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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Roberto Rodriguez formerly worked at Pacific Steel.

Steel company sued by former employee

Berkeley resident Roberto Rodriguez remembers his first day of work at Pacific Steel Casting Company — a landscape of heavy machinery, loud noises and flying embers. The company superintendent took him to the front gate and said, “Look, Bobby, it’s a hell in there.” At the time, Rodriguez was 19
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The nostalgic way forward

Nostalgia, I have been taught, is a longing to recreate a lost home. It’s a desire I always feel intensely during my first few weeks back in Berkeley after any time in my hometown. I long for the way the world looks from inside a car — the way buildings
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Three men allegedly attempt strong arm robbery Friday

UCPD has arrested three males for allegedly attempting a strong arm robbery Friday near the UC Berkeley campus. At around 10:30 p.m., a 28-year-old man was walking on Channing Way between Piedmont Avenue and Prospect Street, when he was approached by three males in their early 20s, according to the
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Stopping smokeless statism

Off the Beat: Given Insight

I am a sanctimonious non-smoker. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life, nor do I ever intend to. I find smoking downright disgusting and cannot comprehend how any rational person would take up the habit. Much to the chagrin of my smoking acquaintances, I make my opinion of
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City unemployment rate drops to 8.9 percent

Though Berkeley’s unemployment rate reached its lowest point in nearly three years in December, local employers and statewide trends suggest recovery remains precarious. Berkeley’s unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in December, the lowest rate since February 2009, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. According to
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Small earthquake centered in UC Berkeley campus Friday

Berkeley was hit by a small earthquake Friday afternoon, with an epicenter near Sather Tower on the UC Berkeley campus, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The 1.2 magnitude earthquake hit at 4:49 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The coordinates provided by the agency put
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Small earthquake hits Monday evening near Berkeley

A small earthquake hit just a few miles south of the UC Berkeley campus Monday evening. At 9:33 p.m. Monday, a magnitude .9 earthquake struck in Piedmont, a few blocks east of the intersection of Claremont and College avenues, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. View 01.17.2011 earthquake
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