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Issue #1395 :: Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Top Headlines

Swimming Upstream
Just before swimming the 200-meter freestyle in the 2004 Olympics semifinal round, Dominik Meichtry turned to his longtime coach and friend, Peter Williams, and asked him for some last-minute advice.

STATE ELECTIONS 2006
Landmark Ordinance Backs Existing Law

An initiative that would largely freeze Berkeley’s current landmark laws and prevent the city from granting more rights to owners of potential historic structures is up for voter approval in next week’s election.

Emergency Room Junkie
OAKLAND—Ah, Halloween at Children’s Oakland. For many, it’s a time to drink themselves blind and parade around in their underwear. For me, it’s open season at the ER.

Press Room Banter
My memory seems to be fading these days.

News

Union Accepts Revised Contract, Avoiding Garbage Worker Strike
Workers at three area landfills Friday accepted a contract with the garbage company Waste Management, avoiding a countywide strike that could have included 800 garbage company employees.

American Indian Heritage Month Events Include Speakers, Films
Student groups and organizations from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area cities will kick off a series of events on campus this week to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month.

STATE ELECTIONS 2006
Landmark Ordinance Backs Existing Law

An initiative that would largely freeze Berkeley’s current landmark laws and prevent the city from granting more rights to owners of potential historic structures is up for voter approval in next week’s election.

Student Campaigns for Crohn’s Stamp
After meeting with U.S. Postmaster General John Potter last May, freshman Gideon Sofer has brought a grassroots campaign to UC Berkeley, promoting public awareness for inflammatory bowel disease in the form of a new stamp.

Ribbon Gets the Ax At New Fire Station
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates wielded an ax at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Hills Fire Station on Shasta Road yesterday.

Trial in Grad Student’s Death Enters Deliberations
A jury began deliberating yesterday after the county prosecutor made her final case against the Albany resident whose car collided with that of a UC Berkeley graduate student in February 2005.

Science and Technology
Study: Adult Stem Cells Can Become Muscle

UC Berkeley bioengineering researchers have found that stretching an adult stem cell taken from bone marrow could cause it to become muscle tissue, bringing new hope for treating diseased or damaged body parts.

Education Measures Get Dramatically Different Support - Prop 88
A proposition aimed at providing $450 million annually to public K-12 schools has been met with widespread opposition—not only from taxpayer associations, but from schools themselves.

Education Measures Get Dramatically Different Support -Prop 1D
The Berkeley Unified School District and UC Berkeley stand to gain significant funding for renovation and construction from a $10.4 billion state bond measure on the ballot this November.


Sports

Swimming Upstream
Just before swimming the 200-meter freestyle in the 2004 Olympics semifinal round, Dominik Meichtry turned to his longtime coach and friend, Peter Williams, and asked him for some last-minute advice.

Press Room Banter
My memory seems to be fading these days.

In Different Uniform, Igwe Returns to Cal
When Chioma Igwe takes the field at Edwards Stadium today, a wave of memories and emotions may hit the third-year midfielder.

Turnover Margin Keys Bears’ Success
• There are a number of factors that could be attributed to the No. 10 Cal football team’s rise to first place in the Pac-10 with four games to play.

News in Brief
Women’s Hoops Begins Year With Exhibition Rout


Opinion

Emergency Room Junkie
OAKLAND—Ah, Halloween at Children’s Oakland. For many, it’s a time to drink themselves blind and parade around in their underwear. For me, it’s open season at the ER.

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