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Berkeley artisans set to open their studios for holiday shopping

The 24th annual event begins the weekend after Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas Eve, offering the chance to shop locally for unique and creative gifts, meet and support the more than 100 artists and craftspeople in relaxed, enticing environments. On display will be an array of high quality, handcrafted items, many one-of-a-kind.  
Craig Alderson and his partner, Vanessa Tait, are constructing the straw-bale dwelling for Tait's mother.  
The 23-year-old man and 26-year-old female were parked in a dirt turnout off Grizzly Peak Road when three men -- two armed with handguns and the other with a baseball bat -- accosted them and demanded money.  
FRIDAY, NOV. 14 COMMERCIAL CRIME -- Someone burglarized a business in the 1500 block of San Pablo Avenue. GRAND THEFT -- Someone stole more than $950 worth of items from a location in the 900 block of Creston Road.  
Free speech and Bill MaherThis letter is in response to the Nov. 14 letter by Richard Ingalls, "Intolerance of free speech."Ingalls is among the many writers who apparently don't understand the difference between allowing speech, no matter how offensive, and bestowing an honor on a "role model.  
Mountain lion report prompts warningUniversity of California police this week issued a safety warning following a Nov. 20 report of a possible mountain lion sighting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  
The annual Toys For Tots team effort culminates in the distribution of more than 3,000 toys each year to needy Berkeley children; new, unwrapped toys can be delivered at the Public Safety Building, Traffic Substation or any fire station  
Police responded to a report of a sexual assault that occurred in a University of California at Berkeley dormitory Monday afternoon  
Seasons end for Head-Royce, SJND The Head-Royce and St. Joseph Notre Dame girls volleyball teams reached the North Coast Section Division V semifinals before falling on Nov.  
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David Miller and son Emerson, 12, of El Cerrito, step up to the table to receive a simulated supply of medicine during an emergency training drill in El Cerrito on Nov. 20. Local health departments across the Bay Area participated in a regional drill this week to better prepare their communities in the event of a large-scale health emergency. As part of the exercise, which simulated an anthrax bioterrorism attack, public health departments practiced activities such as the delivery of emergency supplies and mock "point-of-dispensing" sites where life-saving medication would be distributed to the public.  
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Review: 'Far Cry 4' takes players to new heights -- literally

The latest in the Ubisoft series places players in a Himalayan kingdom, where they fight a dictator, scale mountain cliffs and dodge rampaging elephants.