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Nurses call for higher staffing levels

By Judith Scherr Daily Planet staffBy Judith Scherr Daily Planet staff
Wednesday December 12, 2001

Demonstration urges state to better staff-to-patient ratios -more-


Guy Poole
Wednesday December 12, 2001


Wednesday, Dec. 12


Senior forward one of Keys to ’Jackets’ success

By Tim Haran Daily Planet Correspondent
Wednesday December 12, 2001

Sabrina Keys remembered receiving her first three form letters from college basketball programs when she was in the eighth grade. Her first hand-written letter came as the Berkeley High basketball standout started her sophomore season. Since then it’s been a steady stream of letters, visits to college campuses and, as Keys estimated, conversations with more than 50 schools. -more-


The tritium lab is dead – long live the....?

Leuren Moret Berkeley
Wednesday December 12, 2001

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Staff
Wednesday December 12, 2001


Police officer demoted after claims of sexual harassment

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Wednesday December 12, 2001

A Berkeley police officer has filed a complaint against the city claiming that a supervising officer subjected her to a pattern of sexual harassment and on-the-job discrimination based on her gender. -more-


Middle class needs housing too

Michael O’Leary, Chair Berkeley Design Advoca
Wednesday December 12, 2001

Supervisors used false data to justify building Dublin juvenile hall

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet staff
Wednesday December 12, 2001

OAKLAND – The Alameda County Board of Supervisors relied on faulty data earlier this year when it voted to build a 420-bed juvenile hall in Dublin, according to a new report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, an Oakland-based nonprofit with a national reputation on juvenile justice issues. -more-


Listen to hemp industry

Adam Wiggins Director, Neoteric Pasadena
Wednesday December 12, 2001

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Six projects vie for housing fund money

By Hank Sims Daily Planet staff
Wednesday December 12, 2001

Six housing projects for low-income and disabled people will vie for city funding at a special meeting of the Housing Advisory Commission Thursday night. -more-


Hemp can’t make you high – ban is irrational

Robert Sharpe, M.P.A. Program Officer The Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation Washington, DC
Wednesday December 12, 2001

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Two hometown college men make good

Staff
Wednesday December 12, 2001

Josh Daniels selected as head resident at Wesleyan University -more-


City Council delays issue on conscientious objector info

Daily Planet staff and wire reports
Wednesday December 12, 2001

Conscientious objectors will have to wait a while to pass on their information via city wires after the City Council delayed its decision Tuesday on whether or not Berkeley will lend a hand to the group’s cause. -more-


California has most Death Row inmates

By Don Thompson The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SACRAMENTO — California had the largest Death Row population of any state, but just nine executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. -more-


Noncredentialed teachers to reach 21 percent by 2009

By Steve Lawrence The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SACRAMENTO — California will face a growing shortage of qualified teachers in this decade as older instructors retire in record numbers and schools hire more teachers without preliminary credentials, a study says. -more-


Bay Area Briefs

Staff
Wednesday December 12, 2001

Presidio Trust director resigns -more-


SF Bar Association announces scholarship for Afghan women

The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — The Bar Association of San Francisco announced Tuesday the establishment of a three-year law school scholarship at Golden Gate University to be awarded to an Afghan woman. -more-


State Supreme Court to make decision in sex predator case

By Kim Curtis The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A serial rapist locked up at a state mental hospital nearly two weeks after a judge said he had no legal grounds to keep him in custody may be released Wednesday if the state Supreme Court refuses to hear the case. -more-


Lawmakers, officials eye new counter- terrorism laws

By Don Thompson The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers and state officials proposed a spate of new laws Tuesday to counter terrorism, including new wiretap rules and the death penalty for terror attacks. -more-


Redevelopment uproots tree farms under power lines

By Eugene Tong The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

PICO RIVERA — Visitors to Lyon Christmas Tree Farm come with saws in hand during the holiday season, looking for the perfect tree among rows of molded pines and cypresses growing under massive electric towers. -more-


Dying shopping malls reborn as old-fashioned downtowns

By Jim Wasserman The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

MOUNTAIN VIEW — That epicenter of holiday shopping, the enclosed suburban mall that came to symbolize 1980s culture, is becoming a powerful engine for redeveloping California. Malls where millions of teen-agers had their first kiss and suburban families roamed the food courts are being razed and reborn as entirely new visions for life, work and shopping, architects say. -more-


