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Update: Berkeleyside comments, Twitter account back after widespread internet attack

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UPDATE, 1:55pm: Both Twitter and our comments are back in action.

ORIGINAL STORY: The major attack Friday that has caused big websites to go down — including Netflix, the New York Times, The Guardian, Spotify and Reddit — has affected Berkeleyside too.

Our Twitter account is unavailable, as Twitter is one of the sites that has shut down. Our comments are not functioning as they operate on the Disqus platform which also appears to have been affected by the outage.

The New York Times reported that many large websites were inaccessible to some East Coast users Friday morning and to people across the country by the early afternoon after Dyn, a company that serves as an internet switchboard, came under attack. … Continue reading »


Love Berkeleyside? 10 ways you can help us right now

There are lots of ways to help Berkeleyside. Here are our top 10. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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If you’re a fan of Berkeleyside’s local news coverage, there are plenty of ways to help support us. And most of them don’t involve a penny. Here’s a handy list.

SEND US TIPS Our small team relies on the community’s eyes and ears to know what’s happening in your neighborhoods. We want to hear from you! Email general tips to tips@berkeleyside.com. If you have public safety news, write to our special crime line at crime@berkeleyside.com.

GET OUR EMAILS We have three main email options to choose from: Daily headlines of all our stories, a weekly round-up of our best food news, and — hot off the presses — a breaking news alert service. Our emails are always free and you can unsubscribe anytime. Sign up here.

SHARE PHOTOS We love seeing what you’re seeing around town. Send photographs to the email addresses above. If you’re on Flickr, add images to our Berkeleyside Flickr group. If you’re on Instagram, tag #Berkeleyside when you want us to see your photos. We might feature them and will always credit you.

SHARE OUR WORK We need your help to grow. Share our stories on social media and with your neighborhood groups and other networks if you find them valuable. Buttons at the bottom of each story help share in the way you prefer. You can also “like” our stories on Facebook and retweet them on Twitter. Small efforts like this help amplify our work. … Continue reading »


TCHO chocolate lab; climate-change deep dive in Berkeley

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TCHO’s Chief Chocolate Maker Brad Kintzer is to host a special chocolate lab at Berkeleyside’s Uncharted Festival of Ideas, on Friday Oct. 14. Kintzer, who studied botany and has spent months working on cacao plantations throughout Latin America, will provide an insider’s perspective on how cocoa is sourced and offer enlightening chocolate tastings.

Also on the program at the two-day Uncharted festival, which is back in downtown Berkeley for its fourth year, are conversations with Michael Krasny, Mark Bittman, Sujatha Baliga and Aminatou Sow. Kevin Powell and Eve Ensler will be on stage together on Saturday Oct 15 in a session titled, ‘Violence or love? Rape culture, race, and building social movements.’ See full program.

End-of-summer 30%+ discounted Uncharted tickets end midnight Friday Sept. 23.

This year also sees the festival’s first deep-dive session on climate change, in partnership with the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. As part of CNR’s first ever Big Ideas @CNR competition, John Battles will discuss how and why many ecosystems are suffering from loss of resilience, and Dennis Baldocchi will address the water-food-people nexus: how climate change threatens California’s ability to sustain its population and its economy. The pair will be joined by Steve Bumgardner (aka Yosemite Steve) one of the world’s great natural-history filmmakers, who will provide a visual insight into working in the High Sierra. … Continue reading »

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KALW airs Berkeley conversations on Uncharted Radio Hour

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Uncharted, a production of Berkeleyside, features some of the world’s edgiest thinkers and creative performers. It takes place over two days in downtown Berkeley. This year’s festival is on Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15.

On this week’s Uncharted Radio Hour, we hear from Shannon Brownlee, a national leader in highlighting the scope and consequences of overuse in healthcare. Brownlee argues that millions of people in the U.S. are being harmed — and are even dying — by having unnecessary health interventions. She explores many of these issues in her book, Overtreated — Why too much Medicine is Making us Sicker and PoorerBrownlee was in conversation with former KQED Health Editor Lisa Aliferis.

