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The Berkeley Wire: 02.22.13

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Name released after death in custody, cause unknown

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Authorities have released the name of the person who died in custody on Feb. 12 — after police were called to a downtown Berkeley apartment building for a mental health evaluation — as Xavier Christopher Moore.

Moore was a 41-year-old Berkeley resident, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office, which released Moore’s name earlier this week.

Moore’s cause of death has not been determined, according to the coroner’s office, and has been deferred pending toxicology testing. (Toxicology reports can take weeks or months to complete.)

According to the Berkeley Police Department, Moore stopped breathing while under restraint after struggling with police.

According to a statement released Feb. 13, police said they were dispatched to the 2000 block of Allston Way for a mental health evaluation. Once there, they spoke with the reporting party, then were directed to Moore’s residence. (Media reports have identified Moore’s residence as the Gaia Building at 2116 Allston Way, but police have declined to confirm the exact location.) … Continue reading »

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

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BOONA CHEEMA For decades Boona Cheema has been a fixture on the Berkeley scene, a recognized leader in the struggle to end homelessness in the city as well as state and national levels. (Read a profile in the San Francisco Chronicle.) On Saturday, Cheema will hand over the directorship of housing and services provider BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency), where she has served for 35 years, to incoming Executive Director Donald Frazier. Frazier, formerly with Center Point in San Francisco, takes the reins on March 1. The handing over of the baton will be part of “Booma Cheema’s Goodbye Gala: From The Heart: A Legacy of Love…And New Beginnings,” with food and drinks from local restaurants, and music by Fua Dia Congo, Duniya Dance Company. Saturday Feb. 23, 2013, 6:00-9:00 pm, at Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th Street in Oakland ($5 valet parking). Tickets $125 ($60 nonprofit, $35 low income). Visit BOSS online for details. Or by phone (510) 649-1930 x 222. … Continue reading »

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NOSH Link Love 02.22.13: Daily East Bay food news

Low Country Boil. Photo: Jeremy Brooks
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Our round-up of all the food-related news out there — in one convenient place brought to you fresh every day. Continue reading »

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What’s happening with the Gilman Street Interchange?

City staffers say that roundabouts on Gilman Street at I-80 will improve the interchange in several important ways. Image source: City of Berkeley
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Earlier this month, after Berkeleyside’s most recent article on Whole Foods coming to Gilman, several readers asked in the comments section about the status of a city project to reconfigure the intersections at Gilman and Interstate 80.

According to a city flier from last fall, the area has become “overwhelmed” due to multiple commercial venues in its vicinity, such as Golden Gate Fields racetrack, Target in Albany, residential neighborhoods in Berkeley and Albany, and major recreational spots such as the Bay Trail and the Gilman Street Fields. Stop signs on highway off-ramps cause back-ups onto the interstate. The right-of-way for motorists “is confusing, leading to conflict and collisions.”

Berkeleyside readers called the area “a ridiculous mess” and “the most dysfunctional intersection I have seen anywhere in the United States.” … Continue reading »

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Commis’ James Syhabout previews Box and Bells

Meats with sauerkraut (Boudin blanc; corned beef with parsley sauce). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Sunday night, diners crowded into Oakland’s Hawker Fare for the first sneak peek into Box and Bells, the latest project by chef-owner James Syhabout. The only Michelin-starred chef in Oakland, for his Piedmont Avenue restaurant Commis, Syhabout plans to open Box and Bells on College Avenue in the former site of Somerset this May.

Tickets for the “pop-up” event sold out in three minutes flat, to Syhabout’s surprise. (He used Brown Paper Tickets to sell spots to the event online, similar to the way concert seats would be offered.)

When he told Box and Bells Executive Chief Benjamin Coe how quickly the seats had been snatched up, “he thought I was joking,” Syhabout told diners before the meal. “We’ve been stressing out since.” … Continue reading »

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Crime

Berkeley police arrest felon, find gun after short chase

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Earlier this week, police arrested a felon on probation after an attempted “investigative stop” near the Ashby BART station, authorities said Thursday.

On Tuesday at about 4:20 p.m., police tried to stop a man walking near the intersection of Harper and Woolsey streets, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, near the southwest corner of the BART station. … Continue reading »

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David Gans keeps on truckin’ with the Grateful Dead

The Sycamore Slough String Band will play live at the GD marathon. L to R: Dave Muhlethaler, David Gans, Roger Sideman, David Thom.     
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On Saturday, Feb 23, David Gans will walk into the studio at the Berkeley-based KPFA and put on a song by the Grateful Dead, thereby launching a 16-hour Dead marathon popular around the world. It will be the 27th time Gans has hosted the marathon, a fundraiser that nets thousands of dollars each year for the radio station.

Gans is now a Grateful Dead expert with a weekly syndicated radio show highlighting the band’s music. He is also the author of Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead, among other books, and a guitarist and accomplished songwriter. As Gans prepared for the Grateful Deal marathon, which will run from Sat. at 9 am to Sunday at 1 a.m. at 94.1 FM, Berkeleyside asked him how he started to love the band and why the music is so enduring.

When and where was the first time you heard the Grateful Dead? At what point did you fall in love with their music? And after having listened to it for decades, how have you not grown tired of the music?
My roommate and songwriting partner dragged me to a show on March 5, 1972. I found it attractive enough that I started listening to the records, and when the Dead came back to the Bay Area in August of that year I went to four shows in a week. … Continue reading »

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