Berkeley City Council appoints Christine Daniel as interim city manager

Berkeley City Council confirmed the appointment of Christine Daniel as interim city manager and approved the terms of her six-month employment contract at a special session Tuesday. In September, current City Manager Phil Kamlarz announced his plan to retire after 36 years of service to the city of Berkeley and eight years
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General Assembly plans events in solidarity with UC Davis

Nineteen members of the Occupy Cal movement attended the general assembly Sunday night to finalize details for a campuswide sleep-out and plans for a solidarity movement with UC Davis. The sleep-out — planned for Monday night on Sproul Plaza — is intended to continue the momentum of the Occupy movement
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BART board approves funding for new vinyl seats

A portion of the wool seats in BART cars — many of which are stained, ugly and smell unpleasant — will be replaced with more sanitary and aesthetically pleasing cushioned vinyl seats in the upcoming months. As part of ongoing interior upgrades, the BART Board of Directors voted Thursday to
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Yudof, student regents address police response to protests

Two days after controversy erupted over police action at UC Davis, UC President Mark Yudof issued a statement saying he will implement “a system wide response” to address police responses to peaceful protests on UC  campuses. As part of this response, Yudof will convene all 10 campus chancellors for “full
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Occupy Cal representatives meet with UC Berkeley administration

Two representatives from the Occupy Cal general assembly, along with campus Graduate Assembly President Bahar Navab, met with a senior campus administrator Friday afternoon to discuss the demands and decisions of the movement. Initiated by Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion Gibor Basri through Navab, the meeting was met with
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Updates, photos from apartment building fire on Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley firefighters are working to contain a fire that broke out at an apartment building on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street at about 8:48 p.m. Friday. The building has been evacuated and traffic on nearby streets has been blocked for several hours. As of 1:06 a.m. Saturday,
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Fire breaks out at apartment building on Telegraph Avenue

For live updates, tweets and photos, keep updated with our Storify page. Update: As of 2:45 p.m. Saturday, the fire was still technically burning, according to Gil Dong, deputy fire chief for the Berkeley Fire Department. Dong said this is the largest fire — which has now gutted the building
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