UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitch Celaya announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year.

Faces of Berkeley: Mitch Celaya, UCPD chief

With retirement looming, campus police chief reflects on highs and lows of UC Berkeley tenure

Since assuming the position in 2009, Mitch Celaya has managed some of UC Berkeley’s most controversial disputes. But effective Dec. 31, Celaya will retire from his post, thus ending a 30-year career with the campus police.
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Jan Etre has been in charge of the Live Oak Festival for the past 25 years. The next festival will be the weekend of June 9th.

Faces of Berkeley: Jan Etre, local artist

Berkeley resident organizes annual fair showcasing artists' talent

Beneath a canopy of redwood and oak, Jan Etre lounges peacefully on the grounds of Live Oak Park in northeast Berkeley — a site that will soon be saturated by the influx of tents, exhibitors and fair-goers when the 42nd Annual Live Oak Park Fair begins this weekend. Though the fair
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Kenya Wheeler, a 38 year old graduate student in city planning, recently ended chemotherapy after a seven month battle with brain cancer.

Faces of Berkeley: Kenya Wheeler, cancer survivor

Berkeley graduate student wins against cancer, loses insurance

On the top of his buzzed head, Kenya Wheeler has a thin, almost unnoticeable line where his hair does not grow — a surgical scar that reminds him that he, as a brain cancer survivor, will always have to live with the fear of relapse. For the last seven months,
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