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Man sentenced to state prison in fatal Albany shooting

An Oakland man who pled guilty to a manslaughter count in the fatal shooting of a Vallejo man in Albany last year has been sentenced to 19 years in state prison, authorities said. The Alameda County district attorney’s office had originally charged Thomas Shimamura, 31, with murder in the death of Raphael Fuentes-Lee. Prosecutors added a special allegation of a personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury. In documents obtained last year, one witness told police that they saw a man and woman walk up to Fuentes-Lee, 23, of Vallejo on late on the morning of April 29, 2018 at a bench on the Ohlone Greenway in the 600 block of Masonic Avenue. After seeing all three talking, the witness said she heard a gunshot and looked up to see the female throw her hands in the air before running north with the male along the greenway toward El Cerrito. Another witness, who gave police a picture of the two, told police of hearing a loud noise and seeing the female covering her ears while the male took a step back…

Family Upset, Camp Apologizes After Boy Walks Away Unnoticed

Imagine arriving to pick up your child from summer camp only to find out the child is not there, and nobody at the camp even knew it. That’s exactly what one Bay Area family says happened at a day camp in Menlo Park, and they say the camp’s response hasn’t done enough to explain it or keep it from happening again. 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits East Bay, 3.2 Temblor Follows Camp Galileo says it’s been in business 18 years, and nothing like this has ever happened before. Parents say it should never happen. Sherine Khalil and her husband were hoping their 5-year-old son would spend part of his summer break at Camp Galileo, but now they say he’s never going back. When Sherine arrived to pick him up on the first day, the counselors couldn’t find him. 75 Yrs Later: Survivor’s Story of Deadly Port Chicago Blast “A counselor came out, was checking the roster, was looking at it; they looked up at me,” Sherine said. “I walked over and said ‘Is there a problem?’ They said, ‘No,’ and then they walked away.” The camp…

80+ Types of Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

More than 80 different types of hummus have been recalled over listeria concerns. The hummus being voluntarily recalled was made between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019. ‘El Chapo’ Gets Life in US Prison, Rails About NYC ‘Torture’ There are concerns after listeria was identified at the manufacturing facility and not in the finished product during an FDA inspection. All of the hummus is made by Pita Pal Foods, LP based in Houston Texas. The products were distributed nationwide and to the United Arab Emirates. LA County to Pay $53M Over Strip Searches of Female Inmates Anyone who may have purchased the products listed below are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. You can also contact the company at 832-803-9295 or email products@pitapal.com. Click here to see the full list of recalled products. Apollo Rocket Projected Onto Washington Monument for Anniv. Photo Credit: Pita Pal Facebook

Trump Fuels Rally Crowd Chant of ‘Send Her Back!’

One day after the House voted to condemn his racist tweets, and just hours after it killed a resolution to impeach him, President Donald Trump resumed his rhetorical assault on four Democratic women lawmakers Wednesday at a re-election rally in Greenville, N.C. “(Rep. Ilhan) Omar laughed that Americans speak of al Qaeda in a menacing tone,” he said. “You don’t say America with this intensity. You say al Qaeda makes you proud. Al Qaeda makes you proud. You don’t speak that way about America,” he added, referring to her remarks in a 2013 interview. The crowd broke into a chant of “Send her back!” Photo Credit: AP

Berkeley to Remove All Gendered Words From City Code

Berkeley is always leading the way when it comes to progressive laws and Wednesday it added another to the list. The City Council is moving forward with a plan to remove all gendered words from the city code. That means personal pronouns like “he,” “she,” “him” and “her” will instead be “they” and “them.” But it doesn’t just stop there. 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits East Bay, 3.2 Temblor Follows Here’s the full list of the changed wording  Berkeley’s youngest city council member, Rigel Robinson, is behind the proposed change to the city’s municipal code. 75 Yrs Later: Survivor’s Story of Deadly Port Chicago Blast “A male-centric municipal code doesn’t reflect the reality of the city of Berkeley,” Robinson said. Robinson asked the city manager for a plan to remove all the gendered pronouns and words and replace them with gender neutral words. Tape Shows Trump, Epstein Discussing Women at 1992 Party For example: “fireman” will become “firefighter.” Out with “brother,” in with “sibling.” Forget “manpower,” it’s “human effort” now. “Language has power, this matters,” Robinson said. Some Berkeley residents say other issues matter more. “That’s…

