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The Berkeley Wire: 05.06.16

Nadacorn, not Unicorn, Berkeley. Photo, taken on April 30, 2016, by Ira Serkes

Nadacorn, not Decacorn, Berkeley. Photo, taken on April 29, 2016, by Ira Serkes

Saddle up for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 12 (UCB News)
First layoff notices at UC Berkeley sparks rally, criticism of chancellor (East Bay Times)
CHP to hold sobriety checkpoint on Friday (Patch)
UC Berkeley medical program threatened by budget cuts (Inquirer)
Second set of human remains found on Spenger’s Restaurant property (East Bay Times)
UC president appoints Melinda Haag to investigate Davis chancellor (Daily Cal)
Cafe Gratitude owners’ meat eating angers some patrons (East Bay Times)
UC Berkeley faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Symphony previews a ‘Frankenstein’ opera (SFGate)

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Guilty verdicts in Berkeley-Oakland death penalty case

Alaysha Carradine, 8, and Anthony "Tone" Medearis, 22, were both killed in fatal shootings in 2013. Photos: Courtesy of family
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After nearly a month of testimony, followed by less than two full days of deliberations, an Alameda County Superior Court jury brought back a series of guilty verdicts Friday afternoon in connection with two fatal shootings in 2013 that took the lives of an 8-year-old girl at an Oakland sleepover and a 22-year-old Berkeley father.

Scroll down for videos of family members reacting to the verdicts.

The jury found Darnell Williams Jr. guilty of all nine counts against him, including two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. The guilty verdicts included the three special circumstances against Williams — lying in wait, murder during the course of a robbery or attempted robbery, and multiple murders — that made this case eligible for the death penalty.

The jury is set to return May 16 to hear additional information from attorneys and consider the sentence in the case. … Continue reading »

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

Inferno Theatre presents its third annual
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INFERNO THEATRE IN RESIDENCE Inferno Theatre is in residence at the South Berkeley Community Church from Friday through Sunday presenting its third annual Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival. See exciting multi-cultural, interdisciplinary dance, theatre and film works performed by a diverse line-up of guest artists and companies. They include: Rachel LePell, Blue Monkey Works: Steve Haskell, Inferno Theatre, Chabot College Theater Arts, and Anton’s Well Theatre Company. South Berkeley residents get discounted tickets. For full information, visit Inferno Theatre’s website. … Continue reading »

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Downtown’s Games of Berkeley to move to Telegraph

Games of Berkeley has been in the Shattuck and Center location for 19 years. Photo: Lance Knobel
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After 36 years downtown and 19 years in its current location, Games of Berkeley is moving to the old Tower Records site, just east of Telegraph Avenue.

“We’ve outgrown the possibilities of this space,” said Erik Bigglestone, managing owner. “I’ve wanted to do bigger events and we need more space.”

Games of Berkeley calls itself the Bay Area’s “oldest tabletop game store.” It started on Addison Street in 1980 and moved to Shattuck near University, before settling in its corner location on Shattuck and Center in 1997. The new location, 2510 Durant Ave., whose latest occupant was Earth’s Bizarre, will have just over 11,000 square feet, up from the current 8,900 square feet.

Bigglestone said that Games of Berkeley will stay open downtown until the end of the year, while the Durant store should open in the fall. The final move of everything to the new store is planned for January 2017.  … Continue reading »

Crime

Crime in Berkeley: 9 robberies in 2 days, video of restaurant robbery, armored van grant, fall from frat roof

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Share photos, videos and tips by emailing crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook and TwitterDon’t assume someone else will alert us. We rely on readers to help us stay informed.

From April 14-20, there were reports of 12 robberies20 burglaries20 assaults or batteriesfive weapon-involved calls and three sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com and other BPD data. There were also six stolen vehicles15 disturbances and 19 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. No significant incidents were reported on CrimeMapping to the University of California Police Department (UCPD), so we’ve filled out the blotter with tidbits from the UCPD crime log. Arrested or charged individuals are presumed innocent. Find our April 14-20 round-up below.

Recent public safety news

PEOPLE’S PARK PATROL AND MORE UCPD appears to have been doing some proactive patrols at People’s Park between about 6:50 and 8 p.m. April 21. Two officers handled a handful of calls involving marijuana, smoking violations, disturbing the peace, an open container and a welfare check. The officers spoke to about six men and one woman at the park about various violations but no arrests were made. On a side note, an hour or so later, at 9:20 p.m., one of those officers handled a suspicious circumstance at Wurster Hall “regarding the display of an art project.”

HATE INCIDENT UCPD responded to the Moffitt Library men’s bathroom April 25 after a 25-year-old male student reported a “hate incident involving vandalism.” The case is under investigation.

VANDALISM VIA MARKER UCPD is looking into vandalism “via marker” to six UC vehicles at Edwards Stadium between April 29 and May 2.  … Continue reading »

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Half Moon Brewing to open taproom in Berkeley

Half Moon Brewing Company is set to open its first offsite taproom at xxxx Center St. in downtown Berkeley this summer. Photo, taken at Half Moon Brewery, courtesy of Half Moon Brewery
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Half Moon Brewing Company has chosen to open its first offsite taproom and bottle shop in downtown Berkeley. Called Pacific Standard, the spot will serve up craft beers in the space formerly occupied by wine bar La Botella Republic, at 2055 Center St. (at Shattuck). La Botella closed in March, two years after it opened.

