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Issue #183 :: Friday, July 7, 2000

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University Reclaims People's Park
UC Berkeley retook full control of People's Park last week by terminating a contract that had given the management of park maintenance and programs to the city of Berkeley, raising worries among community members that the decision might undermine local input to the fiercely-defended lot.

Southern Comfort
I'm sure Southern people as a whole are very nice, but they scare me. I always think of country folk with missing teeth, slow drawls and shotguns (yes, I know that's a terrible generalization). So I had mixed emotions about visiting New Orleans on my family vacation. After my archaeology professor, a native Louisianan, last semester related some crazy stories about Mardi Gras (most tending to involve trading beads for, um, nakedness) and after another local told me that they have drive-thru Daiquiri bars down there (that can't be legal!), I knew that New Orleans was going to be a place unlike any other.

Hairy Movie
In 1996, Kevin Williamson came across the perfect trick for reviving the teen horror genre with the first installment of his Scream trilogy. He realized that the "jump out of the closet and kill someone" tactic that horror films had survived on since Halloween still worked, regardless if they had gotten overused by the time Halloween II had rolled into theaters.

School Principal Out After Rocky Year
Berkeley High School's principal will be reassigned to a district job, after a tumultuous year marred by student walkouts and arson fires, school district officials said Wednesday.

News

University Reclaims People's Park
UC Berkeley retook full control of People's Park last week by terminating a contract that had given the management of park maintenance and programs to the city of Berkeley, raising worries among community members that the decision might undermine local input to the fiercely-defended lot.

School Principal Out After Rocky Year
Berkeley High School's principal will be reassigned to a district job, after a tumultuous year marred by student walkouts and arson fires, school district officials said Wednesday.

Hospital Workers Protest Cutbacks
Health care workers at Berkeley's Alta Bates Medical Center joined approximately 4,000 union employees in picketing outside nine Bay Area hospitals yesterday.

Clerical Workers Demand Fair Share of Wages
Shouting "You got yours, how about mine?" and "Show us the money," a group of disgruntled clerical workers converged in front of California Hall Wednesday to demand higher wages.

News in Brief: UC Hall of Famer, Olympian Dies
Don Blessing, Olympic Gold Medalist and UC Hall of Fame member, died Tuesday. He was 94.


Arts & Entertainment

Hairy Movie
In 1996, Kevin Williamson came across the perfect trick for reviving the teen horror genre with the first installment of his Scream trilogy. He realized that the "jump out of the closet and kill someone" tactic that horror films had survived on since Halloween still worked, regardless if they had gotten overused by the time Halloween II had rolled into theaters.

We Want Margaret
The most controversial comedians of our times have always had their most defining moments recorded for show on the big screen. Richard Pryor had Live On The Sunset Strip in the '70s. Eddie Murphy had Raw in the '80s. And now, in the same groundshaking vein, Margaret Cho has I'm The One That I Want.


Opinion

Southern Comfort
I'm sure Southern people as a whole are very nice, but they scare me. I always think of country folk with missing teeth, slow drawls and shotguns (yes, I know that's a terrible generalization). So I had mixed emotions about visiting New Orleans on my family vacation. After my archaeology professor, a native Louisianan, last semester related some crazy stories about Mardi Gras (most tending to involve trading beads for, um, nakedness) and after another local told me that they have drive-thru Daiquiri bars down there (that can't be legal!), I knew that New Orleans was going to be a place unlike any other.

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