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UC Theater closing imminent

By William Inman Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 14, 2000

Calendar of Events & Activities

Thursday September 14, 2000


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Arab/Muslim stereotypes hurt

By Nabil Al-Hadithy
Thursday September 14, 2000

Friday, author and film critic, Jack Shaheen will present Arab Screen Images at the Fine Arts Cinema in Berkeley as part of the Fourth Annual Cinamyaat series. Using a compilation of film and television clips, Dr. Shaheen presents the development of misrepresentation of Arabs in American entertainment as well as current examples of positive efforts in film to counter this bias. This highly provocative presentation will be followed with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions. -more-


Bears may feature all-Hawaiian backfield against Illinois

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 14, 2000

The best laid plans... -more-


Ex- chancellor in the hospital for brain tumor

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Former University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien has been hospitalized for treatment of a brain tumor, UC officials confirmed. -more-


St. Mary’s runs record to 4-0 by mauling El Cerrito in straight sets

By Sean Gates Daily Planet Correspondent
Thursday September 14, 2000

Last Thursday against Contra Costa Christian High, the St. Mary’s women’s volleyball team relied on their serves for an easy win. On Tuesday night against the El Cerrito Gauchos, a balanced attack enabled the Panthers to corral a three-set victory (15-3, 15-6, 15-9) and expand upon their undefeated record (4-0, 0-0). -more-


Initial council meeting filled with squabbles

By Josh Parr Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 14, 2000

Cal gets verbal commitment from Oregon wide receiver

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 14, 2000

Cal’s receiving corps got a boost in their opener against Utah, as true freshmen Geoff McArthur and Chase Lyman made several outstanding catches and redshirt freshman James Smith showed that he can catch the ball after all. But that didn’t stop wideout recruit John Rust from verbally committing to play at Cal next year. -more-


Entrepreneurs taking their shots

By William Inman Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 14, 2000

UC Berkeley graduate Matt Martello strapped his “Fat-Melt Magnet Belt” on over his suit coat and stepped under the hot lights and in front of the camera. -more-


Almost $10 million awarded in grants to UC Berkeley

Bay City News
Thursday September 14, 2000

Computer scientists at the University of California at Berkeley have received about $9.5 million in grants to research computers and information technology. -more-


State offers home discount for teaching in troubled schools

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Teaching at troubled schools could earn some California educators a discount on a new home. -more-


Metals, petroleum found near burning landfill

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — The Navy announced Tuesday that metals and petroleum have been found in the ground and benzene in the air around a landfill which has been burning underground for four weeks. -more-


San Jose couple who fled to Caribbean land in court

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SAN JOSE — Eight months after fleeing to the Caribbean to avoid charges that they stole $10 million from their insurance clients, a San Jose couple appeared in court for the first time and were each ordered held on $10 million bail. -more-


Napster files final brief in its appeal

Bay City News
Thursday September 14, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Napster Inc. has told a federal appeals court in San Francisco that recording companies suing it for copyright violations are seeking “to kill or control a technology that is not theirs.” -more-


Groups wants low-sulfur diesel fuel plan dead

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

WHITTIER — Fearful that a proposal to sell only low-sulfur diesel fuel in Southern California will lead to fuel shortages, truck drivers and school districts called on officials Wednesday to kill the plan. -more-


Weekend sewage spill goes undetected

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SACRAMENTO — Up to four million gallons of raw sewage seeped into the American River before it was detected over the weekend, said Sacramento County health officials. -more-


Board wrestles with planned forestry rules

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SACRAMENTO — California forestry officials grappled Wednesday with proposed logging rules that would ease timber-harvesting restrictions next year across thousands of acres of forests. -more-


Schools’ academic index scores due out

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SACRAMENTO — California’s public schools, teachers and workers will learn on Oct. 4 if they might be eligible for bonuses of up to $25,000 for their students’ test scores. -more-


Yosemite suspect convicted of one death

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

FRESNO — Motel handyman Cary Stayner was convicted Wednesday of murdering a Yosemite naturalist in a deal that spares his life but guarantees he will never be free and never be able to tell his story. -more-


California takes aim at online escrow companies

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

SACRAMENTO — The state is asking online escrow companies that hold consumers’ money until goods ordered online are delivered to get licensed by the state or stop doing business in California. -more-


California looks for health coverage solutions

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

LOS ANGELES — With no work for nearly six months, electrician Michael Everett barely had money to survive, let alone supply medical coverage for his wife and daughter. -more-


Wen Ho Lee set free after pleading guilty

The Associated Press
Thursday September 14, 2000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nine months after he was branded a threat to national security and put in solitary confinement, Wen Ho Lee was set free Wednesday with an apology from a judge who said the government’s actions “embarrassed our entire nation.” -more-


