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Flash: Berkeley Schools, Colleges Gear Up for March 4 Day of Action

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 03, 2010 - 03:37:00 PM
Students at Berkeley City College gear up for the March 4 Day of Action Wednesday. BCC will send three busloads of students and 50 students by BART to a 5 p.m. rally Thursday at the Civic Center in San Francisco.

Schools, classrooms, corridors and cafeterias in Berkeley are buzzing with excitement over the March 4 Day of Action in California. An idea born out of the Oct. 24 education conference at the UC Berkeley campus, Thursday’s rally has evolved into a statewide movement to protest budget cuts, fee hikes and furloughs in public education. -more-


Berkeley Police Focuses on Pedestrian Safety in March to Remember Zachary Cruz

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday March 02, 2010 - 05:58:00 PM
Zachary Cruz, 5, was killed in a pedestrian accident on his way to an after-school program at the Clark Kerr campus.

The Berkeley Police Department announced Tuesday it will focus on pedestrian safety in March in honor of Zachary Michael Cruz, who was killed in a collision while walking to an after-school program Feb. 27, 2009. -more-


KKK-style Hood Found at UCSD Monday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday March 02, 2010 - 03:30:00 PM

On the same day Black students at UC Berkeley stood in solidarity with their peers at UC San Diego to condemn racist acts on campus, a KKK-style hood was found outside UCSD’s main campus library. -more-


Berkeley Subway Vandalism May Be Connected to Bear’s Lair Lease

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday March 02, 2010 - 02:33:00 PM
Subway sandwich shop manager Rigo Alonso, left, and worker Servando Gomez, right, stand in front of one of the store's broken windows Wednesday. Alonso said damages arising from the vandalism had cost the store $2,000 so far.

Although media reports have linked the recent acts of vandalism on a Telegraph Avenue Subway store to discontent over lease negotiations at UC Berkeley’s Bear’s Lair Food Court, Berkeley police said Tuesday that the intent of the vandals was still under investigation. -more-


UC Berkeley Students Protest UCSD Racist Acts

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday March 01, 2010 - 12:37:00 PM
Black students at UC Berkeley protest racist acts at UCSD Monday.

UC Berkeley became the scene of yet another protest Monday when a group of students and supporters staged a “Blackout 2010” blockade of Sather Gate. -more-


UC Berkeley Budget Cut Protest Turns Violent

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday February 26, 2010 - 01:44:00 PM

An open-air dance party at UC Berkeley turned violent Thursday night when protesters occupied a campus building, clashed with police officers, broke windows and set dumpsters on fire. -more-


Pesticide Causes Frog Sex Change

Monday March 01, 2010 - 01:03:00 PM

Atrazine, one of the world's most widely used pesticides, wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs, emasculating three-quarters of them and turning one in 10 into females, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists. -more-


Reports Coming In About UC Students Occupying Durant Hall

Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday February 26, 2010 - 01:18:00 AM

Media reports about a group of protesters occupying UC Berkeley's Durant Hall are trickling in. -more-


Berkeley Law’s Goodwin Liu Nominated to S.F. Ninth Circuit Court

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 05:29:00 PM
UC Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco by President Barack Obama Feb. 24.

UC Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco by President Barack Obama Feb. 24. -more-


Mayor Bates Pushes New Downtown Plan For November Ballot

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:37:00 AM

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates signaled at the Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday that he was ready to put the future of Berkeley’s downtown in the hands of the city’s voters. -more-


Berkeley Investigates Ways to Boost Recycling Revenue

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:42:00 AM

If the city of Berkeley is looking for ways to boost its recycling revenue, it will have to try harder. -more-


General Assistance Recipients to Ask County Supervisors to Rescind Cuts

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:42:00 AM

General Assistance recipients once again gathered outside Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza Tuesday to ask the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to rescind severe cuts to their funding. -more-


Dept. of Justice Clears UC Berkeley Professor John Yoo of Misconduct

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:44:00 AM

An internal review by the U.S. Department of Justice released Friday said that the lawyers who authorized waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques under the Bush administration showed “poor judgment” but were not guilty of professional misconduct. -more-


Reward Offered in City’s First Murder of 2010

y Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:45:00 AM

The City of Berkeley Monday announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect charged with murdering a Richmond man in West Berkeley. -more-


Alzheimer’s Disease — How Long Before We Find a Cure?

By Raymond Barglow, Special to the Planet
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:46:00 AM

Today more than 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, and 10 million caregivers will attend to them during the coming year. If we do not find a way of preventing this disease, there will be about 8 million cases by 2030 and as many as 16 million in 2050. Alzheimer’s is economically as well as emotionally burdensome: direct and indirect costs of the disease amount to over $100 billion annually, according to the National Institute on Aging. -more-


Council Approves New Pool For Berkeley Barracudas

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:47:00 AM
Members of the Berkeley Barracudas swim team at the City Council meeting.

The Berkeley Barracudas finally got their way at Tuesday’s City Council meeting when the council agreed to include the construction of a new competition pool at King Middle School as part of the June pools ballot measure. -more-


Council Questions New Rent Board Position

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:48:00 AM

The Berkeley City Council asked for more information about the creation of a new $130,000 position for the city’s Rent Stabilization Program at Tuesday’s council meeting. -more-


Berkeley Proposes Taxing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:49:00 AM

If the City of Berkeley has its way, pot in Berkeley might just get a wee bit more expensive. -more-


Goodbye From the Front Desk

By Anne Wagley
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:49:00 AM

“Hello? Daily Planet? I think you should get a photographer over here to North Berkeley because there is a UFO hovering over Solano, and you need to report on it.” -more-


Sleep, Stretch, Ski: One Woman’s Search For Satisfaction in Central Oregon

By Susan Parker, Special to the Planet
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:50:00 AM

I’m no Elizabeth Gilbert, and when my life changed dramatically a few years ago I didn’t set off for Italy to eat, India to pray, or Indonesia to find love. I didn’t have the money or the resources. My husband died in September 2006 and it took me six months to put one foot in front of the other, to figure out finances, and to adjust to not being a full-time caregiver. It took another year for me to realize that I needed to leave town. -more-


‘What a Wonderful Thing’: The University YWCA

By Steven Finacom, Special to the Planet
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:52:00 AM
The YWCA on Bancroft and Bowditch was completed in 1959.

Although many graceful older buildings were demolished in Berkeley in the mid-20th century, the period also produced some notable and enduring examples of new institutional architecture. One of the more important is the headquarters of the University Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), completed in 1959 at 2600 Bancroft Way, at Bowditch. -more-


On Gardening: Mango

By Shirley Barker, Special to the Planet
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 08:53:00 AM

When I read in the Cal Alumni Association magazine, California, that eating locally is not necessarily an admirable thing to do, I could not suppress a sigh of relief. My feeling that local produce is overpriced also received a glow of vindication when a neighbor showed up with a bag of Roma tomatoes, 11 of them for 50 cents, from a market near Sacramento where all produce, she says, is practically given away, making the journey financially worthwhile. These tomatoes even had flavor, something that tomatoes from local farmer’s markets lack. Who knows where Berkeley’s tomatoes come from? Certainly not Berkeley. -more-


The Drummers at the Ashby Flea Market

By Lydia Gans, Special to the Planet
Thursday February 25, 2010 - 09:15:00 AM
The drummers at the Ashby BART station met every Saturday and Sunday.

The drum circle every Saturday and Sunday at the Ashby BART station is another one of those unique happenings that Berkeley offers for aficionados of the flea market and a collection of devoted drummers. It’s all part of their weekend routine. -more-