City Council may recommend analysis on smoking ban

The Berkeley City Council will consider recommending an analysis on an ordinance that would give landlords in Berkeley the power to ban smoking in their residences. The recommendation, proposed by Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson and set to come up at the council’s meeting Tuesday, asks the city’s Community
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Obama outlines ‘blueprint’ for higher education in Friday speech

After President Barack Obama called the cost of college “the most daunting challenge” high school graduates currently face during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, he issued a challenge Friday to American universities: keep tuition down or risk losing funding. In a speech delivered at the University of Michigan Friday,
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Cuts to local school district possible if tax hike rejected

The Berkeley Unified School District could see cuts totaling more than $3.2 million if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike is not approved, based on the proposed state budget for 2012-13. At its meeting Wednesday, the district’s Board of Education discussed several scenarios for how the district — which has a
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ASUC Senate holds first meeting of the semester

At the first ASUC Senate meeting of the spring semester Wednesday night, senators announced the development of a new smartphone application for UC Berkeley students and the renaming of the board that oversees student government commercial activities. After the senate moved to rename the ASUC Store Operations Board as the
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County announces ban on single-use plastic bags

Alameda County adopted a ban Wednesday that will prohibit stores, including supermarkets and pharmacies, from giving away single-use plastic bags. By March 2 of this year, cities can choose to opt out of the new ordinance, which also requires that large businesses and multi-family properties recycle. The ban will go
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Federal immigration program raises concerns in community

In November, former UC Berkeley graduate student Pancho Ramos Stierle was detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following his arrest at a raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment. Stierle came to the United States with a student visa to pursue his Ph.D in astrophysics at UC Berkeley
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Increasing number of students admitted ‘by exception’

Among the thousands of applicants UC Berkeley receives each year, a handful of students are considered exceptions and are admitted without fulfilling all of the University of California’s admission standards. In order to be eligible for acceptance, students applying to the university must meet specific requirements before graduating high school,
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Man fatally shot in Berkeley

Berkeley saw its first homicide of the year Thursday evening, when a man was shot and killed on the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue, police say. The man — who has now been identified by police as 32-year-old Hercules-resident Kenneth Warren — was found with several gunshot wounds at the southeast
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Man attacked during robbery at People’s Park

A man was the victim of a strong arm robbery Wednesday afternoon in People’s Park, according to police. At approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, the 43-year-old man was eating his lunch in the park when six men approached him, asking for money, according to a UCPD crime alert released Thursday. When
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