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BUSD reacts to alleged racial slur

By Ben Lumpkin Daily Planet staff
Saturday June 02, 2001

A number of African-American students at Willard Middle School walked out of a classroom in protest Wednesday after a teacher allegedly used a racial slur, according to sources at the school. -more-


Calendar of Events & Activities

Saturday June 02, 2001


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Letters to the Editor

Saturday June 02, 2001

Corp yard still noisy, polluting -more-


Arts & Entertainment

Staff
Saturday June 02, 2001

Judah L. Magnes Museum “Telling Time: To Everything There Is A Season” through May 2002. An exhibit structured around the seasons of the year and the seasons of life with objects ranging from the sacred and the secular, to the provocative and the whimsical. 2911 Russell St. 549-6950 -more-


St. Mary’s Guy avoids disaster at state meet

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Saturday June 02, 2001

What was supposed to be the culmination of Halihl Guy’s high school track career nearly went down in flames Friday night at the CIF State Championship Meet qualifiers, but everything turned out fine in the end. -more-


Helping juveniles goal for League

By Andrea Buffa Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday June 02, 2001

The Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville chapter of the League of Women Voters joined forces last year with Californians for Justice, Coleman Advocates for Youth and Families and other organizations to fight against Proposition 21, the Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act. -more-


City may add incentives for solar energy

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Saturday June 02, 2001

To kick start the use of alternative energy in residences, the mayor will ask the City Council on Tuesday to consider fast-tracking the city’s permit process and waiving fees for those who install solar devices. -more-


Early north Berkeley house celebrated its natural surroundings

By Susan Cerny Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday June 02, 2001

Berkeley Observed -more-


BRIEFS

Staff
Saturday June 02, 2001

La Peña event honors activist, union leader Dolores Huerta -more-


Man convicted of planting Fremont bombs

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

HAYWARD — An unemployed crime lab technician has been found guilty on all 11 counts, including attempted murder, for planting bombs under the homes of Fremont’s police chief and other city officials. -more-


Creator of ‘Dennis The Menace’ dies at 81

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Hank Ketcham, whose lovable scamp “Dennis the Menace” tormented cranky Mr. Wilson and amused readers of comics for decades, died early Friday morning at age 81. -more-


Southern California teacher dies of meningitis

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

REDLANDS — A first-grade teacher died suddenly from meningococcal disease but her students were at little risk of contracting the bacterial infection, officials said Friday. -more-


Activists talking energy to 250,000 this summer

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

LOS ANGELES — An environmental group has launched a door-to-door campaign to remind 250,000 Californians to conserve energy this summer. -more-


Gov. Davis announces agriculture program

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

BAKERSFIELD — Gov. Gray Davis announced a “Buy California” program Friday, promoting native farm products as part of an initiative to invigorate economic growth in the farm-rich Central Valley. -more-


Firefighters prepare for wildfire to spread

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

SUSANVILLE — Firefighters battling a 4,459-acre blaze in the Sierra Nevada were forced to deal with windy conditions Friday. Gusts up to 40 mph pushed estimates for full containment to Monday. -more-


PG&E bankruptcy judge won’t challenge state

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

California power regulators can still order the state’s largest utility to perform an accounting change the company claims will end its chance to recover billions in undercollected electric rates from its customers, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Friday. -more-


U.S. cancer patient arrested buying painkillers in Mexico

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

SAN DIEGO — An elderly American cancer patient who says he traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to buy Valium to relieve his pain has been arrested and jailed on suspicion of drug smuggling. -more-


Environmentalists sue to help Sierra amphibians

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

Two rare amphibian species in the Sierra Nevada are in danger of extinction and likely would be protected under the Endangered Species Act except for a federal moratorium on new listings, a government biologist acknowledged Friday. -more-


Young African AIDS activist dies at 12

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nkosi Johnson, a boy who was born with HIV and became an outspoken champion of others infected with the AIDS virus, died Friday of the disease he battled for all 12 of his years. -more-


Build an in-ground gardening bed

By James and Morris Carey The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

Gardening is a favorite pastime for both of us. While neither claims to have a green thumb, we can hold our own. -more-


Markets rally may have been just right

By Joyce Rosenberg The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

NEW YORK — The Nasdaq surges more than 41 percent over seven weeks and then drops back nearly 10 percent in just five days. -more-


