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The Berkeley Wire: 04.17.15

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Strawberry Canyon, taken on April 15, 2015. Photo: Joe Parks

Judge tosses Berkeley lawsuit against Postal Service (CoCo Times)
City of Berkeley water supplier declares 20 percent cutback on water usage (Daily Cal)
Shannon Jackson tapped as faculty leader for arts and design (UC Berkeley NewsCenter)
Lifelong Southerner turned ultra liberal, Tony Franklin at home at Cal (CBS Sports)
Cal’s Brittany Boyd selected in first round of WNBA draft (Pac-12 News)

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Five Play quintet gives Tony Corman a replay

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For Tony Corman, Five Play is all about second chances. The guitarist and composer co-leads the quintet with his wife, pianist/composer Laura Klein, and the band’s impressive track record speaks to his cussed refusal to let his body betray his passion for music. Featuring reed expert Dave Tidball on saxophones and clarinet, veteran bassist Paul Smith, and drum maestro Alan Hall, Five Play performs 8 p.m. Saturday at the California Jazz Conservatory with special guest Ron Horton, a brilliant New York trumpeter who rarely gets to the Bay Area.

When I first met Corman at the North Berkeley house where he and Klein have lived since the mid-1980s he was a formidable tenor saxophonist and I was writing the liner notes to an artfully entertaining album Deconstruction Ahead (SeaBreeze Records) by the horn-laden band Three Tenors No Opera featuring Corman and fellow saxophonists Tidball and Jim Norton. The album received glowing reviews and the band played several high profile gigs, but then Corman seemed to drop out of view, and it was several years before I ran into him and discovered that he had been forced to reinvent himself. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.16.15

Berkeley 1968. Photo, taken on June 1, 1968, by pml2008

Berkeley 1968. Photo, taken on June 1, 1968, by pml2008

UC Berkeley welcomes former Peruvian president and author (UCB NewsCenter)
Doudna, Berkeley gain experts’ backing in CRISPR patent fight (Xconomy)
A Look Back: Citizen historians play a crucial role (CoCo Times)
6 UC Berkeley themed exercises for hot summer body (The Daily Clog)
Dog taken from hair salon reunited with owner (KCBS)

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.15.15

Delaware Street, Berkeley. Photo, taken on March 25, 2015, by Thomas Hughes

Delaware Street, Berkeley. Photo, taken on March 25, 2015, by Thomas Hughes

Be a BART tourist in Berkeley (San Francisco magazine)
Students block Sather Gate to protest police brutality (Daily Cal)
City Council extends discount of affordable housing fee (CoCo Times)
Berkeley’s living library (Express)
Berkeley’s Aduro Biotech soars in upsized $119m IPO (SF Biz Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.14.15

Marquee for Rasputin Records on Telegraph. Photo: CT Young

Marquee for Rasputin Music on Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley. Photo: CT Young

UC Berkeley student charged with peeping with cell phone (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley grad to dance on Campanile’s walls (UCB Newscenter)
UC Berkeley’s top researcher resigns amid sexual harassment claims (SF Chronicle)
Mistakes you are bound to make at UC Berkeley (Daily Clog)
Weed eaters: Accompanying Berkeley’s urban foragers (California)
UC Berkeley alums aim to topple Stanford in the big startup game (SF Biz Journals)
Protests against police-related killings take place around the bay (ABC7 News)

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Over 300 authors sign up for first Bay Area Book Festival

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The Bay Area Book Festival, a free weekend, walkable book festival to be held in Berkeley, is on schedule to launch the weekend of June 6-7. More than 300 authors have signed up to participate in around 100 sessions, and the center of the city will be alive with an estimated 125 exhibitors, from independent bookstores to literary magazines, nonprofits, and writing programs.

The festival, which hopes to attract an estimated 100,000 people to the downtown over one weekend, will be spread over a 14-block area and venues for talks include the Freight & Salvage, the Marsh Theatre, the Brower Center, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life, the Berkeley Public Library, the Berkeley Shambhala Center, and the East Bay Media Center.

