Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Archive for July, 2008

Seach for Matt Wilson continues

By kbender

 
Cathy Wilson, the mother of missing Rice University student Mathew Wilson, is back in the Bay Area searching for her 21-year-old son. Bridget Melson with the Pleasanton-based Trinity Search and Recovery, which is assisting Wilson, 52, with her search said she drove Wilson down Telegraph Avenue one night earlier this week. Matthew Wilson, missing since December, has reportedly been seen there in recent weeks.

“What drama we encountered-we had some serious adrenaline pumping. A young man with Matt’s build, hair/beard color, stance, etc. walked by us and for a moment Cathy froze almost convinced it was Matt. We circled the block again and she was in such a state of panic and curiosity that she and Mike, my husband, jumped out of the car and walked up to this young man to ask if he was Matt. It was intense. His own mother thought that this could be him…” Melson told me in an email earlier this week.

It wasn’t,. The young man kept saying “I’m not Matt.” Cathy Wilson who lives in a small town in Oklahoma, was defeated but she will not give up. Her son’ s car was found in Berkeley in June and she will continue to search Berkeley this weekend for him. 

But she needs help.
Searchers will meet at 4 p.m.  Friday, Aug. 1 near U.C. Berkeley and walk the surrounding neighborhoods. They will meet again at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Volunteers  can  register at  <
http://www.trinitysearch.org/ and receive more information and meeting places.

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2008
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Naked woman disrupts traffic, runs into horse stables

By kbender

Interstate-80 traffic is bad enough without having to dodge a naked woman.

But that’s exactly what drivers did shortly before 6 a.m. today. A nude woman running in and out of traffic lanes on the freeway near Gilman Street on the Berkeley-Albany border caused rubbernecking and probably more than one cup of spilled coffee.

Why she was in her birthday suit remains a mystery. Berkeley Police didn’t know. Berkeley Firefighters didn’t know. Even Deputy Chief Gil Dong, who usually knows everything and answered his cell phone South of the border Wednesday, didn’t know. California Highway Patrol spokesman Sam Morgan said she was transported to Alta Bates, but he didn’t know why the woman was naked. “It’s not the first time,” he said.

Luckily, no traffic accidents were caused and the woman finally ran off the freeway into the stables at Golden Gate Fields. Seemed like as good a place as any, I guess.  

Authorities thought she might need to spend some time in a local hospital so they took her away from the horses and into custody for a medical check. And then the rest of the world went on to work, likely with coffee spots on their shirts.

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
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New Trio Bistro owners

By awoodall

The company listed on the transfer of license at the Trio Bistro is Abland Co. Inc. I screwed up bc I meant to write here that anyone who wanted to comment about the transfer had to contact the Dept. of Alcohol Beverage Control, 3927 Lennane Dr. #100, Sacramento, 95834 by  July 19. I’m a little late (duh!) but I figured I would list the address in any case. Do we know anything about Abland Co. Inc?

 

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
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B.A.D. Girls Bout Aug. 9

By awoodall

War on Wheels as San Francisco and Richmond meet at Fort Mason
Richmond Wrecking Belles vs. San Francisco ShEvil Dead on Saturday, August 9, at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the battle starts at 8:00 p.m. Event is 21+ with ID for entry and to purchase alcohol. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. This event is expected to sell out, so buy your tickets today at www.bayareaderbygirls.com.

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
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Amanda’s Restaurant Now Open in Downtown Berkeley

By awoodall

Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food Restaurant is now open in Berkeley. Founder Amanda West launched the quick-service restaurant for customers who want a convenient, tasty, nutritious meal. The menu includes grilled natural meat burgers, chicken sandwiches, 100% vegan veggie burgers, freshly made salads, baked fries, raw organic apple “fries” with a honey yogurt dipping sauce, cookies, freshly-made sodas (sweetened with natural agave nectar and stevia) and flavored milks.
“Our concept is designed to reach both the In-N-Out Burger devotee and the Whole Foods shopper,” West said.
Amanda’s is located at 2122 Shattuck Avenue (near Center Street) across from the BART station in downtown Berkeley. Prices range from $1.75 for a freshly made soda to $3.75 for a burger, with a $6.75 combo deal. Hours are 11:00 am to 9:00 pm seven days a week. For more information visit www.amandas.com or call (510) 548-2122.

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2008
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Brainwash weekend culture extravaganza alliance

By awoodall

Here is a video shot to accompany the Night Owl story about De Lauer’s.
As for this weekend, tonight begins the 14th annual Brainwash drive, bike and walk-in movie festival at the Mandela Village Arts Center, 1357 5th St. (the groovy shack behind the West Oakland BART station). The movies are short, the start time is 9 p.m. and admission costs $9. Fo mo info visit www.brainwash.com.
Over at the EastSide Arts Alliance tonight a film slected by Oakland Sin Fronteras starts 7 p.m. The event is free. I missed a whole bunch of cool events at the center including Hip-hop karoake Wednesday  and Holla Back open mic series on Thursdays.  
Heads up: Next Friday is First Friday, which means Art Murmur and the Oakland Museum’s monthly culture extravaganza including a screening of Paperback Dreams, the story of two local bookstores-Cody’s and Kepler’s-and their struggle to survive. Timely, you think?

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008
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Musical and Tapas Offering Cafe in Berkeley

By awoodall

The Musical Opening Cafe on Bancroft in Berkeley serves tapas until 6 pm Monday through Friday, maybe until 8 pm after the UCB semester starts. It looks lovely but I haven’t had a chance to test it out.

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008
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Party like a B.A.D. Girl

By awoodall

A High-Falutin Affair for the Bay Area Derby Girls, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday Aug. 8 at the Levende Lounge, 1710 Mission St.  Cocktail Attire Required
Extremely special guest DJ from the Big Apple
Please RSVP to attend
(While I’m glad they’re still rolling, notice the fete is in SF along with their new venue — the Fort Mason Center. Is there no room in Oakland, the league’s birthplace?)

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
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DeLauer’s stays 24-hour

By awoodall

It was just a misunderstanding. DeLauer’s Super Newsstand will remain a 24-hour business, at least for now despite reports by yours truly and other reporters that the new business plan called for shutting down at midnight.  The new owners are throwing around ideas like Dock Ellis pitched so nothing is set in stone as yet. Changes have been made to the downtown newspaper mecca, including fresh coffee and tea offerings as well as magazine racks plump with stock. The pink Financial Times is there to greet incomers like a rosy beacon of daily journalism (the color is rosy; the news is not so good). Around the corner, 14th Street is still evolving. Awaken Cafe’s art and performance space in the old Golden Bull bar (414 14th St) won’t be open until the end of 2008 although the to-go cafe portion has been operating for a while. Exhale Salon and Body Spa went into to the storefront next to the Joyce Gordon Gallery but what will occupy the space on the corner of 14th and Franklin is still a mystery. I thought Jesso’s was supposed to open in that block but there was no sign of the restaurant from where I was standing.

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
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Calling all taco truck lovers

By awoodall

Check out this site http://www.yumtacos.com/  for a map and info about a petition to save Sacramento’s taco trucks.

 

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
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