Mike’s goats travel in his car on their way to a lawn-mowing gig. Photo: Dayna Macy

Several crisis hit the headlines this week, with a serious car accident leaving a young Oakland man in critical condition in hospital on Monday; a major outage leaving more than 12,000 Berkeley residents without power later that day; a downed power line and fire caused by a seagull on Tuesday; and a significant fire all but destroying a home on Benvenue Avenue on Wednesday.

Emergencies were also the focus of a well-read story on Thursday that covered the city’s bid to target the underserved populace in terms of disaster preparedness.

Lighter fare proved popular too, not least the photo sent in by Berkeleysider Dayna Macy of her neighbor giving a ride to his four goats in his Mercedes (above), and the welcome news that King Middle School had been voted one of the 25 “coolest” schools in the nation.

With just 30 days to go before the elections, don’t forget to check out Voter’s Edge Berkeley, our one-stop voting guide to the ten measures on the November ballot. The guide, which will be updated continuously until Nov. 6, is produced in partnership with MapLight.

Finally, if you are pondering whether to buy a ticket for our benefit, The Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation on Dec. 10, ponder no more — it won’t be long before we sell out. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for details.

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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...