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Following Up on the New York Times Story About the Daily Planet

Tuesday December 01, 2009 - 09:43:00 AM
<b>The Campaign Against the Daily Planet</b> A few East Bay individuals are attempting to bankrupt the Berkeley Daily Planet unless it stops publishing reader opinions on the Israel–Palestine conflict.

The Nov. 28 New York Times article about the efforts of a few pro-Israel activists to shut down the Daily Planet for its publication of reader contributions critical of that nation's policies provided a fair introduction to the story but failed to fully elucidate the nature of the campaign. -more-


Berkeley Unified Students Trail State Average for Physical Fitness

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday December 01, 2009 - 11:01:00 AM

Results of the 2009 Physical Fitness Test released Monday by the state Department of Public Education show Berkeley public schools trailing their peers in six fitness categories. -more-


School Board Approves District Zone Changes

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday December 01, 2009 - 10:59:00 AM

Parents looking to enroll their kids at Berkeley public elementary schools next year will have a few more choices at Saturday’s annual kindergarten fair. -more-


More Than 100 UC Berkeley Faculty Sign Letter Condemning Police Response to Protests

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 07:42:00 PM

Calling for a prompt, “impartial and comprehensive” investigation into police brutality that allegedly took place on the UC Berkeley campus during the Nov. 20 Wheeler Hall occupation, more than 100 faculty members signed an open letter to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau Wednesday condemning the violence. -more-


Residents Speak Out Against Post Office Closures

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 07:43:00 PM

A small but spirited crowd turned up at a town hall meeting at Longfellow Middle School Tuesday night to protest the proposed closure of Berkeley’s Park Station post office on Sacramento Street. -more-


Students Hold Candlelight Vigil Outside Wheeler Hall

Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 11:11:00 AM

UC Berkeley student activists held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in front of Wheeler Hall, the campus building that was occupied by protesters Friday as part of a demonstration against the University of California's handling of its budget woes. -more-


Occupation, Investigation Mark First Week of UC Protests

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:38:00 AM

UC Berkeley students were preparing to stage a candlelight vigil at Wheeler Hall Tuesday night as the Daily Planet went to press, and may take over the building once again next week to protest the 32 percent tuition hike. But this time, they say, it will be an “open occupation.” -more-


Telegraph Avenue Merchants Say BRT Threatens Business

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:41:00 AM
Doris Moskowitz of Moe’s Books says Bus Rapid Transit would have a harmful affect on the venerable Telegraph Avenue store.

Not everyone is happy with Berkeley’s latest plan, which seeks to make buses whiz through the city’s transit corridors. -more-


Protesters Dump Trash at Wheeler Hall Doorstep To Protest University Custodian Layoffs

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 09:04:00 AM

The UC strike reached its peak at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, when students and custodians dumped days-old trash from the different campus buildings outside California Hall, where UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau works, to protest recent custodian layoffs. -more-


UC Law Students Ask Justice Department To Review Bush Torture Memos

By Riya Bhattacharjee   
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:43:00 AM
Second-year Berkeley law student and B.A.A.T member Gretchen Gordon with fellow alliance member Megan Schullen at the group’s launch in October.

A student group at UC Berkeley’s school of law Tuesday called on the U.S. Justice Department, the Pennsylvania Bar and the University of California to “conduct full and thorough investigations” of former government lawyers who crafted the Bush torture memos, including John Yoo, a tenured faculty member at their school. -more-


Council Amends City Noise Ordinance

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:44:00 AM

The Berkeley City Council voted Nov. 17 to amend the city’s noise ordinance, unanimously allowing nightclubs, open-air festivals and other venues to exceed sound limits if they obtain the proper permits from the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board. -more-


Berkeley Criminal Profiled on ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Caught in Sacramento

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:44:00 AM

The Berkeley Police Department announced Tuesday that they have arrested a man suspected of being involved in a Berkeley homicide that took place in May. -more-


City Launches 311 Call Center for Public Services

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:45:00 AM

Next time you find a pothole on your street or graffiti in your neighborhood, call the city. It might just work. Or so promises the City of Berkeley, which launched a 311 call center program at the Nov. 17 City Council meeting to troubleshoot these kinds of problems. -more-


