Dwight apartment building fire forces dozens to evacuate

Fire originated in water-heater closet, residents claim alarms did not go off

As the day was just beginning for most Berkeley residents, dozens of people who became homeless for the night were searching for a place to sleep. The building at 2227 Dwight Way that caught on fire early Thursday morning was a six-unit apartment building that was home to an estimated
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Flames and smoke billow from the six-unit apartment building at 2227 Dwight Way.

Fire breaks out at Southside apartment building Thursday morning

UPDATE: At around 7:50 a.m., the main body of the fire that broke out at a three-story apartment building near the intersection of Dwight Way and Ellsworth Street early Thursday morning had been put out, according to Gil Dong, deputy fire chief for Berkeley Fire Department. The department declared the
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Council member calls town hall meeting in wake of homicide

In the wake of a homicide that shook the Berkeley community last month, community members are coming together for a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss public safety and police response in emergency situations. The meeting was called by Berkeley City Councilmember Susan Wengraf — who represents the North Berkeley
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Berkeley feels magnitude-4.0 and -3.5 earthquakes in same minute

Berkeley felt two earthquakes early Monday morning that hit within seconds of each other. The first was a magnitude-3.5 quake that hit at 5:33 a.m. in El Cerrito — about four miles north of Berkeley, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was originally thought to be of magnitude
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State, federal policies hinder expansion of medical cannabis

In Berkeley, efforts to expand the city’s medical cannabis industry have been slowed as contention between state and federal marijuana policies causes confusion among business owners, local governments, legal experts and patients alike. Berkeley has already begun to see the effect of federal lawmakers butting heads with officials in states
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