American Airlines leaving Oakland
Air passengers soon will no longer be able to board American Airlines flights from Oakland. Oakland International Airport announced Monday that the airline is discontinuing service to Oakland effective Sept. 3. The company cites soaring fuel costs as a reason for stopping the three daily flights between Oakland and Dallas, along with many other routes around the country. Airport officials say American represented only 1 percent of Oakland International's total aviation revenue, and about 216,000 people fly from Oakland to Dallas-Ft. Worth each year. Passengers can catch flights to Dallas on other airlines at Oakland, or on American from San Francisco's airport.
Strike begins today
More than 400 Inter-Con security officers who work at Kaiser medical facilities throughout California will go on a three-day strike starting today, including 35 security officers from Modesto. The Modesto employees will travel to Sacramento to join a picket line in protest of Inter-Con's treatment of its security officers, said Jennifer Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union. Kaiser contracts with Inter-Con for its hospital security services. The officers contend that they have been blocked from forming a union through harassment and intimidation. They also say they are paid lower wages than Kaiser employees and cannot afford health care.
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The state can't get rid of the light brown apple moth by using sticky traps alone, so officials will have to fight the pest from the air and through other land-based techniques, a team of scientists said Monday. After a round of spraying in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties last year, hundreds of people complained of feeling sick. An environmental group proposed halting the infestation with hundreds of sticky traps that would foul up the moth's mating cycle. But the expert team assembled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture concluded in a report released Monday that the traps alone would not be enough to deter the pest. The scientists also minimized the group's health concerns about the spraying campaign, saying they were not "aware of any data suggesting aerially applied mating disruption formulations will cause any public or environmental harm."
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