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The Berkeley Wire: 03.27.15

Mr. Balloons by Thomas Hughes

Mr. Balloons by Thomas Hughes

Berkeley Post Office: Judge asks USPS to rescind documents (CoCo Times)
‘That’s so Berkeley': Our stereotype might be a little true (Daily Clog)
Berkeley police want residents to register their bikes (Patch)
Residential burglaries are on the rise (NBC Local)

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.26.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.25.15

Live Oak Park Leaf by KeLens. Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2015

Live Oak Park Leaf by KeLens. Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2015

An eviction nightmare at Oregon Park Senior Apartments (Express)
Love national parks? Thank UC Berkeley (UCB News)
Berkeley, A Look Back: Too much rain was issue 75 years ago (CoCo Times)
Best places to eat alone around Berkeley (Eating Berkeley)
Quantum of Solace: The Berkeley Rose Garden (Daily Clog)
UC Berkeley first university to house a center for Bangladesh center (UCB News)
Miriam Klein Stahl, illustrator of Rad American Women (City Lights Books)

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.24.15

Sunrise over the Seabreeze Market by Steve Kirby. Photo taken March 24, 2015

Sunrise over the Seabreeze Market by Steve Kirby. Photo taken March 24, 2015

Director of Lawrence Berkeley Lab to step down (Daily Cal)
Sutter Health to pay fine for Alta Bates safety violation (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley could have $16 minimum wage by 2017 (IBA)
Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin turns pro (Coloradoan)
UC Berkeley is a leader in fastest graduation rates (Money)
The secret to Berkeley’s economic success (Market Watch)

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.23.15

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Hills group sues FEMA over plan to cut down trees

Thousands of the Berkeley hills eucalyptus trees may be removed with funding from FEMA. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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A neighborhood group has sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following its decision to fund fire mitigation efforts in the East Bay hills.

Earlier this month, FEMA announced its decision to grant $5.67 million to the California Office of Emergency Services, which will distribute the funds to UC Berkeley, the city of Oakland, and the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) to remove tens of thousands of eucalyptus trees in the fire-prone hills. Immediately after, the Hills Conservation Network (HCN) filed a lawsuit against FEMA in federal court.

The HCN, a small group whose members live in Claremont Canyon, one of the areas covered by the grants, objects to the plan to “clearcut” the hills’ eucalyptus trees. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.20.15

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David Wessel: Musical scientist/scientific musician

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In a town known for spawning visionary organizations that insistently hew to a singular path, the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies may be the most Berkeley institution of them all. And that’s because it reflects the polymathic curiosity and probing intelligence of the late founder and director David Wessel, who died suddenly last October at the age of 72. Known by its initialism CNMAT (pronounced senn-mat), it’s a multi-disciplinary research center tucked within Cal’s Department of Music where musicians, composers and leading researchers in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, psychology, computer science, cognitive science explore the creative interaction between music and technology.

On 4-7 p.m. Sunday, several hundred of Wessel’s friends, family and colleagues from around the world will gather at the Berkeley City Club for a series of improvisation-driven performances, a fitting celebration of his legacy. Among the artists involved are violist Nils Bultmann, Berkeley guitarist John Schott and Matthew Wright on electronics, and vocalist Thomas Buckner, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, Earl Howard on synthesizer, and percussionists George Marsh and Jennifer Wilsey.

“We’ll have several of his closest collaborators on stage performing,” said composer and CNMAT Director Edmund Campion, who Wessel brought to CNMAT in 1996 (he became co-director in 2008). “It could go on for days with all the musicians who will be there, so we had to put some limits on it.”

While the celebration is far more geared toward musical tributes than spoken reminiscing, Campion says that there will be no shortage of text, including abstracts from the hundreds of research projects to which Wessel contributed, “an incredible legacy of published papers, at a rate and amount that’s pretty mind boggling.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.19.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.18.15

Mid-century modern at the magic hour by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken March 11, 2105

Mid-century modern at the magic hour by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken March 11, 2105

Berkeley man charged with special circumstances for security guard’s death (CoCo Times)
Guy Fieri not speaking at UC Berkeley commencement (SF Chronicle)
Police warn of recent spate of van, truck thefts (Inside Bay Area)
Council screens video of exploding oil trains (IBA)

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.17.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.16.15

Flying Dowitchers at Aquatic Park by TJ Gehling. Photo taken March 12, 2015

Flying Dowitchers at Aquatic Park by TJ Gehling. Photo taken March 12, 2015

UC Berkeley struggles with black student admissions (ABC)
Artist’s mural in Berkeley rises with her death (SF Chronicle)
Taking comic books seriously (The Weekender)
UC Press, California Digital Library get grant to improve publication system (Daily News)
UC alumna, activist honored at state capitol (Daily News)
FAA approves industrial use of Berkeley company’s drones (SF Business Times)

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Berkeley Rep trains the next generation of theater pros

The 2014-2015 class of Berkeley Rep fellows. Photo: Berkeley Rep
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By Michael Berry

For 15 exemplary recipients, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Fellowship program is world-class learning opportunity, a chance to immerse themselves for eleven and a half months in the business and artistry of an award-winning theater company.

Sponsored by American Express and administered through the Rep’s School of Theatre, the program provides hands-on experience in a wide array of artistic, administrative and production disciplines, including development, marketing, dramaturgy, costuming, stage management and scenic design. It has served as a launching pad for exceptionally talented individuals who have forged acclaimed careers in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

One fellowship in particular serves as a reminder of a promising theater career cut off too soon. The Bret C. Harte Directing (Artistic Administration) fellowship, the first of three named fellowships, recognizes the legacy of a young director from Moraga, killed in a car accident in March 2005. Past recipients include Marissa Wolf, Director of New Works at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Mina Morita, recently hired as Artistic Director at Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco. … Continue reading »

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