Today's stories that you shouldn't miss:
1. A 59-year-old man was clinging to life after he and his son were brutally assaulted in broad daylight in Oakland’s up and coming Uptown District. The vicious attack mars what has otherwise been a good year for crime reduction in the city.
2. Thousands of medical marijuana users were able to light up legally for the first time yesterday at San Francisco’s Cow Palace at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo, the Chron reports.
3. Homeowners with home-equity loans are being hounded by lenders after losing their properties to foreclosure, the Chron reports. The problem is that foreclosure often does not wipe out such second mortgages, and they must still be repaid even after a homeowner loses their home.
4. Will Jerry Brown’s debate challenge to Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner finally ignite his dormant campaign? According to the CoCo Times, some experts think it might, although others say voters will realize that Brown’s move was nothing more than a stunt because Whitman has no intention of debating anyone before the June primary.
5. Bus Rapid Transit, better known as BRT, is taking a big step forward in the coming weeks as the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro appear poised to approve a preliminary design for the plan, the CoCo Times reports.
6. And unemployment in the East Bay continued to worsen in March as employers jettisoned another 1,100 jobs, the CoCo Times reports. Statewide, the jobless rate rose to 12.6 percent, the highest since the Great Depression, as more longtime unemployed workers started looking for jobs again.