Daily Archives: August 31, 2010


Update on Sacramento shooting

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Berkeley police have released further details about this afternoon’s shooting on Sacramento Street. Here are the details from Sergeant Mary Kusmiss:

On 08-31-10 at approximately 1:46 p.m., the City of Berkeley Police department began receiving many 911 calls regarding gunshots in the area of Sacramento  and Oregon Streets. A White Cadillac with three occupants were double parked in the southbound lane in the block when someone fired multiple rounds in the direction of the car. The woman … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 8.31.10

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Shots fired on Sacramento

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Berkeleyside reader Thomas Lord sends in the following:

Shortly after 2 p.m. on this last day of August approximately 10 shots rang out on Sacramento St. in Berkeley. No injuries are reported although an occupied vehicle driven by a resident of the neighborhood was struck through the rear window. The south-bound portion of Sacramento St. in that area is currently shut down while police investigate.

Update Sergeant Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department reports that the incident occurred on … Continue reading »

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Mountain lion tours Gourmet Ghetto

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A mountain lion was reported wandering through North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto last night, and after a pursuit by Berkeley police was shot at 3:26 a.m. on Walnut Street.

According to Sergeant Mary Kusmiss, the first reports of the mountain lion were received shortly after 2 a.m. A community member reported seeing the animal in the parking lot of the now empty Elephant Pharmacy. When police arrived to investigate, the mountain lion ran east up Cedar Street, jumped a … Continue reading »

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AC Transit proposals cut nine Berkeley services

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AC Transit faces unbudgeted expenditures of over $17 million following an August 2nd court injunction suspending management-imposed new labor rules. The AC Transit District had imposed the new contract to achieve annual savings of $15.7 million. The court injunction also delayed proposed cuts this fall, accounting for a further $1.9 million in unexpected costs.

To bridge the gap, the district’s board tomorrow night is considering a swingeing set of cuts to be enacted in December. Weekend services on … Continue reading »

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City to stage stand-up night

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On Saturday night, the Live Oak Theatre will host a stand-up comedy night, sponsored by Berkeley’s recreation department. Live Oak Laughs (LOL, get it?) will feature Andrew Norelli (above), a fixture on the comedy club scene, who had a slot on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last spring.

Other comedians include Jason Armenio, Red Scott, Yayne Abeba and Natasha Muse.

Tickets for the event, available at the door, are only $8 and proceeds go to City … Continue reading »


Big Screen Berkeley: In a Lonely Place

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It’s no secret that actors aren’t always acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their best work. Take for example Humphrey Bogart: one of America’s finest screen actors of the mid-twentieth century, Bogart didn’t win an Oscar until his late career appearance in 1951’s The African Queen. Though Bogie clearly enjoyed playing Captain Charlie Allnut, the role wasn’t a particularly challenging one for him.

Contrast it with his performance only a year earlier in director Nicholas … Continue reading »

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