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Issue #1676 :: Thursday, September 6, 2007

Top Headlines

Out For Blood
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. He used to be Benjamin Barker, a mild-mannered barber, until randy Judge Turpin and his Beadle seduced Barker’s wife, and exiled him to Australia. Now he’s back in London, out for blood.

The End of the World
I am an environmentalist. I believe that a healthy environment is critical for the existence of the human species. I believe that recent warnings about a severely destabilized global environment are true. Because I believe this, I try to comprehend the extent of the damage our planet has suffered in our headlong dash to exploit its natural resources, and feel compelled to reveal what I learn to the broader public.

Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire
Superintendent Michele Lawrence announced her upcoming retirement during last night’s Berkeley Unified School District board meeting.

Cal Begins Life Without Wilson
In its last competition of the spring 2007 campaign at the NCAA West Regionals, the Cal men’s golf team earned its best score of the season. The Bears’ combined mark of 843 was 21 strokes lower than any other effort for the season.

News

News in Brief
Charge Challenges Committee Appointment Procedure

Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire
Superintendent Michele Lawrence announced her upcoming retirement during last night’s Berkeley Unified School District board meeting.

Bill Would Alter UC Procedures
In the wake of criticism of the UC system over executive pay compensation scandals, the state legislature sent a bill to the governor yesterday designed to increase transparency in the system.

Book Revives Quirky Characters of Bygone Berkeley Past
Berkeley resident and self-proclaimed historian Richard Schwartz unearths and documents the little-known, eccentric history of the city of Berkeley and the UC Berkeley campus in a book published this summer.

Planning Commission Approves Zoning Changes for Car Dealers
A push to bring car dealerships to West Berkeley was approved by the city’s Planning Commission after a long and contentious debate last night.

OBITUARY
Professor Delved Into Psychology of Power

Norman Jacobson, a UC Berkeley professor emeritus of political science, died in Berkeley Tuesday of complications from chronic respiratory disease and cancer. He was 84.


Sports

Cal Begins Life Without Wilson
In its last competition of the spring 2007 campaign at the NCAA West Regionals, the Cal men’s golf team earned its best score of the season. The Bears’ combined mark of 843 was 21 strokes lower than any other effort for the season.

Pac-10 Analysis
How good is Washington


Arts & Entertainment

Remake of Western Classic Comes Out With Guns Blazing
The new Western “3:10 to Yuma” begins with a barn-burning and ends with a town full of bullet-riddled bodies. In between the viewer witnesses torture by electrocution, murder by handcuff chain, murder by burning alive and many, many murders by gunshot. The viewer is also likely to leave much amused and, likely, in good spirits.

Out For Blood
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. He used to be Benjamin Barker, a mild-mannered barber, until randy Judge Turpin and his Beadle seduced Barker’s wife, and exiled him to Australia. Now he’s back in London, out for blood.

Commentary Track
At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I’d like to make a confession: Of all the false idols to worship, DVD tops my list. It can’t turn water to wine, or feed 5,000, but damn it, DVD has the power to resurrect.

White Space