grant St. in downtown Campbell. The concert starts at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 at https://www.campbellmuseums.com/shop. Boogie Music Festival The 45th annual Boogie: Campbell’s Music Festival is set for May 18-19 in downtown Campbell. The free festival will be held rain or shine. Boogie features four entertainment stages, continuous live musical entertainment, food vendors, beer and wine, artisan booths and a Kid Zone amusement area. For the full entertainment schedule and to purchase drink tickets and festival glassware, visit CampbellBoogie.com  Blood donation goal Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is experiencing

Downtown San Jose movie theater celebrates 40 years

Movie theater turns 40 3Below Theaters is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its downtown San Jose venue with movies that were popular in May 1984. The theater will also roll back ticket and popcorn prices to $3.50 and $2, respectively. This all takes place on May 18, the day the venue opened 40 years ago as Camera 3. 3Below moved into the theater in 2018. For a movie schedule for the 40th Anniversary Celebration, visit https://www.3belowtheaters.com/showtimes. Housing, resource fair May is Affordable Housing Month, and West Valley Community Services is hosting a Housing and Resource Fair on Thursday, May 30, 4-6 p.m., at the Moreland School District offices, 4711 Campbell Ave. in San Jose. West Valley Community Services is a Cupertino-based nonprofit providing food and rental assistance to several South Bay communities. For more information, visit https://www.wvcommunityservices.org. Neighborhood Notes ALMADEN VALLEY>>Volunteers from the BMO Bank painted a home on Landerwood Lane on April 27 during National Rebuilding Day. Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley coordinated more than 400 volunteers to perform home maintenance and repairs at 18 project sites across Santa Clara County. Rebuilding Together is sending volunteers to

Los Gatos Library accepts $500 donation from local student

The Los Gatos Library accepted a $500 donation last month from an unexpected source: fifth-grader Bradley Hall. The Blossom Hill Elementary School student found his way to the cash via “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney, who had been touring the country to promote his new book, hosting a game show to donate funds to local libraries and get kids excited about reading. Bradley and his family, avid supporters of local bookstores, attended Kinney’s event at Bookshop Santa Cruz in October. Bradley was picked via raffle during the event and was called on stage to play a “Jeopardy”-style game about book trivia, said his dad Spencer Hall. “Before we could even say anything, he was already running down the aisle in the auditorium,” Hall added. The fifth-grader won the game against three other elementary-age students from the area. When he came back to the audience after the win, he was excited to see that some of his classmates and their families saw him participate in the event, Spencer Hall said. “It was really extra-special that his friends were there with their parents and

Latest line: A good week for Evan Low, a bad week for Roger Benitez

Evan Low Campbell assemblyman edges out Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian by a razor-thin 5 votes in a recount of 182,000 to make November ballot and face Sam Liccardo in key Silicon Valley congressional race. Roger Benitez Federal judge in San Diego is blocked from new criminal cases by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after handcuffing a crying 13-year-old girl in court to warn her about drugs when she wasn’t charged with a crime. Jan Sramek Former Goldman Sachs trader pushing to construct a new city of 20,000 homes on farmland east of Fairfield turns in enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. But will Solano County voters give the OK?

They said it: Keeping protest peaceful

They said it: Keeping protest peaceful Pro-Palestinian demonstrators listens to a speaker as they protest at Stanford University urging the university to divest from Israel and demanding a permanent cease-fire in the war in Gaza, on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at Stanford University. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) “We don’t want to be deterred by these individual actors who are trying to agitate us on purpose. . . So we just ignore them.” — Emily Williams, Stanford student and pro-Palestine activist, on their “do NOT ENGAGE” strategy to avoid conflict with counter-protesters over the Gaza war. Pro-Palestinian protests have gripped campuses across the country but those in the Bay Area have avoided violent confrontations seen elsewhere.

