Monthly Archives: April 2010

News

The Berkeley Wire 4.30.10

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Nature

Berkeley computer mistakenly reports Napa quake

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a computer at its Berkeley station erroneously concluded a a magnitude 5 earthquake occurred in Napa (above).

Richard Buckmaster, a geophysicist at the agency’s National Earthquake Reporting Center, says officials are trying to determine why the computer generated the “dubious or erroneous” alert Friday, according to an Associated Press report.

Such false alarms are, we are reassured to learn, rare in California.

Photo: Tracey Taylor.

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Urban Assault Ride hits Berkeley on Sunday

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If the video above is your idea of a good time, then you should certainly sign up for the Urban Assault Ride, which will take place in Berkeley this Sunday. Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and many others, including local star Clif Bar, the ride is a benefit for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay.

Cyclists participate in teams of two on a citywide quest for checkpoints. At … Continue reading »

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Transit

BRT full-build rejected by city council

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At last night’s special meeting, the City Council decided to pass the so-called reduced-impact plan and the no-build option forward for study. The full-build option, which had been revised by city staff, was not passed for study. The reduced-impact plan would involve no dedicated bus lanes on Telegraph and Shattuck.

Last night’s decision was not to build or stop BRT; it was merely to decide which schemes went forward for final environmental impact review and study.

An amendment to … Continue reading »

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Author Peter Carey makes Berkeley his Bay Area stop

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Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey will be making his only Bay Area appearance on May 5 at the First Congressional Church of Berkeley.

Carey, author of Oscar and Lucinda and Illywhacker, will be talking about his most recent novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, in which he reimagines Alexis de Tocqueville’s journey to and through Jacksonian America

The event is organized by Berkeley Arts & Letters who write:

Inspired by reading Democracy in America and finding … Continue reading »

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Schools

Berkeley Playhouse’s Oliver is delightful

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I’ve rhapsodized previously about the stellar plays put on by Berkeley Playhouse, and I am pleased to say that its current production of Oliver is wonderful.

The show features 30 kids, mostly from schools around Berkeley and Oakland. Nandi Drayton is wonderful as Oliver, and Katie Corbus is great as the Artful Dodger.

“As the title character, Nandi Drayton is the uncontested star of this production,” Gwen Kingston wrote in the Daily Californian. “Her strong … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley

Conserving Egypt’s past at the Hearst

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I’ve always found small exhibitions far better experiences than blockbusters. You generally don’t need to jostle with the crowds and you can concentrate on understanding a few objects, rather than be overwhelmed by hundreds.

The Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the UC Berkeley campus offers just such a treat with The Conservator’s Art: Preserving Egypt’s Past, which opens today and runs until spring next year. It shows 65 objects from the 17,000 ancient Egyptian items in its collection (a … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Novella Carpenter

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Each Friday in this space food writer Sarah Henry asks a well-known, up-and-coming, or under-the-radar food aficionado about their favorite tastes in town, preferred food purveyors and other local culinary gems worth sharing.

Novella Carpenter grows greens and raises rabbits, goats, chickens, and bees on a dead-end street in the ghetto. The dumpster diver and salty-mouthed author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer (paperback due out May 25) has cultivated land for the … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 4.29.10

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Cal student allegedly involved in iPhone scandal

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A UC Berkeley student was allegedly involved in the story of the lost prototype iPhone which made headlines on April 19 after details of the under-wraps phone were published with great fanfare on Gizmodo (above).

As reported in Wired today, Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, found what is believed to be Apple’s next-generation iPhone which was bought by Gizmodo. However, CNet is reporting that Hogan had help finding a buyer for the phone from Sage Robert Wallower, … Continue reading »

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Pot club move halted

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The controversial move of Berkeley Patients Group, a medical marijuana dispensary, from San Pablo Avenue to the old Scharffen Berger factory has been stymied by a local developer buying the building, reports Doug Oakley in the Berkeley Voice.

Wareham Development, one of the more vocal opponents of the move, has acquired the building on the corner of Heinz and Seventh Street. Wareham owns a number of properties in the area and had threatened legal action of … Continue reading »

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Cigarettes for minors? Not in Berkeley

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Parents of teenagers will be heartened to learn that should their offspring want to buy cigarettes in Berkeley, they’re going to have a hard time doing so.

In a recent tobacco sting operation, only one store out of 43 in Berkeley sold tobacco to a 15-year-old.

The operation tested how well Berkeley’s tobacco vendors comply with the California Penal Code 308(a) which prohibits the sale of tobacco to minors. During the sting, a 15- or 16-year-old trained … Continue reading »

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Pick of the listings: Newly revamped on Stuart Street

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Someone may get in touch with me to point out some obvious flaw I have failed to notice on this listing, but it seems this remodeled lemon-yellow home on a corner lot at 1801 Stuart Street, might be worth a second glance.

Three bedrooms, and two baths, and a total 1,811 sq ft, a good-looking new kitchen and a tidy garden — and the price is $699,000, or $386 per square foot.

The home was built … Continue reading »

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