Mayor’s chief of staff begins new post at UC Berkeley

As chief of staff, Julie Sinai advised Mayor Tom Bates on youth and education, drawing upon her background in education policy. Sinai returned to those roots Monday when she officially became UC Berkeley’s new director of local government and community relations. Sinai announced her decision to leave city hall for
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UC Berkeley announces new software deal with Wolfram Research

Following a semester which included several new software deals between UC Berkeley and various technology companies including Adobe and Microsoft,  a new deal with Wolfram Research was announced Monday. Effective Sunday, campus faculty, staff and students are now able to download Wolfram’s Mathematica software suite free of charge, campus officials said
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Robbery attempted on Southside Thursday

A robbery was attempted Thursday near the intersection of Haste and Dana streets. The Berkeley Police Department responded to the incident at about 6:10 p.m., according to a UCPD Crime Alert. According to the alert, the suspect is described as a teenage male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and black
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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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Federal bill cuts Pell Grants for about 100,000 students nationwide

Pell Grants will be cut for an estimated 100,000 students nationwide as part of a nearly $1 trillion federal omnibus appropriations bill passed into law Friday.Amid a flurry of end-of-year Congressional activity, President Barack Obama signed a legislative compromise that tightens eligibility requirements for Pell Grant recipients while keeping the
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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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