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New: Panoramic Hill Neighbors Settle Memorial Stadium Lawsuit with UC

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday April 07, 2010 - 07:18:00 AM

A lawsuit filed by a Berkeley neighborhood group over UC Berkeley’s controversial Memorial Stadium expansion project has been settled out of court. -more-


New: Interview: New Owners of the Oaks Theater

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday April 07, 2010 - 07:34:00 AM

It might take five men from India to save Berkeley’s historic Oaks Theater. -more-


Oaks Theater Finds New Tenant, One that Promises Foreign Fare

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 06:19:00 PM

Tired of watching the same old Hollywood blockbusters or even independent flicks at your local Berkeley Theater? Well, starting very soon, the historic Oaks Theater will be showing foreign fare—Indian, Korean and even Mexican—and perhaps serving dinner and drinks with it. -more-


Berkeley High School – the Science Labs and Governance Council Controversies Continue

By Raymond Barglow, www.berkeleytutors.net
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 09:18:00 AM

A rift between science teachers at Berkeley High School and the administration deepened at the end of 2009, when the School Governance Committee (SGC) approved Principal Slemp’s recommendation to eliminate science lab instruction being offered before and after regular school hours (in the 0th and 7th periods). This decision resulted in a campaign by parents and other members of the school community, including a group of parents calling itself “Science and Equity,” to preserve the labs. School district superintendent Bill Huyett intervened personally and met with school administrators and teachers, coming up with a compromise plan to reduce but not eliminate the labs. That compromise plan is currently not being implemented by the school administration, according to SGC parent representative Peggy Scott and science department head Evy Kavaler. -more-


Police Arrest Westside Gang Suspects For Robbery

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 10:53:00 AM

Berkeley police Saturday arrested alleged members of the city’s notorious Westside gang after being alerted by witnesses who said gang members had committed a robbery. -more-


Berkeley Police Investigate Credit Card Skimming Reports

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 12:16:00 PM

Berkeley Police Department fraud detectives are currently looking at approximately 10 cases where community members say they have been victims of credit card skimming scams. -more-


Updated: Friends, Family Shocked By Death of Berkeley High Students

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 03:10:00 PM
Berkeley High graduate Prentice Gray and Berkeley High student Kyle Strang were killed in a car accident in Richmond Wednesday.

For Berkeley High School students Prentice Gray and Kyle Strang, the end of their incredible friendship came too soon. -more-


New: Berkeley Hiker Describes Climbing Partner's Fatal Mount Shasta Climb

By Bay City News
Friday April 02, 2010 - 12:06:00 AM

The family and the climbing partner of an Oakland man who was found dead on Mt. Shasta this morning released a statement today detailing the climb and recalling their loved one. -more-


New: A Candlelight Vigil Mourns Prentice and Kyle

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Saturday April 03, 2010 - 01:53:00 PM

A candlelight vigil for Kyle Strang, who died in a car accident in Richmond Wednesday, was held at the park next to Strang's house on Acton Street and University Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Friday. -more-


News Group Tackles Offending Newsracks in Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 01:20:00 PM
News racks not in use were removed from the pedestal near the downtown Berkeley BART station

Berkeley may have finally found a way to regulate offending newsracks. -more-


UC Study Finds Deportation of Lawful Immigrant Parents Harms U.S. Children

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 05:56:00 PM

A new study by the UC Berkeley and Davis law schools concludes that forced deportation of lawful immigrant parents convicted of minor crimes can be harmful to U.S. children. -more-


Pacific Steel Agrees to Release Some Odor Plan “Trade Secrets”

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 07:23:00 PM

Pacific Steel Casting has agreed to release certain parts of its Odor Management Plan, which it had previously declined to do, after arriving at a settlement agreement in February with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. -more-


Point Richmond Turkeys Headed for the Soup

By Tom Butt, Special to the Planet
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 10:02:00 PM

Nat Bates is at it again. He wants to wipe out Point Richmond’s wild turkey flock and even go after the stragglers in North and East. -more-


Suspected Drug Deal Leads to Car Crash

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 12:18:00 PM

A suspected drug deal investigation Wednesday morning set off a chain of crashes in Berkeley, sending a woman to the hospital with minor injuries -more-


New: Organic Consumers Association Pickets Chez Panisse

By Raymond Barglow, www.berkeleytutors.net
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 02:40:00 PM
Picketers protest outside Chez Panisse in Berkeley Thursday afternoon.

Picketers claiming that Alice Waters, known worldwide as an advocate of organic foods and gardens, supports “growing food on toxic sewage sludge” appeared today at noon in front of her Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley. The protestors, from the Organic Consumers Association, say as well that the Executive Director of Alice Water’s Chez Panisse Foundation, Francesca Vietor, is a Vice President of the PUC, which has been giving away the sludge “compost” to gardeners in the Bay Area. -more-


Telegraph Laundromat Dilemma Gets Postponed for a Month

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 31, 2010 - 03:31:00 PM

Southside Lofts residents were back Tuesday to make one last plea to the Berkeley City Council to deny a laundromat a permit to move into their building, or so they thought. -more-


Berkeley Police Arrest Berkeley High Student for Suspected Robbery

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 31, 2010 - 04:01:00 PM

Berkeley police arrested a Berkeley High School student in downtown Berkeley last Thursday in connection with a robbery. -more-


Berkeley Woman Killed in Motorcycle Crash on I-80

By Bay City News/The Berkeley Daily Planet
Wednesday March 31, 2010 - 04:03:00 PM

A Berkeley woman was killed in a solo-motorcycle crash on Interstate Highway 80 in Richmond last Thursday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. -more-


UC President Outlines Actions in Response to Campus Racism

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010 - 04:05:00 PM

University of California President Mark Yudof at a Board of Regents meeting last week outined a series of actions to address recent racist incidents on campus. -more-


New: Berkeley Supports Amnesty for Military War Resisters and Veterans

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 02, 2010 - 05:28:00 PM

The Berkeley City Council recently sent out letters to President Barack Obama, Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressperson Barbara Lee recommending amnesty for Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan war military resisters and veterans. -more-


Kyle Harty Strang,1993-2010

Friday April 02, 2010 - 05:29:00 PM

Kyle was born July 4th 1993 in Berkeley California, son of Craig Strang and Sharleen Harty, stepson of Persis Karim and brother of Niko Karim-Strang. Kyle and his dear friend and neighbor Prentice Gray, Jr. died in an automobile accident on March 31, 2010. -more-


Saturday April 03, 2010 - 01:58:00 PM