( Kristopher Skinner )
Albany: New flagpole dedicated at Veterans Memorial Building

The replacement of the flagpole was a joint effort by the city, Alameda County and Albany veterans. The flagpole was constructed by the Adirondack Flagpole Company of Kennesville, New York, which Albany officials say is believed to be the only remaining U.S. wooden flagpole manufacturer. 
Dan Honda
A group of about 12 families has signed a five-year joint use agreement with the West Contra Costa school district to use 5,000 square feet of land on the current site of Fred T. Korematsu Middle School at Portola Drive and Navellier Street.  
An interfaith group demanded Wednesday that charges be dropped against the so-called Black Friday 14, who allegedly disrupted BART service by chaining themselves to trains at the West Oakland station on Nov. 28, 2014, as part of nationwide "Black Lives Matter" protests.  
East Bay Atheists held a protest at the cross on Nov. 15 and several members of the group spoke at the Nov. 16 City Council meeting.  
Albany Strollers and Rollers, the community an advocacy group for pedestrians and cyclists that earlier helped bring colorful bicycle-styled bike racks to locations in the city, has a new installation to help riders: A public air pump on Solano Avenue at Santa Fe Avenue.  
Earlier this month, Merritt College officially opened the 60,000-square-foot Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center, the region's newest state-of-the-art science building. Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting, include U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and other dignitaries. President Barack Obama sent a letter of greeting to honor the day.  
Painter-jeweler Susan Brooks and clothing designer Carol Lee Shanks launched the good time event in 1991 to showcase their work. Open this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays and Sundays beginning Nov. 28, Brooks said longtime customers now send their children to her studio for their wedding rings. "You can find a client for life," Brooks said. The attraction for the public is convenience, with 100 professional artists and galleries opening their studios in an area bracketed by interstates 80 and 580 on the west, College Avenue on the east and only a few locations further north than Gilman Avenue or south of Alcatraz Avenue.  
Stormy and Cloudy are just two of the more than 6,000 homeless cats and kittens that have been rescued by ICRA over the last 20 years and given a second chance at life. In addition, ICRA has had 17,000 cats spayed or neutered, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens from ever being born.  
NaNoWriMo Workshop. National Novel Writing Month is coming to a close, but you can still find encouragement and a space to write at this workshop.3:30 to 5:30 p.  
Albany police set strategic plan meetingsThe Albany Police Department is holding public work sessions as part of work to create a strategic plan detailing goals and priorities over the next three to five years.  
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Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?