Duplex fire displaces 10 residents
An early morning one-alarm fire June 21 at a two-story duplex displaced 10 adults, a fire official said.
The fire in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was reported at 12:53 a.m., Battalion Chief Paul Cavagnaro said. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, he said.
The exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but firefighters believe it started outside at the back of the building and headed up into the attic, Cavagnaro said. A second building on the property was not damaged.
"It does not appear to be arson," he said.
All 10 people were able to get out safely, and no one was injured. Damage to the building was estimated at $300,000.
Driver is held in suspected DUI crash
A 21-year-old man driving a Corvette that smashed into a pole near the Claremont Hotel on June 20 was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, police said.
The single-car wreck, which happened around 2:20 a.m. on Tunnel Road, critically injured a passenger in the car and shut down the road -- an artery connecting highways 24 and 13 -- at the start of Friday's commute, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.
Tunnel Road remained closed in the eastbound direction until just before 11:30 a.m. The road was closed in both directions until around 7 a.m.
The passenger, a 24-year-old man, was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was in critical condition. Coats said the man's injuries were so severe that a fatal-accident investigation team was called to the scene. The driver, who has not been identified, tried to flee on foot after the wreck, police said, but officers found him a short distance from the crash.
Takei to speak at 'Being Gay, Being Buddhist'
Actor and activist George Takei will be the keynote speaker at "Being Gay, Being Buddhist," a seminar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28. Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Ave. Other speakers will include Pieper Toyama, Lois Toyama, Hoshina Seki, Fred Pelger, and Elaine Donlin, with the Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara, co-director of the Center for Buddhist Education, as moderator. Cost of the seminar is $40 and registration is requested. For details call 510-809-1460 or visit buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/jodo-shinshu-center-events.
Historical society hosting author talk
A free panel Berkeley Historical Society with authors Ann Parker and Priscilla Royal, members of the Northern California Chapter of Sisters In Crime, will discuss "where family history intersects with mystery" from 2-4 p.m. June 29 at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.
The talk is part of a series for the current society exhibit "Researching Your Berkeley DNA: Telling Your Family Story."
Parker is the award-winning author of the Silver Rush Series and Royal is the author of 10 books in the medieval mysteries series. After the program they will sell and sign their books and cookies and lemonade will be served.
Medical product provider assists clinic
The nonprofit Berkeley Free Clinic (berkeleyfreeclinic.org) has received a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program of several health care product donations valued at $5,000 to $25,000 each over the course of two years.
"We got everything from barbed broaches to gloves and gauze" in the first shipment, said clinic dental coordinator Nataly Yoncee. "All of the items were much needed and our patients and volunteers are excited to begin using them."
The clinic has provided "street medicine" care in Berkeley since 1969.
Henry Schein Inc. is an international provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners and the grant is from its social responsibility program.
Library offers movie streaming service
The Berkeley Public Library is offering IndieFlix, a digital movies service that offers cardholders unlimited access to independent films, shorts and documentaries through its website, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. The service has no borrowing, viewing, or simultaneous use limits and is available on Apple, Android, devices and all other Internet-enabled devices, as well as devices that stream movies to the television set. Details: 510-981-6241 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/explore/downloads-streaming.
Summer Reading Game returns at library
Paws to Read is the theme of this year's Summer Reading Game at the Berkeley Public Library, which runs through Aug. 16. The game, intended to help children up to age 13 retain their reading ability during the summer downtime from school, rewards those who read 10 books, 1000 pages, or for ten hours, and who visit the library three times.
For more details call 510-981-6223.
-- Rick Hurd, Rebecca Parr and Chris Treadway