Possessing as we do a bit of a sweet tooth, the Clog headed over to Cinnaholic about a week ago to see what they had to offer. What we found was a large assortment of cinnamon rolls, including special flavors (pumpkin spice, mocha almond and peanut butter & jelly, to name a few) and lots of toppings to choose from if you’d prefer to design your own or just go plain.

The storefront is one of many (see also Saturn Cafe, Ironwood BBQ) that just opened on Oxford Street near Center Street, across from the west edge of campus. Cinnaholic takes up relatively little square footage, as it and Ironwood BBQ share the space once held by Ben & Jerry’s.

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If summer classes, internships or weather have got you down, there’s no better way to recover than by going to Berkeley’s annual kite festival, to be held this weekend at the Berkeley Marina.

Admission is free, and the festivities will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can BYOK or purchase a kite there. Even if you’re not the type to fly kites yourself, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found, including giant octopus kites, choreographed kite-flying, music and food.

Check out the website for more details, as well as more than you ever thought there was to know about kites.

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Berkeley Kite Fest [Highline Kites]


Those of you not already put off of AC Transit by its massive service cuts and general unreliability will be saddened to learn that the harried transit agency is facing yet another hurdle—mass employee absences.

It seems that after their new contract took effect a week ago, hundreds of AC Transit workers have been mysteriously absent from work. Among the conditions of the new contract are salary freezes and a $10 co-pay for health insurance.

The agency is warning riders of delays caused by these absences.

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The sometimes-elusive Republicans of UC Berkeley have just recently renewed their cyperspace presence. The California Patriot blog has resurfaced after a hiatus of about a year and a half.

The blog, a complement to the magazine of the same name, currently has posts on the use of guns by BART cops, Meg Whitman and Tea Partiers. They also have some very harsh words for everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic bear.

And in the name of spirited debate, the Clog welcomes them back to the blogosphere.

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California Patriot Blog [Site]

3899423168_b9bbf0c208If you’ve been just as freaked out as folks at the Clog by the recent southside-wide exercise in arson, this should come as some relief.

One of People’s Park’s consistent denizens–Travis Eugene Churchill, whose mug strikes us as (not surprisingly) familiar–was arrested and charged Tuesday with setting fire to a recycling bin near Sam’s Market on Telegraph Avenue.

Surveillance footage shot a bit before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning caught Churchill leaving the scene of the crime; he was arrested in People’s Park at about 5 p.m. that day, wearing clothing identical to that of the perpetrator on film.

Although it’s currently unknown whether he’s connected to the previous fires, there is, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, a “definitive link.” Not to point fingers or anything, but we totes thought it was drunk students all along.

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Arrest in latest Berkeley arson fire [SF Gate]


Expect many more headlines like this one in the coming months. We’re guessing that throughout this pivotal moment in UC’s history, online education baton twirler Christopher Edley – the dean of Boalt Hall School of Law – would like you to not think of the following fine institutions: University of Phoenix, traffic school. Well, too late. People are getting nervous.

Having waxed panicky our due, we acknowledge that this seemingly outlandish proposal deserves a fair and cool-headed appraisal (the ball has kinda begun rolling, anyway). For the situation and the pros and cons raised so far, keep reading. read more »

Sproul Plaza, circa 9 million B.C.

Fossil discoveries by private paleontologists excavating an area between Oakland and Orinda paint a quite different picture of the East Bay. It seems that 9 to 10 million years, ago, the area was “a warm, wet and flat savanna.”

Now, this isn’t the first time that such discoveries have been made. Excavations in the 1930s and 1960s turned up plenty of other fossils around the site, and UC Berkeley researchers have found fossils from the same era elsewhere.

The different climate of course gave rise to some now unheard-of Bay Area residents. read more »


And BINGO was its name-o.

Admittedly, it’s now much less win than fail, since the multi-million bingo operation that has been corrupting Berkeley’s San Pablo Avenue with its dubious aims and devious schemes finally met its end last week.

We weren’t even aware that many people still played bingo–pre-geriatric stage, anyway. Amazing to say, read more »

flameOK, so that’s an exaggeration. But we were nonetheless shocked to hear that there has been a string of no less than seven fires just south of campus since Friday.

The police suspect arson in all of them, the latest of which took place Monday evening. More are expected tonight. Burned items include trash cans, cars, a Port-A-Potty, a light pole and one of those wooden benches at the Tang Center.

No suspects have been named or described by the police, and Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss offers the following sage insight:

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Are you into classic Broadway musicals? Do you know all the lyrics from “Oklahoma!” by heart? Do you sing them in the shower?

Even if you answered no to all of the above questions, you might want to check out “Carousel,” being performed tonight with a full orchestra. Oh, and did we mention, it’s free? read more »

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