Sponsors, exhibitors and authors continue to sign up, according to founder and executive director, Cherilyn Parsons, who said there is about $100,000 left to raise. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.13.15

Before sunrise. Photo, taken on April 8, 2015, by Alina 77419

Before sunrise. Photo, taken on April 8, 2015, by Alina 77419

UC Berkeley chief of research exits as sex charges fly (SF Chronicle)
Guggenheim fellowships awarded to 3 UC Berkeley faculty (04.13.15)
Berkeley High on alert following huge street fight (CBS Local)
Brower Center holding its first Earth Day Festival (CoCo Times)
Ian Bostridge goes to war at Berkeley’s Hertz Hall (SFCV)

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.10.15

Walk in Strawberry Canyon. Photo: Wendy Leyden

Walk in Strawberry Canyon. Photo, taken on April 8, 2015, by Wendy Leyden

Op-ed: Development in Berkeley needs nuanced conversation (Daily Cal)
Protesters sleeping on Berkeley streets support homeless (CBS Local)
Weekend planner for those with kids (510 Families)
Column: Just BARFin’ along with Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and his staff (Daily Planet)
Photo essay: Berkeley in three dimensions (Daily Cal)
New rock pool sparkles in restored Strawberry Creek (UC Berkeley)

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Prayers, songs and lie-in during faith group protest against proposed Berkeley homeless laws

Protesters from various faith groups join hands at the start of the protest against proposed new laws on street behavior. Photo: Ted Friedman
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An estimated 60 members of faith groups gathered at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza Thursday night to protest proposed new laws that they claimed would “criminalize the homeless.” Prayers and speeches were followed by a small number of the protesters lying down to spend the night sleeping in the plaza.

“Jesus probably would be criminalized by these law if he lived in the City of Berkeley,” said Pastor Michael McBride, founder of The Way Christian Center, who gave the opening prayer at the protest. “The era of criminalizing people need to end. We’re still using old tactics to deal with modern problems.”  … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.09.15

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Faith groups to sleep on street to support city’s homeless

BART and the city of Berkeley plan to overall the downtown Berkeley plaza. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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A group representing more than 40 Berkeley religious congregations will gather tonight to show its support for the city’s homeless population in the wake of proposed new laws that they say would criminalize the homeless, as well as an incident, caught on video, in which a downtown “ambassador”  assaulted a homeless man last month.

Some participants plan to sleep overnight on BART Plaza alongside homeless people. The “Interfaith Actions in Solidarity with Homeless People” protest includes the blessing of a meal and an interfaith service. The event starts at 5 p.m. at BART Plaza at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street.

“We are deeply concerned at the way the city is handling the homeless,” said Sally Hindman, Executive Director of Youth Spirit Artworks, a Quaker, and one of the organizers of the protest. “This is not in the spirit of [Berkeley’s] traditions. We are one of the richest countries in the world and it’s appalling that we have dozens of people sleeping in doorways.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.08.15

Seaview Trail. Photo: Walking Berkeley

Seaview Trail, Tilden. Photo, taken on April 4, 2015 by Walking Berkeley

Shotgun Players extends run of ‘Antigonick’ (Shotgun Players)
Berkeley votes to support controversial vaccine exemptions bill (NBC)
When UC Berkeley charges private school tuition (East Bay Express)
New college-focused Berkeley store is new normal for Target (SF Chronicle)
UC Berkeley physicians to strike April 9 (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.07.15

After the rain. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

After the rain. Photo, taken on April 7, 2015, by Quinn Dombrowski

A Look Back: Berkeley’s connection to the great World Fairs (BANG)
Berkeley ranked among top university museums (Los Angeles Times)
Things UC Berkeley students don’t have time for (The Daily Clog)
Cal Day to feature Bandaloop performances (UCB)
Berkeley panel calls for end of ambassador program (BANG)
Hayward, Berkeley schools praised for attendance improvement (BANG)

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