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The Berkeley Wire: 09.30.16

Berkeley mayoral candidates square off at forum (East Bay Times)
Astronaut Scott Kelly shares space experiences with students (KGO)
Berkeley woman killed crossing the street in Richmond (Patch)
Sheared fire hydrant spews water in South Berkeley (Daily Cal)
Commuter ferry service approved from Berkeley to San Francisco (East Bay Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.29.16

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First responders, students question stats showing rise in alcohol abuse at UC Berkeley

Paramedics load a patient into an ambulance during a response to an alcohol poisoning call at Freeborn Hall in the Unit 1 dorms at the University of California, in Berkeley, on Sunday, August 23. The call came in as a possible alcohol poisoning case involving a 19-year-old female in the bathroom of Freeborn Hall. Photo: David Yee
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Despite official statistics suggesting 2016 was a banner year for alcohol abuse during the first weeks of the UC Berkeley school year, anecdotes from first responders and student leaders suggest otherwise.

In early September, the state bureau of Alcohol and Beverage Control released figures for the first two weekends of the school year that indicated alcohol-related incidents spiked 110% this year, compared with 2004 when the ABC bureau first started collecting data. And this year’s total of 551 incidents is up 30% from 2015.

The stats are based on a collaboration between the Berkeley Police Department, ABC and other law-enforcement agencies that is funded through a grant. The annual effort began in 2004.

Unlike previous years, where new records appear in certain citation categories such as ‘open container violations’ or ‘minors in possession of alcohol,’ 2016 set records across the board. For example, in 2016 law enforcement handed out 36 citations for ‘furnishing alcohol to minors,’ beating the 2006 record of 32.

The UC Police reported a slight uptick in hospital transports to 15, from 11 in August. But September, at least through Sept. 21, declined to 16 from 19 in 2015, according to Sergeant Sabrina Reich.

The Berkeley Police Department acknowledged that the increase was likely due to the number of officers involved. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.28.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.27.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.26.16

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Vigil held where Berkeley homeless man died in street

A group of people held a memorial service Friday for a homeless man who died on the street. Photo: Ted Friedman
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On Sunday, Berkeley police got a call about a dead body near the doorway of what used to be the U-Haul building on San Pablo Avenue and Addison Street. When they arrived they found a homeless man who appeared to have died of natural causes.

Six days later, a group of Berkeley residents gathered at the spot to commemorate the man, whose name was Roberto Benitas. He was 50. Most of those gathered only knew the man by sight but wanted to call attention to the fact that a homeless man had died on the streets.

“It seems very wrong for a person to die out of doors and their death isn’t noticed,” Linda Franklin wrote to Berkeleyside. “Their story needs to be told.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.23.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.22.16

And the Band Marched on by Film & Photo Archivist

And the Band Marched on by Film & Photo Archivist

California Nurses Association holds town hall to address Alta Bates’ closure (Daily Cal)
Masterful design defines Berkeley craftsman (SF Gate)
Two Berkeley alums win MacArthur ‘genius’ grants (UCB News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.21.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.20.16

Shakedown Festival by William Newton

Shakedown Festival by William Newton

Cal may remove online content to avoid disability law (Inside Higher Ed)
Great food debate waxes hot in Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
Downtown fire damages UC Theatre’s poster collection (Daily Cal)
Protest planned ahead of hearing on transgender woman’s in custody death (East Bay Times)
UCSF, John Muir to open new urgent care center (East Bay Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.19.16

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Man who threatened family and Berkeley police surrenders after a three-hour standoff

A man who threatened to harm his mother and brother surrendered to police Monday after a three-hour standoff. He lived in the 1500 block of Prince St.
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Berkeley police spent three hours Monday negotiating with a man who had locked himself in his family’s apartment in the 1500 block of Prince Street after threatening to kill officers and harm his mother and brother.

The subject eventually surrendered and he was taken to a medical facility on an emergency psychiatric hold, according to police. Charges may be pending, according to a Berkeley Police Department Nixle alert.

Police received a 911 call at 10:22 a.m. from the mother of the subject. “The reporting party stated she locked herself in the bedroom because her 34-year old son had been smoking drugs and that he was making threats towards her and her older son,” according to police. … Continue reading »

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