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‘Unsung hero’: the baker and activist whose death inspired calls for restorative justice
After Jen Angel’s shocking death, loved ones honor her legacy of punk zines, gourmet dinner nights and social justice projects

Sam Levin

18, Feb, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Charismatic cats: mountain lion besties gain TikTok following
Rescued cubs Holly and Hazel now spend their days cuddling after being found in the Santa Cruz mountains

Katharine Gammon in Los Angeles

18, Feb, 2023 @11:00 AM

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From homeless to city hall: the Hmong American mayor making history in Oakland
Sheng Thao says her experiences will help her lead the city through its severe housing crisis

Maanvi Singh in Oakland

24, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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‘Keeps me up at night’: fear of serial killer petrifies California communities
Seven slayings in Stockton and Oakland, with the killer still at large, have shocked the majority Latino residents of the two cities

MacKenzie Ryan

14, Oct, 2022 @3:22 PM

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A shooting killed their student. Now two California teachers are educating kids about gun violence
Athena Larois and Melanie Swandby, who lost Jacob Gonazalez, 17, in a shooting in 2013, wanted to be more proactive in addressing the issue

Momo Chang

13, Oct, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Shock as 12-year-old allegedly shoots classmate in Oakland school
Victim described as in stable condition and alleged shooter held in California city that has seen six gun deaths in recent days

Ed Pilkington in New York

30, Aug, 2022 @6:05 PM

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The urban garden transforming lives after prison: ‘I’m finally free’
A food justice organization in Oakland, California, is fighting inequality and food deserts while nurturing hope

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil in Oakland with photographs by Marissa Leshnov

07, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Chef Crystal Wahpepah on the power of Indigenous cuisine: ‘Native foods are overlooked’
The game meat, corn and berries featured on the Indigenous chef’s menu have helped to launch her overnight success

Maria C. Hunt in Oakland

14, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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‘He would get high before teaching’: how Mills College gave birth to music’s boldest minds
Fuelled by psychedelic counterculture, the Californian university has nurtured Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson and more – and caused riots at its concerts. But can it survive?

Robert Barry

20, Apr, 2022 @11:54 AM

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Mummified body found inside wall of Oakland convention center
Construction workers discover body during renovation of the more than century old Henry J Kaiser Convention Center

Gabrielle Canon

11, Mar, 2022 @2:25 AM

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Guns and lies in America: decoding community gun violence in California
Why the Guardian US is running a major project on everyday gun deaths in the Golden State

Abene Clayton

12, Jan, 2022 @10:18 PM

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The Black foodie celebrating the Bay Area’s hidden gems: ‘Our food scene is special’
Darion Frazier’s Bayareafoodz Instagram page features the best taquerias, greasy spoons and small soul food joints in the region

Abené Clayton in Los Angeles

08, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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