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The Berkeley Wire: 05.28.15

Paul and Suggah by William Newton. Photo taken May 22, 2105.

Paul and Suggah by William Newton. Photo taken May 22, 2105.

Hidden homeless: A quiet search for refuge among Berkeley youth (Daily Cal)
Maurice Tani perfects storytelling in alt-country songs (Examiner)
City holds town hall meeting on racial inequalities in public health (Daily Cal)
Oakland/Berkeley street party returns on Saturday (Mercury News)
A Look Back: Famed planner assesses Berkeley and Oakland in 1915 (IBA)
Court sides with Kapor again on building large home in north Berkeley (SF Gate)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.27.15

Day 146: Kaboom by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 26, 2015

Day 146: Kaboom by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 26, 2015

South Berkeley community agencies face funding cuts (CoCo Times)
On the menu: Backyard bounty (Edible East Bay)
City Council postpones vote on tall building proposal (CoCo Times)
Salad days approach as Sweetgreen announces Berkeley outpost (Eater SF)
Solano tunnel to close May 28 for maintenance work (Mercury News)
Berkeley film curator honored by nations of France and Georgia (UCB News)
8-year old author will lead workshop at Bay Area Book Festival (Mercury News)

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Where in Berkeley?

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.26.15

Headed downwind  Racing downwind with the U.C. Berkeley Campanile just visible in a gap between boats at the J24 Nationals hosted by the Berkeley Yacht Club. Photo by Steve Crawford, taken on May 23, 2015

Headed downwind. Racing downwind with the UC Berkeley Campanile just visible in a gap between boats at the J24 Nationals hosted by the Berkeley Yacht Club. Photo by Steve Crawford, taken on May 23, 2015

Voluminous structure to be book festival’s centerpiece (Mercury News)
New technique enables robots to learn through trial and error (UCB News)
Missy Franklin leaves Berkeley to train in Colorado (CoCo Times)
Norwegian student with muscular disease endeavors to attend Cal (Daily Cal)
Mud, plastic and colorful clutter at UC Berkeley’s MFA show (KQED)
Commissioners discuss redistricting, public financing proposals (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Lab unveils new solar energy center aimed at producing fuel (Mercury News)

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Oscar’s to close after 65 years in Berkeley

Oscar's. Photo Tracey Taylor
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By Kate Williams and Tracey Taylor

Oscar’s, the iconic Shattuck Avenue restaurant, is not long for this world. The restaurant, a Berkeley institution since 1950, will close in the next month or two, reports Eater SF. In its place will be the first Northern California outpost of Washington, D.C.-based Sweetgreen, a “seasonal fast-food chain.”

Oscar’s has primarily been a burgers and fries destination for Cal students and others looking for a no-frills carb fix for the past 65 years. Owned by the same family for many years, the corner restaurant, at 1890 Shattuck Ave. at Hearst, feels much as it probably did when it opened, with its scalloped roof overhang, vintage signage, laminate-topped tables and white globe lights. Berkeleyside spoke to owner Scott on Tuesday, but he was reluctant to comment on the news, saying just that he was not the forthcoming type. “I’m not a warm and fuzzy guy,” he said.

Sweetgreen was founded in 2007 by three Georgetown students and now has 30 locations on the East Coast and one in Los Angeles. The restaurant chain has plans to continue opening more spots across the West Coast using its recent $18.5 million investment from, among others, New York restaurateurs Daniel Boulud, David Chang and Danny Meyer. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.22.15

Berkeley Arts Center, Live Oak Park, Berkeley, Calif. By Carter Tomassi

Berkeley Arts Center, Live Oak Park, Berkeley, Calif. By Carter Tomassi

Barnidge: If Berkeley customers don’t pay soda tax, does it exist? (CoCo Times)
Several AC Transit bus stops removed, relocated (Daily Cal)
Library to redesign teen room (BHS Jacket)
BHS teaching staff lacks diversity; BUSD to emphasize recruitment (BHS Jacket)
Students design and build a bridge in Botanical Gardens (UCB News)
NYT gives Berkeley author Muon Van’s children’s book glowing review (NYT)

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From hawks to Berlin to Salinger to neurosurgery to sci-fi: 6 great reads to start off your summer

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It’s not quite June gloom outside, and May gloom doesn’t have the same ring. While the weather isn’t cooperating, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer. To usher in a season of more relaxation (if you’re lucky) the Berkeleyside editors (Frances, Tracey and Lance) have some book suggestions.

“Golden State,” Stephanie Kegan

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.21.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.20.15

Day 128: Red by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 8, 2015

Day 128: Red by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 8, 2015

Activists meet on West Berkeley development concerns (CoCo Times)
Eat your weeds (Express)
Community meeting set for housing proposal for Spenger’s lot (IBA)
Community members raise concern about 7-story Telegraph Ave building (Daily Cal)
Savoring the dry season: Tips from Berkeley chef Samin Nosrat (Express)
Berkeley grocery owner details the start of healthy foods revolution (CoCo Times)

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Photo: Robert Singer.

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.19.15

Tamalpais Steps, Codornices Park by Carter Tomassi

Tamalpais Steps, Codornices Park by Carter Tomassi Nicholas Dirks on new “Autobiography of an Archive” (New Books Network)

Nicholas Dirks on new book, “Autobiography of an Archive” (New Books Network)
Birds & Bees: W. Kamau Bell, Kadijah Means on racism (This American Life)
East Bay lawyer makes domestic abusers pay (Express)
Readers rejoice: Bay Area Book Festival to open in Berkeley (UCB News)
Restaurant review: How does Tigerlily rate? (CoCo Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.18.15

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Berkeley taxpayers pick up the tab to send police officers to out-of-state funerals

The Police Department’s Honor Guard was in attendance, in new uniforms recently purchased by the department. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Berkeley taxpayers picked up much of the bill for two police officers to fly to New York City in January to attend the funeral of an officer who had been killed in the line of duty, according to an investigation by the Oakland Tribune.

Berkeley paid $850.60 for lodging and meals for the trip, plus 40 hours of paid work time, according to the Tribune. JetBlue provided free plane tickets.

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan justified the expense to the Tribune, saying it boosts morale for police officers from one jurisdiction to show their support for officers in other cities who have been killed.  … Continue reading »

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