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Issue #967 :: Thursday, June 17, 2004

Top Headlines

Thousands Could be Shut Out of College
Tens of thousands of graduating high school seniors could be denied college admission in the next six years, according to a study released Tuesday.

Wrestling With Evil
Just when pro wrestling fans thought the reputation of their sport couldn't get any worse, along comes news that a major WWE star, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, goose-stepped and did the Nazi salute before a match in Germany. The story made the small print of a lot of newspapers, but it was enough to cause CNBC to fire him from his position as an on-air financial analyst.

Musings From the Mouse Race
The once dried-out world of Internet humor has officially reached a new watershed. Four years after the rolling collapse of every dot-com industry from Webvan to Woodworker's Warehouse, the non-disclosure agreements of their former employees are already starting to expire, and ex-Amazon.com customer service specialist Mike Daisey has taken advantage of this situation with his one-man show "21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com," which premiered on June 13 as a special engagement at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

New Deans to Head Chemistry and IAS
Charles B. Harris
Dean, College of Chemistry

News

Thousands Could be Shut Out of College
Tens of thousands of graduating high school seniors could be denied college admission in the next six years, according to a study released Tuesday.

New Deans to Head Chemistry and IAS
Charles B. Harris
Dean, College of Chemistry

Faces of Berkeley: Retired Physicist Praised for Energy Solutions
Nine years after retiring as a physics professor and a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicist at UC Berkeley, 78-year-old Arthur Rosenfeld has no plans to slow down.

Woman Abducted in Broad Daylight, Sexually Assaulted
A woman was sexually assaulted after being forced into a car by two attackers on a West Berkeley street in broad daylight last week, police said.

News in Brief
AC Transit Evades More Budget Cuts

Correction
Monday's news brief "Two Berkeley Students Slated for Rent Board" said two UC Berkeley students were among eight candidates vying for four seats on the board. In fact the total number of candidates has not been determined.

City Won't Cut Residents From Subsidized Housing
After being warned of massive cuts to the federal rent subsidy program one month ago, Berkeley residents were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the city Housing Authority announced Tuesday that there are enough funds for them to retain their housing.

Off the Wires: U.S. to Hand Hussein Over to Sovereign Iraqi Government
BAGHDAD, Iraq-The United States plans to hand over Saddam Hussein to a sovereign Iraqi government "as soon as possible" after the return of self-rule on June 30, but first wants assurances that Iraq is prepared to handle his detention and trial, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Innovative Detection Methods May Help Tighten U.S. Security
Scientists at the UC-owned Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories announced ground-breaking research they said has the potential to eliminate a serious terrorist threat.

Community Looks at Ways to Improve Telegraph Avenue Area
Members of four influential local groups teamed up in a brainstorming workshop at a Southside restaurant yesterday to discuss ways to make improvements to Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue area.


Arts & Entertainment

Ware's Wares
About 90 percent of introductions, forewords, and afterwords in graphic novels say the same thing. Whether it's a well-known novelist, a cult actor, another comics creator, or even a political pundit writing a brief gushing prose piece, there's a near guarantee that somewhere the sentiment will appear. Thankfully, reiteration is no longer necessary. Dave Eggers and Chris Ware recently released the thirteenth issue of "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern," a cluster-bomb of proof that is currently raining down into literati camps everyone, showing incontrovertibly and at long last that comics really aren't just for kids anymore.

Napoleon Triumphant
For some reason, some people persist in comparing Jared Hess' "Napoleon Dynamite" to a certain 1999 film, also about a high-school outsider, that may or may not have been directed by Wes Anderson.

Musings From the Mouse Race
The once dried-out world of Internet humor has officially reached a new watershed. Four years after the rolling collapse of every dot-com industry from Webvan to Woodworker's Warehouse, the non-disclosure agreements of their former employees are already starting to expire, and ex-Amazon.com customer service specialist Mike Daisey has taken advantage of this situation with his one-man show "21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com," which premiered on June 13 as a special engagement at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Since Their Babies Left Them
Eclipsed," currently running at the Berkeley City Club, is a fine production of a play about women's social confines within a deeply Christian culture. The plot, based on a true story, is set in Ireland in 1963, in a laundry run by the Catholic Church and staffed by a group of women "no one wants": unwed mothers, sexually promiscuous women, flirts, and sometimes their adult children. They are essentially prisoners of the Church, and spend their free time imagining the lives they could be living outside the convent if they escaped. A talented cast and crew do great work with a script that could have turned out precious or melodramatic on the stage.

Contrivance in Concourse B
It's not all that fair to pour constant buckets of steaming hatred all over Steven Spielberg just because he loves to play the populist-he's the most commercially successful director of all time, but the reasonably ambitious concepts of his recent films like "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" and "Minority Report" show that he's at least trying to push the envelope a bit, even if the movies themselves have turned out fairly half-baked and awkward. Even so, it's hard to explain why he would make a movie as ridiculous as "The Terminal."

About to Hurl in 80 Ways
Disney's adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" falls flat on its face. It's not funny. It's not interesting. Not even Jackie Chan, the clown warrior of cinema and most likable man in the world, can save this calamity.


Opinion

Wrestling With Evil
Just when pro wrestling fans thought the reputation of their sport couldn't get any worse, along comes news that a major WWE star, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, goose-stepped and did the Nazi salute before a match in Germany. The story made the small print of a lot of newspapers, but it was enough to cause CNBC to fire him from his position as an on-air financial analyst.

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