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Issue #193 :: Friday, August 11, 2000

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Travelogue: Leaving Las Vegas
This column is, literally, about my many attempts to leave Las Vegas. The airport, that is. I'm sorry to say I never actually made it onto the strip. Instead, I was stranded in the terminal for 12 hours, trying to catch a flight home. It's a long and unbelievably painful story, but essentially it boils down to this - my vow never again to fly America West airlines lasted for exactly nine hours and 11 minutes, until my family received $4,000 in free plane tickets. Now, I will be flying America West for the rest of my life, and everything is hunky-dory again.

Chick Flick Indeed
Coyote Ugly, the newest film by king of schlock producer Jerry Bruckheimer, involves not a single American-Indian medicine man out for revenge on the country which ruined his people.

New Berkeley High Principal: ‘Dream' Job
In an effort to cure Berkeley High School's "soft anarchy," the school board appointed veteran administrator Frank Lynch to the position of principal this week.

School's Annex hurts Oak Trees
Many thanks to Diana Dunkelberger for her article on the proposed expansion of the Goldman School of Public Policy ("Plans for Annex Upset Residents," Aug. 8). Several residents of Cloyne Court, the property which is next to the Goldman School, spoke at the public hearing.

News

New Berkeley High Principal: ‘Dream' Job
In an effort to cure Berkeley High School's "soft anarchy," the school board appointed veteran administrator Frank Lynch to the position of principal this week.

10 Pounds of Pot Puts Couple in Court, Spurs Prop. 215 Debate
A case of two Berkeley residents facing felony charges for possession of marijuana is raising legal questions about the limits of medicinal pot use.

‘Wobbles' Lead Prof to Discovery of New Planets
Stars in the sky have long been observed to wobble mysteriously back and forth - but a team of UC Berkeley astronomers found patterns in the peculiar movements and, in the process, discovered three new planets.

Los Alamos Unsafe for Public Use, New Study Finds
At least one nuclear laboratory managed by the UC system will never again be fit for public use, a recent Department of Energy-commissioned study found.

Misconduct Rumors Return to Haunt Labs
Supervisors at the UC-managed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ignored serious financial fraud and retaliated by forcing the whistle-blower who brought it to their attention to resign, a new lawsuit claims.

Rent Board Election Spurs Conflict
The ongoing conflict between tenants and their landlords is set to enter the spotlight, as the city's rent board election ends its nomination process for one seat today.

Cameras Possible at High School
No, Berkeley High School is not the site of the next Big Brother episode - the students may be filmed, but supposedly nobody will be watching.

Totally Tapioca
They're black, they're squishy and they're sucked up, chewed and swallowed - or, in some cases, used as ammunition. Round and slimy tapioca balls are the latest craze, and they can be found in the hugely popular Taiwanese tea drinks, sold at various Asian food restaurants in the Telegraph Avenue area.

News in Brief: Summer Business Program Helps High School Students
A group of high school students today will finish a UC Berkeley business program that prepares underrepresented minority students for college.


Arts & Entertainment

Chick Flick Indeed
Coyote Ugly, the newest film by king of schlock producer Jerry Bruckheimer, involves not a single American-Indian medicine man out for revenge on the country which ruined his people.

re:CDs - All Mest Up
When times are good, American music tends to get nice and mushy. Right


Opinion

Travelogue: Leaving Las Vegas
This column is, literally, about my many attempts to leave Las Vegas. The airport, that is. I'm sorry to say I never actually made it onto the strip. Instead, I was stranded in the terminal for 12 hours, trying to catch a flight home. It's a long and unbelievably painful story, but essentially it boils down to this - my vow never again to fly America West airlines lasted for exactly nine hours and 11 minutes, until my family received $4,000 in free plane tickets. Now, I will be flying America West for the rest of my life, and everything is hunky-dory again.

School's Annex hurts Oak Trees
Many thanks to Diana Dunkelberger for her article on the proposed expansion of the Goldman School of Public Policy ("Plans for Annex Upset Residents," Aug. 8). Several residents of Cloyne Court, the property which is next to the Goldman School, spoke at the public hearing.

Letters to the Editor: Easier Lockups Not the Answer
Marsha Ryle's opinion item points to several serious problems with California's systems for providing mental health care ("Mental Health Laws Ineffective," Aug. 4). It also attacks Senator John Burton for not supporting AB 1800, proposed legislation that would drastically alter the process by which someone is involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

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