Daily Archives: March 2, 2012


3 people shot on Bonar Street, no life-threatening injuries

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Three males were shot Friday night at around 6:21 p.m. in the 2200 block of Bonar Street in central Berkeley, according to the Lt. Kevin Schofield of the Berkeley Police Department.

The shootings came from a car that stopped near a group of at least five males standing outside. The three victims where taken to the hospital and none have life threatening injuries, Schofield said. There was more than one person in the car from which the shots came.

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.02.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Amoeba Music“Body Awareness” at Aurora Theatre CompanyBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCal Youth CampsCarolyn Jones at The Grubb CompanyFive RestaurantFocal PointThe Grubb CompanyJewish Music FestivalMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt Fiat, Mechanics BankPhoto LaboratoryPsychotherapy InstituteSutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Thornwall PropertiesTom Miller & Friends LawyersTravlyn Russell Tupperware, and UC Berkeley Optometry.

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Out in Berkeley: Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine

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“I took two or three classes with Grossman at Brandeis and I continued to remember that encounter as a mind blowing experience,” says Goldberg, a long time Berkeley resident. “When he reads poetry it’s like the Old Testament, a real force of nature. The main memory I have is of him reading the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh,’ and whenever he’d say the monster’s name, Humbaba, he would stamp his feet and the entire classroom would rattle.”

He didn’t think much about Grossman’s writing for a couple decades, and in the ensuing years Goldberg paved the way for the radical Jewish music movement with his New Klezmer Trio. But a series of life changes sparked by a divorce led him back to poetry, particularly the verse of MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient Susan Stewart (he included his tune “Learned From Susan Stewart” on his acclaimed 2006 Cryptogramophone album “the door, the hat, the chair, the fact”). He sent Stewart a copy of the album (“She was charmed,” he says), and he ended up getting a hold of a book of her essays “Poetry and the Fate of the Senses.” … Continue reading »

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Police: We responded properly to Cukor’s murder

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan:
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Berkeley police have reviewed the agency’s actions on the night Peter Cukor was murdered and do not believe they took any missteps, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan said Thursday.

But media reports have created the inaccurate impression that police ignored an emergency call from Cukor because they were too busy monitoring an Occupy march.

That was the message that Chief Meehan and some of his top staff delivered to Berkeleyside on Thursday afternoon in a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than an hour. … Continue reading »

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Ethnic eats in Berkeley from A to Z: Part 1

Corso's signature chicken dish. Photo: Courtesy Corso Restaurant
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Berkeley is an ethnically diverse town. Anyone whose child attends public school here doesn’t need census tract data to know this for a fact. That cultural diversity is also reflected in the range of restaurant choices here. Global grub — from gourmet to grab ‘n’ go — can readily be found in many of our neighborhoods.

But who doesn’t reflexively head to their local curry shop or Thai takeout without giving a moment’s thought to the international offerings all over town?

What follows is the first in an A to Z guide to the many ethnic restaurants in Berkeley, with favorite dish recommendations and tidbits gleaned from local food critics, Berkeleyside interviews, and the restaurant guide by new Berkeleyside partners Lucille and Art Poskanzer.

It’s by no means an exhaustive list. Feel free to add your own global picks in the comments section that follows. Or weigh in with what world cuisine is missing in the mix. Bon Appetit. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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See also BPD’s weekly calls for service and the San Francisco Chronicle’s regularly published list of arrests in Berkeley. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.

February 28:

Traffic Enforcement Stop leads to Drug Arrest  #12-10941
City of Berkeley Police Department Drug Task Force Officers (DTF) stopped a car for a vehicle code violation on Baker Street just south of Alcatraz Avenue on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Officers contacted the driver of the car and conducted a records check which revealed that he was on Federal Probation for a narcotics offense. The driver told the officers that he had marijuana in the car. Officers conducted a probable cause search of him and his car and found 5 ounces of marijuana, a digital scale, and over $5,000 in cash. He also had pieces of mail from the I.R.S. that were not addressed to him. Officers suspected that the suspect was involved in some sort of tax return refund fraud which would be investigated further. The 29-year Oakland man was arrested and was booked into the BPD Jail for H&S 11359 – Possession For Sales, H&S 11360 Sales of Marijuana and 530.5 PC – Identity Theft. … Continue reading »

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