Compaq CEO ponders a future without HP

The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

HOUSTON — The head of Compaq Computer Corp. told employees that the company is exploring the company’s future prospects should its $24 billion merger with Hewlett-Packard Co. fall through. -more-


Google search engine widens its net around the Internet

The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SAN JOSE — Internet search engine Google Inc. announced Tuesday that it now offers direct access to more than 3 billion Web documents, including newsgroup postings back to 1981. -more-


Excite@Home can continue high-speed Internet service

By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Excite@Home received court approval Tuesday to continue high-speed Internet service for about 2.1 million subscribers through February under a series of deals that will generate $355 million for the bankrupt company while preserving the right to sue its cable partners for alleged abuses. -more-


Anna Nicole Smith’s right to inheritance debated

By Robert Jablon The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

SANTA ANA — The fight between Playboy pinup Anna Nicole Smith and her stepson over the fortune left by her late husband went to federal court Tuesday with lawyers arguing over whether the Texas oilman intended to leave her an inheritance worth $474 million. -more-


Some wild horses still sold to be slaughtered

By Robert Gehrke The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

WASHINGTON — Wild horses put up for adoption by the Bureau of Land Management continue to be slaughtered, in some cases within weeks of the owner gaining title of the animal, according to the latest BLM records. -more-


Critics says Rocky Flats cleanup will leave the soil contaminated

By H. Josef Herbert The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

WASHINGTON — The government is spending $7 billion to decontaminate a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and turn it into a wildlife refuge. But critics said Tuesday that the cleanup will still leave the soil too polluted. -more-


Drug tunnel found in Arizona; access for half-ton of cocaine

By Arthur H. Rothstein The Associated Press
Wednesday December 12, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs Service special agents Tuesday found a sophisticated drug tunnel running directly under the border between a wash in Mexico and a Nogales home facing the international fence. -more-


Acting to end U.S. involvement in war

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet staff
Tuesday December 11, 2001

Several dozen student and community activists converged on the UC Berkeley campus and the surrounding area Monday to call for an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and to advocate for the protection of human rights at home and abroad. -more-


Guy Poole
Tuesday December 11, 2001


Tuesday, Dec. 11


Council may challenge huge northside project

Jim Sharp Berkeley
Tuesday December 11, 2001

Staff
Tuesday December 11, 2001

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Council to sift through cell tower regulations

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Tuesday December 11, 2001

The City Council will have to step gingerly through a thicket of potential lawsuits tonight as it considers regulating the location of wireless communication antennae, which make cell phone use possible. -more-


Middle East blame game

Anat Resnick Oakland
Tuesday December 11, 2001

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A season to share

Staff
Tuesday December 11, 2001

Draft plan, substation and psychics on City Council agenda

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Tuesday December 11, 2001

Among the issues the City Council will consider tonight are councilmembers’ recommendations for amendments to three elements of the Draft General Plan. -more-


Transforming BHS into many small schools

Carol S. Lashof Berkeley
Tuesday December 11, 2001

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Need justice and fair play – not police state

Ronnen Levinson Berkeley
Tuesday December 11, 2001

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‘Micro’ quake hits city early on Monday

Daily Planet staff
Tuesday December 11, 2001

A magnitude 2.6 “micro earthquake” that apparently did little more than rattle a few Berkeley windows at 2:54 a.m. Monday was preceded by two even smaller quakes, one measuring a magnitude of .9 at 2:44 a.m. and another measuring 2.3 at 2:42 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. -more-


Video games lack diversity

The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

OAKLAND — Video games offer little racial and gender diversity, and most contain some level of violence, even those developed for the youngest gamers, a children’s research group said Monday. -more-


Fairfax man fighting with Taliban recovering at U.S. base

By David Martin The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

SOUTHERN AFGHAN-ISTAN — An American who fought with the Taliban was gaunt and dehydrated but in good condition Sunday as he recovered from a gunshot wound to his leg, a Marines spokesman said at the southern Afghan base where the man is being held. -more-


Americans open wallets to aid besieged Afghan people

By Arlene Levinson The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

Just as Americans opened their wallets for Sept. 11 victims, charity officials say some are now giving to help civilian Afghans who have been uprooted by the war on the Taliban. -more-