Council Approves Pools Plan, OKs Voter Survey for Bond Measure

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:46:00 AM
Senior pool users at the Berkeley High warm water pool. <i>(File photo.)</i>

The Berkeley City Council at its Nov. 17 meeting adopted the Citywide Pools Master plan which proposes to expand or revamp the city’s existing public pools and relocate the warm water pool from the seismically unsafe Berkeley High School Old Gym to West Campus. -more-


First Person: Through Afghanistan and Pakistan, Lands of the Pashtuns

By Daniel Borgström
Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 08:46:00 AM

Years ago, I met a guy who’d been to Afghanistan, and I was surprised to hear that the country really existed. I thought it was a mythical land out of a fairy tale, and I’d never heard of the Pashtuns. That was back in 1968. -more-


Students Protest at UC President’s Office in Oakland; Birgeneau Promises Police Action Review

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday November 23, 2009 - 05:52:00 PM

As part of the ongoing protest over the University of California's 32 percent fee increase, UC Berkeley students marched to UC President Mark Yudof’s office in Oakland Monday afternoon and staged a sit-in, demanding to meet with him. -more-


Flash: 9 p.m.: UC Berkeley Occupation Ends Peacefully

by Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 10:14:00 PM
Adam Astan shows reporters his injuries caused by a police baton.

All 40 occupiers were released from Wheeler Hall a little after 9 p.m. to cheers and applause from the crowd which surrounded the building. -more-


UC Berkeley Strike Day 3: Wheeler Hall Takeover

Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 12:57:00 AM

Wheeler Occupiers Speak to the Public

Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 01:15:00 AM

Flash: 6:36 p.m.: UC Berkeley Students To Be Cited and Released

by Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 07:06:00 PM
Occupiers cheer the crowd standing outside wheeler

6:36 p.m. : UC Berkeley professor of Sociology Andrew Barlow, who was part of the faculty negotiating team, told the Planet that the occupiers inside Wheeler Hall would be cited and released one by one within an hour. -more-


Flash: 5:30 p.m.: Police Break Into Occupied Space at Wheeler

Friday November 20, 2009 - 05:45:00 PM

This just in from the occupiers' liaison—the police have broken into the space occupied by the protestors in Wheeler Hall. The protestors are holding their hands up high to indicate that they intend to act non-violently. -more-


Flash: 5:30 p.m.: Standoff Continues at Wheeler Hall

By Riya Bhattacharjee and Raymond Barglow
Friday November 20, 2009 - 05:36:00 PM

A cold rain did not deter thousands of UC Berkeley students this afternoon as they surrounded the campus’ Wheeler Hall in support of 35 protesters who have occupied the building since this morning in demonstration against the University of California’s 32 percent tuition fee hike. -more-


Flash: 3:30 p.m.: Wheeler Hall Protesters Still Negotiating With Campus Officials

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 02:27:00 PM
A UC Berkeley faculty member asks students to show their support for the occupiers inside Wheeler Hall

Though UC Berkeley professor George Lakoff announced at 3 p.m. Friday that student protesters occupying Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus Friday would soon be exiting the building, escorted by UC police, no one has yet left the hall. -more-


Flash: Wheeler Hall Occupation Continues; Sheriff's Dept. Arrives in Riot Gear

By Riya Bhattacharjee and Raymond Barglow
Friday November 20, 2009 - 12:52:00 PM
Protesters displayed a banner and addressed the crowed from a Wheeler Hall window Friday morning.

Rain did not deter thousands of UC Berkeley students this afternoon as they surrounded the campus’ Wheeler Hall in support of about 50 protesters who have occupied the building since this morning in demonstration against the University of California’s 32 percent tuition fee hike. -more-


Flash: UC Students Take Over Wheeler Hall

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 09:48:00 AM
Despite the rain, students surrounded Wheeler Hall Friday in support of protesters who occupied the building.

Reports are coming in that UC Berkeley students have taken over Wheeler Hall on campus to protest the 32 percent fee increase approved by the UC Regents at UCLA Thursday. -more-


UC Regents Approve 32 Percent Fee Hike Amid Angry Protests

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 01:55:00 PM
Students dumped trash in front of California Hall Thursday to protest University of California leadership.

