Local nurses join statewide strike

As nurses across California went on strike Thursday, massive groups of local nurses and supporters gathered to protest at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center hospitals in Berkeley. Nurses from the California Nurses Association, who walked off the job at affiliate hospitals across the state, protested “200 sweeping demands for concessions”
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Day of Action ends in violence, two arrests

Calm protest punctuated by violent episodes

Tensions between police officers and demonstrators fluctuated throughout the course of a campus protest Thursday, culminating in a violent scuffle when one man was carried from Tolman Hall by his arms and legs. At about 9 p.m., after over seven hours of protest inside the building, protesters were chanting in
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Hiring goals for women, minorities unmet by campus

UC Berkeley is struggling to meet its staff hiring goals for women and minorities due to a reduced budget and a staff hiring freeze implemented in spring 2009. Since last year, fewer campus job groups have met their designated goals for women and the American Indian and Alaskan Native populations,
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Police use pepper spray on protesters at UC Berkeley

Police used pepper spray against protesters at Thursday’s protest outside of Tolman Hall. UCPD Lt. Marc DeCoulode said during the course of an entrance attempt at the hall, a number of protesters tried to pin officers, and one protester grabbed a magazine clip off of an officer’s gun belt, leading
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City Council appoints new public works director

The Berkeley City Council appointed a new director to the city’s Public Works Department Tuesday, officially promoting Deputy Director Andrew Clough to the post. Clough, who has served as acting director since January — when previous Director Claudette Ford retired — will now formally accept oversight of the department. As
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Protesters gather in Sproul Plaza, march to Tolman Hall

About 250 protesters gathered in Sproul Plaza at noon on Wednesday to protest budget cuts and potential tuition raises, among other things. A smaller group of demonstrators, numbering approximately 100, then moved to UC Berkeley’s Tolman Hall, where they entered classrooms and opened discussions on issues ranging from the budget
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Live Blog: Day of Action

Thursday marks the first organized day of protest against fee hikes for the current academic year. Organizers, including Ricardo Gomez, who along with Amanda Armstrong wrote an op-ed for The Daily Californian Tuesday explaining their position and goals, met Tuesday to discuss their demands, which include a reversal of recent
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UC Berkeley room and board among costliest in nation

Living expenses can significantly increase the cost of going to college, and for UC Berkeley students living on-campus, the cost of room and board is among the highest in the country. In a recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report, UC Berkeley is second on a list of the
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Alumni released from detainment in Iranian prison

Two UC Berkeley alumni arrested in Iran for allegedly entering the country illegally were released Wednesday morning on $1 million bail after more than two years in an Iranian prison. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were seized in July 2009 for crossing the border from Iraq into Iran
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