Bill aiming for increased transparency passes state Senate vote

A bill that aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in auxiliaries and foundations in California’s public higher education system was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for approval on Thursday. Senate Bill 8 — authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco — will ensure that auxiliaries and foundations at the
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UC faculty, staff could be offered merit raises

University faculty and nonrepresented staff earning less than $200,000 annually will be eligible for merit raises under a plan announced this past week by the UC Office of the President. The pool of funds — included in the budget passed last fall by the UC Board of Regents — was
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Grand opening of Apple store attracts local fans

Apple Inc. fans and customers flocked to West Berkeley on Saturday to witness the unveiling of the company’s new store on Fourth Street. Nearly 300 people waited throughout the morning to enter the East Bay’s fourth Apple store location at 1823 Fourth Street — some even arriving at midnight the
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New neutrino data may explain origins of matter

Recent advancement in an international physics experiment run by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may provide evidence of how matter came to be in the universe. Berkeley lab researchers, collaborating with 250 physicists and engineers worldwide to form the China-based Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, are working to decipher specific
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Campus pub to open with new management

The Bear’s Lair Pub on campus will open under new management this week, about one year before the space will likely close as part of a broader renovation project for Lower Sproul Plaza. At a meeting of the ASUC Store Operations Board last Thursday, board members said a partnership of
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City unemployment experiences increase

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate increased to 10.5 percent in July, a 0.2 increase from the June rate, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in July was 58,000, of which 6,100 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in Berkeley
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Campus researchers receive award for semiconductor innovation

Two UC Berkeley researchers have created a novel way to test and validate semiconductor chips, an innovation that earned them the Technical Excellence Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Campus electrical engineers Alan Mishchenko and Robert Brayton combined two distinct fields of semiconductor study — synthesis and verification — that
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UC hikers detained in Iran sentenced to eight years in prison

After more than two years of detention in Iranian prison, two UC Berkeley alumni were sentenced to eight years in prison Saturday, though supporters from throughout the world have stepped forward to declare their innocence and remain hopeful that they will be released. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were convicted
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Higher education transparency bill sent to governor

A bill that aims to bring increased transparency and accountability to California’s public higher education institutions was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk Thursday, following approval by the California State Senate. Authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, Senate Bill 8 was approved by the state Senate in a 36-1
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The collection of waste, recycling and green waste is supported by the refuse fund.

Solid Waste Management Division addresses structural deficit

Though at first glance, the city of Berkeley’s waste transfer station and recycling center look much the same as they always have, the monetary aspects behind them tell a different story. Located in the outskirts of West Berkeley near the freeway and the bay beyond, the recycling center — managed
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