Daily Archives: September 13, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 09.13.11

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Daytime burglaries rattle north Berkeley hills area

Berkeley police released map of time and location of recent burglaries
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In the last week, there have been an inordinately high number of burglaries in the north Berkeley hills, and police are warning residents to be sure to lock their doors and shut their windows.

At least nine houses were burglarized from September 5 to 11 from noon to 6 pm, according to a newsletter sent out by Officer Byron White, the operations division Area 1 crime coordinator. Police are not sure if the burglaries are being done by one or … Continue reading »

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Panels examine Berkeley’s town/gown relationship

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The complicated relationship between UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley, sometimes rewarding, sometimes vexed, will come under the spotlight this fall in a series of discussions titled The University and the City: Ideas for Partnership.

The first of the evening discussions, on the controversial idea of creating a student-majority City Council district, will be next Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Dana Street. Panelists include Councilmember Kriss Worthington, Berkeley political science professor Continue reading »

Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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COFFEE CLOSE-UPS Peet’s Tea & Coffee is to open a new store in the old A’Cuppa Tea space on the corner of College and Alcatraz Avenues, no doubt sending shivers down the spines of Cole Coffee aficionados which is at the other end of the block at 2007 College. It will be the ninth Berkeley store for Peet’s which was founded in the city in 1966. As we reported in July, A’Cuppa Tea is shunting down to … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Iran to release two ex-Cal hikers held for spying

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Update, 3:25pm: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he intends to release Fattal and Bauer and grant them a “unilateral pardon”. Ahmadinejad told The Washington Post: “I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will be able to return home.” Newsy provides a video summary of the news coverage so far of the hikers’ possible release


An Iranian court set bail Tuesday of $500,000 each for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the two former UC Berkeley students arrested … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Dusty and Sweets McGee

Junkie CIty Life (Billy Gray) negotiates the purchase of a car stereo in Dusty and Sweets McGee
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For many years, director Floyd Mutrux’s 1971 feature Dusty and Sweets McGee was as good as lost. Buried beneath a mountain of lawsuits revolving around music clearance issues (and hardly a good commercial proposition to begin with), it spent most of its days resting comfortably in a climate-controlled studio vault. It was a film few expected to see again outside the confines of a Warner Brothers’ screening room.

Then it stirred: an expurgated print of Dusty and Sweets McGee aired … Continue reading »

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