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The Berkeley Wire: 10.30.14

Gorgeous Fall. Photo taken by Carter Tomassi on Walnut St. on Oct. 25, 2014

Gorgeous Fall. Photo taken by Carter Tomassi on Walnut St. on Oct. 25, 2014

18 reasons Berkeley is the best college town in the US (Thrillist)
UC buildings use city services, pay nothing (Council of Neighborhood Assoc.)
Richmond Bay campus to be transformed into Berkeley Global College (Daily Cal)
80% of all Cal recruits must have a 3.0 GPA by 2017-18 (Mercury News)
4 candidates run for open District 8 seat (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Youth Symphony to feature all-French program (CoCo Times)
Post office under contract for sale with unnamed buyer (Daily Cal)
Wineries in Berkeley? (Opinionated Wine Guide)
Talking with… a Berkeley archivist steeped in SF history (J-Weekly)

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UC Berkeley Chancellor: Bill Maher must speak

More than 2,500 people have singed a petition protesting Bill Maher's appearance at Cal's December commencement. Photo: Bill Maher
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Hours after a student group uninvited Bill Maher to speak at UC Berkeley’s December commencement, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks invited him back, citing his constitutionally protected right to free speech.

“The UC Berkeley administration cannot and will not accept this decision, which appears to have been based solely on Mr. Maher’s opinions and beliefs, which he conveyed through constitutionally protected speech,” the university said in a prepared statement. Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.29.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.28.14

Giants mania at the Claremont. Photo by Ira Serkes. Taken Oct 25, 2014

Giants mania at the Claremont. Photo by Ira Serkes. Taken Oct 25, 2014

22-year incumbent, 2 challengers vie for District 1 city council seat (Daily Cal)
Redwood Gardens community pressured by management (Daily Planet)
PG&E awards $500K to Maximino Martinez Commons  (Student Affairs)
AC Transit and BART seek campus views on transit (UCB News)
Facing a terminal diagnosis, Brittany Maynard plans to end her life (California)
Three Berkeley students robbed in less than four hours (Mercury News)
Cal basketball/football graduation ranks improve; still last in Pac-12 (SFGate)
The skinny on soda taxes in less than 3 minutes (UCB News)

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More than 2,500 protest Bill Maher’s speech at Cal

More than 2,500 people have singed a petition protesting Bill Maher's appearance at Cal's December commencement. Photo: Bill Maher
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Update: Oct. 30. The Chancellor has determined Maher will speak. See our update here.

The selection of TV host Bill Maher to deliver a December commencement address at UC Berkeley has come under fire from people who believe his views on Islam are racist.

More than 2,500 people have signed a petition on Change.org asking that the university withdraw its offer. The petition also suggests people boycott the address, now scheduled for Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.27.14

Sunset Season. Campanile and sunset from the University Club at Memorial Stadium during the Uncharted 2014 party on Oct. 24, 2014. Photo by Daniel Parks.

Sunset Season. UC Berkeley campanile and sunset from the University Club at Cal Memorial Stadium during the Uncharted 2014 party on Oct. 24, 2014. Photo by Daniel Parks

Two vie for Berkeley’s student district City Council seat (Daily Cal)
Students oppose Bill Maher as keynote speaker at Cal (Daily Cal)
Inside Berkeley’s not-so-secret society (Daily Cal)
‘Party People’ is a flawed, but riveting, look at 1960s civil rights movements (Mercury News)
Edward Snowden’s message on 50th anniversary of Free Speech movement (Daily Planet)
Levar Burton reads Adam Mansbach’s Go The F*** To Sleep (Vox)
U.S. energy secretary inaugurates Berkeley Lab research building (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.24.14

Eclipse

Partial eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23, just before 3 p.m. Photo, taken in West Berkeley, by Kevin Schofield

After rumor that post office has been sold, Berkeley initiates law suit against USPS (Daily Planet)
Serial robber gets five years in prison (Albany Patch)
Audiograph sound of the week” UC Berkeley’s spotted hyenas (KALW)
Berkeley High students hold rally to protest police brutality (Daily Cal)
Hefty outside donations pour in to defeat zoning measure (CoCo Times)
Couple’s love blooms with zero waste wedding (SF Chronicle)
Bloomberg spends $200k to place pro-soda tax ads on during World Series (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley man takes plea deal in 2008 stabbing of Cal student (Mercury News)
Cal professors on the hunt for edible, nutritious East Bay weeds (SF Gate)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.23.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.22.14

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Berkeley ballot snafu, more money in for 2014 election

Alameda County officials are mailing out postcards to alert voters that the date of the election printed on mail-in ballots is wrong. It reads Nov. 5, 2014, when it should read Nov. 4, 2014. Photo: KQED
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The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has sent out 27,000 postcards to Berkeley voters informing them that the date of the election printed on their mail-in ballots is wrong. The date reads Nov. 5, when of course the actual date is Nov. 4.

“This is an unfortunate error on some vote-by-mail envelopes sent to voters in Berkeley, and we deeply regret any confusion this may be causing,” Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis said in a press release.

Read all you need to know about local elections on our Election Hub page

A printer used by Alameda County and other California counties has accepted responsibility for the error, said Dupuis. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.21.14

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Berkeley author Elizabeth Rosner’s “Electric City” is a lyrical coming-of-age story

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When Elizabeth Rosner was growing up near Schenectady New York, a company town dominated by the General Electric Corporation, she couldn’t wait to leave. Her parents, who were Holocaust survivors, had moved there after the end of the war and did not mind the provincial atmosphere. But Rosner found the town confining.

When Rosner was 16, she won a scholarship to study in the Philippines. “I got as far away from home as I could without leaving the planet,” she likes to say. She never really went back. She graduated from Stanford and moved to Berkeley in 1986.

See Elizabeth Rosner at Pegasus bookstore, 1855 Solano Ave., tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Rosner’s first two highly acclaimed, award-winning novels, The Speed of Light and Blue Nude, were set in Northern California. She didn’t think she had anything to say about Schenectady. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley composer John Adams’ opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ opens to protests in New York

People, some in wheelchairs, gather at Lincoln Center, with the Metropolitan Opera House in the background, as they protest "Death of Klinghoffer" Monday, Oct 20, 2014, in New York. The protest centered around the opera at the Metropolitan Opera that they call anti-Semitic. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Last night’s performance of Berkeley-based composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York wasn’t a typical opera opening. Protesters, many in wheelchairs, lined Columbus Avenue in front of Lincoln Center, and police were stationed inside and outside the opera house.

The New York Times reported that “a roar of cheers” greeted Adams when he took the stage at the end of the opera. Despite fears of disruption, only two small incidents marred the performance. One man who shouted, “The death of Klinghoffer will never be forgiven,” was escorted out of the opera house and arrested for disorderly conduct.

Adams’ opera has been acclaimed by critics since its debut in 1991 as a modern masterpiece. But since then, it has also attracted vehement criticism from some groups because of what they see as a glorification of terrorism. The opera is based on the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985 by members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound American Jewish passenger, was killed by the hijackers. … Continue reading »

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