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Issue #174 :: Friday, June 9, 2000

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Travelogue
Taiwan. To some people, the name evokes tensions -- this is the reason China has threatened to go to war. To others, the name represents an economic miracle and a model of Asian democracy. And, for a few others, the name is memorable, at least, for the "made in Taiwan" trademark.

City Manager To Leave Berkeley for Arizona Job
After a week of deliberation, Tucson's mayor and city council reached a unanimous decision yesterday morning to appoint current Berkeley City Manager James Keene as their own.

Seconds Away
Who here remembers The Rock? Before it came out you might remember Nicolas Cage as that guy who was in the occasional oddball movie you probably didn't see except on cable.

Leaders Challenge Labor Practices
SACRAMENTO -- After a year filled with protracted labor disputes between the university and unions representing its employees, government officials and union leaders called the UC's labor practices into question during a State Assembly committee hearing yesterday.

News

Contract Raises Salaries for Teachers
Berkeley teachers and the Berkeley Unified School District ratified a contract this week that includes a raise for the city's 700 teachers over the next four years.

Professor Looks to Wasp to Save Eucalyptus Trees
As an exotic pest continues to threaten endangered California eucalyptus trees, a UC Berkeley professor hopes that a tiny wasp he imported from Australia will come to the rescue.

Leaders Challenge Labor Practices
SACRAMENTO -- After a year filled with protracted labor disputes between the university and unions representing its employees, government officials and union leaders called the UC's labor practices into question during a State Assembly committee hearing yesterday.

City Manager To Leave Berkeley for Arizona Job
After a week of deliberation, Tucson's mayor and city council reached a unanimous decision yesterday morning to appoint current Berkeley City Manager James Keene as their own.


Arts & Entertainment

Seconds Away
Who here remembers The Rock? Before it came out you might remember Nicolas Cage as that guy who was in the occasional oddball movie you probably didn't see except on cable.

High Chair
I must admit I had a bit of dread toward the idea of reviewing Jeffery Deaver's new book, The Empty Chair. A prolific author of fourteen books that I had never read, I felt a bit unqualified to jump into this one, especially since some basic research indicates that Deaver's books all have a limited continuity. I was also worried that my only previous experience with Deaver -- seeing the film version of The Bone Collector, a movie that was not supposed to have lived up to the book (it was an okay film) -- would give me false expectations. However, Deaver has skillfully created a book that needs no expectations. The Empty Chair more than stands up on its own with almost no reference to its main characters' previous adventures, yet makes sure to advance them as well-developed human beings.


Opinion

Travelogue
Taiwan. To some people, the name evokes tensions -- this is the reason China has threatened to go to war. To others, the name represents an economic miracle and a model of Asian democracy. And, for a few others, the name is memorable, at least, for the "made in Taiwan" trademark.

Campus Legend Calls it Quits
In the "Best of Berkeley" issue, which the Daily Cal published last month, Rick Starr was once again voted best campus personality. (Can anyone remember a year when he hasn't won that category?)

Letters to the Editor: Columnist Ignores Real New York
As a once-upon-a-time Berkeleyan, I am pleased to visit that lovely city occasionally and did so recently. The weather was lovely, the town quiet, the campus beginning its summer pace.

White Space