News

City moves to protect consumer privacy

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Monday September 09, 2002

Berkeley may become the first California city to protect consumers from financial companies that sell personal information. -more-


The problems with ‘smart’ growth

Stuart Flashman, Emeryville
Monday September 09, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Defense, special teams lead Bears over Aggies

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Monday September 09, 2002

With an opportunistic offense and a bend-but-don’t-break defense, the Cal Bears improved to 2-0 with a 34-13 win over New Mexico State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. -more-


Students remember September attacks

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Monday September 09, 2002

A case for taller buildings

Charles Siegel, Berkeley
Monday September 09, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Messin’ with Texas: Cal wins on own goal

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Monday September 09, 2002

The only goal of Sunday’s Cal-Texas A&M women’s soccer game came off of an Aggie foot, but the Bears got the 1-0 victory at Edwards Stadium. -more-


Festival encourages clean watersheds

By Denis Devine Special to the Daily Planet
Monday September 09, 2002

At Civic Center Park, which appropriately sits above Berkeley’s underground waterway Strawberry Creek, poets and activists celebrated the importance of watersheds at Saturday’s seventh annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. -more-


Against a war with Iraq

M. Breunig Berkeley
Monday September 09, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Raiders win in Callahan’s debut

By Janie McCauley The Associated Press The Associated Press
Monday September 09, 2002

OAKLAND – Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan had an impressive debut Sunday. -more-


Bush and Blair agree about Iraq

By Jennifer Loven The Associated Press
Monday September 09, 2002

CAMP DAVID, Md. – President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday the world must act against Saddam Hussein, arguing that the Iraqi leader has defied the United Nations and reneged on promises to destroy weapons of mass destruction. -more-


Sports Shorts

Monday September 09, 2002

Cal men fall 1-0 to Southern Methodist -more-


Californians mixed about changes since 9/11

Monday September 09, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO – Californians say a lot of good and bad changes have occurred in the United States since Sept. 11, and many believe more terrorist attacks are imminent with California as a likely target, according to a Field Poll released Sunday. -more-


Wideouts atone for mistakes

– Jared Green
Monday September 09, 2002

One of Cal head coach Jeff Tedford’s main points of emphasis has been positive reinforcement for his players. He put that into practice twice on Saturday when wide receivers LaShaun Ward and Geoff McArthur committed drops. -more-


FBI, Oakland police file appeals in Earth First! case

Monday September 09, 2002

OAKLAND — The police department and the FBI have asked a judge to set aside the $4.4 million a jury awarded to two Earth First activists earlier this year. -more-


Bay Area Briefs

Monday September 09, 2002

Car chase ends in Oakland -more-


Federal jury hands Genentech big patent win in SF

By Paul Elias The Associated Press
Monday September 09, 2002

Annual festival’s theme a tribute to Sept. 11

By Neil G. Greene Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday September 07, 2002

Known as one of the Bay Area's biggest and best block parties, Sunday’s Solano Stroll is expected to draw 150,000 strollers to Albany for a day of food, fun and wholehearted fulfillment. -more-


Councilmember speaks about growth

Linda Maio, Berkeley City Council, 1st District
Saturday September 07, 2002

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Public transportation spurred city’s growth

By Susan Cerny Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday September 07, 2002

Without public transportation in the form of trains and streetcars the fast paced urban development of the Bay Area, 1863 to 1915, would not have been possible. The first railroad in the Bay Area opened in 1863 and ran from San Francisco to San Jose. The transcontinental railroad opened in 1869, and soon there were rail lines around the state. The railroads made development possible and created a network of towns and cities. -more-


Dreams Manifest:

By Jennifer Dix Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday September 07, 2002

Gina Rose Halpern’s paintings are colorful, often exuberant works that incorporate references to many spiritual traditions, from Christianity to Buddhism to the nature religions of the world’s indigenous people. For Halpern, her work is not simply decorative or expressive but a form of healing. The 51-year-old El Cerrito artist has a career as vibrant and colorful as her paintings. She is an interfaith minister, teacher, and therapist who believes in the literal healing power of art. -more-


