Raiders raise over 54 thousand for local schools

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Raiders raise over 54 thousand for local schools

The Oakland Raiders' ticket initiative program to provide funding to local schools raised 54,323 for the Oakland Unified School District.

The Raiders donated ten percent of all season tickets purchased in May and June to Oakland schools, and the community involvement was not lost on Oakland native and Raiders running back Taiwan Jones.

"To be able to help give back and to see the Raiders help give back, I really appreciate that and I encourage others out there to do the same," Jones said.

Raiders CEO Amy Trask said at the time of the announcement, "We are thrilled to announce our newest youth and community based initiative and we are delighted to assist the Oakland Unified School District."

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans. 

Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

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Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.

The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:

"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."

No additional information is known at this time.