Bay Bridge worker sues contractor over noose incident

An African American welder hired to work on the Bay Bridge has filed a lawsuit claiming his supervisor hung a noose near the toll plaza and another worker told him to put it around his neck. James H. Brown filed the racial discrimination suit in January in Alameda County Superior Court against his employer, Bay Bridge contractor Adams & Smith, Inc. 
John Nelson Beck, 73, has been missing since Tuesday. Searchers focused on San Francisco beaches Saturday after the family learned Beck had Googled public transit directions to Sutro Baths and Baker Beach shortly before disappearing.  
 
The Oakland Unified School District's board of directors approved in a 6-0 vote KIPP Bay Area School's petition to expand KIPP Bridge Charter School to serve elementary grades beginning in fall 2016.  
 
The loss of life caused by gun violence illustrates the need for gun law reform, attendees said  
 
Bien Cam Tran, 58, was hit by the officer on Aug. 30, 2014 while walking in a crosswalk at Third Avenue and E. 12th Street. He later died in a hospital.  
 
The family of a missing John Nelson Beck, the 73-year-old Alameda man who disappeared Tuesday, believes he may have boarded a BART train in Oakland before his disappearance.  
 
Laura A. Oda
Photo exhibit by East Oakland native Brittani Sensabaugh highlights the resilience of residents in forgotten low-income black neighborhoods.  
 
Chris Treadway
Rider advocacy group Bike East Bay is demanding that the city act aggressively to create a two-block bike lane on Fulton Street beginning at Bancroft Way where a woman was hit and dragged beneath a car Feb. 2.  
 
A 26-year-old man wounded in the West Oakland shooting Thursday morning is expected to recover.  
 
Laura A. Oda
More than 400 buildings in Berkeley with balconies or other projecting structures require corrective work, inspections performed in the wake of a deadly balcony collapse at the Library Gardens apartment complex last year have revealed.  
 
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Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7 
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Kanye West's super strict rules for Yeezy show models

Kanye West had some pretty strict rules for how models at his Yeezy Season 3 fashion extravaganza should display his clothes.