2 Bay Area headline makers on shortlist of TIME's Person of the Year

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Who should be TIME's Person of the Year? An East Bay native and a Palo Alto resident are on this year's shortlist of candidates (AP)

Who should be TIME's Person of the Year? An East Bay native and a Palo Alto resident are on this year's shortlist of candidates.

TIME magazine made the announcement Monday, saying Christine Blasey Ford became a symbol for survivors of sexual assault in 2018.

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The psychology professor and Palo Alto resident testified about her allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee and now Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Oakland's own Ryan Coogler is also on the shortlist for his blockbuster superhero movie "Black Panther." The Marvel film featuring a largely black cast became a social phenomenon and third highest grossing U.S. release of all time.

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Other candidates on this year's shortlist include Donald Trump, Separated Families, Vladimir Putin, Robert Mueller, Jamal Khashoggi, March For Our Lives Activists, Moon Jae-in and Meghan Markle.

"Since 1927, TIME has identified the Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world - for better or for worse - during the past year," said TIME in article posted on its website.
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