Aspiring Berkeley rapper dies in shooting in San Pablo [CoCo Times]
Cal baseball still hopes to avoid elimination [MSNBC]
Bus Rapid Transit plans fizzle [NBC Bay Area]
Berkeley Lab gets go ahead for BigBOSS to map universe [Chronicle]
Native plants the highlight on garden tour [Oakland Tribune]
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor paid a surprise visit to Rosa Parks Elementary School in West Berkeley this morning. Sotomayor is in Berkeley to judge a moot court competition at the University of California Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall, this evening. The competition has been moved to Zellerbach Hall because of the demand for tickets.
Princess, a heritage Berkshire sow, gave birth to four piglets at 9 am yesterday morning at Tilden Little Farm. Mother and piglets are all doing fine. Ilana Peterson at the Tilden Nature Area reports that Welsh Black Mountain Sheep lambs are expected next month. It’s clearly spring in Tilden.
The Claremont Hotel & Spa, a fixture in the Berkeley hills since 1915, was part of a luxury hotel group that filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The Claremont and seven other resorts were part of a $6.6 billion acquisition by Morgan Stanley in 2007. When debt of $1.5 billion came due yesterday, lenders foreclosed on five of the properties (three other properties with longer-term debt did not file for Chapter 11 protection).