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Issue #546 :: Friday, June 14, 2002

Top Headlines

Educating Our Youth
I love children, I really do. In fact, I once even considered raising one or two runts of my own some day.

Rep. Barbara Lee Files Lawsuit to Stop Bush's Withdrawal from Treaty
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Berkeley, filed a lawsuit with 30 other lawmakers this week to stop President Bush from withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty without congressional consent.

Zarathustra's Aleph
I'd like to welcome you all, and thank you for visiting your local chapter of the nationally unrecognized Archive of Cinematic Exploits and Dispensable Critique. As your unofficial guide trained mainly in pharmacological recombination and telepathic channel surfing I'm proud to have the chemical imbalance required by the Motion Pictures Association to introduce to your fleeting interest a film that dubiously initiates a discourse of significant import. If you'd just move your eyes, both of them please, further to the right (or in column form down and to the right) you'll find the title of which I'll be speaking: "The Believer."

Students Arrested in SJP Protest May Face Suspension
A UC Berkeley student arrested in April in a pro-Palestinian protest in Wheeler Hall was denied his bachelor's degree in ethnic studies this week.

News

Suspect in Armed Robbery Holds Standoff with Police
An armed robbery suspect is in custody after a tactical police team stormed a West Berkeley home Tuesday, ending a five-and-a-half- hour standoff.

Students Arrested in SJP Protest May Face Suspension
A UC Berkeley student arrested in April in a pro-Palestinian protest in Wheeler Hall was denied his bachelor's degree in ethnic studies this week.

City Votes Against Instant Runoff System
The Berkeley City Council rejected a plan to implement instant runoff voting Tuesday, infuriating some progressive council members.

City Council Backs Union's Boycott of Claremont Resort
In a symbolic gesture, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting a boycott of the Claremont Resort and Spa.

News in Brief: Board of Education Opposes Initiative
The Berkeley Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Racial Privacy Initiative, a California ballot initiative slated for the November 2002 general election.

Correction
Last Friday's article "UC Regents Name New Director of Livermore Lab" incorrectly stated the results of a U.S. General Accounting Office study. The study provided evidence of pay and promotion inequities between white males, minorities and women at the lab but did not conclude there was racial profiling and discrimination at the lab. Critics of the lab, however, have suggested the report's findings do point to discrimination and racial profiling.

School Board Members Seek Increase in Salaries
On the heels of school district layoffs and budgetary problems, the Berkeley Board of Education voted Wednesday to recommend an increase in the board members' salaries.

On the Crime Beat: Photographer, Reporter Taste Red Soda and Negotiations
Long before the camera crews and the news helicopter arrived, the intersection of Channing Way and Valley Street was ours.

Feature Photo: Down and Out


Rep. Barbara Lee Files Lawsuit to Stop Bush's Withdrawal from Treaty
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Berkeley, filed a lawsuit with 30 other lawmakers this week to stop President Bush from withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty without congressional consent.

Department of Energy Maintains Control of Lawrence Livermore Lab
Despite early confusion, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will remain under the Department of Energy-for now.

Scientists Find First Planetary System Similar To the Sun's
Scientists have discovered the first planet similar to a planet in our solar system, a team of researchers linked to UC Berkeley said yesterday.


Arts & Entertainment

Zarathustra's Aleph
I'd like to welcome you all, and thank you for visiting your local chapter of the nationally unrecognized Archive of Cinematic Exploits and Dispensable Critique. As your unofficial guide trained mainly in pharmacological recombination and telepathic channel surfing I'm proud to have the chemical imbalance required by the Motion Pictures Association to introduce to your fleeting interest a film that dubiously initiates a discourse of significant import. If you'd just move your eyes, both of them please, further to the right (or in column form down and to the right) you'll find the title of which I'll be speaking: "The Believer."

Movie Review: A Daemon Bourne
For a solid half-hour, "The Bourne Identity" is fucking creepy. The lighting is cold blues and greens, the camerawork is confident and sure. It's all very mysterious, and the pace is just sluggish enough to let you stew in the unknown long enough to get worried. This all works, works very well.

Book Review: Love in the Shadow of the Cold War
The ideal summer novel is typically a coming-of-age story, often set in the past or overseas, seeking to find the perfect balance between the universal/familiar and the exotic. John Crowley's "The Translator" fits into this category, with the added bonus of fulfilling every co-ed's fantasy: having an affair with a sexy (and preferably foreign) professor. Despite this formulaic foundation, Crowley manages to transcend the conventions of this genre, writing a unique and moving novel.

Movie Review: Assayas' ‘Les Destinées' Dishes Fragile Romance
I saw Olivier Assayas' remarkable "Les Destinées" a day after the American Film Institute announced its list of the 100 best screen romances. Of the 100

Music Reviews


Book Review: Carrie Bell Hems and Haws in Ann Packer's ‘Nobody' Novel
This week's best seller novels fit "Nobody memoirs" formula: describe a catastrophic event, write about home crafts and the coping process, and, of course, make New York the setting. Combine all this into a novel and it's guaranteed to fly off the shelves. But will it be any good? For Ann Packer's "The Dive From Clausen's Pier," the answer is no.


Opinion

Educating Our Youth
I love children, I really do. In fact, I once even considered raising one or two runts of my own some day.

White Space