See Program and get tickets for the 2016 Uncharted Festival on Oct. 14-15

Also on Thursday’s Uncharted Radio Hour: Alice Dreger, an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher and a writer. Her most recent book is Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. Dreger made headlines in 2015 when she resigned from her position at Northwestern University for what she said was a lack of academic independence. Dreger sat down with Lance Knobel, co-founder of Berkeleyside and Uncharted’s program curator, at the 2015 Uncharted Festival for a conversation that ran the gamut from sex through science and back again.Continue reading »

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Why are there helicopters over Berkeley? … and other questions Berkeleyside answers every day

A news helicopter flew over the Gill Tract Wednesday. Photo: Ira Serkes
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Where’s that smoke coming from? Why are there helicopters over Berkeley? Why are there cop cars tearing down my street? These are just a few of the types of questions Berkeleyside is asked all the time, sometimes several all at once in a day.

Take just this week — our tiny team reported on a significant fire next door to a veterinary hospital; the pursuit of a dangerous, armed suspect that ended in a dramatic arrest in a Berkeley park; and an assault with a bat that left a man with serious injuries after readers got in touch wanting to know what was going on.

We need your help to provide you with answers. Support us by becoming a Berkeleyside member!

We know you appreciate knowing what’s going on in your city. As Dorothy Hearst put it on Twitter Wednesday:

“Thx @berkeleyside 4 the excellent reporting. I knew where 2 go 4 info when I saw helicopter in the sky this morn.”

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Berkeleyside wishes you a happy, safe 2016

The Berkeleyside team wishes you a happy new year. From left: Kate Williams, Tracey Taylor, Frances Dinkelspiel, Lance Knobel, Wendy Cohen and Emilie Raguso. Photo: Pete Rosos
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With New Year’s Eve nearly upon us, the Berkeleyside team wanted to wish all of our readers a safe and happy new year.

The year just ending has been busy for Berkeleyside. We published 1,902 stories (and counting), had more than 2.3 million unique visitors and 8.4 million pageviews (up 27% and 12% from 2014). We held our third annual Uncharted ideas festival and have just issued a number of podcasts using some of the conversations from Uncharted. Look out for … Continue reading »

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Help us to keep bringing you the Berkeley news in 2016

Marin Fountain in the rain. Photo, taken on Dec. 20, 2015, by Daniel Parks
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As we wind down for the holidays and draw close to the end of 2015, Berkeleyside would like to wish all our readers a happy and peaceful few days of relaxation.

We would also like to remind our readers that everything you read on Berkeleyside, every story we report, every Facebook post and Twitter alert, be it breaking news or a heartwarming tale, is brought to you for free.

 Become a Berkeleyside member now and you’ll be entered to win one of four $75 gift certificates to eat at Comal or The Advocate!

If you value the service Berkeleyside provides you as an independently run, local news business, we ask you to support us by becoming a member, or increasing your current contribution as an existing member. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside readers raise nearly $3,000 for food bank

Kelsey Itämeri  Spats Holiday Party 2015. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Thanks to the generosity of the Berkeleyside community, our Advertising Director Wendy Cohen delivered just short of $3,000 to the Alameda County Community Food Bank on Friday morning.

The funds were raised at the Berkeleyside holiday party at Spats on Thursday night, through the tips left for the “amateur-hour” Berkeleyside bartenders, aided by a wonderful team of guests, as well as the sale of raffle tickets. We are grateful for how accommodating patrons were as we all figured out how to pour the perfect G&T or, even, how to mix up a martini!

We are happy the Berkeleyside community could help the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which is a stellar organization: It distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each month and serves an astonishing one in five Alameda County residents — yes, you read that right: one in five. According to the food bank, one in three children in Alameda Count faces the threat of hunger.

Even though the holidays are when people tend to think about helping nonprofits like the food bank, it’s good to remember that it needs volunteers and donations throughout the year. … Continue reading »

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We need you to help us improve Berkeleyside comments

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As news organizations around the country continue to grapple with the tenor of their comments sections, we at Berkeleyside are turning to you, our readers, to help us increase the civility and relevance of the vital community voices on our site.

We’re holding a giveaway to encourage readers to stick with a single online identity. And, beginning Jan. 1, we will no longer allow guest comments.

A $50 gift certificate to Sweet Adeline Bakeshop goes to one lucky reader!