Packard Foundation stays out of Compaq- HP battle over deal

By Brian Bergstein The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

SAN JOSE — Shares of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. both fell Monday, their first day of trading after HP’s largest shareholder said it would vote against the proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Compaq. -more-


Calpine troubled by fears of Enron-style collapse

By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Calpine Corp.’s shares plunged 17 percent Monday amid investor fears the rapidly expanding power generator is headed down the same perilous path that ruined one of its biggest business partners, bankrupt Enron Corp. -more-


San Jose tech co. outlook gloomy

The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

SAN JOSE — JDS Uniphase Corp., a leading maker of optical networking components, reaffirmed its gloomy second-quarter sales outlook Monday and predicted more bad news to come. -more-


Anti-abortion Web site raises First Amendment concerns

By David Kravets The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

PASADENA — A flood of legal briefs to the nation’s largest federal appeals court predicts the trashing of some deeply held American ideals no matter the case’s outcome. -more-


Nobel Peace Prize awarded to U.N.

By Kim Gamel The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

OSLO, Norway — Saying “humanity is indivisible,” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for global cooperation in fighting poverty, ignorance and disease as he and the United Nations accepted the centennial Nobel Peace Prize on Monday. -more-


Seniors not feeling the heat at home

By John Geluardi, Daily Planet staff
Monday December 10, 2001

On a chilly December evening, Manuel Oliver, 68, his small frame encased in layers of warm clothing, turns the dials of his small electric stove to “high” and waits anxiously for the burners to glow a warm red. -more-


Out & About

Compiled by Guy Poole
Monday December 10, 2001


Monday, Dec. 10

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Bombing Iraq will backfire

Sheila S. Newbery
Monday December 10, 2001

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Staff
Monday December 10, 2001

924 Gilman Dec. 14: Hot Water Music, American Steel, F-Minus, Trial By Fire; Dec. 15: Strung Out, Limp, The Frisk, The Deadlines, The Creeps; Dec. 16: 5 p.m., Good Riddance, Missing 23rd, Downway, Audio Crush; Dec. 21: Kepi, Bonfire Madigan, Kevin Seconds; Dec. 22: The Lab Rats, Onetime Angels, A great Divide, Last Great Liar, Gabriel’s Ratchet; Dec. 23: 5 p.m., Over My Dead Body, Panic, Breaker Breaker, Some Still Believe; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 -more-


Bears suffer another late collapse against Gaels

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday December 10, 2001

Cal loses third straight as St. Mary’s takes over in game’s final minutes -more-


Congresswoman still feels support

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Monday December 10, 2001

OAKLAND – “It’s nice to be home,” said 9th District Rep. Barbara Lee, as she entered a town hall meeting to a standing ovation. -more-


Urgent car alert

Ken Cheetham
Monday December 10, 2001

School construction two months behind schedule

By David Scharfenberg, Daily Planet staff
Monday December 10, 2001

Construction of the new “Milvia buildings” on the Berkeley High School campus is running two months behind schedule, school officials said, pushing back the expected completion date to June 2003. -more-


Berkeley planning is too complex

Howie Muir
Monday December 10, 2001

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Family, friends remember kidnap victim Xiana

By Karen Gaudette, Associated Press Writer
Monday December 10, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO – Family and friends gathered Sunday in the Santa Cruz mountains to remember 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild, abducted on her way to school two years ago. -more-


Bay Briefs

Staff
Monday December 10, 2001


Fundraiser nets $5,000 for Doggie Diner -more-


Customers come for food and a look at new cars

By Jeff Wilson, Associated Press Writer
Monday December 10, 2001

FILLMORE – An Italian dinner house is doing brisk business on the showroom floor at William L. Morris Chevrolet, where car shoppers are tempted with chicken parmigiana as they kick the tires of new cars. -more-


ExciteAtHome’s death won’t kill the company’s broadband legacy

By Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer
Monday December 10, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO – ExciteAtHome made plenty of dumb decisions on its way to the dot-com graveyard, but what ultimately killed the company may have been its greatest accomplishment – the high-speed cable network that provided fast Internet connections to more than 4 million North American customers. -more-


Criticism mounts over fluency test

The Associated Press
Monday December 10, 2001

LOS ANGELES – Criticism is mounting among school officials over a new test designed to track students who are not fluent in English – one-fifth of the state’s public school population. -more-


