The remains of a redwood tree at 1430 Holly St. that was struck by lightning on March 31, 2014 and exploded, sending debris flying all over a North-West Berkeley neighborhood. It was cut down the following day. Photo: Neil Mishalov

Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

1. Lightning strikes woman walking in south Berkeley

A powerful weather front brought thunder and lightning to Berkeley on Monday. Lightning splintered a massive redwood tree and gave a 31-year old a fright.

2. Two arrested in connection with city’s first homicide of the year

Police arrested a Berkeley couple on suspicion of murdering Sylvan Fuselier in February in his apartment on Addison St. They may face the death penalty if convicted since police allege the killing happened in the course of a robbery.

3. City Council hears testimony on raising minimum wage

San Francisco has done it. Oakland and Richmond have too. Will Berkeley join them in raising the minimum wage?

Possum 24. Giant white possum startles Berkeley woman in her home

Berkeley may be densely populated, but it has plenty of animal inhabitants, too. One Berkeley woman wasn’t sure if the animal who wandered up to her office window was a giant rat.

5. Foodie incubator opens its doors in Berkeley

Berkeley Kitchens at 8th and Carleton will hold 15 food-related companies by the time construction is complete this month. They range from caterers to those hoping to disrupt the take-out business.

Find all Berkeleyside’s recent articles in our “All the News” section.

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