Demolition of library branches OK’d

The Berkeley City Council approved unanimously last Tuesday the demolition of the West and South branches of the city’s libraries, allowing the council to move forward with plans for the project despite possible funding uncertainties due to a lawsuit filed by a group of Berkeley residents. All of the library’s
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Berkeley man died from heart attack, not fall

James Dunbar, a Berkeley resident who died on a trail below the Yosemite Falls last week in Yosemite National Park, died due to a heart attack and not from accidentally slipping and falling as initial reports suggested, park officials announced Wednesday. According to major media outlets, the 34-year-old was hiking
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School district may see smaller cuts

For the upcoming school year, the Berkeley Unified School District may be looking at its smallest budget cut in years, since Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revision of the state budget released Monday provides more money for K-12 education than local districts had earlier anticipated. Over the past few weeks, the
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Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill

After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the business community over the opening of a Goodwill store on Solano Avenue, plans are in the works to instead bring a Pet Food Express in its place. The Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay store — which would have
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City Council votes to increase fees for marina boat dwellers

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an increase in fees for boat dwellers in the Berkeley Marina. The increases include a 6 percent boost in berth fees plus a $20-per-month surcharge for houseboat owners, meaning some people will be paying about $700 per month to live
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Berkeley man found dead in Yosemite National Park

Berkeley resident James Dunbar was found dead Friday afternoon by Yosemite National Park rangers who were attempting to recover the body of another man who had drowned in the Merced River, which runs through the southern part of the park and the Yosemite Valley. According to major media outlets, the
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Sports bar to open on Telegraph Avenue

About three months ago, Larry Blake’s Restaurant and Bar was boarded up after 71 years of service to the Berkeley community. Now, a new posting stands out on the wooden facing that conceals what was once a vibrant dining establishment — a notice of proposed development by the site’s new
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