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The State

The city of Berkeley pledged $5,000 as the start of a reward fund for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the firebombing of two Berkeley bookstores. A spokesman for Mayor Loni Hancock said that within a day of the city offer, $550 in pledges had been received from the public. Cody’s Books and a Waldenbooks outlet, both near the UC Berkeley campus, were firebombed early Tuesday in what authorities said could have been related to the selling of the Salman Rushdie novel, “The Satanic Verses.”


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