Officials will gather at 12:30 p.m. May 11 to officially open the new South Branch library. This is the entrance. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

As usual, news centering around crime grabbed readers’ interest this week. Our detailed timeline of what happened to Xavier (Kayla) Moore before dying in police custody drew numerous comments. There was the curious story of two Berkeley residents caught with a cache of guns; the sad tale of a former Berkeley High School student who was gunned down in Oakland at 17; and the show of force of Berkeley police outside the funeral of a 19-year old man at the McGee Avenue Baptist Church. A pedestrian who was struck by a car was also critically hurt and police were on the hunt for a man who might have been trying to abduct two middle-school girls.

On the city front, our story on Bicycle to Work Day posed the question of how bike-friendly Berkeley could be. It drew a lot of comments. Families rallied to save the school district’s edible food programs, and medical cannabis supporters held a press conference to criticize U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s most recent attempt to rein in Berkeley Patients Group.

The Berkeleyside editors also wrote a letter informing readers about all the news we have scrambled to bring you recently. Please take a look — and please help keep us going by donating or becoming a monthly subscriber. Thank you.

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