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Friday’s Briefing: Sudden Oak Death May Have Fueled NorCal Fires; Oroville Dam Repair Costs Nearly Double

Plus, Oakland gets a new fire chief.

Mohammad Shehata Aims for a Color-Blind Stage

A Bay Area actor of Egyptian Muslim descent finds himself among a growing number of Middle Eastern and South Asian actors becoming more visible than ever in theater, film, and TV.

Paradise Park Cafe Puts Twang Into Pumpkins for Fall

A North Oakland neighborhood cafe uses pumpkins in ice cream burritos and savory tacos with slaw, sweet potato, and corn.

Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Plus, firefighters may get a break today with rain in the forecast.

Down on Children’s-UCSF Merger

Readers share their thoughts about UCSF taking on Children’s Hospital.

Progressive Politics and Housing

Alameda readers respond to Alameda as a progressive stronghold and affordable rental housing.

Freeze Yourself to Health

Everyday people are trying whole-body cyrotherapy, super-cooling their bodies at spas mimicking a recovery regimen of the pros. But does it work?

Wednesday’s Briefing: Unions Still Oppose Oakland Oak Knoll Project; Brown Open to Reducing Size of Tunnels Plan

Plus, PG&E faces existential threat from NorCal fires.

Kaiser Clinic Brings Cultural Sensitivity to Hypertension Treatment

In two years, 66 percent of more than 200 patients treated at the Specialty Blood Pressure Clinic have their high blood pressure under control.

City Manager Under Fire

Alameda’s influential firefighters’ union is at war with Jill Keimach over how she selected the new chief of the Island’s fire department.