Ford, DaimlerChrysler sales decline in May

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler arm reported sharp declines in U.S. auto sales for May, while General Motors Corp. managed a slim gain. -more-


In saturated market, PC makers woo Hispanics

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

SAN JOSE — The technology economy’s downturn has opened the eyes of personal computer makers to the nation’s booming Hispanic population, which has grown 58 percent to 35.3 million in the past decade. -more-


Panthers looking for perfection

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Friday June 01, 2001

Heading into the final track & field event of the season, the St. Mary’s Panthers are in better shape than ever before. But even with nearly every hopeful on the team qualified for the CIF State Championships this weekend at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, the Panthers will need to achieve perfection to win a team title. -more-


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Friday June 01, 2001


Friday June 01, 2001

A compromise for the Beth El dilemma -more-


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Shakespeare in the park

By Ben Lumpkin Daily Planet staff
Friday June 01, 2001

Students get taste of Elizabethan Era with ‘Summer’ play -more-


McKnight makes move south to fill Cal spot

Daily Planet Wire Services
Friday June 01, 2001

Kirsten McKnight, a veteran of the Pacific-10 Conference, has been named assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of California, head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Thursday. -more-


Study details skate park’s chrome 6 cleanup

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Friday June 01, 2001

The Parks and Waterfront Department released an environmental study Wednesday on the proposed Harrison Street Skate Park nearly seven months after discovery of a chrome 6 groundwater plume halted work on the project. -more-


Cal crew wins heat

Daily Planet Wire Services
Friday June 01, 2001

The Cal men’s varsity eight won its opening round heat at the IRA National Championship regatta on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J., on Thursday. The win advanced the Bears to the semifinal in the Varsity Challenge Cup. -more-


Time almost up for deciding courthouse fate

By Judith Scherr Daily Planet staff
Friday June 01, 2001

Options for building a new courthouse in Berkeley are practically nil, Deputy City Manager Phil Kamlarz said Thursday. -more-


‘Belt’ a strapping story of prostate cancer

By Sari Friedman Daily Planet correspondent
Friday June 01, 2001

Regulators ‘close to proving power manipulation’

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A year after California’s electricity price shocks began, regulators say they are close to proving how power wholesalers aggravated a crisis that so far has raised customer rates by $5.7 billion, saddled two utilities with $8.2 billion in losses and dumped a $13 billion bailout bill on taxpayers. -more-


NASA finds lots of asteroids have twins or moons

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

Groups offer feds deal for endangered species

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

LOS ANGELES — Environmental groups are offering a deal they hope federal officials can’t refuse: Some relief from lawsuits in exchange for quickly getting species declared endangered. -more-


Sierra fire close to containment; costs in millions

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

SUSANVILLE — Nearly 2,000 firefighters and support personnel battling a forest fire that threatened homes and forced evacuations in the Sierra Nevada expected to have the 4,300-acre blaze fully contained by Friday. -more-


Toilet bubbles could mean clog in sewer line

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

Q: I have a plumbing problem wherein the toilet appears to bubble up water and the bowl completely fills with water upon flushing. It requires about 30 minutes for the water to drain out. When it does, it almost completely drains out. I have tried using a plunger, but to no avail. -more-


Census shows California aging well

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A steady influx of young immigrant families, coupled with an exodus of older, wealthier residents, has helped California resist the graying seen across America during the last decade. -more-


Higher AIDS infection rates among young

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

ATLANTA — Social worker Anthony McWilliams says he sees it every day – a new generation of gays and bisexuals numb from years of endless AIDS statistics and warnings about the epidemic. -more-


BRIEFS

Friday June 01, 2001

Business leaks 300 to 400 gallons of ammonia -more-


Fee move by eBay likely to be followed

Staff
Friday June 01, 2001

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Spring practice brings new faces to BHS football

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Thursday May 31, 2001

In sweltering heat, about four dozen high school athletes are doing drills while coaches bark instructions at them. These players won’t actually play a game for another four months, but they know that starting jobs can be on the line even today. -more-


