UC reaches new pension, health care agreement with union

The University of California announced Monday that it finalized an agreement with a union representing research and technical employees in which both the university and the union will increase contributions to the university’s underfunded pension plan. Under the agreement, members of the University Professional and Technical Employees union will contribute 3.5 percent
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Earthquake hits north Berkeley Sunday

Berkeley felt a small earthquake that hit a few miles north of the UC Berkeley campus Sunday afternoon. With an epicenter in the Berkeley Hills, the quake hit at 12:41 p.m. and had a magnitude of 1.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. View Earthquake 1.22.12 in a larger map
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City’s opinion of movement changed as crime levels rose

Occupy Berkeley is homeless. The Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Downtown Berkeley lies abandoned after months of being the center of controversy and strife during the Occupy Berkeley events that took place late last year. Though the city’s Occupy movement was initially well received by Berkeley City
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Business school junior dies at 21 following hit-and-run

Vladimir Debabov, a UC Berkeley junior in the Haas School of Business, died Saturday after being the victim of a hit-and-run near Davis. He was 21. The incident occurred at about 3:50 a.m., when Debabov was walking north on Highway 113 and was struck by a vehicle, which left after
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Richmond site selected as Berkeley lab’s second campus

RICHMOND, Calif. — After about eight months of evaluating different finalist locations, the University of California announced Monday morning that the Richmond Field Station is the preferred site chosen for the second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Berkeley Lab officials selected the field station — which the UC
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SHIP-enrolled students no longer able to receive Walgreens pharmacy benefits

Students enrolled in the systemwide UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) can no longer receive in-network benefits at Walgreens pharmacies. The Tang Center announced Jan. 1 that SHIP-enrolled students can no longer receive in-network pricing on medical prescriptions filled at Walgreens. However, Kim LaPean, communications manager at the Tang Center,
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Contention resurfaces with People’s Park maintenance project

A barrage of criticism was flung at UC Berkeley in late December, but, unlike that of past months, the controversy was not about Occupy Cal demonstrations or tuition hikes. This time, the complaints came from a far more familiar source. After the campus began a maintenance project at People’s Park
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Study: state suffered dramatic drop in funding for higher education

State funding for California higher education dramatically decreased by $1.5 billion between fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12 as part of a nationwide decline in education funding, according to a report released Monday. Among what the annual Grapevine study deemed the “megastates,” California suffered the largest decrease in state funding over
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