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The Brainiest Cities in America
The Brainiest
Cities in America

The Brainiest Cities in America

Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - A smart city is a more prosperous one, according to WalletHub , which notes that higher education levels among an urban center's residents boost salaries and, in turn, tax dollars flowing into local government. The site wanted to see which cities are attracting the best and brightest, so it reviewed...

Juneteenth Gunfire Wounds 15
15 Shot at Juneteenth Event

15 Shot at Juneteenth Event

Oakland police find more than 50 shell casings

(Newser) - Fifteen people were shot during a Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, police said Thursday. The violence broke out Wednesday night during an event at Lake Merritt that was largely peaceful, with as many as 5,000 in attendance, until a sideshow involving "motorbikes and vehicles" took place around 8:15pm...

In Broad Daylight, Robbers Empty Jewelry Store in Minutes

Oakland's Phuong Jewelry loses up to 90% of its inventory

(Newser) - Six people dressed all in black carrying hammers and a gun robbed a jewelry store in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, making off with "nearly all the owner's life savings in a matter of minutes," NBC News reports. Diane Trinh, the 69-year old owner of Phuong Jewelry, one...

San Francisco Has Beef With Oakland's Airport Name Change

Officials have voted to rename it San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport

(Newser) - Oakland officials have voted in favor of changing the name of the city's airport to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport, despite San Francisco threatening a lawsuit over what it says is a trademark violation. The Board of Commissioners for the Port of Oakland voted unanimously Thursday to approve...

Kaiser Issues a Stark Lunch Break Warning

Oakland's biggest employer suggests staying inside for lunch due to crime

(Newser) - Kaiser Permanente staffers in one California city maybe looking forward to heading outdoors for lunch have received a warning to avoid that, apparently due to local crime. KTVU reports that last month, the health care company sent out a memo advising employees in Oakland to remain inside the company's...

In-N-Out Has Never Closed a Location—Until Now

Company says 'frequency and severity' of crimes is forcing it to close Oakland restaurant

(Newser) - In-N-Out Burger says that while it has relocated several restaurants over the years, what it is doing in Oakland is a sad first in its 75-year history. The California chain says it is permanently closing the "busy and profitable" restaurant because of crime concerns, NBC News reports. "We...

Oakland Honors Tupac Shakur
Oakland Honors Tupac Shakur

Oakland Honors Tupac Shakur

Family, hip-hop stars address legacy at street naming

(Newser) - A stretch of street in Oakland, California, was renamed Friday for Tupac Shakur, 27 years after the killing of the hip-hop luminary. A section of MacArthur Boulevard near where he lived in the 1990s became Tupac Shakur Way, following a ceremony that included family members and Oakland native MC Hammer....

This Is the Worst City in America for Driving

California's Oakland is last in WalletHub's rankings; Texas' Corpus Christi is the best city to drive in

(Newser) - Getting behind the wheel can mean a nice, leisurely cruise with nary a pothole—or it can be a chaotic, horn-honking nightmare through congested city streets. WalletHub looked at the 100 most populated US cities to see where drivers have it easiest, using 30 metrics across three main categories: safety,...

This Is America's Friendliest LGBTQ+ City

San Francisco takes the top spot in LawnStarter's rankings, while Florida's Hialeah falls to the bottom

(Newser) - It's almost the midway point in Pride Month, the celebration and commemoration of LGBTQ+ pride, with events taking place nationwide—including at the White House . LawnStarter decided to scout out what parts of the country are most pride-friendly, looking at 20 metrics for 200 of the America's largest...

These US Cities Are a Runner's Paradise

Relative to the other cities in Lawn Love's latest fitness ranking; San Francisco tops the list

(Newser) - Next Wednesday is Global Running Day, and some cities are more amenable than others if you're in training to be the next Jackie Joyner-Kersee or Usain Bolt—or even if you just like hitting the pavement to burn off some stress and stay fit. Lawn Love scouted the 200...

This Is the Most Sustainable City in America

San Francisco tops LawnStarter's list

(Newser) - Saturday is Earth Day, so LawnStarter compared the 200 biggest cities in America to find the most (and least) sustainable ones. The site looked at more than two dozen metrics in five main categories: policy, including incentives and policies that center on energy efficiency and renewables; sustainable development (think the...

California Group Slams 'Targeted' Attacks on Riders

Series of 'dooring' incidents, other attacks by drivers have sent at least 2 to hospital in East Bay

(Newser) - What should've been an enjoyable end to the workweek with leisurely bike rides around California's East Bay turned into terror for one cycling group, after multiple cars appeared to intentionally go after the riders. East Bay Bike Party, a local group that describes itself as "a mobile...

This Is the Greenest City in America

San Diego takes the top spot in WalletHub's ranking of environmentally conscious metropolises

(Newser) - With what seems like a never-ending series of headlines tied to the effects of global warming on Earth, many of us may be thinking ahead on what we can do next to help save our planet. Where we choose to live could also prove meaningful, with some cities around the...

At Least 6 Hurt in Oakland School Shooting

Witnesses say there were multiple gunmen

(Newser) - Six people—all of them adults—were injured in a shooting Wednesday at an Oakland, California, complex that houses multiple schools, authorities say. Witnesses said a car pulled up outside the campus, then three men got out and opened fire, CBS Los Angeles reports. Highland Hospital in Oakland said it...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated US Cities

Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops WalletHub's list, while Visalia, California, comes in last

(Newser) - Where college grads head to after they've thrown their caps in the air can make or break a city's smarts cachet. WalletHub wanted to see which US cities can claim that "most educated" prestige, so it looked at 150 of the most populated metropolitan areas around the...

'People's Convoy' Gets a Messy Calif. Welcome

Trucks were pelted with eggs when they showed up in Oakland

(Newser) - Over the past few weeks, the "People's Convoy" of protesters pushing back against COVID mandates has been making its way back from Washington, DC to California. And on Friday it found itself in Oakland, though the welcoming committee there likely wasn't what drivers expected. Per the Sacramento ...

'Mummified' Body Found in Convention Center Wall

Grim find in Oakland building is being investigated as a homicide

(Newser) - Workers renovating a convention center in Oakland, California, made a disturbing find Wednesday—a mummified body inside an interior wall. Kim Armstead, a spokesperson for Oakland police, said the body, believed to be that of a man, was "in the late stages of decay" and had been preserved by...

Smash and Grab Turns Deadly for Former Officer

Ex-cop Kevin Nishita was protecting a TV news crew covering the break-in

(Newser) - A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region, per the AP . Kevin Nishita, a former police officer in several Bay Area communities including...

He Died Chasing Men Who Stole His Laptop. Now, a Verdict

2 convicted on murder, manslaughter charges after 2019 Starbucks robbery led to death of Shuo Zeng

(Newser) - Update: Two men have been convicted in a 2019 laptop robbery at a Bay Area Starbucks that left a research engineer dead. The Mercury News reports a jury on Wednesday found 24-year-old Byron Reed guilty of second-degree murder, and 20-year-old Kejuan Wiggins guilty of voluntary manslaughter, in the Dec. 31,...

2 Dead After Shooters Fire 70 Rounds Into Party Bus

Witness describes bullet holes the size of golf balls

(Newser) - Multiple shooters fired an estimated 70 rounds into a party bus carrying a dozen women for a 21st birthday celebration in Oakland, Calif., early Tuesday, leaving two dead and five wounded. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Hughes of Modesto and 19-year-old Alayasia Thurston from Stockton were killed in the shooting, which began on...

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