Ned’s parent company files for bankruptcy

The parent company of Ned’s Berkeley Bookstore filed for bankruptcy last month to undergo a restructuring of debt, though company officials claim business will continue as usual. Nebraska Book Company — which owns over 290 stores and sells textbooks to over 2,500 stores across the nation —  filed for Chapter
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Berkeley man still missing after fishing boat accident

A Berkeley man is one of seven people still missing after a fishing boat capsized in the Sea of Cortez in Baja California last Sunday. Brian Wong, 54, was among a group of more than 40 people on 115-foot vessel, the Erik, which capsized during a heavy storm early that
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Student super-majority district would require charter amendment

The only way to create a student super-majority city council district, which would theoretically allow for the easy election of a student council member, is to amend Berkeley’s city charter, according to city staff. At a small, student-oriented meeting on Thursday night, staff informed those in attendance that the redistricting
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ASUC pushes for student-majority district

In an attempt to gain a stronger student presence on the Berkeley City Council by allowing for the creation of a student council member, the ASUC has asked the council to extend the deadline for public redistricting proposal submissions in a letter dated July 5. Following a series of letters
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Previously missing graduate student sighted in nearby city

Though family and friends of UC Berkeley graduate student Anthony Michael Martin reported him missing on Saturday, Berkeley Police Department detectives have confirmed that he was seen in a nearby city as recently as Tuesday. Martin’s girlfriend, Amaya James, reported the 29-year-old missing Saturday evening after he had not returned
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Berkeley City Council opposes federal audit of Pacific Steel

Berkeley City Council members voted unanimously at their June 28  meeting to adopt a resolution to dissuade the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from pursuing I-9 audits of the Berkeley-based Pacific Steel Casting Company. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said the vote was a significant step in demonstrating Berkeley’s opposition to the
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A fire broke out on the morning of July 2 at a three-story apartment building on Durant Avenue, incurring an estimated $300,000 in structural damage.

Two fires broke out over the Fourth of July weekend

Two fires broke out in Berkeley this weekend — one on Southside as a result of improperly discarded smoking materials and the other in South Berkeley, likely due to fireworks in the area. On the morning of July 2 at about 5:36 a.m., the Berkeley Fire Department received a call
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Harborside Health Center is one of the largest medical marijuana dispensaries in Oakland.

Potential federal crackdown could threaten Berkeley ‘cannabusinesses’

The federal government is now positioned to raise the heat on the issue of medical marijuana in California, possibly threatening Berkeley’s voter-approved efforts to develop cannabis-related business. This potentially increased scrutiny is due to a strongly worded letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to U.S. attorneys, which may result
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