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Issue #1118 :: Thursday, February 17, 2005

Top Headlines

City Sees $3.5 Million Windfall
The cash-strapped city of Berkeley will receive an unexpected $3.5 million in taxes this year, officials announced Tuesday-and many groups are vying for a share of the money.

Wish Upon a Star
Everyone had to start somewhere. Charlize Theron was standing in line at a bank, causing a scene because she didn't speak English, and they wouldn't cash her check, when an agent gave her his card telling her to call him once she learned the language.

One for The Ages: 'Birds Get Thunder Struck
One badly injured leg, one bleeding gash to the head, one crying brother, one third-string scrumhalf raising his hands into the brisk Witter Field air.

Finally Brightening Up
On three, sing ‘Happy Birthday' to Conor!" Taking a cue from a lone voice in the balcony of the Berkeley Community Theatre Tuesday night, the packed audience helped Conor Oberst, frontman of Omaha's up-and-coming indie rock project Bright Eyes, celebrate his 25th trip around the sun. Or as Oberst, in between earnest swigs of beer, put it, "a quarter century" on Earth.

News

City Sees $3.5 Million Windfall
The cash-strapped city of Berkeley will receive an unexpected $3.5 million in taxes this year, officials announced Tuesday-and many groups are vying for a share of the money.

Gunman Rapes Woman In West Berkeley Attack
Police are on the lookout for a man who raped a woman at gunpoint in West Berkeley Friday morning.

Affirmative Action Study Generates Controversy
A recent study that found affirmative action to hurt black students' performance in law school has stirred up controversy among faculty and students at law schools across the nation.

Professor Gets Top National Science Award
After a lifetime of work in his field, UC Berkeley chemical engineering professor John Prausnitz was awarded the National Medal of Science Monday, the nation's highest scientific honor.

Student Action Boots Senator Out of Party
Second-term ASUC Senator Billy Wang was thrown out of Student Action, his party of more than a year, by party officials Tuesday.

News in Brief
Section 8 Voucher Program Safe Until 2006


Sports

One for The Ages: 'Birds Get Thunder Struck
One badly injured leg, one bleeding gash to the head, one crying brother, one third-string scrumhalf raising his hands into the brisk Witter Field air.

For Cal, Season Has Taken Inside-Out Turn
One of the cliches of sports is to expect the unexpected, and never has the motto seemed truer than with Cal men's basketball team.

Notebook
In one of the most athletic and crowd-pleasing plays of the season, Andy Hanks scored a penalty try on a straight sprint to the catch the ball in the end zone yesterday.


Arts & Entertainment

Finally Brightening Up
On three, sing ‘Happy Birthday' to Conor!" Taking a cue from a lone voice in the balcony of the Berkeley Community Theatre Tuesday night, the packed audience helped Conor Oberst, frontman of Omaha's up-and-coming indie rock project Bright Eyes, celebrate his 25th trip around the sun. Or as Oberst, in between earnest swigs of beer, put it, "a quarter century" on Earth.

Bluffing Berkeley
While many of us college students are enjoying our beloved Saturday morning sleep-in ritual, there is a weekly phenomenon hitting the public airwaves. Throngs of National Public Radio devotees around the Bay Area tune in at 11a.m. to KQED's broadcast of the news quiz show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" to test their smarts on current events and to have a good chuckle at the latest Bushism or bizarre news item from the far reaches of NPR's news archives-such as the recent Underwear Bandit of Springfield, Missouri or Kim Jong-il's long hair ban.

CD Reviews
SET YOURSELF ON FIRE

Taster's Choice: Take the Stairs, Wankers
Elevators have always inspired fear in me since I was a young child. I'm not sure why, but I'm guessing it was a combination of my fear of spending my last moments on earth in a shiny metal box as an earthquake derailed the car and sent me pummeling to my horrible death, as well as having to make that snap decision of, "Should I hold it in or should I let it out as quietly as possible and hope no one notices?"

Interpol Waver Between Slow-Handed Grace and Their Usual Antics
NYC's post-punk pre-tension prodigies Interpol played it cool Valentine's Day at the Warfield. So cool, you'd wonder why they're even worth writing about after the fact. If you saw them, you already know; if you didn't, why torture yourself?

The Tightening of the Screw
There are times when the human body faces an experience so extreme that it has a numbing effect. Whether it's a subzero freeze, torturous pain, or the highest points of orgasm, the sensations will literally overload the consciousness and cause a temporary physiological withdrawal from reality. It is therefore quite miraculous when that experience comes from a fictitious play like the latest production of Shakespeare's masterwork Othello by Impact Theatre Co. at La Val's Subterranean.

"Rory O'Shea" Presents Handicapped Rebels With Causes
Shot in Dublin, the dramatic comedy "Rory O' Shea Was Here" is an inspirational movie about friendship and liberation that has proven to be a crowd pleaser at several film festivals. Michael Connolly (Steven Robertson), a wheelchair-bound young man with cerebral palsy, is unable to verbally communicate intelligibly with people at the Carrigmore Residential Home.

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