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Issue #2585 :: Friday, January 28, 2011

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Top Headlines

Bears Withstand Oregon Rally, Win Third Straight
When reserve Jeff Powers connected from deep, it looked like another rout was on.

Cal Stifles Oregon in Second Half to Complete Road Sweep
Cal women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle told her team at halftime on Saturday not to leave any of Oregon's shooters open. They had caught fire in the first period and were leading the Bears by two points.

People's Park Tree-Sitter Booked on Suspicion of Attempted Murder
UCPD officers have arrested a People's Park tree-sitter on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident last night in which he allegedly attacked another man with a knife while still in his tree.

Police, Firefighters Respond to Incident Involving People's Park Tree-Sitter
At least 15 Berkeley police officers and other emergency units responded to People's Park Thursday night following what appeared to be an altercation involving a knife between a tree-sitter and four other homeless men.

News

Family Strives to Pick Up Pieces After Fire
Everything was going well for the White family last spring.

Students Seek Permanent Prayer Space
Finding a space for students to pray and reflect undisturbed has been a campus issue for years, but a solution may finally be coming to fruition.

West Berkeley Project Introduced to Public
Following its initial September 2007 request for zoning amendments that would increase flexibility in the use of West Berkeley's industrial zoning districts, the Berkeley City Council received recommendations from the city's Planning Commission and held a public hearing at Tuesday's meeting to hear community input for further revisions.

Livermore Lab Retirees Bring New Evidence to Benefits Suit
Met with a lukewarm response in court last December, a group of UC retirees who worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory submitted a new petition on Monday bolstering their claims that their retirement benefits were unjustly altered.

School District Board Debates Charter School Facilities Plan
Berkeley Unified School District board members began considering options to accommodate the district's first two charter schools at their meeting Wednesday, also discussing the extent of their obligation to provide the charters with classroom and administrative space.

Longtime Supporter of the Arts, Journalism Dies at 93
Philanthropist and financial backer for Berkeley's Center for Investigative Reporting and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism David Logan died Jan. 22 due to pneumonia following a heart operation at the age of 93.

Police, Firefighters Respond to Incident Involving People's Park Tree-Sitter
At least 15 Berkeley police officers and other emergency units responded to People's Park Thursday night following what appeared to be an altercation involving a knife between a tree-sitter and four other homeless men.

In Full Swing Video
Members of The Dancers' Den swing the night away at their new indoor venue at the Berkeley City Club. Opening night on Jan. 26 attracted swing enthusiasts of all backgrounds. The group began five years ago, Lindy Hopping and socializing on Upper Sproul Plaza. The group is offering weekly lessons and social dancing.

People's Park Tree-Sitter Booked on Suspicion of Attempted Murder
UCPD officers have arrested a People's Park tree-sitter on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident last night in which he allegedly attacked another man with a knife while still in his tree.


Sports

Bears Withstand Oregon Rally, Win Third Straight
When reserve Jeff Powers connected from deep, it looked like another rout was on.

Bears Pound Beavers in 28-Point Blowout
All week long, the Cal men's basketball team faced questions about whether it would be able to contain Oregon State's trademark 1-3-1 zone defense, an approach that bothered them twice last season.

Cal Boards Up Beavers In Stifling First Half
At the start of last night's match at Oregon State, the Cal women's basketball team was kept on their toes. Though the Bears first shut the Beavers out with an early five points, Oregon State responded with a 7-0 scoring streak to take the lead.

Cal to Defend 14-Year Grip on Scrum Axe
From old Olympic jerseys to photographs of national championships, Doc Hudson Fieldhouse is packed with rugby memorabilia, so much so that not everything the Cal program has acquired can be displayed.

Bears Can't Wait to Challenge Red Raiders on the Road Again
As Willie Nelson once crooned, "Just can't wait to be on the road again." Granted, Nelson was referring to a nomadic lifestyle of music and friendship, but the lyrics ring true for the No. 19 Cal men's tennis team as well.

Cal Heptathletes Have Seven Events But Just One Location
Freshman Idarre Coles of the Cal track and field team has never competed in a heptathlon. This weekend's University of Washington Invitational will be his only chance to do so before the fast-approaching MPSF Championships.

Cal Prepares for Glory in Return to Spartan Invite
Traveling to San Jose this weekend, the Cal women's water polo team will be competing in the Spartan Invitational - and no, despite its name, the Spartan Invitational will not include an invitation to dine in hell.

GAME THREAD: CAL MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. OREGON


Cal Stifles Oregon in Second Half to Complete Road Sweep
Cal women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle told her team at halftime on Saturday not to leave any of Oregon's shooters open. They had caught fire in the first period and were leading the Bears by two points.

Stanford Futile in Cal Shutout
STANFORD -- The Scrum Axe may have been at Stanford's Steuber Rugby Field on Saturday afternoon, but it returned to Berkeley that evening. The Cal rugby team extended its stronghold on the Scrum Axe with a 74-0 victory over the Cardinal, and shut out its rival for the second consecutive year. Stanford last took home the Axe in 1996.


Opinion

Laboring Over the Law
A new policy voted on by the Berkeley City Council is a positive step toward reducing city unemployment and ensuring fair wages on city construction.

Falling Down on the Job
Perhaps the most painful thing about the lawsuits that are currently facing the city of Berkeley is not their high financial costs but instead the knowledge that the city could have avoided these problems by better maintaining its sidewalks and other public infrastructure.

A Home Fit for the Golden Bears
The renovation and seismic retrofitting of California Memorial Stadium (CMS) is an expensive, complicated and essential endeavor for the university. Both of us have carefully analyzed the financial model that will support Intercollegiate Athletics as it services the debt issued to pay for the

Editorial Cartoon


Pension Demands: A Disgusting Display
In an apparent attempt to be humorous, UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley refers to himself and his self-serving cohorts as "craven scum."

So You Want a Revolution
Here's what it feels like for a student of Middle East politics to read the news this week: Imagine an astronomy major, with big glasses to correct permanent eye damage from squinting through telescopes from an early age, whose dorm is strung up with mobiles of the planets and whose bookcase is packed double with sci-fi novels. Now imagine this precise student opening the paper one morning to find the following three stories splitting the front page:

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