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Issue #178 :: Friday, June 23, 2000

Top Headlines

Sweet Home Carolina
Before 1991, Charleston, S.C., was a hick town somewhere down South where Jim Crow was still everyone's friend and nothing worthwhile ever happened. For me, at least. But when my grandparents continued their migration (California, by way of Australia, followed by Oregon and Washington, D.C.) to the Low Country, I became quite a fan of the city.

Flying The Coop
Chicken Run looks to be the first masterpiece of this millennium. It offers nothing to boggle the mind, to enlighten the soul, or to tear down the walls of pretense that we build so well. Instead, it offers a film that is so wonderfully and lovingly created, with such a general and universal premise in mind, that it will do what is almost impossible -- it will appeal to everyone.

Decreased Percentage of Minorities Will Enroll
Although underrepresented minority students were admitted at greater numbers for this fall than for last year, 5 percent fewer will enroll -- the largest percentage drop of any UC campus.

Lab's 'Stealth' Tritium Emissions Hurt Environment
Past accounts of radiation leading to the Manhattan Project portray an era when security concerns were put far ahead of all others, including that of environmental protection. This mindset is certainly reflected in the history of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is scattered amidst the UC Berkeley central campus and hill area.

News

Racetrack Under Fire for Violations
State and federal investigations last week turned up labor violations at Golden Gate Fields, a racetrack on the Berkeley-Albany border.

Report Faults City Playgrounds
Berkeley's children are playing on unsafe equipment in several city parks, according to a nationwide report released last week by the California Public Interest Research Group and the Consumer Federation of America.

Decreased Percentage of Minorities Will Enroll
Although underrepresented minority students were admitted at greater numbers for this fall than for last year, 5 percent fewer will enroll -- the largest percentage drop of any UC campus.

Berkeley Reconsiders Boycott of Burma
Although the U.S. Supreme Court effectively struck down the city's boycott of Burma this week, local activists and council members said they will continue to pursue the city's groundbreaking foreign policy objectives.

Officials Propose Security Upgrade at Laboratory
UC management of Los Alamos National Laboratory once again came under fire this week at a U.S. Senate hearing, in which Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson said university security is "not very good" and that another agency may take charge of security at the embattled laboratory.

City Approves Living Wage
The City of Berkeley unanimously adopted one of the nation's highest living wages after more than a year of protest from community activists and low-wage workers.

Officials Debate Nuclear Facility
If all goes as planned, the world's largest laser may soon train 192 high-powered beams on a fuel capsule no larger than a BB pellet, creating temperatures as hot as the center of sun and simulating a nuclear blast.

News in Brief: Deer Head Found in Safeway
A severed deer head capped a series of vandalism incidents that rocked a Berkeley supermarket this week, store officials said.


Arts & Entertainment

Flying The Coop
Chicken Run looks to be the first masterpiece of this millennium. It offers nothing to boggle the mind, to enlighten the soul, or to tear down the walls of pretense that we build so well. Instead, it offers a film that is so wonderfully and lovingly created, with such a general and universal premise in mind, that it will do what is almost impossible -- it will appeal to everyone.

Split Into Pieces
"From gentle to mental." Maybe you've chanced to see the tag line for the Farrelly Brothers' new movie, Me, Myself & Irene. Perhaps a more appropriate title would read, "From Gross to Just Plain Disgusting." Using the from-gag-to-gag formula that made There's Something About Mary so popular last year, the Farrellys have now added the bursting comedic potential of Jim Carrey to the mix.

Get Your Groove On
Various Artists



Opinion

Sweet Home Carolina
Before 1991, Charleston, S.C., was a hick town somewhere down South where Jim Crow was still everyone's friend and nothing worthwhile ever happened. For me, at least. But when my grandparents continued their migration (California, by way of Australia, followed by Oregon and Washington, D.C.) to the Low Country, I became quite a fan of the city.

Lab's 'Stealth' Tritium Emissions Hurt Environment
Past accounts of radiation leading to the Manhattan Project portray an era when security concerns were put far ahead of all others, including that of environmental protection. This mindset is certainly reflected in the history of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is scattered amidst the UC Berkeley central campus and hill area.

Councilmember explains baseball field vote
Many people, especially parents of children in the baseball program at Berkeley High School, were disappointed by the City Council's recent vote not to consider a proposal to close Derby Street in order to build a baseball field at Derby and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Letters to the Editor: Diverse Opinions About Novartis Deal
As a graduate student in the College of Natural Resources with only one year of the Berkeley experience behind me, I find it strange that someone here for four years like Sherin Larijani ("Novartis Partnership Flawed, Hurts Students," May 23) would have such difficulty finding a diversity of opinions on the Novartis alliance with the College of Natural Resources.

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