The UC Regents approved a fee hike at a meeting on the UCLA campus today (Thursday, Nov. 19) to address a $1.2 billion deficit next year, amid angry protests throughout the 10-campus University of California system. -more-


Criminal Profiled in 'America’s Most Wanted' Caught in Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 04:40:00 PM

The Berkeley Police Department announced Tuesday that they have arrested a man suspected of being involved in a Berkeley homicide that took place in May. -more-


Mehserle Case to Be Moved to Los Angeles County

Bay City News
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 05:10:00 PM

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled this afternoon that the case of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle will be moved to Los Angeles County. -more-


BART Board Votes Against Awarding Contract to Nedir Bay

Bay City News
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 05:11:00 PM

The BART board of directors voted today not to give any part of a $2 million lighting improvement project for two stations to a longtime associate of the troubled Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland. -more-


UC Students, Workers Launch 3-Day Strike

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:28:00 AM
Protesters rallied on campus and marched throughout downtown Berkeley Wednesday to voice their dissatisfaction with the University of California’s budget priorities.

It was anything but business as usual at UC Berkeley Wednesday as students, faculty members and workers embarked on a three-day strike to protest budget cuts, furloughs and fee hikes. -more-


UC’s California News Services Aims to Fill D.C. Journalism Void

Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:38:00 AM

The business of journalism is dying. But the need for journalists is not. -more-


Oakland Man Charged with Aquatic Park Murders

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:31:00 AM

Body of Child Found in Bay Believed to Be -more-


Council Votes to Support Berkeley Ferry Project

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:32:00 AM

Is Berkeley ready for a ferry? The Berkeley City Council seems to think so. -more-


Berkeley Balloon Ban?

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:33:00 AM
Balloon artist Don Daniels, of Paper Plus on San Pablo Avenue, posts a sign on the store window: "Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon ... except the City of Berkeley."

Just as the hullabaloo over Balloon Boy seems to be finally cooling off, Berkeley is getting ready to make some noise about balloons. -more-


Obata Studio Landmarking Revisited

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:33:00 AM

Japanese artist Chiura Obata’s landmarked Mission Revival–style studio was back before the Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission Nov. 5, after a remand from the City Council asked the commission to carefully consider singling out the building’s courtyards for preservation as historic features. -more-


Bear’s Lair Food Court Vendors Strike to Protest Rent Increases

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:34:00 AM
Ann Vu protests her rent increase in front of Sproul Plaza Wednesday, right before students board the bus to go the regent's meeting at UCLA.

UC Berkeley students aren’t the only ones who went on strike this week. -more-


UC Abandons Ito’s Downtown Museum Design

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:35:00 AM

Citing “lingering economic uncertainty,” UC Berkeley announced Wednesday that it has abandoned existing architectural plans to construct a new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in downtown Berkeley. -more-


Elementary Students Get H1N1 Vaccine, Other Schools Must Wait

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:36:00 AM

More than 2,000 Berkeley public elementary school students received H1N1 vaccinations from the city’s Public Health Division this week. However, middle and high schoolers will have to wait for new shipments to arrive before they can get their shots. -more-


Piedmont Resident to Become Ambassador to Australia

By Megan Murphy, California News Service
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:37:00 AM

As a law clerk to judge Abner Mikva 20 years ago, Jeffrey Bleich never imagined that the young man Mikva tried to recruit as a fellow clerk would one day name him ambassador to Australia. -more-


Remembering Andrea Lewis

By Max Pringle, New America Media
Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:41:00 AM

Andrea Lewis, long-time broadcast and print journalist, co-anchor of the KPFA Evening News and host of Pacifica’s Sunday Sedition, died last weekend of an apparent heart attack. She was 52. -more-


Correction

Thursday November 19, 2009 - 09:34:00 AM

The name and author of a Seattle blog were misidentified in the Nov. 12 story, “Meehan Approv-ed as City’s New Police Chief.” Quotes regarding police commanders’ length of service at Seattle’s East Precinct and about Meehan’s tenure there were originally posted by Doug Schwartz on the blog Capitol Hill Seattle. -more-