Daily Archives: January 6, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 01.06.12

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Willard School teacher has students doing the math rap

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Willard Middle School teacher Robert MacCarthy, or “Mr. Mac” as he’s known around the campus, has found a creative way to energize his students around learning math.

MacCarthy blends art, games and music with math instruction, and, as reported in the Oakland Tribune, the result seems to be paying off. His classes are challenging, but their quirkiness makes it fun to learn, according to many of his protegés.

The talents of MacCarthy and his students are also very much in evidence on the … Continue reading »

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Occupy food: College co-op advocates gather in Berkeley

Students talk co-ops and enjoy homemade food. Photo: Courtesy CoFED.
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Taking matters beyond burritos, pizza, and beer, a boot camp for college food activists from across the country kicks off today at Berkeley Student Cooperative‘s Cloyne Court Hotel. The intensive, three-day retreat is designed to help train students who want to run campus co-op food cafés and stores stocked with wholesome foods for college kids seeking something other than a steady diet of fast food.

The event, dubbed “Occupy Your Plate,” is sponsored by the year-old Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED), a Berkeley-based program that was inspired by the launch of the Berkeley Student Food Collective (BSFC), across the street from campus on Bancroft Way. Speakers at the training include People’s Grocery executive director Nikki Henderson; cookbook author Mollie Katzen; CoFED supporters include Cal professor and author Michael Pollan.

We spoke with CoFed co-founder and UC Berkeley graduate Yoni Landau — who was instrumental in getting the BSFC up and running and, in 2009, lead a protest to keep the Chinese fast-food chain Panda Express off campus — about what’s cooking with the CoFED crew this weekend and in 2012, which has been dubbed the International Year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.

Robbery Via Gun – 2500 Block of College Avenue – #2011-690
On Thursday January 5, 2012 at about 1:05 a.m., a man and woman in their 20s were walking of College Avenue and Dwight Way when they became victims of a robbery. The two victims told BPD officers that they were walking north on the west side of College Avenue when they were approached by three males. One of the three male suspects pointed a gun at them and demanded anything they had. The woman handed over a purse with contents. The man gave them his wallet with a small amount of cash and misc credit cards. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction on foot. Neither of the victims was physically injured during the crime. BPD officers did area checks but did not locate any suspects. The victims described the suspects as Suspect #1 – “a Black male adult in his 20s, 5’10”, skinny, wearing a dark hoodie or jacket, dark pants and possibly a dark beanie carrion a dark gun. Suspect #2 – “ a Black male adult in his 20s, 5’9-5’10” medium build wearing dark clothes. Suspect #3 – “a White male adult in his 20s, 5’8”-5’10” wearing a dark jacket. … Continue reading »

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Gobble gobble: Turkeys roam streets of Berkeley, Albany

Turkeys in Berkeley
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Perhaps buoyed by the passing of Thanksgiving and Christmas — not that the wild variety is often to be found on the plate — turkeys are making their presence known on the residential streets of Berkeley and Albany.

The photo above was taken yesterday afternoon on Stannage Avenue near Dartmouth Street and shows more than a dozen wild turkeys contentedly strutting and grazing on the lawns and sidewalk plantings of Albany.

Below’s image shows another flock spotted in Berkeley on Monday.

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