UC hikers released on $1 million bail

The two American hikers and former UC Berkeley students detained for allegedly crossing the Iranian border more than two years ago were released early Wednesday morning on a $1 million bail by the Iranian authorities, The New York Times reported. According to The Times, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal —
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Berkeley officials, residents discuss Oakland Safeway expansion near border

The Berkeley City Council addressed concerns Tuesday night over the potential greenhouse gas emissions and congested intersections that would result from the proposed expansion of the Safeway that closely borders Berkeley on the corner of College and Claremont avenues in Oakland. During public comment at the special meeting, community members
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Research shows tears shed light on presence of eye disease

Your optometrist may make you cry during your next appointment, but don’t worry — it’s for your own good. Amy Herr, UC Berkeley assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and graduate student Kelly Karns have developed a new method of diagnosing the eye disease Sjogren’s syndrome by analyzing tears.
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Area nurses to join thousands of other nurses in statewide strike

Nurses from Berkeley hospitals will participate Thursday in a massive strike along with thousands of nurses across the state. Nearly 23,000 nurses from the California Nurses Association — a sector of the nation’s largest nurses’ union, National Nurses United — are planning to walk off the job at Sutter Health affiliate
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Study suggests evaporation from trees cools global climate

In addition to providing shade and oxygen, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s study published Sept. 14 in the journal Environmental Research Letters proposes that trees could help cool the planet through evaporation. According to the study, evaporated water from trees adds to low-level clouds, which reflect solar radiation back to
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Five protestors plead no contest, six to face trial

The legal fate of twelve of the arrested protesters from the March budget cut demonstrations have been decided by plea agreements as of Monday. Four of the 17 protesters arrested March 2 in connection with the Wheeler Hall sit-in pleaded no contest Sept. 14  at the Wiley W. Manual Courthouse
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ASUC Senate seeks to further bottled water ban efforts

If everything goes according to the ASUC Senate’s plan, bottled water will be a product of the past on the UC Berkeley campus by 2014. More than five months after the passage of a student initiative calling for the campus to phase out its sale of bottled water, the senate
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Berkeley sees rise in number of home sales

As home prices declined, more homes were sold in Berkeley during the last 12 months than in the previous year, signaling a possible recovery for the city’s fragile housing market. Between September 2010 and August 2011, 27 more houses were sold in the city than during the same time period
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