Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

Community

The Berkeley Wire: 3.16.10

Berkeley High students show art that will be displayed at 3/18 show

Berkeley Frat row slaying trial begins [Oakland Tribune]
Staff cuts planned for Berkeley Health Department [Daily Californian]
Robert Reich: Feds should give interest-free loans to schools [Berkeley Blog]
Phish is coming to Greek Theater in August [Mercury News]

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Government

Be Berkeleyan, be counted

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A reminder that you will soon be receiving — or have already received — your Census form which should be delivered to Berkeley citizens between March 15 and 17.

According to one Berkeley resident, it took her just two minutes to fill out the form.

A “Be Berkeleyan Be Counted” picnic will be held in Civic Center Park on Saturday March 20 to launch the Census 2010 outreach.

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Get your forks out: Berkeley’s slew of new restaurants

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Berkeley diners, get ready: a slew of new restaurants is coming to town.

Berkeleyside has already reported about the new Elmwood Café, Emilia’s Pizzeria, Gather, Cinnaholic, a new vegan bakery, and the Revival Bar and Grill, which will be operated by the owner of Venus. It will open in the former Downtown location.

A drive around town promises even more. Burgermeister, voted “Best Burger” by numerous local publications, is set to open a … Continue reading »

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Transit

East Bay commute headache

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Commuters traveling from the East Bay to San Francisco got a shock this morning when the BART train they were traveling on split in two.

A nine-car train bound from Pittsburg to the San Francisco International Airport was about to pull into the Embarcadero station around 6:23 am when one section become uncoupled from another. A fail-safe mechanism stopped the train cars immediately.

The driver was able to pull one five-car segment into the station so passengers could disembark, … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Up close in North Korea

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On rare occasions, the North Korean government has granted European filmmakers permission to film inside The Hermit Kingdom, and the results are almost always fascinating. In Austria’s Hana, dul, sed, a new documentary screening at Pacific Film Archive this coming Thursday at 7:00 pm as part of the ongoing San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, four members of the North Korean women’s national soccer team get the up close and personal treatment—but their country’s pariah status … Continue reading »

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Arts

From the land of non-believers

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Here’s an unlikely story. A young woman, raised in Berkeley in the best Berkeley fashion — left wing and atheist — spends two years “undercover” in Jerry Falwell’s church in Virginia to write a book about Christian evangelicals today. The unlikely part? She re-examines her former intolerance to evangelicals and finds real human connection and warmth. Even after she reveals her deceit, the friends she made in the church extend “acceptance, affection, and forgiveness”.

That’s the story behind Gina … Continue reading »

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Downtown

Protest outside Toyota dealership on Shattuck Ave

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Marquell Cradocks stood outside the Toyota dealership on Shattuck Avenue Monday afternoon, handing out green leaflets telling the car maker to “Get Lost!”

Cradocks and other people associated with the United Auto Workers have been protesting outside the Toyota dealership on Shattuck Avenue for the last month, trying to draw attention – and outrage – to Toyota’s decision to close the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont on April 1.

About 4,700 workers will lose their job when the plant shuts … Continue reading »

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