BART to increase security for anniversary of 9/11

As part of a project called Operation RAILSAFE, Bay Area Rapid Transit is increasing its security presence at its stations and parking lots in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. The operation — which is designed to coordinate deployments of law enforcement officers from Contra Costa, Alameda and San
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Planning Commission discusses Downtown Area Plan

As the city of Berkeley reviews the latest version of a plan that aims to transform the Downtown area into a more welcoming place for residents, tourists and businesses, concerns continue to arise regarding zoning designations and building height limits. The city Planning Commission met Wednesday night to review proposed
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UCPD reports rise in alcohol-related casualty calls

Twice as many UC Berkeley students were rushed to the hospital for alcohol intoxication in the first few weeks of the semester this year than last year, according to UCPD statistics. Between move-in weekend and Labor Day weekend last year, UCPD officers responded to seven alcohol-related casualty calls — instances
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City commission meets to discuss tax regulation on medical cannabis

Representatives of Berkeley’s newly-reconstituted Medical Cannabis Commission met for the second time Thursday to discuss their ongoing efforts to develop recommendations that will develop tax regulation on medical cannabis in the city. At Thursday’s meeting, the commission successfully established two four-member subcommittees — one for dispensaries and one for cultivation
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9/11 panel explores post-disaster America

As part of an annual roundtable discussion covering public issues, UC Berkeley hosted a panel titled “9/11 Ten Years Later: How Did the Attack Change America?” Thursday evening to address shifts in economic, domestic and military affairs that occurred as a result of the tragedy.The Robert T. Matsui Center for
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Local school district establishes heightened safety measures

After several incidents involving firearms on its campus last year, Berkeley High School has instated heightened safety measures for the start of the new school year. As part of the changes, the high school, teeming with more than 3,000 students, now has four campus monitors — positions created to guard
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UC Provost Lawrence Pitts set to retire in February

Lawrence Pitts, UC provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will step down in February, UC officials announced Thursday. During Pitts’ three years as the university’s top academic officer, shrinking state funding led to skyrocketing tuition, a growing inability to retain faculty and austerity measures for the university and its
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City commission closes March 3 crowd control complaint

The Berkeley Police Review Commission voted at a meeting Wednesday night to close a policy complaint raised earlier this year regarding police use of force and crowd control tactics at the protests on the UC Berkeley campus in March. The complaint — brought March 17 by Copwatch member Andrea Prichett
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Police arrest suspect in tire-puncturing incident

Berkeley police have arrested one suspect who they say is responsible for puncturing dozens of tires and spray painting a few vehicles in South Berkeley last week, police announced Thursday morning. At about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Berkeley Police Department officers arrested Berkeley resident Mandisa Monroe, 33, near her home, according
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UC provost to leave post

Lawrence Pitts, UC provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, announced Thursday he will retire in February. Pitts was appointed interim provost in February 2009 and became the permanent provost in March 2010. As provost, Pitts oversaw academic affairs throughout the UC system, according to a press release issued Thursday
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