Stephen De Staebler was best known for his unique bronze and clay sculptures.

Internationally acclaimed local sculptor dies at 78

Internationally acclaimed Bay Area artist Stephen De Staebler, who was celebrated for his bronze and clay sculptures that evoked landscapes and organic ruin, died in his Berkeley home from complications of cancer. He was 78. De Staebler was perhaps best known for his fragmented representations of the human body, which
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Education Realty Trust Inc. purchased Berkeley’s historic Westminster House and plans to make renovations.

Company buys historic house

After recent involvement in managing the Wesley House at UC Berkeley, the Education Realty Trust Inc. decided to purchase the Westminster House on Monday, taking control from the Presbytery of San Francisco, which originally owned the property. The historic Westminster House, which has units on both the south and north
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Study gives district low ranking

The Berkeley Unified School District was ranked among the worst in California for serving African American, Hispanic and low-income students, according to a recent study by Education Trust-West, an advocacy group based in Oakland. The study, released April 27, gathered Academic Performance Index scores of students from 146 California school
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UC Berkeley professor withdraws nomination

UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu said in a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday that he is bowing out of the nomination process to an appeals court position, as he felt there was not much chance the Senate would confirm his nomination, according to major media outlets. Liu, who
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The stabbing occurred in a parking garage under Lower Sproul Plaza.

Man stabbed in parking lot beneath Lower Sproul Plaza

A man was stabbed Tuesday afternoon in the garage beneath Lower Sproul Plaza, sending him to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At about 2:57 p.m., the victim was collecting recyclables in the garage and talking to a male suspect. The suspect allegedly disagreed with the victim over the use
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AC Transit was forced to cut costs in order to balance its budget.

AC Transit cuts costs to balance budget

The AC Transit District announced Tuesday that it has balanced its budget following a series of cost-cutting decisions made by the district’s board of directors over the past year. In the face of decreasing state funding and the state’s overall ailing economy, recent decisions made by the board include the
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Aaron Benavidez speaks to his fellow graduates at UC Berkeley’s 2011 Commencement.

University Medalist takes an educational path less traveled

For UC Berkeley University Medalist Aaron Benavidez, who graduated this month with a 3.98 GPA and 11 A-pluses, part of being successful at UC Berkeley came as a result of years behind a cello. Benavidez, a 31-year-old sociology and rhetoric double major who grew up in Stockton, began an unusual
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Ricky Gill, right, who served on the California State Board of Education, plans to run for a congressional seat in the 11th District.

Law student plans congressional run

Ricky Gill started volunteer work at St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services for the Homeless in Stockton, Calif., served as co-chairman of the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission and was appointed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Board of Education — all before he even started college. But
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Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s career has been characterized by social activism as well as academic research.

Activist past gives campus chancellor unique worldview

It was the summer of 1965 — well before UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was a professor, a world-renowned physicist or an administrator at top-notch universities in both the United States and in Canada. In fact, Birgeneau was just a graduate student studying physics at Yale University, wanting to do
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Jonathan Stein

Student nominated for regent-designate

Jonathan Stein already has one specific goal in mind should he assume the position of Student Regent-Designate starting in July — be accessible. Selected from a pool of 56 applicants from all 10 UC campuses in a process that took five months and three sets of interviews, Stein — a
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