Update, May 6, 2015: According to the Alameda County coroner’s office, Apoorve Agarwal “was found to have very high levels of ethyl alcohol in his system and appeared to have lost his balance and fell down the brick staircase. The result of the fall caused a significant injury to his brain, which ultimately caused his death.” At the time of his death, Agarwal’s blood alcohol content was .31, which can be fatal. His cause of death was listed as contrecoup contusions of the brain due to blunt trauma to the head.
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Bill Maher gives commencement speech at Cal amid handful of protesters (Various)
Berkeley Art Museum closes with performance, march to new home (SF Chronicle)
Collision on I-80 in Berkeley sends at least one to hospital (Patch)
UC Berkeley’s Symphony Orchestra closes season on a beautiful note (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Art Museum acquires Leiber conceptual art collection (Art News)
Light, not heat, marks December commencement (UCB News)
Troubles in Berkeley’s Redwood Gardens (Daily Planet)
Emeritus chemistry professor Herb Strauss dies at 78 (UCB)
Three Concord teenagers alleged to have kidnapped and carjacked a couple on Grizzly Peak Boulevard on Thanksgiving Day have been charged with 11 felonies in connection with robberies in Oakland and Walnut Creek on Nov. 27.
Turkey and all the trimmings? Not necessarily. For many, Christmas day means Chinese food and a movie.
On Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Berkeley Unified School District held a Black Lives Matter forum for the district’s middle- and high-school students, as well as their families.
“They ruined Christmas!” starts Mike K. of Berkeley’s Yelp review of Tilden Regional Park Merry-Go-Round posted on Dec. 11.
For the past 20+ years the Tilden Park Carousel has been decorated for the winter holidays and has been a wonderland of lawn decorations, free visits with Santa, Christmas tree displays with a different theme for each tree, and of course, rides on the carousel. It has been a major holiday destination for thousands of area families.
On a recent Thursday night, I waited for 30 minutes in downtown Oakland for a bus that never came. The nightly round of protesters had blocked off portions of Broadway near Jack London Square, disrupting car traffic and public transit bus traffic. Rather than hop on a bus that drops me off a block from my home in Berkeley, I had to take a BART train to downtown Berkeley, walk a few blocks to a bus stop, and then walk half a mile home from where the alternate bus dropped me off. So the expected 25 minute rush-hour commute turned into a couple of hours. One friend was stuck in the tunnel that runs between Alameda and Oakland through the estuary, and missed a meeting.
Witnessing the protests and police response as an outsider living in Berkeley, I’d like to offer a positive solution: when police respond to protests, they should have three times as many negotiators as soldiers.
After being arrested for helping to block traffic on I-80 and attending several other peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protests around the East Bay, I have seen first-hand how the loving message of tens of thousands of peaceful protestors across the country has been partially overshadowed by the hateful message of a tiny number of violent aggressors.
Nine months after a 98-year-old pedestrian was killed by a motorist while crossing Sacramento Street in a crosswalk in the middle of the day, the city is taking steps to install a flashing beacon pedestrian alert at the intersection where the accident occurred.