Join our speakers (above) and fellow idea mavens at the inaugural Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, Oct. 25-26 in downtown Berkeley. Register for your tickets or apply for a scholarship

Two good Samaritans who sprang into action after witnessing a train accident on Monday, may have saved a man’s life. Sean Stallmeyer and Zandra Guiten-Bellard were among many witnesses to the accident on Gilman Street. But Stallmeyer, his girlfriend Shelley Jones, and Guiten-Bellard came to the aid of the injured man, whose leg had been amputated by the train. Stallmeyer applied a tourniquet to the man, using Guiten-Bellard’s belt. 

Berkeley police and members of the city’s code enforcement division broke into four apartments on San Pablo Avenue early Tuesday morning, marking the latest part of the battle between the city and medical cannabis collective Forty Acres. The inspection came two weeks after Chris Smith, a founder of Forty Acres and a resident of the apartments, filed suit against the city, the Medical Cannabis Commission, Greg Daniel, a code enforcement officer, Elizabeth Greene, a city planner and staff member of the cannabis commission, Nathan Dahl, a planner, and a variety of city departments. Berkeley officials have been trying to shut down Forty Acres since December 2011.

Some Berkeley mail was disrupted in September when post office workers found human waste in a mailbox in South Berkeley. The mail inside the box when the discovery was made was determined to be potentially hazardous.

Berkeleyside doesn’t expect its own news to figure among the most read stories of the week, but the description of our new approach to moderating comments attracted both lots of readers and lots of comments — 205 at time of writing.

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas will be held in downtown Berkeley on Oct. 25-26. It will be two days of extraordinary conversations, engaging interactive sessions, and a great party. To attend the inaugural Uncharted, either apply for a scholarship or register for your tickets now

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