Two men injured in South Berkeley shooting

When Berkeley police responded to reports of a shooting on the 1500 block of Fairview Street in South Berkeley Friday night, they found two men suffering from injuries sustained that night. At about 10 p.m., a group of young men were socializing in front of an apartment building on the
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Bartlett’s Organic Coffees & Teas closed its doors about three weeks ago.

Local coffee shop closes its doors

Bartlett’s Organic Coffees & Teas, a local coffee shop which was once a popular gathering place for local high school students, recently closed down due to insufficient business. The cafe officially closed its doors about three weeks ago after making the decision to move to a more frequented area of
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Former Berkeley High School student found dead

A former Berkeley High School student was found dead in her dorm room at Bennington College in Vermont on Thursday, though the cause of her death is still unknown. The Bennington Banner, a Vermont newspaper, reported that the cause of death for 18-year-old Emily Kassier, who graduated from Berkeley High
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Rocio Soto pays a meter for parking in the Downtown area on Friday. Downtown parking fees could rise by 25 cents per hour in July.

Berkeley City Council approves increased Downtown parking rates

Downtown Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue, which has boasted packed parking slots on most weekend afternoons, might soon find itself with many more vacant spaces as a result of a recent decision that could increase the hourly parking rate from $1.50 to $1.75. The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to increase the
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Murder trial ends in guilty verdicts

A jury announced Tuesday that it handed down guilty verdicts to two men in an Oakland triple-murder case — nearly four and a half years after the incident occurred. After deliberating for nearly a week, the jury found Asmerom Gebreselassie, 47, and Tewodros Gebreselassie, 43, guilty of all 14 charges
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Study: deregulating education funding leads to program cuts

State deregulation of about $4.5 billion in funds for K-12 education has resulted in deep cuts to popular programs, as school districts have attempted to use the now-flexible money to balance their budgets, according to a study released last Thursday. Authored by researchers from the RAND Corporation and Policy Analysis
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Report: Berkeley high in renter satisfaction

Affordable housing and convenient public transportation are among several stated attributes that made Berkeley the number one college town countrywide in terms of renter satisfaction, according to a report released by the website Apartment Ratings last Thursday. The site’s second annual report, which ranked cities across the country that are
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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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