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Soaring to the playoffs

The Kennedy High School Eagles vie for a win at the playoffs despite a tragic loss.

“Miss Richmond” heads to pageants

Alexis Pickins, otherwise known as “Miss Richmond,” will be representing her hometown in two upcoming beauty pageants. The 22-year-old senior at UC Berkeley will compete in Miss Black California Dec. 28-30 and Miss California Jan. 12-13, and she may well be the first “Miss Richmond” the city has ever seen. But for the community, Pickins…

Christmas non-profit is born

It was a vision that would change the way they celebrated Christmas forever. Burgundie Spears was a sophomore in college when she decided to give up her own Christmas to begin collecting clothing, toys, and food for “Christmas in Richmond,” an annual event—which became a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in December—that helps those in need. “The…

Richmond celebrates Obama’s victory

Richmond residents erupted into gleeful cheers as they watched CNN call three states in a row for President Barack Obama, before finally handing him  the presidency. “Four more years! Four more years!” chanted people watching the results at Salute restaurant, throwing their fists into the air, hugging, and crying before toasting their champagne glasses. Anxiety…

Eagles lose title game, look to rise in playoffs

It wasn’t the best day for the Eagles, but roses scattered in the stands and around the field were a reminder that this game wasn’t just about winning or losing.

Dr. Aaron Baggs wins Operation Access award

Surgeons, nurses, and medical assistants from across the Bay Area pried themselves away from the operating table Thursday night to be honored at Operation Access’ annual dinner.

City Council Election 2012: Gary Bell

Gary Bell was the first person in his family to go to college, a star football player, and the youngest city council member ever elected in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. But don’t ask the Richmond City Council candidate about his defeats. “Did you just use the defeated word with me?” he asks, his eyebrows…

Unwrapped: Mixed reactions to new lunch

On July 1, new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations kicked in changing what kids eat nationwide. The federal regulations, spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, limit the average weekly maximum number of calories in a lunch meal to 850 in high school, 700 in middle…

Community remembers ‘superhuman’ pediatrician Dr. William Jenkins

When Dr. William Jenkins Jr.’s home was threatened by the Oakland Hills fire of 1991, the last thing on his mind was saving his house. “All he cared about was saving one suit so he could go to work,” said Dr. Brian Blaisch, Jenkins’ former colleague and friend. “And that was literally the real meaning…