Berkeley Telegraph Ave Crime-in-Progress

Posted in Med Heads & Cafe Culture, Telegraph Avenue on April 15th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Apr. 15, 2014

If you want to catch crooks and fight crime, you head for the Med.

That’s Telegraph’s Caffe Mediterraneum to you; to me its a crime lab.

Tom came to the stairs, where he called out to me, “someone’s ranting and raving.” Here at the Med you can’t tell the rants from the raves.

Raving Begins. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Berkeley Big-Wigs’ Pot Plan For Telegraph

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on April 11th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
April 11, 2014

POTTED ON TELEGRAPH AVE

Ten Big-Wigs. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Ten city big-wigs showed up on Telegraph Avenue, Tuesday, to plan for ten (planter-style) pots to begin beautifying the ave. The big-wigs almost out-numbered the intended pots. There was one big-wig per pot.

“Now street people will finally have a pot to pee in,” said a Teley wise-guy.
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Foiled Berkeley Tree-Sit

Posted in People's Park, The Berkeley Scene on April 8th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed dropout
Apr. 7, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: COPS TRUNCATE TREES TO NIP TREE-SIT IN THE BUD

University police’s quick intervention has foiled a North side tree-sit demo in a Redwoods grove, a block from campus, two blocks from Cal’s football stadium, site of a million dollar tree-sit media circus.

The nearby stadium demo, which stalled construction of the stadium re-build for more than two years taught university cops to act quickly. Their nip-in-the-bud operation, Sunday, could well signal the end of tree-sits in Berkeley.

An attempt, recently, to maintain a tree-sit alongside a recent Post Office protest downtown failed, as did several tree-sits in People’s Park.

Zachary Running Wolf Brown, 52, organizer of the stadium demo was incommunicado and may be on the run. Ever since a recent forty-five day stay in county jail, he has been a marked man, hunted by at least one BPD cop and one university cop.

Redwood before. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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What You Miss Makes You Stronger

Posted in Occupy Berkeley, The Berkeley Scene on April 3rd, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Apr. 3, 2014

Berkeley, Ca

MICAH M. WHITE AND ME–A ROMANCE

On assignment for the Berkeley Daily Planet, two years ago, I missed Micah M. White, the co-founder of the international Occupy movement, as he tried to lead Berkeley’s Occupy franchise on its inaugural Berkeley take-over.

White happened to be living in Berkeley with his Phd wife who had an appointment In U.C. Berkeley’s Rhetoric Department. I didn’t pick up his trail until a few nights later when I tried to photograph his wife, and later, Micah.

My editor wanted me to interview White, when we learned that a founder of the international Occupy movement moved among us. Online White now refers to himself as a “boutique activist,” conducting workshops on protesting.

I tried to get his wife’s permission to photograph her, saying our readers would be interested; White’s wife said she couldn’t understand that.

I said, “you’re a rhetorician, you should [understand].” She seemed worked up over this and appealed to her husband to deal with me, which he did forthwith.You can say what you like about White–social media activist–but you can’t fault his chivalry.

Micah M. White, center in white shirt, a founder of Occupy Wall Street movement, and a new Berkeley resident. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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The Shoppers of Berkeley’s People’s Park

Posted in People's Park, The Berkeley Scene on March 31st, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Mar. 31, 2014

HATE MAN #1 SHOPPER

Giveaways in People’s Park come and go like buses. Park regulars are regularly nourished by Food Not Bombs and the Catholic Worker, as well as food drops from nearby dormitories (left-over event trays), neighbors, and the public.

Cast-off clothing, shoes, knick-knacks, and souvenirs–abound, often strewn about at various spots, since park managers banned a park free-clothes box in 1996.

People’s Park regulars have become savvy shoppers.

Just Shopping. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Wanna Bomber Bombs on Berkeley’s South Side

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on March 26th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Mar. 25, 2014

Bellicose Berkeley spawned the Unabomber and now it presents the Durant ding-dong demolitionist.

An explosion on Durant, late Saturday drew jolted nearby apartment dwellers to the scene. Here on Berkeley’s explosive South Side, we’re used to explosions. We had two explosions near Bancroft twice recently. We’re used to emergency vehicles and a bull-like bomb-sniffing German Shepard.

The hooligans, who shot off guns, last year near a crowded Telegraph ice-cream stand were never found. The shootists left evidence–eight bullet casings. Police, who investigated the blast, Saturday, reportedly found no comparable physical evidence.

Spring break broke that night. Was this a college prank-farewell or some Unabomber-wish-he-were detonating a blast?

Crime Scene. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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People’s Republic of Berkeley a Republican State

Posted in The Berkeley Scene, The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on March 21st, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Mar. 21, 2014

After Rand Paul’s Don’t Spy on Me Tour in the belly of Berkeley’s radical beast, Wednesday …. Let’s sort this out together.

Paul, leading polls as the Republican presidential candidate, spoke a half-mile from Ho-Chi-Minh park. Next-door to a million dollar tree-sit demo that lasted more than two years. Nestled in the lower Berkeley hills, which were under FBI surveillance 55 years ago. A stone’s throw from Berkeley’s People’s Park.

Two blocks from Sproul Plaza, with its plaque commemorating Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement. Is this belly of the beast enough?

Rand Paul, right. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Rand Paul to Berkeley: “They’re Spying on Us”

Posted in The Berkeley Scene, The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on March 19th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
March 19, 2014
Berkeley, CA

Amid tight security, Rand Paul, who has made it a point to take on liberals on their own ground told 500 of his faithful Wednesday at U.C. Berkeley’s International House that the government was spying on him, you, and me.

Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Big Splash on Berkeley’s Telegraph

Posted in People's Park, Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on March 16th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
March 16, 2014

Eight downtown Berkeley Ambassadors moved uptown, Friday, starting cleanup work on Telegraph Avenue at 7.a.m. and working furiously until early afternoon to make a splash.

Telegraph Property Owners’ Roland Peterson called the event a “splash.” He said “splash” was a public relations term.

But if the ambassadors’ seeming success at clearing downtown streets of sprawling sidewalk encampments and their welfare referrals have paid off–as Telegraph property owners believe–they want that splash on Telegraph.

Clean-up near shopping carts. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Learning Journalism in the 1950′s

Posted in The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on March 11th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Feb. 24, 2014

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS–CHAMPAGNE–SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, 1959-61

“If you want freedom of the press,” our journalism professors told us,”own your own paper.” That alone was worth the price of admission and admission was cheap.

Soon they were requiring mastering the letter-press, and the Speed Graphlex larger-than-a-bread-box view camera. They offered a course in smoke signals and tom-tom telegraphy, but those were optional.

A fellow journ student distinguished himself by eating toilet paper, then regurgitating the pulp and making news print. Our professors’ idea was to force us back to Franklin, if not Neanderthals and cold meat.

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