12:07am

Tue February 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Gun Violence Robs Chicago Mother Of 4th Child

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:40 pm

Shirley Chambers cries during Monday's funeral for her son Ronnie Chambers, 33. She had four children, three boys and a girl, all victims of gun violence in Chicago over a period of 18 years.
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The gun violence that scars some Chicago neighborhoods has been a plague for one woman. Shirley Chambers first lost a child to gunfire in the mid 1990s. In 2000, a daughter and a son were shot to death just months apart. On Monday, Chambers buried her last child.

Nearly 500 people filled the pews, the choir lofts and hallways of St. Luke Church of God in Christ for the funeral of 33-year-old Ronnie Chambers, an aspiring music producer who died Jan. 26.

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11:45pm

Mon February 4, 2013

7:27pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

A modern approach to an old-school problem, teaching kids math

Screenshot of a Khan Academy lesson on addition. An Oakland charter school is relying on the YouTube lecture series to teach its students math.

California has nearly a 1,000 charter schools, making it the most in the nation. Thirty-five of those are in the Oakland Unified School District. Charter school popularity has spurred education pedagogy research, the documentary Waiting for Superman, and has left lots of people wondering what these independent schools have to offer.

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7:09pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

Seeding skills in student gardeners

Under CC license from Flickr user headcphoto

At Castlemont High School in East Oakland, wedged between the parking lot and football field, live four chickens and two roosters.

There’s also a small but incredibly abundant garden, which under the supervision of garden coordinator Frankie Grace, is entirely run and maintained by students. On the day I visit, Graces is kneeling alongside them, chatting happily and pulling weeds. She lets three of the seasoned students direct what work needs to be done.

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6:47pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

All-male PTA "Knights" seek to improve Oakland school

A group of enthusiastic men just finished discussing typical PTA issues at the Claremont Middle school in Oakland: issues like what their next fundraising event will be and where to hold their next meeting. What sets this group apart is the fact that it's composed of men. They call themselves ‘The Knights of the Roundtable."

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6:33pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

Urban Debate creates an alternative platform for students

Urban Debate has existed since 1985 and has continued to evolve – making it a national and local phenomenon. The Bay Area Urban Debate League sponsored a recent tournament at UC Berkeley, where 400 Bay Area high school students showed up ready to debate.

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5:59pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

Closing the engineering gender gap at Oakland Tech

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These days, we often hear that the gender gap is closing. Girls in high school are  excelling in reading and writing, and they’re making gains in math and science. Moreover, women are applying to colleges in greater numbers than men – and earning more degrees.

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5:45pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: Lower Dens

Lower Dens' song Holy Water.

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5:38pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Education

Changing the lives of Oakland teens "Ever Forward"

The Ever Forward Club has achieved a 100 percent high school graduation rate for its participants.
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“The Ever Forward Club honestly saved my life, to sum it up,” says Oakland high school student Omar Bernall.

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4:58pm

Mon February 4, 2013
World

In Moscow, Scandals Shake A Storied Ballet

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:47 am

Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre's Bolshoi Ballet, was nearly blinded by an attacker on Jan. 17.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

It's a story right out of the movies: The artistic director of one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world is violently attacked. His attacker and the motive are shrouded in mystery. But behind these sensational headlines is a ballet company that is both legendary and plagued with scandals and infighting.

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