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Issue #2007 :: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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City Council Discusses Cannabis Policy
Berkeley could be considered a sanctuary of medicinal marijuana use if a resolution before City Council passes tonight.

City Unveils Plan to Decrease Gas Emissions
It was standing room only on the Berkeley Climate Action Express, a hydrogen-powered bus full of city officials and citizens interested in Berkeley's new Climate Action Plan.

Livermore Lab May Buyout 800 Employee Resignations
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced earlier this month that it may implement a voluntary buyout program that could result in a reduction of up to 800 workers.

Silver Golden Against Sun Devils in Seniors' Final Home Meet
California was not much of a sunshine state this weekend as the No. 5 Cal women's swimming team hosted No. 4 Arizona and No. 17 Arizona State.

News

City Council Discusses Cannabis Policy
Berkeley could be considered a sanctuary of medicinal marijuana use if a resolution before City Council passes tonight.

City Unveils Plan to Decrease Gas Emissions
It was standing room only on the Berkeley Climate Action Express, a hydrogen-powered bus full of city officials and citizens interested in Berkeley's new Climate Action Plan.

Livermore Lab May Buyout 800 Employee Resignations
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced earlier this month that it may implement a voluntary buyout program that could result in a reduction of up to 800 workers.

Interpreter Requests to Leave Hearing
OAKLAND-A court-certified interpreter stunned a courtroom yesterday when he asked to be removed from a murder case after defense attorneys for two brothers accused of killing three of their in-laws moved to tape-record his translations.

Resolution Seeks to Reopen UC Study Abroad Programs
The state legislature is considering a resolution to expand the University of California's study abroad program and reopen programs in Israel and the Philippines, countries previously restricted due to travel warnings.

City Commission Proposes Vote On Chevron Boycott Resolution
Citing the Chevron Corporation's questionable environmental record, a city commission has recommended that the Berkeley City Council vote at tonight's meeting to boycott the company.

Researchers May Be on the Way To Solving Morphine Addiction
Researchers have identified a possible cause of morphine dependency, creating the potential for a non-addictive painkiller as effective as morphine, according to a recent study led by UC San Francisco researchers with assistance from UC Berkeley scientists.

Berkeley Professor Known For Combustion Work Dies
Antoni Kazimierz Oppenheim, a UC Berkeley professor emeritus of mechanical engineering who was regarded as a world expert on combustion and heat transfer processes, died of cancer on Jan. 12 in his Kensington home. He was 92.

Pedestrians Get the Red Light
Berkeley Police notify pedestrians Monday with fliers that crossing the street while the signal light is flashing or still would soon result in possible citations.


Sports

Bears Remain Afloat After Weekend Split
The results may not have reflected it, but the No. 11 Cal men's swimming team left last weekend's festivities with a feeling of optimism and a readiness to contend for an NCAA title.

Silver Golden Against Sun Devils in Seniors' Final Home Meet
California was not much of a sunshine state this weekend as the No. 5 Cal women's swimming team hosted No. 4 Arizona and No. 17 Arizona State.

'Hustle Stats' Dictate Cal's First Practice
Having been out-rebounded 42-35 and given up 21 game-breaking offensive rebounds in its 82-77 loss to No. 20 Stanford on Saturday, the Cal men's basketball team had its work cut out during Monday's practice.

Cal Tied for Sixth After First Day of Tournament
Approaching darkness postponed the last few holes of the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, but Cal will begin the second day of play in strong position.


Opinion

Selective Disservice
Berkeley of local lore is a haven for ideas that are unwelcome anywhere else. Whatever your beliefs, the story goes, you can pitch them safely here in a place whose name still evokes images of the Free Speech Movement. This city is the place to make an argument­-any argument.

It's '08 at Last-But Who's Next?: Barack Obama
On February 5, you will have the power to place your mark on American politics. With costs of college increasing, an economic slowdown and a war financed by debt, February 5 is your day. This election is too important for the poor whose isolation on an isthmus surrounded by a prosperous expanse reveals our broken governance. Yet as bad as things are, my hope in America rises not out of idealism but from my time in Iowa and the sensibilities of Barack Obama.

It's '08 at Last-But Who's Next?: John McCain
Each of the presidential candidates has his or her merits: Rudy Giuliani will protect America, Romney and Obama will bring change to Washington and Hillary Clinton boasts experience. But one candidate stands above the rest: John McCain.

It's '08 at Last-But Who's Next?: Ron Paul
Almost all of us are dissatisfied with the direction taken by George W. Bush. Some of us are still vehement, some made apathetic, some glad for the ready humor. But there has never been a realization of how much more purely we could breathe with a little less bureaucracy and a little more self-reliance. Sometimes I wonder: Is it really policy change that we want, or just the relief of a name that isn't immediately associated with bad jokes?

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