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Albany is a city located in Alameda County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 16,444. (More Info and Source) Albany Real Estate

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Dancing priests become Internet sensation

A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican.

Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson's fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd.

At the back of the room, journalist Joan Lewis recorded the event and later posted on YouTube.

"All of a sudden the numbers started rising and rising," Lewis told The Associated Press. The video has nearly 260,000 views.

Their Internet success has drawn comparisons to Sr. Cristina Scuccia, who won the Italian edition of "The Voice" in June with a series of unadorned pop song performances, in full habit. Her first album features a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin."

As with Scuccia, the priests' online popularity was tinged with criticism. Some commentators wrote that the priests shouldn't have been dancing under a crucifix and a painting of Pope Francis, calling it "disrespectful."

"We would just refer them to the Bible," Rider says, "where the Lord tells us to live with joy."

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:59:57 -0700

Rain showers trigger East Bay BART delays

Rainy weather led to mechanical problems for BART trains Saturday morning resulting in major delays between the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station and the Bay Fair station, according to BART officials.

BART initially announced a 20-miunte delay to their trains on the Dublin/Pleasanton, Fremont, Richmond and Daly City directions around 6:55 a.m.

At about 7 a.m., BART officials announced that trains on those lines were experiencing delays of up to 30-minutes.

As of about 9 a.m., only trains traveling in the Fremont and Dublin/Pleasanton directions were experiencing delays between 10 to 15 minutes, according to BART officials.

Water intrusion, as a result of the rain overnight, impacted train control equipment and caused BART crews to respond to the scene to resolve the problem, BART officials said.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:37:28 -0700

UCSF designated as priority Ebola treatment facility

Five University of California medical centers, including one at University of California at San Francisco, are now considered priority hospitals to treat confirmed Ebola cases in California, the UC Office of the President announced Friday.

While there are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in California, the UC Office of the President has reported to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that all five UC medical centers are now ready, if needed, to provide in-patient care for Californians who may contract Ebola.

"All of the UC Medical Centers specialize in complex care and operate as or staff level one trauma centers," CDPH director Dr. Ron Chapman said in a statement.

The California Nurses Association (CNA) and National Nurses United (NNU), which represents about 12,000 registered nurses in the major UC medical centers, however, said in a statement released Friday that the UC and California Hospital Association officials are "giving the public a false picture about Ebola readiness in the UC hospitals."

CNA/NNU executive director Rosa Ann DeMoro said that based on what the UC nurses reported as recently as Friday, the nurses "are unprepared, unprotected and very concerned."

DeMoro said that over the last two months CNA/NNU has informed the UC officials about standards that nurses say they require to be protected in the event that they need to treat an Ebola patient.

All hospitals in California are expected to screen, identify, and isolate any patients with Ebola risk and other hospitals will likely be identified as additional priority hospitals for Ebola treatment.

The UC Medical Centers are required to meet standards set by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) guaranteeing that the appropriate equipment, training, and other measures are in place to protect worker health and safety while caring for Ebola patients.

The CDPH has also committed to backing the five medical centers by helping to provide them with the right protective equipment, should the hospitals run low on supplies.

State officials will work with these medical centers to ensure that potential medical waste generated from the treatment of an Ebola patient will be properly handled and disposed.

"Stepping up to a public health crisis is what these medical centers do, and in the past weeks we have been actively readying ourselves for any health eventuality related to Ebola," Dr. John Stobo, UC senior vice president for health sciences and services said in a statement.

For more information about how the state is preparing for potential cases of Ebola, visit

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:47:31 -0700

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