Flash: UC Berkeley Israel Divestment Bill Supporters Hold Silent Protest At Sproul Hall

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday April 14, 2010 - 06:53:00 PM
The NorCal Friends of Sabeel join the silent protest Wednesday, Sabeel describes itself as "an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land who seek a just peace based on two states-Palestine and Israel-as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions."

More than 200 people took part in a silent protest this afternoon outside Sproul Hall to protest a veto of the UC Berkeley Israel divestment bill which urges the university to withdraw funding from two companies providing military weapons to the Israeli Army. -more-

Flash: Planning Commission Discusses Shorter Plan Tonight

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday April 14, 2010 - 06:50:00 PM

The Berkeley Planning Commission will discuss an abbreviated version of the Downtown Area Plan tonight, Wednesday. -more-

New: New Downtown Plan Will Go Before the Berkeley Planning Commission

Tuesday April 13, 2010 - 09:28:00 PM

Included in the packet for the Berkeley Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 1s the April 7 draft of a downtown plan for Berkeley. This one is shorter than the previous one--according to the introduction from Planning Director Dan Marks that's to make it easier for the voters to read, because it's going on the ballot in November. -more-

New: Berkeley High Jacket Wins Columbia Scholastic Award

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday April 13, 2010 - 08:56:00 PM
Berkeley High School Jacket reporters interview State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell at a meeting on campus last year for their newspaper's online video segment.

Berkeley High School’s The Jacket Online is among 10 high school newspaper websites to win the 2010 Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown Award. -more-

New: Berkeley High Starts Search for New Principal

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday April 12, 2010 - 10:58:00 PM

It’s going to be a busy summer for Berkeley High School. The school’s principal, Jim Slemp, is set to retire in June, and Berkeley Unified School District kicked off a search for his replacement this week. -more-

Updated: UC Berkeley Student Arrested For Battery After Police Car Crash

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday April 12, 2010 - 06:54:00 PM

A UC Berkeley student present at the scene of a collision between a Berkeley police car and a car full of teenagers early Sunday morning was arrested “for challenging an officer for a fight and refusing to leave the crime scene,” a Berkeley Police Department public information officer said Monday. -more-

Updated: Opposing Groups Get Ready for UC Berkeley Israel Divestment Bill Showdown

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 09, 2010 - 06:55:00 PM
Notable supporters of the UC Berkeley Israel divestment bill include Archbishop Desmond Tutu. UC Berkeley Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture Daniel Boyarin, UC Berkeley Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies Chana Kronfeld; founder of Shomer Shalom Institute for Jewish Nonviolence, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and Hedy Epstein, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor. Students for Justice in Palestine, above, display Tutu's speech during a silent rally supporting the bill Wednesday

Supporters and opponents of Israeli government policies are getting ready for the UC Berkeley Israel divestment bill showdown Wednesday, with luminaries including South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu joining the list of divestment endorsers. -more-

New: Artists Connected With Berkeley Rep Recognized by the Pulitzers

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday April 12, 2010 - 07:22:00 PM

The Berkeley Rep said Monday that two artists associated with the theater were recognized for their work when the Pulitzer Prize for Drama was announced today. -more-

New: Defendent's Friend is Reluctant Witness at Berkeley Student Murder Trial

By Bay City News
Monday April 12, 2010 - 03:43:00 PM

A friend of a man accused of murdering University of California at Berkeley student Christopher Wootton near campus two years ago is testifying today as a reluctant prosecution witness in the case. -more-

New: ACLU Letter Alleges Abuse of UC Disciplinary Procedures

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 09, 2010 - 05:48:00 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau April 6 objecting to the university’s handling of student misconduct charges following a Dec. 11 protest outside the chancellor’s house. -more-

Panoramic Hill Neighbors Settle Memorial Stadium Lawsuit with UC

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:09:00 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-

California Democracy Act Fails to Collect Enough Signatures for November Ballot

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 08:57:00 AM

The California Democracy Act hasn't gathered enough signatures to guarantee a place on the November ballot, an e-mail message from campaign volunteers announced Wednesday. -more-

Councilmember Moore Named Chair of NBJC Board

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 12:01:00 PM

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) announced Wednesday that it had named Berkeley Councilmember Darryl Moore as the chair of its board of directors. -more-

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

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:50:00 AM
Berkeley High School students Prentice Gray and Kyle Strang were killed in an auto accident in Richmond last week.

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

Updated: A Candlelight Vigil Mourns Prentice and Kyle

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:42:00 AM
A candlelight vigil for Kyle Strang and Prentice Gray was held in West Berkeley last Friday.

A candlelight vigil for Kyle Strang, who died in a car accident in Richmond March 31 was held at the park next to Strang's house on Acton Street and University Avenue last Friday. -more-

Interview: New Owners of the Oaks Theater

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:39:00 AM

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

Berkeley Looks at New Medical Marijuana Regulations

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:22:00 AM
The Berkeley Medical Marijuana Commission is looking into new regulations for medical marijuana clubs in Berkeley. The Berkeley Cannabis Buyers Club at 3033 Ashby Avenue, above, is one of three establishments in Berkeley which will be affected by the changes.

Berkeley might soon start resembling the fictitious city of Agrestic featured in the hit TV series “Weeds,” where a widowed young mother bakes pot cookies at home to make ends meet. -more-

Student Arrested in Berkeley High Brawl; North Berkeley Crime Spree Alert

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:05:00 AM

A Berkeley Technology High School student was arrested for attacking a Berkeley High School safety officer during an on-campus fight Monday. -more-

Alta Bates Proposal to Close Cardiac Cath Center Alarms Patients

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:04:00 AM
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is considering closing its cardiac cath lab. The proposal has alarmed patients.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s proposal to relocate its Cardiac Catheterization Lab from its Ashby Avenue campus to the Summit campus in Oakland has alarmed some longtime patients. -more-

Janet Stork, Head of School, The Berkeley School, December 1, 1954 – April 5, 2010

Friday April 09, 2010 - 05:29:00 PM

Janet Stork, well-known educational researcher and independent school administrator, died of cancer at age 55, at home in Kensington, California, on April 5, 2010. She is survived by her children, Andrew and Catie Birnberg of Berkeley; her father, Gilbert Stork of New York; and her siblings, Diana Stork of Boston and Linda and Philip Stork of Portland, as well as several nieces and nephews. Her mother, Winifred Stewart Stork, predeceased her. -more-

New: Officer Injured in Crash with Car Full of Teenagers

By Bay City News
Monday April 12, 2010 - 03:40:00 PM

A Berkeley police officer was injured in a collision with another vehicle full of teenagers early Sunday, a sergeant said. -more-