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Issue #2589 :: Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Top Headlines

Police Arrest Three Suspects Following Rumors of a Gun Near Berkeley High
Berkeley Police Department officers apprehended a gunman Thursday night on Southside after responding to rumors of a fight that was to occur at the close of a boy's basketball game at Berkeley High School.

Live Blog: Cal Basketball vs. Arizona State


SF IndieFest 2011 Podcast
In "A Little Help," Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell and the kid from "Weeds" try to start, revive and nurture their big screen acting careers, respectively. They all fail.

UC Fears Faculty Loss to Private Colleges Podcast
As the UC sails into uncharted financial waters, many fear that members of the university's world-class faculty will jump ship for the fatter paychecks waiting at private institutions.

News

UC Fears Faculty Loss to Private Colleges Podcast
As the UC sails into uncharted financial waters, many fear that members of the university's world-class faculty will jump ship for the fatter paychecks waiting at private institutions.

Former Berkeley Student Called Back to Iran to Stand Trial
UC Berkeley alumna Sarah Shourd has been summoned to return to Iran after being released to go home to the United States five months ago in order to stand trial on accusations of espionage, according to the Associated Press.

Area Artist and Attorney Finds a Home Defending the Homeless
Saturday was just another morning on the Albany Bulb.

While UC Community Evacuated From Egypt, One Student Stayed
For UC Berkeley sophomore Howaida Kamel, evacuating from Cairo on Tuesday with the rest of the UC community members in the area following days of mass anti-government protests and violence that shook the streets of her home was not an option.

Liquor License Transfer Issues Delay Pub's Close
Scheduled to shut down three months ago, the doors to Beckett's Irish Pub and Restaurant on Shattuck Avenue remain wide open, as the popular downtown pub continues to serve Berkeley residents as it has for more than 10 years.

Berkeley Crossing Owners Look for Tenants
After the Discovery Channel Store headquarters in West Berkeley closed at the end of last year, Berkeley Crossing - one of the largest commercial properties in the city - is available for lease as its new owners hope to attract research and development and technology firms to fill the space.

Justice is Served


Police Arrest Three Suspects Following Rumors of a Gun Near Berkeley High
Berkeley Police Department officers apprehended a gunman Thursday night on Southside after responding to rumors of a fight that was to occur at the close of a boy's basketball game at Berkeley High School.


Sports

Bears Welcome Top-20 Class on National Signing Day
It may be February but the Cal football team pulled out a somewhat surprising win on Wednesday.

It's the Least Wonderful Day of the Year
I'm just going to come out and say it: I hate Signing Day.

Sun Devils Bring Pesky Defense to Haas After Near Miss Against UCLA
Having not faced consistent man-to-man for two games, the Cal men's basketball team has succeeded on its trek through the danger zone.

Arizona Has History of Raising Bears
Instead of catching up on the piles of history reading about the American West, I'll use this space to impart some history myself.

Arizona Looks for Revenge Against Cal at Home
The Cal women's basketball team's biggest win in Pac-10 play has been against Arizona, but given that the Bears' biggest inconsistency has been their road play, tonight's game against the Wildcats may not be another blowout.

Press Room Banter
I once heard a myth that more avocados are sold on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. I'm not certain of the veracity of this claim, but I nonetheless love to picture supermarkets across the nation suffering avocado shortages each year so that no Super Bowl party goes without guacamole.

Live Blog: Cal Basketball vs. Arizona State



Arts & Entertainment

SF IndieFest 2011 Podcast
In "A Little Help," Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell and the kid from "Weeds" try to start, revive and nurture their big screen acting careers, respectively. They all fail.

Reeling
All this Oscar talk is making me thirsty. Really, really thirsty.

Lizz Wright Blends Jazz, Soul In Mesmerizing Yoshi's Show
It wouldn't be an overstatement to describe Lizz Wright, who performed at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland last Saturday, as an inspiring and magnetic talent. She praises and implores the Lord with just as much vehemence as Aretha Franklin and stands in a direct line of descent from Gladys Knight, Nina Simone and Tracy Chapman. Through her warm and soothing voice, she seems to get her grit through the commemoration of African-American spiritual musicality. And Lord knows, she does it better than well.

'Housemaid' Seduces with Subtle Nuance
If there's anything to take away from Im Sang-soo's "The Housemaid," (Korean: "Hanyo") it's this: Don't mess with the help.

White Space