The Berkeley Wire: 01.19.12

Berkeley engineers help protect refugees from violence [East Bay Express]
Legendary singer Johnny Otis, who grew up in Berkeley, dies [Mercury News]
Robert Bresson movies at BAM/PFA will make you weep [KQED]
Longtime Berkeley kitchen remodeler takes BAHA award [Inside Bay Area]

Photo: Utata Thursday walk, by 2812 photography/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.