With regular police patrols, loitering on Telegraph has experienced a marked reduction, resulting in fewer public disturbances, according to business owner Al Geyer.

Police patrol program leads to less loitering on Telegraph

Standing in front of his business on Telegraph Avenue between Haste Street and Channing Way on Friday afternoon, Al Geyer, chair of the Telegraph Merchants Association, observed relatively sparse amounts of foot traffic and people hanging around outside. However, this has not always been the case. In the past, crowds
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Student allegedly robbed at gunpoint while on campus

A male student was allegedly robbed at gunpoint on the south side of the Valley Life Sciences Building on campus Wednesday night. At about 10:43 p.m., the 26-year-old student was walking westbound on the Grinnell Pathway near the Life Sciences Addition building wearing earphones when he allegedly felt someone grab
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Education Realty Trust Inc. purchased Berkeley’s historic Westminster House and plans to make renovations.

Company buys historic house

After recent involvement in managing the Wesley House at UC Berkeley, the Education Realty Trust Inc. decided to purchase the Westminster House on Monday, taking control from the Presbytery of San Francisco, which originally owned the property. The historic Westminster House, which has units on both the south and north
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Study gives district low ranking

The Berkeley Unified School District was ranked among the worst in California for serving African American, Hispanic and low-income students, according to a recent study by Education Trust-West, an advocacy group based in Oakland. The study, released April 27, gathered Academic Performance Index scores of students from 146 California school
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The stabbing occurred in a parking garage under Lower Sproul Plaza.

Man stabbed in parking lot beneath Lower Sproul Plaza

A man was stabbed Tuesday afternoon in the garage beneath Lower Sproul Plaza, sending him to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At about 2:57 p.m., the victim was collecting recyclables in the garage and talking to a male suspect. The suspect allegedly disagreed with the victim over the use
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AC Transit was forced to cut costs in order to balance its budget.

AC Transit cuts costs to balance budget

The AC Transit District announced Tuesday that it has balanced its budget following a series of cost-cutting decisions made by the district’s board of directors over the past year. In the face of decreasing state funding and the state’s overall ailing economy, recent decisions made by the board include the
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People and Animals Living Safely founder Maya deNola, right, talks to a dog owner in People’s Park on Sunday. PALS helped organize a clinic to serve pets.

Animal groups hold clinic in People’s Park

When Jill Posener first moved to Berkeley 13 years ago, her thoughts on homeless people owning pets could not have been more different. Back then, Posener said she thought people should not own animals if they could not afford to take care of them. But she said her interaction with
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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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