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The Berkeley Wire: 06.29.15

Peet's Coffee and Tea at Telegraph and Dwight by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken April 15, 2015

Peet’s Coffee and Tea at Telegraph and Dwight by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken April 15, 2015

Berkeley balcony had “unusual slope” before collapse (SF Chronicle)
State board investigates contractor in wake of balcony collapse (KQED)
Inequality persists in Berkeley high school graduation rates (Onyx Express)
Former UC students announce Title IX lawsuit (Mercury News)
Claims filed on behalf of protesters at December marches (IBA)
Poetry Flash faces uncertain future because of rent increase (LA Times)
Council reappoints library trustees at heart of naming dispute (IBA)

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Revolution Books: Berkeley’s radical bookstore relocating

Larry Everest (right) and Reiko Redmonde, have volunteered at Revolution Books for decades. Photo: Emily Dugdale
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Storied progressive Berkeley bookstore Revolution Books hopes to relocate this summer and has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to cover the moving costs.

The 27-year-old bookstore has been described as a “Berkeley institution” by celebrated local poet Robert Hass.

With its all-volunteer staff, and calendar of panel discussions and  programs in venues across Berkeley, the radical store sets itself apart from other independent bookstores in the Bay Area by its emphasis on social change. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.26.15

Palace of reading. Doe Library. Photo, taken on June 3, 2015, by Ned Fielden

Palace of reading. Doe Library. Photo, taken on June 3, 2015, by Ned Fielden

Anais Mitchell: Bringing the underworld to Berkeley (KQED Arts)
Op-ed: Berkeley’s warning about cellphone radiation may go too far (LA Times)
Remembrance mass for Berkeley students held in New York (Irish Times)
Berkeley balcony collapse, other cases, spotlight gap in building oversight (LA Times)
7 big events that will make Bay Area traffic a nightmare on Sunday (CBS Local)
Berkeley: Tall building developers will have to provide city with better benefits (CoCo Times)

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Irish Consul General Philip Grant: As balcony collapse victims begin journey of recovery, J-1 visa student community a source of ‘great pride’

Philip Grant, the consul general of Ireland to the Western United States, speaks to members of the media at Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Six people died and seven were seriously injured when a balcony collapsed at the building early Tuesday. Photo: David Yee ©2015
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Nine days after the fifth-floor balcony collapse that killed six students and injured seven in Berkeley, Berkeleyside sat down with Philip Grant, consul general of Ireland for the Western United States, at the Irish Consulate in San Francisco to review the response, both local and international, to the tragedy. Grant also discussed the status of the students who survived.

Grant has been intimately involved in the aftermath of the June 16 accident from the get-go: co-hosting a press conference with the city of Berkeley 12 hours after it happened and liaising closely with the families of victims, as well as the media. Thursday, he appeared tired from the intensity of the last week and a half, and his work continues; during the interview, he excused himself once to take a brief phone call, and kept his phone out throughout the discussion in case of urgent updates.

Read complete balcony collapse coverage on Berkeleyside.

Speaking Thursday, Grant said he had been hugely impressed with the spirit and resilience of the J-1 student community in the Bay Area (five of the six who died were on J-1 work-study cultural visas). The program has been described as a right of passage and chance to experience America for many Irish students. Grant praised the compassion of the local medical teams who cared for the students, from the moment first responders reached the site, as well as those who offered aid to the survivors in the hospital. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.25.15

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DA launches criminal investigation into balcony collapse

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley (center) with office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick (right) and Chief Assistant District Attorney Kevin Dunleavy. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The Alameda County district attorney’s office has launched a criminal investigation into the balcony collapse in Berkeley last week that killed six and injured seven, leaving many of the survivors with critical injuries.

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced the investigation on Wednesday, and provided additional information about it to the media Thursday morning at a press conference in her office.

Read complete balcony collapse coverage on Berkeleyside.

Tuesday, the city of Berkeley said it had completed its investigation into the balcony collapse at Library Gardens, and released a report that identified dry rot as the only contributing factor into what caused the collapse last Tuesday, June 16. The city also announced that it would propose changes to its building code to ensure safer conditions in the future.

The city said it did not intend to look at what might have led to the water damage. City spokesman Matthai Chakko said Wednesday that the city’s focus had been to find ways to keep the same problems from recurring by improving its approach to oversight and modifying existing requirements. Chakko said the actual cause of the water damage at Library Gardens was likely something that would have to be worked out in the courts.

