City to consider creating task force to combat sex trafficking

Berkeley City Council will consider creating a task force next week that would combat sexual exploitation of minors in the city, an effort that mirrors a push to increase the severity of human trafficking penalties across the state. The council will vote on whether or not to create the nine-person
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Cafe Fanny, located on San Pablo Avenue, closed its doors for the last time on Friday March 9th.

Cafe Fanny, co-owned by Alice Waters, closes its doors

Alice Waters arrived just before noon Friday to say goodbye to employees and customers as her small cafe in West Berkeley prepared to close its doors one final time. Cafe Fanny, which is co-owned by Waters, marked the end Friday of almost three decades of serving the community at the cafe’s location
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Unemployment Infographic

Berkeley’s unemployment rate jumps to 9.1 percent in January

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate reached 9.1 percent in January, a small increase from the December rate of 8.9 percent, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. This rise in unemployment marks the end of a continual drop that the city had seen since July
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Tenants displaced after fire erupts in apartment complex

What remains of 2227 Dwight Way is little more than a shell of a building. The residents of the three-story, six-unit apartment building — now with blackened walls and broken windows — have all been displaced, and those who live in the surrounding buildings are only being allowed in their
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New car-sharing service Wheelz rolls into Berkeley

After a successful start at Stanford University, the car-sharing service Wheelz began operations at UC Berkeley Monday, with more plans to expand in the future. Like the popular car-share service Zipcar, which recently headed a $13.7 million investment into the new startup, Wheelz lets patrons pay to rent cars by
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Campus mumps outbreak declared over

The mumps outbreak which infected approimately 29 UC Berkeley students last semester appears to be officially over. In a statement released by the city of Berkeley Monday, city Public Health Officer Janet Berreman said it has been more than three months — more than two incubation periods — since the
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