Arts Calendar

Saturday September 07, 2002

Calendar of Community Events

Saturday September 07, 2002

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Cal has no Schott vs. Texas

By Dean Caparaz Daily Planet Correspondent
Saturday September 07, 2002

A depleted Cal women’s soccer team fell to 10th-ranked Texas, 2-1, Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Texas win avenged a 2-1 loss to Cal in Austin last year. -more-


Sixty-nine fire victims still homeless

By Kurtis Alexander Daily Planet Staff
Saturday September 07, 2002

Michael Israel had been living in subsidized housing at 1040 University Ave. for only a week when fire swept through his building and put him out of a home. Like many of the 69 residents who were ousted by the Aug. 26 blaze at UA Homes, Israel had been a drifter, living in the streets of the East Bay, before rooting himself with the help of social service workers in the now scorched west Berkeley residential hotel. -more-


Terror scares

Aubrey Lee Broudy, UC Berkeley alumnus
Saturday September 07, 2002

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Bears get dramatic win

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Saturday September 07, 2002

The Cal men’s soccer team got its first win of the season in dramatic fashion against Portland on Friday, tying the game with three minutes left in regulation before scoring a golden goal in overtime for a 2-1 victory. -more-


State budget spares public schools

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Saturday September 07, 2002

With the ink still drying on the state’s 2002-2003 budget, Berkeley Unified School District officials say the impact on the local school system is far from clear. -more-


DMV-TV?

Joshua Polston, Berkeley
Saturday September 07, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


SF judge hears dispute over who owns Bonds baseball

By Justin Pritchard The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO – As a judge framed it Friday, the lawsuit over who owns Barry Bonds’ record-setting 73rd home run ball boils down to simple definitions: “A catch is a catch – if it’s a catch.” -more-


Grass greener for Bates, Spring

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Saturday September 07, 2002

Mayoral candidate Tom Bates and Councilmember Donna Spring were the big winners at Wednesday’s Berkeley Green Party nomination event. Both candidates won overwhelming support in preliminary votes and are now all but assured the official endorsements, to be named Sunday. -more-


West Nile virus infects Calif. woman

By Andrew Bridges The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County woman has tested positive for West Nile virus in what is believed to be the first case of a person contracting the illness in the western United States, health officials said Friday. -more-


Mexican deli closed

By Dan Krauss Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday September 07, 2002

A dispute over a leaky roof has made finding authentic south-of-the border cuisine considerably more difficult for west Berkeley residents and has roused the mayor while forcing at least one single mother to lose her livelihood. -more-


Contractor pulled off Highland Hospital job

Daily Planet Wire Service
Saturday September 07, 2002

OAKLAND – Alameda County officials announced Thursday that the contractor working on the new critical care building at the Highland Hospital campus has been pulled off of the job. -more-


Pot bust pits feds against state

By Martha Mendoza The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

SANTA CRUZ — Medical marijuana advocates outraged by a raid at a local prescription pot supplier protested at federal offices in several cities in Northern California and across the country Friday. -more-


California homeowners facing rate increases

The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

SANTA ROSA — As the insurance industry tries to offset rising costs and poor investment returns, leading providers are raising rates and denying renewals to people who’ve filed claims. -more-


Smokers steamed over NYC plan for Calif.-style smoking

By Erin McClam The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

NEW YORK — The smoke hangs thick at Pete’s Tavern, swirling through the 138-year-old pub as the lunch-hour conversation turns to the mayor’s plan to ban smoking in thousands of bars and restaurants across the city. -more-


Water-related diseases could kill up to 76 million

By Colleen Valles The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — As many as 76 million people — mostly children — could die from water-related diseases by 2020 if changes aren’t made worldwide in the way communities develop their water systems and policies, according to a California think tank. -more-


Stories test airport security, TV and newspaper ethics

By David Bauder The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

NEW YORK — It makes an eye-opening story: knives, razors and pepper spray easily passing through supposedly beefed-up airport security. But it also raises troubling ethical questions: In particular, are journalists justified in breaking a law to expose weaknesses in enforcing it? -more-