Exclusive Palo Alto school expansion would cause significant traffic issues, report says

A controversial plan to expand an exclusive all-girls school in Palo Alto would cause “significant and unavoidable” traffic issues on nearby residential streets, a new report released Wednesday says. The highly anticipated environmental report for the proposed expansion of Castilleja School at 1310 Bryant St. in Palo Alto outlines the project’s ramifications for the surrounding neighborhood. The report comes amid conflict between Castilleja and its neighboring residents who have been at odds for years after the discovery that the school had disregarded its enrollment cap for nearly 15 years. The tension has continued to build over the past several years following the school’s June 2016 application to redevelop its campus and amend its conditional use permit with the city. Castilleja — a 112-year-old private school that serves sixth- to twelfth-grade girls and costs about $46,000 a year to attend — is on a 6-acre parcel in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The school’s campus is bound by Embarcadero Road, Bryant Street, Kellogg Avenue and Emerson Street. The school’s proposal calls for demolishing two houses owned by the Castilleja School Foundation and three campus buildings,…

San Mateo DA: No charges against officers who shot at burglary suspect

Four South San Francisco police officers who shot at a driver as he made a chaotic escape from a burglary scene in April won’t face criminal charges, San Mateo County District Attorney Steven Wagstaffe said Wednesday, because they reasonably feared for the life of a fellow officer who was pinned between the man’s pickup truck and a patrol car. No one was killed or seriously injured in the officer-involved shooting at a construction site where authorities said three men had been stealing tools early on the morning of April 21. One suspect suffered a cut that may have come from being grazed by gunfire, but Wagstaffe said in a report on the incident released Wednesday that doctors could not definitively say what caused the cut. The four officers — John Paulo, Steven Miller, David Vazquez and Robert Roman — fired a total of 32 times at the pickup truck as its 23-year-old driver, Rhyon Griffin, repeatedly rammed patrol cars that had been positioned to block his escape, Wagstaffe said. Wagstaffe wrote in a letter to South San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi that the officers…

Follow Frank Lloyd Wright’s footsteps in Bay Area home tour

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device Like a ghost wandering the halls of its own creation, the legend of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright lingers in the curves and angles, the masonry and woodwork, and even the furnishings of one of his standout Usonian homes, the Maynard Buehler house in Orinda. The Buehler house, tucked into an unassuming cul de sac, is one of three Bay Area Wright-designed homes that will be open for tours in the coming two weekends. In addition to the Buehler house, the Bazett/Frank house in Hillsborough and the Robert Berger house in San Anselmo will also be open to the public. They are part of a California inaugural fundraising tour conducted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative. Two others in Bakersfield and Bradbury were on the tour earlier this month. The Bazett/Frank house contains the smallest bedroom ever designed by Wright, nicknamed “The Mummy Room.” The Berger house includes the storied Wright-designed doghouse, known as Eddie’s House, designed for a 12-year old boy and his dog. It is the only doghouse…

Correction: Misidentification of A’s baseball player

A photograph from Tuesday’s A’s game, July 16, 2019, against the Seattle Mariners misidentified A’s second baseman Franklin Barreto as A’s catcher Nick Hundley. The error has been corrected. Correct caption: Oakland Athletics’ Franklin Barreto (1) throws to first base for an out on a hit by Seattle Mariners’ J.P. Crawford (3) in the third inning at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