Homeless ‘Camp Paradise’ cleared out by rainstorm

The Associated Press
Monday December 10, 2001

SANTA CRUZ – A homeless encampment known as Camp Paradise, which fought off city officials’ requests to leave over the past year, finally cleared out after a rainstorm caused the San Lorenzo River to spill into their Eden. -more-


Moore Foundation pledges $261 million to conservation group

By Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press Writer
Monday December 10, 2001

Silicon Valley pioneer’s organization makes one of biggest donations in history -more-


Substitute board members may come as a surprise

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Saturday December 08, 2001

When architect Kava Massih took his drawings for a new downtown hotel to the Zoning Adjustments Board a few months ago, the board he encountered was quite different than the board he expected. -more-


Out & About Calendar

Compiled by Guy Poole
Saturday December 08, 2001


Saturday, Dec. 8

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Pre-1894 homes remain in an 1878 subdivision near downtown

Susan Cerny
Saturday December 08, 2001

The house in the 1992 photograph was built around 1876 for Joseph Clapp, a farmer who arrived in Berkeley in the mid-1870s from Norwood, Mass. -more-


School maintenance stinks

Yolanda Huang Yolanda Huang, Yolanda Huang,
Saturday December 08, 2001

The Daily Planet received a copy of these comments read to the Board of Education at a recent meeting: -more-


The cultural revolution starts HERE ...

By Sari Friedman, Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday December 08, 2001

The town of Berkeley’s got quite a rep. In “The Whole World’s Watching: Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 1960s and 1970s,” produced by the Berkeley Arts Center, a brilliant and brilliantly disturbing collection of photographs and essays by mostly local writers and photographers document the many movements for social justice that coalesced and grew strong in Berkeley and elsewhere in California. -more-


Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Guy Poole
Saturday December 08, 2001

924 Gilman Dec. 8: Scurvy Dogs, Nigel Peppercock, Shut The Fuck Up, Offering To The Sun, Voetsek; Dec. 9: Poison The Well, Unearth, Sworn Enemy, Spark Lights The Friction; Dec. 14: Hot Water Music, American Steel, F-Minus, Trial By Fire; Dec. 15: Strung Out, Limp, The Frisk, The Deadlines, The Creeps; Dec. 16: 5 p.m., Good Riddance, Missing 23rd, Downway, Audio Crush; Dec. 21: Kepi, Bonfire Madigan, Kevin Seconds; Dec. 22: The Lab Rats, Onetime Angels, A great Divide, Last Great Liar, Gabriel’s Ratchet; Dec. 23: 5 p.m., Over My Dead Body, Panic, Breaker Breaker, Some Still Believe; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 -more-


St. Mary’s repeats in rematch

By Jared Green, Daily Planet Staff
Saturday December 08, 2001

Moore’s 23 leads Panthers to second win over BHS this week -more-


Jetco owner charged with illegal dumping

By John Geluardi, Daily Planet staff
Saturday December 08, 2001

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged the owner of Jetco Motors, which burned down 17 months ago, with eight felonies related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous debris. -more-


Don’t bash it – great stuff to buy in Berkeley

Ying Lee
Saturday December 08, 2001

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‘My Sweet Lord’ to be rereleased in memory of George Harrison

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

LONDON — George Harrison’s 1971 hit, “My Sweet Lord,” is reportedly going to be rereleased as a tribute to the former Beatle, who died last week. -more-


Local school construction comes up a little soggy

David Scharfenberg, Daily Planet staff
Saturday December 08, 2001

Leaks and floods result in a wave of questioning


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Does ‘American Way’ mean all’s for sale?

Marc Winokur
Saturday December 08, 2001

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Entertainment in brief by the Associated Press

Staff
Saturday December 08, 2001

Lennon’s b-day today


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Parking question needs balanced approach

Deborah Badhia
Saturday December 08, 2001

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Bus driver disappears after route

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

EAST PALO ALTO — A SamTrans bus driver was still missing early Friday after finishing his route two days earlier and failing to return with the bus. -more-


Police Blotter

– Hank Sims
Saturday December 08, 2001


A man kept his wallet – but lost his cash – after pleading with robbers Thursday evening, according to Lt. Cynthia Harris of the Berkeley Police Department. -more-


Bay Area Briefs

Staff
Saturday December 08, 2001

Anonymous e-mail service still running after Sept. 11

By Matthew Fordahl, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SAN JOSE — For years, anonymous e-mail has been a choice tool for whistle-blowers, human rights activists and undercover sources looking to protect themselves while imparting vital information. -more-


