Environmentalists file lawsuit to stop coal being shipped through Oakland

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit to try to put a wrench in an Oakland developer's plans to ship coal through the city. Earthjustice, on behalf of groups like Communities for a Better Environment, the Sierra Club and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network filed an action in Alameda County Superior Court to call for a new California Environmental Quality Act review before the project continues, the groups announced Friday The groups are protesting a proposal to ship Utah coal by rail through the new maritime bulk terminal being developed by Phil Tagami for the city at the former Army Base, a cornerstone project for the city.  
Weather officials issued a warning Saturday afternoon that conditions are developing in the North and East Bay hills that could cause rapid wildfire growth should a fire start.  
Oakland's Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, or CARD, trains nonprofits to respond to vulnerable populations during a disaster but will go out of business if it doesn't raise $100,000.  
Emissions from some of the cargo-handling equipment at the Port of Oakland will be cut by upgrades funded by a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, port officials said Friday  
A 36-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of killing an acquaintance in Richmond who was later found wrapped in plastic on a West Oakland street.  
A city television crew was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon for a video camera worth $60,000, police said. The robbery occurred at about 3:20 p.m. at 935 Brockhurst Street on the fringes of Ghost Town between San Pablo Avenue and Market Street as two KTOP-TV 10 employees were wrapping up a shoot.  
Paul Booker, of Oakland, who is accused of sex trafficking a teenage girl, was sentenced on Friday to 62 years to life in prison for killing an acquaintance during an East Oakland street fight in 2013.  
Caravan for justice launches social media education tour in Oakland Saturday  
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Sharmin Bock, who was alleged to have laundered campaign funds by Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's attorney, has returned to work and has been cleared in an internal Alameda County District Attorney's Office probe, a spokeswoman said Friday.  
Dissenters in the 6-3 vote say The Residences at Berkeley Plaza, a market-rate mixed-use project with 302 apartments at 2211 Harold Way, does not fulfill the city's goal of providing new housing for all income groups.  
Burning Man -- for kids?

Photographer Peter Armenia set to publish children's book titled, 'Burning Man: The World's Biggest Playground.'