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Issue #1627 :: Thursday, June 21, 2007

Top Headlines

Reasonable Doubt
Al Gore could have been a Mass Communications major. Really. In his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” the former Vice President not only alludes to Jurgen Habermas’ idea of the public sphere, Walter Lippmann’s notion of the manufacture of consent and Edward R. Murrow’s revolutionary check on the government—all names and concepts sure to make any media buff quiver with delight—but also integrates their theories and social contributions seamlessly into such an eloquent, well-organized argument about the deterioration of American rational thought that it’s a wonder we didn’t elect him for President. Or did we?

Police Investigating Tilden Deaths
Friends and relatives of the Berkeley family found dead Monday are grieving as police investigate what they are saying was likely a murder-suicide that resulted in the death of a couple and their two children.

When the Party's Over
Michael Bloomberg has converted again. In terms of his political party status, I mean.

Berkeley-Born Student-Artist Makes Waves in Jazz Circles
It’s fitting that Julian Pollack’s MySpace profile lists E-40, Miles Davis and Pamela Anderson as the people he’d like to meet: This Berkeley native, who is making waves in the local and national music communities, is one part Bay kid, one part teenage boy, but always ruled by a fierce commitment to jazz.

News

Police Investigating Tilden Deaths
Friends and relatives of the Berkeley family found dead Monday are grieving as police investigate what they are saying was likely a murder-suicide that resulted in the death of a couple and their two children.

Shots Fired In Pursuit Of Robbery Suspects
A street was closed in South Berkeley yesterday after Oakland police pursued a robbery suspect in a car and foot chase.

ASUC President Suspends Bylaw to Free Up Funding
ASUC President Van Nguyen issued his first executive order on Monday, suspending an association bylaw in an effort to keep the ASUC out of a deficit.

Date Set for Hearings on Athletic Center Construction
Three lawsuits over the proposed construction of the student athletic center near Memorial Stadium are set to be heard in September after a preliminary meeting early next month.

Readying for Route Changes, AC Transit Moves to Calm Confused Commuters
AC Transit officials have been hitting the streets to quell confusion over service changes that are set to go into effect the end of this week.

Council Leaves Call for Hearing On Elmwood Plan Unanswered
An appeal by Elmwood residents and merchants against a planned development has been twice heard and left unresolved by the City Council.

Festival is Well-Earned Break for UC Workers ‘Summerfest’
Sunshine, snacks, games and music provided a welcome respite for UC Berkeley staff and faculty at Cal Staff Summerfest 2007, a staff appreciation day held Wednesday afternoon on Memorial Glade.

City Library Looks to Entice Readers With Book Giveaway
In an effort to get people involved in the community and encourage reading, the city library gave away a batch of free copies of “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini yesterday.

Council Approves Resolution to Target Areas for Development
The Berkeley City Council passed a resolution Tuesday identifying the city’s priority development areas and requesting that an application be submitted that could make the areas eligible to receive state funds.

Landmark Co-Op Searches for Architect to Guide Renovations
Officials from UC Berkeley and the University Students’ Cooperative Association are currently looking for an architect who will oversee the future renovations of Cloyne Court and preserve its role as a Berkeley historical landmark.

Researchers Compile Data on Victims of Ugandan Rebel Army
A recent report released by UC Berkeley researchers uses updated data to confirm the large number of people abducted by a rebel group in Northern Uganda, a country experiencing internal conflict.

Hurricane’s Aftermath Inspires Students’ Effort to Link Donors With Survivors
Two UC Berkeley graduate students are developing a nonprofit online system that aims to make it easier for people to give and receive aid.

Clarification
Monday’s article “Court Rules in Favor of Writer in Suit Against Student Blogger,” may have implied that Lee Kaplan did not subpoena Yaman Salahi’s address from the university. In fact, he did subpoena the address.

Corrections
Monday’s article “College Avenue Blaze Accidental, Officials Say” incorrectly stated that the house had undergone 16 years of renovations. In fact, the house has been undergoing renovations for the last 18 years.


Arts & Entertainment

Reasonable Doubt
Al Gore could have been a Mass Communications major. Really. In his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” the former Vice President not only alludes to Jurgen Habermas’ idea of the public sphere, Walter Lippmann’s notion of the manufacture of consent and Edward R. Murrow’s revolutionary check on the government—all names and concepts sure to make any media buff quiver with delight—but also integrates their theories and social contributions seamlessly into such an eloquent, well-organized argument about the deterioration of American rational thought that it’s a wonder we didn’t elect him for President. Or did we?

Berkeley-Born Student-Artist Makes Waves in Jazz Circles
It’s fitting that Julian Pollack’s MySpace profile lists E-40, Miles Davis and Pamela Anderson as the people he’d like to meet: This Berkeley native, who is making waves in the local and national music communities, is one part Bay kid, one part teenage boy, but always ruled by a fierce commitment to jazz.

Steve Carrell Heads Tepid ‘Bruce Almighty’ Spin-Off
Loosely carried from 2003’s Jim Carrey vehicle “Bruce Almighty,” “Evan Almighty” plays more like a spin-off of its predecessor than a proper sequel, bringing back only two characters from the original cast. Steve Carrell, a minor costar in the first film, takes the helm as news anchor turned New York Congressman Evan Baxter. How he parlayed a position as an unknown local broadcaster into a congressional bid is left to the imagination, serving as only one of many holes in this formulaic, recycled plot.

Interview: ‘Peaceful Warrior’ Author Dan Millman
Dan Millman, a former world champion gymnast, and UC Berkeley alum is author of “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.” The film adaptation of Millman’s bestselling work, “Peaceful Warrior” is available on DVD next Tuesday. Millman’s thirteen books have inspired millions of readers in 29 languages. Millman also speaks worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.peacefulwarrior.com

CD Reviews
White Stripes
ICKY THUMP

Track Reviews
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
‘10x10’

The To-Do List
Join the throngs of thousands of San Franciscans filling up the city streets this weekend and show your support for the 37th annual SF Pride Weekend.


Opinion

When the Party's Over
Michael Bloomberg has converted again. In terms of his political party status, I mean.

White Space