- - Sunday, December 13, 2009


Protesters arrested at chancellor’s home

BERKELEY — Eight people were arrested Saturday after protesters broke windows, lights and planters outside the home of the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said 40 to 70 protesters also threw incendiary devices at police cars and the home of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at about 11 p.m. Friday. There were no fires or injuries.

The protest at the chancellor’s home came on the same day that police arrested 66 protesters at a campus classroom building that was partially taken over for four days.

The protesters were demonstrating against state funding cuts that have led to course cutbacks, faculty furloughs and sharp fee increases.

The eight arrested include two Berkeley students and one from the University of California, Davis, Mr. Mogulof said. Of the remaining five, four had San Francisco Bay area addresses, while one was from Brooklyn, N.Y. Their ages ranged from 20-41. At least three were women.

“This is what it looks like when a student group gets hijacked by an extreme and violent element in its ranks,” Mr. Mogulof said.


14 in hospital in train derailment

CHICAGO — A six-car elevated train derailed on the southeast side of Chicago, causing minor injuries.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a Green Line train run by the Chicago Transit Authority went off the tracks about noon Saturday. He said 14 people were hospitalized with minor injuries.

CTA spokeswoman Katelyn Thrall said it wasn’t clear what caused the derailment and an investigation was under way.

Fire officials helped evacuate about 42 people from the train.


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