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Sadly, I won’t have the opportunity to include Seth Rogen’s The Interview in this year’s list. Of course, as I find Mr. Rogen about as funny a case of shingles, it probably wouldn’t have made the list anyway. Thanks, Guardians of Peace and/or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, for sparing us all. Here, then, are my favorite films of 2014 (click on the title if it’s hyper-linked to read the full review):
Alba Witkin, who moved to Berkeley in 1978, was a generous philanthropist who gave to schools, legal programs, and children’s organizations. Witkin, who had endowed a fund with her late husband, Bernard Witkin, an eminent attorney and author, died Dec. 26 at the age of 95. She was surrounded by her children as she passed.
Throughout history, mandarins were used as stocking stuffers along with chocolate coins.
PG&E officials are warning that strong winds are expected to sweep Berkeley and other parts of the East Bay beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30. They are expecting that some homes will lose power because of downed power lines.
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