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People get ready to watch the fireworks at the Berkeley Marina on July 4th, photographed by Brian Shott. Just one of many photos shared with us by readers. View the full gallery.

This week, readers were drawn to our reporting of the BART strike, several food-related stories, as well as our continuing coverage of the bid by the Feds to close down Berkeley’s largest medical cannabis group

“My brutal commute.” Photo: Greg Merritt
“My brutal commute.” Photo: Greg Merritt

The BART walkout caused chaos for many commuters, but for some, including Greg Merritt who shared with us a photo of his “brutish commute” (left), it was business as usual.

Berkeleyside Nosh’s weekly East Bay food round-up, Bites, gets more popular every week. On Wednesday, we brought you news of the re-opening of the much-loved China Village in Albany, as well as the scoop that Berkeley’s Alchemy Coffee Cooperative was moving to new, bigger digs.

Zaki Kabob House on Solano Avenue is also a cherished local restaurant. Its owners, the Ayyad family, are hoping their customers will help them buy the building they occupy so they can stay put.

Still on the food front, we let you know that Ken Sarachan got the OK to sell Dream organic ice cream at Rasputin’s — a stone’s throw away from widely popular ice-cream sandwich spot C.R.E.A.M on Telegraph Avenue. Still in south Berkeley, a group of neighbors failed to convince the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board it should stop Starbucks moving into the newly built Telegraph Gardens development.

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