City medical cannabis commission to develop policy guidelines

At the oft-delayed first meeting of the city’s reconstituted Medical Cannabis Commission Thursday, commission members made it clear they plan to develop guidelines for local medical marijuana policies in the interest of cannabis patients, despite unfavorable signals regarding marijuana from the federal government. The commission is charged with establishing a
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Student protester begins formal trial proceedings

After nearly eight months of conferences and negotiations with district authorities, UC Berkeley student Eric-Michael Wilson, who faces misdemeanor charges for his involvement in protests during the November 2010 University of California Board of Regents meeting, began formal trial proceedings Friday. Wilson faces one count of assaulting an officer, two
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UC Berkeley alumnus nominated for federal judgeship

A UC Berkeley School of Law alumnus was nominated by President Barack Obama for a federal judgeship in Los Angeles on July 20, making him the first openly gay nominee to the federal court in California and Obama’s fourth openly gay nominee to federal court in his term. Obama nominated
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Senior centers consolidate with new budget

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series on the city budget. Theresa Holman would probably be spending her afternoons at home watching reruns of the Oprah Winfrey Show on television were she not at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Holman, 76, started coming to the center
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City Council vote upholds contentious tea shop move

The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to uphold an exception to one local business, allowing it to change locations to another district, thereby exceeding the quota for quick-service restaurants in that area. The appeal of the exception — which was brought before the council after the Zoning Adjustments Board approved
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City Council extends deadline for redistricting proposal

In an attempt to allow students more time to draft a redistricting proposal, the Berkeley City Council extended the submission deadline at its meeting Tuesday night, though the extension is about a month shorter than students had originally requested. The council voted to push back the original Sept. 16 deadline
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Campus chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity loses university recognition

The UC Berkeley chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity lost its university recognition after repeated risk management, fire and life safety and social code violations, as well as noncompliance with prior sanctions, the campus announced Monday. The fraternity lost its recognition July 15 following “repeated” violations and noncompliance with
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Nobel Laureates to discuss global water crisis at annual seminar

An annual seminar on the UC Berkeley campus this Saturday will feature three Nobel Laureates speaking on a number of issues including science, technology and the burgeoning global water crisis, and will honor one of the speakers’s 96th birthday. This year marks the third Townes and Tagore Annual Seminar in
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Man stabbed in Southside Tuesday night

An Oakland man was stabbed in Southside Tuesday night after an argument allegedly erupted over spilled coffee. At about 7:38 p.m., Berkeley police officers responded to a report of brandishing a knife and assault on the 2400 block of Dana Street, according to a UCPD crime alert. The victim, a
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UCSF associate professor killed in shuttle bus accident

Dr. Kevin Allen Mack, an associate professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, died last Thursday after the UCSF shuttle bus he was riding in on his way to work collided with a big rig in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. He was 52. The crash occurred at the intersection
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