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Berkeley disability activists receive peace award in emotional ceremony

The Berkeley Rotary Club on Wednesday issued its annual Rotary Peace Grove Award to U.S. State Department disability advisor Judith Heumann and the late Ed Roberts, both of whom empowered and led fights for the disabled community. 
Police urging fans to take public transportation to soccer game at Memorial Stadium  
 
The new downtown building, designed by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is expected to be completed by July 2015 and open for operation by early 2016, when it will once again unite art exhibits and film programs under one roof.  
 
An area under Interstate 80 at Gilman Street had rotting food, human waste and hypodermic needles.  
 
Parents and teachers at The Academy, a small private school, are feverishly trying to continue classes after the family corporation that owned it since 1969 closed it earlier this month due to low enrollment.  
 
BERKELEY -- A Whole Foods store will open on Gilman Street Nov. 4, the company said Wednesday.Whole Foods was previously planning to open in nearby Albany but decided on Berkeley after Albany residents protested a development plan on UC Berkeley land a few blocks away on San Pablo Avenue.  
 
FRIDAY, JULY 11 STOLEN AUTO -- Vehicles were stolen in the 700 block of Euclid Avenue, the 1500 block of Lincoln Street and the 1200 block of Russell Street.  
 
All-day bike race to close city streetsAn all-day bicycle racing event on Sunday will close several streets along the Albany and El Cerrito border.The 30th annual Berkeley Bicycle Club Criterium will bring some 400 to 450 entrants who will race in various brackets starting at 7 a.  
 
"Following a public hearing in which was shown an apparent division of public opinion as to whether the future expenses of city government small be increased or held to a minimum," the Berkeley City Council approved, 75 years ago, a budget for 1939-40 that increased the annual tax rate from $1.42 per $100 of assessed valuation to $1.45.  
 
Have you seen those heartbreaking commercials for the ASPCA (short for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) featuring pictures of abandoned cats and dogs as Sarah McLachlan sings "In The Arms of An Angel?  
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Surprise! Justin Bieber in news for his music

The troubled singer releases clips of 11 new tracks on Instagram, hinting at prospect of new album.