Death of UC Berkeley Student from Fall Likely Accidential, Police Say

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 20, 2008 - 07:21:00 PM

Autopsy results from the Alameda County Coroner’s Office show that UC Berkeley anthropology student Alan Kaname Hamai, who fell from the third story roof of his apartment building a day after he graduated, died as a result of unforced trauma from a fall, authorities said today (Tuesday.) -more-

Suit Challenging LBNL Plans Gets Day in Court Tomorrow

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 20, 2008 - 05:00:00 PM

Foes of building plans included in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) get their day in court Wednesday. -more-

Commission Holds Special Meeting on Downtown Plan

By Richard Brenneman
Monday May 19, 2008 - 04:34:00 PM

Planning commissioners take up two parts of the new plan for downtown Berkeley Wednesday night, including proposed city staff changes for both the historic preservation and economic development chapters. -more-

Fleeing Motorcyclist Hits AC Transit Bus, Bicyclist in Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday May 19, 2008 - 04:34:00 PM

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating a hit and run incident in which a motorcyclist collided with an AC Transit Bus and a woman bicyclist on Ashby Avenue Sunday night. -more-

UC Berkeley Graduate Found Dead in Front of Apartment Complex

By Bay City News
Sunday May 18, 2008 - 10:24:00 PM

A 22-year-old man was found dead on a city sidewalk Saturday, one day after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, a Berkeley police lieutenant confirmed today. -more-

Reader Report: Demonstrators At U.C. Graduation Call Yoo War Criminal

By Henry Norr
Sunday May 18, 2008 - 09:34:00 AM
Mary Ervin of Oakland, one of those who demonstrated against John Yoo at U.C. graduation ceremonies, carried a cardboard replica of an M-16 rifle.

If Professor John Yoo, the Boalt Hall community, and UC Berkeley administration didn't know it before, they surely do after today's graduation ceremonies: there's a large and growing movement demanding that Yoo be held accountable for providing pseudo-legal rationalizations for the Bush administration's torture policy. -more-

Flash: B-Tech Senior was Shooter, Says Principal

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday May 16, 2008 - 05:05:00 PM

The 17-year-old student from Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech) who was shot Thursday a few blocks from school underwent surgery and his injuries appear to be non life-threatening, authorities said Friday. -more-

Freeman Arraigned on Murder Charges in Durant Avenue Murder, Tensions Spill Over into Court

By Bay City News
Friday May 16, 2008 - 05:23:00 PM

Tensions were high as Nathaniel Freeman was arraigned on murder charges today (Friday) for the shooting death of Oakland Parks and Recreation employee Maceo Smith one block south of the University of California, Berkeley campus Tuesday afternoon. -more-

Berkeley Families Celebrate Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday May 16, 2008 - 05:08:00 PM

As news of the California Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision affirming same-sex marriage broke Thursday, gay and lesbian couples in Berkeley declared victory. -more-

Barbara Lee Asks USDA to Oppose LBAM Spray

By Judith Scherr
Friday May 16, 2008 - 05:04:00 PM

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Berkeley-Oakland, has added her voice to those calling for a halt to plans to spray for the Light Brown Apple Moth [LBAM] until health and environmental studies are done. -more-

Council Considers Ballot Measures; Public to Speak On Fee Increases

By Judith Scherr
Friday May 16, 2008 - 05:03:00 PM

The City Council will consider on Tuesday which tax measures to place before voters on the November ballot. -more-

B-Tech Student Shot in Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 07:16:00 PM

A Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech) student was shot near Martin Luther King Jr. and Dwight Way around 3 p.m. today (Thursday), according to authorities. -more-

Update: Suspect Arrested in Durant Avenue Killing

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 04:52:00 PM
Nathaniel Freeman

Berkeley police arrested 19-year-old Berkeley resident Nathaniel Curtis Freeman Wednesday afternoon and charged him with the murder of Maceo Anthony Smith, who was shot to death on Durant Avenue Tuesday. -more-

Vandalism Hits Oakland City Council Race, Tempers Flare

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 02:19:00 PM

In a campaign that has grown increasingly heated as it moves towards the June 3 election day showdown, vandals struck at the Fruitvale-area campaign headquarters of 5th District Council candidate Mario Juarez last Friday night, smashing windows and window doors and causing an estimated $15,000 in damage. -more-

