Our photo essay on Berkeleyans leaping across fires for Persian New Year proved immensely popular this week. Photos: Kaia Diringer

Two crime and two food-related stories dominated this week.

The shocking news today that two employees at Berkeley music and dance institution Ashkenaz were in hospital with serious wounds after they were shot during an armed robbery in the early hours clearly grabbed everyone’s attention.

And another alarming crime happened on Wednesday when a high-school student was robbed and pistol whipped in the middle of the day just a few hundred feet from his school in central Berkeley.

The news that a Berkeley couple who run a popular Alameda restaurant were opening a beer garden and burger spot on Sacramento was greeted with near-unanimous approval; while the possible arrival of a Starbucks on Telegraph and Ashby had one coffee shop owner concerned.

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