Foul air from North Bay fires prompts cancellation of Sunday Streets Berkeley

BERKELEY — Sunday Streets Berkeley, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15, has been cancelled, along with its companion events Pet Parade, Salsa Sunday and Vine Street Block Party, due to bad air quality resulting from raging North Bay fires, organizers announced Thursday. “Sunday Streets Berkeley is a diverse celebration of our community, and we could not in good conscience ask members of our community, especially children, seniors, and other sensitive individuals to risk their health and safety,” Heather Hensley of the North Shattuck Association, one of the organizers, said in a posting on the Sunday Streets Berkeley website on Thursday. The other organizers are the Downtown Berkeley Association, Walk Oakland Bike… Read More

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Devils forward Michael McLeod undergoes knee surgery | What it means

Devils forward Michael McLeod will miss four to six weeks following knee surgery. Devils forward Michael McLeod underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus. The 19-year-old will be out four to six weeks. McLeod suffered the injury during a preseason game on Sept. 25 against the New York Islanders, when he left the game during the first period. Devils beat Leafs: 8 observations McLeod skated on his own and in small groups while attempting to rehab without surgery, but he had not participated in a full practice since the injury. The recovery timeline puts the Devils’ 2016 first-round pick on track for mid-to-late… Read More

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Greg Holland declines option with Rockies, according to report, will become free agent

Rockies closer Greg Holland, who tied a franchise record with 41 saves this season, will not exercise the $15 million player option on his contract and will explore the free-agent market, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Despite Holland’s success with Colorado in his first season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2015, there has been wide speculation that the veteran right-hander would decline his option. Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Thursday said he could not confirm the report, adding that there has been no official communication between Holland and the Rockies. Holland, who turns 32 next month, was a major reason why the Rockies returned… Read More

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Gang leader admits to murder, attempted murder, kidnap plot

NEWARK — The second-in-command of a notorious Newark street gang faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to a series of criminal offenses, including engineering a failed plot to kill a witness against him, Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. Kwasi “Welches” Mack, 28, admitted to murder and attempted murder in connection with a criminal conspiracy, as well as assaults… NEWARK — The second-in-command of a notorious Newark street gang faces decades in prison after pleading guilty to a series of criminal offenses, including engineering a failed plot to kill a witness against him, Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. Kwasi “Welches” Mack, 28, admitted to murder and attempted murder… Read More

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Radio Atlantic: Derek Thompson and the Moonshot Factory

Few journalists have gotten a peek inside X, the secretive lab run by Google’s parent company Alphabet. Its scientists are researching cold fusion, hover boards, and stratosphere-surfing balloons. Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, spent several days with the staff of X. In this episode, he tells Matt and Alex all about what he found, and what it suggests about the future of technological invention. Links: “Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity” (Derek Thompson, 2017) “The Promise and Peril of Universal Internet” (Dominic Tierney, 2015) “The Physics Nobel and the Fate of Bell Labs” (Edward Tenner, 2009) “How Should the U.S. Fund Research and Development?” (Robinson Meyer,… Read More

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