Motorcyclist killed in vehicle collision on Interstate 80

A motorcyclist was killed in a vehicle collision on Interstate 80 Friday afternoon just west of Gilman Street in Berkeley. At about 3:45 p.m., Timothy Walker, 33, of Vallejo, was riding his motorcycle on I-80 when he tried to switch lanes and collided with a second vehicle, according to Sam
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Berkeley’s unemployment rate in August is less than July’s

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate decreased to 10. 2 percent in August — 0.3 percent less than July’s rate — according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in August was 57,800, of which 5,900 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in
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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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New program to improve campus area crime analysis

UC Berkeley students will soon have the opportunity to analyze crime statistics and patterns in the campus area through a new program run jointly by the Berkeley Police Department and UCPD, which could be implemented as soon as October. The Berkeley City Council is expected to accept a $36,000 grant
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Man robbed at knifepoint near People’s Park restrooms

A man was robbed of $10 via knife near the People’s Park restrooms Tuesday night. At about 9:55 p.m., a man was walking toward the men’s restroom in People’s Park when a suspect approached him out of the shadows, brandished a knife and demanded his money, according to UCPD spokesperson
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Student tenants protest against local landlords at senior center

Frustrated by Berkeley landlords refusing to return security deposits, student tenants and their Berkeley City Council representatives protested Wednesday night at a landlord lobby meeting. The protest — which took place just before the Berkeley Property Owners Association’s monthly meeting at the North Berkeley Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. —
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Progress slow with vacant lot on corner of Haste and Telegraph

A week after Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to pursue foreclosure against the owner of the vacant Telegraph Avenue lot just south of the UC Berkeley campus, little visible progress has been made. Although the city has finally decided to force local business owner Ken Sarachan to repay the nearly
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Peet’s to open ninth Berkeley store this fall

About 45 years since first setting up shop in Berkeley, the ninth Peet’s Coffee & Tea in the city is opening its newest store this fall on College and Alcatraz avenues, right on the Oakland border. After several years of eyeing the storefront — located 3200 College Ave. — Peet’s
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