Survey: 10 percent of students have used the drug Ecstasy

By Jennifer Coleman The Associated Press
Saturday September 07, 2002

SACRAMENTO — A survey of California students released Friday found that more than 10 percent of high school students have tried the drug Ecstasy, prompting the state to create a media campaign to target use of the drug. -more-


College students say admissions cheats minorities

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 06, 2002

Student activists criticized UC Berkeley’s admission practices and launched a campaign to boost minority student enrollment, at a press conference Thursday. -more-


Raccons: Let’s get ‘em

Jenifer Steele Berkeley
Friday September 06, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Buddhist nun explains the importance of spiritual retreats

By Chris Bagley Special to the Daily Planet
Friday September 06, 2002

The 20-somethings in slacks breeze into a café on University Avenue, hardly taking notice of a woman sitting hunched with her back to the sunlit doorway. They don’t know that she lived for 12 years in a cave smaller than the café’s restroom or that she has come here to help them along the path to enlightenment and happiness. -more-


Friday September 06, 2002

Friday September 06, 2002

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Cal soccer teams face tough competition this weekend

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 06, 2002

There is a full slate of college soccer this weekend in Berkeley, with Cal’s men and women’s teams both playing two games against nationally-ranked teams. -more-


State budget cuts bruise university

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 06, 2002

Suing the city

Howie Muir Berkeley
Friday September 06, 2002

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Winona LaDuke Speaks to the Seventh Generation

By Brian Kluepfel Special to the Daily Planet
Friday September 06, 2002

Winona LaDuke has used nearly every form of writing to tell the story of Native Americans through their eyes. Via essays, speeches, poetry and fiction, she’s been telling the tale of a wounded culture trying to restore ancient patterns of life, and how 19th and 20th century consumerism and militarism undermine those efforts. An overview of her oeuvre, The Winona LaDuke Reader, was published by Voyageur Press this year and will be discussed by the author at Black Oak Books on Sunday evening. -more-


Cal Football Notebook

Friday September 06, 2002

n Freshman surprise: Redshirt freshman Chris Mandarino got his first start at fullback last week and made a good impression with three catches for 41 yards, including a great catch on an 18-yard touchdown reception. -more-


UC Berkeley defends its patriotism

By Kurtis Alexander and Matthew Artz and Matthew Artz
Friday September 06, 2002

UC Berkeley again found itself in the hot seat Wednesday when plans to stop the distribution of red, white and blue ribbons on campus Sept.11 were blasted as un-American. -more-


Planner commissioner sets record straight

Zelda Bronstein, Chair, Planning Commission
Friday September 06, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Despite streak, A’s need every win

By Greg Beacham The Associated Press
Friday September 06, 2002

Two injured in high school brawl

Matthew ArtzDaily Planet Staff
Friday September 06, 2002

Two Berkeley High School students were injured during a brawl involving roughly 50 students Wednesday afternoon at Civic Center Park. -more-


Teachers get more recognition

Wendy Stephens, Berkeley
Friday September 06, 2002

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Here comes Matt

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Friday September 06, 2002

With a ballot initiative vote to improve pedestrian safety still two months away, the Berkeley Police Department Wednesday got a jump on dangerous drivers. -more-


Bay Area Briefs

Friday September 06, 2002

Belmont police make first arrest with electric car -more-


Two months into fiscal year Davis signs budget

By Jim Wasserman The Associated Press
Friday September 06, 2002

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gray Davis signed a $98.9 billion hard-times state budget Thursday that makes $9 billion in cuts, trims the state payroll by 7,000 jobs and leaves Capitol budget players open to criticism they did too little too late to prevent worse cuts next year. -more-


California crime up 3.7 percent

The Associated Press
Friday September 06, 2002

SACRAMENTO — Crime in California increased 3.7 percent last year over 2000, the state attorney general said Thursday, though violent crime dropped 0.8 percent over the same period. Total property crime was up 6 percent. -more-


