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Issue #2333 :: Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Top Headlines

Live-Blog: UPTE Union Strike and Faculty Walkout Video
This is a live-blog outlining the reporter's observations of today's events.

Thousands Rally on Sproul Plaza Against Cuts Video
Amid chants of "Whose university? Our university!" approximately 5,000 students, faculty and union members rallied on Upper Sproul Plaza throughout the day to protest the university administration's handling of the budget crisis.

Union Members Strike
Despite the foggy weather, picket line demonstrations began at 7 a.m. today with about 40 union members and students chanting slogans like "Layoff Yudof" at Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way.

HUNDREDS TO RALLY AGAINST BUDGET CUTS TODAY
Hundreds of members of the UC community are expected to rally today throughout the 10-campus system in efforts aimed at publicizing the impact of state and university budget cuts on faculty, staff and students.

News

On the Eve of Demonstration, Professors Call for Activism Video
In a scene echoing past days of student activism, students, staff and faculty packed themselves into Wheeler Auditorium last night to hear a panel of UC Berkeley professors speak about the need for renewed action in anticipation of today's systemwide walkout.

Activists Protest Venue Change Motion for BART Shooting Trial
An activist organization held a press conference Wednesday to protest a change of venue motion for the trial of a BART police officer who shot Oscar Grant III.

Exercise Machines May Supply Power for RSF
The UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility lets students run, jump and pedal away the pounds, but as early as spring 2010, visitors may also contribute to the facility's electrical needs.

Man Arrested in Connection With Two Sexual Assaults
A man was charged with attempted rape in connection with two sexual assaults in July, the Berkeley Police Department announced Wednesday.

City Council Backs Expansion of Thai Temple's Sunday Brunches
The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the expansion of Sunday brunches served at the Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Buddhist temple in South Berkeley.

State to Downsize In-Home Services for Disabled, Elderly
Antonia Miller, 79, can't remember how long she has had Type 2 Diabetes or how long she has been completely dependent on her live-in caretaker Jerome Holloway, but she does realize how important he is.

HUNDREDS TO RALLY AGAINST BUDGET CUTS TODAY
Hundreds of members of the UC community are expected to rally today throughout the 10-campus system in efforts aimed at publicizing the impact of state and university budget cuts on faculty, staff and students.

City Council Discusses Components of Downtown Area Plan
The Berkeley City Council held its first meeting of the quarter Tuesday, following a two-month recess.

Union Members Strike
Despite the foggy weather, picket line demonstrations began at 7 a.m. today with about 40 union members and students chanting slogans like "Layoff Yudof" at Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way.

Live-Blog: UPTE Union Strike and Faculty Walkout Video
This is a live-blog outlining the reporter's observations of today's events.

Berkeley Police Chief To Retire, Interim Successor Named
Berkeley police Chief Douglas Hambleton will retire at the end of the week, and an interim successor has been named, officials said today.

Thousands Rally on Sproul Plaza Against Cuts Video
Amid chants of "Whose university? Our university!" approximately 5,000 students, faculty and union members rallied on Upper Sproul Plaza throughout the day to protest the university administration's handling of the budget crisis.


Sports

The Showdown Out West Podcast
In the preseason Pac-10 coaches' poll, Washington garnered the top spot. The Huskies clearly haven't had a problem dealing with the high expectations.

Riley Recalls Last Victory at Autzen as Cal Prepares for Ducks
Kevin Riley will tell you: Autzen Stadium in the fourth quarter of a tied game isn't the breeziest locale for making your second-ever college football appearance.


Arts & Entertainment

Girly Men
The debut album from San Franciscan indie-pop band Girls begins by throwing some pretty heavy stuff at the listener. As frontman Christopher Owens manically strums out bright, rapid-fire chords on his twangy Rickenbacker, he bemoans, "I wish I had a boyfriend / I wish I had a loving man in my life / I wish I had a father / Maybe then I would've turned out right." Ouch. He goes on to insist he's "just crazy and fucked in the head." Pretty bleak, right? But, then, about 30 seconds in, the song entirely shifts gears with this lyric, delivered with startling sincerity: "But maybe if I really try with all of my heart / Then I could make a brand new start in love with you."

Painting With Thought
Now, I'm not one to spread personal gossip, but at this moment-to the best of my knowledge-my friend's mother thinks of me as a potential "suitor" to wed her daughter. I know this because my future wife, Hannah, invited me on a road trip one day out to Marin.

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