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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Small chemical spill in Latimer Hall leaves no one injured

A small chemical spill occurred in Latimer Hall on Wednesday night, though no one sustained any injuries. At about 8:53 p.m., UCPD received a call that there had been a small amount of chemicals spilled in 505 Latimer Hall, according to department spokesperson Lt. Alex Yao. He said UCPD, the
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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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UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds

SAN FRANCISCO — Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget on Monday and with the threat of a possible $1 billion cut to the UC looming overhead, the UC Board of Regents’ meeting Wednesday was focused on long-term solutions to create stability to counter the state’s unreliable and
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Campus graduate takes new first steps

UC Berkeley’s graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whitney because he was able to experience it in an ordinary way. Not only did he earn his degree, but he received it while standing upright, looking Chancellor Robert Birgeneau directly in the eyes. Whitney, who has been paraplegic
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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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Regents rescind part of approval

The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for the renovation and retrofit of California Memorial Stadium continued at the May UC Board of Regents meeting this week, with a board committee and the board itself unanimously voting to partially rescind their previously  accepted stadium project approval. On
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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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