Daily Archives: April 3, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 04.03.12

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Reward offered to help find suspects in Berkeley homicide

The homicide on March 29 happened close to Bob's Liquor store on the corner of Sacramento and Oregon. Photo: A citizen reporter
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After making one arrest related to the March 29 shooting on Oregon and Sacramento streets which took the life of 24-year-old Vallejo resident Devin Lee Whitmire, Berkeley police are looking additional suspects and offering a reward to help find them.

Randall Oscar Alston, a 19-year-old Berkeley resident, was arrested in connection with the crime. The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of all responsible suspects for Berkeley’s third homicide of 2012.

The shooting came as two men left Bob’s Liquors and were confronted by a crowd of men on the corner, one of whom had a gun and started shooting. The two men fled. One was not injured, but Whitmire was hit and fell down on Oregon Street. Paramedics transported him to a local trauma center where he was pronounced dead. Police arrested Alston about an hour later.

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Simply Greek: coming soon?
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SOLE REPAIR Back in January, we reported that Marmot Mountain Works, near Ashby Station, was due to close. And indeed it came to pass last month. But, be aware that climbing shoe repair services are still being offered there. How? Because Tom Wandall, the chap who had operated that service as a Marmot staff member, has taken over the lease of the space (which is in the building also occupied by 5th String, next door Marmot), bought the equipment and is now operating as Berkeley Resole. Wandall offers repairs and custom work for climbing shoes, approach shoes, technical mountaineering boots, Birkenstocks, and more. Check Berkeley Resole out in situ or on Facebook.

NEW THERAPY No sooner had the space at 2951 College Avenue been vacated by fashion designer Keneoue Vivere, than it has been scooped up by a new tenant. Lifestyle store Therapy is setting up shop as we write in the old hardware store and should open by week’s end. Therapy, a chain of retailers that sells clothing, home decor, gifts and more, has eight stores around the Bay Area, including three in San Francisco. Landlord Tad Laird says the store secured a permit despite the Elmwood’s strict quota rules because the city found it didn’t fit into any quota categories. … Continue reading »

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Room with a view: Designer charts new Berkeley buildings

The 200,000 sq ft Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences is one of the major new buildings opened at UC Berkeley in the last year. Photo: The Real Michael Moore
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By Preeti Talwai

Preeti Talwai, an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, has had a front-row seat as two of Berkeley’s newest buildings have arisen within sight of her downtown apartment. Here she reports on the impact watching the emergence of the two structures has had on her, not least in the way the sites became an extension of her classroom.

At the usually quiet intersection of Hearst Avenue and Oxford Street at the northwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus, years of planning, earth-moving, and manual labor have culminated in two significant assets to UC Berkeley’s longstanding tradition of excellence in scientific research.

In spring 2012, the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences made its official appearance on the university’s online schedule of classes, welcoming students into a variety of classes ranging from “Forms of Folklore” and “Earthquakes in your Backyard”, to courses in neurobiology, biochemistry and physiology. … Continue reading »

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Gleaming new North Branch Library to open Saturday

The exterior of the renovated North Branch Library has new signs and seating. Photo: Nancy Rubin
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Workers were busy putting the finishing touches on the renovated North Branch Library last week in anticipation of its grand reopening on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 pm.

The library has been closed for nearly a year and, when it reopens, patrons will see many recognizable features, but some new ones too.

“We’re really excited,” said Donna Corbeil, the library’s director.

The main circulation desk has been repositioned. New leather chairs form inviting spaces to read. There is an expanded computer room, and the library also has seven laptop computers for people to use. … Continue reading »

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Reviewed: They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain

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Things finally seem to be looking up in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (formerly known as the Union of Burma): as I write these words, longtime political prisoner and dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been elected to the national Parliament’s lower house. Though Myanmar’s military junta will maintain its overwhelming parliamentary majority, the country will soon be enjoying its first small taste of electoral democracy in half a century.

Generally considered the second most isolated country in the world (North Korea, of course, being number one), Myanmar has been the subject of several recent documentaries, including Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country, and Burma Soldier. While better than nothing, these films were understandably limited in scope due to tight censorship restrictions. … Continue reading »

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