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A multi-agency collaboration by scientists investigating the "mystery goo" that affected more than 500 waterbirds in the East Bay in early January has identified the sticky substance as polymerized oil, most similar to vegetable oil.

The mysterious substance, ranging from an oily or gummy consistency to a hard varnish, coated East Bay waterbirds, severely limiting their ability to stay warm, float, fly and locate food. Investigators were unable to locate a pure sample of this material from a source, which in part is why the specific material has not been identified.

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) have been impacted by the wildfires that has left a path of destruction in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Hear reverend’s story of love equality in his own words

Twin Towers United Methodist Church is hosting an evening with Rev. Benjamin Hutchison next Friday. On July 13, church officials confronted Hutchison, senior pastor at Cassopolis United Methodist Church in Michigan, and asked him if he had a gay partner. "I will never deny that," Hutchison to

What do the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Parthenon and the city’s "Guide to Residential Design" have in common? They all contain the Golden Mean: A proportion — .618 to 1 — that people throughout the ages have considered aesthetically pleasing.

There is a difference, however. The Great Pyramid and the Parthenon have the Golden Mean set in stone. The city’s "Guide to Residential Design" has given its Golden Mean flexibility, something that architect Dick Rutter has a problem with.

The Navy has spent more than 15 years cleaning up contaminated groundwater underneath two former gas station sites at Alameda Point. They are still at it, but it’s not because the Navy is slow or lacking in commitment and expertise. It’s the nature of groundwater cleanup, which involves intermittent treatment efforts.