The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

The Broad Brush: Your News in 60 Seconds

Michele Ellson

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

Police made one arrest and are seeking additional suspects in a July 18 robbery at Alameda’s Main Street ferry terminal, the Oakland Tribune reported. They said a dozen men were robbed at gunpoint and some were pistol-whipped during the early-morning robbery.

The Tribune also reported that a 56-year-old man who’s already spending life in prison has admitted to killing two Alameda residents 15 years ago. Eugene Protsman accepted a plea deal for the killings of Nancy Ely and Manuel Epifunio Garcia in 1996, the paper reported.

Comedienne Phyllis Diller died this week at age 95. Diller, who officially got her start at San Francisco’s Purple Onion nightclub nearly 60 years ago, lived in Alameda and spent some of her early years in the business entertaining fellow Edison Elementary PTA moms, according to this report.

Starting this weekend, Caltrans will be shutting down portions of northbound I-880 in order to demolish and remove a bridge roadway structure at High Street and 42nd Avenue. Lane closures will begin at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, with 880 North fully closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday. The closures are scheduled to continue through September 19, with detours in place; additional information will be available here:

News in brief(er): The Planning Board meets Monday to discuss finalizing a plan to guide revitalize portions of Park Street that were once populated by car dealerships; separately, they’ll talk about plans to erect new commercial buildings on Park that could house a CVS and a Chase bank branch … the Board of Education meets Tuesday, and among the items they’ll discuss is a reversal of an earlier decision to bar charter school students from participating in sports programs at Encinal High School … and Fireman’s Fund donated $11,700 to the Alameda Fire Department to purchase air monitors that will detect potentially deadly gases present as firefighters battle blazes.