TBS Today, Feb. 29

This afternoon we were able to observe part of an active shooter training for local first responders. It's always fascinating to watch how they make order out of chaos even during practice scenarios.

We also had the news today about a police investigation into an attempted rape: The suspect is in custody and the investigation is underway.

Berkeley police catch suspect after report of attempted rape
The victim pepper-sprayed the suspect and was able to get away to call police, BPD said.
Berkeley first responders take active shooter ‘master class’
The Berkeley Fire Department secured a $60,000 grant through the Department of Homeland Security to organize the event.

Upcoming absence

Mark your calendar: We'll be out of town for a few days next week starting Wednesday.

If we're able to publish stories we will, but our focus will be on a data journalism training course that will take much of our time.

We may miss some news, but we know you'll understand. This is one of those times we have to put on a different hat and accept that there's only so much we can do sometimes as a one-person news outlet.

We'll remind you next week, but we just wanted to plant the seed.

Election news

With Election Day around the corner, turnout remains extremely low for Alameda County ballots (and likely around the state).

As of today, just 8% of the county's ballots have been received.

Polls close Tuesday at 8 p.m. You should have gotten a mail-in ballot, but you can also vote in person up through Tuesday night if you are so inclined.

2024 Election Guide for Berkeley and Alameda County
From the March 5 primary to the November general election, here are many of the key races you’ll find on the ballot in 2024.

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In case you missed it

Female pedestrian, 53, in critical condition after Berkeley crash
The crash happened at Seventh Street and Heinz Avenue just before 3 p.m., Berkeley police said.
Berkeley apartment complex now linked to 3 big drug busts
The same South Berkeley apartment complex near Ashby BART has come up several times in major law enforcement operations.
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