Thursday May 31, 2001

Remembering Justice Clinton White

By John Burris
Thursday May 31, 2001

In this area few men’s mere presence has impacted the public image of African American lawyers, as did the late State Appellate Court Justice Clinton White. An Oakland resident, and native of Sacramento, he was the voice of the African American legal community, long before he became first an Alameda County Superior Court Judge in 1977 and later a State Appellate Court Justice. Although, others were fighting aggressively for racial equality within the judicial system, no one fought for African Americans like he did. In the tradition of national civil rights lawyers, like Charles Houston, Thurgood Marshall and William Hastie, Clint White, as he was known before becoming a judge, viewed the law as an instrument to achieve social justice. In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, he was the consummate lonely warrior representing African Americans in courtrooms where the odds were perpetually stacked against them. -more-


Calendar of Events & Activities

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Thursday May 31, 2001


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Heat sparks early fire season

By Ben Lumpkin Daily Planet staff
Thursday May 31, 2001

Monday, May 21, came as a rude awakening to fire department personnel throughout Northern California. -more-


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Save nature at 1301 Oxford -more-


People’s address brings out 200

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Thursday May 31, 2001

First-ever event unlike usual State of City talk -more-


School board trip to L.A. left public out of loop

By Judith Scherr Daily Planet staff
Thursday May 31, 2001

The School Board wanted to do things right. -more-


MarketWatch.com lays off workers

The Associated Press
Thursday May 31, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — MarketWatch.com Inc. announced Wednesday it is laying off about 15 percent of its work force, making the popular online business news site the latest media outlet to shrivel in the face of an advertising slump. -more-


District selects new superintendent

By Ben Lumpkin Daily Planet staff
Wednesday May 30, 2001

After a four-month, nationwide search that yielded 22 candidates, the Berkeley Board of Education announced Tuesday it has found its new superintendent. -more-


Calendar of Events & Activities

Wednesday May 30, 2001


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Letters to the Editor

Wednesday May 30, 2001

The Daily Planet omitted the letter writer’s name when it published “Playing that density song” on May 29. We are reprinting it with the author’s name – ed. -more-


‘Brain’ opera well performed, but undistinguished

By John Angell Grant Daily Planet correspondent
Wednesday May 30, 2001

A man undergoes brain surgery and experiences a transformation of his life in the quirky and well-performed, but otherwise surprisingly bland 1998 opera “A New Brain,” which Shotgun Players opened Saturday as its latest show at Julian Morgan Theater in Berkeley. -more-


Hotel earns landmark nomination

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Wednesday May 30, 2001

The 86-year-old Claremont Hotel Resort and Spa, among the most majestic buildings in the Bay Area, was nominated for historical landmarking this month, causing surprise among many who automatically assumed it was already a landmark. -more-


Congressional members say price caps are energy solution

By Matthew Lorenz Special to the Daily Planet
Wednesday May 30, 2001

OAKLAND – House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, joined congressional representatives from the Bay Area Tuesday at the Ron Dellums Federal Building to take a hard look at the energy crisis in a forum not lacking in commentary on the president’s arrival in California the same day. -more-


Acton Street resident wins cash for trash contest

Daily Planet services
Wednesday May 30, 2001

Pat Graef of Acton Street in Berkeley won $250 last week in the Cash for Trash Contest. She was very pleased to win but admittedly would have preferred the previous week’s prize of $2,700. -more-


Students march at Oakland medical waste facility

Bay City News
Wednesday May 30, 2001

OAKLAND – The debate over the last medical waste incinerator in California, the Integrated Environmental Systems plant in Oakland goes on, as high school students from a Catholic high school in Hayward march and rally at the site Tuesday afternoon. -more-


Gay psychiatrist will pay back Air Force

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A gay psychiatrist owes the U.S. Air Force more than $71,000 for his top-notch education because he failed to fulfill his active duty obligation, a judge has ruled. -more-


White abalone added to endangered species list

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

LOS ANGELES — The white abalone, a tasty Southern California mollusk whose numbers have dropped from the millions in the 1970s to perhaps a few thousand, officially became an endangered species Tuesday. -more-


Appeals court declines to order energy price caps

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

A federal appeals court declined Tuesday to order federal energy regulators to cap wholesale electricity prices. -more-


Bill sets deadline for water standard

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

SACRAMENTO — The state Senate voted Tuesday to require health officials to set drinking water limits for chromium-6, the substance that gained notoriety in the Julia Roberts film “Erin Brockovich.” -more-


