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Adults, children attend candlelight vigil for Newtown

About 50 people came out to Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley on Saturday evening, despite the rain, to take time to reflect on the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, on Friday. The gathering was organized by Suzanne Teran and Sheela Jivan, who were inspired by a initiative to hold vigils at the same time across the nation this weekend. Other Bay Area vigils were held in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Richmond, Alameda, and Oakland.

Tango with a Z: Playing the seductive dance in Berkeley

With its seductive conflation of eros and combat, tango has beguiled many a music and dance lover, so there’s nothing surprising about Bendrew Jong’s obsession with Argentina’s most passionate export. What’s unexpected is that his expertise in tai chi and kung fu provided ideal physical and mental training for mastering tango’s intricate dance moves, and that dancing has made him more dangerous on the mat.

Berkeley schools implement $2M safety plan

When gun violence in the school’s neighborhood forced LeConte Elementary School to go on lockdown earlier this month, second grade teacher Pamela Diebel and her colleagues weren’t able to lock their own classrooms, and students in bathrooms and hallways missed the announcement on the loudspeaker. But the next campus in the district to go on lockdown may not face the same challenges.

The Berkeley Wire: 01.09.13

Stanford women beat Cal in Pac-12 basketball in Berkeley (Mercury News)
Berkeley and Oakland gear up for restaurant weeks (East Bay Express)
BUSD approves working group to help close achievement gap (Berkeley Schools Report)
UC Berkeley and East Bay Bike Coalition offer bicyclist traffic school (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley Central Arts Passage unveils its first show (East Bay Express)
Producer uncovers story of California’s early Jewish community (Oakland Magazine)
BUSD to review what to do if armed gunmen enter campuses (Tribune)

‘Today seems like a day to hug our kids a little harder’

Berkeley High’s Principal, Pasquale Scuderi, this afternoon sent an emailed letter to the BHS community in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, this morning. In it, he addresses how the school has dealt with communicating news of the mass shooting at an elementary school to BHS students, issues of security on campus, and shares guidelines on how to talk to our children about such a senseless and potentially traumatic incident.