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Issue #2626 :: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Top Headlines

Two Goats, Chicken Escape Downtown Berkeley Cottage Blaze
A fire destroyed a backyard cottage behind a single-family home in Downtown Berkeley Wednesday evening, leaving none injured - including the family's two goats and chicken who were housed in pens adjoining the cottage.

Berkeley High School Placed on Lockdown
Berkeley High School went on lockdown this afternoon after a parent reported seeing a young man with a gun outside the campus perimeter.

Council Moves Forward with Zoning Amendments to West Berkeley Plan
A week after concluding the public hearing for the West Berkeley Project, the Berkeley City Council began its second round of discussion on the more controversial proposed amendments in the West Berkeley Plan.

With Budget Talks Off, UC Faces Deeper Cuts
Gov. Jerry Brown has halted budget negotiations with Republican legislators, jeopardizing his proposed tax extensions, which could potentially leave the University of California facing a $1 billion cut in state funding for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

News

Berkeley High Parents Discuss Concerns, Ideas at Gun Safety Forum
Following a recent spike in gun-related incidents on campus, more than 100 Berkeley High School parents attended a public forum Monday evening to discuss ways to both improve security and dissuade students from bringing firearms to school.

Claremont Branch of Berkeley Public Library to Begin Renovations
Construction on the Claremont branch of the Berkeley Public Library is set to begin immediately after the branch's April 4 closure following a measure passed nearly three years ago that calls for the renovation of the city's four library branches to make them more earthquake-safe and handicapped-accessible.

Student-Imposed Deadline to Address Operational Excellence Concerns Passes Podcast
Monday marked the last day that UC Berkeley students said they expected campus administrators to respond to a letter containing concerns and a list of demands authored by a coalition of students in three social sciences departments hoping to reverse changes wrought by the restructuring of the departments under the cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative.

Assistant Professor Awarded Grant to Expand Information-Exchange Project Podcast
A UC Berkeley assistant professor recently awarded a grant of about $500,000 will be able to expand his project allowing farmers in rural India to exchange information on farming techniques through a voice-based discussion board.

Consolidation Proposal Approved by OE Coordinating Committee
A proposal to consolidate information technology, finance and human resources by 2012 for UC Berkeley academic and administrative units was approved Thursday by the Operational Excellence coordinating committee, with some suggestions.

Layoffs Included in Berkeley Police Department Proposal to Cut Costs
Though the city of Berkeley has been consistently reluctant to lay off sworn personnel and uniformed staff, the Berkeley Police Department will not be immune to the city's acute economic realities, as budget woes at the federal, state and local levels continue to escalate.

With Budget Talks Off, UC Faces Deeper Cuts
Gov. Jerry Brown has halted budget negotiations with Republican legislators, jeopardizing his proposed tax extensions, which could potentially leave the University of California facing a $1 billion cut in state funding for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Council Moves Forward with Zoning Amendments to West Berkeley Plan
A week after concluding the public hearing for the West Berkeley Project, the Berkeley City Council began its second round of discussion on the more controversial proposed amendments in the West Berkeley Plan.

Berkeley High School Placed on Lockdown
Berkeley High School went on lockdown this afternoon after a parent reported seeing a young man with a gun outside the campus perimeter.

New Seats to Open Next Semester for R&C Classes
With Tele-BEARS set to begin April 11, students who have not yet fulfilled their Reading and Composition requirements will have greater opportunity to do so next semester as 1,400 new seats will be open in R1A and R1B classes, an increase of 18 percent from the 6,400 seats provided in this academic year.

Two Goats, Chicken Escape Downtown Berkeley Cottage Blaze
A fire destroyed a backyard cottage behind a single-family home in Downtown Berkeley Wednesday evening, leaving none injured - including the family's two goats and chicken who were housed in pens adjoining the cottage.


Sports

Cal's Championship Run Beats All Else
When a team loses to its conference rival twice in one year, most people would consider it to be somewhat of a disappointing season.

Miller's Career-High 15 Ks Propels Cal to Seventh Straight Win
At the start of the Cal baseball team's season, pitcher Kevin Miller didn't set any concrete goals for himself. Nothing that he'd been focusing on in the offseason. No numbers to shoot for.

Baseball Reinstatement Appears More Likely
After a meeting on Monday between Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Save Cal Baseball fundraising movement, the Cal baseball team's future in Berkeley appears more secure than it has been for the past several months.


Opinion

A Doctrine of Uncertainty
The notion of a humanitarian crisis - the mass execution of a people by its unelected leader - is enough to make one's blood boil. Cue Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi has pledged, amongst other things, to fight to the last bullet against his own people and, presumably, the "crusader colonialists" that make up the international coalition that continues to bombard his forces.

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