on March 4th I posted
I'm told by a usually reliable
source that yesterday at 4:30 PM there was an armed robbery of
a Tippett employee in the vicinity of 8th and Grayson. The robber,
who held a handgun, let the employee go after taking his wallet--the
robber was a young black man.
later on March 4th I posted
Andrew Frankel Berkeley PD,
PIO confirms that there was an armed robbery of a Tippett employee
yesterday late afternoon on Grayson--however there is more than
one suspect. A firearm was used and there are several suspects.
on March 5th I posted
8th and Grayson armed robbery
(put together from several
Tuesday about 4:30 PM, the
suspects drove up in a car, three got out, the car then went around
the corner and stopped. The three suspects, "African-American,
between 14 and 18" stopped the Tippett employee and threatened
him with a pistol. The victim handed over his wallet and the suspects
then ran around the corner, down the street and got into their
March 5th traffic stop on
8th and Grayson
at 5:45 PM, at roughly the
same place of the Tippett employee armed robbery earlier in the
Consolidated Printing has
laid off staff.
Last Tuesday a Potter Creek
group met to approve their bylaws, possibly nominate officers
and discuss traffic in the neigborhood. The meeting was held at
the Ninth Street campus of the French School. At its peak just
over thirty were present, some [many] left before the two hour
meeting was over. Bylaws were approved.
Tippett has put on staff
with new jobs.
at our west-Berkeley Bowl
Just over a week ago, city
workers planted a fruit tree in front of the Eighth Street playground
of the French School. This was about two weeks after the former
fruit tree fell over.
For West Berkeley Zone Changes Linked To University, Lab Startup
Firms" is a story
by our Planet's Richard Brenneman.
Our Planet's recent news
release will follow.
"Roundabouts proposed for Berkeley's Gilman
St." reports Carolyn
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Motorists call it 'suicide
alley' and take 4-mile detours to avoid it. Pedestrians huddle
on the sidewalk, cowering in fear. Merchants say it scares off
But Berkeley has come up
with a solution to the East Bay's most treacherous intersection
- Gilman Street and Interstate 80, where traffic barrels through
from 14 directions with no stoplights: a $10 million double roundabout.
'Roundabouts are all over
Europe and Mexico. I think we'll get used to this here,' said
Berkeley City Councilwoman Linda Maio. 'And the beauty of roundabouts
is that if you don't get it the first time, you can just keep
going around and around and around until you do.' "
Just like Berkeley politics,
. . . but often they don't?
"Golden Gate Fields' owner files for bankruptcy"
is a story by George
Raine, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The owner of Golden
Gate Fields and other horse racetracks in the United States filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, saying it will
continue with uninterrupted operations while beginning a process
to sell assets and implement reorganization.
Racing at Golden Gate Fields
in Berkeley will be unaffected, said Robert Hartman, the general
manager, with the racetrack maintaining its schedule of races
Wednesday through Sunday.
"Berkeley students decry proposed Panda
Express" is a story
by Patricia Yollin, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"UC Berkeley student
Yonatan Landau shelled out $90 to rent a panda suit. That's the
form political protest is taking at Cal these days.
Landau is one of the leaders
of a campaign to prevent Panda Express from coming to campus.
So far, more than 1,300 students have signed a petition opposing
a plan to bring the fast-food outlet to Lower Sproul Plaza."
"Researchers identify promising materials
for supplying the world's electricity needs" writes Kevin Bullis at technologyreview
"One of the best materials
for making cheap solar cells is iron pyrite (better known as fool's
gold), according to researchers at the University of California,
Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley."
Storage: a Poor Idea for Solar-Thermal Power Project"
reports Ucilia Wang at greentechmedia.com.
"Solar-thermal power supporters often cite energy storage
as a benefit the technology brings. But it may not be practical
for commercial deployment. At least not now.
Charles Ricker, senior vice
president of marketing and business development at BrightSource
Energy, said the company isn't adding the energy storage component
its projects because it doesn't make financial sense."
"Continuing Job Losses May Signal Broad
is a story at nytimes.com sent by Merryll.
"Another 651,000 jobs
disappeared from the American economy in February, the government
reported Friday, as the unemployment rate soared to 8.1 percent
- its highest level since 1983.
The latest grim scorecard
of contraction in the American workplace largely destroyed what
hopes remained for an economic recovery in the first half of this
year, and added to a growing sense that 2009 is probably a lost
"Washington plans for big bank failure" is a report at cnn.com.
"A bill introduced in
the Senate would give FDIC chief, Sheila Bair, a huge loan to
handle 'emergency situations' in the banking sector.
A bill introduced in Congress
would give the FDIC, the agency that stands behind Americans'
bank deposits, temporary authority to borrow as much as $500 billion
from the government to shore up the deposit
The bill -- the Depositor
Protection Act of 2009, backed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman
Chris Dodd, D-Conn. and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho -- wouldn't change
the status of individual bank accounts, which through the end
of this year are insured up to $250,000.
