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Local Theaters Holding Their Own Against Economy


BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

In a time of economic strife and hardship, laughter appears to be prevailing.

The house was packed at the Contra Costa Civic Theater in El Cerrito for Saturday night’s performance of Greater Tuna, a “comedy with Tex Appeal.”
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SLIDE SHOW: San Pablo Avenue Looks to the Future


BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

San Pablo Avenue is a major economic force in El Cerrito, supplying the community with everything from nail salons to novelty shops. Now, a new plan to regulate future development along this major thoroughfare is nearing completion.

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Fresh, Cold-Pressed Activism


BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

The olive oil shipment is late.

At 10 a.m., a single volunteer, Henry Norr, arrives on a beat-up red bicycle and waits outside the headquarters of the International Solidarity Movement Support Group (ISM) in Berkeley.   A sign identifying the building as “The Grassroots House” hangs outside.  There is some trash strewn about the yard.

Norr wears a bright magenta shirt and suspenders. A former San Francisco Chronicle business reporter, Norr has visited Palestine three times with ISM. After he returned in 2002, he attended anti-war rallies and gave an informal talk on his experiences in the Middle East.  “I’d had this regular weekly column for four years by then,” he says. Read the full story

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Local Non-Profit Reports Human Rights Observers Abducted


BY ALEXIA UNDERWOOD //

A non-profit organization working for Palestinian human rights with local headquarters in El Cerrito reported that three of its human rights observers were abducted early Tuesday morning by the Israeli Navy. Paul Larudee, a human rights activist with the northern California chapter of the International Solidarity Movement, said that one of the international observers was from San Jose. Read the full story

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