Daily Archives: December 31, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 12.31.12

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Berkeley man found dead in water at Oakland Marina

Jack London Square. Mike Linksvayer
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A Berkeley man found dead in the water near the Oakland Marina at Jack London Square appears to have died of natural causes, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office.

The body of Richard Rice, 59, was found Saturday at about 9 a.m.

Rice’s cause of death does not appear to be suspicious, a staffer at the coroner’s office said Monday. … Continue reading »

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Mimosa cupcakes: Perfect for New Year’s

Mimosa cupcakes (10)
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Whether sipping bubbly at midnight or enjoying a mimosa with brunch, many of us will celebrate the new year with champagne glasses clinking left and right. Continue reading »

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Tom Bates and Loni Hancock visit sister city in Cuba

Mayor Tom Bates visited a middle school in Berkeley's sister city, Palma Soriano in Cuba
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Bearing 13 indestructible soccer balls, toys, shampoo, conditioner, and a bunch of T-shirts, Mayor Tom Bates and his wife, State Senator Loni Hancock, recently visited Palma Soriano, Berkeley’s sister city in Cuba.

The soccer balls were the biggest hit.

As soon as Bates, Hancock and the four others in their group arrived at Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider Middle School (named after Che Guevara’s translator), they pulled out the bright blue balls made by Berkeley’s One World Futbol Project. Bates started to play with one ball and even threw a few hoops with it, prompting the students to surge down the school steps and out onto the play yard. … Continue reading »

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