VIRTUAL VOYAGE Trips Out Travel, which has been operating for 42 years from a storefront at 2987 College Ave. in the Elmwood, is taking its business online. Owner Ellen Thatcher, who started at Trips Out in 1970, says the service will remain the same, just without the store. The space, which, among other things, was known for its creative window dressing, closed on April 1. The phone number for vacation and corporate travel planning services is the same: 510-549-0950.
So many people came to the City Council meeting Tuesday night to talk about a new plan that could put 100-foot towers in West Berkeley that they could not all fit into the chamber.
It’s been a hectic 36 hours for UC Berkeley freshman Derek Low. Ever since Monday, when he posted a smartly edited video of his automated Berkeley dorm on YouTube, he has been fielding enquiries from the media. The video has popped up on news and tech sites around the country, including TechCrunch, Gizmodo, HuffPo, TIME, Washington Monthly and CBS — as well, of course, as on Berkeleyside in Low’s backyard. It currently counts more than 110,000 viewers on YouTube
The mood was serious at 8:00 am Saturday at the David Brower Center. Fifty girls from Berkeley and Albany high schools were milling around the lobby in anticipation of showing off the Android apps they had spent weeks designing.
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