Oakland News for May 16th 2013

Oakland council cans talk about audit criticized by black leaders
Supporters rallied behind both council members during council meetings, and the Oakland chapter of the NAACP drafted a letter calling Ruby's audit "a racist attack and a character assassination." Critics of the audit were expected to address the More…

Oakland Tech loses pitcher's duel to Lowell in Transbay Series opener
SAN FRANCISCO — Aaron Leong pitched a complete game four-hitter and scored the game's only run on an error to lift Lowell High-San Francisco over Oakland Tech 1-0 in the first game of the Transbay Baseball Series on Tuesday at San Francisco State. More…

DeAngelo Hall: I got my money in Oakland, it's not about that now
One of the worst contracts any NFL team has given a player in recent years was the deal the Raiders gave cornerback DeAngelo Hall in 2008. That year, Hall More…

Oakland objects to $7.25bn credit card price-fixing settlement
The case against Visa and MasterCard and the banks dates to 2005. The proposed settlement, one of the largest US antitrust accords, was made on behalf of about 7m merchants in the US, including cities such as Oakland and businesses such as Safeway. More…

Oakland's new police chief still looking to win over officers
Oakland — The city's newest interim police chief already has convinced many of the department's most entrenched critics that he's the right man for one of the toughest jobs in law enforcement. But some of his officers remain skeptical. After one of More…

The Oakland Raiders make offer to cornerback Charles Woodson
It has been reported that cornerback Charles Woodson has been offered a contract by the Oakland Raiders. Woodson started with the Raiders where he played the first eight years of his NFL career. More…

Oakland's struggles continue in losing series against rival Texas Rangers
OAKLAND, Calif. — When everything is rolling for the Oakland Athletics, Brandon Moss' line drive with two runners on in the sixth falls perfectly in the gap for a key hit. On Wednesday, Nelson Cruz ran down the ball and snagged it for a spectacular More…

Oakland Raiders Have Had the Most Underrated Offseason in the NFL
Coming off a 4-12 season in 2012, the Oakland Raiders were clearly rebuilding rather than contending for a championship. Usually a team will look to the NFL draft to rebuild quickly, but with a shortage of draft picks, the Raiders were unable to rely More…

Oakland Raiders sign kick returner Josh Cribbs to 1-year deal
The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent kick returner Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract. Cribbs' agent, John Rickert, confirmed the deal when reached by phone Wednesday. He declined to disclose financial terms. Rickert said Cribbs drew interests More…

Oakland Gun Bill Would Give Violence-Plagued City Ability To Write Own Gun
Now, some Oakland residents are hoping a bill currently winding its way through the California legislature may help turn that tide by allowing the city, where 11 crimes are committed with firearms every day, to create its own slate of gun control More…

Raiders join Broncos in Woodson race
Oakland has been very cost-conscious, has been mostly giving out one-year deals, and most of those have been to younger players. I don't see Oakland breaking the bank to get Woodson. An advantage Denver might have is it is expected to be a Super Bowl More…

Marriotts Ridge baseball tops Oakland Mills, 7-4, on Delaney's grand slam
In the bottom of the seventh, Ben Hale and Joe Zayatz — Oakland Mills' No. 1 and 2 hitters — hit back-to-back solo home runs to cut Marriotts Ridge's lead to three with no outs, but then reliever Michael Dorsch came on to retire the last three More…

Oakland Raiders sign kick returner, wide receiver Josh Cribbs to 1-year deal
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders signed free agent kick returner and wide receiver Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a versatile player that could boost the offense and special teams. Cribbs' agent, John Rickert, More…

Oakland council cans talk about audit criticized by black leaders
OAKLAND — A potentially divisive proposal to audit City Auditor Courtney Ruby's report accusing two council members of violating the city charter has been shelved, possibly for good. City Council President Pat Kernighan said she pulled the proposal More…

Accomplice gets 15 years, 8 months in prison for 2010 Oakland slaying of
OAKLAND, Calif. — A woman will spend nearly 16 years in prison for her role in the fatal shooting of a Virginia man visiting the San Francisco Bay area for a job interview at Google Inc. The Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/19pWdxV) reports that 36-year More…

Oakland activates Crisp from DL – The Province
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – The Oakland Athletics reinstated outfielder Coco Crisp from the 15-day disabled list, the team announced on Wednesday. Crisp was place on the DL May 1 due to a strained left hamstring. The veteran outfielder was batting More…

Linebacker McClain, 23, retires one month after signing with Ravens
The 23-year-old McClain played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders before signing a one-year contract with Baltimore as a free agent on April 12. “Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said More…

Amy Trask, longtime Oakland Raiders executive, resigns – NFL
Get the latest NFL news, video updates, scores, schedules, standings and more on Sporting News. More…

Oakland A's unable to finish rally against Joe Nathan, lose to Rangers 6-5 in
Joe Nathan struck out Daric Barton with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and induced pinch-hitter Eric Sogard's first-pitch groundout to preserve the Texas Rangers' 6-5 victory Tuesday night, snapping Oakland's four-game winning streak in the More…

Oakland: Fire crews extinguish blaze at Highland Hospital construction site
OAKLAND — Fire crews evacuated construction crews and workers at Highland Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after a blaze broke out at a construction site for a health care tower at the sprawling hospital campus. No one was injured in the one-alarm fire More…

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