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Issue #2286 :: Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Despite Recent Vote, Cal Grants Still at Risk
Despite the recent vote by a legislative committee to keep Cal Grants in the proposed 2009-10 state budget, UC officials are preparing for the possibility that students will not receive aid from the state-funded program for low-income residents next year.

Residents Concerned After Shooting
A South Berkeley shooting early Sunday morning that left two girls wounded and their house riddled with bullets has led local residents to express concern about safety in their neighborhood.

Suspect in Senior's Death to Be Tried on Murder Charges
Arguments from both the defense and prosecution on the final day of the preliminary hearing for the stabbing of UC Berkeley senior Chris Wootton foreshadow what the presiding judge predicts will be a "tough" trial.

Jackson Leads Five Cal Players Into MLB Ranks
As the first round of the MLB Amateur Draft wound down Tuesday evening, Cal center fielder Brett Jackson and his family came to the realization that he was probably not going to get picked in the first round as anticipated.

News

Police Search for Bank Robbery Suspect
Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed the Mechanics Bank in West Berkeley Monday afternoon.

Despite Recent Vote, Cal Grants Still at Risk
Despite the recent vote by a legislative committee to keep Cal Grants in the proposed 2009-10 state budget, UC officials are preparing for the possibility that students will not receive aid from the state-funded program for low-income residents next year.

Residents Concerned After Shooting
A South Berkeley shooting early Sunday morning that left two girls wounded and their house riddled with bullets has led local residents to express concern about safety in their neighborhood.

Suspect in Senior's Death to Be Tried on Murder Charges
Arguments from both the defense and prosecution on the final day of the preliminary hearing for the stabbing of UC Berkeley senior Chris Wootton foreshadow what the presiding judge predicts will be a "tough" trial.

Public Comment Period at City Council Meetings Under Fire
Berkeley resident Marilee Mitchell said the time allotted to public comment at City Council meetings is insufficient.

Biodiesel Use On Hold While City Evaluates Impact of Fuel
Responding to new research and a recent state law, the City of Berkeley is reconsidering its policy on biodiesel after officials tentatively stopped shipments of the fuel last month.

City's Finances Could Be Less Stable Than Previously Stated
A week after stating that Berkeley was financially stable, Mayor Tom Bates changed his tone at the City Council meeting Tuesday night, saying that the city is in a much more dire financial crisis.

Union Representing GSIs Comes To Agreement With UC Officials
By bypassing formal negotiations, UC representatives and a union representing graduate student employees reached an agreement June 5 on a new contract with one controversial change.

Scientists Sift Through 'Bone Bed' to Date Fossils
Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, a famous part of California's ancient coastline, may have formed over 700,000 years instead of during the mass catatrosphe scientists previously have hypothesized, according to UC Berkeley researchers.

Student Government Officials Write to Chancellor Opposing Further Cuts
While Chancellor Robert Birgeneau proposes to spread the impact of state budget cuts, student government officials said last week that further cuts to student services should be off-limits.


Sports

Jackson Leads Five Cal Players Into MLB Ranks
As the first round of the MLB Amateur Draft wound down Tuesday evening, Cal center fielder Brett Jackson and his family came to the realization that he was probably not going to get picked in the first round as anticipated.


Arts & Entertainment

Around the World in a Single Day Gallery
When I first heard about the Berkeley World Music Festival, I asked a good friend if she would like to come. The invitation evoked laughter. No, she said, chuckling, she would not be interested in an event likely to be attended by aging hippies and trend-chasing yuppies.

'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3' Works Summer Movie Formula
The heat isn't the only way to tell it's summertime. The other indicator is the movie industry, which releases movies with a simple, reliable formula this time of year: Take two famous actors and a simple powder-keg premise, and rake in the ticket sales. Luckily, "The Taking of Pelham 123" isn't a dud. It's explosive.

Sonic Youth Remain Relevant With Their Latest Release
During the late '70s and early '80s, within a few years of each other, two bands formed, one in New York City, the other in Dublin. No one at the time could've anticipated that they would both eventually secure prestigious places in the rock landscape of the late '80s, but that's how their unpredictable histories unfolded.

Pop Theory
It's 11 o'clock at night. Do you know where your daughter is? If she's between the target ages of 11 to 17, she very well could be patrolling the local graveyards for a vampire boyfriend, like Edward Cullen of "Twilight," to take to the Sadie Hawkin's dance. It's no secret that a recent vampire fetish has plagued young girls as of late. But let's not go and blame their movies and TV shows just yet. Perhaps it's deeper than that; perhaps it's in their blood.

Rockwell Propels 'Moon' to Awesome Heights
What's wrong Nick? You're not writing. Do you need my help?" Gerty, anthropomorphic computer and co-star of the film "Moon," is asking me questions.

Dirty Projectors BITTE ORCA Podcast
Amid the tightly woven yet careening strains of the Dirty Projectors' latest lies frontman Dave Longstreth's cry: "Bitte, Orca! Orca, Bitte!" Acting as the album's namesake, these German pleas appear on "Useful Chamber," a track that takes the screaming whimsy of female vocalists and pairs it with the melodic eccentricity that attracted fans to 2007's Rise Above. Here, Longstreth gargles his lyrics out alongside singers Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian and Haley Dekle, and voices on the album act as harmonizing shape-shifters, sounding like B3 organs, up-the-neck guitar parts and otherworldly synth pads.

Kasabian WEST RYDER PAUPER LUNATIC ASYLUM Podcast
It's clear that Kasabian tried hard to make West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum more of a cohesive whole than their previous two albums, and its carefully thought-out transitions are a step forward. But this superficial cohesion isn't enough to overcome the fact that the album frequently feels more like a "where have I heard this before?" listening quiz than an innovative work.

White Space