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December 7, 2016

The Daily Californian

Vanessa Plotkin, a UC Berkeley student, and Griffin Madden, a UC Berkeley alumnus, have been identified as victims in the Oakland fire that occurred Friday, according to a press release issued by the city of Oakland on Tuesday night.

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SF Gate

"He was probably the most memorable undergraduate student I've had in my years of teaching," said Luba Golburt, an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, recalling the young man who was among 36 people to die in Friday night's horrific warehouse fire in Oakland.

"He had a luminous away about him, a quest for knowledge, and an enthusiasm for learning things," Golburt said, adding that her colleagues shared the same sentiment. "We all remember him very fondly."

December 6, 2016

SF Gate

The death count from the Oakland warehouse fire remained at 36 Tuesday morning, and officials said they do not expect to recover more victims from the ruins of the building. "Based on the areas that remain unsearched, I don't anticipate it going up," Battalion Chief Robert Lipp said of the death toll at a 6 a.m. press conference.

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The New York Times

For Americans horrified by the fatal fire in Oakland, many did the only thing they could: open their wallets.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into two principal fund-raising campaigns since the warehouse fire in the city's Fruitvale neighborhood on Friday left at least 36 people dead.

"We are overwhelmed with the amount of support," said Josette Melchor, founder of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, which set up a fund-raising drive on on Saturday.

The Daily Californian

A refrigerator may have been the point of origin of the Oakland warehouse fire that has been confirmed to have killed at least 36 people including one UC Berkeley student, KTVU reported Tuesday.

December 5, 2016

Morning Edition, National Public Radio

Last week the University of California announced that it will not cooperate with federal immigration agents and that it welcomes students, quote, "without regard to their immigration status." It's a move that could put the university directly in conflict with the Trump administration.