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Issue #240 :: Thursday, October 26, 2000

Top Headlines

Evolve!
Few will argue with the assertion that the survival of the human species is related to the problem-solving power of the human mind. I hope that people will agree that the survival of the human species is a good thing. Humans can get misguided and greedy, but I love them anyway.

Pac-10 Title Up For Grabs in L.A.
With the Pac-10 title hanging in the balance, this weekend is more than just the yearly trip to Southern California.

Health Care Strike Hits Alta Bates
Frustrated by lack of progress in contract negotiations, approximately 3,500 health care workers in eight Bay Area hospitals, including Berkeley's Alta Bates Medical Center, held a strike yesterday.

Polo Faces League Foes in SoCal
It may sound like one of those broken records stuck repeating the same line over and over and over again, but the Cal men's water polo team cannot stop stressing the importance of this weekend's road-trip down to Southern California.

News

KPFA Protest Tries to Keep Well-Known Host on Air
Adding to the ongoing free speech campaign against the Pacifica Foundation, which owns Berkeley's KPFA radio, more than 150 employees and supporters of the radio station protested yesterday morning in support of a popular broadcaster.

Health Care Strike Hits Alta Bates
Frustrated by lack of progress in contract negotiations, approximately 3,500 health care workers in eight Bay Area hospitals, including Berkeley's Alta Bates Medical Center, held a strike yesterday.

Papers Detail Reddy's Alleged Sex Crimes
Federal prosecutors filed new documents in court yesterday charging Berkeley landlord Lakireddy Bali Reddy and some of his relatives with conspiring to bring Indian girls illegally to the United States for sex, even as the landlord's son pleaded not guilty.

NASA Chief Speaks Of ‘Very Tough' Job
While launching rockets may seem like child's play to some, the space business "ain't easy," the head of NASA said in an on-campus speech yesterday.

UC, NASA Join Forces For Campus
NASA and the UC system will build an innovative center to partner UC students with scientific researchers in the Silicon Valley, officials said yesterday.

Financial Aid Drug Law Scrutinized
While it has not directly affected any UC Berkeley students, a federal law that denies financial aid to drug offenders continues to draw controversy.

‘Living Wall' Close to Being Born
The long-anticipated sound wall at Aquatic Park is one step closer to actuality after the City Council voted Tuesday night, despite the skepticism of several city officials over the project.

Task Force Tackles Housing Shortage
Karin Arnold, a first-year student at Boalt Hall School of Law, was forced to live in her car and later withdrew from college for a semester because she could not find affordable housing in Berkeley.

Traffic Woes Avoidable, Expert Says
Focusing on an international perspective of traffic safety, the newly created UC Berkeley Traffic Safety Center sponsored the first of a series of speeches yesterday.

News in Brief: Berkeley to Focus on Public Transit, Not Free Parking
After prolonged debate, the Berkeley City Council voted 7-1 in favor of a measure that seeks to resolve the parking shortage in Berkeley, particularly in the downtown area.


Sports

Pac-10 Title Up For Grabs in L.A.
With the Pac-10 title hanging in the balance, this weekend is more than just the yearly trip to Southern California.

Polo Faces League Foes in SoCal
It may sound like one of those broken records stuck repeating the same line over and over and over again, but the Cal men's water polo team cannot stop stressing the importance of this weekend's road-trip down to Southern California.

Can he Hackett?
USC is 0-4. George Washington just lied, Saint Francis just sinned, Keith Richards just turned down a drink.

Harriers Prepare for Pac-10 Finals
Every other race this season doesn't matter now because the most important meet yet is coming up Saturday in Seattle.

Sports Brief: Recruit Keeps Bears Waiting
Head coach Ben Braun and the Cal men's basketball team were holding its collective breath last night, waiting on the verbal commitments of two top-flight recruits.


Opinion

Letters to the Editor: Article Misrepresents Businesses
I found your news feature on the business owners's responses to the Telegraph Avenue rioting and looting to be grossly inaccurate and misleading ("Businesses Look Toward Prevention," Oct. 20). The article assumes that a group of merchants came together with the university to "propose" restrictions on student activities because of the Oct. 14 riot. Wrong! Had The Daily Californian writers waited to publish the story after the article had been thoroughly researched, the story line would have gone something like this:

Please Take Some Action
Despite the jaded, bitter point of view that comes with being The Daily Californian university editor, I have to confess that almost all of this year's ASUC officers are doing something. I see Student Advocate Kevin Hammon tabling on Sproul Plaza all the time. External Vice President Nick Papas and Executive Vice President Alex Ding are always proposing projects and asking the ASUC Senate for money. As for President Teddy Liaw, at least I see him in the Eshleman Hall elevator once in a while.

Evolve!
Few will argue with the assertion that the survival of the human species is related to the problem-solving power of the human mind. I hope that people will agree that the survival of the human species is a good thing. Humans can get misguided and greedy, but I love them anyway.

Proposition 36 Is State-Condoned Drug Abuse
On election day, one of the most vital questions Californians will face is whether or not to vote for Proposition 36, the Drugs Probation and Treatment Initiative Statute. If passed, persons convicted of possessing any Schedule I drug, including heroin, crack, PCP, methamphetamine, and date-rape drugs like Rohypnol ("roofies"), will escape all jail time, regardless of prior convictions of rape, child molesting and other violent crimes.

Proposition 36 Stands For Treatment And Prevention
This November, Californians have an excellent opportunity to transform our currently failing drug policy into a successful one. If passed, Proposition 36, also known as the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, would provide community-based substance abuse treatment programs for nonviolent defendants, probationers and parolees charged with simple drug possession or drug use offenses. To vote for Proposition 36 is to support effective treatment programs over unsuccessful incarceration techniques.

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