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The Berkeley Wire: 07.28.15

Berkeley OSH tower at sunset by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken March 11. 2015

Berkeley OSH tower at sunset by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken March 11. 2015

QB Jared Goff prepares for big season at Cal (USA Today)
Berkeley pier closure hits some businesses hard (Mercury News)
Cal’s rigid academic standards pose challenge for athletics (Mercury News)
Bears tap Eager to lead Cal pitching staff (Cal Athletics)
Downtown Berkeley’s five best restaurants (Culture Trip)
Two chemistry professors receive Lawrence Award from DOE (UCB News)
Spare the Air day in Bay Area for Wednesday July 29 (Spare the Air)

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.27.15

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Trudy the corpse flower blooms at UC Botanical Gardens

The Corpse Flower in full bloom. Photo: Colleen Neff
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Trudy, the corpse flower at UC Botanical Gardens, is blooming.

The Sumatran plant, officially called Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, started to open around 8 p.m. Saturday July 25, according to the UC Botanical Garden’s Facebook page.Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.24.15

Rose Garden volunteers by Sylvia Rubin. Photo taken July 14, 2015

Rose Garden volunteers Bill (l) and Gary (r) by Sylvia Rubin. Photo taken July 14, 2015

Police Review Commission adopts policies regarding police in protests (Daily Cal)
City law warns about radiation that probably won’t kill you (KQED)
UC Berkeley appoints new vice-chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (Daily Cal)
BART adventures: Downtown Berkeley (The Daily Clog)
Obituary: David Allen Baker, urban environmentalist  (Daily Planet)
Aurora Theater to present “Mud Blue Sky” (Broadway World)

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Big Screen Berkeley: ‘3 1/2 Minutes 10 Bullets’

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For a brief period in late 2012, it was front page news from coast to coast: on ‘Black Friday’, the biggest shopping day of the year, a white man had fired ten shots at four African-American teenagers in a Florida parking lot. Before long, of course, the story was eclipsed by other tales of America’s festering racism problem – but for a little while it was unavoidable.

Now the case is reexamined in 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets, a new documentary opening at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood on Friday, July 24. Directed by Marc Silver and featuring extensive courtroom footage, it’s a wrenching examination of perception, truth, and a culture steeped in frequently invisible but unavoidable discrimination and a nation awash in guns, guns, guns. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.23.15

A bee on a blossom beside the creek by TJ Gehling. Photo taken July 16, 2015

A bee on a blossom beside the creek by TJ Gehling. Photo taken July 16, 2015

Cellphone ordinance puts Berkeley at forefront of radiation debate (NYT)
Berkeley building puts secrets of quake safety front and center (SF Chronicle)
The movie “Paper Towns” is big step for native Jake Schreier (Mercury News)
Police department celebrates promotions (CoCo Times)
A Look Back: Berkeley’s “little old lady of the hills” dies (CoCo Times)
Pioneering Berkeley astronomer Vera Rubin is 87 (Brain Pickings)
Mumbai by the Bay – A Berkeley shopping extravaganza (Your Berkeley)

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.22.15

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Another Berkeley department head to retire

Andrew Clough is retiring after eight years running the Public Works department. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Another longtime city employee has announced plans to leave Berkeley, according to a memo to the Berkeley City Council from the city manager posted online Wednesday.

Andrew Clough, who has helped run the city’s Public Works Department for eight years — first as deputy director and then, since 2011, as director — is retiring and will be replaced by Deputy Public Works Director Phil Harrington, “effective immediately,” wrote City Manager Christine Daniel to the council in the July 22 memo.

Clough’s is the fifth departure this year of high-profile leaders in the city. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.21.15

Berkeley Spark by William Newton. Photo taken July 18, 2015

Berkeley Spark by William Newton. Photo taken July 18, 2015

Irish consul hosts vigil to commemorate balcony victims (Daily Cal)
Berkeley appoints Dee Williams-Ridley as interim city manager (Mercury)
Police investigate graffiti on, near the Campanile (Daily Cal)
Scientists: Today’s quake on Hayward fault presages big one (Daily Planet)
Windows smashed, computers stolen at Haas School of Business (Daily Cal)

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Berkeley residents feel 4.0M earthquake, aftershocks

The USGS reported an earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning. Image: USGS
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Numerous Berkeley residents woke up just after 2:40 a.m. Tuesday due to a 4.0-magnitude earthquake reported north of Fremont.

At least eight aftershocks had been reported, following the original incident, as of 3:20 a.m.

According to the U.S. Geological Service, a 4.0-magnitude quake was reported at 2:41 a.m. 2 miles north of Fremont, about 30 miles from Berkeley.

On Twitter, local residents reported feeling the quake.

“Very slight swaying on fourth floor downtown Berkeley,” wrote one.

Many others said they felt it, too. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.20.15

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Hundreds gather in Berkeley to remember balcony victims

Hundreds gathered in Civic Center Park Sunday night for a "Month's Mind" to honor and remember those killed in the June 16 balcony collapse. Photo: Ted Friedman
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A month after a fifth-floor balcony snapped off the façade of 2020 Kittredge St. in Berkeley, sending six people in their 20s to their deaths and injuring seven others, hundreds of people gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on Sunday to honor them.

The event was a “Month’s Mind,” a traditional Irish requiem mass held a month after a death, according to Philip Grant, the Irish consul general in San Francisco. It is meant to remember and honor the deceased. There is a moment of silence for reflection.

“It’s a moment of reflection on what happened and where we’ve come,” said Grant. … Continue reading »

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In Berkeley, protesters get naked to try to save trees

Protesters get naked in the eucalyptus grove at the Grinnell Natural Area of UC Berkeley on Saturday July 18, 2015 to show opposition to tree cutting proposal. Photo: Ted Friedman
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An estimated 50-75 people took part in a staged protest today at a eucalyptus grove on the UC Berkeley campus, many of them stripping naked in doing so, to make clear their opposition to a proposed FEMA-funded tree-clearing program in the East Bay hills.

The event was orchestrated by the Tree Spirit Project whose mission is “to raise awareness of the critical role trees play in our lives, both globally and personally.” Jack Gescheidt, who founded the project, does this partly by taking fine-art photographs of people, often naked, communing with trees and nature.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in March allocated $5.7 million to the California Office of Emergency Services to remove eucalyptus trees as part of fire hazard abatement in Claremont Canyon — scene of a devastating wildfire in 1991 — and other nearby areas, such as Tilden Park and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. The funds will be distributed to UC Berkeley, the city of Oakland, and the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD). … Continue reading »

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