Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

Suspect not competent to stand trial in Cukor murder

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Daniel Jordan DeWitt, who was charged with the Feb. 18 Berkeley hills murder of Peter Cukor, is not mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Two doctors examined DeWitt and both concluded the 23-year old did not understand the charges filed against him nor could he help in his own defense, Assistant Public Defender Brian Bloom told the San Francisco Chronicle.

DeWitt will return to court April 13 when Alameda County Judge Sandra Beam will remand him to a state mental hospital for treatment, according to the Oakland Tribune. The idea is to return him to mental competency so he can stand trial. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Berkeley High’s long decline in math, English proficiency

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Did you know Berkeley High students as a whole are less ready for college math and college English than other students in Alameda or California? This is one of the many alarming facts contained in a report prepared by Berkeley High in anticipation of a school visit by the WASC accrediting team on March 19-21.

So says public education advocate Priscilla Myrick writing in our recently launched Opinionator section.

Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles of 500 to 800 words. We … Continue reading »

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Berkeley doctors, practices help offer free medical clinics

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Several Berkeley medical practices, including UC Berkeley Optometry, are taking part in a phenomenal initiative this week called RAM (Remote Area Medical) that provides free medical, dental and optometry to underserved communities.

Thousands of patients are expected to turn up to the Oakland Coliseum today through Sunday for full screenings and exams, as well as treatments such as facial surgery.

When the program was in Oakland last year, some 3,000 pairs of glasses were produced on the spot … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley’s Doe Library celebrates 100 years

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Hundreds of people streamed through Doe Library on the UC Berkeley campus on Wednesday to eat cupcakes, listen to a Capella groups, learn from conservators how to repair rare books, and gawk at the enormous room that houses more than a century’s worth of newspapers.

Oh yeah, and they got a lot of free books as well.

It was the 100th anniversary of the dedication of Doe Library, the central library on the Cal campus. Architect John Galen Howard’s massive granite building, with its spectacular Morrison Library and Heyns and North Reading rooms, stands at the literal center of campus, right near Sather Tower. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High’s long decline in math, English proficiency

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Did you know Berkeley High students as a whole are less ready for college math and college English than other students in Alameda or California? This is one of the many alarming facts contained in the report prepared by Berkeley High in anticipation of a school visit by the WASC accrediting team on March 19-21. The full report is available to read here.

Berkeley High is undergoing its first accreditation review by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) … Continue reading »

In Berkeley: Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion

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No single concert can capture more than a small fraction of the music of India, a dizzying, multi-ethnic subcontinental nation that is home to one of the world’s oldest classical music traditions (not to mention polyglot pop scenes and numerous folk forms).

But Saturday’s Masters of Percussion concert at Zellerbach Hall features an extraordinary array of artists reflecting the striking contrasts and breathtaking creativity that make India such a vibrant cultural force. A mini-festival presented by Cal Performances, the event is the latest incarnation of a long-running cross-cultural showcase assembled by tabla master Zakir Hussain.

In past years, Hussain designed the evening as an extended encounter between the North Indian Hindustani and South Indian Carnatic traditions, but this season the focus has shifted. The concert still unfolds as a series of solos, duets, and ensemble jams, but rather than an internal Indian dialogue the concert features mostly Hindustani musicians with Uzbek frame drum expert Abbos Kosimov thrown in as a ringer. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley-based MOG could be acquired by Beats

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Berkeley-based MOG, a streaming music service, looks likely to be acquired by Beats Electronics, the headset manufacturer founded by Dr. Dre and now majority owned by Taiwanese mobile phone company HTC. According to Reuters, the deal could be closed within the next two weeks. The purchase price is undisclosed.

David Hyman, the CEO and founder of MOG, spoke at the beginning of this month at Berkeleyside’s Local Business Forum. There, he talked passionately about the benefits of being in Berkeley.

Hyman founded MOG seven years ago and has raised $33 million in venture funding. Half of the company’s revenues come from the MOG ad network, which sells advertising on music sites. The other half comes from subscriptions to its streaming music service, which was launched in 2009. According to The New York Times, fewer than 100,000 of MOG’s 500,000 active users are subscribers. MOG competes with a number of services, including Spotify, which claims 3 million paying subscribers, according to The Times. … Continue reading »