The newly renovated Cal Memorial Stadium which reopens today. Go Bears! Photo: Jef Poskanzer

Not surprisingly, this week’s most viewed story concerned the helicopters that spent many hours flying low over our city. When it was clear the twin-engine Bell 412 choppers were here to stay — as was the un-ignorable noise they emitted just 300 ft above us — emails and tweets began pouring in to Berkeleyside asking what was going on. The answer: two federal agencies measuring ground radiation levels… really.

The most exciting story, surely, for Berkeley is the reopening today of the Cal Memorial Stadium following a down-to-the-studs, 21-month, $321 million renovation. See our photo gallery of the revamped stadium. As head coach Jeff Tedford said, “It’s great to be home.” Today at noon the team takes on Nevada on the freshly laid turf. Go Bears!

Berkeley Hardware is the oldest operating business in Berkeley aside from the University of California. The news that it was moving to a new location had Berkeleysiders buzzing.

Other stories worth catching this week: the teacher who would be Mayor; the FBI’s secret war against Berkeley; the design program that turns high schoolers into makers; the naming of the likely next BUSD Superintendent; and the bid to bring San Francisco-style parklets to our city.

Happy Labor Day weekend. See you back on Tuesday!

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...