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Despite urban area, AU students and staff feel safe

Emergency blue light towers stand throughout American University Northwest Washington, D.C. campus and offer an extra l ayer of safety and protection, but many interviewed on campus this month said they feel completely safe. “I think on certain campuses safety is an issue but not here,” said 20-year-old Cristina Tejada, sitting at the campus Starbucks. “I…

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Marc-ing his territory

OAKLAND, Calif. — Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics shortstop, grew up in the Bay Area and loved baseball. Everyone in his family was a San Francisco Giants fan. Semien’s grandmother took him to those games, and he remembers watching Barry Bonds play ball at Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) and saw Bonds’ 700th career home run. “Honestly, I’m happy…

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Berkeley farmers’ market builds relationships

Every Saturday, locals and tourists come together to see food, plants, music and people that the Berkeley’s http://ecologycenter.org/fm/ has to offer. One of the most memorable parts of this experience is the sound of Lindell Reeves’ voice, a mixture of country twang and Southern soul. Reeves is 80 and has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was…

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Berkeley’s Farmers’ Market brings community together

BERKELEY, Calif. — Different vendors began to set up early Saturday morning at the weekly downtown Farmers’ Market here. While putting out fresh tomatoes, strawberries and peaches, displaying honey and oils and calling out different pastries and breads, area farmers attracted locals as well as tourists. Suzan Chun, a local from the Bay area, continually comes two to three…

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Bringing a taste of Italy to the USA

BERKELEY, Calif.—Of the many stands set up at the weekly downtown farmers’ market, one that stands out is Enrico Bariani’s. Bariani, who is originally from Italy, sells olive oil and cosmetic products, and has been setting his tent up at the farmers’ market since the 1990’s. He came to the United States with his family in 1989,…

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Chez Panisse celebrates 44 years in late August

With more than 500 customers a day and a menu that changes depending on what’s freshest, Chez Panisse proves to be on the cutting edge of farm-to-table dining.  BERKELEY, Calif. — When entering Chez Panisse, one is instantly transported to a cozy, European atmosphere. The homey restaurant opened its doors in 1971 when Alice Waters and…

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Chez Panisse: ‘A sense of things being made by hand’

  BERKELEY, Calif. — In this bustling college town is the world-famous Chez Panisse, which will celebrate its 44th anniversary later this month. The restaurant is known for fresh, local produce and its menus hat change daily to reflect that. Teen Observers staff got a preview of a typical day recently on a tour with General Manager Jennifer Sherman,…

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The many faces of the Berkeley Farmers’ Market

BERKELEY, Calif. —The Berkeley Farmers’ Market has been a hotspot for organic foods, coffee, live music and flowers. The market has about 65 vendors, each stand different from the other. Beet Generation Wendy Siguenza, a local vendor for the organic juice company Beet Generation recently spent her first Saturday at the Berkeley Farmer’s market behind her stand at one…