Berkeley Man Killed in Durant Avenue Shooting

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:23:00 AM

Police are searching for a suspect connected with the murder of Maceo Smith, 33, found shot to death in broad daylight at the Douglas Parking Lot at 2542 Durant Ave. Tuesday, a block from UC Berkeley. -more-

Bates Privatizes State of the City Address

By Judith Scherr
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:25:00 AM

Breaking with tradition, Mayor Tom Bates made his “state-of-the-city” address Tuesday night, not at a public gathering in City Council Chambers, but at a semi-private event held in a privately owned West Berkeley auditorium. -more-

City Council to UC Regents: Proposed Labs Endanger Wildlife, Humans

By Judith Scherr
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:26:00 AM

More than two dozen people spoke to the City Council with one voice at a special meeting Monday night: placing two buildings proposed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the environmentally sensitive, landslide, wildfire and earthquake-prone area of Strawberry and Blackberry canyons is the wrong thing to do, they said. -more-

Neighbors Fear College Avenue Safeway Expansion Plans

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:27:00 AM

Walk into La Farine on Oakland’s bustling College Avenue for coffee and croissants and it’s easy to spot several pamphlets floating around on a big round table—the only one in the store—drawing attention to the proposed expansion at Safeway, across the street from the petite French bakery. -more-

S. Berkeley Crime Meeting Reflects Neighborhood Concerns

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:27:00 AM

The safest place to be in Berkeley on Wednesday night last week was likely the community center at San Pablo Park. -more-

Even with Salaries, City Budget Looks Balanced—For Now

By Judith Scherr
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:34:00 AM

While the city’s $315 million 2008-09 budget appeared balanced earlier this week, Berkeley was anticipating bad news by Wednesday afternoon, when the governor addressed state budget woes. -more-

Props. 98 and 99 Battle over Eminent Domain

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:34:00 AM

In the March presidential primary election, Alameda County voters faced a confused choice in which two similar but different-in-detail ballot propositions—Measure A and Measure B—sought approval for a special Children’s Hospital building fund tax. In part because of that confusion, voters responded by overwhelmingly rejecting both measures. -more-

EBMUD Declares Water Shortage

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:36:00 AM

The East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) Board of Directors declared a water shortage emergency on Tuesday and adopted a drought management plan to reduce water use by 15 percent. -more-

Court Date Set for UC Murder Case

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:37:00 AM

Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield, the Berkeley City College student charged with murdering UC Berkeley engineering student Chris Wootton, did not enter a plea last week when he appeared at the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland. -more-

U-Haul Takes City to Court Again Over San Pablo Site

By Judith Scherr
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:40:00 AM

Although the Berkeley City Council declared the U-Haul location at 2100 San Pablo Ave. to be a nuisance and voted unanimously in October to shut it down, the business is suing the city a second time to keep its doors open. -more-

Suspects Arrested In Bank Robbery

By Bay City News
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:41:00 AM

Four suspects stole $6,000 from the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union at 2001 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley shortly before noon Tuesday, and were later arrested in Oakland, according to Berkeley police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. -more-

News Briefs

By Judith Scherr
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:41:00 AM

Monterey Court Stops LBAM Spray -more-

Airsoft Gun from BHS Robbery Found in Old Gym

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:42:00 AM

Berkeley police have recovered the airsoft gun allegedly belonging to the 17-year-old Berkeley High School junior who was arrested for robbing a sophomore Wednesday. -more-

Man Threatens Students With Knife

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:44:00 AM

Berkeley police arrested an Oakland resident last week, after charging that he punched a Berkeley High sophomore in the chest, pulled out a knife and chased a group of students through downtown Berkeley to the gates of the school. -more-

Berkeley, Richmond Council Target Lab Projects

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:22:00 AM

While Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has made minor changes to its plans for its planned biofuel lab, the project’s recently released environmental impact review (EIR) rejects any move to another site. -more-

Architect Chosen For Iceland Project

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:45:00 AM

A non-profit group fundraising to buy Berkeley Iceland picked Page & Turnbull as architects to restore the landmarked site. -more-

UC Captures $20 Million Stem Cell Grant

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:46:00 AM

UC Berkeley and 11 other California institutions will share $271 million in state bond funds slated for construction of stem cell research labs, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine announced last week. Berkeley’s share will be $20.1 million, with total costs to get the campus facility up and running within two years estimated at $92.6 million. -more-