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Updates, photos from apartment building fire on Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley firefighters are working to contain a fire that broke out at an apartment building on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street at about 8:48 p.m. Friday. The building has been evacuated and traffic on nearby streets has been blocked for several hours. As of 1:06 a.m. Saturday,
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Smoke billows from a burning apartment on the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue.

Fire breaks out at apartment building on Telegraph Avenue

For live updates, tweets and photos, keep updated with our Storify page. Update: As of 2:45 p.m. Saturday, the fire was still technically burning, according to Gil Dong, deputy fire chief for the Berkeley Fire Department. Dong said this is the largest fire — which has now gutted the building
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Francisco Ramos Stierle

Activist’s arrest prompts discussion

In the early morning light, former UC Berkeley graduate student Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle sat meditating with three others in the amphitheater by Frank Ogawa Plaza. While police officers moved in to dismantle the Occupy Oakland encampment, Stierle calmly and silently submitted as officers arrested him for failure to disperse.
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Berkeley streets in need of repairs

With the majority of its streets “at risk,” the city of Berkeley is working on a five-year plan to improve the deteriorating condition of its streets. At a special meeting Tuesday, Berkeley City Council reviewed a report that revealed the deteriorating condition of the city’s streets, 62 percent of which
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Council members consider possibility of postponing redistricting decision

UC Berkeley student government leaders presented their redistricting proposal to the Berkeley City Council during a public hearing on the matter Tuesday night, garnering some support from certain council members who are considering delaying action on the proposals until after the 2012 election. By postponing a redistricting decision, the council
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City Council puts cellphone ordinance on hold

Despite public support for an ordinance that would warn of possible radiation from cellphones, Berkeley City Council members continue to wait for the resolution of similar legislation in San Francisco. “My impression is that sometime in the next two or three months, there’s going to be an item on the
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Berkeley City Council passes revised relocation ordinance

Berkeley’s revised Relocation Ordinance passed at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting following months of prolonged disagreement concerning the ordinance’s language involving seismic safety and pet displacement. Multiple drafts of the ordinance — first written in 1986 and revised over the past few years to reflect changes in the city’s housing environment
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Berkeley students and residents were present to view redistricting plans at the North Berkeley Senior Center.

Berkeley students, residents present proposals for redistricting

Community members and city staff met at the North Berkeley Senior Center Wednesday evening to view redistricting plans submitted by fellow Berkeley residents, including proposals from two groups of students with different intentions for student representation in city government. Authors of the six redistricting plans presented their proposals before a
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