Though it is separate from our news coverage, we believe the comments section provides valuable insights into how community members think about issues of importance in Berkeley. While we do hear from readers who say they are put off by the tone of certain commenters, others tell us they find the comments section entertaining, engaging and much more focused than those on other news sites. We think it can be even better.

People have so many different ways of communicating, and a wide range of comfort levels as far as tone, so we know there are bound to be a variety of responses to reader posts. We want to create a place where a broad swath of the community feels comfortable sharing their views, which we hope can be done with respect and positive intention. But we can’t do it without your help. … Continue reading »

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Reminder: Berkeleyside Holiday Party, Thursday, Dec. 17

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All tips from the evening — as well as proceeds from a raffle with enticing prizes — will go to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

The raffle prizes include: two tickets to see Alvin Ailey American Dancer Theater at Cal Performances; a $50 gift certificate for brunch at Penrose; two certificates from Keter Salon for a haircut or color treatment; a $50 gift certificate for Sports Basement; a $50 gift certificate for YJM Gallery of Fine Arts; two $25 certificates from Caviar; as well as more from PIQ, Hotel Shattuck Plaza and Grove Salon.

Let us know you’re coming to the Holiday Party.

Berkeleyside staff will be behind the cash bar, together with Spats employees and a number of “celebrity guest” bartenders from the Berkeley community. … Continue reading »

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Join Berkeleyside for holiday drinks, benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank

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There seems to be no slowing of news in Berkeley as we head into the holiday season, but Berkeleyside is carving out 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, to hold a holiday get-together for our readers and friends at Spats on Shattuck Avenue.

But it’s not just about enjoying ourselves. All tips from the evening — as well as proceeds from a raffle with enticing prizes — will go to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Berkeleyside staff will be behind the cash bar (together with Spats employees who know what they’re doing, phew), dispensing holiday cheer. We’ll also be joined by a number of “celebrity guest” bartenders from the Berkeley community.

Let us know you’re coming on the Holiday Party event page!

The Alameda County Community Food Bank distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each month and serves an astonishing one in five Alameda County residents — yes, you read that right: one in five. According to the food bank, one in three children in Alameda Count faces the threat of hunger. … Continue reading »

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Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2015: The best yet

Meklit Hadero performs at Uncharted 2015. Photo: Pete Rosos
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The third annual Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas closed Saturday after two days of engaging and compelling conversations that ran the gamut from the inadequacies of the criminal justice system — outlined in no uncertain terms by Judge Alex Kozinski — to the flaws in our education system, articulated by extraordinary 18-year-old reformer Adora Svitak, the perils of Vladimir Putin, who writer Masha Gessen described bluntly as “a thug,” and the dangers of over-treatment in the healthcare system, articulated all too clearly by activist and author Shannon Brownlee.

The festival, held in downtown Berkeley and on the Cal campus, was far from being one long downer, however. For what emerged from nearly all the sessions and discussions, on and off the stage, was a call to action of sorts: to get uncomfortable and to fight back. Or, as Krissy Eliot interpreted it in her excellent report for California Magazine of the festival’s first day, “Screw the system” — let’s dismantle and then reconstruct some of those systems to create a fairer society.

And perhaps that, ultimately, is what an ideas festival is all about: people coming together with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives to wrestle with the pressing issues of the day and then to begin to look for creative ways to make progress. And what more fitting place for that to happen than in Berkeley? … Continue reading »

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Third annual Uncharted Festival of Ideas opens Friday in downtown Berkeley

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The third annual Uncharted Ideas Festival opens Friday morning in downtown Berkeley.

The program is, we think, the best yet. But, as the festival’s organizers, we concede we are biased. Read what the Bay Area News GroupSFWeekly, Occupy.com, California Magazine, and J-Weekly have written about the festival for a more impartial perspectives.

Recently added speakers and sessions include the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic John King, Ethio-American singer-songwriter Meklit, and bestselling cookbook author Alice Medrich. (See the full program and schedule.)

Those who have registered simply need to pick up their badges and goody bags at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2020 Addison St., starting from 8 a.m. on Friday Oct. 16 or Saturday Oct. 17 (coffee and snacks courtesy of Whole Foods will be on hand to help the more blurry-eyed among us!).

If you haven’t got a ticket there’s still time to buy one now; or if you favor spontaneity, show up on Friday or Saturday morning and you can register at the door. … Continue reading »

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