Labor leaders, attorneys push measure for more benefits

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SACRAMENTO — Labor unions and an attorneys’ group are pushing an initiative that would raise benefits for California workers who suffer job-related injuries. -more-


Hate crime victim recounts assault in his liquor store

By Cadonna M. Peyton, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

LOS ANGELES — “Are you (Osama) bin Laden?” -more-


Rep. Gary Condit to seek re-election

By Brian Melley, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

MODESTO — Rep. Gary Condit, dogged by scandal since the May disappearance of a Washington, D.C., intern, said Friday he will seek re-election to Congress. -more-


Salamander endangered bid rejected

By Leon Drouin Keith, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

LONG BEACH — State Fish and Game commissioners on Friday rejected a request by environmentalists and biologists to make the California tiger salamander an endangered species candidate, saying they needed more information. -more-


‘Star Wars’ protesters convicted of trespassing

By Christina Almeida, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

Actor Martin Sheen and four others guilty -more-


California’s 2002 races take their final form

By Alexa Haussler, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SACRAMENTO — Rep. Gary Condit ended months of speculation over his political future Friday by declaring he will seek re-election, while his son abandoned his plans to jump into politics. -more-


Pakistani detainees appear in court a day after judge grants voluntary departure

By Chelsea J. Carter, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

LOS ANGELES — Two Pakistani men picked up for questioning following the Sept. 11 attacks were charged Friday by federal prosecutors with falsely representing their legal status a day after an immigration judge granted them permission to leave the country. -more-


Parents of ’American Taliban’ haven’t heard from authorities

By Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — The parents of the California man found holed up with Taliban troops in Afghanistan said Friday that, nearly a week after his capture, the U.S. government has not given them any word about his condition or whereabouts. -more-


Two Calif. murder suspects arrested in Reno

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

RENO, Nev. — FBI agents and Reno police arrested a California man and a 16-year-old youth Friday wanted as suspects in the robbery and murder last week of the owner of a 99-cent store in Rubidoux, Calif. -more-


Nevada students face stiffer college entrance requirements

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

LAS VEGAS — University of Nevada regents on Friday voted to raise grade point requirements for entrance to the state’s two universities. -more-


‘It’s our turn’ America, at war again, remembers Pearl Harbor

By Jay Mes Song, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — With the nation in the throes of another war started by a sneak attack, Americans marked Friday’s 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with appeals to their countrymen to fight terrorism with the same valor shown by the World War II generation. -more-


Administration officials pledge to work closely with miners

By John K. Wiley, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash. — The nation’s mining industry can expect a more favorable working climate, Bush administration officials told a receptive audience at the Northwest Mining Association’s annual convention Friday. -more-


Klamath Basin ski area proposal has been formally withdrawn

By Jeff Barnard, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With no clear signals whether the Bush administration would make it easier to build ski areas on federal land, Jeld-Wen Inc. has formally given up its $4 million effort to develop Pelican Butte ski resort on the Winema National Forest. -more-


Senate may consider Klamath aid

By Katherine Pfleger, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

WASHINGTON — The Senate could consider a proposal from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as early as next week to provide $175 million in aid for the drought-stricken Klamath region. -more-


Suicidal factory worker involved in love triangle

By Katrina Hull, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

GOSHEN, Ind. — The suicidal factory worker who gunned down a co-worker and wounded six others was involved in a “love triangle” at work, co-workers and police said Friday. -more-


Indictments total 51 in McDonald’s scam

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Eighteen more people have been indicted on conspiracy charges in the $20 million scam of McDonald’s promotional games bringing the total to 51, the U.S. attorney’s office said Friday. -more-


LA Dodgers take a huge financial hit

By Simon Avery, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

LOS ANGELES — Once a model of good management, the LA Dodgers lost more money than any other team in Major League Baseball last season, according to financial information released by team owners. -more-


EarthLink to buy wireless services provider

By Justin Bachman, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

ATLANTA — EarthLink Inc. said Friday it has agreed to buy the assets of bankrupt OmniSky Corp. for $5 million, making the wireless services provider the latest to fold under the pressure of heavy debt and a scant customer base. -more-