Sen. Rand Paul puts hold on 9/11 responders funding bill

By Caroline Kelly | CNN Republican Sen. Rand Paul objected Wednesday to an attempt to pass the bill funding 9/11 first responders’ health care unanimously, arguing that passing such a long-term bill without offsetting the cost would contribute to the national debt. The delay presents another hurdle in the dramatic fight to secure funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s continued reassurances that the fund would be fully funded. After comedian and fund advocate Jon Stewart gave emotional testimony last month accusing lawmakers of failing to support the bill, the measure was swiftly approved for to a floor vote in the House and passed the lower chamber last week on an overwhelmingly bipartisan 402-12 vote. When presidential candidate and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New york requested unanimous consent — a procedural move that allows a bill to skip several steps to pass unanimously, without senators casting an individual vote — on the bill on the Senate floor Wednesday so that it be accelerated to a vote without debate, Paul objected. “It has long been my feeling that…

Two Window Washers Rescued on High-Rise in San Francisco

A pair of window washers became stranded on a high-rise Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco and had to be rescued, according to the fire department. Fire crews responded to the scene at 301 Mission St., where two window washers were stuck on a platform 10 stories up, the fire department said in a tweet. 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits East Bay, 3.2 Temblor Follows Both workers were brought down safely, and there were no injuries, the fire department said. It was not clear what caused the workers to get stuck. 75 Yrs Later: Survivor’s Story of Deadly Port Chicago Blast

Giants Complete Sweep of Rockies With Fifth Straight Win

With 18 more hits Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants once again hammered away at the Colorado Rockies to the tune of an 11-8 win that completed a four-game sweep at Coors Field. The Giants totaled 40 runs in the series. They’ve won five in a row and eight of nine. 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits East Bay, 3.2 Temblor Follows Photo Credit: Getty Images

Man says he was shot in Oakland, but scene not yet confirmed

OAKLAND — A 38-year-old Sacramento man walked into a hospital Wednesday morning with a gunshot wound he said he got in West Oakland but police so far have not been able to find the exact scene, authorities said. The man was in stable condition. The man, who used to live in Oakland, got a ride from another person to the hospital about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The person who brought the man to the hospital drove away before police could talk to them. The wounded man was initially uncooperative with police but later said he had been shot a few hours earlier  in the area of 32nd Street and San Pablo Avenue, authorities said.  He did not provide any other details. Police responded to that scene but found no evidence of a shooting there and are still trying to determine where it might have happened, authorities said. Authorities are hoping the man might eventually give them more information about where and why he was shot and by whom. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to…

A’s Matt Chapman exits game vs. Seattle Mariners

OAKLAND — A’s third baseman Matt Chapman left Wednesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners after two innings for an undisclosed reason. The A’s and Mariners were tied 2-2 after two innings. After Chapman was lifted, Robbie Grossman entered in left field to take over for Chad Pinder, who moved to third base. Chapman has been one of the A’s hottest hitters of late. Coming into Wednesday, he was 9-for-15 (.600) since the All-Star Break and was batting .366 (34-for-93) with 22 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 23 RBI over his last 25 games, dating back to June 14. Chapman is third in the American League in extra base hits (50) and slugging percentage (.554), fifth in total bases (196). He was also tied for fifth in doubles (25), was sixth in OPS (.918) and tied for seventh in home runs (22). Please check back for updates.

Protests over Fremont’s proposed homeless plan sets off a firestorm of debate online

The bucolic bedroom community of Fremont seems like an unlikely backdrop for California’s latest skirmish over what to do with its burgeoning homeless population. But the city of 237,000 residents, wedged between bustling Silicon Valley and the green open spaces of the Sunol Regional Wilderness, has taken center-stage for a deafening civic debate. Taking a page from residents across the state who have rallied to stop city officials from setting up large-scale processing centers for the homeless, several hundred people swarmed into the Fremont City Council meeting Tuesday night to raise their concerns about the center being planned for one of two locations. As scores of protesters gathered outside, hundreds more crowded into the council chambers in a highly emotional demonstration, the Mercury News’ Joseph Geha reported. Fremont, like many cities around the Bay Area, is grappling with a growing homeless population. The number of people experiencing homelessness in the city climbed to 608 in a bi-annual homeless count released this January, up from 479 in the early 2017 count. By comparison, San Jose’s population jumped 41 percent from 4,350 in 2017 to 6,097 in 2019,…

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