But the Dodd-Crapo bill acknowledges
what the financial markets have been signaling for the past month
-- that the government must take the lead in a costly cleanup
of the mess in the financial sector."
On 3/6/1899 the German chemical
and pharmaceutical company Bayer registered Aspirin as a trademark.
"Life injected into Bay Area stem cell
David Morrill at contracostatimes.com.
Bay Area biotech companies sat frustrated for eight years as a
cloud of politics generated by the Bush administration hovered
over the stem cell industry.
But with a stroke of President
Barack Obama's pen Monday, suddenly the sky has begun to clear
as federal restrictions on the funding for embryonic stem cells
'We are now back at the starting
line where we should have been long ago,' said Michael West, president
and chief executive of Alameda-based BioTime. 'The political football
has been taken off the field, and now we can focus on scientific
collaborations that have been long delayed.'
Although financially this
will benefit academic institutions and not companies, the acceptance
of the field will have an impact on everyone, West said.
Stock prices for stem cell-related
companies saw the impact immediately. Shares of nearly every company
focused on stem cells surged dramatically. BioTime closed up 26
percent, or 45 cents, to $2.15. Menlo Park-based Geron closed
up 16 percent, or 64 cents, to $4.51."
Millennium AG / Letter of Intent" is a press release
"Erlangen/Las Vegas (Nevada), 04.03.2009 Solar Millennium
(ISIN DE0007218406) is cooperating with NV Energy Inc., a large
energy supplier in Nevada, in the development of large solar-thermal
power plants. Solar Millennium LLC, the American subsidiary with
headquarters in Berkeley (California), NV Energy and MAN Ferrostaal
Inc., the joint venture partner of Solar Millennium AG for the
construction of solar-thermal power plants in the US, signed a
memorandum of understanding (M.O.U.) for the joint development
of projects in the Amargosa Desert."
"Berkeley Police Link
19 Sexual Assaults" reports US NEWS.
"Police in Berkeley, Calif., have reported two more sexual
assaults of college-age women on or around the UC-Berkeley campus,
bringing the total number of assaults linked to one suspect to
19, the Daily Californian reports.
Police have stepped up patrols
in the area and have focused on publicizing preventative measures
for personal safety. In response, student groups planned a rally
for today and encouraged participants to wear skirts in support
of the women who were assaulted, many of whom were wearing skirts
when they were attacked."
Ofc Andrew Frankel,
BPD, PIO confirms that Mechanics Bank on Fourth Street was held
up at 1:33 PM Monday. The suspect was seen leaving the bank, was
pursued and arrested later Monday afternoon on 19th and Jackson
in Oakland--with cooperation of Oakland PD.
Michael Goldin hipped me
to the holdup within an hour of its occurance.
Well, Ok then!
"Three Arrested in South Campus Stabbing"
writes Riya Bhattacharjee
of the Planet.
"Berkeley police have
arrested three men in the stabbing of a UC Berkeley student early
Saturday morning in thecity's south campus area.
Carlos Argenis Guzman, 22,
Fernando Ramos-Hernandez, 23, and Christian Aaron Woodward, 23,
were arrested for their alleged involvement in the stabbing. Guzman
and Ramos-Hernandez were also arrested for brandishing a deadly
weapon, battery and a hate crime-incidents that took place just
minutes before the stabbing, said Officer Andrew Frankel, spokesperson
for the Berkeley Police Department.
The assault took place at
1:13 a.m. Saturday at Piedmont Avenue and Channing Way."
woman arrested for forging checks at Northern California banks"
is a report at contracostatimes.com.
from my log
SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry
eyes, dry mouth, cough, slight "chlorine" like odor,
guest for afternoon has headache, goes outside for a walk for
2/9/09--off-and-on all day
beginning at 6:00AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front,
burning eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough, short breath, slight
"chlorine" like odor, over-rides four HEPA filters,
2/12/09-6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse, "dry" air, unburned "gas"
odor, eyes and throat dry, cough, air out.
2/17/09--8:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, leave.
2/18/09--6:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, cough, burning throat
plus strong "chlorine bleach" and "burning natural
2/19/09--1:07 PM, irritant
in front room, eyes water, mouth dry. 1:36 PM VERY, VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, nausea, light head,
****3/1/09-- ~6:00 AM and
following all AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning eyes, mouth, throat,
cough. light head. ~10:30 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning eyes, mouth,
throat, cough. light head, and "chlorine bleach" odor,
leave. Similar throughout the afternoon. Similar symptoms previous
SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS hacking cough, burning
eyes, mouth, short breath, "chlorine bleach" odor.
in frontroom, eyes burn.
3/7/09--7:15 AM, irritant
in front room, cough, iritant off-and-on all day.
3/11/09--6:12 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, throat, cough.
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