Fires build fears of long, hot summer

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

SUSANVILLE— A raging 4,100-acre forest fire forced evacuations of 60 homes and a hospital, coating the town of Susanville with dark soot and giving firefighters an unwelcome taste of what could be ahead this summer. -more-


Intel, HP launch next-generation processor

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

PALO ALTO — After nearly a decade of development and two years of delays, Intel Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday launched the first in a new generation of microprocessors they hope will dominate the next era of computing. -more-


Lucent fails to reach merger accord

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

NEW YORK — Merger talks between French telecommunications giant Alcatel SA and Lucent Technologies Inc. were called off Tuesday after intense negotiations over the long holiday weekend failed to produce an agreement. -more-


MARKET ROUNDUP

The Associated Press
Wednesday May 30, 2001

NEW YORK — Technology stocks fell for a second straight session Tuesday as investors, unconvinced that the sector will recover by year’s end, cashed in profits from the market’s big spring rally. -more-


Berkeley High principal keeps cool, despite job’s high stress

By Ben LumpkinBerkeley Daily planet
Tuesday May 29, 2001

Although he professes to love his job, Berkeley High School Principal Frank Lynch happens to be something of an expert on why one should never become a high school principal. -more-


Calendar of Events & Activities

Tuesday May 29, 2001


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Letter to the Editor

Tuesday May 29, 2001

Real safety issues at BHS -more-


Arts & Entertainment

Staff
Tuesday May 29, 2001

Habitot Children’s Museum “Back to the Farm” An interactive exhibit gives children the chance to wiggle through tunnels, look into a mirrored fish pond, don farm animal costumes, ride on a John Deere tractor and more. “Recycling Center” Lets the kids crank the conveyor belt to sort cans, plastic bottles and newspaper bundles into dumpster bins. $4 adults; $6 children age 7 and under; $3 for each additional child age 7 and under. Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day) Kittredge Street and Shattuck Avenue 647-1111 or www.habitot.org -more-


BAHA salutes restored buildings

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Tuesday May 29, 2001

Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived. -more-


Peralta Board names new Vista head

By Ben Lumpkin Daily Planet staff
Tuesday May 29, 2001

As Berkeley’s Vista Community College prepares to break ground on a state-of-the-art building this year, the Peralta Community College District has announced the appointment of a new president for the school. -more-


Celebrating a century

Jennifer Dix, correspondent
Tuesday May 29, 2001

Annie Quan Lee, who will celebrate her 100th birthday June 5 reminisced recently with visitors at the Berkeley rest home where she lives. Lee was born in 1901 in San Francisco. She said she was the oldest of 14 children born to her parents, who had immigrated from Canton province in China. “They called me Sister One,” she recalled. After the 1906 earthquake, Lee’s family moved temporarily to Oakland, where she said she saw the first black person she had ever seen. The family later moved back to San Francisco’s Chinatown, where Lee attended elementary and middle school and later worked as a bank teller. She has a lifelong love of music: “I love to sing,” she said. “I was a soprano in school.” She then sang the first verse of “Jesus Loves Me.” -more-


Early fire season means preparation

Daily Planet staff reports
Tuesday May 29, 2001

The Berkeley Fire Department announced last week that it is gearing up for an early fire season and recommends property owners establish a 30-foot safety zone around their homes and structures by doing the following: -more-


‘P’ is for peril, Peters, ‘Prey’ and pseudonym

By Ron Berthel Associated Press Writer
Tuesday May 29, 2001

“P Is for Peril” in Sue Grafton’s latest alphabet mystery, but “P” plays a pivotal part in other new mysteries, too. -more-


PeopleSoft avoids the tech wreck, accelerates expansion

By Michael Liedtke AP Business Writer
Tuesday May 29, 2001

PLEASANTON – Not every high-tech company is filled with anguish and anxiety these days. -more-


Berkeley street vendors shift with summer

By Diwata Conte Special to the Daily Planet
Monday May 28, 2001

Berkeley’s summer personality takes over this week after dormitories have shut down, “fraternity row” parties have ceased, and thousands of students have returned home — many of them, for the last time. -more-


