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The Berkeley Wire: 08.26.14

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Gregory Grossman: Eminent scholar, always a gentleman

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UC Berkeley economist Gregory Grossman, who died on Aug. 14, was considered a towering figure in the study of the Soviet economy who shaped the thinking of generations of scholars. Born in Kiev, and educated at Cal and Harvard, he went on to coin the term “command economy.”

Grossman was a polymath who also understood the political, ideological, social and cultural underpinnings of economic life in the Soviet Union. As a result, he was widely sought out by his peers for comments on their scholarship.

And Grossman, who always held a particular affection for Berkeley and the Bay Area, was also a consummate gentleman. As his UC Berkeley colleague George Breslauer noted: “I never saw him present his ideas aggressively. He let the evidence and logic speak for themselves. In the end, the passage of time proved him right on almost all scores.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.25.14

Pelican at Cesar Chavez Park. Photo: Tennessee Reed‎

Brown Pelican at Cesar Chavez Park. Photo: Tennessee Reed‎

Car-juggling robots and other Berkeley Kickstarter projects (Daily Cal)
It’s move-in day for thousands of UC Berkeley students (SFGate)
Berkeley street style: Back to school edition (Daily Cal)
UC Berkeley ranks No. 4 in  ARWU global rankings (UCB)
Sausalito police arrest Berkeley man, 2 others in check forgery case (Mercury News)

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Sunday’s quake: UC Berkeley scientists gave 10-second warning; a wake-up call for emergency preparedness

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Unbeknownst to some, the magnitude 6 Napa County earthquake that woke many people up in Berkeley at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday morning was “predicted” by scientists in our very city with a 10-second warning about the trembler.

The alert was issued by the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory’s ShakeAlert earthquake early-warning project. The demonstration warning system provided 10 seconds warning (as shown in the video above) at laboratories in Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. It preceded a quake that was the largest to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the devastating 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake 25 years ago in 1989.

ShakeAlert is not a predictive tool — predicting quakes is still beyond the expertise of even the most eminent seismologists; rather it is being developed to act as an early-warning system to help minimize quake damage. For example, with even a little warning, BART trains could slow down to avoid derailment, utilities companies could shut off gas vales to prevent fires, elevators could be stopped and their doors opened at a floor, and surgeons could stop operating.  … Continue reading »

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Magnitude 6 earthquake rattles Berkeley in early hours

USGS shake map for the Aug. 24 American Canyon earthquake shows where it was felt most intensely.
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A magnitude 6 earthquake shook many people awake in Berkeley at 03:20:44 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 24.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the shaker was 4 miles north-west of  American Canyon, California, and registered a depth of 6.7 miles. American Canyon is north of Vallejo and about 28 miles north of Berkeley.

People took to Twitter almost immediately after the quake, which was felt around the Bay Area and lasted a significant time. It was described by one person as “a long roll.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.22.14

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Sports Basement to open Nov. 1 at Berkeley Iceland site

In June, crews began to convert the former Berkeley Iceland property into the building that will house Sports Basement beginning in November. Photo: Ted Friedman
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There are mounds of dirt where once there was ice, and construction crews where there used to be skaters. If work continues on schedule, Sports Basement will open on Nov. 1 at 2727 Milvia Street, the former site of Berkeley Iceland.

The 71,862-square foot building is currently undergoing a seismic upgrade. Heavy construction began in June 2014, with crews building a new roof and new walls on the north and south sides of the building, and beginning rough plumbing and electrical work in the interior.

This is the sixth location for the Bay Area sporting equipment chain, which started in San Francisco in 1998. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.21.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.20.14

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Berkeley zoning ballot language heading to court

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Berkeley City Councilman Jesse Arreguín filed a lawsuit against Berkeley on Wednesday seeking to overturn ballot language that will be used to describe a downtown zoning initiative.

Arreguín wants an Alameda County Superior Court judge to take up the matter immediately, since final ballot language for the November 2014 election is due Sept. 2. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.19.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.18.14

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7 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Inside Sanctuary Bistro in Berkeley. Photo: Alix Wall
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Man uses skateboard to interrupt stabbing on bus Woman stabbed on AC Transit bus: ‘What did I do that made you want to murder me?’ In Berkeley park, free boxing program inspires young men Lawsuit filed over Berkeley ‘soda tax’ ballot Vandals target César Chávez memorial, dog park markers Berkeley’s first parklet opens in Gourmet Ghetto Cal mom to document son’s life with Asperger’s

Do you rely on Berkeleyside for your local news? … Continue reading »

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