Insurance payments for fire victims a murky proposition [Oakland Tribune]
What it takes to get into UC Berkeley [Forbes]
Kamlarz collects $150,000 in unpaid vacation and sick leave [SF Chronicle]
Telegraph holiday fair survives closure of Sequoia apartments [Planet]
Lectures from Michael Pollan’s Edible 101 class online [Atlantic]
Michael Chabon has mixed feelings about e-book rights [AP]
Photo: Ode to December, by A Ess Bee/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.