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Ex-detective charged in death of Ahmaud Arbery lost power to make arrests after skipping use-of-force training

Ex-detective charged in death of Ahmaud Arbery lost power to make arrests after skipping use-of-force training

Michael Brice-Saddler and Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington PostImageCaptionCloseThis Thursday, May 7, 2020, photo provided by the Glynn County Detention Center, in Georgia, shows Gregory McMichael. McMichael and his son Travis McMichael have been charged with murder in the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, whom they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood.This Thursday, May 7, 2020, photo provided by the Glynn County Detention Center, in Georgia, shows Gregory McMichael. McMichael and his son Travis McMichael have been charged with murder in the...

May 14, 2020
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The Sierra Club speaks out against its 'racist' founder, environmental icon John Muir

The Sierra Club speaks out against its 'racist' founder, environmental icon John Muir

America's oldest conservation organization is reckoning with its history of racism and the troubling views of its founder, environmental icon John Muir."The Sierra Club is a 128-year-old organization with a complex history, some of which has caused significant and immeasurable harm," read a statement posted on the organization's website Wednesday morning.The post went on to examine the club's own role in "perpetuating white supremacy" and spoke out against its revered founder and "Father of National Parks" on his racism and ties with figures involved in eugenics.The Sierra Club —...

July 22, 2020
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BART debuts new stations in San Jose, Milpitas

BART debuts new stations in San Jose, Milpitas

By Eli WalshBay City News ServiceMore than a dozen elected officials in the South Bay participated in the maiden voyage Friday between BART's two new stations in Milpitas and northern San Jose's Berryessa neighborhood.A group including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez and BART Board President Lateefah Simon began the festivities at the Berryessa Transit Center with celebratory remarks and a ribbon-cutting before boarding the first BART train to carry passengers from the station.The group then met with a second group of officials...

June 12, 2020
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Gavin Newsom asked to reconcile support for protests with new warnings on gatherings

Gavin Newsom asked to reconcile support for protests with new warnings on gatherings

During his Thursday press conference, California Gov. was asked why Californians should heed his new warnings against gatherings for Fourth of July weekend when he was previously supportive of protests against police brutality, where officials did not enforce mask-wearing or social-distancing.Over the past week, Newsom has told residents not to gather with individuals outside their households and to avoid large crowds for any Fourth of July parades or demonstrations, while adding the state will "mitigate" any large crowds."As always, we've had a mandate for a consistent period of time as it...

July 2, 2020
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Coronavirus updates: Two more Bay Area counties added to state watch list

Coronavirus updates: Two more Bay Area counties added to state watch list

By andImageCaptionCloseFILE - Oakland students and families carry out grab and go meals prepared by the cafeteria staff in the Oakland High School cafeteria on March 19th, 2020. Schools in the district are closed due to shelter-in-place orders due to the the COVID-19 coronavirus.FILE - Oakland students and families carry out grab and go meals prepared by the cafeteria staff in the Oakland High School cafeteria on March 19th, 2020. Schools in the district are closed due toCoronavirus updates: Two more Bay Area counties added to state watch listBack to GalleryLATEST June 8, 2:20 p.m. San...

July 8, 2020
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Kansas freshman GOP Rep. Watkins charged with 3 felonies

Kansas freshman GOP Rep. Watkins charged with 3 felonies

John Hanna, Ap Political WriterImageCaptionCloseFILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., makes a point during a town hall meeting, in Topeka, Kan. Watkins, a freshman Kansas congressman who had listed a UPS Inc. store as his residence on a voter registration, was criminally charged Tuesday, July 14, 2020, with four crimes, including unlawful voting.FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., makes a point during a town hall meeting, in Topeka, Kan. Watkins, a freshman Kansas congressman who had listed a UPS Inc. store as...

July 15, 2020
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I tried pandemic camping in CA and only one thing went horribly wrong

I tried pandemic camping in CA and only one thing went horribly wrong

(And how I almost chopped off two of my fingers)ByImageCaptionCloseThe sign at the entrance to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.The sign at the entrance to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.I went camping in one of NorCal’s newly reopened state parks. Here's what it's likeBack to GalleryMy fingers are bleeding. Everywhere.I’m holding my mangled hand above my heart (I read somewhere this is how you stop something from bleeding, even though it is very clearly not stopping any bleeding) with my 10-year-old daughter’s favorite sweatshirt being used as a temporary tourniquet.We’re at campsite 109 in...

July 15, 2020
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Supervisor Matt Haney introduces recovery fund to save 'the heart and soul of S.F.': its nightlife

Supervisor Matt Haney introduces recovery fund to save 'the heart and soul of S.F.': its nightlife

Pedestrians walking in front of The Stud bar in San Francisco on July 6, 2016. The city's oldest LGBTQ+ bar was one of several local venues forced to shutter during the pandemic. In response, Supervisor Matt Haney has introduced new legislation for a music and entertainment venue recovery fund that would buoy the city’s remaining historic nightlife institutions.First, San Francisco experienced the loss of , the city’s longest-running rock club.Then came the shutdown of , its oldest LBGTQ+ bar. Across the bay, the 100-year-old soon followed, as did and . All but one of these local venues...

December 28, 2020
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Protesters hit California streets over Wisconsin shooting

Protesters hit California streets over Wisconsin shooting

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Protests have been held in California's capital and in Los Angeles over the shooting of a Black Wisconsin man, and there were scattered reports of vandalism.More than 150 people marched through downtown Sacramento Thursday night, KCRA-TV reported. Many wore black and some had helmets.The station said several windows in downtown businesses were smashed, the City Hall was sprayed with graffiti, several other city buildings were vandalized, and there was at least one small fire set in the street.The crowd dispersed late Thursday without any arrests made, Sacramento...

August 28, 2020
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Derailed train blocks intersections in Emeryville

Derailed train blocks intersections in Emeryville

Bay City News ServiceImageCaptionCloseThe Emeryville Police Department was notified about 1:40 p.m. of the derailment involving five cars off the tracks on the Union Pacific line.The Emeryville Police Department was notified about 1:40 p.m. of the derailment involving five cars off the tracks on the Union Pacific line.Derailed train blocks intersections in EmeryvilleBack to GalleryEMERYVILLE (BCN)The vehicle railroad crossings at 65th, 66th and 67th Streets in Emeryville, adjacent to Shellmound Street, reopened Sunday evening, about five hours after a Union Pacific freight train derailed...

April 19, 2020
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