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Issue #262 :: Thursday, November 30, 2000

Top Headlines

Frigid Offense Dooms Bears in Blowout
ST. LOUIS - If the Cal men's basketball team was hoping to make a statement last night against St. Louis, the Bears better hope no one was watching.

Landlord's Legal Battles Continue
Lakireddy Bali Reddy, a Berkeley landlord charged with illegally importing Indian girls for sex, is facing a civil suit, filed Monday, charging that he is partially responsible for the death of one of the girls.

Editorial: Netanyahu Blockade Defies Free Speech
If events that made headlines this week are any indication, those who shout the loudest in Berkeley are the only ones who get heard.

Cal Looking Up After 2000 Growing Pains
If one game can define a season and one play can define a game, Cal football fans need look no further than the fourth quarter of the Bears' Oct. 21 game at Washington.

News

Landlord's Legal Battles Continue
Lakireddy Bali Reddy, a Berkeley landlord charged with illegally importing Indian girls for sex, is facing a civil suit, filed Monday, charging that he is partially responsible for the death of one of the girls.

Fairness of Phone Bills At Dorms In Question
UC Berkeley's practice of adding charges to dorm residents' long-distance phone bills has come under fire from critics, who accused the university of billing students unfairly high amounts.

Ruling Raises Questions On Citizen Participation
A recent attempt by Berkeley City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque to preclude several members of a city commission from participating in the body's decision making process has raised fierce controversy and led lawyers and city officials to agree that her rulings have stifled citizen participation.

Boys Charged With Assault in Custody
OAKLAND - The three boys charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Berkeley girl will now be held in custody until Dec. 20, a juvenile court commissioner ruled yesterday.

Group Alerts Nation To Prison Problems
While America's war on drugs intensifies, and the nation's prison population grows daily, one Bay Area organization is attempting to challenge the belief that "locking people up solves social problems."

Various Issues Await Yet to be Elected Chief
Despite the recent confusion surrounding this year's presidential election, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi assured students yesterday that the nation is not in a crisis situation.

News In Brief: Security Concerns Lead to Another Speech Cancellation
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled his San Mateo speaking engagement last night because of security considerations provoked by Berkeley protests.


Sports

Cal Looking Up After 2000 Growing Pains
If one game can define a season and one play can define a game, Cal football fans need look no further than the fourth quarter of the Bears' Oct. 21 game at Washington.

Football Needs a Little Help From Above
Despite the voices in and outside my head, I think Tom Holmoe should coach the Cal football team next year.

Poolsters Open Season at Texas
Supposedly it is possible to cram a semester's worth of class into your brain only days before a final. It isn't the best way to take a test, but with the brain it can work.

Sports Brief: Pac-10 Protests Likely Fiesta Bowl Snub
Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen is threatening to withdraw the conference from the Bowl Championship Series if No. 5 Oregon State does receive a Fiesta Bowl bid.

Frigid Offense Dooms Bears in Blowout
ST. LOUIS - If the Cal men's basketball team was hoping to make a statement last night against St. Louis, the Bears better hope no one was watching.


Opinion

Freedom of Speech Called Off?
The recent efforts of the Berkeley mob to successfully prevent former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking this past Tuesday evening is part of the continuation of a disturbing trend on this campus and this city's recent history ("Netanyahu Calls Off Speech," Nov. 29). In a city, and in particular a campus, that prides itself on a commitment to free speech as the home to the birth of the Free Speech Movement, this recent silencing of Netanyahu is hypocritical and appalling.

Editorial: Netanyahu Blockade Defies Free Speech
If events that made headlines this week are any indication, those who shout the loudest in Berkeley are the only ones who get heard.

Editorial: Toxic Endeavors Are Bad For Berkeley
The Berkeley City Council's attempts to railroad through a proposal to build a skate park smack in the middle of the industrial sector, despite earlier protests from environmentalists, speaks of the city's inadvertant slip into toxic sludge.

Speech Debate Continues
In The Daily Californian reports about the Tuesday evening demonstration at the Berkeley Community Theatre, it is repeatedly referred to as an anti-Israeli demonstration ("Netanyahu Calls Off Speech," Nov. 29). This is not only grammatically incorrect, but it is factually mistaken. This was not at all an anti-Israel demonstration - it was a pro-Israel demonstration.

Letters to the Editor: Hospital Doors Are Open to All
I read with interest The Daily Californian article that references an East Bay man's attempt to receive care and lodge complaints at Alta Bates Medical Center ("Patient, Hospital in Dispute," Nov. 27). While I cannot discuss any person's private medical or legal issues, I feel the need to respond to the article because it left the misleading impression that patients with legitimate concerns cannot access care at our facility. That is untrue.

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