Occupy Berkeley movement lacks numbers, leadership

In a space crammed with tables of food and plastic utensils, blankets and a haphazard arrangement of colorful cardboard signs, members of Occupy Berkeley are camping out — and have been for almost a week. In front of the Bank of America building in Downtown Berkeley, protesters are joining the
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Power outage Tuesday delays BART commuters

Authorities closed the Downtown Berkeley Bay Area Rapid Transit station Tuesday after a power outage hit the Downtown area, preventing commuters from stopping at or leaving the station for almost two hours. About 1,150 customers were affected when an underground cable failed just before 4 p.m. near the intersection of
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UC Berkeley group advertises cupcakes — for $22,000

The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization jumped on the bake sale bandwagon Wednesday afternoon when its members came out on Sproul Plaza to satirically raise awareness about rising cost of public education. Representatives from the group promised free cupcakes if students signed up for $22,000 student loan applications provided by
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Coalition discusses overturning Proposition 209

A pro-affirmative action coalition hosted a forum Tuesday night to address the legal issues of a lawsuit it has filed against Proposition 209 — a California law that bans public institutions from considering race, sex and ethnicity in, among other things, the college admissions process. Shanta Driver, lead attorney for
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City Council members consider impact of development fees in Berkeley

At a special work session Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council discussed implementing new fees on development projects in the city that would go toward beautification and transportation projects. The city currently collects fees on new commercial developments to fund affordable child care and affordable housing — collected at $1
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Number of confirmed campus mumps cases rises to 15

Over 750 people attended UC Berkeley University Health Services’ second mumps vaccination clinic Tuesday in light of the mumps outbreak that emerged on campus in the last two weeks. Unlike the first vaccination clinic held Thursday, which prompted more than 900 students, faculty and staff to wait in line for over
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UC Berkeley students demonstrate in support of Irvine 11

The UC Berkeley Muslim Students Association staged a silent demonstration on Sproul Plaza Tuesday in support of the Irvine 11 — a group of UC Irvine and UC Riverside students arrested for disrupting the speech of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the campus in February 2010. The protest was part of a
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State now over $700 million behind revenue target

California fell more than $300 million short of its projected cash revenue for the month of September — and over $700 million short so far this year — according to a report released by the state Controller’s Office Monday. If revenue targets are not met, the state may make up
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City Council to discuss feasibility of development fees in Berkeley

At a special work session tonight, the Berkeley City Council will discuss implementing a new fee on development projects in the city that would go toward “public benefit” projects, such as expanded transit and beautification projects. The city currently collects fees on new commercial developments to fund affordable child care
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