A’s drop home finale to Detroit but fans cheer anyway

OAKLAND — Only a few stragglers remained of the fans who made their way to the field to circle the bases one last time. Included was a group in the familiar green “Sell” T-shirts beating their drums and getting high-fives from security guards while chanting “Sell The Team!” following a 2-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers Sunday at the Coliseum. The defeat dropped the A’s record to 48-108. One more loss on their six-game road trip to close out the season and it will be the most in their 55 years in Oakland.  The 55 home losses are the most since the A’s came to Oakland in 1968 and equals the franchise record set in 1956 and 1964 in Kansas City. The A’s departed afterward for a six-game road trip to Minnesota and Anaheim, playing out the string of season in which ownership gave them no legitimate chance to field a contending team or even one that could approach .500. But rather than get booed off the field, A’s fans chose to cheer, displaying the same kind of positive vibe in the face of adversity

Hit-and-run kills two East Bay residents in their 60s

Two people have died in a hit-and-run crash in Oakland, after a speeding car — which was later found to be stolen — collided with their vehicle just before 10 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the Oakland Police Department. The driver of the other car, a 25-year-old man from Oakland, rammed into the victims’ vehicle at 73rd Avenue and Holly Street at a “high rate of speed,” according to the police. The force of the collision caused the victims’ car to roll over and hit a parked vehicle, authorities said. The 25-year-old tried to flee the crash on foot before being detained and arrested by police. Both the driver and passenger of the impacted car were killed in the crash — a 64-year-old man from Richmond and a 67-year-old woman from Antioch. A rear passenger in the car, a 48-year-old man from Richmond, was taken to a hospital. Related Articles Crashes and Disasters | Kosovar police surround a village after Serb gunmen storm a monastery in violence that has killed 4 Crashes and Disasters | Monterey County: Day care worker facing one year

Bay Area expected to get first ‘significant rainfall’ since May

The first rain of the season is heading to the Bay Area this week. On Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said on social media that a cold front will bring rain to the greater Bay Area, with most of it falling in the North Bay. It will be the first “significant rainfall” in the region since May. Related Articles Weather | First atmospheric river storm of the season heading into Northern California, bringing rain Weather | Spare the Air alert extended as Bay Area’s 2023 summer fades to brown behind thick haze Weather | Spare the Air alert extended as Bay Area skies struggle to clear smoke Weather | Live California wildfire map: See which blazes are behind the Bay Area’s bad air Weather | Wildfire smoke is reversing years of air pollution progress in California and the West, new study finds The rain is expected to start on Monday and last through early Tuesday with most of the precipitation coming down starting Monday night. The North Bay is expected to get up to a quarter of an inch in the valleys and 0.3″-0.7″

California dialysis workers to go on strike over allegedly unfair labor practices

More than 500 dialysis workers across California are expected to go on strike this week over allegedly unfair labor practices at Satellite Healthcare and Fresenius Kidney Care clinics. Ninety-nine percent of workers voted to strike on Sept. 25 and 26 at clinics in cities like San Jose, Gilroy and Brentwood, citing concerns over management putting both dialysis clinic staff and patients at risk in order to increase profits, according to a press release from SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. Workers are also expected to strike at locations in Southern California. “We spend more time with our patients and coworkers than our own families, and they know we are chronically understaffed and underpaid,” Manny Gonzalez, a certified hemodialysis technician at Fresenius Kidney Care Juniper Fontana said in a statement. “Fresenius is trying to keep us silent because they’re afraid of us standing together, and they know that our patients are supporting us in this fight.” The union alleged that in response to dialysis workers trying to improve safety conditions, management has been “threatening and intimidating caregivers, (and) firing workers for trying to form a union and speaking

Cal football: QB problem is one of “8,000 things” for Coach Justin Wilcox to fix

Cal’s play at quarterback remains an unresolved issue heading into next Saturday’s home game against Arizona State. But when Justin Wilcox and his coaching staff evaluate the Bears’ latest performance — a 59-32 loss at No. 8 Washington on Saturday night — that won’t be the only issue they hope to address. “There’s going to be 8,000 things,” Wilcox said, perhaps only exaggerating a bit. “We’re going to look for the things we can build upon. It’s hard to see those right now.” Cal (2-2) opened its final season in the Pac-12 with a resounding thud. The Bears, headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference next fall, were down 14-0 before Washington had even taken an offensive snap. They gave up a 45-yard pick-six by linebacker Edefaun Ulofoshio on their first possession, then an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown by Rome Odunze after their second time with the ball. “It’s as bad a start in a game I’ve ever been a part of,” linebacker Jackson Sirmon said. “We couldn’t gain any momentum,” Wilcox said. Fueled by 17 points off three Ben Finley interceptions, the Huskies