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9 Arrests as Conservative Firebrand Speaks at Berkeley

School spends $600K on security for Ben Shapiro appearance

(Newser) - A phalanx of police and a campus on virtual lockdown Thursday accomplished the University of California, Berkeley, administration's goal of allowing a conservative to speak at the famously liberal university, one that has become known more recently for its violent demonstrations between those with opposing viewpoints. Outside, hundreds of... More »

Pelosi One of First Top Democrats to Blast Antifa

Protesters' violence deserves 'unequivocal condemnation'

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi managed a rare feat this week: She pleased right-wing sites including Breitbart and the Washington Times . How so? The House minority leader condemned "antifa" protesters who turned violent at a weekend protest in Berkeley . "Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public,... More »

Black Journalist Who Protected Alt-Right Protester Has No Regrets

'It doesn't matter if he doesn't see my humanity ... I see his'

(Newser) - When journalist Al Letson saw a suspected alt-right protester being beaten by "antifa" supporters in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday , he didn't stop to consider what the fallen man might think of him. Letson, who is black, simply wanted to save him. Running into the crowd, Letson jumped on... More »

14 Arrested as Berkeley Protest Turns Violent

Alt-right protesters were vastly outnumbered

(Newser) - At least 14 people were arrested in Berkeley, Calif., Sunday as counter-protesters clashed with vastly outnumbered supporters of President Trump. Some of the 7,000 counter-protesters confronted a small group of "alt-right" protesters who had originally intended to gather for a "No to Marxism in America" rally that... More »

Berkeley Butcher Shop Has Odd Sign in Its Window

It criticizes the killing of animals, a deal made with protesters

(Newser) - Visit the Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley and you'll see an odd sign in the window. "Attention: Animals lives are their right. Killing them is violent and unjust, no matter how it’s done," it reads. The California butcher shop put it up as part of a... More »

Coulter Supporters Rally After Berkeley No-Show

Even some opponents voiced free-speech concerns

(Newser) - Ann Coulter didn't turn up in Berkeley Thursday night, where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement. The conservative pundit's canceled appearance at the... More »

Berkeley Braces for Open-Air Ann Coulter Speech

Cops, university prepare for clashes

(Newser) - Ann Coulter has promised to deliver an outdoor speech at the University of California-Berkeley on Thursday, and police, university officials, and even one of the groups that invited her to speak are worried about clashes. After disagreements over dates and venues for her speech, Coulter says she'll stick with... More »

Deaths of Couple, Their Cats Baffle Cops, Worry Neighbors

The Morashes died of carbon monoxide poisoning—but from what?

(Newser) - Roger Hanna Morash, 35, and Valerie Morash, 32, were found dead in their Berkeley apartment on Jan. 23 alongside their two cats, and authorities still aren't sure exactly what happened—which is a big concern for the tenants of the other three units in the building where the couple... More »

Arrests, Injuries as Protesters Clash at Pro-Trump Rally

Right-wing protesters were met with left-wing counterprotesters in California

(Newser) - Anywhere from nine to more than 15 people were arrested as a pro-Trump rally turned violent Saturday in Berkeley, California. Reuters reports the "Patriots Day" free speech rally was organized by conservative activists, and—according to the Mercury News —that included members of the "alt-right," with... More »

Violent Protests Shut Down Milo Berkeley Talk

Yiannopoulos accuses left of being scared of free speech

(Newser) - A talk by far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California-Berkeley had to be called off Wednesday night as protesters smashed windows, ignited fireworks, and chucked bricks and Molotov cocktails. The university blamed the violence on 150 "masked agitators" it accused of disrupting otherwise peaceful protests against the... More »

Berkeley Responds to Student Protests With 'Escape' Door

Yeah, that didn't go over well

(Newser) - Last year, student protesters stormed the chancellor's suite at California's UC Berkeley, staging a sit-in outside Chancellor Nicholas Dirks' office and later marching to his actual residence. In a response that may have made student-administration relations worse, the university has now installed an emergency exit near Dirks' office,... More »

6.5K Hurt in Deck Collapses Since 2003

Dry rot is the usual culprit

(Newser) - An estimated 6,500 people have been rushed to emergency rooms with injuries from collapsing balconies, while 29—including six college students in Berkeley this week—have been killed since 2003. One reason, experts say, is balconies are particularly vulnerable to dry rot. "It's all about creating a... More »

Berkeley Complex Builder Paid $6.5M in Balcony Suits

And Segue Construction has one lawsuit that's still being litigated

(Newser) - A spokesman for the Bay Area contractor that built the Berkeley apartments where a balcony collapsed Tuesday , killing six, says the company has "a very good reputation" and has "never had an incident like this before," but a series of recent lawsuits suggests otherwise, the San Francisco ... More »

Dry Rot Blamed for Balcony Disaster

Wood in 8-year-old building was crumbling away

(Newser) - In what should be a wake-up call for property owners, investigators believe the horrific balcony accident that killed six young people and injured seven in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday was caused by a "classic case of dry rot"—even though the building was less than 10 years old. A... More »

Berkeley Balcony 'Disintegrates,' Killing 6

Ireland's foreign affairs minister says a number of young Irish students died

(Newser) - The fourth-floor balcony of an apartment building, crammed with Irish students celebrating a 21st birthday, collapsed early this morning in Berkeley, killing six and leaving seven others with injuries police are describing as "very serious and potentially life-threatening," Reuters reports. "We don't know what happened,"... More »

Wireless Group: Radiation Warnings Will 'Stoke Fear'

Industry association says Berkeley's cellphone warning violates First Amendment

(Newser) - Last month, the city council in Berkeley, Calif., unanimously approved a measure that would require all cellphones sold within the city to come with a warning notice that informs consumers about radiation exposure. But a wireless industry trade group is now suing the city, saying that the warning violates sellers'... More »

Police Officer Kills Teen 2 Miles From Ferguson

St. Louis County Police say suspect was armed, pointed gun at cop

(Newser) - The town of Berkeley, Mo., is roughly 2 miles from Ferguson and today finds itself dealing with some Ferguson-like protests after a police officer shot and killed a black teen who was allegedly armed last night. Per a statement posted to Facebook by St. Louis County Police, the officer, doing... More »

Berkeley Protesters Block Highway, Stop Train

More than 1K crowd I-80, Amtrak tracks in 3rd night

(Newser) - Protests against the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner continued for a third consecutive night in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday, with more than 1,000 people blocking traffic. Protesters thronged both sides of Interstate 80 as well as train tracks in... More »

Garner Protests Marred by Violence, Stolen Champagne

Business windows smashed as others call for peaceful protest

(Newser) - Protests over the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown continued last night in the Bay Area , beginning peacefully but eventually leading to looting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators climbed on police cars, kicking their sirens; others smashed the windows of a Radio Shack;... More »

Berkeley to Dispensaries: Give Free Pot to the Poor

City council votes for 2% giveaway

(Newser) - It might sound like a slogan from the student radicals the city was famous for in the '60s, but Berkeley, Calif., really is giving free pot to the poor. The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to order medical marijuana dispensaries to give at least 2% of their pot... More »

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