Packard Foundation to cast crucial vote against HP-Compaq merger

By Brian Bergstein, The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — The Packard family’s charitable foundation plans to vote its 10.4 percent stake in Hewlett-Packard Co. against the $25 billion acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp., a severe blow for the deal and HP leader Carly Fiorina. -more-


State begins paying off grid manager

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SACRAMENTO — The state has paid the first installment on the $955 million it owes the managers of California’s power grid for electricity bought between Jan. 17 and July 31. -more-


Click and Clack Talk Cars

Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Saturday December 08, 2001

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Council shoots for approval this month of three plan elements

By John Geluardi, Daily Planet staff
Friday December 07, 2001

The City Council decided Tuesday to approve three sections of the Draft General Plan by Dec. 18. -more-


Out & About Calendar

– Compiled by Guy Poole
Friday December 07, 2001


Friday, Dec. 7

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Correction

Staff
Friday December 07, 2001

The Nutcracker

By Wanda Sabir, Special to the Daily Planet
Friday December 07, 2001

It’s Nutcracker season – that time of year when the classically timeless story is performed throughout in the Bay Area in many different forms. It doesn’t matter that it’s Russian in origin, or that companies have taken creative liberties with the setting, period or choreography since the San Francisco Ballet introduced this work to Americans years ago. Everyone loves the Nutcracker story. -more-


Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Staff
Friday December 07, 2001

Both Berkeley teams lose in first round of Spartan Classic

By Jared Green, Daily Planet Staff
Friday December 07, 2001

Panthers lose to Oakland in final seconds


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Library Gardens appeals affordable housing law

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Friday December 07, 2001

Building higher’s building wiser

Peter Lydon
Friday December 07, 2001

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Band led by twins lands regular gig for Keur Samba

By Joshua Cohen, Special to the Daily Planet
Friday December 07, 2001

Ousseynou Kouyate sings quietly to himself, waiting for his performance to start. The venue is Keur Samba, a West African restaurant on Telegraph Avenue. Kouyate is part of tonight’s attraction, Djialy Kunda Kouyate – a Wolof (Senegalese) band recently brought in by owner Jegan Loum to play at the restaurant every Friday and Saturday night. -more-


Bears get Braun his 100th win

The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

Joe Shipp scored a career-high 24 points and led California to a 88-63 victory over Saint Louis on Thursday night. -more-


Small schools leaders and board start battle

By David Scharfenberg, Daily Planet staff
Friday December 07, 2001

A few olive branches, and a lot of angry words were the offerings at a contentious Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, which featured a couple of overtures for collaboration and several sharp exchanges between board members and leaders of the small schools movement, or Coalition for Excellence and Equity in the Schools. -more-


Superhighway dead-ends @home

Tom Yamaguchi
Friday December 07, 2001

Issel named new school board president

– David Scharfenberg
Friday December 07, 2001

Wednesday evening, the Board of Education unanimously named Shirley Issel its new president. Issel moved up from the post of vice president, replacing outgoing chief Terry Doran. The board named Joaquin Rivera its new vice president. -more-


Thanks for council courage

Chris Oei
Friday December 07, 2001

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Opportunities for giving to nonprofits for the holidays

Staff
Friday December 07, 2001

As a public service, the Berkeley Daily Planet will list BERKELEY-BASED nonprofit agencies soliciting donations and/or volunteers. Please use the following format and e-mail by today to news@berkeleydailyplanet.net. -more-


Prosecutors want Stayner trial held in Sacramento

The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

MARIPOSA — Prosecutors want the triple-murder trial of Yosemite killer Cary Stayner held in Sacramento because it is convenient for witnesses and family members of the victims and defendant. -more-


Bay Area Briefs

Staff
Friday December 07, 2001

D.A.’s employee pleads innocent to assault charge -more-


Jones camp says he will stay in gubernatorial race despite his fund-raising troubles

By Alexa Haussler, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

SACRAMENTO — For weeks, Secretary of State Bill Jones’ struggle to raise large amounts of money has led to speculation he’ll drop out of the Republican race for governor. -more-


Mexican consular IDs officially recognized by S.F. agencies

By Maria-Belen Moran, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of Mexican nationals have been lining up around the block outside their consulate to get identification cards after the city became the first in the nation to officially accept the consular IDs as legal documents. -more-


Trials begin for missile defense protesters

By Christina Almeida, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday convicted the first of 10 defendants facing trials on charges of trespassing at Vandenberg Air Force Base during an October 2000 protest against militarization of space. -more-


