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Human Cloning Banned by Gov. Davis

Two days after signing a bill to allow stem cell research, Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill yesterday which permanently bans cloning human beings.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Dede Alpert, D-Coronado, renders the temporary ban on the cloning of human beings permanent. There was already a temporary ban in place, which was set to expire in January.

"We have to draw a clear line on the ethics of this cutting edge biotechnology," Davis said in a statement. "We are not ready to experiment with human or reproductive cloning."

Along with the prohibition on human cloning, the bill creates an advisory committee that will advise and report on issues of human biotechnology and cloning to the state Legislature and governor.

The committee will be composed of at least nine members who will represent various fields including bioethics, religion, law, genetics and biotechnology.

Suspect Held in Alleged Downtown Rape

A Hayward man was arrested on sexual assault charges Monday after allegedly raping a woman in a Downtown Berkeley park.

The assault occurred in Civic Center Park Sunday afternoon when 47-year-old Barry Allumns forced a female acquaintance into a portable toilet, raping and forcing her to perform oral sex on him, said Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss.

The 36-year-old woman had just finished using the bathroom when Allumns pushed her back inside and assaulted her, Kusmiss said.

Kusmiss said the two arrived in Berkeley earlier Sunday from Hayward and had been walking around Downtown Berkeley.

The incident was reported Monday to Hayward police, who referred the case to Berkeley police.

Nate Tabak

Student Robbed of Large Sum of Money

A UC Berkeley student was robbed of several thousand dollars outside a Southside bank yesterday after a man threatened him, police said.

The 19-year-old student lost $3,000 in cash after he was accosted by the robber in front of Bank of America at Telegraph and Durant Avenues at approximately 4:45 p.m.

The robber threatened to hurt the student if he did not hand over the money, said Berkeley police Officer Mary Kusmiss.

It is unclear why the student had the large sum of cash, Kusmiss said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

The assailant is described as a black male, 19 to 20 years old, with a light complexion and an Afro. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants.

Nate Tabak

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