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ICE frees Berkeley man facing deportation to China

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In what appears to be an abrupt reversal, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released a Berkeley recycling program director from detention.

Daniel Maher, a convicted felon who has lived under threat of deportation to China for nearly 15 years, was released from ICE custody Friday morning after spending over two months in various immigrant detention facilities around California, according to his attorney, Anoop Prasad with the Asian Law Caucus.

ICE detained Maher in early June as part of a broader crackdown on Chinese nationals subject to deportation, and undocumented immigrants with prior serious criminal convictions. Maher, who immigrated legally to the United States from his native Macau when he was just three years’ old, fit both descriptions and was suddenly faced with the possibility that he’d be sent to a country he’s never known. He speaks neither Mandarin nor Cantonese. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.17.15

Delivering newspapers. Photo Sylvia Rubin

Eric Smith delivering papers (50 + years), in the North Berkeley hills. Photo, taken on Aug. 16, 2015, by Sylvia Rubin

2015 ARWU rankings: Berkeley is world’s top public university (UC Berkeley)
Former chair of Berkeley Medical Marijuana Commission target of FBI complaint (EBX)
Berkeley teenager does cross-country bike ride for climate change (Sierra Club)
Former Berkeley football player sues over concussions (Inside Higher Ed)
Study: Berkeley soda tax falls flat (Cornell University)
UC Berkeley now offers a minor in the study of food systems (Bay Area Bites)
Campanile bones hold climate change clues (UCB News)

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Magnitude-4.0 Piedmont earthquake wakes up Berkeley

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An earthquake in neighboring Oakland jolted Berkeley awake just before 6:50 a.m. Monday.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially registered the quake as a magnitude 4.2, but soon downgraded it to a magnitude 4.0. Its epicenter was two-thirds of a mile north of Piedmont (3.2 miles southeast of Berkeley). It struck at 6:49 a.m.

BART held trains while it undertook a system-wide check. It estimated it would be a 10-minute delay at 7:14 a.m. At 7:26 a.m. BART tweeted: “No damage found to tracks or yards following small quake. All trains held for inspection and moving again.”

At 7:13 a.m. the CHP tweeted that no damage had been reported on any Bay Area freeways. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.14.15

Library tiles. Photo: gina g10

Library tiles. Photo: gina g10

Berkeley police panel addresses mutual aid, armored vehicles (CoCo Times)
Berkeley tragedy: Plans ‘well underway’ to move Clodagh Cogley home (Irish Independent)
Construction begins on Shattuck Square for Taiwanese bakery (Daily Cal)
For Jewish studies center’s new director, music is a bridge (Berkeley News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.13.15

Baby grizzlies watch over the Marin Circle fountain. Photo: Sylvia Rubin

Baby grizzlies watch over the Marin Circle fountain. Photo: Sylvia Rubin

Lefties come home for reunion of Berkeley Barb underground paper (SF Chronicle)
Former UC Berkeley football player sues university for alleged concussion-related medical malpractice
(Daily Cal)
Honoring Chuck Teller, Ecology Center board treasurer (Ecology Center)
From knishes to noshes: Tasty tales of a Berkeley food peddler (J Weekly)
Berkeley ranked one of the coolest, greenest schools (Berkeley News)
Possible armed robbery trend concerns campus, police (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.12.15

Foothill pedestrian bridge over Hearst Avenue. Photo: Nancy Rubin

Foothill pedestrian bridge over Hearst Avenue. Photo: Nancy Rubin

No. 16 Bears open camp ahead of 2015 campaign (Cal Bears)
A new Sichuan king on the rise (EBX)
Berkeley: Center offers training in construction and solar energy installation (CoCo Times)
Berkeley’s Revival Kitchen hosts Donkey & Goat winemaker dinner tonight (Inside Scoop)
Cal, Stanford release men’s basketball non-conference schedules (SF Gate)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.11.15

