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Glutton and mutton

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

“Gluttony: the act or habit of eating or drinking too much.” I love lamb chops. They excite each of my five senses. They taste like happiness. Their smell is life changing. The sound they make while they sizzle on a pan fills my heart with joy. They are tender. They
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Off the beat: Checking my baggage

When it comes to packing for a trip, I’m a mess. I tend to ignore it until the last hour, then find myself tossing anything and everything into my luggage until only a stray tank top or two are left in my drawers. I didn’t think my dysfunctional packing was
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Landlord coalition may threaten tenant rights

CITY AFFAIRS: A recently formed Berkeley group to advocate the rights of property owners is troubling in its stark opposition to the rent board’s pro-tenant policies.

The nascent formation of a coalition to lobby for landlord rights, complete with its own political action committee, is concerning. We are troubled by the idea of powerful people pooling their resources and wealth for causes that may further cripple affordable housing and regulations meant to protect tenants. The coalition
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Charleston tragedy must motivate systemic change

Another day and another tragedy in the Black community. This time, a white terrorist executed nine patrons worshipping in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Today and every day, we are reminded that we are not safe in this country. We are not safe to pray,
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Eat your wedding cake, too

A Penny for your Bullshit

Does anyone remember the 2008 election? Were you there? I thought you looked familiar. Do you remember whom you voted for? It’s OK — now that the election’s over, you can tell me. You voted for Barack Obama? Nice! Do you remember that wave of hope and optimism that everyone —
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I now pronounce you arranged

Stale Off the Boat

Imagine an interrogation room — cold, dark, fraught with fear. There’s nothing but a dim light, a steel table and the world’s most uncomfortable chair. There sits a beautiful bride to be, fully adorned and anxiously staring at a two-way mirror, waiting for others to decide her fate. Behind the
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The first time I accidentally saw a burlesque show

First Timers

Is it empowering or objectifying to be hired by the office of the mayor to dance naked before a crowd? Six days ago, I accidentally saw a burlesque show on a public lawn in San Francisco with my roommate from Chicago and a sea of old men. I wore chunky
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Anger’s sneaky cousin

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

“Wrath: strong, stern or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.” The best way in which people express wrath is through long-winded, ridiculous and negative restaurant reviews on Yelp. If you should ever find yourself reading them, it is a beautiful part of the Internet. Another great place to find honest,
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Off the beat: Taking things for granted

“Stop taking things for granted.” Although I have heard this phrase for years, it never really hit home until I moved to the United States in 2011 from my hometown of Bangkok. It was my first time living abroad for an extended period of time, and it was life changing
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