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Piedmont: Changing the way science is taught

The exercise was part of an explanation of a new way to teach science during a discussion led by Lawrence Hall of Science Director Elizabeth Stage and Piedmont Middle School Curriculum Director Suzanna Loper. Their program, "How Science Education is Changing," is supported by research being done at the hall. 
A jury returned a verdict in favor of two women, Halona Sudduth and Farah Sanders, who say they were molested as children by former Oakland firefighter Solomon Sacay and sued him in civil court for fraud, alleging he and his wife filed for divorce in attempts to avoid restitution payments.  
Join Oakland reporter Matt Artz and sports franchise expert Andy Dolich on the latest with the Raiders and their stadium issues.  
The non-profit Our City partnered with the City of Oakland to bring a Public Design Fair to downtown Oakland promoting "play", the theme of a three-day interactive fair.  
"Love in the Wilderness" is the theme of a hike from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Sunol Regional Wilderness, led by naturalist Cat Taylor. The group will look for "amorous amphibians and rapturous raptors."  
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"I'm also so grateful to the U.S. government for granting us asylum and to members of the Piedmont Community Church (PCC) for all the help they've given us," said Shahzadi, who arrived at SFO from Thailand with her husband Pervaiz Bhatti and their three sons on Dec. 10.  
Superintendent Randy Booker explained there are small fundraisers at schools such as magazine or bake sales with different volunteers handling the proceeds that are turned over. The district will strive to tighten the system to ensure that the funds are properly managed. Montgomery stressed there was no indication of mishandling of funds, just better accounting was needed.  
"My husband and I have built a place that we would like to hang out in, a casual, cozy, warm environment where you can have as much or as little as you want," said Cheri Sprenger, owner of Pour Wine Bar and Bistro in Montclair Village. "With the addition of Camber and Chowhaus, Montclair is starting to catch up. New places are opening with more contemporary, more progressive food. I think this is going to continue. I wanted to get in early."  
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Balboa, a mixed-breed domestic shorthair, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. This sweet 6-year-old male cat came to the East Bay SPCA in rougher shape than the script of "Rocky IV" -- the poor baby was a hot mess of skin issues, malnutrition and hard living on the street.  
Required documents include proof of vaccinations, birth certificate, proofs of residency. For more information, contact Sylvia Eggert at 510-594-2614 or seggert@piedmont.k12.ca.us. For complete list of required documentation, visit www.piedmont.k12.ca.us and click on new student enrollment.  
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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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Sylvester Stallone considered skipping Academy Awards

Sylvester Stallone says he considered boycotting Academy Awards until Ryan Coogler told him to go.