Pacific Standard will offer 15 to 20 local and regional beers on tap, around half of which will be sourced from the onsite brewery at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. The taproom, which will also serve snacks, should be open by the summer.

Read more about beer and breweries in the East Bay.

“Half Moon wanted to be in the East Bay as there’s lots of excitement here around beer, and Berkeley is at the forefront of craft beer,” said Joel DiGiorgio of Farm League Design & Management, who is working with the brewery to open the taproom. “They have respect for the ‘old guards’ of Berkeley, Triple Rock and Jupiter, and are honored and humbled to be in the same town,” he said. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.05.16

Deer in the backyard. Photo, taken on May 2, 2016, by Mojan Ajmani

Deer in the backyard. Photo, taken on May 2, 2016, by Mohan Ajmani

Photo essay: A walk through Berkeley (Daily Cal)
UC Berkeley ranked one of world’s elite ‘top six’ (UCB News)
Bikes to trump cars in new East Bay bike-sharing program (Mercury News)
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. to open taproom in old Botella Republic space (Inside Scoop)
Taqueria with a cause comes to Gourmet Ghetto (Mercury News)
Snapp Shots: Berkeley Hardware saved from axe (East Bay Times)

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Cheryl Leonard brings melting glaciers, kelp to Berkeley

Cheryl Leonard brings her rocks, kelp, ice, and penguin bones to the Bower Center on Wednesday for "Polar Landscapes" a program of original music with Phillip Greenlief. Photo by Cheryl Leonard.
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Cheryl Leonard followed a long winding path from the Berkeley Hills to the polar regions, but her ability to make arresting music using the sounds of melting glaciers flows directly from an epiphany she experienced hiking near Tilden.

Leonard has spent a good deal of time over the past eight years in the Arctic and Antarctic, making field recordings and collecting materials that she transforms into musical instruments. She performs “Polar Sounscapes” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Brower Center on the closing night of the multi-media exhibition “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012,” which examines some two centuries of artists inspired by frozen landscapes. The event is the first on an ongoing collaboration between the Brower Center and the new music organization Other Minds. … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: ‘The Wait,’ ‘Another Dawn’ and ‘Smashing the O-Line’

L'Atessa (The Wait) opens in Berkeley on
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It’s not always easy to find interesting films to review or write about, but this week is different. Call it a picture show potpourri, or perhaps a cinematic smôrgasbôrd: this weekend, Berkeley filmgoers have plenty to choose from.

On the new release front, consider L’Attesa (The Wait), opening at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas on Friday, May 6). Directed by Piero Messina, the film is a lovely-to-look-at chamber piece about two women and the man who’s brought them together.

Jeanne, Giuseppe’s French girlfriend, has been invited by her beau to meet the family at their Sicilian villa. Arriving from the airport, however, she discovers her visit has come at a rather awkward time – coincident with the mourning period for Giuseppe’s recently deceased uncle, who (we presume) has died on extremely short notice.

Giuseppe’s mother Anna (Juliette Binoche) tries to be a gracious host under trying circumstances, and as the days pass the two women begin to develop an understanding, if not a close relationship. But as the wait continues – and as Giuseppe stubbornly refuses to make an appearance – Jeanne begins to wonder if there’s more to the story than she’s been told. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.04.16

Avett Brothers at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Photo Kelly Owen

Avett Brothers at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on April 30. Photo: Kelly Owen

Two minimum wage initiatives for Berkeley ballot (Express)
New effort to solve Berkeley cold case murder (KTVU)
Progressive voters meet to endorse city council and mayoral candidates (Daily Cal)
UC Chancellor faces skeptical Academic Senate (SF Chronicle)
How my disability helped me thrive at Cal’s computer science program (Medium)
At Shotgun Players, a game of ‘Hamlet’ roulette (Express)

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Man held to answer in Berkeley murder, carjacking case

A 2011 photograph of Kamau Berlin. Source: Facebook
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A 20-year-old man accused of murder with special circumstances was ordered Wednesday morning by an Alameda County Superior Court judge to face nearly all of the charges filed against him as the case moves ahead to trial.

 dismissed one count and one special circumstance related to rape allegations, and said the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence to support those charges.

Kamau Berlin, who was a student at Berkeley Technology Academy at the time of his arrest, was ordered to return to court May 18 for arraignment as the case proceeds. He will continue to be held without bail, Burgess said.

Berlin told his mother he had just needed a ride home the day he was arrested near the car where 72-year-old Nancy McClellan was found bleeding from the neck due to a stab wound. Police testified that, when his mother insisted during a jailhouse interview that he tell her the truth of what had happened, he said he had seen a woman in a car, started hitting her to get her out of the car, and then threw her into the backseat.

He also mentioned to his mother having used brass knuckles during the attack, which ultimately helped police track down the murder weapon in the days after Berlin’s arrest.

At the time of his arrest, in September 2014, he told police a red substance on him that looked like blood was actually “fake blood for Halloween.” … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments, below. (Also, while you’re at it, we still don’t have a correct answer for our April 6 contest! We’ve added a couple more photos as clues — go see if you can figure out where it is…)

Photo: Jim Rosenau.

Send your submissions for “Where in Berkeley?” to tips@berkeleyside.com. The more obscure the better —  just as long as the photos are taken in Berkeley. Thanks in advance.

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.03.16

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