Calendar of Events & Activities

Monday May 28, 2001


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Letters to the Editor

Monday May 28, 2001

Estate tax is killing family owned business -more-


St. Mary’s boys dominate NCS championship

By Jared GreenDaily Planet Staff
Monday May 28, 2001

Girls finish 2nd; BHS’s Brooks pulls big upset in 400 dash -more-


Dance of India

Jon Mays/Daily Planet
Monday May 28, 2001

Megan Black performs a Kathak dance accompanied by Ross Kent and Paul Sihon during the Himalayan Fair yesterday at Live Oak Park. The performance was part of the two-day festival, now in its 18th year. The fair usually takes place the weekend before Memorial Day, but dance organizer Katherine Kunhiraman said it was delayed because of the Dalai Lama’s recent visit. “We offered a thing to do on Memorial Day weekend rather than just a beer party,” -more-


VCU bests Cal again, boots Bears out of NCAA regional

By Ralph Gaston Daily Planet Correspondent
Monday May 28, 2001

Cal’s run through the NCAA Regionals came to an end Saturday night as the Bears were defeated by VCU, 11-2. The loss eliminated the Bears from the Southeast Regional at Alex Box Stadium. -more-


Codornices Creek ready for makeover

By Jonathan Kiefer Special to the Daily Planet
Monday May 28, 2001

Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board awarded a $200,000 grant to the Urban Creeks Council to restore fish habitat in Codornices Creek — described by many as one of Berkeley’s most precious natural treasures. -more-


Cal softball falls in semifinal

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday May 28, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Hours after eliminating the Michigan Wolverines from the Women’s College World Series, 5-2, the California Golden Bears were themselves eliminated by their Pac-10 rival the Stanford Cardinal, 1-0, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Saturday night. -more-


Bay briefs

Staff
Monday May 28, 2001

Hubcap shooter gets 40 years in prison -more-


Eternal flames honoring soldiers burn on despite cost

The Associated Press
Monday May 28, 2001

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Eternal flames honoring veterans across California are burning through money these days as the price of natural gas soars during the state’s energy crisis. -more-


High risks for Bush in first return to California

By Scott Lindlaw Associated Press Writer
Monday May 28, 2001

WASHINGTON – Presidential candidate George W. Bush prided himself on visiting California at least once a month in the heat of last year’s campaign. As president he has waited more than four months to visit the largest state. -more-


Bay Area artists battle over giant bra balls

By Margie Mason Associated Press Writer
Monday May 28, 2001

EL CERRITO – Hers weighs 650 pounds, his weighs 1,300 pounds, but when it comes to a competition between two giant balls of bras, does size really matter? -more-


Tourism officials say power crisis dims summer prospects

By Seth Hettena Associated Press Writer
Monday May 28, 2001

SAN DIEGO – Joan Conrad wasn’t going to let blackouts stop her and 13 high school seniors in her charge from seeing California. -more-


Attorney general says power contracts should be made public

By Gary Gentile Associated Press Writer
Monday May 28, 2001

NEWPORT BEACH – State Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Saturday he favors making public the details of power contracts the state has negotiated in secret with generators. -more-


Opinion

Editorials

Bear bursts into rental store

The Associated Press
Saturday June 02, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A 200-pound black bear crashed through a glass door and was holed up in a Hertz rental store in Salinas for 4.5 hours Friday before police officers closed off the street, surrounded the building and tranquilized the animal. -more-


Circuit Court blocks timber sales

The Associated Press
Friday June 01, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — In a blow to the logging industry, a federal appeals panel blocked the harvest of thousands of acres of old-growth forest in southwestern Oregon, ruling Thursday the federal government did not adequately address the plight of protected salmon. -more-


Lafayette deals with meningitis case scare

Bay City News
Wednesday May 30, 2001

LAFAYETTE – Contra Costa County health officials are completed a second day of clinic care and education Tuesday after an adult chaperone on a weekend camping trip was hospitalized with meningitis. -more-


Californians revert to clotheslines, fans

By Margie Mason Associated Press Writer
Tuesday May 29, 2001

Gearing up for rolling blackouts, people are trying to save power by shutting down appliances -more-


New memorial commemorates Hispanic Medal of Honor winners

The Associated Press
Monday May 28, 2001

BELL GARDENS — Hundreds of people gathered Saturday for the unveiling of a new veterans memorial — a statue honoring 39 Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. -more-