Daily Archives: December 21, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 12.21.10

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Berkeley ‘near-fanatic’ gets charge from first Chevy Volt

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When South Berkeley resident Patrick Wang first saw the Chevy Volt in 2007, he was convinced that the world had changed.

“It was the first electric car that didn’t look like a science project and that would actually work,” Wang recalled. “I thought this was the first real material move forward that any car manufacturer had made since the gas combustion engine.”

Wang’s enthusiasm — he describes himself as a “near-fanatic” — has led him to be the first … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Boxing Gym

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A letter published in the March 1929 issue of Motion Picture Magazine asked: “Why in the world does anybody want to see life represented on the screen as it is? How can they stand to see anything so monotonous? We all see these commonplace things every day of our lives and when we go to the theatre we want something unreal and beautiful to give us courage and hope to face the trials of this drab world of ours…So please, … Continue reading »

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Clouds part for solstice eclipse in Berkeley

The Earth's shadow creeps across the moon's surface/Photo: Lance Knobel
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For the astronomically inclined, the cloud cover most of yesterday was depressing. Last night’s total lunar eclipse looked like something that would only be seen through other people’s pictures (and, since it was visible throughout the U.S., someone was guaranteed a clear view).

But the clouds began to part midway through the evening and, as the eclipse began around 10:30 p.m., the moon was winning the battle against the clouds. The moon was in and out of the clouds, but … Continue reading »