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Cardinals trounce Bears in first ever birding Big Game

Maureen Lahiff and Jack Gedney search for birds on the UC Berkeley campus. Photo: Peter Maiden
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Ten birding Bears! Four song-filled hours! Sixty-four species! But alas, no victory.

The Berkeley birding team organized by Golden Gate Audubon Society fell eleven species short of their cross-bay rivals on Sunday morning, in the first ever Cal-versus-Stanford Big Game birding competition.

The Stanford team spotted 75 species to Berkeley’s 64. Berkeley may have been undone in part by the humble sparrow.

“We had a lot of sparrows,” said Rob Furrow, a Santa Clara Valley Audubon member who led the Stanford team. “White-throated Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, Lark Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows.” … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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CAL DAY This year, Cal Day‘s theme is “One day. A million stories,” but it should probably be “One day. A million things to do.” The annual UC Berkeley open house is filled with lectures, tours, family-friendly events and information sessions for prospective students. Highlights include an exhibit featuring “the most disgusting animal on earth,” a panel of Cal’s Nobel laureate professors, and a student fine-art sale. The campus will be abuzz with activity beginning 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. For full details, visit Cal Day 2014 online. … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley student has measles, high state numbers

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A UC Berkeley student was confirmed to have measles on Friday, April 4.

The case, the second to affect a Cal student this year, comes in the midst of a high number of measles cases throughout the state. The California Department of Public Health reported Friday that there have been at least 51 cases this year so far, compared to four at the same time last year. The vast majority of cases involve those who traveled to, or were in contact with, known measles cases.

The student was isolated on April 3, soon after reporting a rash suspected of being measles-related.

The student landed on a domestic flight to Oakland on March 30, rode BART to Berkeley and attended classes April 1 through April 3. The university, and the City of Berkeley health department, have contacted students who might have been in class with the student on those days. … Continue reading »

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Chemical suicide victim was UC Berkeley professor

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The woman who committed suicide using a toxic chemical on Tuesday at the Berkeley City Club, prompting a hazardous materials evacuation, was a former professor at UC Berkeley. She killed herself on her 71st birthday.

Sydney Kustu was a professor emerita in plant and microbial biology at Cal’s College of Natural Resources and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. She was born March 18, 1943, according to an official at the Alameda County coroner’s office, who said Kustu was a Berkeley resident.

Kustu was found deceased in a room at the City Club by a maid, according to an employee of the club, which also operates as a hotel. She had left notes for authorities warning them about the dangerous substance, according to the staffer. … Continue reading »

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‘Saved by the Bay’ at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life explores lives of academic refugees

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Saved by the Bay: The Intellectual Migration from Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley, the exhibition currently on view at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley through June 27, may be a bellwether of that institution’s recent metamorphosis.

The new, reconfigured Magnes is no longer a privately funded museum housed in a mansion on a suburban Berkeley street. In the past three years it has moved to a distinctly urban location on Allston Way in downtown Berkeley and is now a part of UC Berkeley.

Under the aegis of Cal’s Bancroft Library, the Magnes’ remarkable collections of Judaica, art, and archival materials documenting the history and culture of Jewish communities in the American West — 15,000 items in all — are dispersed among various libraries on campus and in orderly climate-controlled storage areas in the new Magnes. … Continue reading »

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It’s Cal versus Stanford in first ever birding Big Game

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“Go Bears! Spot that warbler!”

That’s a chant you’re unlikely to hear from the packed bleachers of Memorial Stadium during a Cal-Stanford football game.

But it’s a chant a certain group of enthusiasts will be mouthing silently to themselves on April 13, when Golden Gate Audubon Society faces off against Santa Clara Valley Audubon in Birding’s Big Game — the first-ever Cal vs Stanford birding competition.

As part of Golden Gate Audubon’s annual Birdathon fundraising month, a team of Cal faculty, staff, students, and community members will spend four hours combing the UC Berkeley campus to find as many bird species as possible. Their rivals in Santa Clara Valley Audubon will be doing the same thing on the Stanford campus. … Continue reading »

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Man stabbed in arm near UC Berkeley campus

A man was stabbed this week in front of Bancroft Clothing Company, police said. Image: Google Maps
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Police in Berkeley are looking for an assailant reported to have stabbed a 60-year-old man in the arm multiple times early Tuesday morning, authorities said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

The assault took place Tuesday at 5:14 a.m. in front of Berkeley Clothing Company at 2530 Bancroft Way.

