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An Alameda man was sentenced to 32 years to life in state prison last Friday, Aug. 15, for masterminding a marijuana robbery plot that turned fatal in 2011.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson sentenced Chistopher Donaldson Jr., 22, of Alameda, to the prison term for his role in the death of Oakland native William Adrian Falcon Sapp in April 2011.

Rolefson said his prison sentencing was justified because Donaldson "masterminded it (the robbery plan), he orchestrated it and he saw that it was carried out."

This story originally aired on KALW-FM.

I’m on the east side of Alameda Island, standing in mud in front of a storm drain that empties out into San Leandro Bay. There’s a stretch of homes right on the shoreline looking out at estuaries, the Oakland Airport, and Coliseum. The waterline isn’t quite at my feet right now, but in less than a century I’d likely be standing in water up to my shoulders.

Pilgrim Faire celebrates days prior to Machine Age

The medieval blacksmith worked with anvil, tongs and bellows. His shop seemed a magical place. He fashioned iron, the "black" metal, into weapons, armor and shields. He worked at his forge making objects needed to build and shape society: hammers and nails, axes and pokers; even decorative objects.

This set him apart from those who fashioned the "white" metals, silver and gold, into more delicate objects. His workplace, his forge, gave his trade a name.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) is teaming up with the San Leandro Police Department to host the second annual Police Canine Competition. Last year’s event successfully showcased more than 50 canine teams from across California. These teams came together to compete in narcotic detection and patrol scenarios. The competition attracted the largest attendance in the recent history of the Western States Police Canine Association as more than 300 spectators and local media groups watched special handler-canine teams in action.

Lincoln Park came alive last Saturday with a celebration that recalled "Alameda 1902." Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society (PEERS) showed the way to a time 112 years ago when the Oakland Estuary opened to boats and barges from San Francisco Bay to San Leandro Bay. The free picnic and dance featured Victorian- and Edwardian-era costumes and music from the band Bangers & Mash. PEERS welcomed suffragettes to the party as long as they wore their "rational" costumes.

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