DEA raids medical marijuana farm

The Associated Press
Friday September 06, 2002

SANTA CRUZ — Federal agents raided a marijuana farm Thursday and arrested the owners, who grow the pot for a medical users club, surprising community members and local law enforcement. -more-


East Bay car dealers see sales upswing amid slow year

By Sophia Tareen Special to the Daily Planet
Friday September 06, 2002

Executives of defunct tech firm charged

Friday September 06, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors announced a 36-count grand jury indictment Thursday against four executives charged with defrauding investors in a public technology company of $140 million in a “cook the books” scheme. -more-


EBay weighing legal options against Simon parody site

The Associated Press
Friday September 06, 2002

LOS ANGELES — EBay Inc. said Thursday it is considering legal action against a parody Web site called E-Gray that lampoons Gov. Gray Davis and is produced by his opponent’s campaign. -more-


LA officer charged with manufacturing date rape drug

Friday September 06, 2002

LOS ANGELES— A police officer arrested last week for alleged drunken driving was charged Thursday with manufacturing the “date-rape” drug GHB, prosecutors said. -more-


Turkey Patrol

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 05, 2002

Ten Berkeley police officers assembled outside headquarters in the dark, early hours Wednesday. -more-


Disabled are able to be erotic

Teresa Cochran Berkeley
Thursday September 05, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Band Celebrates Silver Anniversary

By Mike Dinoffria Special to the Daily Planet
Thursday September 05, 2002

Mekons front man John Langford did not expect his band to last 25 days let alone a quarter of a century when he started the Mekons along with Tom Greenhaigh in the late ’70s. But low and behold the band that hails from England is on the first leg of its 25th anniversary tour. The Mekons will bring their signature brand of English country rock to the The Starry Plough Pub tonight. -more-


Arts Calendar

Thursday September 05, 2002

A Trip to Remember – Part 2

Thursday September 05, 2002

The Mersey Hot Shots, a Berkeley club soccer team, recently made the journey to Europe to take part in two of the world’s biggest soccer tournaments. The players kept a diary of their travels and experiences. The conclusion of the diary: -more-


Sudden Oak strikes state’s redwood trees

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 05, 2002

California’s majestic coast redwood and Douglas fir trees are susceptible to a pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death, UC researchers have confirmed. -more-


Your business is here, Mr. Worthington

Your business is here, Mr. Worthington
Thursday September 05, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


New high school schedule unfair

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 05, 2002

An independent arbitrator ruled in favor of the local teachers’ union in a contract squabble with the Berkeley Unified School District over the new six-period class schedule at Berkeley High School. -more-


Not on my show

Frank Moore, Berkeley
Thursday September 05, 2002

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Harrison Park pollution threatens homeless shelter

By Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Thursday September 05, 2002

Why pay for this programming?

Jim Hultman Berkeley
Thursday September 05, 2002

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Suspicious suitcase contains only a sweater

Daily Planet Wire Service
Thursday September 05, 2002

Berkeley police closed off traffic through the intersection of Ashby and Telegraph avenues for nearly two hours while they investigated a suspicious suitcase that turned out only to contain a sweater. -more-


Livermore lab settles 1999 worker discrimination claim

Daily Planet Wire Service
Thursday September 05, 2002

The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced Tuesday that it has finalized a conciliation agreement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after an investigation based on a complaint filed in 1999 by nine Asian-American workers. -more-


Oakland police suspect 77th murder

Daily Planet Wire Service
Thursday September 05, 2002

Davis to sign budget, lawmakers prepare for next battle

By Jessica Brice The Associated Press
Thursday September 05, 2002

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gray Davis said Wednesday he will eliminate another 1,000 government jobs on top of the 6,000 already slated to be cut so that the “size of government reflects the revenues that are coming in.” -more-


Gates debuts software as part of entertainment push

The Associated Press
Thursday September 05, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Bill Gates introduced Microsoft’s newest multimedia software in Hollywood on Wednesday, promoting his company’s bid to make its technology central to tomorrow’s digital home entertainment center. -more-


Teachers and insurance companies are pushing public insurance

By Jessica Brice The Associated Press
Thursday September 05, 2002

SACRAMENTO — California teachers and health insurance companies are teaming up to get more kids enrolled in the state’s public insurance programs. -more-


