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Issue #2277 :: Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Top Headlines

Governor Unveils Budget Revision, Cuts To University of California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a press conference in Sacramento today to unveil his May Revision of California's budget, which proposes deep cuts to education and health and human services.

Campus Addresses Data Theft
When UC Berkeley sophomore Sara Belmonte learned that she was one of 97,000 people whose social security numbers had been stolen from campus databases, she immediately froze her credit card accounts.

Kaiser Gives $5 Million Donation to UC Berkeley
Health care organization Kaiser Permanente donated $5 million for scholarships to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, campus officials announced Tuesday.

Newly Launched Device Will Study Birth of Galaxies
A device that is designed to discover the origins of the universe-built in part by UC Berkeley researchers-was launched in NASA's last mission to the Hubble Space Telescope Monday.

News

Campus Addresses Data Theft
When UC Berkeley sophomore Sara Belmonte learned that she was one of 97,000 people whose social security numbers had been stolen from campus databases, she immediately froze her credit card accounts.

Kaiser Gives $5 Million Donation to UC Berkeley
Health care organization Kaiser Permanente donated $5 million for scholarships to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, campus officials announced Tuesday.

Newly Launched Device Will Study Birth of Galaxies
A device that is designed to discover the origins of the universe-built in part by UC Berkeley researchers-was launched in NASA's last mission to the Hubble Space Telescope Monday.

UC President May Be Given Increased Powers
As the UC system considers employee furloughs and salary cuts, a proposal to give the UC president more power in enacting these cost-cutting measures is moving its way through the UC Board of Regents.

Prop 1A Seeks To Save Funds For Future Downturns Podcast
By increasing the size of the California's "rainy day" Budget Stabilization Fund, Proposition 1A aims to save money for future economic downturns and cap government spending.

Proposition 1B Intends to Return Funding to California Schools Podcast
Proposition 1B will allocate funds for K-12 education and California community colleges in an attempt to offset recent budget cuts, if voters approve the measure in the May 19 Statewide Special Election.

Forum Discusses Affordable Housing Issues
Increased cooperation among local organizations may lead to new strategies in tackling lingering problems in the East Bay housing market, according to experts who spoke during a Wednesday forum in Berkeley.

Trial for Killing of UC Berkeley Senior Begins
The Elk Grove man accused of fatally shooting a UC Berkeley senior in September 2007 is now on trial in Sacramento Superior Court.

Governor Unveils Budget Revision, Cuts To University of California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a press conference in Sacramento today to unveil his May Revision of California's budget, which proposes deep cuts to education and health and human services.


Arts & Entertainment

History in Action
It must feel something like Christmas, coming to work to find a new Dan Brown-adapted screenplay on your desk. Making a movie with a built-in audience and no high expectations? It's cause for celebration.

Green Day Go Bombastic in New Work Podcast
Tomorrow, when Green Day release their sixth major-label studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, hardly anyone in Berkeley will care or even notice. A band once inextricable from Berkeley's punk scene, Green Day have become a spit bucket for "true" punk fans and refined music lovers, and their name is hardly mentioned anymore in the venue that nurtured them, 924 Gilman.

James Toback Discusses Film 'Tyson' and Its Famed Subject
The documentary "Tyson," created by James Toback, focuses on boxing legend Mike Tyson, whom Toback met when the boxer was 19 years old. The Daily Californian sat down with the director to discuss his experience making the film and his perspective on Tyson's life.

Thumb Wars
Green Day did not sit down and write their songs to be pondered over a glass of Pinot Grigio. The band issued a warning against that a long time ago. They do not want to be discussed at length in a rhetoric class. Those conversations would produce too much geek stink breath. And they are definitely do not want to be the basis of your sexy baby-making mix. OK, maybe they do. No judgment. Whatever Maria wants, I guess.

Pop Theory
People are all too ready to throw pop culture into the trash bin. I can hear my mother's response right now:

Steve Earle Pays Tribute to Country Legend Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt will never get the biopic treatment that has been bestowed upon Dylan, Cash or Ray Charles. Although Van Zandt fought through his own share of heartache and substance abuse, his story and demise never took on a redemptive quality that Hollywood producers need to uplift an audience. He never kicked his heroin habit or found true love. There was never a revival or rebirth as an artist. He was an unrepentant alcoholic until the end of his life. But 12 years later, the country singer's life has been memorialized by Steve Earle in his tribute album Townes.


Opinion

Wooing the New Majority
In California, we have two constituencies. One votes in the statewide elections, and another votes at the district level. If you've ever wondered why we have a Republican governor and a bunch of conservative-leaning propositions on the ballot every cycle, but seem to have a liberal legislature that passes gay marriage laws, then you have your answer.

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