Campus graduate takes new first steps

UC Berkeley’s graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whitney because he was able to experience it in an ordinary way. Not only did he earn his degree, but he received it while standing upright, looking Chancellor Robert Birgeneau directly in the eyes. Whitney, who has been paraplegic
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School district may see smaller cuts

For the upcoming school year, the Berkeley Unified School District may be looking at its smallest budget cut in years, since Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revision of the state budget released Monday provides more money for K-12 education than local districts had earlier anticipated. Over the past few weeks, the
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Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill

After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the business community over the opening of a Goodwill store on Solano Avenue, plans are in the works to instead bring a Pet Food Express in its place. The Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay store — which would have
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Regents rescind part of approval

The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for the renovation and retrofit of California Memorial Stadium continued at the May UC Board of Regents meeting this week, with a board committee and the board itself unanimously voting to partially rescind their previously  accepted stadium project approval. On
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City Council votes to increase fees for marina boat dwellers

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an increase in fees for boat dwellers in the Berkeley Marina. The increases include a 6 percent boost in berth fees plus a $20-per-month surcharge for houseboat owners, meaning some people will be paying about $700 per month to live
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Group within union formally protests election

Just a week after a reform caucus swept the majority of leadership positions in a union representing UC academic student employees, a group of union members have challenged the integrity of the election, calling for an invalidation of the results and another election run by a neutral third party. On
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UC Board of Regents elects new chair, vice chair

The UC Board of Regents elected Regent Sherry Lansing, the board’s current vice-chair, to serve a one-year term as the new board chair and Regent Bruce Varner to serve as the new board vice-chair at their meeting Wednesday. Lansing succeeds Russell Gould, who has served two consecutive terms as chair.
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Berkeley man found dead in Yosemite National Park

Berkeley resident James Dunbar was found dead Friday afternoon by Yosemite National Park rangers who were attempting to recover the body of another man who had drowned in the Merced River, which runs through the southern part of the park and the Yosemite Valley. According to major media outlets, the
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UC spared additional cuts in budget revision

While the University of California escaped further funding reductions Monday morning in Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised state budget, should spending cuts and tax extensions the new proposal relies upon fail to be carried out, additional cuts to the UC and CSU are likely, doubling a $500 million dollar cut to
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