A unique Bay Area wildlife refuge is beginning to thrive again — but its most fascinating endangered species is still in peril

Looking out at the wildflower-laden landscape of the national wildlife refuge along Antioch’s waterfront, it’s hard to imagine it was once part of a massive sand dune system that stretched more than two miles along the San Joaquin River’s southern banks. Ancient deposits of glacial sands carried downstream from the Sierra Nevada formed the dunes, shaped by the winds and tides, once reaching almost 120 feet tall and stretching some 800 feet inland. Up until the early-to-mid-1900s, the 400-acre site was Antioch’s sandy gateway to the river — a place to picnic, play and bask in the sun. An endangered Antioch Dunes evening-primrose at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge on April 24, 2024, in Antioch, Calif(Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)  But over many years, natural processes and human intervention — starting from the late 1800s with large-scale sand mining — isolated the Antioch Dunes into a much smaller footprint: 55 acres, plus another 12 with the recent addition of nearby unused PG&E land. Sandwiched between a gypsum processing plant and the former Fulton Shipyard where WWII vessels were once built, the now-isolated landscape contains

Billions of cicadas are invading the U.S. Should Californians be worried?

It is being called the Cicada-pocalypse and the Cicada-geddon. Over the next few weeks, hundreds of billions, maybe even trillions of cicadas — grasshopper-like insects — will emerge from underground burrows all across the Midwest and the South where they have been living for as long as the past 17 years. From Wisconsin to Mississippi, Virginia to Oklahoma, immense swarms of the somewhat creepy, red-eyed bugs will carpet trees like little 1-inch extras in a horror movie and generate ear-splitting mating sounds that have been compared to jackhammers and chainsaws. Some have already begun to come out in Georgia and other parts of the South, prompting one North Carolina county to urge the public this week to stop calling 911 asking about the racket. Should Californians batten down the hatches? Are we in for a cicada onslaught? Relax, scientists say. In a state marked by earthquakes, bomb cyclones, mega-droughts, fire tornadoes and atmospheric river storms, it turns out that despite having dozens of species of cicadas in the Golden State, their emergence is usually underwhelming. “We do have cicadas in California. But they are kind

Word Game: May 5, 2024

TODAY’S WORD — VIBRANTLY (VIBRANTLY: VYE-brent-lee: Pulsating with life, vigor, or activity.) Average mark 49 words Time limit 60 minutes Can you find 62 or more words in VIBRANTLY? TODAY’S WORD — VIBRANTLY vain vainly vanity vary viably vial vibrant viny vinyl viral vita vital inlay inly bail bait barn bialy binary blain blat brail brain brainy bran brant brat bray briny rail rain rainy rani rant ravin rival ably airy alit anti anvil arty nail nary navy tail tarn tiny trail train tray trial tribal trinal lain lair laity liar lint linty litany yarn To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or

Bridge: May 5, 2024

A club player brought me today’s deal. “I know the definition of ‘discretion,’” he said. “It’s when you think you’re right about something — but you check with your wife to make sure.” He and his wife had reached four hearts after East opened one spade. West led the ace and jack of spades, and East won and led a third spade. “West ruffed my nine with the seven of trumps,” my friend said. “I overruffed with dummy’s nine, led a trump to my ace and then led the ten of spades. When West discarded, I threw a diamond from dummy. But when I led a diamond to the queen next, East won and led the jack of trumps, removing dummy’s last trump, and I lost another diamond. “I thought the contract was hopeless, but to be sure, I consulted my wife.” “What did she say?” “A lot. First she said I had no business bidding four hearts. She said she might have bid four herself, but she didn’t trust my dummy play. Then she said the contract was cold.” Instead of overruffing West on

Ask Amy: She’s rubbing my nose in the wedding snub

Dear Amy: I have helped out my sister’s children over the years. (She is a single mom.) I provided vacations every summer and school clothes at the end of summer, hosted them for many Christmas breaks and made sure they had presents, and gave money to their mom. Now they’re grown. The youngest is getting married soon in my city. The wedding is small, and I did not make the guest list. I am disappointed but I understand that they have a tight budget. The problem is my sister has asked to stay with me during the weekend of festivities, and I feel like it is a very insensitive request and rubbing my nose in the fact that I was not invited. Right or wrong, I feel like it would be hard to watch the weekend of wedding festivities and not be included. How do I respond? – Upset Aunt Dear Upset Aunt: You have been a very generous family member, but this does not guarantee a return on your investment. I’m sorry you were not included in this celebration, and I can understand why

