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Piedmont Avenue: Landmark neighborhood mural is destroyed

The mural was painted in 2005 on the side of the building facing the Key Route Plaza, on 41st Street, and celebrated the building's Key System history. Currently, there is a large blue tarp covering the wall, under which around a third of the mural has been removed.  
Dai Sugano
Part 4 of the series: One doctor's daring approach allowed a troubled girl to emerge from years of a drug-induced haze. Could the success of that experiment provide a model for California to reconsider the use of psychiatric meds on foster children?  
Erin Baldassari
Officials with the Oakland Police Department said this week that they were unaware the California Highway Patrol used undercover officers -- including one who pulled a gun on protesters after he said he feared for his partner's safety -- during recent demonstrations on Oakland streets.  
OAKLAND -- Mayor Jean Quan will join hundreds of people at a Christmas celebration for day laborers and immigrant families Saturday.The event, scheduled from 3 to 6 p.  
The Oakland animal shelter has waived all adoption fees for the rest of the year, making healthy dogs, cats and rabbits free to qualified adopters. On Saturday, the shelter is holding an open house from 1 to 4 p.  
Organizations will help school health clinics educate students and parents about asthma triggers  
The carriage rides will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in front of Silver Lining Jewelry, 3340 Lakeshore. Get your face painted while you wait. The rides will also be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Santa Claus will also be dropping by to visit the children.  
PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.  
Oakland Drops Beats. It's an all-day, all-ages music crawl in downtown Oakland connecting with live music with nontraditional venue spaces, musicians with Oakland's event producers, and the community with creative and musical engagement.  
You've roasted the chestnuts and mulled the red wine. It's time to get out and see the bright lights and holiday sights. With a week left till Christmas, here are some favorite holiday outings and even a last-minute gift idea:Around town: There's an Oakland girl starring in the Nutcracker, this  
New Year's Eve: 12 great sparkling wines under $30

Ready for that New Year's Eve bash? These California sparkling wines are dazzling enough to impress, but with price tags in the $14 to $29 range, they won't punish your pocketbook. 
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Sony lawyer says "The Interview" will be released after all

Company lawyer tells 'Meet the Press’ the studio is still trying to figure out how to distribute film.