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TGIF in the East Bay: Bay Area music legend Freddy Hughes dead at 79, Tesla employee dies during shift and Dubs stumble

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Beloved Oakland soul singer Freddy Hughes dead at 79

Freddy Hughes, the Oakland recording artist who had a massive impact on the East Bay soul music scene and made the 1968 hit “Send My Baby Back,” died Tuesday at the age of 79, East Bay Times reports.

Hughes died of leukemia and COVID-19 complications, according to his son and former member of Tower of Power, Derrick Hughes.

Hughes was born on Aug. 20, 1943 and attended Castlemont High School in Oakland before launching a career spanning over 60 years, working with numerous Oakland vocal groups beginning in the 1950s.

“I worked with Lou Rawls, Aretha, and Marvin Gaye, and Freddie was equal to any of those singers,” said R&B legend Johnny Talbot. “He had a voice that was unique and influential. When you mention singers from this area, Freddie has to be at the top. He had such a gift.”

Hughes is survived by five children, Sonia Hughes Farmah of Hanford, Derick Hughes of Oakland, Derene Hughes Jones of Alameda, Lena Hughes, and Jelani Hughes; 23 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and his brother Wayne Hughes of Oakland.

Tesla line worker dies during shift at Fremont factory

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An employee at Tesla’s Fremont factory died Wednesday while working on the powertrain assembly line, East Bay Times reports.

Authorities from the the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, are currently investigating the death after being notified of the death.

“Ca-OSHA is gathering more information to determine the work-relatedness of this event and whether to conduct an inspection,” the agency said in a statement issued Thursday morning.

First responders were initially notified of the death at 5:38 a.m. Wednesday, according to Fremont Fire Department Spokesperson, Aisha Knowles.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, Knowles said.

The employee's identity and cause of death have not been released.

Kerr takes blame for Golden State’s loss to Pacers

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Fresh off the heels of a dominating win over Detroit at the Chase Center, Golden State fell to Indiana 121-117 in overtime Thursday – marking one of the largest upsets during the Steve Kerr era of the Warriors’ franchise, ESPN reports.

"I blame myself, number one," said Warriors Coach Steve Kerr. "I don't think I did a good job of preparing the team to be ready to play."

The Pacers shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range despite being without four of their top scoring players.

Kerr also blamed himself for the last defensive possession of the game during regulation time after Steph Curry allowed Justin Holiday to slip his defense and hit a three in just enough time to tie the game and go into overtime.

"I'm normally a fouler, and I take the hit on that one, too,” Kerr said, after telling his players to not draw a foul on either Holiday or Isaiah Jackson, who assisted Holiday on the play.

However, Steph Curry shared the blame on that play saying, "I looked at the ball for like two seconds," adding, "Holiday made a good cut and made a shot. I know there's that conversation, should we have fouled and all. I was just a step slow and that one gave him too wide-open of a look. Trying to guard the inbounds and I got caught looking."

Overall, Curry finished the night with a game-high 39 points, and went six for 16 from deep. However, the remainder of the Warriors hit only 11.5% from three-point range, going three for 26 – the worst three-point average from Golden State since the 2014-15 season.

Curry blamed Thursday’s loss on what he saw as the Dubs failure to execute.

"It was our execution on simple stuff that we know is our bread and butter, we didn't execute well," Curry said. "We came down, I called a play, but we didn't execute it well. It was an anti-possession. That's where us as players have to keep each other accountable. On the little things we can control. We can't control making and missing shots, but you can control execution."

The Dubs face the Houston Rockets tonight at the Chase Center.

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