170 people arrested in three nights of Oakland demonstrations over Ferguson killing

While the majority of demonstrators have been peaceful, many Oakland businesses have been vandalized since Ferguson, Missouri, authorities announced Monday that police Officer Darren Wilson would not be prosecuted for fatally shooting Michael Brown, who was unarmed.  
The California Highway Patrol raided a large sideshow gathering at the Port of Oakland at which officers detained more than 150 motorists.  
A third night of protests related to a grand jury's decision in the slaying of a Missouri teenager dissolved into mayhem Wednesday night, with demonstrators again starting fires in the street and smashing windows as they marched through the city's downtown.  
I was chatting with Santa Claus the other day while we watched a little girl, about 4 years old, gleefully chasing hither and thither after the soap bubbles emanating from Oswald the Bubble Elf's pipe at Children's Fairyland.  
Conrad Louis-Charles
In "American Promise," filmmaker Mich le Stephenson and husband Joe Brewster tell the tale of their son Idris and his best friend Seun beginning at age 5 through the end of high school. The Brooklyn boys are admitted to the well known Dalton School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  
Bochy, a 7-year-old domestic medium-hair crossbreed tabby, can coach his way into your heart. He's known to be a bit of a flirt, loves to meet new people and will show just the perfect spot he likes to be petted.  
Independent Young Writers Group. Young writers ages 9 to 13 years old who want to participate in the Young Writers Program of National Novel Writing Month are invited to join other local young writers to discuss strategies, share ideas, brainstorm time management tools, and write.  
Happy Thanksgiving from Minnesota! When it comes to gobblers, California's got nothing on my home state. In fact, Minnesota is America's top turkey producer with 49 million birds raised annually.  
Veterans Meeting. American Legion Post 9 is looking to rebuild its membership through monthly meeting open to all veterans who have served during times of war or conflict.  
Failing for a second-straight night to stop masked agitators from smashing windows and looting stores, Oakland police leaders are under increased pressure, including from within the rank and file, to do more to protect local businesses and the officers defending them.  
( Jacques Torres Chocolate )
Thanksgiving hotlines: Dial up turkey cooking help

The Thanksgiving feast help lines are gearing up to help anxious cooks tame the (turkey) beast. Meanwhile, Ghirardelli Square is prepping for El Mercado and 'O, Molé Night,' a weekend-long extravaganza by La Cocina.