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Thursday’s Briefing: Charlie Hallowell Accused of Sex Harassment by 17 Women; New Laws to Protect Workers go into Effect Jan. 1

Plus, federal appeals court orders Trump administration EPA to tighten lead-testing standards.

The Right to Read

Alameda County’s Write to Read program has surprising results for incarcerated male teens at Camp Sweeney.

The I’s Have It

Sci-fi genius Robert Silverberg keeps cranking out books.

The Alley Enters a Post Rod Dibble-Era

Jef Labes and Bryan Seet become the ivory ticklers at one of Oakland’s longest-running bars.

A Quintessential Collaborator

Greg Landau hones his production skills in Alameda.

Julia Marchand Paints Surreal Habitats

The Alameda artist use candy colors to rosy-up dioramas that make her sad.

Tuesday’s Briefing: Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ Violence Costs City $3.75 Million; GOP Tax Plan Strips Affordable Housing Funds

Plus, nearly 800 families apply for 12 affordable units in East Bay city.

Leveling the Playing Field

Eve Pearlman finds inspiration at Girls Inc.

Treating the Whole Patient

Highland Hospital’s Dr. Harrison Alter focuses on social emergency medicine, which addresses social and economic factors that cause disease.

Café Eugene Closing, Cantina Del Sol Opening in Its Place

It's goodbye, Northwest and hello, Southwest at 1175 Solano Ave. in Albany.