4 more Occupy Cal protesters have charges dropped

Criminal charges against four protesters who participated in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal demonstration were dismissed during a hearing on Thursday, just a day after four other protesters also had their charges dropped. BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca and UC Berkeley graduate student Amanda Armstrong were present at the hearing at
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Mayor Bates announces re-election bid for November

Ten-year incumbent Mayor Tom Bates announced Thursday that he intends to seek another term for Berkeley mayor come this November. If re-elected, this will be Bates’ fourth term as mayor. Despite criticism that his long tenure discourages new blood from taking a hold of the reins, Bates maintains that his
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V.O.I.C.E. to head back to trial for a second hearing

The V.O.I.C.E. Initiative is scheduled to head back to trial April 30 after new charges against it were accepted by the ASUC Judicial Council Wednesday. The charge sheet — filed by ASUC President Vishalli Loomba and ASUC Attorney General Deepti Rajendran  — alleges that the initiative violates the policies of
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Contention raised over pact guaranteeing aid

The Berkeley City Council is set to consider next month whether to reapprove an agreement with an information-sharing agency some say could facilitate racial and ethnic profiling. The agreement the council will consider at its May 15 meeting is part of the city of Berkeley’s mutual aid pact  — a
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Fate of Daily Cal fee initiative remains unclear

After overturning of executive order, results show the V.O.I.C.E. Initiative passed. But charges were filed again.

Charges were filed Wednesday against the V.O.I.C.E. Initiative, less than a day after the ASUC Judicial Council overturned the executive order which invalidated the initiative from the 2012 general election ballot. After the order was overturned Tuesday night, the ASUC Elections Council announced that voters approved the initiative in the
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Faces of Berkeley: Kenya Wheeler, cancer survivor

Berkeley graduate student wins against cancer, loses insurance

On the top of his buzzed head, Kenya Wheeler has a thin, almost unnoticeable line where his hair does not grow — a surgical scar that reminds him that he, as a brain cancer survivor, will always have to live with the fear of relapse. For the last seven months,
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UC Berkeley research group rethinks solar cell design

If different materials, textures and shapes are used in solar cells, the technology could produce more efficient electricity, a campus research group has found. Research conducted by Eli Yablonovitch, a campus professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and graduate student Owen Miller showed that reimagining the construction of solar
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4 Occupy Cal protesters’ criminal charges dropped

Following the direction of UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, the criminal charges against four protesters involved in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal demonstrations were dropped Wednesday in court. The decision to drop the charges against UC Berkeley students Ashley Pinkerton, Justin Tombolesi, Ramon Quintero and Ricardo Gomez comes after charges
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Daily Cal fee passes following controversy

Elections chair says referendum passes in popular vote after ASUC Judicial Council overturns executive order

A fee referendum asking students to support The Daily Californian passed in the ASUC general election, according to ASUC Elections Council chair Pamudh Kariyawasam. Following the ASUC Judicial Council ruling Tuesday night to overturn ASUC President Vishalli Loomba’s executive order invalidating the initiative, the elections council chair said Tuesday that
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