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Berkeley mayoral candidates square off at forum (East Bay Times)
Astronaut Scott Kelly shares space experiences with students (KGO)
Berkeley woman killed crossing the street in Richmond (Patch)
Sheared fire hydrant spews water in South Berkeley (Daily Cal)
Commuter ferry service approved from Berkeley to San Francisco (East Bay Times)
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Update, 5 p.m. Authorities say 94 children and 14 staffers were evacuated during Friday’s three-alarm fire at the First Congregational Church on Channing Way in Berkeley.
The fire was declared under control at 3:20 p.m. but had not been extinguished, Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said during a 4 p.m. briefing. Firefighters were still working to put out hotspots.
He said crews would remain on scene throughout the evening and into tomorrow.
Scroll down for photographs of the fire shared by many community members.
Dong said the cause of the fire remains unknown and the investigation could not be carried out until the conditions are safe. He said Channing Way and Durant Avenue will be blocked off tomorrow, and could affect traffic for the scheduled Cal football game.
Dong said authorities are concerned about potential collapses, particularly in the chimney. … Continue reading »
THE GOLDEN STATE RECORD Pop-Up Magazine, California Sunday Magazine and Noise Pop present The Golden State Record at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. The show, inspired in part by The Golden Record, launched into deep space by NASA and Carl Sagan in 1977, celebrates and explores the sounds, ideas, and culture of California and the West today. Described as a “first-of-its-kind music and storytelling event,” the lineup includes musicians Shamir, Lil B, Thao Nguyen and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and performers including Janna Levin, Jace Clayton andJon Mooallem. More information and tickets ($52 and $60). … Continue reading »
Update, 1:25 a.m. Authorities have just confirmed this incident began in Richmond at around 10:35 p.m.
“Richmond PD officers were attempting to stop a vehicle. The suspect vehicle turned onto a dead end street and made an abrupt u-turn. The suspect vehicle then rammed her car into a marked RPD patrol car and fled,” Lt. Felix Tan, RPD spokesman, told Berkeleyside.
Police pursued the car into Berkeley where the chase ended at Bonar and Bancroft. All three occupants were taken into custody and no weapons were found. Tan said the officer was not injured but the patrol car had moderate damage.
Tan also said the driver was an adult female, and she was the only one booked on suspicion of the assault on the officer. He said RPD does not generally release the names of individuals who are arrested.
Update, 11:55 p.m. BPD tells us this is a Richmond case; no further information was available. Berkeleyside will attempt to learn more.
Update, 11:44 p.m. The neighborhood tipster tells Berkeleyside at least one of the people detained after the chase lives on the block.
He said he heard what sounded like loud reports during the pursuit: “If there wasn’t gunfire, then someone was setting off a lot of fireworks in the last 30 seconds of the chase. It was a very loud and distinct POP POP POP POP POP POP POP really quickly before everyone got out of their cars.” … Continue reading »
Girl’s Garage: A place for girls to build their dreams (East Bay Times)
UC Berkeley assistant professor claims harassment (SF Gate)
City Council talks Berkeley strategic plan, 2020 Vision (Daily Cal)
East Bay Gray Panthers host mayoral forum (Daily Cal)
Friday in Berkeley: Pop-Up magazine and NoisePop’s live extravaganza (BoingBoing)
UC Berkeley to partner on $24M imaging science center (UCB News)
Man stabbed at Berkeley bus stop (Daily Planet)
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Despite official statistics suggesting 2016 was a banner year for alcohol abuse during the first weeks of the UC Berkeley school year, anecdotes from first responders and student leaders suggest otherwise.
In early September, the state bureau of Alcohol and Beverage Control released figures for the first two weekends of the school year that indicated alcohol-related incidents spiked 110% this year, compared with 2004 when the ABC bureau first started collecting data. And this year’s total of 551 incidents is up 30% from 2015.
The stats are based on a collaboration between the Berkeley Police Department, ABC and other law-enforcement agencies that is funded through a grant. The annual effort began in 2004.
Unlike previous years, where new records appear in certain citation categories such as ‘open container violations’ or ‘minors in possession of alcohol,’ 2016 set records across the board. For example, in 2016 law enforcement handed out 36 citations for ‘furnishing alcohol to minors,’ beating the 2006 record of 32.
The UC Police reported a slight uptick in hospital transports to 15, from 11 in August. But September, at least through Sept. 21, declined to 16 from 19 in 2015, according to Sergeant Sabrina Reich.
The Berkeley Police Department acknowledged that the increase was likely due to the number of officers involved. … Continue reading »
The attorney for a 27-year-old man found guilty earlier this year of a 2010 murder in Berkeley has filed a motion for retrial and plans to bring in new testimony from a convicted accomplice in the case to dispute her client’s guilt.
