Blogbeat: Berkeley’s National Influence – Sunshine and Grass

By Thomas Lord
Tuesday July 20, 2010 - 10:01:00 AM

Today’s items: Further efforts to save PACE programs and Berkeley’s leading edge approach to marijuana regulation. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Courtship Falls, Screaming Parties, and Silent Dreads

By Joe Eaton
Monday July 19, 2010 - 09:41:00 AM

Here’s one from the vaults, in honor of the recent discovery of nesting white-throated swifts at the Lawrence Hall of Science. -more-

Dispatches from the Edge: Warped Mirrors & White House Sofas

By Conn Hallinan
Tuesday July 20, 2010 - 08:36:00 AM

If anyone had doubts about the outcome of recent talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barak Obama, they were put to rest July 13 when Israeli authorities demolished three Palestinian houses and announced the construction of 32 new homes in East Jerusalem. According to the British Guardian, “A further 48 housing units are expected to be approved next week.” -more-

Jane's Web Log: Memories of Marcus: A Sad Saturday in Berkeley

By Jane Stillwater
Tuesday July 20, 2010 - 02:29:00 PM

Every Saturday morning, me and my granddaughter Mena do pretty much the same thing. First we walk over to Sconehenge on Shattuck and buy Mena a carrot-zuchini muffin. Then we walk up to Whole Foods on the corner of Telegraph and Ashby and get some bacon and eggs from their "salad bar" breakfast buffet. For just two or three dollars, you can pick up enough bacon and eggs to keep you going all morning. -more-

Senior Power: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark iv. 9)

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday July 20, 2010 - 12:47:00 PM

About one-third of people over age 65 report hearing impairment, hypertension, or heart disease. More than one-third of men and one-half of women over 65 report some form of arthritis. Many people have more than one condition. -more-

Restoration Comedy: Serf’s Up

By Jane Powell
Tuesday July 20, 2010 - 07:40:00 AM

Well, apparently people outside of Berkeley do read the Planet online. After my last column I got an email and a phone call from someone in NACA’s Online Operations department, offering help. Of course it’s all been phone tag since then, but maybe he’ll be able to help. I did speak with a NACA negotiator last Friday, who reopened my file, but of course now I have to fax two forms I’ve already faxed previously, because apparently they start to stink like dead fish after ninety days, or something. -more-


By Elaine McGee
Tuesday July 20, 2010 - 07:39:00 AM

They say there are four seasons in California: fire, slide, flood, and quake. Fire is the one that most concerns me each year, since the home that my husband and I built in 1948 above the Clarement Hotel was lost in the Firestorm of 1991. -more-