Daily Archives: May 17, 2010

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The Berkeley Wire: 5.17.10

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Making lemonade out of lemons can help a cause

Alina Freyer and Chloe Jessen sell lemonade
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Alina Fryer, 9, and Chloe Jessen, 8, took to the streets Saturday afternoon to show the world that a sweet glass of lemonade can make a difference.

The two John Muir students set up a lemonade stand in front of Fryer’s house and sold cups of chilled homemade lemonade for 50 cents. Their stand, located in a prime spot near Berkeley Bowl on Shattuck Avenue, was one of dozens of stands erected in the Bay Area.

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A Berkeley blogger, a cocktail (or 2) and a wee-hours email exchange with Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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Ryan Tate (left) may be feeling a little bashful about aspects of the “feisty” email exchange he had with Steve Jobs on Friday night and Saturday morning. But it’s unlikely he regrets it.

For Tate, a Berkeley-based writer for tech gossip site Valleywag (part of the Gawker blogging empire) the cocktail-fueled online conversation constitutes a real coup. The Apple CEO is not known for his willingness to divulge much, let alone chat after hours to tech bloggers. (He … Continue reading »

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Carl Bass, the vision thing and a Berkeley wood shop

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Five things you didn’t know about Carl Bass, Berkeley resident and chief executive of software giant Autodesk.

About a year after joining Autodesk, he was fired by head honcho Carol Bartz. Five months later she brought him back into the fold. He dropped out of college to build boats in Seattle for five years, then completed his degree. He would like his company’s products to have the slickness of video games. He fashions beds and baseball … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High Prom brings out the glamour

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Berkeley High held its annual prom Saturday night, and in a Berkeley ritual, dozens of seniors and their dates gathered at the Rose Garden to pose for pictures. (A full set of photos of the Prom, taken by the Coplan family, is now online.)

The style was short, short dresses and high, high, heels.

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Malcolm X Day — more than a day off?

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Like any parent of Berkeley schoolchildren, my son is off school today for Malcolm X Day. Berkeley has celebrated the birthday of black nationalist Malcolm X since 1979. Schools, public offices and libraries are closed.

Malcolm X was born 85 years ago this Wednesday.

As far as I can tell, no other city in the US celebrates the holiday (although the first known celebration — but not public holiday — for Malcolm X Day took place in … Continue reading »

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