Oakland doctor charged with unlawfully prescribing drugs

OAKLAND -- The Alameda County District Attorney's Office filed felony charges Thursday against an Oakland pain management doctor accused of prescribing prescriptions for large quantities of pain-relieving medications and other dangerous drugs. 
Berkeley interim City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley has appointed Fire Chief Gil Dong as interim deputy city manager.  
 
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The UC Theatre will reopen in the fall as a live venue for music with a focus on youth education programs, helped by a $1.3 million matching grant from Taube Philanthropies.  
 
Alameda Health System reversed its decision to close the program Friday. It was scheduled to end because of low patient volume.  
 
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OAKLAND -- For the 15th year, the city's popular Art + Soul Festival will bring music, food and fun to downtown this weekend.Event organizers are slightly nervous, however, that the BART shutdown of the Transbay Tube this weekend -- linking the East Bay and San Francisco -- could scare away wary  
 
UC Berkeley is among four universities to receive grants this week from the U.S. Geological Survey to help bring the "ShakeAlert" earthquake early warning system toward a production stage; the other three universities that will receive a share of the $4 million in total grants are California Institute of Technology, University of Oregon and University of Washington.  
 
The event celebrates one of Oakland's most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods. The Laurel District dates back to 1900 and was named after the Laurel Park Residential Tract, and has been a thriving neighborhood ever since.  
 
Bay Area modernism, legacy houses are themes of this year's self-guided event on Aug. 8.  
 
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Judge Robert Freedman tentatively ruled that 13-year-old Jahi McMath has been determined to be deceased multiple times by the legal system and he's inclined to not allow new arguments on the topic. If the ruling is finalized, it could cost the Oakland girl's family millions of dollars.  
 
There's been no disruption yet to city services and workers are required to return if there's an emergency. The city's call center continues to prioritize complaints and calls.  
 
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Katy Perry still battling nuns for former convent

Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary deny singer's bid to buy a Los Angeles convent, in favor of restaurateur's higher bid, but judge opens the door for renting the property -- and Perry hopes to make her case.