Talk Back: Refugees
Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria and Iraq?

(Tell us why or why not?)
(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
Share the Spirit: A helping hand through 'wraparound' services

West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, a Richmond nonprofit, connects residents to food, housing, counseling and other support through collaborations with local groups like the YMCA, Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County and local food banks.  
Comic books finding new audiences

Oakland's new Cape and Cowl courts Bay Area comic books fans 
( Laura A. Oda )
Lawsuit over coal shipping plans dropped

Environmentalists are pulling the plug on a lawsuit challenging a plan for a coal shipping terminal at a city-owned project, but that does not affect the city's battle to prevent coal shipments into Oakland. Earthjustice, which represented groups such as Communities for a Better Environment, the Sierra Club and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, had filed its suit against Oakland and developer Phil Tagami's company in Alameda County Superior Court to call for a new California Environmental Quality Act review before the project continues. 
(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Raiders' road to playoffs is tough

Three straight losses have dropped the Raiders from the AFC wild-card leaders to a playoff long shot, likely needing to go at least 5-1 the rest of the way. 
Oakland: Arrests at sit-in demanding charges be dropped against 'Black Friday 14' protesters

11/25/2015 10:17 PM PST
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. 
( Evan Agostini )
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?