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Thursday’s Briefing: Two People Die in Lake Merritt; BART Seeks Developer for Oakland Housing Tower

Plus, vandals endanger East Bay bike riders’ lives.

Dorias Brannon Leads a Surreal Imagery Path

The visionary mixed-media artist fuses painting and drawing techniques with collage, photography, and digital art.

Naima Shalhoub Sings About Pushing the Limits

A Lebanese-American songstress ushers listeners through the borderlands with her prophetic musical message.

Wednesday’s Briefing: Students Walkout of Class Nationwide to Protest Gun Violence

Plus, Oakland faces another $1.1 million penalty over Desley Brooks.

Breast Self-Exams Don’t Work So Well

Today’s mantra for women and breast self-examinations is know your breasts. Self-examination won’t hurt but it can be anxiety producing.

More Bay Area Residents Seek Ancestry Information

At home DNA-testing kits from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage, and others look at heritage with sometimes interesting results. Careful what you ask for.

Larger Footprint for the Albany FilmFest

Tuesday’s Briefing: Ice Official Quits Over Lies About Libby Schaaf

Plus, Trump’s new CIA chief oversaw torture.

Crying Time for George Jones

Monday’s Briefing: OPD Kills Man in North Oakland

Plus, Oakland bans cannabis businesses from displacing tenants.