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The Berkeley Wire: 08.10.16

Planet Murple dancers wave their pom poms at the No. Berkeley Thursday market to raise awareness about kids and good nutrition. By Sylvia Rubin

Planet Murple dancers wave their pom-poms at the North Berkeley Thursday farmers market to raise awareness about kids and good nutrition. Photo: Sylvia Rubin

Berkeley balcony collapse: mothers, survivor, testify in Sacto (Mercury News)
Guacamole 61 brings the meat to Epicurious Garden (Express)
Berkeley rapper Marty Grimes steps out on his own (Express)
Police ID now-dead suspect in 1992 slaying of Cal student (SFGate)
John Sasaki of KTVU is new spokesman for  Oakland schools (Mercury News)
South Asian comedy festival includes Berkeley show (East Bay Times)

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Op-eds: Housing, homelessness dominate conversation

Berkeleyside readers asked a number of questions about homelessness in the city. We try to answer some of them below. Photo: Kai Schreiber
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Berkeleyside publishes many opinion pieces submitted by readers in its Opinionator section. Recently, many of them have focused on housing and on homelessness.

On July 7, Matthew Lewis, Housing Commission Chair for the Associated Students of the University of California, argued that the Berkeley City Council should adequately regulate short-term rentals to protect Berkeley’s housing supply.

On July 18, we published an open letter to the Council by a group of Berkeley citizens under the name REAL Berkeley that laid out why they think the city need real equity and access to a livable Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.09.16

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Uncharted Festival of Ideas is back in Berkeley, Oct. 14-15

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The Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas returns to Berkeley on Oct. 14-15 for its fourth year.

Produced by Berkeleyside, the festival is two days of conversations and performances, hands-on workshops, food and drink, as well as a convivial party on the beautiful UC Berkeley campus. Writing about the festival, UrbDeZine described it as: “A delectable spread of ideas on the edge, tapped from the fertile environment of Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Early Bird tickets now available.

As in previous years, 2016 speakers come from a wealth of locations and fields of expertise — from Aminatou Sow, founder of Tech LadyMafia; through Aaron James, Professor of Philosophy, UC Irvine, and the author of the book, Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump; Iranian-American comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, and Scott Budnick, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, as well as the producer of The Hangover movies. See more speakers at BerkeleyIdeas.com. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.08.16

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Floating lanterns in Berkeley mark 71st anniversary of atomic bombings

Dozens of lanterns float on the water near Aquatic Park of Aug. 6 to mark the bombing os Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo: Ted Friedman
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Thousands of people gathered at the north end of Aquatic Park in Berkeley on Saturday night for the 15th annual Peace Lantern ceremony, which commemorates the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

People wrote messages and drew pictures on lantern shades, which were then floated on the water. In addition to decorating lanterns, people folded origami cranes.

Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 71st anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombings and their aftermath killed 129,000 people and prompted Japan to surrender during World War II. It remains the only use of nuclear weapons in the world.

In 1948, survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and local residents floated lanterns on nearby rivers in Japan to mark the third anniversary and to pray that friends and relatives killed in the blast were at peace. The commemoration turned into an annual event with thousands of candle-lit lanterns floated on the water.

“Traditionally, the Japanese write a victim’s name and their own names on a lantern,” according to the website of the San Francisco Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony. “But these days, many participants write prayers for peace or draw pictures on the lanterns and float them.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.05.16

Peoples Park by Sylvia Rubin

Peoples Park by Sylvia Rubin

Recent crimes raise safety concerns for students on campus (Daily Cal)
A deeper look at Cal’s 50 Olympians (Daily Cal)
Savannah Rennie, volleyball player, back at Cal after liver transplant (SFGate)
Police investigating sexual battery on Sproul Plaza (Daily Cal)
Gilman Street homeless camp being shut down (SF Chronicle)
Bakery on University Avenue closes its doors (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.04.16

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Photo gallery: Berkeley celebrates National Night Out

National Night Out, Aug. 2, 2016. Photo: City of Berkeley
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Community members all over Berkeley came together Tuesday to celebrate the annual National Night Out event. They danced, held potlucks, and had a chance to connect with police and firefighters as well as city staff and local officials across about 80 different block parties. The event is designed to help neighbors connect with each other in the interest of safety and build stronger ties with a range of city services, too. The photo gallery below captures some of the highlights from this year’s event.

Have more photos? Share them in the comments. Scroll down for a map of all the block parties registered this year, and learn how to sign up next year. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.03.16

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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.

Photo: Heidi Sachs.

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: 08.02.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.01.16

At the Berkeley Kitefest by Sylvia Rubin

At the Berkeley Kitefest by Sylvia Rubin

Campus builds escape hatch for Chancellor’s office (Daily Cal)
Cal student struggles to pay tuition, faces homelessness (Daily Cal)
Excitement in the air for Berkeley’s Kite Festival (SF Gate)
Ailey Camp 2016, where kids spin, twirl, and grow (UCB News)
Crews work to repair water main break in Berkeley (ABC7)
Hercules Records, a new vinyl shop in Berkeley (Bay Bridged)
What it’s like to lose your house in a wildfire? (Forbes)

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