Dear Abby: I’m looking for a husband, and it’s frightening what I’ve been finding

DEAR ABBY: I am sad that I haven’t found a long-lasting husband. I’m divorced, and my previous relationships and marriage look like intentional hits. I’m not sure what brought this on. I’m in my 40s and I still would like a man in my life. The men I’ve met all seem to enjoy having their homes to themselves. It’s kind of frightening. Some female friends have told me that the good ones are already taken, so I’m waiting for a divorce to happen. Should I try online dating? Do you think I should reach out to another state for someone? — IMPATIENT IN PENNSYLVANIA DEAR IMPATIENT: Stop waiting for a divorce to “happen” — those men have been burned and aren’t likely to be candidates for marriage in the near future. Because an increasing number of matches are made via online dating sites, write a profile and post it on a couple that cater to mature adults, preferably who live relatively close by. If you meet someone, take things slowly and you may have better luck. DEAR ABBY: A few years ago, my parents gave

NCS swim championships: De La Salle three-peats, Campolindo girls win second title in three years

CONCORD — It was a full team effort from De La Salle.  Despite not having an individual swimmer place higher than fourth and a relay team finish better than third, the Spartans won their third consecutive North Coast Section boys swimming title Saturday at Concord Community Pool.  De La Salle had an overall score of 236, finishing ahead of second place Amador Valley which had a score of 209. “We have a team culture and great leadership within this team,” said De La Salle coach Tom Johnson. “This was a huge team effort. We had amazing depth and the guys stepped up and swam out of their minds. I just got to sit back and watch these guys do their thing. It was a real pleasure.” While the Spartans were led by a young nucleus this season, Johnson was proud of the way his two seniors, Logan Condon and Connor Halley-McCarty, performed all season.  “To see our seniors get this final win in their final chapter is really special,” Johnson said. “They worked so hard for it and it has paid off. I get a

CCS swim championships: Gunn boys, St. Ignatius girls capture team titles

SAN JOSE — On a rainy day hardly conducive to optimal individual performance, depth that translated to team championships was the defining characteristic of the Central Coast Section swimming and diving championships at Independence High. Heading into the final event Saturday, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Gunn (boys) and St. Ignatius (girls) had already clinched team titles. Just for good measure, cherry on the top type of thing, each took first place in their respective relays. Gunn scored 258.5 points to outdistance crosstown rival and two-time defending champion Palo Alto (194). And the Titans did it without an individual titlist, but with overwhelming depth. “The boys were third two years ago, second last year and they started this year with championship aspirations.” Gunn coach Dustin Fukuda said. “They worked real hard. A really nice group of kids, they really supported each other.” The St. Ignatius girls swim team celebrates their first place finish in the Central Coast Section swimming championships at Independence High School in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2024. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  St. Ignatius, which scored 257 points to 194 for

Second-half goals help Quakes beat LAFC at raucous Levi’s Stadium

SANTA CLARA – Playing on their biggest stage of the season, the San Jose Earthquakes met the moment with their best performance. Three crosses by Cristian Espinoza led to goals as the Quakes beat LAFC 3-1 Saturday in front of 43,774 fans at Levi’s Stadium, the largest MLS crowd this season that didn’t involve a season opener or Lionel Messi. “It was a really great experience to play a huge game like this in a huge stadium,” forward Amahl Pellegrino said. “The environment was amazing. People came here to have a party and think the team (responded). We haven’t been so good this season, but derby games are different. “It was a great response and it was cool to play this game and close an important three points.” Brazilian defender Rodrigues opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he headed in a corner from Espinoza past LAFC goalie Hugo Lloris, who started for France in the last two World Cup finals. While it was a positive start, it didn’t guarantee anything – the Quakes had lost four of five games this season when scoring