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The Berkeley Wire: 01.28.15

Great Egret, Jewel Lake, Tilden Park by Nancy Rubin. Photo taken Jan. 23, 2015

Great Egret, Jewel Lake, Tilden Park by Nancy Rubin. Photo taken Jan. 23, 2015

Doctors at student health center strike over unfair labor practices (Daily Cal)
Berkeley expert calls worsening measles “a very red flag” (California)
Grumpy Cat comes to Berkeley (Express)
Ippuku: A beautiful taste of Japan in Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley discount retailer takes soda off shelf (CoCo Times)
Best pizza by the slice in the Bay Area (Serious Eats)
Lil B performs at Memoria Glade at Cal (UCB News)

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Theft of artworks from fence impacts neighborhood

Until New Year's, Gary Turchin's art work adorned his fence. Police are looking for the person who stole the art. Photo: Gary Turchin
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After two and a half years of posting colorful artwork and poetry on the fence surrounding his home, Gary Turchin is at a loss.

Turchin’s work — excerpts from one of his self-published books and other vibrant pieces of digital artwork — were recently stolen from where they were stapled to the six-foot, tall brick-red fence surrounding his home on the corner of McKinley Avenue and Addison Street.

“It’s not like stealing a car; you get money for that. I find myself laughing. They’re not going to get any money for this — I couldn’t get any money for it!” said Turchin. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.27.15

Glorious Magnolias by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 26, 2015

Glorious Magnolias by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 26, 2015

Sale of post office temporarily on hold (CoCo Times)
Historic Julia Morgan building reopens at UC Botanical Garden (SF Chronicle)
Documentary tells Tyrone Hayes’ tale of atrazine, frogs, Syngenta (UCB News)
Berkeley goes to Davos (UCB News)
The Berkeley Graduate interviews KALX’s The Graduates (The Graduate)
Shannon Williams, BHS teacher, advocate for sex workers, dies at 48 (Mercury)
Nobel laureate, laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99 (UCB News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.26.15

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Dollar Tree pulls soda off shelves after soda tax

The Dollar Tree chain pulled sodas and sugary drinks from its shelves following the passage of Measure D in November. Photo: Seung Y. Lee
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Shoppers at the two Dollar Tree stores in Berkeley will no longer find sodas and sugary drinks on their shelves following the passage of the soda tax last November.

In the Dollar Tree discount store on 2440 Shattuck Ave., the refrigerators once full of soda bottles are now stocked with water. The other Dollar Tree store in Berkeley, on 1284 San Pablo Ave., has also removed its sugary drinks.

Dollar Tree — which sells a variety of products for $1 or less and has more than 5,200 stores in North America — decided to pull out sodas in its Berkeley stores when the soda tax went into effect on Jan. 1, according to Randy Guiler, vice president of investor relations. … Continue reading »

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Photos: Hollywood comes to Berkeley for Steve Jobs movie with Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender

The film set at La Méditerranée on College Avenue Friday night. Photo: Ted Friedman
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The 2900 block of College Avenue in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood was transformed into a mid-1980s scene on Friday night, as director Danny Boyle filmed a scene for a new Steve Jobs biopic at La Méditerranée.

Period cars from the 1980s were parked on the street, and the producers had put out a casting call for men with long hair and facial hair, and women with “natural hair colors” to match the 1980s to 1990s time period.

While scores of curious onlookers hung out on College, sightings of the film’s stars — Michael Fassbender (who plays Steve Jobs), Seth Rogen (Steve Wozniak), Jeff Daniels (John Sculley), and Kate Winslet (Joanna Hoffman), were fleeting, at best. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.23.15

Berkeley murals by William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

Berkeley murals by William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

BART board may ban e-cigarettes at stations (East Bay Citizen)
The high-flying job of fundraising for UC Berkeley (Daily Cal)
West Berkeley asphalt place to face permit re-examination (Daily Cal)
Gov. Brown said “normal” Californians can’t get into UC Berkeley (Inside Higher Ed)

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‘The Duke of Burgundy': A stylish film, not to be missed

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Because of a seemingly never ending litany of technical problems, I almost gave up on watching a screener of The Duke of Burgundy (opening at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 23). For whatever reason, though, I stuck with it – and I’m glad I did.

Bearing a title perhaps more appropriate to a Francophone frock flick starring Isabelle Adjani, The Duke of Burgundy takes its title from a species of butterfly. Insects – and especially Lepidoptera – are front and center in this film, though their actual bearing on the plot is minimal.

The film details an unusual relationship between two women. Cynthia (Mifune and After the Wedding’s Sidse Babett Knudsen) is an imperious, middle-aged writer and amateur entomologist, while Evelyn (Chiarra D’Anna) is a younger woman who at first appears to be Cynthia’s simpering maid – a helpmeet who just can’t seem to wash madam’s underwear properly. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.22.15

Day 16: Here Comes the Spring by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

Day 16: Here Comes the Spring by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

Berkeley plans to build global campus, 10 miles from home (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
Berkeley to consider new living wage, minimum wage policies (Express)
Documentary aims to teach students tolerance (KTVU)
Berkeley receives new work of art for official collection (Daily Cal)
Campus to celebrate Campanile’s 100th birthday (UCB News)
Two Cal students want to “Occupy the Syllabi” for more diversity (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.21.15

The Double Helix at Lawrence Hall of  Science. by Film&PhotoArchivest. Photo taken June 19,2014

The Double Helix at Lawrence Hall of Science. by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken June 19,2014

Lower Sproul Plaza redevelopment making progress (Daily Cal)
Fire damages rustic clubhouse in park (Mercury News)
103-year-old fountain to get new life from repairs (Daily Cal)
New support for sexual assault survivors (UCB)
Cal Chancellor talks about Maher controversy at Davos (HuffPo)
Police issues top Berkeley City Council agenda (BANG)
Council says marijuana collective must go (Tribune)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.20.15

Sunset at Berkeley pier by Maria Cordell. Photo taken Jan.18, 2015

Sunset at Berkeley pier by Maria Cordell. Photo taken Jan.18, 2015

Berkeley private school names new head to lead resurrection (Tribune)
Karen Messing talks about her book Pain and Prejudice (Work Safe)
Ex-49er Dwight Hicks stars in play at Berkeley Rep (SF Chronicle)
Bob Marley’s message is basis of new children’s musical (CoCo Times)
Berkeley activist explores art in a world of crisis (Paradise Post)
Hotel operator brings on Boston-based hotelier (SF Business Times)
An anecdotal history of Berkeley (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.19.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.16.15

Sunrise at Golden Gate Fields by Kevin Schofield. Photo taken Jan. 15, 2015

Sunrise at Golden Gate Fields by Kevin Schofield. Photo taken Jan. 15, 2015

Al Bendich, defender of “Howl” and Lenny Bruce, dies (NYT)
Talking with a leading disability rights activist (J Weekly)
UC’s pension fiasco (National Review)
Apartment sadness in Berkeley: $950 for bed in a shack? (SFist)
Parks department seeks input on allocation of MM funds (Daily Planet)

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