A 1994 Mercedes Benz station wagon, above, was destroyed in the fire on the 500 block of Cragmont Avenue, which broke out on Wednesday.

Berkeley hills house fires investigated for arson

Two fires that broke out within 20 minutes of each other at residences about one block apart in the Berkeley Hills Wednesday morning are being investigated by the Berkeley Fire Department for arson. While responding at 12:43 a.m. to a report of a fire at a home at 548 Cragmont
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County leaders met to discuss a plan to shift responsibility for funding some services to local governments.

Forum covers proposed shift of state services to local control

Several Alameda County officials met and hosted a forum at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley on Friday to discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift responsibility for certain state services to local governments. Programs including mental health services, child and foster care and criminal justice have been proposed to
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Harold Heady

Professor emeritus of forestry dies at 95

Harold Heady, a professor emeritus of forestry in the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, known for his sense of humor and unconventional teaching style, died April 28 in La Grande, Ore. He was 95. Born on March 29, 1916, in Buhl, Idaho, Heady was orphaned at the age of
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Kevin Koy, the manager of the Geospatial Innovation Facility, shows off Cal-Adapt, an interactive website developed by the facility.

Website gives access to state’s climate change data

With the help of UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility, the California Energy Commission has launched a website that grants public access to California’s climate change data, including past information and future projections. Cal-Adapt, which was launched Tuesday, is an interactive website that the facility began developing in August 2010 which
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Locally created walking aid to sell next year

Patients from Pennsylvania to Hawaii who were previously unable to use their legs will be able to test a Berkeley-developed exoskeleton, which enables them to walk, as the product prepares to hit the market sometime early next year. The Exoskeleton Lower Extremity Gait System (eLEGS) was created by Berkeley Bionics,
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Livermore Lab retirees may appeal benefits lawsuit decision

UC retirees who worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were left to consider an appeal May 26 after the Alameda County Superior Court ruled in favor of the UC Board of Regents after a nine-month petition process revolving around retirement health benefits. The UC Livermore Retiree Group — whose
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