No we don’t think anyone’s accusing us of arson, we just like making Billy Joel references.

Yet another fire broke out this morning at a west Berkeley art gallery, causes not yet known. A few people were dislodged, and a couple firemen were mildly injured – not by the fire but my a resident dog. Not only was it a dog, but it was a Chihuahua. Named Chuco. So the fire wasn’t exactly fatal, and pales in comparison to the Haste/Telegraph fire last fall. But after that fire, the one at Great China and now this one, we are starting to get frustrated. Why does Berkeley insist on being so flammable? read more »


It has been a relaxing, peaceful week at Berkeley, hmmm?

relaxProfessors happily lecturing on their beloved subjects. Squirrels pouncing on each other. Us college folks getting pumped for the Big Game. Pot Food plentiful and smiles warming the air with love and laughter and joy and bright hippie sunshine!

No, we’re kidding. In reality, as we all know, many things of the opposite nature were circulating and electrifying the air. Students were calling loudly for the sake of their education. Classes were being cancelled due to angry faculty. Batons were, in the ever-so-accurate words of the Associated Press, “nudging” protestors and leaving them with bruises, broken ribs and sore spleens. The Haas School of Business experienced an alarming shooting and unexpected death.

And now, just in case all that wasn’t enough, a building on the corner of Telegraph Ave. and Haste St. caught fire Friday evening.

According to the Daily Cal, the fire began at around 8:48 p.m. and the cause of the fire is not yet entirely known.

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11:23 p.m. (Taken from Unit 3 Priestley Hall) Beverly Cleary residents were strongly recommended to evacuate the building.

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11:42 p.m. Fire is still raging.

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Telegraph detour

Clogger: “So, what’s the occasion for this block-party?”

Block partier: “We’re just partying on our streets. We wanna tell the police and corporations that these are our streets.”

Clogger: “Oh … sweet.”

On Saturday night, Telegraph Avenue — between Dwight and Haste — turned into a blues-guitar playing, bowling pin juggling, hacky-sack kicking block party that was not exactly legal, but fun-filled nevertheless.

Well, fun if you’re the type who likes to rebel against the local government and sit (or lie) in the middle of the street while police “politely” remove your trash barrels and makeshift “Block Party” sign that was written on a yellow rag. And, even more fun if you love read more »