Berkeley firefighters working to extinguish 2-alarm fire

Firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire Friday morning at a structure in Berkeley, a fire dispatcher said.  
OAKLAND -- A pedestrian was gravely injured when she was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night near UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, police said.The unidentified 66-year-old woman was in a crosswalk at 11:10 p.  
Chris Treadway
More than 7,000 runners participated in the third annual Berkeley Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races ( on Nov. 22. Oakland resident and Cal Berkeley grad student Sam Robinson (in gray sweatshirt), placed first in the men's race, with a time of 1:12:22, Anna Bretan of Berkeley  
An interfaith group demanded Wednesday that charges be dropped against the so-called Black Friday 14, who allegedly disrupted BART service by chaining themselves to trains at the West Oakland station on Nov. 28, 2014, as part of nationwide "Black Lives Matter" protests.  
Among the local celebrants were "pilgrims of the present generation -- Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria," the Gazette noted Thanksgiving morning. "They left behind beautiful homes which were confiscated along with their bank accounts and business property and even family heirlooms. They hurried across the borders of their native land -- these men and women who had helped build Germany and had contributed so much to what the Germany of old -- not the Nazi's of today -- called Kultur."  
Earlier this month, Merritt College officially opened the 60,000-square-foot Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center, the region's newest state-of-the-art science building. Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting, include U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and other dignitaries. President Barack Obama sent a letter of greeting to honor the day.  
Courtesy of Sharon Green
Stormy and Cloudy are just two of the more than 6,000 homeless cats and kittens that have been rescued by ICRA over the last 20 years and given a second chance at life. In addition, ICRA has had 17,000 cats spayed or neutered, preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted kittens from ever being born.  
The city and the owner of an 18-unit building at 2631-37 Durant Ave. disagree whether a use permit provides for 20 rent-restricted units; a second appeal contends the building should be rehabilitated in its present configuration.  
The East Bay Regional Park District will waive normal fees at its 65 sites on Nov. 27 "to encourage people to hit the trails, not the malls," the district announced.  
FRIDAY, NOV. 13 COMMERCIAL CRIME -- Someone burglarized a business in the 1600 block of Ashby Avenue. GRAND THEFT -- Someone stole more than $950 worth of items from a location in the 1800 block of Fourth Street.  
(Couresy of Jim Kardos)
San Jose cat falls victim to violent predator

Cats may be savvy and agile enough to avoid getting struck by cars and chased by dogs, but there are plenty of other dangers out there for them, and the results are not pleasant. 
( Evan Agostini )
Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?