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Issue #554 :: Friday, July 12, 2002

Top Headlines

Market for B's
While I was chilling at the I-House Café last week, I heard somebody behind me say, "You know what the problem with you is, Salar? You got no game."

Health Agency Transfer Stirs Scientist Fears
Imagine a nation gripped not by terrorism-but by pests and weeds. This is what some scientists think may happen if the Homeland Security Department bill includes the integration of an important biological department.

Rising Higher on Fire
Although they released the last of their three albums over a decade ago, Galaxie 500's slow-tempo yet atmospherically intense brand of guitar music still seems deeply new and vital. Pick up any record on an independent label that can be even remotely classified as moody, and you are sure to hear the echo of Galaxie 500's remarkable prescience.

Study: Parasitic Bacteria May Combat Sterility
Bacteria have long been associated with infection, irritation, illness and death, but UC Berkeley scientists recently discovered that certain bacteria also promote reproductive health.

News

Health Agency Transfer Stirs Scientist Fears
Imagine a nation gripped not by terrorism-but by pests and weeds. This is what some scientists think may happen if the Homeland Security Department bill includes the integration of an important biological department.

Study: Parasitic Bacteria May Combat Sterility
Bacteria have long been associated with infection, irritation, illness and death, but UC Berkeley scientists recently discovered that certain bacteria also promote reproductive health.

Council Rejects Ballot Measure To Audit Local Public Schools
Voters will not get the chance in November to approve a performance audit of Berkeley public schools after the City Council voted down a proposed ballot measure Tuesday night.

Worldwide Summit Honors Local Effort in Battle Against AIDS
UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law students spoke about their work with the Sri Lankan government to fight the AIDS epidemic at the fourteenth annual international AIDS conference this week.

News in Brief: Man Shot After Resisting Robbery
A Berkeley man was shot after two assailants tried to rob him in South Berkeley early Wednesday, police said.

After 31 Years Fighting Crime, Berkeley Police Chief Retires
Dash Butler had been police chief of Berkeley for less then two months when an armed man took more than 30 people hostage at a popular tavern near the UC Berkeley campus. The assailant killed a hostage, and Butler had to decide whether or not to send in a tactical police team.

Law Students Entrusted with Condemned Inmates' Lives
Responsible for the lives of their clients, UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law students representing death row inmates plan to shake the foundation of the death penalty in the United States.

Corrections
Tuesday's article "Colleges Help U.S. Keep Tabs on Foreign Students" should have stated that all schools will be required to enter international student information into the database by Jan. 30, 2004, not Jan. 30.


Arts & Entertainment

Music Review: The Vines


Music Review: Coldcut


Music Review: Guided By Voices


Music Review: High On Fire


Music Review: Throwing Muses


Rising Higher on Fire
Although they released the last of their three albums over a decade ago, Galaxie 500's slow-tempo yet atmospherically intense brand of guitar music still seems deeply new and vital. Pick up any record on an independent label that can be even remotely classified as moody, and you are sure to hear the echo of Galaxie 500's remarkable prescience.

Two Summer Skirts
Although shot in Beijing with a mainland cast and crew, Stanley Kwan's "Lan Yu" could only have been made by a Hong Kong filmmaker. The signs are all there-expressive editing, unabashedly sentimental music and uninhibited melodrama amidst overwhelming alienation. What makes the film stand out, however, is the restraint Kwan exercises in unfolding the melodrama, teasing and testing us with a careful mix of independent and mainstream sensibilities, as many of the new wave Hong Kong filmmakers did back in the '80s.

Two Summer Skirts
Even though "Road to Perdition" is essentially a Hollywood summer blockbuster, it's surprisingly exciting and beautiful. This story of maturity among criminals and growing up amidst violence plays nicely against Sam Mendes' handsome monochrome palette, creating an existential noir fantasy in the spirit of "The Godfather." It's not especially profound, but extremely well-crafted.

Reeling Post-Apocolyptic 'Fire'
What the fucking fuck? I mean, you've got to have some expectations when it comes to summer movies. Just because they're brainless blockbusters doesn't mean they have to suck. Shall I tell you of the great post-apocalyptic action movies that don't suck? Okay.

Unkown Figure Still Unknown-Just Another Biography (of Sakharov)
A recent survey in Russia asked the following question: who was the most important Russian figure of the 20th century? It's no surprise that Lenin and Stalin topped the list. On the other hand, how many of you out there are familiar with third-place: Andrei Sakharov? Even your Russophile reviewer had never heard of him outside of a Soviet history survey course. Surely the father of the Russian H-bomb and the USSR's most troubling dissident deserves a place in contemporary American relevance. Richard Lourie's new work "Sakharov: A Biography" may help fill that void in the American consciousness.


Opinion

Market for B's
While I was chilling at the I-House Café last week, I heard somebody behind me say, "You know what the problem with you is, Salar? You got no game."

White Space