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One person was killed and at least one more seriously injured in a car crash in East Oakland this morning, a police officer said.
The collision occurred around 11:20 a.m. near the intersection of 98th Avenue and Plymouth Street, Oakland police Officer K. Quintela said.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene and at least one more was taken to an area hospital in serious condition, she said.Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:55:15 -0800
In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Governor Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: some environmentalists, a core Democratic constituency, are bristling over his administration's policies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Appearing at a Democratic convention in Los Angeles, in his first major campaign speech since formally declaring his candidacy last month, Brown found himself forced to speak over a noisy group of sign-waving protesters who want him to ban fracking in the state.
"Just listen a moment," Brown said impatiently at one point, as the protesters shouted "No fracking" and waved signs just steps from the podium that said "Another Democrat against fracking."
The protesters provided an unscripted distraction in what was otherwise expected to be a unified show of support for the 75-year-old governor, who appears headed for an unprecedented fourth term in the heavily Democratic state.
In his remarks, Brown made the case that California had emerged from the ravages of the recession and was now leading the nation on issues like immigration reform and environmental protection, while Washington remains hopelessly gridlocked.
"California is working," he said. "California is back."
Brown is expected to easily secure enough votes in the June primary to move on to the general election. In November, he is expected to face one of two little-known Republicans, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari of Laguna Beach or state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly from the San Bernardino Mountains community of Twin Peaks.
In a year that's expected to be favorable for national Republicans, state Democratic leaders have been fretting about the motivation of their voters.
Most political handicappers expect Democrats to retain their grip on the governorship and other statewide offices this year, in part because of California's Democratic tilt. GOP registration has dwindled to 28.7 percent.
But sketchy turnout could affect two dozen or more competitive congressional and state legislative contests.Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:38:08 -0800
Authorities say a Tampa Bay area family was hospitalized after eating meat tainted with LSD.
Tampa police say the family of four ate the tainted meat and became ill Monday. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office reported Friday that the meat had been contaminated with the hallucinogenic drug.
Authorities say the woman was 9 months pregnant when she became ill. Doctors induced labor, and she had a healthy baby boy.
The family was eventually released from the hospital in good condition.
Police say the bottom round steak was purchased from a Walmart located at 1501 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. The store has turned over all its meat to police for testing.
Local police, along with county health officials and state and federal agriculture officials, are investigating how the drug got into the meat.Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:56:10 -0800 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories