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Campanile’s baby peregrine falcons take flight

A pair of nesting peregrine falcons have called the top of the tower home since January. In May, the pair birthed two female eyasses, nicknamed Fiat and Lux by the campus community. Late Monday afternoon, Fiat “fledged,” or took flight, according to Mary Malec. After almost a week of waiting, she and other volunteer ornithologists gathered Thursday to see the second baby take the plunge.
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Mayor Tom Bates to retire from position after 14 years in office

After 14 years as mayor of Berkeley — the longest tenure in the city’s history — and 38 years of public office, Tom Bates, age 78, has decided to retire. It marks the end of a long career of public service that was punctuated with significant accomplishments that benefited many, from people with disabilities to Berkeley youth to local breweries and sports fanatics.
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