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Alameda police have dropped arson charges against one of the two men accused of setting a string of fires on and around Park Street on September 28. Police said Stephen Petersen, 27, of Alameda has been eliminated as a suspect in the fires based on evidence collected over the past several weeks.

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Over the past several months, The Alamedan has put together a comprehensive body of information about your local candidates and ballot measures. But with Election Day looming in just a few days, we know your time is running short. So we’ve decided to offer the quick-and-dirty take on candidates for mayor, City Council and school board, and on Measure I, the local school bond.

Alameda's Board of Education okayed a new elementary charter school Tuesday night. The school, which will be opened and operated by managers of the existing Academy of Alameda charter, is set to open kindergarten and first grade classes next fall.

THANK YOU! Our Alameda community has been simply amazing in reaching out with copious time, abundant resources, heartfelt dedication and continuous energy in assisting all efforts to help arson victims from the multiple fires that took place on September 28.

With the holidays approaching, the Alameda Food Bank and local Scouts are beginning preparations to assist needy Island families. The food bank kicks off its annual turkey drive on Friday, while the Scouts’ Scouting for Food collection effort is set for November 15.

Updated at 5:16 p.m. Thursday, October 30 in BOLD

With Election Day less than a week away – and formal campaign finance disclosure deadlines safely behind us – independent groups are unleashing tens of thousands of dollars to fund a mountain of last-minute mailers touting (or trashing) local candidates and ballot measures.

On October 3-4, Woodside High School hosted 38 local teams in the annual off-season FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FIRST promotes robotics and engineering in schools around the world. The organization allows students in elementary school, middle school, and high school, as well as adults, to compete in robotics at levels from local to international.

Alameda’s ASTI Aztechs, Team 4186, participated in the competition’s high school division.

This is only my fifth October in Alameda, but I'm about ready to join the ranks of those who believe it's the best month of the year. Summer stretches deep into the month, outdoor activities are usually pleasant - and, oh yes, the Giants are playing for the World Series title.

A 72-year-old Alameda man is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of his wife.

City Councilman Stewart Chen has taken the lead in Alameda’s campaign money race, newly released donor disclosure documents show.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.