Survivors mark 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack in the shadow of another war

By Janis L. Magin, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Kunio Iwashita, a Zero fighter pilot during World War II, says it was only on Sept. 11 — six decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor — that he realized how Americans must have felt back then. -more-


Frazier Park man among three soldiers killed

By Eugene Tong The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

FRAZIER PARK — Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser dreamed of serving in the Special Forces. Long before he shipped out to Afghanistan, one friend said it seemed as if he “wanted to save the Middle East.” -more-


Las Vegas local’s gambling empire grows off the strip

By Lisa Snedeker, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

HENDERSON, Nev. — When the Bingo Palace opened off the Las Vegas Strip in 1977, the casino industry didn’t give it much of a chance. But building away from the action led Station Casinos into a lucrative new market — neighborhood casinos. -more-


Green River killings suspect led adult life on a tight rope

By Gene Johnson, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

SEATTLE — For most of his adult life, Gary Leon Ridgway walked a tightrope. -more-


Court won’t hear money-laundering case again

By Brendan Riley, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Supreme Court refused Thursday to reinstate a money-laundering case against Las Vegas golf course developer and professional gambler Billy Walters and three other men. -more-


Las Vegas declares Frank Sinatra day

By Lisa Snedeker The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

LAS VEGAS — Fifty years after Frank Sinatra’s debut at the Desert Inn resort, the Chairman of the Board will be honored with his own day. -more-


Environmental group move to boot cattle from Arizona state grazing land

By Mitch Tobin, Arizona Daily Star
Friday December 07, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. — With a landmark court victory in hand, a Southwest environmental group wants to raise $1 million so it can kick cattle off tens of thousands of acres of Arizona and New Mexico. -more-


Hunter attacked by grizzly bear on Alaska’s Admiralty Island

The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau man who was mauled by a grizzly bear Wednesday was reported in satisfactory condition after surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. -more-


Sun says it should hit sales targets

By Brian Bergstein, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

SAN JOSE — Computer server maker Sun Microsystems Inc. said Thursday it is on track to meet sales targets this quarter but stopped short of giving specific guidance to Wall Street. -more-


Intel, AMD say revenues to exceed forecasts

By Matthew Fordahl, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

SAN JOSE — In another sign the semiconductor industry may be recovering, Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices said Thursday their fourth-quarter revenues are expected to exceed earlier forecasts. -more-


Gap reports worsening sales losses in 19-month slide

By Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Once-hip retailer Gap Inc. remained an unfashionable place to shop in November, with comparable store sales plunging 25 percent from the same time last year — the steepest drop yet during the clothier’s 19-month slide. -more-


Housing affordability better across state

The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

Hearst CEO Bennack to retire

The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

NEW YORK — Hearst Corp. chief executive and president Frank A. Bennack Jr. will retire at the end of next May. Chief operating officer Victor F. Ganzi, 54, was tapped to replace him. -more-


Online electricity supplier to give refund to customers

The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

HARRISBURG, Pa. — About 800 former customers of an electricity supplier that served Pennsylvanians over the Internet before going out of business will receive refunds, the state’s consumer advocate said Thursday. -more-


Millennium Pharmaceuticals to buy COR Therapeutics

The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Biotechnology company Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. is acquiring South San Francisco, Calif.-based COR Therapeutics Inc. for $2 billion in stock, the company announced Thursday. -more-


School plot suspect let go, students and neighbors worry

By Michael Mello, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The teen-ager accused of plotting a Columbine-style massacre at his school returned to his mother’s home Thursday, prompting a student protest and concern among his neighbors. -more-


Planning dept. dealing with defections

By Hank Sims Daily Planet staff
Thursday December 06, 2001

There is a story that has been floating around the city’s Planning and Development Department for some time. -more-


Cal women suffer 2nd-half collapse against USF

By Nathan Fox Daily Planet Correspondent
Thursday December 06, 2001

Sitting atop a 14-point lead with less than seven minutes to play Wednesday night versus the University of San Francisco, it appeared as if the Cal women’s basketball team could relax and cruise to an easy victory. The problem is they tried to do just that, and the Dons had other plans. -more-