O’Malley said Thursday that the district attorney’s office had been keeping an eye on what steps the city of Berkeley had taken, and decided Tuesday to launch its own investigation into the possibility of criminal negligence. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.24.15

Lunch break. Photo: jimhairphoto

Lunch break, 1994. Photo: Jim Hair

Two Irish students killed in Berkeley balcony collapse buried (The Guardian)
A Look Back: Balcony tragedy the city’s deadliest (CoCo Times)
For Linda Williams, end of 27-year journey (UCB News)
Library Gardens contractor faces lawsuit in Monterey County (Sentinel)
Books Inc. moves to Shattuck Avenue (CoCo Times)
East Bay hills tree removal plan still sparking debate (Express)
Power problem has stopped clock on Campanile (Daily Cal)
Redwood Gardens residents argue with management (Daily Cal)

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Berkeley man goes nuts over nuts, forces plane diversion

A United Airlines plane was diverted to Belfast after a Berkeley man grew belligerent over snacks. Photo: Wikimedia
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A Berkeley man forced a United Airlines flight from Rome to divert to Belfast, Ireland, on Saturday after he grew aggressive en route, according to the airline, over nuts and crackers.

The captain of the Chicago-bound plane decided to land in Belfast, dumping 50,000 liters of fuel first as a precautionary measure, after flight attendants reported that the behavior of Jeremiah Mathias Thede, 42, appeared threatening.

Thede, a dual Italian and American citizen, was charged with endangering the safety of the plane, disorderly conduct and assaulting a cabin crew member, according to the BBC.  He was due to appear before magistrates Tuesday and remains in custody in Belfast. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.23.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.22.15

Windy day by William Newton. Photo taken on June 21, 2015

Windy day by William Newton. Photo taken on June 21, 2015

Aspiring U.S. Paralympians to gather at UC Berkeley (UCB News)
More than $200k raised for victims of balcony collapse (Daily Cal)
Balcony collapse survivors remain in hospital (Belfast Telegraph)
Whoopi Goldberg lists Berkeley Victorian for sale for $1.275m (LA Times)
Berkeley passenger arrested after disrupting European flight (NBC)
#Berkeley: Reflections on the balcony collapse (Quirkeley)

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Berkeley coding school aims to help close tech race gap

Co-founders Bianca Giandolfo and Albrey Brown from Telegraphy Academy. Photo: Melati Citrawireja
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While grinding through software coding courses at San Francisco programming school Hack Reactor, Albrey Brown, 24, often found himself as one of the few students of color in the room.

Meanwhile Bianca Gandolfo, 26 — like Brown a Hack Reactor alum and former instructor — used to view software engineering as a career path for “a white guy in a basement by himself.”

Instead of ignoring these realities, as some might, the tech-savvy duo decided to do something about it.

Enlisting Hack Reactor as a partner, the pair has launched Berkeley-based Telegraph Academy, a tech coding school that aims to teach software engineering to under-represented minorities and create a network of tech workers of color.

The first class of students, arriving at the Academy’s bustling Shattuck Avenue location from as far away as Honduras and the East Coast, will fire up their computers on June 29. … Continue reading »

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Church services held for balcony collapse victims

People comfort each other at a vigil at St. Columba Catholic Church in Oakland, on Friday, June 19, 2015, for the victims of Tuesday's balcony collapse in Berkeley. Photo: David Yee ©2015
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By Tracey Taylor and Francesca Paris

The Consul General of Ireland coordinated a church service Friday evening in collaboration with a local priest to remember four of the young college students who lost their lives as a result of a balcony collapse on June 16 in Berkeley.

The service was held at Saint Columba Catholic Church on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, just south of the Berkeley border. It was presided over by Father Aidan McAleenan, who has been working tirelessly over the past few days to provide support for the families of the six students who died, as well as the seven who were injured in the accident.

Read complete balcony collapse coverage on Berkeleyside.

Friday’s service was for the families and friends of Eimear Walsh, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster and Lorcán Miller. Services for the other two victims, cousins Ashley Donohoe and Olivia Burke, were being held Saturday in Sonoma County, where Donohoe lived and attended college. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.19.15

June morning light. Photo: Carter Tomassi

June morning light. Photo: Carter Tomassi

Heartbreak in Berkeley (The hue you make me feel)
Berkeley police respond again to PRC on December protests (Mercury)
Rising Bear disaster shakes things up (UCB News)
Social media campaigns launched to help balcony victims (Mercury)
UC black students hold vigil for Charleston victims (Daily Cal)
UC Berkeley lecturer John Shoptaw releases first poetry collection (Daily Cal)
Managers to inspect units at Berkeley apartment building after deadly collapse (LA Times)
2nd town hall on public health brings community participants (Daily Cal)
Balcony design solid but flaws may have allowed dry rot (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley tragedy: The six who died have become ‘the children of Ireland’ (Irish Times)
Quiz: Which independent bookstore are you? (Daily Clog)
Student overcomes drug-ravaged home, absent parents to graduate from Cal (CBS)
Hancock adjourns state senate in memory of 6 who died (Loni Hancock)
Stars announced for Berkeley Rep’s production of Amelie (Broadway World)
Two students injured in Berkeley expected to make full recovery (Irish Times)
Berkeley Police respond to review panel on December protests (BANG)
Experts: Berkeley balcony should not have collapsed if built to designs (CoCo Times)
Sonoma State student among the dead in Berkeley balcony collapse (USA Today)
Black Student Union at Cal holds vigil for Charleston victims (Daily Cal)

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