Update, 11.01.11: The BPD has released a photograph of the replica gun officers recovered Monday in this case (left). It was a realistic looking Desert Eagle gun, the BPD reported. In an email release, the BDP writes: “The young man and woman are being booked at the BPD Juvenile booking facility, the 17 male who does not currently attend school for 148(PC) – Resisting or Obstructing an officer and the 15 year old (a 10th grade BHS student) for 11357(b) PC – Possession of less than 28.5 g of marijuana and an outstanding warrant.”
By Colleen Neff
In 2004 Berkeley muralist Juana Alicia embarked on a commission for the Helios Corner senior housing on Sacramento and University. She completed the work in 2008, but since then the ceramic panels have languished in boxes at the housing complex because of lack of budget to install the art.
UPDATE 4:07 pm: Genie Stowers, the professor who sent out the original email issued an apology this afternoon by email. Here it is:
During the hundred years between 1870 and 1970 the British government deported over 100,000 children to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Rhodesia. Driven by the misguided Victorian notion that the children of the poor and misbegotten were better off getting a fresh start in foreign climes, this cruel and often arbitrary policy was especially welcomed by the Australian government, eager in the post-World War II years to maintain that country’s white majority (until the mid 1970s it was virtually impossible for non-whites to emigrate to the land down under). Charities such as Dr. Barnardo’s were active and compliant co-conspirators, their grassroots contacts with the underclass offering a rich source of raw pioneer stock. (more…)
Spirit Week at Berkeley High was, well, as spirited as one would expect. Students put their all into the daily costume themes, and the red and gold hued Friday finale of Spirit Rally included performances at the community theater and two special tributes to friends who passed away recently: Malik Grayson and Tim Moellering.
The small earthquake that shook people out of their slumber Thursday at 5:36 am put everyone’s nerves just a little bit more on edge. Berkeley has been rattled by a number of quakes in the past ten days. Does this mean the Big One is on its way or does it mean nothing? A quake expert weighs in.
Happenings in our fair city this week prompted vigorous debate among readers who expressed opinions about whether the city should alert residents about street sweeping dates and whether a new medical cannabis collective should be operating on Sacramento Street. Another question pondered: What role did Berkeley police play in helping quell the Occupy Oakland protests?
There were a couple of “aw shucks” stories too, including the tale of the Berkeley boys who have wowed New York City with their burritos, a Q & A with the founder of Urban Ore, the play structure built by the Rotary Club for homeless kids, and the poignant portrait of piano mover Edward Gong, who passed away recently, by his niece. Berkeley author Julia Scheeres’ new book on the Jonestown tragedy shows a more tragic aspect of life.
Citizen reporter Aaron Glimme sends in this photo of a car on Ada Street at Sacramento which has been booted. The Berkeley Police Department introduced parking boots on October 18, so this is an early example of a new method for penalizing repeat parking offenders.
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Berkeley has had its fair share of news-worthy events recently — be it a certain on-campus bake sale last month that caught the attention of the media nationwide, or a series of earthquakes significant enough to warrant attention. Incidents such as these tend to trigger the launch of helicopters into the skies above our city, be it those operated by the police or by news organizations.
Belinda Lyons-Newman wanted to paint her daughter's face for Halloween. When she started to investigate, she was shocked to learn most face paints are full of lead and other toxins.
Those of you who take Berkeley’s Piedmont Avenue regularly to get from A to B will be delighted to have seen that the northbound lane has reopened — and it’s much enhanced since it was closed off to enable the construction work being undertaken at Cal Memorial Stadium.
A niece remembers her uncle Edward Gong, who was noted for single-handedly moving 7,000 pianos. It’s all physics,” he used to say as he asked for assistance in moving the rugs and dollies around.