In an office in a sleepy town in southern New Jersey, Harry Glemser’s phone rang. With no buxom secretary to take a message, he answered it himself.
It was a dame, looking to hire a private eye.

So begins Times writer Alana Semuels’ look into New Jersey, where cutbacks in police and law enforcement officials have forced towns to turn to private eyes, not the boys in blue, to solve crimes.
And it’s not just limited to cash-strapped New Jersey cities. Californians too have been impacted, with Oakland residents, for example, going as far as to turn to social networks to help solve crimes.
Read more about the growth of the private security industry, and the implications for towns increasingly lacking in police.

In an office in a sleepy town in southern New Jersey, Harry Glemser’s phone rang. With no buxom secretary to take a message, he answered it himself.

It was a dame, looking to hire a private eye.

So begins Times writer Alana Semuels’ look into New Jersey, where cutbacks in police and law enforcement officials have forced towns to turn to private eyes, not the boys in blue, to solve crimes.

And it’s not just limited to cash-strapped New Jersey cities. Californians too have been impacted, with Oakland residents, for example, going as far as to turn to social networks to help solve crimes.

Read more about the growth of the private security industry, and the implications for towns increasingly lacking in police.

Oakland students find treasure in Lake Merritt: Sixth-graders from St. Paul’s Episcopal School pull two bags of loot from the tidal lagoon during a cleanup. The bags held rings, watches, gold and silver.
And what will the kids do with the booty if no one comes forward to claim it?

"We might use it for the things we need," said Julian Olyaie, 12, between bites of cold macaroni and cheese from his lunch box.
"School supplies," Nathan said while nibbling on an Oreo. "Like maybe new math books."
Added Julian: “We’d just like to make the school a better place with it.”

Photo: Some of the pieces found by the sixth-graders are displayed. Credit: Richard Bailey / Lake Merritt Institute

Oakland students find treasure in Lake Merritt: Sixth-graders from St. Paul’s Episcopal School pull two bags of loot from the tidal lagoon during a cleanup. The bags held rings, watches, gold and silver.

And what will the kids do with the booty if no one comes forward to claim it?

"We might use it for the things we need," said Julian Olyaie, 12, between bites of cold macaroni and cheese from his lunch box.

"School supplies," Nathan said while nibbling on an Oreo. "Like maybe new math books."

Added Julian: “We’d just like to make the school a better place with it.”

Photo: Some of the pieces found by the sixth-graders are displayed. Credit: Richard Bailey / Lake Merritt Institute

Update: And now it’s seven…
latimes:

Update: Six people were killed and three wounded.
latimes:

‘Mass fatalities’ in Oakland shooting; suspect in custody: The exact number of those wounded and killed remains unclear following the rampage at Oikos University, a small Christian college. A suspect is detained several miles away in Alameda.
Photo: Oakland SWAT team members walk pass an unknown number of bodies covered in the street median in front of Oikos University. Credit: Peter DaSilva / EPA

Update: And now it’s seven

latimes:

Update: Six people were killed and three wounded.

latimes:

‘Mass fatalities’ in Oakland shooting; suspect in custody: The exact number of those wounded and killed remains unclear following the rampage at Oikos University, a small Christian college. A suspect is detained several miles away in Alameda.

Photo: Oakland SWAT team members walk pass an unknown number of bodies covered in the street median in front of Oikos University. Credit: Peter DaSilva / EPA

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Update: Six people were killed and three wounded.
latimes:

‘Mass fatalities’ in Oakland shooting; suspect in custody: The exact number of those wounded and killed remains unclear following the rampage at Oikos University, a small Christian college. A suspect is detained several miles away in Alameda.
Photo: Oakland SWAT team members walk pass an unknown number of bodies covered in the street median in front of Oikos University. Credit: Peter DaSilva / EPA

Update: Six people were killed and three wounded.

latimes:

‘Mass fatalities’ in Oakland shooting; suspect in custody: The exact number of those wounded and killed remains unclear following the rampage at Oikos University, a small Christian college. A suspect is detained several miles away in Alameda.

Photo: Oakland SWAT team members walk pass an unknown number of bodies covered in the street median in front of Oikos University. Credit: Peter DaSilva / EPA

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In more Oakland news, Feds raided Oaksterdam University, billed as California’s first cannabis industry training school. Founder and owner Richard Lee’s home was also searched.
Oakland in many ways has served as the cradle of California’s medical cannabis movement. Lee has been at the forefront, spearheading California’s recent unsuccessful ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.
Photo: U.S. marshals stand Monday at the entrance of Oaksterdam University in Oakland. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press

In more Oakland news, Feds raided Oaksterdam University, billed as California’s first cannabis industry training school. Founder and owner Richard Lee’s home was also searched.

Oakland in many ways has served as the cradle of California’s medical cannabis movement. Lee has been at the forefront, spearheading California’s recent unsuccessful ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.

Photo: U.S. marshals stand Monday at the entrance of Oaksterdam University in Oakland. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press

'Mass fatalities' in Oakland shooting; suspect in custody: The exact number of those wounded and killed remains unclear following the rampage at Oikos University, a small Christian college. A suspect is detained several miles away in Alameda.
Photo: Oakland SWAT team members walk pass an unknown number of bodies covered in the street median in front of Oikos University. Credit: Peter DaSilva / EPA

'Mass fatalities' in Oakland shooting; suspect in custody: The exact number of those wounded and killed remains unclear following the rampage at Oikos University, a small Christian college. A suspect is detained several miles away in Alameda.

Photo: Oakland SWAT team members walk pass an unknown number of bodies covered in the street median in front of Oikos University. Credit: Peter DaSilva / EPA

The Hidden Economics of Oakland's Rap Bohemia (GOOD)

good:

Making art into a full-time job—indie or industry—can require years of scraping with no guaranteed payoff. It becomes a much smoother path if you’ve got a phone full of friends from whatever art school, enough spare time to hone and promote your work, and family who can support you and who don’t need to be supported. Social capital is still capital, and in our economic system, an art career is a luxury purchase.

The Hidden Economics of Oakland’s Rap Bohemia

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The blues return to Oakland’s 7th Street: A walk of fame recalls the glory years after World War II, when music, not gunfire, lit up the night.
Photo: Ronnie Stewart checks on the installation of plaques along 7th Street in West Oakland. They will bear the names of 84 rythym-and-blues greats who once made the corridor a “Harlem of the West.” Credit: Lee Romney / Los Angeles Times

The blues return to Oakland’s 7th Street: A walk of fame recalls the glory years after World War II, when music, not gunfire, lit up the night.

Photo: Ronnie Stewart checks on the installation of plaques along 7th Street in West Oakland. They will bear the names of 84 rythym-and-blues greats who once made the corridor a “Harlem of the West.” Credit: Lee Romney / Los Angeles Times

Occupy Oakland protestors march through Oakland after chaotic day of evictions, arrests (Oakland North)

Oakland North is a project by U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. They’ve got a rundown of today’s events, just updated 15 minutes ago.

Live aerial coverage of Occupy Oakland (ABC7)

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Live video of Occupy Oakland

evanfleischer:

“They’ve got the sound canon — I’m standing back.”

The guy holding the live stream cam right now at Occupy Oakland.

Note: We’re not sure this is live right now — timestamp is from earlier today in the morning hours.

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Live video of Occupy Oakland

evanfleischer:

“They’ve got the sound canon — I’m standing back.”

The guy holding the live stream cam right now at Occupy Oakland.

Updated, 8:40 p.m., Oct. 5: The cam was a live stream recorded earlier in the day. Here’s live video as of right now.

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