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The Berkeley Wire: 01.21.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.20.16

Berkeley Marina by Jar [o]. Photo taken Nov. 10, 2015

Berkeley Marina by Jar [o]. Photo taken Nov. 10, 2015

Missing statue of UC Berkeley coach found in pieces (SF Gate)
City Council allocates soda tax funds (CoCo Times)
City Council discusses possible seismic upgrades to community centers (Daily Cal)
Councilmember Max Anderson to leave City Council (Daily Cal)
‘Cooked” by Michael Pollan is Netflix’s latest venture into original programming (Daily Dot)
What do selfies, aliens and Bob Dylan have in common? (UCB News)
Berkeley hills home that is all about the view asks or $3.4M (Curbed)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.19.16

Swing by Pete Rosos. Photo taken Jan. 17, 2016

Swing by Pete Rosos. Photo taken Jan. 17, 2016

Berkeley Rep becomes first dramatic theater to install Meyer Sound Constellation (Stage Directions)
Berkeley Playhouse presents world musical premiere of Bridges (Broadway World)
FBI now accepting complaints about Premier Cru (Mercury News)
Michael Lewis: The scourge of Wall Street (The Guardian)
Women authors seek to inspire at annual festival (IBA)
Monterey Jazz Fest band heads to Berkeley (Mercury News)
Legal tech startup Everlaw raises $8.1M (Venture Beat)
Get ready for BAMPFA (Daily Planet)
Tall order for Berkeley (Manteca Bulletin)
Haste Street building catches fire (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.15.16

Bancroft Library and Campanile by jngai58. Photo taken Dec. 31. 2015

Bancroft Library and Campanile by jngai58. Photo taken Dec. 31. 2015

Billions at stake for UC Berkeley in CRISPR patent war (KQED Science)
Why Cal linguist considers “gig” the word of the year (California)
First responders describe Berkeley balcony collapse for first time (KTVU)
Berkeley Lab launches new product for grid modernization (Lawrence Berkeley Lab)
BAMPFA gets set to open in new digs (California)
Berkeley designer makes cool, science-themed dresses (Boing Boing)
Sculptural new UC Berkeley museum opens this month (Inhabit)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.14.16

Raindrops on decorative cabbage by Nancy Rubin. Photo taken Jan. 4, 2106

Raindrops on decorative cabbage by Nancy Rubin. Photo taken Jan. 4, 2106

UC police seek boathouse’s stolen bronze statue (Mercury News)
City employee Johnny Tolliver is remembered for his generous nature (Daily Cal)
Cal’s Edible Education 101 class to be led by Mark Bittman (UCB)
Berkeley joins San Diego in suing Monsanto (San Diego Union Tribune)
New Acting Berkeley City College president comes from accreditation commission (Daily Planet)
Berkeley holds special court for bike scofflaws in 1941 (CoCo Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.13.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.12.16

Life Sciences by William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 11, 2016

Life Sciences by William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 11, 2016

Berkeley City College has a new interim president, Krista Johns (CoCo Times)
UCB professors, alums, create start-up to combat money in politics (Daily Cal)
Next generation Kellerman conjures golem with famous dad (J Weekly)
Guide to 6 favorite juice bars (Bay Area Bites)
Berkeley sues Monsanto over PCB contamination (IBA)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.11.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.08.16

Pink Dawn by David Gould. Photo taken Jan. 7, 2016

Pink Dawn by David Gould. Photo taken Jan. 7, 2016

Homeless man and advocate Mike Lee declares candidacy for mayor (Daily Cal)
Oakland-Berkeley mansion sale a stunner at $20.5M (Mercury News)
UC Berkeley is partly responsible for addition of new elements to periodic table (California)
How Berkeley made the Old Testament new (Boom)

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Berkeley’s Savers Thrift Superstore to close on Jan. 16

Savers Thrift at 1414 University Ave. will close on Jan. 16, about two years after it opened. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Two years after it opened to fanfare – and controversySavers Thrift Superstore at 1414 University Ave. will shut its doors on Saturday, Jan. 16.

No-one from corporate headquarters would speak to Berkeleyside about the reasons behind the closure, but a spokeswoman confirmed the closure. The store manager said Berkeley has proved too expensive for the discount thrift store chain.

“The cost of doing business in Berkeley is not conducive for us,” said Reginald Batiste, the store manager. Savers wrote on a flyer being handed out to customers that “certain business conditions have made it necessary to permanently close the Berkeley store.”

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.07.16

There will always be a Berkeley by D Smith. Photo taken Jan. 6, 2016

There will always be a Berkeley by D Smith. Photo taken Jan. 6, 2016

Haas grads on mission to connect local jobs, local job-seekers (UCB News)
Berkeley centralizes homeless services (CoCo Times)
Home on Berkeley/Oakland border sells for record $20.5M (SF Business Times)
The healthful corner store movement (Express)

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Berkeley’s Black Oak Books to close after 33 years

Gary Cornell, the owner of Black Oak Books, in the store. Photo: Black Oak Books
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Black Oak Books, which has had a presence in Berkeley for 33 years, is shutting its doors.

Gary Cornell, the math professor and entrepreneur who rescued the storied bookstore in 2008 during the recession and who is still subsidizing its rent, said the store no longer makes financial sense. Its location, at 2618 San Pablo Ave. near Carleton Street, does not draw enough foot traffic and sales have been generally flat the past six years (Although they did go up by 1% in 2015). In addition, Berkeley has raised its minimum wage to $11 an hour, with more increases to come, making it more difficult to run the business.

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“I wish I could have kept it open,” said Cornell, 62. “But, in the end, you have to say it’s not working.”

The store will close at the end of January, he said. Until then, all the inventory at Black Oak Books — both new and used books — is 40% off. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.06.16

Christmas morning in the Elmwood by Daniel O’Connell. Photo taken Dec. 25, 2105

Trial date set for case charging police brutality in UC Berkeley Occupy protests (SF Bay)
What to do in Berkeley this weekend (Your Berkeley)
A Look Back: City sees prosperity ahead as 1941 opens (CoCo Times)
Berkeley joins others in suing Monsanto over PCB pollution (NBC)
Clothilde Hewlett appointed new executive director of Cal Alumni Association (CAA)
Berkeley Rep invites public to celebrate renovated stage (CoCo Times)
Central Works season 2015 (Stark Insider)

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