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Issue #2364 :: Monday, November 2, 2009

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Top Headlines

Bay Bridge Reopened This Morning, Only "Temporary Fix"
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened Monday at 9 a.m. after closing for emergency repairs six days earlier. The closure caused large crowds and delays on BART throughout the week for many UC Berkeley commuters.

Home Prices Rise in Southwest Berkeley Podcast
Although the poor economy has caused home prices to plummet nationwide, Southwest Berkeley home prices actually increased while those in the Berkeley Hills have followed the national trend.

Halloween Revelers Flock to Russell Street Gallery Video
This Saturday, thousands of trick-or-treaters from surrounding neighborhoods descended on the Halloween mecca that is Berkeley's Russell Street.

City Issues Tax Waiver to Local Dealership
Berkeley City Council members voted last month to issue a tax waiver to Weatherford BMW in the face of a potential relocation of the dealership from Berkeley to Oakland, a move city officials feared could become increasingly common.

News

Home Prices Rise in Southwest Berkeley Podcast
Although the poor economy has caused home prices to plummet nationwide, Southwest Berkeley home prices actually increased while those in the Berkeley Hills have followed the national trend.

Halloween Revelers Flock to Russell Street Gallery Video
This Saturday, thousands of trick-or-treaters from surrounding neighborhoods descended on the Halloween mecca that is Berkeley's Russell Street.

City Issues Tax Waiver to Local Dealership
Berkeley City Council members voted last month to issue a tax waiver to Weatherford BMW in the face of a potential relocation of the dealership from Berkeley to Oakland, a move city officials feared could become increasingly common.

UC Berkeley Students Trick-Or-Treat for Canned Food Donations
Instead of collecting buckets of candy on Halloween Saturday evening, more than a dozen UC Berkeley students filled suitcases with donations of canned food.

Web Site Incorporates Class Reviews, Schedule Planning
UC Berkeley students enrolling in spring semester courses now have a new option to help them prepare for their latest Tele-BEARS appointments.

High School Drug Use Rates Remain Unclear
Although Berkeley High School officials took extra precautions against drug and alcohol use at the school's annual Rally Day event Friday, members of the school community disagreed about the extent of drug use.

Berkeley High Committee Will Address Racism
Students at Berkeley High School recognize racism is a problem-both nationally and locally-but they have not let the magnitude of the issue stop them from dealing with it and through the creation of a committee to discuss the issue.

Bay Bridge Reopened This Morning, Only "Temporary Fix"
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened Monday at 9 a.m. after closing for emergency repairs six days earlier. The closure caused large crowds and delays on BART throughout the week for many UC Berkeley commuters.


Sports

Cal Women Claim Highest Pac-10 Finish Since 1988
On Friday, the Cal women's cross country team ran its way into territory uncharted in 21 years: a top-five finish at the Pac-10 championships.

By Giorgio! Cal's Tavecchio Nails Game-Winner Podcast Gallery
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Amid the consolation coming at him from coaches and encouragement from teammates, Giorgio Tavecchio -- who had just hooked a potential go-ahead field goal wide right with under six minutes left -- had a feeling of his own.

Riley's Late Drive Paves Way for Win
TEMPE, Ariz.-In the wake of the Cal football team's 23-21 win over Arizona State, made possible by the game-winning drive that he had just orchestrated, Kevin Riley was reminded that he hadn't had many opportunities like that one in his time with the Bears.

Kathan's Fire Inspires Bears to Win Over USC
Senior libero Kristen Kathan was not going to lose to USC, and she wanted to make sure everyone on the Cal volleyball team felt the same way.

Coach Everist Trounces Former Cal Teammate
When the Cal men's water polo team won a national title in 1988, Kirk Everist and Steve Doten both slipped on the second of the two championship rings they had earned as teammates.

Kevorkian Makes Heady Play In Overtime to Give Bears Win
Senior Day for the Cal women's soccer team ended in a dog-pile. Lisa Kevorkian was at the bottom of it.

Loss to Beavers Puts Pac-10 Title Out of Reach for Cal
The Cal men's soccer team continued its precipitous fall from grace this weekend with a devastating couplet of road games.

Bears 'Salvage the Tournament' After Poor First Day at Battle of the Bay Classic
The spooks came a day early for the Cal men's tennis team.

Turtle Bay Invitational Could Be Measuring Stick for Cal
In preparing for Monday's first round of the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational in Kahuku, Oahu, the Cal women's golf team has had some time to work on its tan.


Arts & Entertainment

Weezer: RADITUDE Podcast
I always thought The Red Album was a put-on. Weezer's last (self-titled) record came out in June 2008, and singer Rivers Cuomo kept insisting that he never listened to critics, that he was just a regular Harvard grad who happened to see eye to eye with Rick Rubin. As it turns out, Cuomo was being sincere, and even after three poorly received albums, he's much more confident with hostile reviews than his characters ever were with girls.

Pardon Me...
David Mamet's new play "November" should be so easy to love. The American Conservatory Theater's production of the political comedy has all the ingredients of a side-splitting night at the theater. A beloved writer? Mamet's wit and humor are award-winning. An intriguing setting? Oval Office shenanigans will forever incite the American imagination. Profuse cursing? The f-bombs dropped in this play would be enough to annihalate a continent. This is a recipe for theatrical good times. Yet as hard as "November" works to be hilarious, the feeling lingers: This just ain't that funny.

New Biography Preserves the Life and Legend Of Mario Savio
We know his legacy. Though the movement he pioneered ended all of 44 years ago, it's impossible to underestimate or even ignore the long-lasting effect Mario Savio had on UC Berkeley.

Radio Personality Garrison Keillor Charms Berkeley With His Simple, Personal Storytelling at Zellerbach
Garrison Keillor speaks in a dry voice with what he describes as a "flat affect." His stories are not sensational or extraordinary. He describes mundane things in a straightforward way. His morals of his stories are subtle, and he doesn't beat you over the head with them. He doesn't move much when he speaks, and he doesn't use props: He just stands there and remembers. Garrison Keillor is a master storyteller, and using nothing but his stories, he held Zellerbach Hall riveted for two hours last Wednesday.

Despite His Credentials, Pianist Alfred Brendel's Wheeler Auditorium Talk Hits All the Wrong Notes
As part of their Strictly Speaking series, Cal Performances welcomed renowned pianist Alfred Brendel on Friday night to Wheeler Auditorium. The newly retired Brendel is a living legend, having performed on stage for 60 years and enjoyed a reputation as Britain's leading pianist. Still considered by some to be the greatest living pianist, the Austrian-born musician was the first to record all of Beethoven's piano compositions. He has written extensively on music in books and essays, contributes to The New York Review of Books and even has published collections of poetry. The man's resume is impressive. Sadly, his speech was a messy composition that remained out of tune.

Devendra Banhart: WHAT WILL WE BE Podcast
In the past decade, freak-folk artist Devendra Banhart has accumulated fans through his outlandish persona and avant-garde musical amalgamations. Yet his latest record What Will We Be is a domesticated offering that leaves you uncertain as to whether it is a refinement or a sanitization of the tangled fusions that attracted followers in the first place.

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