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Capping Russia’s oil profits could keep oil flowing to global markets at a reasonable cost while slashing Putin’s war funding

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology The world as we know it cannot function without oil, giving oil-producing countries an advantage economists call market power. Nations that produce oil are able to set the price, while countries that rely on oil have little choice but to buy it at prices determined by the seller. While this asymmetry in market power generally favors the seller, in response to the war in Ukraine, a group of global oil buyers are trying to leverage their economic purchasing power to weaken Russia’s strength as a major global oil producer. The European Union and

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Second inmate who escaped from Contra Costa detention center captured

Pleasant Hill police have announced that one of two inmates who escaped from the Marsh Creek Detention Center earlier this month has been captured.   Jorge Garcia-Escamillia, 28, and  Gerardo Ramirez-Vera, 33, escaped from the facility on Sunday, September 4.  Ramirez-Vera was arrested four days later in Vallejo, while Garcia-Escamillia at that time remained at large, until Wednesday night when he was caught by Pleasant Hill Police Department on a graveyard shift.  According to the police, “officers found a Suburban going through a local hotel parking lot with no license plates around 1 a.m.”  After a traffic stop and an investigation,

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Deep brain stimulation can be life-altering for OCD sufferers when other treatment options fall short

Rachel A. Davis, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Imagine growing up tormented by fears and life-consuming rituals that make no sense to you or those around you. Then imagine the shame of being told by mental health providers that, because you understand that your behaviors are illogical but keep doing them anyway, you must want to stay sick. One of my patients, Moksha Patel, who is a doctor himself, endured this from childhood until his early 30s. In September 2021, Patel underwent deep brain stimulation surgery, a rare neurosurgical procedure that can be used for severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, or

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Hurricane Ian: When the power grid goes out, could solar and batteries power your home?

Will Gorman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Bentham Paulos, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic winds and flooding are likely to bring long-lasting power outages to large parts of Florida. The storm is the latest in a line of hurricanes and extreme heat and cold events that have knocked out power to millions of Americans in recent years for days at a time. In many disaster- and outage-prone areas, people are starting to ask whether investing in rooftop solar and battery storage systems can keep the lights on and the air conditioner running

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Gov. Newsom signs bill package for new affordable housing

San Francisco Governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill package aimed to accelerate the states’s housing.  According to the Governor’s Office, the new laws will speed up the construction of new housing while creating thousands of high-paying jobs.  Gov. Newsom also announced new affordable housing funding awards to different projects. 

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Rape suspect arrested, identified at Nordstrom Rack

A rape suspect has been arrested and identified after a standoff in a Pleasant Hill Nordstrom Rack.  The suspect was identified as Joseph Alan Ramos, 26, of Concord.  According to the police, they surrounded the Nordstrom Rack in Pleasant Hill for 13 hours before leaving at 7 a.m. Wednesday.  Officers said they tried to negotiate all night but were unable to establish contact with the suspect.  Nordstrom Rack closed the store to the public and the Pleasant Hill Police Department left one undercover detective at the scene just in case the suspect was still inside.  Around 11:45 a.m., Ramos climbed

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Six people shot in Oakland school mass shooting

Six people were shot in a mass shooting at a school in Oakland Wednesday. At least two of those injured are in critical condition.  Police responded to the scene at 12:49 p.m. and confirmed that six people were shot in the shooting. Three victims were sent to Highland Hospital, while the other three were taken to Eden Medical Center.  At 4:30 p.m., the Oakland Police Department said in a press conference that two individuals are suffering from life-threatening injuries. Two more are pending release and other patients are with non-life-threatening injuries.  According to OPD, they are looking for at least

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