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Issue #172 :: Friday, June 2, 2000

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Jury Advises Prison Time For Former Student
Nearly three weeks after he was found guilty on three counts of first degree murder, a jury this week recommended former UC Berkeley student Michael Singh spend life in prison rather than die by lethal injection.

Travelogue
It is an extremely hot place, where rain is occasional and precious. The skies are not blue, but brown -- smoggy skies made possible by uncontrolled growth and a near-absence of public transportation. The metropolis sprawls outward in every direction. Only a few tall buildings gathered next to each other are able to lay claim to being the "downtown" of the region. It is a place populated by conservative folk, conservative in manners as well as in politics. By no means all white suburbanites, they think of themselves in that way, ignoring any diversity in their midst.

Rave On
The rave scene was bound to get put onto the big screen at some point or another. As a richly diverse underground culture that is slowly seeping into mainstream's consciousness, filmmakers were inevitably going to find ways of chronicling the lives and times of the people involved in it. Films like last year's Go and this year's Human Traffic helped pave the way, but it's two new films coming out this month that give the life of raving the documentation it deserves.

Partnership Yields Improved University Buses
AC Transit and the university unveiled one of six new buses Tuesday that have increased passenger capacity, handicapped accessibility and reduced costs.

News

Jury Advises Prison Time For Former Student
Nearly three weeks after he was found guilty on three counts of first degree murder, a jury this week recommended former UC Berkeley student Michael Singh spend life in prison rather than die by lethal injection.

Partnership Yields Improved University Buses
AC Transit and the university unveiled one of six new buses Tuesday that have increased passenger capacity, handicapped accessibility and reduced costs.

Bill To Expand Online Courses
The State Senate approved a bill last week that would expand a UC program offering high school Advanced Placement courses online.

News in Brief: National Labor Relations Board Supports Hotel Employees
The staff members of the Radisson Hotel Berkeley Marina held a demonstration Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the newly gained support of the National Labor Relations Board in their fight to unionize.


Arts & Entertainment

Rave On
The rave scene was bound to get put onto the big screen at some point or another. As a richly diverse underground culture that is slowly seeping into mainstream's consciousness, filmmakers were inevitably going to find ways of chronicling the lives and times of the people involved in it. Films like last year's Go and this year's Human Traffic helped pave the way, but it's two new films coming out this month that give the life of raving the documentation it deserves.

Word To Your Big Momma
Last year, Martin Lawrence was a guy who (by virtue of acting) pretended to be a criminal who masqueraded as a police officer. The movie was Blue Streak, and it was a relatively humorous, if unoriginal, film that showed that Lawrence is best at playing Eddie Murphy in the films that aren't quite clever enough for Murphy to be in. The film did fairly well (better than the far superior Bowfinger) at the box office, and Lawrence obviously decided to follow it up with another film that follows the triple layer of pretending and lets him act like an edgier Murphy.


Opinion

Travelogue
It is an extremely hot place, where rain is occasional and precious. The skies are not blue, but brown -- smoggy skies made possible by uncontrolled growth and a near-absence of public transportation. The metropolis sprawls outward in every direction. Only a few tall buildings gathered next to each other are able to lay claim to being the "downtown" of the region. It is a place populated by conservative folk, conservative in manners as well as in politics. By no means all white suburbanites, they think of themselves in that way, ignoring any diversity in their midst.

White Space