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Notes from the Underground

2011 Oakland Underground Film Festival

“You are the underground,” declared the emcee of the 2011 Oakland Underground Film Festival to a small audience of film lovers, performers and a few canine friends intimately huddled in an East Oakland warehouse. In its third year, the festival has become not only a place to celebrate offbeat cinema,
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The head architect for the Safeway expansion attended the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Berkeley officials, residents discuss Oakland Safeway expansion near border

The Berkeley City Council addressed concerns Tuesday night over the potential greenhouse gas emissions and congested intersections that would result from the proposed expansion of the Safeway that closely borders Berkeley on the corner of College and Claremont avenues in Oakland. During public comment at the special meeting, community members
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Man allegedly demands money from an Oakland Safeway

After allegedly demanding money from an Oakland Safeway supermarket about two weeks ago, a Richmond man is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail on suspicions of second degree robbery. Philip Taylor, 26, allegedly pointed a gun Sept. 3 at an employee behind the register at around 4:50 a.m. at
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Zion I of Oakland leads progressive hip-hop gala

The world of hip-hop is becoming more diverse each day. Rappers are exploring new styles and expanding their palette more so than ever before. From collaborations with artists of different genres, to mixing modern sounds with traditional methods, rappers and M.C.s are shattering the borders of rap stereotypes. Sure, there
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OFF THE BEAT: Ode to my fallen minivan

Dear Sienna, To address you in this letter is a formality that reassures only myself. No matter how affectionately I try to pen these words, I will forever have to cope with my carelessness and my neglect that as of two Saturdays ago permanently separated us. But I am impelled
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Previously missing graduate student sighted in nearby city

Though family and friends of UC Berkeley graduate student Anthony Michael Martin reported him missing on Saturday, Berkeley Police Department detectives have confirmed that he was seen in a nearby city as recently as Tuesday. Martin’s girlfriend, Amaya James, reported the 29-year-old missing Saturday evening after he had not returned
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