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A ‘giant’ game for the fans

SAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants faced the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park for the third time in the series on Aug. 7, Nik Burns was there. Burns, who has been going to games since he was a child — “They’ve been my favorite team since the womb,” he says — is a big fan of…

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‘I love coming to the games’

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — People float around outside choosing between hot dogs and chicken fingers, while the stadium erupts into cheers behind them. The game is the Giants vs. the Brewers, and most everyone has the Giants insignia on their hats and sweatshirts. Iza Bertram, wearing a Giants T-shirt, said she’s a fan because, “My husband is.”…

NSLC: utopian community?

BERKELEY, Calif. — Students are told to walk into a room and pick up a name tag with either the name Schroeder, Charlie Brown, Snoopy or Woodstock, and then to find the rest of their groups, spread out across the room. The floor is divided with tape into four unequal parts: Imagine a large rectangle divided…

Telegraph true to its roots

BERKELEY, Calif. — If you visit Berkeley, you likely walk down Telegraph Avenue. This central street has a rich history as one of the cities counter-culture hubs. Despite this claim to fame, some people have begun to feel that Telegraph is no longer as relevant as it once was, instead becoming a tourist trap and…

The man with the flowers

BERKELEY, Calif.  — The bustling streets of Berkeley were filled with people busy with their own agendas;  few stopped long enough to notice the man with the basket of flowers. It was a day ordinary as any other, but Tim King decided it was his duty to pass out beautiful flowers to the strangers on…

CREAM keeps them lining up, expands

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jimmy and Gus Shamieh created C.R.E.A.M. (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) two years ago,  a family business aiming for quality that people could afford. The ice cream sandwiches, which cost $2.50, are made fresh in the store daily, and offer a wide range of choices. Cream is easy to find: a line of loyal…

Rasputin Music: Berkeley icon endures

BERKELEY, Calif. — Along Berkeley’s bustling Telegraph Avenue, amid street vendors and coffee shops, lies a hidden treasure: Rasputin Music. While its faded exterior is easily overlooked, the shop holds a wealth of music merchandise. Covering three floors and dominated by a sea of CDs, movie and record collections, Rasputin Music has attracted music lovers…