Dozens of teens swarmed a BART train car in Oakland over the weekend, robbed and in some cases beat passengers in an apparent orchestrated heist that was described by officials as a first of its kind.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost says about 40 to 60 teenagers jumped the fare gates at the Coliseum Station at around 9.30pm on Saturday and ran to the second-story platform, where they entered a train car after it pulled into the station.
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If you thought the Flint, MI lead poisoning was bad, it turns out that numerous communities in California are even worse. Blood testing data gathered by Reuters has revealed that children from one Fresno community had blood lead levels up to three times higher than those seen in children from Flint.
Even though California is known for their staunch environmental advocacy, it appears that the Golden State is not immune to the hazards of lead. High rates of childhood lead poisoning have been observed in a number of Bay Area communities, along with downtown Los Angeles. In one area of Fresno, 13.6 percent of blood samples collected from children under the age of six revealed high levels of lead — compared to just 5 percent across the city of Flint, MI during the water contamination crisis.
Residents of the inundated California city are angry that they were not given more warning that a disaster was imminent.
“If the first time a resident is aware that they need to get out of a home is when they see a firefighter in a boat, then clearly there has been a failure,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Chest-deep water trapped hundreds of residents in homes and in trees.
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It appears another damn dam is failing. After earlier issuing a flash flood warning, Reno Weather Service warned residents “This is not a drill” as County Emergency Managers noted a Dam Retention Pond is full and overflowing into drainages.
The initial tweet from NWS is quite concerning…
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) February 21, 2017
But, the good news is that there has been no dam failure…