‘Scary Story’ tops group’s list of banned books

Staff
Thursday September 14, 2000

NEW YORK — Harry Potter made the list. So did “The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The most popular children’s books? No. The ones adults most wanted removed from library shelves in the 1990s. -more-


AC Transit pact still in limbo

By Josh Parr Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 13, 2000

For years, AC Transit employees have worked through thick and thin with management to keep service on the streets. Claudia Hudson, vice president of Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 192, representing over 1800 AC Transit workers, says their dedication has not been rewarded. Already working since June without a contract, bus operators, maintenance workers and clerical workers represented by Local 192 voted 940-299 to reject AC Transit’s newest contract offers last Tuesday. -more-


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Wednesday September 13, 2000

Scathing letter publicly faults top cops

By Judith Scherr Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 13, 2000

In a move that has catapulted the normally low-key Berkeley Police Association into the public arena, a strongly-worded letter sent by the association’s attorneys to Police Chief Dash Butler was also sent to the city manager and to the City Council, rendering the caustic document public. -more-


Reddy case could get new defendants

By Justin Pritchard Special to the Daily Planet
Wednesday September 13, 2000

OAKLAND – A federal judge did not hear motions Tuesday to dismiss some of the charges against Berkeley landlord Lakireddy Bali Reddy and his son accused of sex and immigration offenses. -more-


Cuban library, UC Berkeley sign up for joint project

By Joe Eskenazi Daily Planet Correspondent
Wednesday September 13, 2000

UC Berkeley and the Jose Marti National Library of Cuba proudly announce a unique and historic pact in which, retrieved from the depths of the Cuban archives, the University has received – grocery bags. -more-


Residents object to planned SFO runway construction

Bay City News
Wednesday September 13, 2000

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State temporarily banning coastal gillnet fishing

The Associated Press
Wednesday September 13, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — New restrictions that keep halibut gill nets farther from shore have the fishing industry wondering how it will make its catch and wildlife conservation groups cheering over potentially fewer wildlife drownings. -more-


Groups say auto insurance industry violating measure

The Associated Press
Wednesday September 13, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Consumer advocates told an appeals court Tuesday that the state is giving its blessing to insurance companies that violate a voter-approved measure to reduce auto insurance rates. -more-


Yosemite suspect may escape death

The Associated Press
Wednesday September 13, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Motel handyman Cary Stayner has agreed to plead guilty to the murder of a Yosemite naturalist in a deal that will spare him a federal execution, but he still faces a possible death sentence if convicted of killing three sightseers. -more-


Immersion program gets A+

By William Inman Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 13, 2000

Greg Martin hushes his first grade, two-way immersion class, and cuts out the lights. -more-


Five to compete for District 5 race

Judith Scherr
Tuesday September 12, 2000

‘The Illusion’ is odd, rambling story

by John Angell Grant Daily Planet Theater Critic
Tuesday September 12, 2000

Tony Kushner's epic Pulitzer and Tony Award winner “Angels in America” is the most important American stage work of the past 25 years. -more-


Letters to the Editor

Pacific News Service
Tuesday September 12, 2000

Wild animals belong in nature -more-


Out & About

Tuesday September 12, 2000


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Marina area employees to receive living wages

By Josh Parr Daily Planet Staff
Tuesday September 12, 2000

If all goes as planned, the Berkeley Marina restaurants and hotel will be paying higher wages to their employees by Oct. 20. The Berkeley City Council is poised to expand its Living Wage Ordinance at tonight’s meeting, requiring established Marina businesses to pay their employees a minimum of $9.75 -more-


ADA trainings on council agenda Daily Planet Staff If all goes as planned, the Berkeley Marina restaurants and hotel will be pa

By Josh Parr
Tuesday September 12, 2000

A quick read-through of tonight’s City Council agenda is akin to looking at a Jackson Pollock painting. It’s as if the city’s issues were poured through a fan and splattered across 2,000 pages of paper – well, 631 to be exact. Undergrounding utilities contrasts sharply with the obligatory monthly renewal of needle exchange programs. Expanding the Living Wage Ordinance compliments a “buy Berkeley” campaign, billboard removal within the city limits, meets Berkeley police undergoing American Disabilities Act trainings. As with a Pollock painting, the underlying balance comes from the contrast, the incongruity, the arbitrary limit of the canvas itself, or in this case, the limited time constraints of the council meeting and the finite patience of the council members. -more-


Prescription drug coverage debated

The Associated Press
Tuesday September 12, 2000

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POLICE BRIEFS

Staff
Tuesday September 12, 2000

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EPA blasts lax communication on Superfund fire

The Associated Press
Tuesday September 12, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — After nearly four weeks of effort by two fire departments, an underground hazardous waste landfill fire still smolders at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. -more-


