Thursday designated as a Spare the Air day

Thursday has been declared a Spare the Air day, making it the second consecutive alert this week. When a Winter Spare the Air alert has been called, it is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn “wood, firelogs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or other wood-burning device,” according
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Criticism raised after building demolition violates permit

Demolition of the building destroyed in the Nov. 18 fire was halted temporarily Wednesday following an accidental violation of the partial demolition permit, though some residents claim city staff did not intervene quickly enough. A side letter of agreement issued with the demolition permit stipulated that the walls along Haste
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BART adopts cellphone disruption policy

Following controversy over Bay Area Rapid Transit officials’ decision to cut all cellphone communication at multiple stations in August to prevent a protest, BART Board of Directors adopted a policy this week to only interrupt service under “extraordinary circumstances.” At its meeting Thursday, the board approved a policy that defined
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The two hybrid cats of gradute student Christoper DiVittorio sit in a trunk. The two died in the fire at the apartment on 2441 Haste St. on Now. 18.

Tenants mourn pets lost in fire

When UC Berkeley graduate student Hongxu Liu received a call from his roommate about the fire in his Haste Street apartment building, his first worry was the safety of his dog. Liu immediately asked his roommate Corey Meadows — who was in the building at the time — to break
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Brenzan Kim and Nick Chien, both students at UC Berkeley, work with a participant in the SNAP program at the warm water pool.

Special Needs Aquatic Program in need of new pool

For 20-year-old Oakland resident Jackie Donovan, being in the water at the Berkeley High School warm water pool is the only time during the week that she is free from the confinement of her wheelchair. Donovan, who has severe cerebral palsy, is a member of the Berkeley Special Needs Aquatic
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The Cafe Gratitude location on Shattuck Avenue is one of their Northern California locations that is closing.

Cafe Gratitude to close all Bay Area locations

Following lawsuits accusing it of illegal business practices, Cafe Gratitude will soon close all eight of its Northern California locations. The founders of the chain — known for its vegan menu and dedication to sustainability — announced Tuesday that the business was forced to close the locations, including one in
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Council member to propose recommendation to reduce helicopter noise

From the recent string of earthquakes to the controversial Occupy movements, the city of Berkeley has received a considerable amount of media attention lately and, according to many residents, some unwelcome noise along with it. Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said he has received more complaints about helicopter noise in
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After being destroyed by a fire Nov. 18, an apartment building on the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue is undergoing a partial demolition process.

Demolition begins at Berkeley apartment building destroyed by fire

About 30 spectators gathered at the intersection of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue Tuesday morning with smartphones and cameras at the ready as a demolition crane ripped the roof off of the apartment building that was destroyed in the Nov. 18 fire. Over the next two weeks, the building will undergo a
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