TBS Today, June 21

It's been a minute! This is our first newsletter since Thursday, but we've been hard at work.

The Phong Tran case took up all of Friday and Tuesday and we did manage to take most of the weekend off for a change.

This morning we published a long story on the hearing, which wrapped up today.

A judge held Tran to answer on all five felony counts. It's a fascinating case and an unusual one that we'll definitely be keeping an eye on. We'll aim to have an update on today's outcome soon.

Our story below is mostly focused on the evidence in the case.

We also reported on a disturbing incident overnight near UC Berkeley.

The narrative and available details from BPD shifted repeatedly throughout the day.

We've just updated our story with the most accurate info out there. We'll continue to ask for updates.

Today's news

UPDATE: Police investigate kidnapping near UC Berkeley
BPD says investigators hope to connect with two good Samaritans who helped the victim, a 21-year-old woman who was attacked on her scooter.
OPD Officer Phong Tran held to answer in perjury, bribery case
Judge Clifford Blakely said the evidence presented was enough to support all five felony counts against Phong Tran for the purpose of a prelim.

By the numbers

We shared this recently with our paying members but thought it might be interesting for our other readers too.

TBS is going strong: May was our second biggest traffic month since we launched in September and we're already well ahead of last month's traffic for June.

We're averaging about 40 stories and 240,000 pageviews each month.

Since launch, we've written almost 350 stories and more than 200 newsletters.

Our email list is nearing 2,000 people. More than half are paying members (thank you!!). We couldn't be more pleased.

And there's still tons of room to grow.

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