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Issue #185 :: Friday, July 14, 2000

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KPFA Recalls Last Year's Protest
Backers of KPFA - the oldest public radio station in the country - commemorated yesterday the first anniversary of the station's lockdown by its owner, the Pacifica Foundation.

Bright Lights in the ‘Dark Continent'
From the freeway that runs through Cape Town, you can just make out a field of shacks below the layer of pollution. Thousands upon thousands of them sprawl over filled-in marshland just outside South Africa's flagship city. They are home to the millions of blacks who, six years after whites ceased to rule Africa's richest nation, remain entrenched in poverty. Most visitors to Cape Town never set foot in these "townships," but to avoid them is to avoid 450 years of history.

Resetting The Xample
The fate of all future comic-based films rests on the success of X-Men, as Hollywood waits in the wings with similar films to see if this one tanks or triumphs. The question is then, does it deliver? You bet your mutant-loving ass it does!

Timeline: KPFA vs. Pacifica
March 1999 - Pacifica fires KPFA station manager Nicole Sawaya, sparking allegations of censorship.

News

KPFA Recalls Last Year's Protest
Backers of KPFA - the oldest public radio station in the country - commemorated yesterday the first anniversary of the station's lockdown by its owner, the Pacifica Foundation.

Proposed Rental Measure Limits Owners' Rights
A measure that would restrict evictions of the disabled, the elderly and long-term tenants will appear on the November ballot after being approved by the Berkeley City Council Tuesday.

Timeline: KPFA vs. Pacifica
March 1999 - Pacifica fires KPFA station manager Nicole Sawaya, sparking allegations of censorship.

UC Berkeley Professor Doubts Cause of AIDS
In the midst of the more than 10,000 leading scientists and journalists who have convened in South Africa this week to discuss how to battle AIDS, is a UC Berkeley professor who believes that HIV does not cause AIDS.

Report Alleges Bias in Law School Admissions
Law schools rely too much on standardized test scores and discriminate against women and underrepresented minorities who score lower on the test, according to a report by a UC Berkeley student.

Raising a Ruckus
Berkeley resident Sarah Seeds has been arrested more times than she can count and once was shot at while trying to prevent loggers from clear-cutting an old growth forest.

News in Brief: Tennessee Politician Billed for Unattended Summer Sessions
A deputy to the governor of Tennessee reacted with surprise and sarcasm when he recently received a bill for UC Berkeley summer session registration fees.


Arts & Entertainment

Resetting The Xample
The fate of all future comic-based films rests on the success of X-Men, as Hollywood waits in the wings with similar films to see if this one tanks or triumphs. The question is then, does it deliver? You bet your mutant-loving ass it does!

Lame is Les Miz
Little Cosette's sweet, suffering face, shaded in France's fraternal blue, white and red, has been plastered all over the Curran Theater in San Francisco, quietly promising that theater enthusiasts will "hear the people sing" loudly and for quite some time in Les Misérables.


Opinion

Bright Lights in the ‘Dark Continent'
From the freeway that runs through Cape Town, you can just make out a field of shacks below the layer of pollution. Thousands upon thousands of them sprawl over filled-in marshland just outside South Africa's flagship city. They are home to the millions of blacks who, six years after whites ceased to rule Africa's richest nation, remain entrenched in poverty. Most visitors to Cape Town never set foot in these "townships," but to avoid them is to avoid 450 years of history.

White Space