Kaylee Baker, a former resident of the Gaia apartment building, moves out after one year. Gaia is part of Berkeley's apartment offerings, which were rated the best in terms of renter satisfaction.

Report: Berkeley high in renter satisfaction

Affordable housing and convenient public transportation are among several stated attributes that made Berkeley the number one college town countrywide in terms of renter satisfaction, according to a report released by the website Apartment Ratings last Thursday. The site’s second annual report, which ranked cities across the country that are
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UC raises retirement plan contributions

The University of California and its faculty and staff will be contributing more to the university’s underfunded pension plan beginning July 1. The UC Board of Regents approved the increases — which will see most faculty and staff paying 3.5 percent of their total compensation while the university will pay
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With regular police patrols, loitering on Telegraph has experienced a marked reduction, resulting in fewer public disturbances, according to business owner Al Geyer.

Police patrol program leads to less loitering on Telegraph

Standing in front of his business on Telegraph Avenue between Haste Street and Channing Way on Friday afternoon, Al Geyer, chair of the Telegraph Merchants Association, observed relatively sparse amounts of foot traffic and people hanging around outside. However, this has not always been the case. In the past, crowds
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Naturalists launch amphibian website

Social media — the face of a changing culture where a YouTube video can start sweeping revolutions — could also be the savior of some of the oldest animals in the world: amphibians. A collaboration between AmphibiaWeb — a comprehensive database of the 6,814 known species of amphibians — organizations
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Financial aid bill set for full vote

The California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved a bill Friday which would provide state grants and financial aid to undocumented students in California and now moves to the Assembly floor for a full vote. One of two bills that make up the state’s DREAM Act, Assembly Bill 131 —
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Cal Dining, which operates the Crossroads facility shown above, is among the auxiliary organizations that will be affected by the new regulations.

UC, CSU drop opposition to higher education transparency bill

The University of California and California State University systems have dropped their opposition to a bill that would require their auxiliary organizations to adhere to state public records laws. A previous version of the bill was vetoed in October 2009 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said that it
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Student allegedly robbed at gunpoint while on campus

A male student was allegedly robbed at gunpoint on the south side of the Valley Life Sciences Building on campus Wednesday night. At about 10:43 p.m., the 26-year-old student was walking westbound on the Grinnell Pathway near the Life Sciences Addition building wearing earphones when he allegedly felt someone grab
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The ASUC Store Operations Board is currently in negotiations with possible new managers of the Bear’s Lair Pub, whose current management will stay until June 30.

Campus pub operation talks persist

On most early Friday evenings  throughout the school year, the Bear’s Lair Pub was overflowing with customers gathered for the pub’s weekly “Beat the Clock” event. Despite this, the pub’s current management, Jupiter Beverage LLC, was switched to a month-to-month lease of the space by the ASUC Store Operations Board
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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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