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Issue #98 :: Tuesday, February 8, 2000

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Berkeley Landlord And Son Plead Not Guilty to Charges
OAKLAND - Berkeley landlord Lakireddy Bali Reddy and his son, Vijay Kumar Lakireddy, were back in federal court yesterday to plead not guilty on several counts of violating immigration laws.

Not Just For Couples Anymore
Q: What are some creative ways to celebrate Valentine's Day?

Taming Dralion
Cirque du Soleil is not your ordinary circus, but it does rely on many ordinary circus traditions - clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists. With the usual big top tent overhead and vendors in the aisles pushing popcorn, you would never guess that the uncomfortable seats cost anywhere from $35-$60 a pop. By the time intermission rolls around you might start wondering what you were thinking spending all that extra dough. It's during the second act when things finally begin to be worth it.

Freshmen Key To Cal Sweep
It may have taken two nerve-wracking victories in Los Angeles, but the Cal men's basketball team seems to have proven its coach wrong this past weekend.

News

Berkeley Landlord And Son Plead Not Guilty to Charges
OAKLAND - Berkeley landlord Lakireddy Bali Reddy and his son, Vijay Kumar Lakireddy, were back in federal court yesterday to plead not guilty on several counts of violating immigration laws.

Activists Debate Pet Measure
Animal welfare advocates gathered yesterday to draw attention to a controversial ordinance that would require all dogs and cats in the city of Berkeley to be spayed or neutered.

University Accused of Polluting Water
UC Berkeley officials are currently preparing a comprehensive response to a regional water board report that charges the university with violating state and federal water-pollution laws.

Man Attacked on Kittredge Street, Robbed of Wallet
A man was robbed at gunpoint in Downtown Berkeley Sunday night, police said yesterday.

Professor of French, Romance Philology Dies
Suzanne Fleischman, a UC Berkeley professor of French and Romance Philology, died last week after a long illness. She was 51.

Crime Briefs: Woman Alleges Attack By Panhandling Bicyclist
A woman allegedly hit another woman with a bicycle Sunday after the victim refused to give the suspect a nickel, police said yesterday.

DE-Cal Class Explores Reality in Science Fiction Novels and Film
A self-described "bio-geek", senior Sofia Hussain says she started the Science in Science Fiction DE-Cal class to take advantage of expert professors at UC Berkeley who can help students explore the truth behind the fantastic stories of science-fiction novels and films.

Art Museum Welcomes New Director
The new director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive took office this semester, marking the museum's first change in leadership in a decade.

News in Brief: Council to Vote on Thank-You Note to Senator
Sen. Dianne Feinstein may soon receive a letter from the Berkeley City Council if the council votes tonight to formally thank the California senator for her assistance in the Lakireddy Bali Reddy case.


Sports

Freshmen Key To Cal Sweep
It may have taken two nerve-wracking victories in Los Angeles, but the Cal men's basketball team seems to have proven its coach wrong this past weekend.

Women's Gymnastics Steadily Improving
Heading into Friday's meet at Arizona, senior Leila Khoury stressed the need for the Cal women's gymnastics team to make a big jump in improvement rather than the small increases the Bears had shown in their team score so far in the young season.

Bears Surprised By Feisty Trojans
The Cal men's swimming team's Pac-10 winning streak rumbled to a halt last weekend as the No. 4 Bears fell to USC, 128-115.

Athlete of the Week: Shantay Legans
Cal point guard Shantay Legans may not have been able to stop in sunny Santa Barbara, but he made the most of his return to his Southern California roots.

Sports Briefs: Women's Tennis Duo Wins Tourney
Cal women's tennis players Amy Jensen and Claire Curran seized the women's doubles championship at the Rolex Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships in Dallas, Texas Sunday, defeating Arizona's Lindsay Blau and Michelle Gough, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.


Arts & Entertainment

Taming Dralion
Cirque du Soleil is not your ordinary circus, but it does rely on many ordinary circus traditions - clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists. With the usual big top tent overhead and vendors in the aisles pushing popcorn, you would never guess that the uncomfortable seats cost anywhere from $35-$60 a pop. By the time intermission rolls around you might start wondering what you were thinking spending all that extra dough. It's during the second act when things finally begin to be worth it.

Third Time's A Scream
Call me up with your best throaty Roger Jackson impersonation and I'll tell you that Scream 3 is not my favorite scary movie. It's better than the fast food product that was Scream 2, but it kneels humbly before the series' groundbreaking precursor.

Titus Causes Tinnitus
Laughter scatters around a dark theater as an old woman is stabbed to death. The sound is strained and nervous. Titus, the new movie from first-time director and screenwriter Julie Taymor, creates a surreal world that moves between Mussolini's Italy, modern war games, ancient Rome, Victorian costuming, and internal madness.

Voodoo Magic
R&B has many unique problems. The best producers tend to be somewhat mercenary, and spread their best work across many artists. Albums in rhythm and blues are almost a lost art. And the singers themselves often have little to no involvement in songwriting or even song selection. There's only a few musicians - Maxwell, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot - who take control of their own careers, write their own material, keep the production work consistent, and make albums as opposed to singles.

White Space