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Issue #558 :: Friday, July 26, 2002

Top Headlines

One for the Price of Two
Put down that triple cheeseburger, turn off that TV and renew your gym membership-the price of being overweight has just gone up.

'Austin Powers' Power
So maybe it works like this: A comedy franchise can unvravel in one of two directions. The first involves looking deep into the franchise's characters and developing real stories around them: In a sitcom, this means an end to tidy wrap-ups at the end of each 22-minute plot, an end to archetypes; it denotes the start of an aching gesture towards soap opera, the plot serialized rather than compartmentalized, stretched out over multiple shows, multiple seasons, rather than rebuilt entirely from the start of each show.

Renovations to Send Alta Bates Under the Knife
Alta Bates Medical Center received approval to renovate its aging emergency room after clearing the final hurdle in a nine-year process.

Sex and Her Sisters
About the only constant among the diverse works of Julio Medem is an impressive talent for filming sex. Early films like "The Red Squirrel" and "Tierra" may have been fascinating failures, but both contained a penchant for erotica that emerged in his masterpiece "Lovers of the Arctic Circle" and his newest film "Sex and Lucía."

News

Renovations to Send Alta Bates Under the Knife
Alta Bates Medical Center received approval to renovate its aging emergency room after clearing the final hurdle in a nine-year process.

Proposed Research Lab Raises Controversy Over Biotoxin Testing
Sparking criticism from lab watchdogs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory released its assessment of a proposed research facility to deal with infectious diseases and bioterrorist agents, yesterday.

Multiple Housing Complexes Get Nod To Break Ground
Three planned apartment developments-a total of 179 units-received final approval from the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night.

Grant Money to Help Berkeley Scientists Study Environment-Cleaning Bacteria
UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists will fight pollution with microbes, officials announced Tuesday after receiving part of a $103 million grant.

Homicide Suspect Nabbed After Car Chase
A suspect in a Los Angeles slaying was arrested on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday after leading authorities on a car chase that ended at a dormitory, police said.

Editor of Local Daily Paper Abruptly Leaves Post
After six months as editor of the Berkeley Daily Planet, Devona Walker has left her post.

Feature Photo: Taking a Cue


State Audit Exposes Wage Disparity in UC System
UC is spending more money on administrative costs than on teaching costs, according to a state performance audit of the UC system, released yesterday.

News in Brief: More Funding Sought For Livermore Lab
Local officials want the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to receive a large chunk of the funding from the proposed Department of Homeland Security.


Arts & Entertainment

'Austin Powers' Power
So maybe it works like this: A comedy franchise can unvravel in one of two directions. The first involves looking deep into the franchise's characters and developing real stories around them: In a sitcom, this means an end to tidy wrap-ups at the end of each 22-minute plot, an end to archetypes; it denotes the start of an aching gesture towards soap opera, the plot serialized rather than compartmentalized, stretched out over multiple shows, multiple seasons, rather than rebuilt entirely from the start of each show.

Sex and Her Sisters
About the only constant among the diverse works of Julio Medem is an impressive talent for filming sex. Early films like "The Red Squirrel" and "Tierra" may have been fascinating failures, but both contained a penchant for erotica that emerged in his masterpiece "Lovers of the Arctic Circle" and his newest film "Sex and Lucía."

Growing up 'Brown:' Rodriguez's Erotic History of Race In America
In fourth grade Richard Rodriguez asked his teachers to tell him the names of all the important books so he could read them, avoiding any that seemed childish. He sat in his closet or on a neighbor's porch, and read "The Scarlet Letter," "Great Expectations," "Crime and Punishment," and others.

Music Review: Solomon Burke


Music Review: Jawbreaker
It's hard for me to reconcile my love of Jawbreaker with the scores of horrible bands that they influenced. It wouldn't be fair to say that they're responsible for the horror known as Emo Rock, but they certainly played a big part in its popularization. Jawbreaker, along with bands like Cap'n Jazz and Sunny Day Real Estate, inspired post-pubescent punks to set their journal entries to song, and all the horror that this implies.

Music Review: Grandmaster Flash


Music Review: Calvin Johnson


Music Review: DJ Spinna


Music Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers



Opinion

One for the Price of Two
Put down that triple cheeseburger, turn off that TV and renew your gym membership-the price of being overweight has just gone up.

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