Two Berkeley fire engines were in attendance at around 8:00pm Wednesday in the 2900 block of Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood due to a report that smoke was pouring out of the windows of a white van parked at the corner of Piedmont and Ashby.
Following Wednesday’s daytime Occupy Cal protests on campus, which drew a crowd of 3,000-plus, and the subsequent flare-up between protesters and police in the evening, Thursday saw a relatively calm day as demonstrators regrouped and planned further action.
Members of the congregation at St Joseph The Worker Church in Berkeley who have been holding regular protests at the church since the early summer, have been told by the church’s pastor, Father John Direen, that they can no longer serve as ushers, lectors or eucharistic ministers.
The UC Berkeley campus was calm this morning after a night of protests and altercations with police that resulted in 39 arrests, including one faculty member, and several injuries, although as yet there have been no reports of protesters being taken to hospital.
When it comes to exploring interesting music, this week is good for the Jews.
By Sylvia Rubin
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