As Berkeley’s impending fall vote on the sit-lie measure draws closer, the San Francisco Chronicle’s latest report on sit-lie simply adds fuel to the con side. The majority of sit-lie tickets are going to the same people, who happen to be older alcoholics. read more »


While Memorial Stadium is getting ready to debut its sparkly new self this fall, some people are polishing up the bits it shed along the way to sell to the public. read more »


After Sunday night’s inspiring Curiosity touchdown, the nation’s eyes have once more turned towards the final frontier. UC Berkeley’s miniature satellite follows right on Curiosity’s heels — CINEMA, which stands for CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons and MAgnetic fields, will launch at the end of this month. read more »

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The officer who rose to notoriety last spring after pepper spraying a line of protestors at UC Davis has left the school. Protestors across the Bay delight.

Now the question is, what will Lt. John Pike be doing next? As an officer for Davis, Pike made $110,243.12 in 2010. If he plans on entering a profession where he’ll make just as much or more, there goes the pursuing-a-PhD or going-back-to-school plan.

Maybe he should just cuddle up at home with Winnie the Pooh and friends and not show his face until the anger dies down. As if it ever will. What do you think, Berkeley?

Image source: Chris Gionet under Creative Commons

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The Oakland Planning Commission approved Safeway’s plans for expansion, undoubtedly pissing off the Berkeley City Council. At the July 17 meeting, council members declared the Safeway plans a “monster project”, and were united in opposition. But since Safeway is in Oakland, albeit on the Berkeley-Oakland border, the BCC was powerless to stop it. Beware BCC, the monsters are coming. Two-story monsters, that is. To read more details of the plan itself, check here.


A mock-up of what the transformation will look like

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1. erostrend under Creative Commons

2. Lowney Architecture, Courtesy


Amid the recent controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A and its stance on gay marriage, Berkeley students have called for a boycott of the nearest Bay Area Chick-fil-A. Guess someone doesn’t want to eat mor chikin. read more »


The escalators at the Civic Center BART have been operating poorly for the past few months. The cause? Shit. Literally. read more »


On the last weekend of every July, the Berkeley Kite Festival takes place over the Berkeley Marina. One of the biggest events at the festival this year will be the “octopile”, a pile of a dozen or more flying octopus. Believe us, it’s just as creepy as it sounds. read more »

bonfire rally

Sadly, Bob Dylan‘s trip to the Berkeley Greek Theater coupled with the absurdly early Big Game date (Oct. 20th, Jesus Christ!) means that the epic Bonfire Rally will not be happening this fall. Apparently, Bob Dylan and various other concert structures are difficult to set up and extremely flammable, leading to a cancellation of fire-laden activities.

UC Rally Committee will attempt to hold an alternate rally at Edwards Stadium, but without the usual awe-inspiring pyrotechnics. Well Cal, if there’s anything worth protesting over, it’s this. Get those picket signs out and start chanting “Freshmen more wood!”

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It’s official folks, Kriss Worthington will be running for mayor this fall. Kdubs announced his candidacy at noon today, saying that he would be running on a platform emphasizing transparency and buzzword buzzword. read more »

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