UC and union reach agreement

The University of California and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees ratified an agreement on a contract that will affect more than 20,000 employees at UC campuses and medical centers, the UC Office of the President announced Monday. The contract will increase wages for patient care and
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Brown signs landmark DREAM Act legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the second part of the California DREAM Act — a controversial piece of legislation which grants undocumented students access to state financial aid — into law Saturday. The act, also known as AB 131, is the first such legislation to be signed into law in the
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Protesters stage occupation outside Bank of America

The Occupy Berkeley protest, which began Saturday, saw few protesters stay overnight outside the Bank of America in Downtown Berkeley and smaller numbers attending the daily meeting on Sunday in comparison to day one. After deciding on Saturday afternoon to start the protest that night — rather than a week
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First-time graduate enrollment drops at UC Berkeley

In light of recent economic hardships throughout the country, universities nationwide experienced an overall drop in first-time graduate student enrollment rates in fall 2010 for the first time since fall 2003, and UC Berkeley was no exception. According to campus admissions data, UC Berkeley saw a drop in the incoming
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BART considers extending Friday night service

Following the failure of a similar proposal in June, BART is considering extending its hours Friday nights and delaying service on Saturday mornings. Because public input showed that Saturday delays would have adversely affected low-income and minority passengers, the BART Board of Directors deferred the previous proposal, which would have
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Whooping cough compliance rates up for Bay Area schools

Compliance rates for whooping cough immunization vary amongst school districts in the Bay Area, as remaining schools continue to urge unvaccinated students to get their Tdap shot, in accordance to a state law passed last year. Weiru Fang covers local schools.

Occupy Berkeley protest starts one week early

Over 200 participants met for the first meeting of Occupy Berkeley at noon today in Downtown Berkeley, where they voted to begin the occupation tonight rather than wait until next Saturday as they had originally planned. Community members toting signs and flags as well as students from UC Berkeley and
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