Approval expected for transforming terminal

The Associated Press
Tuesday September 12, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — A plan to transform the Transbay Terminal into a hub for public transportation is expected to be approved this week despite difficulty funding the $904 million project. -more-


Decision may cause wave of drug appeals Judges say they know ruling will dramatically change trial policy

The Associated Press
Tuesday September 12, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Monday reversed a precedent in how drug convicts are sentenced, potentially ushering in a wave of new appeals. -more-


Bay Area residents react to Lee plea bargain

Bay City News
Tuesday September 12, 2000

Bay area Asian Americans today reacted with a mixture of anger and relief to news that jailed Chinese-American scientist Wen Ho Lee might be freed, despite late word that a plea agreement had been postponed. -more-


LAPD ‘fosters hostility,’ according to report

The Associated Press
Tuesday September 12, 2000

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department needs more aggressive independent review and a permanent special prosecutor to investigate misconduct, according to a police union-commissioned report Monday. -more-


Biggest state scholarship program created

The Associated Press
Tuesday September 12, 2000

SACRAMENTO — California is promising to spend at least $1.2 billion a year to create the nation’s biggest state scholarship program, covering college tuition for all low- and middle-income students with at least a C average. -more-


Man seems to have bled to death after wounding leg

Staff
Tuesday September 12, 2000

Berkeley homicide detectives responded to a call Friday from the daughter of an 84-year-old man found dead in his home after he apparently bled to death from a puncture wound to the leg. -more-


Business booms for Vivarium

By William Inman Daily Planet Staff
Monday September 11, 2000

It takes a unique kind of passion to surround yourself every work day with serpents, tarantulas, lizards, hissing cockroaches as big as your thumb – and rats. Not to mention breeding some of the critters at your own home. -more-


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Monday September 11, 2000


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Letters to the Editor

Monday September 11, 2000

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Bears build big lead, hold on to beat Utah

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Monday September 11, 2000

Last year, Cal’s defense was the most dominating in the Pac-10, but the offense, guided for much of the year by true freshman Kyle Boller, never got on track and held the team back from winning. This year appears to be different. -more-


Marines won’t practice in town

By Josh Parr Daily Planet Staff
Monday September 11, 2000

“Marines in Berkeley” sounds as unlikely as “tofu in Wichita.” But both exist. Or nearly – as in the case of the Marines. -more-


Washington upsets No. 4 Miami; Stanford loses to SJSU again

Monday September 11, 2000

No. 15 Washington 34, No. 4 Miami 29 -more-


Growing local papers doing Bay Area battle

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

SAN MATEO — When a suspected natural gas leak forced 1,000 office workers out onto the streets here last month, it became big news in two local upstart papers. -more-


Vaccine shortfalls limit city clinics

Bay City News
Monday September 11, 2000

Seniors and other Berkeley residents dependent on the city’s community health clinics for pre-emptive flu vaccines may be left unprotected this autumn due to a production shortfall. -more-


Reaction sends chemical cloud into air above homes

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Residents east of an industrial plant in the Pittsburg area were asked to stay in their homes with the windows and doors closed for more than two hours Saturday morning, because of a yellow cloud sent into the air after a chemical reaction. No one was injured. -more-


Marin paper may be bought by bigger group

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — The Marin Independent Journal, a 40,000-circulation newspaper based north of San Francisco, could be bought by ANG Newspapers owner William Dean Singleton, according to a published report Saturday. -more-


Panel OKs new runways to go into Bay

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — A regional panel gave San Francisco Bay area airports approval to extend runways into the bay, paving the way for the biggest encroachment on the bay in 40 years. -more-


Environmental group offers $11 million to preserve land

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

Fake tickets sold for arts festival

Bay City News
Monday September 11, 2000

SAUSALITO — The Sausalito Police Department is looking for eyewitnesses who can describe the people who sold counterfeit tickets to the Sausalito Arts Festival over Labor Day Weekend. -more-


Possessions make Silicon Valley divorces messy

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

SAN JOSE — With stock options, time shares and the high cost of living in Silicon Valley, divorces are no longer only about who gets the kids and the house. Now couples, attorneys and judges must figure out how to split stock options and how a single parent can afford to live in the area to be able to see the children. -more-


Attorneys use technology to make their arguments

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO — Some trial lawyers are tossing out posterboards and overhead projectors in favor of computer presentations and other technology to help illustrate their arguments for jurors. -more-


New issues arise with Indian gambling

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

SACRAMENTO — California’s new Indian gambling compact is so vague and shrouded by secrecy that the state doesn’t know how many slot machines are on reservations or how much money each tribe has given the state. -more-


Pact may short-change patients

The Associated Press
Monday September 11, 2000

LOS ANGELES — A compromise to rebuild Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with fewer hospital beds is raising concern that more uninsured residents will go without medical care. -more-


