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Issue #2648 :: Monday, April 25, 2011

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Top Headlines

Gottlieb named head basketball coach
Lindsay Gottlieb has been named head coach of the Cal women's basketball team, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced today.

Recent peeping incidents spark concern
The UC Berkeley dormitories have seen a marked increase in the number of peeping incidents reported this semester, with two incidents last week bringing the semester's total to six since January, all occurring in the dorms.

Student sues her counselor
A 17-year-old female Berkeley High School student is suing the Berkeley Unified School District in federal court for allegedly failing to take appropriate action against her school counselor, who she claims sexually harassed her in 2009 and 2010.

ASU shuts out Cal to sweep series
Cal baseball coach David Esquer stormed out of the dugout, livid after pitcher Dixon Anderson was called for a balk in the fourth inning. Two frames later, a second balk had Anderson turning toward the first base umpire, slamming both hands down into the dirt with anger and disbelief.

News

Synthetic Biology Institute partners with Agilent Technologies
In an effort to transfer research results produced in lab settings to technologies that can be applied in the real world, the Synthetic Biology Institute - which began in 2008 as an idea developed by a group of UC Berkeley researchers - announced April 19 its partnership with its first industrial member, Agilent Technologies Inc.

Athletes splash into the fundraising scene
Swimming relays and belly flopping into the pool, members of UC Berkeley's four aquatics teams met Saturday to raise thousands of dollars for the organization Swim With Mike, a fund to support physically challenged athletes.

Student sues her counselor
A 17-year-old female Berkeley High School student is suing the Berkeley Unified School District in federal court for allegedly failing to take appropriate action against her school counselor, who she claims sexually harassed her in 2009 and 2010.

Recent peeping incidents spark concern
The UC Berkeley dormitories have seen a marked increase in the number of peeping incidents reported this semester, with two incidents last week bringing the semester's total to six since January, all occurring in the dorms.

Program attempts to delay layoffs
With the looming prospect of eliminating around 96 positions in the next two years to combat the city of Berkeley's growing deficit, staff will have to consider whether efforts to delay layoffs through voluntary time off will actually alleviate the problem or only burden employees further.

Symposium highlights social sciences
The third annual UC Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium held last Friday brought together students from China, Canada and parts of California to present and discuss their research in the social sciences and humanities.

Study links prenatal pesticides, lowered IQ Podcast
A recent study published Thursday by UC Berkeley researchers is catching national attention due to the finding that prenatal exposure to pesticides is associated with lowered IQ later in childhood.

Local concern builds over Highway 13 construction
Some community members remain concerned that the ongoing expansion of the Caldecott Tunnel will have long-term health and environmental impacts as the Berkeley City Council is set to accept a $2 million settlement from Caltrans to implement transportation safety projects at its meeting Tuesday.

Campaign donor list may go online
At its meeting Thursday, the city of Berkeley's Fair Campaign Practices Commission discussed publishing campaign contributors' names online prior to elections rather than in a local newspaper - as has been done since the 1970s - in an attempt to save money and reach a broader readership.

Electronic waste recycling store opens in downtown area Video
James Kao is ready to restore or recycle old electronics at his new GreenCitizen center in Downtown Berkeley, where family, friends and community members celebrated the store's opening and the business' sixth anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.


Sports

ASU shuts out Cal to sweep series
Cal baseball coach David Esquer stormed out of the dugout, livid after pitcher Dixon Anderson was called for a balk in the fourth inning. Two frames later, a second balk had Anderson turning toward the first base umpire, slamming both hands down into the dirt with anger and disbelief.

Bears tame Mustangs to clinch undefeated campaign
Earlier in the week, Cal rugby coach Jack Clark said he was holding his breath with the mixed lineup he would trot out against Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon.

Home run from Reid fuels win over Card
After four innings of a pitchers' duel, the No. 12 Cal softball team broke down No. 11 Stanford in one hit on Saturday.

Cal loses narrowly in Big Slam
For Carlos Cueto of the No. 14 Cal men's tennis team, Saturday's match against No. 8 Stanford was nothing if not a series of close calls.

Coe first in mile but fails to break four minutes in home finale
The crowd at Edwards Stadium let out a groan when Cal's Michael Coe barely missed a sub-four minute mile with a winning time of 4:00.07 at this weekend's Brutus Hamilton Invitational.

Women top Huskies in Seattle
The Cal men's and women's crew teams both competed this Easter weekend, but it was the fourth-ranked women who emerged victorious against No. 9 Washington in Seattle, Wash. The No. 2 men fell to the top-ranked Huskies.

Press room banter: One is the loneliest number
It's lonely being the only Tottenham Hotspur fan in Berkeley.

Gottlieb named head basketball coach
Lindsay Gottlieb has been named head coach of the Cal women's basketball team, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced today.


Arts & Entertainment

Far from home
At the age of eight, Byin Pu was forced to work in the opium fields of northern Burma. At 15, she moved to China for employment with hopes of prosperity. She was never paid.

Summer sneaks: Film
It began in early 2006, in the immediate wake of the release of "The New World." Just as Terrence Malick's rapturous meditation on the Jamestown settlement story reaffirmed his lofty position in American cinema, it raised another, far more pressing question: How many years would it take for him to make a film again?

Summer sneaks: Music
Blue skies combined with justified procrastination are the epitome of lazy summer days. And there is no better way to breeze through the hours than to enjoy a live performance from some of your favorite artists at one of SF's gorgeous venues.

Summer sneaks: Theater
If you're spending your summer around the Bay, it's important to keep in mind the one major form of entertainment that students often ignore or forget: The East Bay and San Francisco have thriving theater scenes, and all the old reliable companies have intriguing summertime fare lined up.

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