Alameda Hospital

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Veteran naval aviators shared plenty of sea stories during a special Living Ship Day celebration held aboard Saturday aboard the Hornet, moored permanently at Alameda Point. Though the foundation that runs the ship has a museum that holds these events each month, Saturday’s gathering honored the 70th birthday of the ship’s commissioning and its 15th year as a floating museum.

A severe flu epidemic that has dogged much of the nation has taken hold of California in recent weeks, though local public health officials said they are well prepared to handle additional flu cases and they urged people to get flu shots if they have not done so already.

“It’s widespread. But the system is not being overwhelmed,” Alameda County Public Health Department spokeswoman Sherri Willis said of this season’s flu outbreak.

Managers at Alameda Hospital secured provisional approval for the hospital’s board Monday to move forward with seismic retrofit projects they said they need to complete by the end of 2012 in order to win an extension on the state’s 2013 deadline to complete pricier retrofit work and keep the hospital’s doors open.