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5 Berkeley stories you will not want to miss

Target plans to open a TargetExpress store in downtown Berkeley in March 2015. This is a photo of the first TargetExpress store, which opened in July in Minneapolis. Photo: Target
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By far the biggest splash this week was the news that Target will be opening a small city store in downtown Berkeley. But this week also had thousands of readers poring over the latest on the so-called soda tax; questions about perceived overcrowding at Berkeley schools; continued debate about whether our police force should have Taser guns; and our report on an “alcohol-alternative” bar coming to town.

Here are the 5 stories from last week that you won’t want to miss:

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.05.14

Berkeley Pier. Photo: Kathy

Berkeley Pier. Photo: Kathy

Berkeley paves way for improving streets, implementing green infrastructure (Daily Cal)
Killer sentenced in brutal knife attack of Berkeley woman (Mercury News)
Berkeley midcentury merges rustic with the sublime (SF Chronicle)
Cal looking to go 2-0 for first time since 2011 (News Observer)
Op-ed: Berkeley parks in peril (Berkeley Daily Planet)

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State-mandated kindergarten program explains perceived student numbers squeeze at Berkeley schools

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When the Berkeley school district added two new kindergarten classes – one to Cragmont school and one to Malcolm X — just before school began, some parents were concerned about what impact the move would have on the schools, which, they said, were neither spacious nor overstaffed. In an opinion piece published on Berkeleyside, Joshua Room, former President of the PTA at Malcolm X, asked why the district couldn’t plan ahead better. Quite a few readers agreed with him.

In fact, this year’s incoming kindergarten class is smaller than last year’s class. The squeeze is instead coming from the fairly new – and growing — transitional kindergarten program, required by state law. And the BUSD admissions office said it was well aware of the crunch coming.

“I knew we needed more classrooms back in February,” said Francisco Martinez, district admissions director. But over the course of the spring, plans about where to put the transitional kindergarten classrooms went through several shifts. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.04.14

Rambler. Photo: Ned Fielden

Rambling face. Photo: Ned Fielden

Small press distribution movie night features local poets (SF Chronicle)
Indie band Art Nikels changes Berkeley music scene (Daily Cal)
Group opposing equipping BPD with tasers holding forum Thursday (CBS)
UC Berkeley graduate students develop hospital ranking app (Daily Cal)
Food options to tempt fans at Memorial Stadium (Cal Bears)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.03.14

Berkeley pier night walk. Photo: Pete Rosos

Berkeley pier night walk. Photo: Pete Rosos

Richard Nagler captures links between art, viewer (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley pushes a boundary on medical marijuana (New York Times)
How a 15-year-old ‘hacked’ his way into UC Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
Zoning board approves 8-story building for downtown Berkeley (Daily Cal)
Student-led health tech incubator to launch at UC Berkeley (Venture Beat)
Snapp Shots: North Berkeley, 13 years ago this month, poured its heart out (Co Co Times)
Berkeley Path Wanderers co-founder helps blaze trail (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.02.14

Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis swims across the Berkeley Aquatic Park in Berkeley, CA

An Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis swims across Berkeley Aquatic Park in Berkeley. Photo, taken on Sept. 1, 2014, by Paul Sullivan

Heyday Books turns 40 with a real page-turner on Malcolm Margolin (SF Chronicle)
Op-ed: The monster stalking Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley Reporter)
Op-ed: Berkeley offers plenty of ways to activism and service (Daily Cal)
The secret history behind Berkeley’s most notorious co-op (Daily Clog)

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EPA settlement calls for repairs to East Bay’s faulty sewage lines; Berkeley to pay $133,500 civil penalty

Windsurfer on the bay. Photo, taken on May 28, 2014, by dogefrost
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The recent settlement of a lawsuit between the Environmental Protection Agency and several cities, including Berkeley, will lead to major repairs of the East Bay’s deteriorating sewage system — and less wastewater discharge into the bay.

The federal government had sued Berkeley, Oakland, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), among others, to stop sewage overflows that released hundreds of millions of gallons of raw or partially untreated sewage water in the Bay. The spillage could be particularly acute during heavy rains, as storm water enters the East Bay sewage system through flaws in the aging pipes. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.01.14

Rocks. Photo, taken on Aug. 28, 2014, by gina g10

Rocks. Photo, taken on Aug. 28, 2014, by gina g10

Judge tentatively rules Berkeley soda tax statement must be changed (NBC)
Quirky Berkeley fan documents city’s creative core (Sac Bee)
Berkeley Planning Commission moves forward with zoning overlay (Daily Cal )
Talking with…. an activist who brought the creek to kids (J-Weekly)
Scientists, politicians to discuss early earthquake warning system (CBS Local)
Berkeley Film Foundation gives out $131,000 in film grants (Fort Mill Times)

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Allegedly armed carjackers escape police hunt

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Authorities conducted a manhunt for two allegedly armed carjackers on Sunday morning after they abandoned their crashed car in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood just before 7 a.m. The suspects were not caught. Berkeleyside broke the news then provided live updates. Read on:

Update, 9:10 a.m.: Police called off the manhunt at around 8:45 a.m. after realizing that the two men they were searching for had “got away,” according to Lt. Ed Spiller of the Berkeley Police. Lt. Spiller confirmed audio scanner reports that two African American men who were seen walking on Russell Street during the search were picked up in a dark colored Honda at the median where Russell intersects with Piedmont Avenue. The two men were believed to have been involved in a carjacking in Oakland this morning, Lt. Spiller said. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.29.14

Painting the hills. Photo: gina g10

Painting the hills. Photo, taken on Aug. 26, 2014, by gina g10

Construction abuzz at Lower Sproul student hub (UCB)
Berkeley man identified as Muni strike victim (SF Chronicle)
Bayer plans $100M project in Berkeley — maybe (SF Business Times)
Op-ed: Who won the latest F the Police demo? (Berkeley Reporter)
Delicious road trip pit stops between Berkeley and LA (Daily Cal)
Berkeley commission backs downtown civic center district (Co Co Times)
1930s California cabin transformed into green showplace (Standard Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.28.14

West Berkeley wall art. Photo: D Smith

West Berkeley wall art. Photo: D Smith

Berkeley/Albany: September means it’s time to stroll Solano (Co Co Times)
Corso: A prime example of a great neighborhood restaurant (SF Chronicle)
UC Berkeley tops multiple new university rankings (Daily Cal)
Jack Johnson at the Berkeley Greek Theater (Liberty Voice)
Berkeley’s Housing Authority’s board seeks new commissioner (Daily Cal)
‘Bear pact’ gives students tools to combat alcohol abuse, sexual assault (Health Canal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.27.14

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Please keep off the grass. Photo: mystuart

For Berkeley’s new students, a lesson on why they’re here (UCB)
Ways to prepare for an earthquake (Daily Cal)
Berkeley: New post will oversee city’s emergency readiness strategy (CoCo Times)
Live in a car trunk in Berkeley for $2,000 (East Bay Express)
Soda industry files suit over Berkeley’s Measure D tax (Value Walk)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.26.14

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