Contentious maintenance project begins at People’s Park

UC Berkeley sent work crews to People’s Park Wednesday to undertake a maintenance project aimed in part at reducing the park’s rat population — a move which has drawn criticism from park activists. The crews labored all of Wednesday on the campus-owned park “in an effort to provide students and
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Berkeley Hills fire displaces six

A three-alarm fire in the Berkeley Hills Wednesday night displaced six residents and injured four firefighters.The fire, which began at approximately 8:32 p.m., started in a residence on the 1000 block of Miller Avenue and then spread to a neighboring residence, according to Berkeley Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Gil
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Magnitude 2.2 earthquake rattles Berkeley

Berkeley was hit by a magnitude 2.2 earthquake Tuesday afternoon. The quake, which struck at 2:59 p.m. Tuesday, caused weak shaking and no damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter of the earthquake was north of the UC Berkeley, near Lawrence Hall of Science. The U.S.G.S. response system
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Wood burning banned in Bay Area on Christmas Eve

Saturday has been declared a Spare the Air day, banning wood burning in the Bay Area on Christmas Eve. In a season characterized by images of families keeping warm by the fire, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District declared Saturday to be a Spare the Air day, meaning that
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Magnitude 2.7 earthquake shakes Berkeley

A 2.7 magnitude earthquake struck Berkeley Thursday evening, with its epicenter near Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the UC Berkeley campus. The quake, which hit at 9:18 p.m. Thursday, caused weak shaking and no damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake was felt as far away as San
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Tents set up by members of Occupy Berkeley dot the grass at Martin Luther King Park in Downtown Berkeley.

Occupy Berkeley protesters handed eviction notice

Occupy Berkeley protesters camping out in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park received an eviction notice from Berkeley city staff Tuesday night, warning that failure to comply could result in arrests. The notice, which sets the park closure at 10 p.m. Wednesday, cites Berkeley Municipal code 6.32.020, which restricts
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Spare the Air day declared for Sunday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared Sunday a Spare the Air day, meaning it will be illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood indoors or outdoors. The alerts are issued when the concentration of particulate matter in the air could violate state and national health standards,
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Protesters crowded outside of the Bank of America on Shattuck Avenue in support of the Occupy Berkeley movement.  Occupy Berkeley was created in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Coverage of Occupy Berkeley

While Occupy Cal at UC Berkeley and nearby Occupy Oakland have garnered national media attention, the city of Berkeley’s Occupy movement has remained for the most part under the radar. However, Occupy Berkeley has been active for more than two months now, and its encampment — set up at Martin Luther
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