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Issue #2065 :: Monday, April 21, 2008

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Man Dies After 'Dramatic' Crash
After a failed suicide attempt early Friday morning, a Berkeley man drove his car at a high speed into several parked cars and died in what investigators are calling one of the worst traffic accidents they have ever seen.

Children of the Earth
Children at a Berkeley farmers' market on Earth Day, participate in an activity led by James Callahan of climatechangeeducation.org.

Flix and the City
San Francisco has enjoyed a longstanding if sporadic relationship with the mainstream American film industry. Although located in picturesque California like L.A., the greater Bay Area lacks the broad landscape and uninterrupted sunlight that encouraged movie moguls to set up shop in Hollywood. Still, movie greats like Hitchcock learned that a certain ambience could be gained by sojourning up north. In due course, this has provided a historical, cinematic frame from which the rest of the world can inspect the Golden City. Now in its 51st year, the San Francisco International Film Festival attempts to do just the opposite-provide the Bay Area with a view to the outside, a "window to the world."

Pommel Horse Championships a Routine for McNeill
STANFORD-In the individual finals of the men's gymnastics NCAA championships, the audience crowded into one corner of Maples Pavilion as Cal senior Tim McNeill walked onto the competition floor.

News

Man Dies After 'Dramatic' Crash
After a failed suicide attempt early Friday morning, a Berkeley man drove his car at a high speed into several parked cars and died in what investigators are calling one of the worst traffic accidents they have ever seen.

Children of the Earth
Children at a Berkeley farmers' market on Earth Day, participate in an activity led by James Callahan of climatechangeeducation.org.

Professor, 46, Known for Work on Fuels
Alex Farrell, an associate professor at UC Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group and a pioneer in the field of transportation fuels and climate change, died April 13. He was 46.

Reconnaissance Robot Inspired By Natural Designs
Researchers at the University of Michigan working with several UC Berkeley faculty members have put forth a proposal to build a bat-inspired flying robot.

Armed Robberies Hit Pair of San Pablo Stores
Two takeover-style armed robberies at home improvement stores last week have left workers shaken and nearby businesses on the lookout.

Bills Challenging Moth Spraying Get Mixed Results in Assembly
The fight to prevent the state from conducting spraying designed to eradicate an invasive moth species will continue after four legislative initiatives met with mixed results.

Local Soccer Teams Await Long-Delayed Sports Complex
The Bay Area's high demand and limited supply of sports fields leaves kids from a local soccer club squashed on community fields and often unable to hold weekly practices.

ASUC Senate Committee Takes Up Union Resolution
An ASUC resolution in support of the 2007-2008 American Federation n of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 3299 contract campaign will be considered by an ASUC committee this week.

News in Brief
Police Investigate Possible Shooting Near Unit 2


Sports

Hat Tricks Make Dust Of Cal Poly
Maybe Sean Gallinger should have brought a towel and a tube of sunblock.

Pommel Horse Championships a Routine for McNeill
STANFORD-In the individual finals of the men's gymnastics NCAA championships, the audience crowded into one corner of Maples Pavilion as Cal senior Tim McNeill walked onto the competition floor.

Masaniai's Walk-Off Gives Bears Victory
"I didn't see it coming. But Bernice had perfect timing. She just crushed that ball over the second fence."

Cal Can't Feed Off of Kusano's Bittersweet Win
STANFORD-The way senior Stephanie Kusano pumped her fist and celebrated, it looked as if the No. 6 Cal women's tennis team had truly pulled off an upset for the ages.

Stanford Serves Up Big Smash Against Bears on Senior Day
This whole season, freshman Bozhidar Katsarov has been a model of consistency for the Cal men's tennis team. But with the Bears tied at 2-2 with Stanford this weekend, Katsarov did something he rarely does-lose.

Cooper Swings Cal to Victory Against Huskies
All weekend long, the wind had been after David Cooper like the plague, turning several potential home runs from the No. 8 Cal baseball team's first baseman into routine fly balls to right field.

Short Game Crucial for Bears at Conference Championships
Beginning today, the No. 20 Cal women's golf team will look to prove its postseason might as the 2008 Pac-10 championships kick off.

Cal Can't Find the Right Mix Against Badgers
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.-Steve Gladstone arguably knows rowing better than anyone else alive. And he has the national championships to prove it.

Little Goes a Long Way Against Connecticut
As if a five-game winning streak was not sweet enough, the Cal lacrosse team topped its 16-13 victory at Connecticut on Friday with quite a homecoming for its only player from the Nutmeg State.

Bears Take Third at U.S. Intercollegiate
The Cal men's golf team may be unranked in a conference full of top-25 squads, but the Bears showed their Pac-10 rivals this weekend that they are ready to make a run at next week's Pac-10 championships.

Four Athletes Earn Regional Qualifiers at Woody Wilson Open
A week after losing the Big Meet, the Cal track and field team got back in the thick of things by heading to UC Davis to take part in Saturday's Woody Wilson Open.


Arts & Entertainment

Flix and the City
San Francisco has enjoyed a longstanding if sporadic relationship with the mainstream American film industry. Although located in picturesque California like L.A., the greater Bay Area lacks the broad landscape and uninterrupted sunlight that encouraged movie moguls to set up shop in Hollywood. Still, movie greats like Hitchcock learned that a certain ambience could be gained by sojourning up north. In due course, this has provided a historical, cinematic frame from which the rest of the world can inspect the Golden City. Now in its 51st year, the San Francisco International Film Festival attempts to do just the opposite-provide the Bay Area with a view to the outside, a "window to the world."

SFIFF Highlights
Following a warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival, director Jonathan Levine's coming-of-age dramedy "The Wackness" will be featured as SFIFF's centerpiece film.

Coming Verve Album Aims at Epic Greatness Podcast
Richard Ashcroft, frontman for British band the Verve, once declared that the Verve were the world's greatest rock band. It was evident that even if they weren't, they certainly believed it. Now, as the newly reformed band prepares to tour and release their first album since 1997, bassist Simon Jones made it clear that the Verve want more than to be the greatest band on Earth: They want their place in the upper echelons of musical greatness "with the Who, the Kinks, the Beatles."

Caught on Campus
Last Friday students found themselves in an impromptu TV shoot alongside the indelibly-marked Tommy Lee for the Discovery Network's upcoming show "Battleground Earth," set to premiere on the Green Channel in August.

CD Reviews
Bridges and Powerlines shape their debut album Ghost Types around the theme of growing away from boyhood impulses and into manhood. The album sounds just like that-a project in immaturity.

Overdone Roles Miss Meaning of 'Uncle Vanya'
Anton Chekhov was a brilliant playwright whose plays were intricate and meaningful, and in theater, the meaning is the most important thing to bring to life. Unfortunately, that is something that the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley clearly does not understand. In their production of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," the actors attempt to create memorable characters and make the plot clear, but they do not bring out the meaning of lines that almost speak for themselves.

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