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Issue #2165 :: Thursday, October 30, 2008

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Top Headlines

Man Who Offered Subsidized Travel to Volunteers Under Investigation for Fraud
The man who said he would subsidize flights for more than 200 UC Berkeley students to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama in battleground states is being investigated by Minnesota police and the Airlines Reporting Corporation for credit card fraud.

Student Campaign for Swing States Derailed Podcast
To campus supporters of Sen. Barack Obama, it sounded like a dream come true-a fully subsidized flight to a swing state to campaign for the Democratic nominee in one of the most exciting presidential races in recent memory.

Former Terrorists' Talk Sparks Controversy Video
Walid Shoebat and Kamal Saleem, two self-proclaimed ex-terrorists, spoke to a packed Wheeler Hall Wednesday night, drawing praise from some attendees while prompting angry responses from others over their claims to former acts of terrorism.

Fire at Tilden Park Contained
Despite today's rain, a controlled burn at Tilden Regional Park went out of control and burned 10 unplanned acres this afternoon when winds abruptly changed, state fire officials say.

News

Three Men Robbed at Berkeley Marina
Three men fishing on the pier by the Berkeley Marina Sunday night were robbed by three unidentified suspects who are believed to be linked to gang activity, police say.

Student Campaign for Swing States Derailed Podcast
To campus supporters of Sen. Barack Obama, it sounded like a dream come true-a fully subsidized flight to a swing state to campaign for the Democratic nominee in one of the most exciting presidential races in recent memory.

Lacking Funds, Code Pink to Close East Bay Office Gallery Video
Financial strain and an expired lease have caused the East Bay chapter of Code Pink, which has staged protests outside the Marine Corps recruiting center in Downtown Berkeley for over a year, to close its Albany office this week.

Suspects Arrested in Oakland May Connect To Berkeley Robberies
Two men who police say are connected with a string of robberies in Berkeley were arrested Monday in Oakland after leading police on a chase through a residential neighborhood.

South Berkeley Residents Air Concerns Over Recent Increase in Crime
Last month, Berkeley City Council members visited South Berkeley in response to a crime spike in the area. On Tuesday night, the community spoke to the council about city actions thus far, and suggested areas for improvement.

Former Terrorists' Talk Sparks Controversy Video
Walid Shoebat and Kamal Saleem, two self-proclaimed ex-terrorists, spoke to a packed Wheeler Hall Wednesday night, drawing praise from some attendees while prompting angry responses from others over their claims to former acts of terrorism.

Fire at Tilden Park Contained
Despite today's rain, a controlled burn at Tilden Regional Park went out of control and burned 10 unplanned acres this afternoon when winds abruptly changed, state fire officials say.

Man Who Offered Subsidized Travel to Volunteers Under Investigation for Fraud
The man who said he would subsidize flights for more than 200 UC Berkeley students to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama in battleground states is being investigated by Minnesota police and the Airlines Reporting Corporation for credit card fraud.


Sports

Husky Visit Brings More Than Meets the Eye
A meet between the Cal women's swimming team and their Pac-10 opponents from Washington would, according to tradition at the very least, appear to be quite one-sided.

Bears Host Washington To Kick Off Pac-10 Slate
To the untrained spectator, it might seem rather pedestrian. The No. 7 Cal men's swimming team comes off a set of laps with a quick rest at the wall, followed up with more 25-yard trips back and forth.

Ross Making Strides as Wideout and Kick Returner
Every week, it seems, a different Cal receiver rises to the occasion. Last week's game against UCLA was no exception as sophomore Jeremy Ross pieced together a tidy three-catch, 47-yard game that included a crucial 29-yard reception.

Who's the Doss?
Cal women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle said what we were all already thinking Tuesday at the Bay Area women's basketball press conference.


Arts & Entertainment

The Doctor is in Gallery
Exploring humanity's extremes, "Doctor Faustus" is often regarded as the pinnacle work of Shakespeare's contemporary and rival Christopher Marlowe. It focuses on the consequences of seeking knowledge beyond mortal means. Doctor Faustus (Harold Pierce) trades in books of the natural world for books on magic, selling his soul to the devil after encountering the daemonic Mephistopheles (Stanley Spenger). Faustus exhibits moments of heroic authority, but his failure to recognize humanity's limitations ultimately results in damnation.

Hype Deflates Shock Value in 'Hounddog'
Midway through "Hounddog," one begins to get the feeling that something is amiss. The tension that has been building the entire film seems no closer to breaking-though the audience may be considerably closer to doing so. As preteen Lewellen, Dakota Fanning stars in a picture with a great soundtrack and setting but little else.

In Other Media
The world's most compelling advertising executive might soon be looking for a new job. Last week, Don Draper, star of TV show "Mad Men," went on "Saturday Night Live" to deliver what seemed like a personal, impassioned pitch: Please, for the sake of all that's good and true, tune in to my show!

Thumb Wars: A weekly forum for pop culture quarrels.
I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that-as I'm neither 12, nor female nor particularly wholesome-I'm not the target audience for Disney's "High School Musical" series. I tend to scoff at saccharine morals and, while I recognize his appeal, I've yet to hang up any Zac Efron posters.

Girl Talk Induces Freakouts and Frenzy at Fillmore Concert
Anybody can plant a seed; not just anybody can grow the hanging gardens of Babylon.

White Space