"Best leads Cal rout over Wash. State" writes Nicholas K.Gernaios of the AP.
"Jahvid Best ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns Saturday
as California blasted Washington State 66-3, spoiling coach Paul
Wulff's first game back in Pullman since he was a star player
in the late 1980s.
Best made his first career
start and California (2-0, 1-0) produced 505 yards for its most
lopsided victory over Washington State in the 69-game series,
topping a 61-0 win in 1922."
so, a happy Potter Creek
is had by Marsha W
"Chauvinists less unnerving than ambiguous
men," a report in
the New Scientist.
"Chauvinistic men can
be petty and infuriating, but that might be as far as it goes.
Women are more unnerved by not knowing a man's views than by overt
sexism - so much so that they perform worse in exams.
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton at
the University of California, Berkeley, asked 170 female undergraduates
to take a written test."
"'Yellowjackets,' Berkeley Rep teen-angst
play" is a preview
by the Chronicle's Chad Jones.
"Teens rule the airwaves
thanks to Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Teens rule TV -
here comes yet another '90210' knockoff. And at the moment, teens
are ruling Bay Area theater.
In addition to the rocking
and rolling teens of 'Spring Awakening,' opening at the Curran
Theatre this week, we have a whole cast of retro teens in Berkeley
Repertory Theatre's season-opening world premiere, 'Yellowjackets,'
now in previews.
Commissioned by Berkeley
Rep, 'Yellowjackets' is about life at Berkeley High School circa
1994, when racial tensions were high, violence was on the increase
and the big debate was about tracking - categorizing students
according to certain measures of intelligence and grouping them
in classes. Playwright Itamar Moses, 30, comes to this period
piece with authenticity. He was a junior at Berkeley High in 1994
and was the editor of the troubled (and boycotted) student newspaper,
the Jacket (named for Berkeley High's mascots, the Yellow Jackets).
Drama" is the review in the Chronicle by Robert
"Racial conflicts, sexual
awakenings, sexism, bullying, clueless adults, gangs, love problems,
family demands, drugs, inflexible rules, kids hoping to game the
system and teachers trying to close down the school newspaper
unless it complies with their ideological demands - oh yes, and
academics. Itamar Moses crams enough issues into 'Yellowjackets'
to fill a theater season.
Or to convey a sense of the
traumatic firestorm of pressures we call a high school education.
Which is more than appropriate, given that the world premiere
that opened Berkeley Repertory Theatre's 41st season Wednesday
is set just a couple of blocks away, at Berkeley High, Moses'
alma mater. Commissioned and staged by Artistic Director Tony
Taccone, 'Yellowjackets' is the local debut for Moses, a 30-year-old
Berkeley native who's become one of the nation's hottest emerging
Chaotic to riveting and confusing
effect and bristling with intelligence to electrifying and tendentious
degrees, 'Yellowjackets' is both brimming with promise and something
of a disappointment to anyone familiar with Moses' widely produced
brainteaser 'Bach at Leipzig' (a hit at Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Ms. Jones reports "UC
Berkeley grove cleared of most trees
"Arborists nearly finished
clearing an embattled UC Berkeley grove Saturday, leaving a stripped,
lone redwood occupied by four protesters.
The drone of chain saws and
chippers drowned out the howls of protesters as arborists removed
35 of 42 redwoods, laurels and other trees from the site in preparation
to build a $124 million athletic training center. The university
expects to remove the remaining trees today, with the exception
of the occupied redwood.
Twenty-eight trees around
the perimeter will remain, and a mature redwood will be transplanted."
"California's community colleges having
a swell time. Enrollments surge as folks seeking retraining join
first-time students" reports
the LA Times.
"Recent high school graduates and mid-career adults are flocking
to community colleges this fall as California campuses report
enrollment jumps tied to the weak economy.
Administrators say that when
the economy dips, enrollment at community colleges typically surges.
This fall, students are banking on these modest workhorses of
California's higher education system to ease their way through
the economic downturn, opting for the closer, cheaper alternatives
to state universities. Older students, in particular, are seeking
training at two-year colleges to escape declining industries."