Fields fall short on first day of soccer

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 04, 2002

Trade dog park for ball park

Maris Arnold, Berkeley
Wednesday September 04, 2002

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Calendar of Community Events & Activities

Wednesday September 04, 2002

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Bears try to keep even keel after blowout win

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 04, 2002

Triumph is a feeling the current crop of Cal football players haven’t had in a while, and they savored it over the weekend following their 70-22 thrashing of Baylor to open the 2002 season. But by practice time on Monday afternoon, it was back to business. -more-


School district gets news of cash windfall

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 04, 2002

The state Legislature passed a bill last week that would forgive a $1.16 million state fine that the financially-strapped Berkeley Unified School District owes for being late with paperwork. -more-


The bounds of hate

Will Youmans, Berkeley
Wednesday September 04, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


City’s rejected housing plan draws lawsuit

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 04, 2002

The worst fear of city planners, whose affordable housing plan was rejected by the state earlier this summer, may come true. -more-


How to give a housing subsidy

Rhiannon, Berkeley
Wednesday September 04, 2002

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Suit filed against county superintendent

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Wednesday September 04, 2002

News of the Weird

Wednesday September 04, 2002

80 is a fine age at which -more-


Gov. to cut $750 million from budget

By Jennifer Coleman The Associated Press
Wednesday September 04, 2002

By Jennifer Coleman -more-


Judge blocks sale of Napster’s assets

The Associated Press
Wednesday September 04, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — A Delaware bankruptcy judge has blocked the sale of Napster’s remaining assets to the song-swap company’s chief investor, Bertelsmann AG, marking the death of a deal that might have revived the service as a legitimate music-sharing network. -more-


Claremont pays up

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff
Tuesday September 03, 2002

The exclusive Claremont Resort and Spa agreed last week to provide back pay to four employees it suspended earlier this year for distributing union literature at the hotel, according to union officials. -more-


Rumsfield looks to Berkeley

Nathan Jones, Berkeley
Tuesday September 03, 2002

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Calendar of Community Events & Activities

Tuesday September 03, 2002

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A’s tally 19 straight wins after beating Royals

By Greg Beacham The Associated Press
Tuesday September 03, 2002

OAKLAND — Miguel Tejada and the Oakland Athletics simply refuse to lose — even when the degree of difficulty gets higher and higher. -more-


ACLU confronts Berkeley

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Tuesday September 03, 2002

Kudos to Longfellow staff

Sue Dickey,Berkeley
Tuesday September 03, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Kudos to Longfellow staff

Sue Dickey, Berkeley
Tuesday September 03, 2002

To the Editor: -more-


Harmonious Niners setting sights on Rams, Super Bowl

By Greg Beacham The Associated Press
Tuesday September 03, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a beautiful sound emanating from the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room as a new season approaches. It’s the sound of silence, of Steve Mariucci and Terrell Owens getting along. -more-


KPFA still pulling for more control

By Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Tuesday September 03, 2002

Members of public radio station KPFA fear that delays in their mother network’s return to Berkeley are ominous signs that another power struggle is emerging on the radio network’s governing board. -more-


Look behind the lines for answers to Iraq

Carolyn Scarr, Berkeley
Tuesday September 03, 2002

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Berkeley’s largest gay soiree growing

Matthew Artz Daily Planet Staff
Tuesday September 03, 2002

Gay Berkeleyans say they have it pretty good. They live in a progressive town and have access to a mecca of gay life – San Francisco. Yet many say that the geographic and demographic advantages create a problem: a lack of a one cohesive community. -more-


News of the Weird

Tuesday September 03, 2002

Cat has more toes than -more-


Bay Area Briefs

Tuesday September 03, 2002

Gates donates $28 million -more-


Union workers rally in LA to support dockworkers

By Paul Wilborn The Associated Press
Tuesday September 03, 2002

LOS ANGELES — With labor unrest looming at West Coast ports, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told thousands of union workers Monday to “stand your ground.” -more-