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Concerns Surface Over Essential Oils

Endocrinologists and aromatherapists are at odds over whether lavender and tea tree essential oils cause ‘moobs.’ More consumers are talking to their doctors about it.
May 06, 2019

Rocky Kahn’s Lonely Quest for Justice

The Oakland founder of the startup Edyt has extensively documented alleged thefts by his former CEO, but the FBI declined to take his case and Alameda County prosecutors remain ambivalent. The entrepreneur's pursuit of justice has been frustrating.
May 02, 2019

Why There’s No Gayborhood in Oakland

Oakland is third in the nation with same-sex households, but there’s no gay and lesbian district — and that’s OK since there are arguably more LGBTQ-targeted events and things to do here than ever before, and the LGBTQ community is stronger than ever.
April 04, 2019

Downtown Oakland and Environs Won’t be a Food Desert Much Longer

In the wake of last fall’s Smart & Final closure, several new stores are opening, and others have raised their profiles, showing that that swath of Oakland may not be such a food desert much longer.
March 01, 2019

The Tick That Took Me Out

My story of getting and coping with late-stage Lyme disease—one of the fastest spreading, most debilitating, and least understood diseases in the nation.
January 21, 2019

Haircuts with Heart Provides Free Haircuts to the Homeless

Volunteer stylists, shears and blow-dryers in hand, provide pampering services for those who need it the most.
January 09, 2019

Oakland’s Lead Paint Problem Persists

The city has yet to launch a program to check older homes for lead paint, even though children are still being poisoned. Funds from a recent lawsuit, however, could jumpstart the effort.
January 01, 2019

Paint the Town Puts Traffic-Calming Murals Around Oakland

Administrators of the pilot program, organized through the city’s Department of Transportation, are happy with the results of the program but hope more funding will make it proactive in economically distressed areas.
December 17, 2018

Noah Berger Is the Fire Chaser

The longtime East Bay photojournalist has found his calling: photographing California’s massive wildfires.
November 20, 2018

The Crack in Oakland’s Jewel

The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center on Lake Merritt has been empty for 13 years and is in such disrepair it can’t be used to house homeless people. Will renovations finally begin next year?
November 08, 2018