News Pix: Oakland Shootings Humanized, LGBT Band at Inauguration, Richmond Basketball Win

PhotoWeek130125basketballwiRichmond Oilers head coach Rob Collins dances with his team in the locker room after they defeated the Kennedy Eagles Friday night. “Winning is very addictive,” he told his players. “Right now you’re starting to get a taste of it. We’re hitting our stride.” (Tyler Orsburn/Richmond Confidential)

goldminingA miner with Sutter Gold Mining searches the end of a rock tunnel inside the Lincoln Project Mine in Sutter Creek, Calif. As gold prices have soared, mining companies are moving into parts of California that haven’t been mined since the Gold Rush. (Lauren Sommer/KQED)

oaklandviolencegrishamIn Brenda Grisham’s home, photos and momentos of her son Christopher Jones, fill the mantel. Jones was murdered on the front porch of their home on Dec. 31, 2010. Community leaders often call Grisham to comfort the mothers who have lost their children in shootings. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

bandDrum major Kim Boyd leads members of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band during practice Jan. 12 in Oakland. Boyd and his band mates marched with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association in Monday’s Inauguration Parade in Washington D.C. (James Tensuan/NewsHour)

PhotoWeek130125sunsetThe sunsets as seen from the East Bay looking towards San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge have been spectacular of late. This photo was taken on Jan. 18 and includes a glimpse of the Farralon Islands behind the Golden Gate Bridge. (Kath’s photos/Berkeleyside)

PhotoWeek130125MLKdayCarlos Ramirez, third from left in hat, helps push big logs into place to create new flower and vegetable beds. Ramirez said it was important to make the Greenway pretty. “We’re making more nature and more vegetation,” he said in Spanish. “It’s a lot of work. But it’s worth it.” (Tyler Orsburn / Richmond Confidential)

PhotoWeek130125barnowlIn 2003, in what may be the least controversial Berkeley City Council resolution ever passed, the barn owl was designated as the city’s official bird. One of the reasons is that barn owls make great rodent controllers: one family of barn owls can consume 600 mice in 10 weeks. (Bob Lewis/Berkeleyside)

militarymouseThe Pacific pocket mouse is critically endangered, virtually the only place they’ve survived is at Camp Pendleton. Wildlife biologist Will Miller of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes Camp Pendleton’s open space, preserved for military training, has “greatly enhanced” the Pacific pocket mouse’s chances of survival. “Camp Pendleton has become a de facto nature preserve.” (Marcus Teply/KQED)

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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