Tuesday Must Read: Death of Girl Launched Oakland Gang War; Americans Want Stricter Gun Control Laws

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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The violence that has rocked Oakland began after the girlfriend of a gang leader was shot to death last summer by mistake, according to police, the Chron and Trib report. Police Chief Howard Jordan said the ensuing war between rival gangs has escalated out of control and is responsible for much of the violence in the city over the past half-year. The warring factions, the “Case Gang” and the “Money Team,” have become increasingly brazen and grown in number. Law enforcement sources told the Chron that the gang war started after the killing of 16-year-old Taiteanna Turner whose boyfriend was a member of one of the gangs. Turner was not the intended target in the shooting.

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2. A majority of Americans now support stricter gun control laws and 58 percent said they back an assault weapons ban in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, the Washington Post reports, citing a new poll. However, such a ban appears to be facing tough opposition on Capitol Hill.

3. Black ice on East Bay roads is causing havoc during the current cold snap. The Trib reports that a multi-car pileup yesterday morning on Claremont Avenue in the Oakland hills was caused by slippery, black-ice conditions.

4. Northern California researchers have discovered that a strange virus appears to be causing brain tumors in raccoons, prompting them to become listless and unafraid of people, the Chron reports.

5. And the San Francisco International Airport may be renamed in honor of gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk, the Chron reports.

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