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Oakland Composite mountain bike coach 'stoked' with mission

"While Berkeley High School has a team, Oakland has no school teams. Neither does Alameda, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward nor Fremont," said Oakland Composite head coach Morgan Fletcher. "We have, and have had, kids from every one of those communities."  
Downtown Oakland's old Sears building, now renamed Uptown Station, has landed its first tenant, a specialty market that will feature high-quality and organic foods, cuisine for people on the go, a cafe, and wine and liquor offerings, the project's developers said.  
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The topics covered by Lee included racial equality, local violence and community policing, the economy, the drought, war and education.  
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All four Robohawks teams qualified for the 2015 World Championship tournament, including one middle school and three high school teams. The 8000A (high school) and 8000C (middle school) teams already took the California State Championship title at the March 7 competition in San Jose. The other two teams made the cut for World's at the Second Annual East Bay Robot and Programming Skills Challenge hosted by Head-Royce on Feb. 28.  
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Citizens want to be policed by officers who look like them and live in their neighborhoods. That's the No. 1 complaint Councilwoman Desley Brooks hears from residents at community meetings, she said.  
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Five schools ended up sharing the first-place prize in the Chorals/Dramatic Skits, third- through fifth-grade category -- Redwood Heights, Sequoia, Glenview, Markham and Hillcrest.  
Children will decorate their derby hats and get their faces painted before they follow Alvin the Easter Bunny down the avenue. After the parade, they will return to the Lakeshore Baptist Church to color eggs and enjoy refreshments. The event is free and nondenominational.  
Residents learned how to make the right connections for city services Saturday at a town-hall meeting organized by Councilman Dan Kalb.  
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No matter what news my grandmother, Myra Cohen, heard — whether it was "Grandma, there's been a terrible flood in India" or "Grandma, the Dodgers just won the World Series" -- she always had the same response: "Is it good for the Jews or bad for the Jews?  
You think you know a person. I've seen Barbara Falconer Newhall many times over the years, usually in her gym clothes at the Hills Swim and Tennis Club.  
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Keeping wild birds healthy is tricky business

Dosing water supplies is not a recommended treatment for dealing with outbreaks of disease among wild birds. 
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.