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Issue #736 :: Friday, June 6, 2003

Top Headlines

Suspected $6 Million Fraud Ring Busted
In a series of a dozen simultaneous raids across the Bay Area yesterday morning, authorities led by Berkeley police and U.S. Secret Service agents crashed a suspected $6 million identity theft and counterfeiting ring.

Gather ‘Round, Childrens
Cat Stevens knew what was up when he wrote the words "You're still young, that's your fault. You have much to learn" in the classic "Father and Son."

Florida Waves
Southeastern rock really exists. Any member of the refreshingly eclectic audience crowding the glossy banquet-hall wood floor of Bimbo's 365 Club Tuesday night would affirm this fact. In the thick of things, one would hardly suspect that the band Sister Hazel was making a comeback to the West Coast. The crowd's unanimous singalong to the chorus of favorite "All For You" made it clear that, in the mind's eye of the "Hazelnuts" of the Bay Area, the band had not missed a beat.

Union Demonstrators Protest Recent Layoffs
Armed with a megaphone, pickets and a man dressed in a Planter's Peanut suit, about 20 union demonstrators protested a department that allegedly laid off two employees without informing them of START Wednesday.

News

Suspected $6 Million Fraud Ring Busted
In a series of a dozen simultaneous raids across the Bay Area yesterday morning, authorities led by Berkeley police and U.S. Secret Service agents crashed a suspected $6 million identity theft and counterfeiting ring.

Education Board Gives Approval For Berkeley High Small Schools
The Berkeley Board of Education gave unanimous approval to divide Berkeley High School into small schools Wednesday, paving the way for a radical change in the school's learning environment.

Store Promoting Alternative Transit Forced to Close Doors
After 16 years of serving a community known for discouraging residents from driving their own cars, a Berkeley store intended to encourage greater public transportation use will close its doors June 27, the city announced Tuesday.

Berkeley Bowl Employees Go Public With Their Efforts to Unionize
Employees of the Berkeley Bowl Marketplace went public with their efforts to unionize this week, in an attempt to improve what one employee alleged are "impoverishing working conditions."

UC Scientists Plan Web Site to Display Lost Iraqi Artifacts
To salvage some of Iraqi's rich cultural heritage lost in the destruction of the war, a group of concerned UC Berkeley scientists plan to revive Iraq's National Museum online next year.

Union Demonstrators Protest Recent Layoffs
Armed with a megaphone, pickets and a man dressed in a Planter's Peanut suit, about 20 union demonstrators protested a department that allegedly laid off two employees without informing them of START Wednesday.

News in Brief
Sex Offenders May Be Identified at Colleges

Corrections
In Tuesday's article "UC Reaches Agreement With Unions" a paraphrase stating "With the impending budget crunch, finishing the contract negotiations with the three unions cleared the table for UC to deal with the massive cuts next year," was wrongly attributed to UC spokesperson Paul Schwartz. It should have been attributed to Ken Roddy, president of the UC-American Federation of Teachers.


Arts & Entertainment

Florida Waves
Southeastern rock really exists. Any member of the refreshingly eclectic audience crowding the glossy banquet-hall wood floor of Bimbo's 365 Club Tuesday night would affirm this fact. In the thick of things, one would hardly suspect that the band Sister Hazel was making a comeback to the West Coast. The crowd's unanimous singalong to the chorus of favorite "All For You" made it clear that, in the mind's eye of the "Hazelnuts" of the Bay Area, the band had not missed a beat.

The Black and White Benefit-Truly a Ball
It all came down to this last night of May. Socialite-in-training Dominic Bocci, and I toddled giddily to the press room in all our black and white glory. There, we were tagged with green wristbands, and suddenly, we had all-access to the Black and White Ball, long-awaited biennial extravaganza for the benefit of the San Francisco Symphony.

The Band From Seattle Rocks and Shocks
Usually, we expect that too much of a good thing is tiring. Indeed, as the sun set last Sunday before Pearl Jam took the stage at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre, the sparsity of the audience reflected an obvious disjunction between the hardcore fanatics of yore, who clearly expected the band to play their old songs (and only those), and the nonchalant concertheads, who were smacking their lips at the prospect of witnessing a good band's descent into mediocrity.

Blue Man Group Could Use Some Simplicity
With the Complex Tour, the Blue Man Group aspires to enter the world of rock and roll. The group alters their traditionally percussion-based sound by structuring their new music to include electric guitars, song lyrics, and trendy vocalists such as Annette Strean from Venus Hum, and Tracy Bonham. Despite some great musical moments, the songs generally lack the progressive transitions and changeups that create a rock concert's exciting movement. The spectacle and sensation of a rock concert are successfully remain, however, in the eclectically innovative and dramatic visuals.

Music Reviews
Radiohead did not kill rock. They didn't reinvent it either. What they did, in dealing with the quasi-crisis of making important yet listenable music in the 21st century, is coin an aural language, uniquely theirs, that is endlessly generative of masterpiece music. It is a language that is equally suited to the fearless exploration of the evolving electronic palette and the glory found in the occasional submission to the simplicity and raw power of fuzz guitar lines.

‘Together' May Please Simple Folks Who Like Simple Films
Chen Kaige's new film "Together" comes to Berkeley tonight, fast off the heels of its festival success. Not big-name festivals like Cannes or Venice; not prestigious awards like best picture or best director. Instead, as the movie poster boasts, "Together" has been sweeping the audience awards at all the smaller international film festivals such as Florida, Tribeca, Filmfest DC, and the SF International Film Festival where it was the runner-up last month.

Book Reviews

"The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom"


Opinion

Gather ‘Round, Childrens
Cat Stevens knew what was up when he wrote the words "You're still young, that's your fault. You have much to learn" in the classic "Father and Son."

White Space