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Issue #2592 :: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Top Headlines

The Long and Winding Road
While most coaches are trying to win a national championship, Mike Montgomery is building a program.

UC System Seeks Unrestricted Donations to Increase Revenue
In a time of continued diminishing state funding to higher education, the University of California has increasingly been looking to private donations as a source of support, but such private funding often comes with specific restrictions - something the UC is looking to change.

Detained Hikers Begin Trial
Following about 18 months of detainment, UC Berkeley alumni Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal entered not guilty pleas on Sunday to charges of espionage and illegally entering Iran.

Bay Area Sees High Concentration of Green-Certified Businesses
Josh Shaeffer spent four months last year making his restaurant more sustainable, adapting water and electricity usage habits to comply with green standards.

News

Activists Support Egyptian Uprising
Carrying signs on wooden stems raised high above their heads, about 150 student activists and community members gathered in Upper Sproul Plaza Monday to show solidarity and raise campus awareness about ongoing anti-government protests in Egypt.

Cannabis Dispensary to Talk Sales Tax With State
As the Berkeley Patients Group begins negotiations with the state board of equalization over a $6 million tax liability, the group - the city's oldest medical cannabis dispensary - may soon be shelling out more than just marijuana pending a hearing later this month.

UC System Seeks Unrestricted Donations to Increase Revenue
In a time of continued diminishing state funding to higher education, the University of California has increasingly been looking to private donations as a source of support, but such private funding often comes with specific restrictions - something the UC is looking to change.

Bay Area Sees High Concentration of Green-Certified Businesses
Josh Shaeffer spent four months last year making his restaurant more sustainable, adapting water and electricity usage habits to comply with green standards.

Local Mexican Restaurant to Close After 52 Years Podcast
As small independent businesses in Berkeley continue to struggle, Mario's La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant is slated to close after 52 years, though a similar establishment under new ownership will open up in its place.

Detained Hikers Begin Trial
Following about 18 months of detainment, UC Berkeley alumni Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal entered not guilty pleas on Sunday to charges of espionage and illegally entering Iran.

ASUC Debates Selling Cal Lodge Due to High Costs, Low Usage
Every year, the ASUC loses thousands of dollars on a property it has managed for nearly 90 years in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, now prompting the student government to consider whether they want to sell the property.


Sports

The Long and Winding Road
While most coaches are trying to win a national championship, Mike Montgomery is building a program.

Bear Droppings
A former Cal quarterback won the Super Bowl on Sunday and was named the game's Most Valuable Player, but why should you care?

Conference Questions
Fans at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 29 saw Dana Altman's club compete - the Ducks nearly rallied all the way back from an early 18-point deficit.


Opinion

Sweet and Sour
Cal Dining's decision to stop using King Pin Donuts for donuts may make business sense but seems full of poor record-keeping and missed opportunity.

Long Time Coming
The decision to charge with misdemeanors 11 students who interrupted a protest last year at UC Irvine is an appropriate response to the students' conduct, but it raises questions about the timing of the charges.

Gun Safety: A Look at Laws And Flaws
On Jan. 8, 2011, six people were killed and 13 more were injured in Tucson, Arizona in a horrific act of gun violence. In the weeks since this tragedy, speculation on what motivated the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, has been directed at the national political climate, as well as Loughner's own mental state. But some facts in this case are indisputable: Without breaking any state or federal gun laws, Loughner was able to get access to the Glock 19 which he used to carry out his savage rampage.

Open the University To Student Carry
To hear the Left tell it, one would think that private ownership of firearms is a disaster waiting to happen. Between accidents, suicides and murders - particularly horrendous killing sprees such as the shooting at Virginia Tech and the recent attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona - the case for private citizens owning and carrying firearms seems to carry little weight.

Editorial Cartoon


Sex on Tuesday: Let the (Sex) Games Begin
Had you been entering my house as guests, I would have handed you a drink and given you a firm handshake. Had you been entering my bedroom as a guest, I would have done the same, possibly with a dirtier variation on the handshake. But since I can only greet you through the warm, immortal words of print, I'll do my best to transcend the barrier.

White Space