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Thursday in the East Bay: Oakland Port considers new facility, Amy Schneider's historic 'Jeopardy!' run ends and more

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Proposed gravel facility at Port of Oakland rejected by area residents, air quality officials

The Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners will vote Thursday on whether or not a new gravel facility at the port will be constructed at the port despite pushback from local residents and air district officials who say the new facility would be harmful to the health of area residents, East Bay Times reports.

The vote will determine if Eagle Rock Aggregates will be permitted to construct a sand and gravel storage and distribution center across an 18-acre lot at the port.

However, advocates say the construction of such a facility would go against a 2017 agreement with the port to reduce the industrial impact on nearby neighborhoods after a federal civil rights complaint was filed against the port.

Memos released by the Port of Oakland say that the new facility would create “much needed construction materials, all of which will be used for many local and regional construction projects that support housing, the local economy, and local jobs.”

In addition, port officials say that Eagle Rock Aggregates would impose measures to reduce pollution such as using electric trucks to transport the materials and using recycled water to control dust.

Matthew Hanson, who serves as the environmental planner with the Bay Area Air Quality District, told Port officials that the district “is concerned by the project's significant and unavoidable (particulate matter) impacts on the West Oakland community.”

Members on the port’s board will vote on the new facility today at 5 p.m.

Amy Schneider’s ‘impactful’ run on ‘Jeopardy!’ comes to an end after 40 consecutive wins

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Amy Schneider’s historic run on the popular game show “Jeopardy!” came to an end Wednesday after winning 40 consecutive games, racking up a total of $1,382,800 and garnering such accolades as being the best female contestant to ever play the game as well as being the first transgendered contestant to make it to the Tournament of Champions, East Bay Times reports.

Schneider, 42, of Oakland lost Wednesday’s game after answering incorrectly during the final round of the game – ultimately finishing in second place.

“You know it’s a little hard to take in,” Schneider said. “I just went out there to play ‘Jeopardy!’ and try to win some money. It’s just been really great to know that I’ve been able to do a lot of good as I’m doing it, just by being myself, representing my community.”

Schneider took the number two spot for longest winning streak after winning her 39th straight game on Monday, surpassing Matt Amodio’s win streak from last summer. The number one spot for most consecutive wins is held by Ken Jennings who won 74 consecutive games in 2004.

“Of all the things that have come out of my ‘Jeopardy’ run, I will always be most proud of any good that I’ve managed to do for the trans community, so this acknowledgment means more than I can ever say,” Schneider tweeted.

Black Heritage Month exhibit opens Feb. 4 aboard Alameda’s USS Hornet

June 2012: Members of the Montford Point Marines attend a ceremony of the Congressional Gold Medal at the Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The USS Hornet is set to host an exhibit honoring Black Heritage Month starting Feb. 4 curated by Walking Ghosts of Black History: “African-American Medal of Honor Winners, Significant Military Achievements and Members of NASA,” East Bay Times reports.

The exhibit will feature three parts, including photos, biographies, stories highlighting African Americans’ significant contributions to the U.S. military and NASA.

The exhibit will be open Feb. 4-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday.

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