Daily Archives: June 9, 2012


Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Food writer and cartoonist John L. Harris made his Berkeleyside debut on June 4 with his report on the Berkeley Chocolate Club's chocolate and cheese pairing event at the Cheese Board Collective. The story was accompanied by an original drawing, above, by Harris

Our report that the city was taking action on a number of massage parlors suspected of acting as prostitution houses was welcomed as good news by many. Some, however thought there were higher priorities on the city’s agenda, and others worried about the people who would lose their jobs as result. At least one reader was surprised: “Born and raised in this city for 32 years and I didn’t even realize this was taking place. Either they were very low key or I’m totally naive,” they wrote.

The news that deer are charging at people and their dogs in the Berkeley hills prompted much discussion. Even though it is fairly common every year when the deer are protecting their young, the experience can be scary. Some asked why the deer’s natural predators, the mountain lions, weren’t doing their job.

On Thursday we broke the news that, after 25 years, Tuesday’s Farmers Market would be moving from its Derby Street location to Adeline and 63rd Street in the Lorin District. Not everyone was happy with the decision. But one fan said: “I would follow this market wherever it goes, even if it blasted off to the frozen tundra of the moon!”

The fact that a group is suing over the Downtown Area Plan provoked the most comments on a story this week — 167 and counting — while our investigative piece on the controversy surrounding a Berkeley headquartered Buddhist retreat’s expansion plans in Sonoma garnered a healthy number of pageviews.

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Man accused of murder released after witness speaks up

The scene of the March 29 shooting near Bob's Liquors on Sacramento Street. Photo: A citizen reporter
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Randall Oscar Alston, one of two men arrested in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Devin Lee Whitmire in Berkeley in late March is a free man after charges against him were dismissed.

Another man has been questioned, but not arrested, after a dramatic moment in court when Whitmire’s brother, 22-year-old Darnell Robinson, who was with Whitmire when he was shot, said Alston wasn’t involved in the shooting and then pointed to a man in the audience and said, “That’s the guy who did it,” according to a Bay City News report.

Alston was the first person to be arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of Whitmire near Bob’s Liquors and Deli in the 2800 block of Sacramento Street at about 7:35 p.m. on March 29. Authorities later arrested a second suspect, 19-year-old Berkeley resident Calvester Houston Stewart. Stewart is accused of being the shooter. … Continue reading »

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Adopt a Pet: Jeannie, a young, happy bundle of energy

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By Shelley Carlisle

“I dream of Jeannie with the light blonde hair; borne, like a vapor on the summer air; I see her tripping where the bright streams play; Happy as the daisies that dance on her way….”

This is a song by Stephen Foster (okay, so I had to change the word “brown” to “blonde”). Blondes do have more fun! My name is Jeannie and I am a young, happy, waggly bundle of energy; you can imagine me flying through the air chasing the butterflies (think of the song “Dog and Butterfly” by Heart)!

I can bounce up and down and play for hours and still have energy to spare, so I may be too much for young children as I will outlast them. But I love, love, love my doggie friends, I can’t make my tail stop… fwap, fwap, fwap, fwap, fwap… you get the picture. … Continue reading »