Coleon Carroll entered a no contest plea for voluntary manslaughter in February after authorities identified him as the getaway driver in the murder of Gary Ferguson Jr. and the attempted murder of Larry Belle as they talked on Sacramento Street in South Berkeley one morning about six years ago.
An Alameda County Superior Court jury found Brandon Wallace of Pittsburg guilty in March of being a shooter in that murder. The guilty verdict means he could spend more than 50 years in prison.
But Wallace’s sentencing has been delayed repeatedly since his conviction for murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm March 21. A prior sentencing hearing was postponed because Wallace’s father was reportedly working out of state and wanted to attend.
Thursday, the hearing was postponed again, and it now won’t take place before Dec. 1.
Defense attorney Bonnie Narby told Judge Jon Rolefson she plans to bring in Carroll to say it was actually another man — his deceased cousin Jermaine Davis — who was at the shooting scene. (Davis and Wallace both had dreadlocks at the time of the murder.) Narby argued during Wallace’s trial that he was in another city during the Berkeley murder and was not the man responsible for it.
Authorities have said Wallace was shot accidentally by an accomplice during Ferguson’s murder, which they said was evident on surveillance footage of the killing. And his blood was found soaked into the front seat of the getaway vehicle. … Continue reading »
Ian Faquini’s Brazilian identity was never in doubt. Born in the nation’s futuristic capital Brasilia, he moved with his parents to Berkeley just in time to finish second grade, and grew up speaking Portuguese at home. But it wasn’t until the revered Brazilian guitarist/composer Guinga took him under his wing that Faquini immersed himself in the music of his homeland. In recent years he’s emerged as one of the most gifted young guitarists and songwriters working in Brazilian music, and he celebrates the release of his debut album Metal na Madeira (Ridgeway Records) with Rio de Janiero-based vocalist Paula Santoro 8 p.m. Friday at the California Jazz Conservatory.
Even before he discovered Guinga, Faquini was obsessed with music. Interested in different instruments as a child, he found his soulmate when he got an acoustic guitar for his 11th birthday. “It was impossible for me not to practice,” says Faquini, who just turned 26. “My mom would say, haven’t you been playing too much? I had a band in middle school and would make them have six-to-eight hour rehearsals.” … Continue reading »
Black power, Black Panthers, new focus of photography exhibit at J-School (UCB News)
BART picks Berkeley artist to make station art (East Bay Times)
Berkeley apartment house to draw lots for 22 affordable units (East Bay Times)
Three local businesses get local visionary awards (Daily Cal)
Mayor’s race is over housing and growth (Oakland Magazine)
Nobel Prize winner to join Cal faculty (UCB News)
Mayoral hopeful Zachary Running Wolf in jail for vandalism (KRON)
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Review: ‘A Thin Bright Line’ by Berkeley author Lucy Bledsoe (Lambda Literary)
A Look Back: Anniversaries include 1991 firestorm, debut of Oski (East Bay Times)
Berkeley Humane Society to offer low-cost spaying, neutering (Daily Cal)
City Council to discuss bike lanes, low-income housing (Daily Cal)
Summer school – but not in the way you expect (the fanfare)
Indigenous Peoples Day to be dedicated to Standing Rock (East Bay Times)
Freak out over these adorable fish-shaped ice cream cones (SF Eater)
Berkeley artist provides woodblock art for BART poster series (BART)
By Berkeley News / Gretchen Kell
With his trademark cardigan, white gloves, high-stepping gait and goofy grin, Oski, UC Berkeley’s mascot, was created in 1941 to embody a perpetual college sophomore – growing in wisdom, but not yet grown up.
This week, Oski turns 75, but remains more sophomoric than geriatric. Busier than ever with some 300 events a year and his own Twitter handle, Facebook page and Lair of the Golden Bear camp, the furry-headed, mischievous icon isn’t about to retire, or act his age, anytime soon.
“Oski has a wide-eyed, childlike view of Cal, as if he’s thinking, ‘I can’t believe I’m here,’ and that’s Oski every day,” says Mal Pacheco, a Cal Athletics volunteer adviser to the campus’s Oski Committee. “He personifies Cal spirit, and as long as Cal is Cal, Oski’s going to be that Cal spirit.”
Oski’s milestone birthday, Tuesday, Sept. 27, will be celebrated in a belated, but bear-sized, way. Events include a Homecoming 2016 pep rally on Sproul Plaza at noon on Friday, Sept. 30; apublic lecture immediately after that, at 1:15 p.m., called “Oski Bear and the Struggles of Being a 75th-Year Sophomore;” an Oski hat giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 1, atHomecoming headquarters before the Cal vs. Utah game; a ticketed Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ; and a special tribute on the football field. … Continue reading »