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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

In a surprise award ceremony Friday at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, Benjamin Jenkins was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States, for his service. In addition to seeing combat during World War II, Jenkins battled segregation as one of the first black Marines in American history.

Homeowners could soon see a new fee added to their property tax bills, to pay for the disposal of old paint, motor oil and other hazardous wastes.

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Alameda Boy Scouts of America Troop #73 is joining the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The group’s cycling team, the Storm Troopers, is joining the Ride to Defeat ALS on September 28 in Napa Valley, and the cyclists are trying to raise money to fund efforts to find a cure. The team is one of nearly four dozen seeking to raise $400,000 with the ride. The team’s fundraising page is here, as are links to individual riders’ pages.