Daily Archives: January 4, 2013


The Berkeley Wire: 01.04.13

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New details emerge in stabbing of Berkeley woman

Jessica Kingeter, left, with cousin Cindy Burgos. Photo: Courtesy of Cindy Burgos
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The five-time felon charged in the stabbing death of Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter was found at the scene of her killing naked and covered in blood with a knife nearby, according to authorities.

Last week, police arrested Jamaal Prince, 34, of Berkeley in Kingeter’s death. He was charged Monday, Dec. 31, with murder, and is set to appear in court to enter a plea this coming Monday.

According to court documents, police found Prince “at the scene of a homicide naked, covered in blood in close proximity to a bloody knife.” Police said Prince was treated at Highland Hospital for several cuts to his hands, and was then “cleared for incarceration.”

Police said, in the declaration of probable cause for Prince’s arrest, that he waived his rights during the police interview, and “confessed to stabbing the victim multiple times.” … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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ABSENCE MAKES THE JAZZ GROW FONDER – Since it still is winter break for colleges, jazz aficionados have an opportunity to hear four Berkeley High Jazz alumni who have returned temporarily from their studies around the country. The Homecoming Collective – Erik Shiboski, bass; Grant Milliken, vibraphone; Lev Facher, drums; and Nick Lamb, piano;  – will play Friday Jan. 4 at the Jazz School at 8 p.m. … Continue reading »


A map details Berkeley’s gulf between rich and poor

Source: Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks
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It’s no secret there is a huge income disparity in Berkeley. Data from the 2010 Census Bureau’s Gini Index showed that Berkeley had the widest gap in the Bay Area between rich and poor, according to a 2011 Bay Citizen article.

Now a man named Chris Persuad has mapped out all the census blocks in the United States. Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks provides a visual glimpse of how income is distributed. In Berkeley, it’s much as you would expect. The wealthiest areas are around the Claremont Hotel and in the hills. The census tract with the highest median income is around Solano Avenue, specifically the neighborhoods between The Alameda to Grizzly Peak, north of Marin.  That tract, 4212, has a median household income of $158,988. … Continue reading »

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To Die For: A Taste of Africa at Room 389

A Taste of Africa. Photo: Kate Williams
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In the age of instant Internet fame, Wikipedia, and make-or-break online reviews, it is rare to find a truly obscure dining establishment. The Cameroonian pop-up and catering company A Taste of Africa is perhaps one of the few. Sure, it has had its share of press (East Bay Express visited this spring) and has a devoted (albeit small) Yelp following, but the restaurant remains a bit of an enigma. A Taste of Africa has only a meager Facebook page with no pictures; a rarely answered phone number and an address are its only paper trail. Few diners are familiar with the subtly flavored, gently stewed meat and vegetable dishes that make up the cuisine of Cameroon; indeed, many mislabel the food as Caribbean or Moroccan in their Yelp reviews. These visitors express delight and excitement at “discovering” a restaurant and chef who has, in fact, been feeding hungry diners for years. … Continue reading »

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