The house in the Elmwood that went for $2.4 million,
The house in the Elmwood that went for $2.4 million. Read the full story.

Our article on the rising spiral in housing prices immediately started a lengthy debate in our comments section. There are 111 comments and counting… Is it a bubble? What does it mean when an Elmwood house listed for $1.69 million goes for $2.4 million? And who are these cash-rich buyers? Young techies? Wealthy Asians who are making investments? Hedge fund millionaires? Whoever they are, they are arousing passion.

Berkeley police made some significant arrests this week: One man was arrested for murder in connection with the Feb. 4 shooting of 34-year old Zontee Jones, and another has been implicated. Police also arrested a local man implicated in a shooting on Harmon Street in south Berkeley at the end of May.

We were also pleased to offer work this week by our fabulous trio of summer interns. Camille Baptista updated readers on all the construction at Berkeley High School, told us about years of leaky pipes at Emerson Elementary School and wrote about a local amateur ham radio group. Julia Hannafin wrote about the death of a Berkeley Bowl regular who went by the name “Pee-Wee,” as well as the ongoing reconstruction of Good Shepherd Church.  And Eden Teller started her internship helping in the back office and putting together The It List.

Our love of food continues, as evidenced by the reaction to the story on shopping Berkeley Bowl with a professional chef; the roundup of East Bay food news; and the mouth-watering mango meringue pie with coconut macadamia nut crust recipe.

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