A deep dive into the history and closure of Pacific Steel Casting is among Berkeleyside’s best longform stories of 2018. Photo: Pete Rosos

At Berkeleyside we love getting you the daily news quickly and succinctly. But we also know that some topics warrant a big step back or a deeper dive in. The following longform articles synthesize months of reporting and investigation, telling timely stories through engaging narratives.

There’s no better time to immerse yourself in these pieces. If you have a few days off for the holidays — or need a little break from family time — read on.

One day, one night: The fuse that lit the Battles of Berkeley

Photo: Daniel McPartlan

The dramatic story of the tumultuous night when anti-fascist protesters shut down a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos  — told through a captivating oral history.

Beyond the buses

Photo: Natalie Orenstein

Fifty years ago Berkeley took the unprecedented step of integrating all its schools. What equity issues remain half a century later? A special three-part series examines that legacy.

End of an era: Berkeley’s Pacific Steel Casting shuts down after 84 years

Photo: Pete Rosos

The closure of the city’s last big “smokestack” factory signaled the sunset of heavy industry in West Berkeley, an area once dotted with more than 100 factories.

Spotlight on special education

Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Berkeley Unified has taken an unusually ambitious approach to serving students with special needs. A two-part investigation examines whether the district has done enough to ensure its success.

Staffing crisis continues for Berkeley PD; officers who left reveal why

Photo: Emilie Raguso

Veteran officers have been leaving the Berkeley Police Department in record numbers, walking away from friends and generous benefits to start over at other agencies. What has driven the exodus?

Career education is back — but it’s not auto shop and home ec

In spite of the stigma and uncertain funding, Berkeley schools are among the many embracing career education. 

Stay tuned for more of Berkeleyside’s top stories from 2018 in the days ahead.

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