Compiled by Guy Poole
Thursday December 06, 2001


Thursday, Dec. 6


Amendment would create open space

Peter Lydon Berkeley
Thursday December 06, 2001

MUSIC

Staff
Thursday December 06, 2001

924 Gilman Dec. 7: Har Mar Superstar, The Pattern, The Blast Rocks, Your Enemies’ Friends, Hate Mail Express; Dec. 8: Scurvy Dogs, Nigel Peppercock, Shut The Fuck Up, Offering To The Sun, Voetsek; Dec. 9: Poison The Well, Unearth, Sworn Enemy, Spark Lights The Friction; Dec. 14: Hot Water Music, American Steel, F-Minus, Trial By Fire; Dec. 15: Strung Out, Limp, The Frisk, The Deadlines, The Creeps; Dec. 16: 5 p.m., Good Riddance, Missing 23rd, Downway, Audio Crush; Dec. 21: Kepi, Bonfire Madigan, Kevin Seconds; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 -more-


Berkeley employees get passes to ‘ride the damn bus’

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Thursday December 06, 2001

About 75 people celebrated the launching of the Eco Pass Program in Civic Center Wednesday. City officials hope the free AC Transit bus passes will lure some of Berkeley’s 1,600 employees from their cars and ease downtown parking and traffic problems. -more-


Where’s the proof, prez?

Marion Syrek Oakland
Thursday December 06, 2001

Editor: -more-


State hearing calls for big healthcare reform

David Scharfenberg Daily Planet staff
Thursday December 06, 2001

OAKLAND – Doctors, activists and politicians called for a wholesale reform of California’s child healthcare system at a state hearing Wednesday morning at Children’s Hospital, convened by Assemblymember Wilma Chan (D-Oakland) and Virginia Strom-Martin (D-Duncans Mills). -more-


Leaders must call for Bush’s impeachment

Judith Segard Hunt Berkeley
Thursday December 06, 2001

Editor: -more-


Police Blotter

Hank Sims
Thursday December 06, 2001

Two Berkeley Police Department officers were injured early Wednesday morning when a suspect tried to evade a routine traffic stop, according to Lt. Cynthia Harris. -more-


Racial profiling plus loss of civil rights – deadly combination

Anne Smith Berkeley
Thursday December 06, 2001

Editor: -more-


50 years later Rosenberg brother admits lie

By Richard Pyle The Associated Press
Thursday December 06, 2001

NEW YORK — Nearly 50 years after convicted Soviet spy Ethel Rosenberg was executed, her brother admits he lied under oath to save himself and says he’s unconcerned that his perjury may have sent her to the electric chair, along with her husband. -more-


Opinion

Editorials

Police Blotter
Wednesday December 12, 2001

A woman thwarted an armed, would-be robber simply by walking away from him Monday evening, according to Lt. Cynthia Harris of the Berkeley Police Department.


San Francisco embarrassed again by elections fiascos

By Margie Mason The Associated Press
Tuesday December 11, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Several weeks after the November election, the Coast Guard fished eight ballot-box lids out of San Francisco Bay and 240 uncounted ballots were found stuck in voting machines — the latest embarrassments in the city’s sorry electoral history. -more-


Anonymous e-mail service still running after Sept. 11

By Matthew Fordahl, AP Technology Writer
Monday December 10, 2001

SAN JOSE – For years, anonymous e-mail has been a choice tool for whistle-blowers, human rights activists and undercover sources looking to protect themselves while imparting vital information. -more-


Oakland exec in PinnFund case to settle

The Associated Press
Saturday December 08, 2001

SAN DIEGO — An executive with an investment fund accused of bilking investors has agreed to forfeit nearly $47 million in cash and assets in an agreement with regulators. -more-


Winter’s chill makes jail seem appealing for homeless

By Bruce Gerstman, Special to the Daily Planet
Friday December 07, 2001

Union proposes to transform the old Hall of Justice into temporary shelter

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Catalog retailers brace for a challenging season

By Colleen Valles Associated Press Writer
Thursday December 06, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO – Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Tom Souza has stopped traveling, and even driving, as much as he used to. -more-


Columns

Teachers leaving profession rather than going to jail

By John Curran, The Associated Press
Friday December 07, 2001

FREEHOLD, N.J. — History teacher Barbara Guenther hasn’t missed a day of class in 37 years. Now, she is spending her days in a 9-by-9 jail cell, locked up along with scores of other striking teachers in a bitter lesson in civil disobedience. -more-