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Berkeley School Board Set to Slash Funding for Cooking and Gardening Program

March 25, 2014 | 11:08 am

Berkeley School Board Set to Slash Funding for Cooking and Gardening Program

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Faced with budget shortfalls, the Berkeley School District opts to cut cooking and gardening classes.

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California Unemployment Rate Still Edging Downward

March 21, 2014 | 11:25 am

California Unemployment Rate Still Edging Downward

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State reports that jobless rate fell a tenth of a point in February and now stands at 8 percent.

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San Francisco Breaks Ground on Colorful Castro Street Redesign

March 15, 2014 | 8:00 am

San Francisco Breaks Ground on Colorful Castro Street Redesign

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The project will cost $4.5 million and include rainbow crosswalks, wider sidewalks and outdoor seating.

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News Pix: Mission Bay Fire, Fighting For Rare Redwood and Cat Cafe Debut

March 14, 2014 | 12:32 pm

News Pix: Mission Bay Fire, Fighting For Rare Redwood and Cat Cafe Debut

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The week’s news in photos from around the Bay.

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UberX, Lyft Expand Driver Insurance

March 14, 2014 | 8:51 am

UberX, Lyft Expand Driver Insurance

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The ride-service companies attempt to close a well-publicized “insurance gap.”

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Berkeley Neighborhood Thwarts Starbucks’ Plan for New Outlet

March 14, 2014 | 7:00 am

Berkeley Neighborhood Thwarts Starbucks’ Plan for New Outlet

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A group of South Berkeley neighbors and business owners campaigned to stop the coffee juggernaut.

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Berkeley’s Pacific Steel Files For Bankruptcy, Hopes to Remain Open

March 13, 2014 | 3:05 pm

Berkeley’s Pacific Steel Files For Bankruptcy, Hopes to Remain Open

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The West Berkeley firm, in operation for 80 years, hopes to avoid layoffs as it reorganizes debt.

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New Jersey to Shut Down Tesla Sales Outlets in Garden State

March 11, 2014 | 3:36 pm

New Jersey to Shut Down Tesla Sales Outlets in Garden State

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New regulation requires carmakers to sell through dealers and bans Tesla’s direct sales model.

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Investment Group Agrees to Buy Safeway

March 6, 2014 | 3:21 pm

Investment Group Agrees to Buy Safeway

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Albertsons owners will pay $9 billion for Pleasanton-based grocery chain, the nation’s second largest.

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City by City, Lyft and Uber Take on Taxis, Regulators

March 3, 2014 | 3:23 pm

City by City, Lyft and Uber Take on Taxis, Regulators

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Breakdown of various efforts around the country to regulate the fast-growing ride-service firms.

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