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West Berkeley residence gets needed work via nonprofit program

A coat of primer and energy efficiency upgrades bu volunteers help a low-income homeowner 
The organizers of Independence Day in Martinez in 1889 had managed a coup. For the first time in county history there would be a balloon-ascension on its side of the Oakland-Berkeley hills.  
 
Staff WritersFremont to grand jury: Already taken care ofFremont was taken to task this week for destroying most of its emails after 30 days, a practice the city has already modified.  
 
The Berkeley City Council will discuss Williams-Ridley's nomination on July 14; Daniel, who became Berkeley's city manager in 2011, is leaving July 24 to become an assistant city administrator in Oakland.  
 
Officers are looking for a man who stole cash from a bank in downtown Berkeley, a police spokeswoman said.  
 
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The City Council has approved naming the softball field at Codornices Park after Jane Hammond, a volunteer with the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League for more than 25 years.  
 
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A judge quickly denied a temporary restraining order request Thursday morning by Segue Construction that had demanded the Alameda County District Attorney's Office allow the company to observe any testing or inspection of the dry-rotted balconies involved in a fatal collapse last month.  
 
The fiscal year's last council meeting lasted more than six hours and featured passage of the city budget for the next two years and a refusal to order the Landmark Preservation Commission to reconsider designating Campanile Way a city landmark. Discussion of proposed ordinances to regulate behavior on sidewalks and other public spaces was postponed  
 
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Both sides will be in court Thursday to present their arguments over Segue's restraining order. The construction company filed for the temporary restraining order to preserve evidence taken from a Berkeley apartment building where a balcony collapsed, sending six people to their deaths.  
 
The goal of the resolution is "to encourage the care and best use of the Downtown Berkeley Main Post Office building."  
 
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Five delicious noshes for that picnic basket

Ready to dine al fresco? Picnic cocktails, addictive fried chicken and tasty salads add up to a quintet of delicious treats for your outdoor feast. 
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Did Tiger Woods cheat with Amanda Dufner?

Lindsey Vonn reportedly caught golfer with his competitor’s ex-wife, which is likely why they aren’t dating anymore.