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Issue #2601 :: Thursday, February 17, 2011

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LIVE BLOG: CAL MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. USC


Student Regent Faces Ongoing Investigation
UC Student Regent and UC Irvine student Jesse Cheng was arrested by Irvine police Nov. 4 on suspicion of sexual battery, but charges against Cheng have not been filed by the Orange County District Attorney.

Glory Days Podcast
The year was 1947. June 28, 1947 to be exact.

Groups Now Free to Practice in Hearst Gym
They have practiced in the cold and dark, in the cramped corridors of Dwinelle Hall and on Lower Sproul Plaza's unforgiving concrete.

News

UCPD Investigates Most Recent 'Hot Prowl' Burglary at University Village
Residents of an apartment building in University Village in Albany woke up to scurrying footsteps and rattling blinds early Monday morning as a burglar allegedly took off with $1,910 of their property.

Student Regent Faces Ongoing Investigation
UC Student Regent and UC Irvine student Jesse Cheng was arrested by Irvine police Nov. 4 on suspicion of sexual battery, but charges against Cheng have not been filed by the Orange County District Attorney.

Ordinance Aims to Increase City Government Transparency
In an effort to increase transparency and shine light on city government proceedings, the Berkeley City Council approved an open government ordinance Tuesday despite some concerns that the ordinance lacks clarity on how it will be enforced.

Groups Now Free to Practice in Hearst Gym
They have practiced in the cold and dark, in the cramped corridors of Dwinelle Hall and on Lower Sproul Plaza's unforgiving concrete.

Deficit, Decline in Revenue Force City to Revise Plans
Facing a lingering $1.8 million deficit, the Berkeley City Council revised its plan to implement services - and cuts - for the next four months and introduced cost-saving strategies for its upcoming biennial budget Tuesday, highlighting increased fiscal frugality in an uncertain economy.

Local Legend a Lifelong Social Advocate
Bundled up in a fleece snowman blanket with "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on the TV, Maudelle Shirek, a local activist and former Berkeley City Council member, contemplates her contributions to the community - which many agree are marked by a genuine passion to better the world - while admitting she personally does not think she has done much.

Former Student Stabbed to Death at 27
Friends and family remember former UC Berkeley student Melanie Dunn as a caring and outspoken individual, after she was found fatally stabbed in her San Jose home Feb. 10. Her boyfriend was taken into custody later that day and named as a suspect the next day. She was 27.


Sports

Los Angeles Schools Bring Big Matchup Challenges to Haas Pavilion
Mike Montgomery doesn't care how poorly Donte Smith has been shooting of late.

Glory Days Podcast
The year was 1947. June 28, 1947 to be exact.

LIVE BLOG: CAL MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. USC



Arts & Entertainment

Despite Explosive Visual Technique, 'Kaboom' Fizzles Out
Queer cinema has typically been relegated to the fringe, and both gay and straight filmmakers are to blame. Gregg Araki, helmer of the New Queer Cinema of the '90s and director of "The Living End" (1992) and "Mysterious Skin" (2004), is one artist contesting that crisis of representation - yet such a crisis remains afoot in the sexually frustrating gray areas of his latest film, "Kaboom."

Relatable and Rebellious, Araki's Queer Films Upset the Standard Podcast
FUCK THE WORLD," spray-painted in blood-red on a concrete block. That's the first image in Gregg Araki's "The Living End." A young man in shades finishes spraying, spins around like a discus thrower and tosses his spent can off a cliff, with downtown Los Angeles looming in the distance. This is classic Araki: an attractive young man, played by an attractive, unknown actor, aggressively expressing his independence from the mainstream. The guy may as well be aiming that can directly at Hollywood.

Reeling with Ryan Lattanzio
In my utopian fantasy of the Oscars - where I am dictator of the AMPAS obviously - Harmony Korine's "Trash Humpers" would be nominated for Best Picture.

'Little Shop' Lights Up Berkeley Playhouse
Little Shop of Horrors" could fit into any number of genres - sci-fi, horror, comedy, musical - but for actors, especially young ones, the song-and-dance aspect would seem to be the most daunting. But judging by the ease with which the Berkeley Playhouse Teen Company performed the show, you'd think anyone could do it.

White Space