Will Brown/Matrix 250. Photo: Will Brown

Will Brown/Matrix 250. Photo: Will Brown

A ghostly green glow beckons on Bancroft (Berkeley News)
How to spend 50 perfect hours in Berkeley (7×7)
Berkeley activists lend support to saving Napa’s post office (Napa Valley Register)
UC Berkeley women’s field hockey team still doesn’t have a field (HuffPo)
A Berkeley canvas: Painter Jim Riksheim has provided decades of service to Cal (Cal Bears)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.10.15

Peace lantern ceremony at Aquatic Park, in memory of lives lost at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo: Steve Gumina

Peace lantern ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Aquatic Park, in memory of lives lost at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo: Steve Gumina

Seeking shelter for animal services (Daily Cal)
Computers taken from 9 offices on UC Berkeley campus in burglary
(CBS Local)
The Advocate opens to a warm welcome in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood (Bay Area Bites)
Berkeley couple welcomes Shabbat guests for 25 years (Forward)
Search begins for campus vice chancellor for research (Daily Cal)
New York’s Mark Bittman dishes on California produce, new Web series (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.07.15

Sunset over the Bay, taken on August 6, 2015 by seaangel12.

Sunset over the Bay, taken on August 6, 2015 by seaangel12.

Most checked-out books from Berkeley Public Library (Daily Cal)
Deadline looms to apply for below-market rental units (Bay Area News Group)
Berkeley chef again rules in Lamb Jam (Bay Area News Group)
UC Berkeley: student robbed at gunpoint on campus (Mercury News)
Fetch a new Berkeley brew! (Berkeley Humane)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.06.15

Berkeley Fire Department paramedics respond to call by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken April 15, 2105

Berkeley Fire Department paramedics respond to call by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken April 15, 2105

Squeezed out: The shrinking availability of affordable housing (Daily Cal)
Cal alumnus makes great strides after paralyzing ski accident (Daily Cal)
A Look Back: “Dynamic” football pricing in the 1940s (Mercury News)
Latest burglary hits campus (Mercury News)
Berkeley’s beloved Nabolom closes (Mercury News)
Department of Music stages sale of pianos and other instruments (UCB News)
Balcony victim is finally on the road to the recovery (Mirror)
Studying abroad was the best year of my life (The Guardian)
Review: “West of the Sun,” by Kala Fellowship artists (Express)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.05.15

MH's preserves by fathomfive. Photo taken July 15, 2105

MH’s preserves by fathomfive. Photo taken July 15, 2105

UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, to lead development of “data freeway” (Techwire)
Former I-House director describes cross-cultural encounters in book (UCB News)
Police receive report of window smashing at Evans Hall (Daily Cal)
Plaintiffs in Occupy Cal lawsuit push for jury trial (Daily Cal)
A drink-by-drink exploration of the cocktail menu at The Advocate (Inside Scoop)
A food “sneak peak” of The Advocate (Inside Scoop)

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Peruvian rotisserie chicken shines at Mistura

This rotisserie chicken, that comes accompanied by two sauces and two sides (shown here with rice and canario beans) is the reason to go to Mistura. Photo: Alix Wall
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The rotisserie chicken is the star of the show at Mistura, a casual new Peruvian eatery serving lunch and dinner on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue.

Chef Daniel Luna is turning out beautifully bronzed birds, brined for 24 hours or more in dark beer laced with plenty of cumin, and then roasted over an open flame — they are certainly a far cry from their grocery store cousins that may or may not have been sitting hot in their plastic shells for hours on end. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.04.15

This Old Band taken at Sunday Streets on Aug 2, 2015 by  DanCalBear

This Old Band taken at Sunday Streets on Aug 2, 2015 by DanCalBear

Skeptical community discusses Adeline revitalization (CoCo Times)
Construction near Clark Kerr campus breaks gas line, causes leak (Daily Cal)
Barb bash: 50-year old anniversary for alternative newspaper (SF Gate)
Siebel Energy Institute launches with major Berkeley presence (Berkeley Engineering)
Interim city manager faces challenges (CoCo Times)
Review: Shakespeare “sequel” needs more focus (CoCo Times)
Berkeley officials meet with Okinawa delegation (Daily Planet)

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