The victim walked into the UC Police Department lobby, at 1 Sproul Hall, to report the stabbing. UCPD is the agency that released Wednesday’s statement. … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley building set for Northside comes under fire

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UPDATE, APRIL 23, 2014: Several trees were cut down early today, Wednesday April 23, on the site of the proposed new building. Reports suggest crews were working on the trees at 7 a.m. Ted Friedman filed this photograph showing a cleared area next to the volleyball court:

ORIGINAL STORY: Neighbors to a proposed new UC Berkeley building say its modern design, and the need to remove several trees in the area in order to build it, are threats to the aesthetic and value of the historic Northside neighborhood. And the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) agrees. … Continue reading »

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Photos: Cal community remembers footballer Ted Agu

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UC Berkeley held a vigil Wednesday night outside Memorial Stadium, close to where Cal junior Ted Agu died after a football team training session on Feb. 7. Ted Friedman captured the event. … Continue reading »

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Candlelit vigil tonight will honor Cal footballer Ted Agu

Cal junior Ted Agu, who died after collapsing in a workout this morning. Photo: Cal Athletics
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A candlelight service honoring Ted Agu, the Cal footballer who collapsed and died after a training session on Friday last week, will be held today from 7-8 p.m.

The vigil, which is open to the greater Cal community, will take place on Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza adjacent to the UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium. The ceremony will be led by Ted’s Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers and Golden Bear student-athletes.

According to an announcement put out by UC Berkeley, Gates 3 and 5 at the stadium will open at 6 p.m., and candles and special wristbands will be available to the first 1,000 participants.

Agu, a defensive lineman from Bakersfield was a junior majoring in public health at Cal. He died after a supervised training run near Memorial Stadium.  … Continue reading »

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Cal footballer Ted Agu collapses, dies after workout

Cal junior Ted Agu, who died after collapsing in a workout this morning. Photo: Cal Athletics
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UPDATE, 3:55 P.M.: UC Berkeley athletics officials released some details of the events leading to the death of 21-year-old defensive lineman Ted Agu at a press conference this afternoon. The death occurred during a supervised training run near Cal’s Memorial Stadium, KQED News reports. Dr. Casey Batten, a team physician, said medical staff were monitoring the workout and noticed that Agu appeared to be having difficulty completing it. As a precaution, staff members stopped Agu’s workout. “He was hydrating, he was responsive, he was talking,” Batten said. As a further precaution, he was placed on a cart and moved to a medical facility about 150 yards away. Agu collapsed there. Batten said medical staff immediately started what he called “high-quality CPR” and use of an external defibrillator. Agu was then rushed to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, where he died.

ORIGINAL STORY: Ted Agu, a 21-year-old junior defensive end on Cal’s football team, collapsed during a conditioning workout this morning and died shortly afterwards. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley staff aims to grow city’s ‘innovation ecosystem’

Polly Armstrong presents the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce's first Visionary Awards at the Skydeck. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD
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The city of Berkeley has, in recent years, been working to make the community a better place for technological innovation via efforts to fight “brain drain,” make it easier to find office space, and create connections among its more than 300 startups to strengthen the “fabric of the innovation ecosystem,” city staff told council members during a special session last week.

The city is among the top technological and intellectual centers in the country, due to its proximity to institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. But it has struggled to keep creatives based within the city limits due to the pull of Silicon Valley, limited room for businesses to grow, an antiquated business permitting process and a lack of connections among startups, said city staff last Tuesday night. Some have even described the atmosphere, previously, as “toxic.” … Continue reading »

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Redistricting opponents secure signatures to force vote

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Opponents of a redistricting plan adopted by the City Council in December turned in 7,876 signatures to the City Clerk’s office on Tuesday that they hope will lead to a redrawing of District 7 boundaries.

Despite the fact that UC Berkeley students, who would be most affected by the changes, were on vacation during the 30 days opponents had to collect signatures, the Berkeley Referendum Campaign gathered more than the 5,275 necessary to reconsider the map, according to City Councilman Kriss Worthington. He led the drive along with City Councilman Jesse Arreguin. That response shows just how disenfranchised many Berkeley residents felt by the new redistricting lines, he said.

“Many progressives saw it (the redistricting plan adopted by the council) as classic gerrymandering for the advantage of a moderate candidate,” said Worthington. … Continue reading »

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