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Kite party draws families

BERKELEY, Calif. — Felipe Gomez attends the kite festival with his daughter every year here, two of the thousands of people who flocked to the Berkeley Marina over two days to take in competitive kite-flying, colorful just-for-fun kites and a food vendors who offered everything from grilled oysters to grilled cheese. Cecilia Espinoza, who brings her…

Chris Conville, an Irish citizen, felt as though the United States needs to address the problems surrounding immigration for the 2016 presidential election. Photo courtesy Jack Null.

Politics at the Pier: Issues vary

SAN FRANCISCO — In a presidential election where both the Republican and Democratic parties have radically different plans on how to address the massive problems surrounding immigration, it comes as no surprise that many people feel strongly about this prevalent issue. On Monday,The Teen Observer staff interviewed people at the popular tourist destination Pier 39 in San Francisco…

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Drugs, equality on people’s minds

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — What issue most concerns you? The Teen Observer staff asked tourists and residents at this city’s busy Pier 39 what mattered most: Elise Szabo, 20, said the issues most important to her were police brutality, the war on drugs and the connections between the two. “Police brutality is a direct impact of…

Announcer Ron Gibian at a kite festival. Photo by Takaku Barresi

The voice: Kite maker and announcer back at Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — A booming voice carried across the hills of the Berkeley Marina as the 32nd annual Berkeley Kite Festival was under way. That voice belonged to none other than the well-respected Ron Gibian. Gibian was the main announcer for the competitive field, but he has fulfilled roles such as a judge or a side…

Kite flyers competed in  a synchronized kite show at the festival. Photo by Avery Trigg

Kettle Corn sells big in cool Berkeley

Featured Image: Kite flyers competed in  a synchronized kite show at the festival. Photo by Avery Trigg BERKELEY, CALIF. — As you walk up the hill, surrounded by endless rows of vendors you catch the smell of kettle. You look over and spot Ron Mallory of Kettle Korn moving back and forth in his tent…

Mary Rutenbeck, 20, a Wake Forest University student working at American University this summer will study abroad this fall. Photo credit Alex Mazzarisi.

Residents say terrorism here to stay; vow to live life

Michael Barr believes terrorism in the United States and abroad is here to stay. Attempts to stop militants or radicals from disrupting everyday life only will make terrorists more vigilant. He cites a fracture between two cultures that he feels will be “long and demanding.” Barr, an aviation and aircraft safety expert in California, is…