Barbara Christian broke the mold; community bids a pioneer professor farewell

By Josh Parr Daily Planet Staff
Saturday September 09, 2000

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Letters to the Editor

Saturday September 09, 2000

ADA gray areas need clarity -more-


Rediscovering the Berkeley shoreline – way down under all that ugly trash

By Joe Eskenazi Daily Planet Correspondent
Saturday September 09, 2000

Enough plastic lids to top 1,000 six-packs. Enough cigarette butts – and, mind you, just the butts – to stretch from home plate to the right field wall and back home again at Pac Bell Park. Enough plastic grocery bags to supply a Dom DeLuise shopping run. -more-


Cal Shakes tackles the age-old question of fidelity

By John Angell Grant Daily Planet Theater Critic
Saturday September 09, 2000

Can one trust a man when he pledges to a woman his promise of long-term fidelity? -more-


BHS gets off to rough start against Foothill

By Sean Gates Daily Planet Correspondent
Saturday September 09, 2000

Big plays, a solid running game, an elusive quarterback, and a swarming Yellow’Jacket defense are all things Berkeley High football fans can look forward to this upcoming season. If the ‘Jackets can improve their special teams play and limit their penalties, Berkeley High football fans can look forward to a trip to the playoffs. -more-


BHS gets ready to go digital

By William Inman Daily Planet Staff
Saturday September 09, 2000

In a tiny room in the far corner of the C-building at Berkeley High School, a staff of three pedagogues are diligently building a high school within a high school. This school, however, isn’t built from bricks and wood, it’s built in cyberspace. -more-


Cinemayaat Arab Film Festival brings new perspectives to screen

By Peter Crimmins Daily Planet Correspondent
Saturday September 09, 2000

“I came to Casablanca for the waters,” Bogart mumbled as Rick Blaine. When Claude Raines told him there was no water, that they were in the desert, the owner of Café Americain didn’t miss a beat. “I was misinformed.” -more-


Wood-burning stoves create quandary

By Nerissa Pacio Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday September 09, 2000

Wood-burning stove business representatives, pediatricians and public health officials were among those speaking out at a public hearing on restricting the use of wood-burning fireplaces held Thursday night by the city’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission. -more-


Renters protest owners

By William Inman Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 08, 2000

Rent Board member Stephanie Bernay stood with a crowd outside H’s Lordships Restaurant at the Marina and toasted the Berkeley Property Owner’s Association – celebrating inside – with a plate of Ramen noodles. The mock toast was for BPOA’s hiring a high-priced attorney to sue the rent board. -more-


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Letters to the Editor

Friday September 08, 2000

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Friday September 08, 2000

Panthers serve up an easy victory over Contra Costa

By Sean Gates Daily Planet Correspondent
Friday September 08, 2000

After the undefeated St. Mary’s women’s volleyball team posted their third win of the young regular season by coasting to a 15-7, 15-3, 15-3 victory over the Contra Costa Christian Cougars, first year St. Mary’s head volleyball coach Herman Shum commented that, “something we really work on is to take the opponent out of the game.” One could argue that Shum’s statement contained just a tinge of truth in it, for the Cougars played as though they were never in the game to begin with. -more-


Department receives money from tobacco settlement suit

By Josh Parr Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 08, 2000

Habitot, an indoor romper room for toddlers, was filled to capacity with smiling and suited adults. Generally ignored by the infant inhabitants, Alameda County Supervisors Wilma Chan and Keith Carson stood before a model firetruck, handing out checks to Berkeley health care providers. Eleven organizations received $1.2 million in funds collected from Proposition 10, a voter-approved tobacco tax to provide a comprehensive system of early childhood development services for young children. -more-


Smaller cinematic endeavors triumph

Peter Crimmins Special to the Daily Planet
Friday September 08, 2000

In the almanac of cinema distribution, September begins the in-between season. When the summer blockbusters have cooled off and the holiday fare is yet to come a-caroling, a window of opportunity opens up for smaller, quieter films to be seen and local festival programmers can get a foothold on the moviegoing public. -more-


Sports briefs

Staff
Friday September 08, 2000

The Cal men’s golf team opened the 2000-01 season with a seventh-place finish at the Topy Cup at the Tanagura Country Club in Japan. -more-


School Board approves high school cameras

By William Inman Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 08, 2000

Proposition 10 recipients

Staff
Friday September 08, 2000

l Alta Bates Foundation/ Infant Follow-Up Clinic- $64,877 -more-


New league causes shifts in travel, traditional rivalries

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 08, 2000

St. Mary’s won’t play traditional rivals El Cerrito or DeAnza in football league play this year. Berkeley High won’t play Piedmont or Salesian at all. These historied matchups won’t be happening because of the formation of a new league in the East Bay. -more-