REALM charter school teachers join union

The teachers at REALM charter school in Berkeley will now be represented by a teachers’ union, joining a growing number of charter school teachers in the state who are unionizing. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers, which represents approximately 800 faculty members in the city, will represent all 12 teachers, most of whom
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Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Berkeley movement appeared at Tuesday evening's Berkeley City Council meeting.

Occupy Berkeley protesters urge city not to take police action

Fearing that their protest could suffer the same fate as Oakland’s, where clashes with police have resulted in the use of tear gas, Occupy Berkeley supporters urged the city not to take police action at the Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday night. The four protesters who spoke during public comment
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Daphne, the pitbull who was shot 38 times with a pellet gun, is now being housed at the Berkeley Animal Shelter.

Dog shot 38 times abandoned in Berkeley parking lot

When an abandoned dog was dropped off by police at the Berkeley Animal Shelter last month, staff found nothing out of the ordinary. But when she was taken to the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society last week to be spayed, the attending veterinarian discovered something odd: The dog had 38
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Berkeley unemployment rate decreases to 9.7 percent, lowest rate since May

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in September, a 0.5 decrease from the August rate, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in September was 58,000, of which 5,600 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in Berkeley
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Eight earthquakes hit Berkeley over past several days

Since Thursday, Berkeley has been at the center of at least eight earthquakes. The first, and largest, was a 4.0 magnitude quake that hit just before 3 p.m. Thursday and was centered under South Berkeley, according to U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor was followed by three smaller earthquakes in the
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Magnitude 2.8 earthquake shakes Berkeley

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake — followed by a 1.3 magnitude quake — gently shook the East Bay early Saturday morning, causing little or no damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency reported that the quake struck at 12:06 a.m. with an epicenter in the Berkeley Hills. The second quake
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A charter bus crashed into a tree near the intersection of Hearst Avenue and Spruce Street on Friday evening.

Bus crashes into tree on Northside across street from campus

A charter bus crashed into a tree on Northside just across the street from the UC Berkeley campus Friday evening. At around 6 p.m., an Eastshore Charter Lines bus crashed into a tree outside a residence near the intersection of Spruce Street and Hearst Avenue, — close to the Northwest
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