our Jarad emails of "gangs
from Berkeley PD
West Side Berkeley - WSB,
XIV, X4, 14 - wear red & blk & Raider
South Side Berkeley - SSB, XIII, X3, 13 - wear blue (No
longer around, usually claim Border Brothers)
Border Brothers- BB - wear blue
Player Girl Gangsters -PGG-Brown Pride Locas - BPL, Latina gang,
associates of WSB
Don't Fuck with Latinas - DFL, Latina gang, associates of SSB
(Haven't had contact with any in several years)
Sons of Death - SOD- San Pablo
Krazy Lao Boys - KLB - Oakland
South Side Boys - Crips - Oakland
Waterfront - H20 - drug based (Claim 415 or Kumi in prison)
Black Guerilla Family - BGF
North Pole - combo Berkeley/Oakland,
San Pablo Posse - SPP
Cold Gunnaz - North Oakland
Drug area crews
Ansar El Mohammed
Nazi Low Riders - NLR
These gangs have at some point in the past 10 years come
into contact with Berkeley PD, but only a few are consistently
active in Berkeley.
our Cameron Woo emails a
response to Jarad's email
What colors do the no-development
and pro-development gangs wear?
"Woman reunites with son" reports Texas AP News.
"His sudden disappearance left her frantic and thinking
the worst, but all that seemed to fade when Cathy Wilson tearfully
reunited with her son, Matthew, at a California jail.
The preschool teacher saw
her college-age son for the first time in eight months on Aug.
19 after he was taken into custody by University of California
police in Berkeley. Officers arrested him on suspicion of stealing
a laptop computer when they found him in a campus classroom, but
he was never charged.
Authorities placed Matthew
Wilson on suicide watch and held him at a mental health hospital
in the Bay Area for three days.
'Oh Matt, I love you. I'm
so happy to see you,' Cathy Wilson recalled telling her son that
day. 'You're safe. I'm so happy this nightmare's over.'
She told The Oklahoman that
her son said he loved her and was sorry for what happened. Matthew
Wilson has decided not to do media interviews, his mother said.
The academically gifted student
from the southeast Oklahoma community of Haworth was attending
Rice University on a full scholarship when he disappeared during
finals week in December. No one who knew him had heard from him
since his disappearance.
Cathy Wilson'' search for
her son drew national media attention and has been compared to
the Jon Krakauer book, 'Into the Wild," which was adapted
into a 2007 film. The story is about a college student who cut
off contact with his family after graduating from Emory University
"UC Berkeley organizes Asian American photo
Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.
"The Ethnic Studies
Library at UC Berkeley has recently completed organizing and archiving
what is thought to be one of the largest Asian American photograph
collections held in a public institution worldwide, university
With a $180,000 grant from
the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, more
than 200,000 photos taken by professional photographer Kem Lee,
documenting San Francisco's Chinatown from the 1940s to the 1980s,
were sorted, labeled, cataloged and neatly placed in Manila folders.
Researchers, scholars, filmmakers
and others have come from all over the world to see the photos
and use them for their work, said UC Berkeley Asian American Librarian
Wei Chi Poon, who oversaw the project and has worked at the library
for more than three decades.
Asian American leaders said
there is a growing demand for Asian American documents, such as
Marketwatch.com reports "Society
and peer-reviewed publisher and software developer, The Berkeley
Electronic Press (bepress), announced the appointment of a new
Publisher, Alison Denby. Alison will be responsible for the
bepress journals publishing program, which includes 42 owned and
scholarly society journals. She will report to the CEO of bepress,
Gordon Tibbitts, and will be based at bepress headquarters in
This appointment reflects
the growth and depth of bepress's journals collection and its
commitment to ensuring that its partners have access to the best
scholarly journals and services in their fields. Alison will support
this goal by leading the expansion of bepress's journals publishing
our Angela emails the heads-up
"State bills tough on scrap metal recyclers" writes Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff
"Shreds of aluminum,
strings of copper and odd hunks of bronze flow down Davis Street
in San Leandro, carried in the beds of pickups and the sometimes
bloodied hands of men.
These morsels of metal get
heaved onto weighing scales, sorted and flung into bins, crushed
by machines and hauled away by semis before being shipped off
to rapidly developing Asia, a continent that devours metal.
That demand has driven up
metal prices, over the past three years more than doubling the
price for copper alone to $3-plus per pound.
Police believe the high prices
have lured another element into the mix: crank addicts, who have
gone beyond scavenging scrap metal to stealing - everything from
manhole covers to farm equipment.
Legislators seeking to take
addicts out of the system have passed bills that would regulate
scrap metal dealers in unprecedented ways. The dealers would be
required to photograph every seller and their goods, take thumbprints,
keep extensive records and pay out only after a three-day wait."
"US takes over key mortgage firms" reports BBC NEWS.
"US President George
Bush says mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have been
taken over because they posed 'an unacceptable risk' to the economy.
The two companies account
for nearly half of the outstanding mortgages in the US, and have
lost billions of dollars during the US housing crash."
"Betty's Secret Ingredient" is a story in the Leadership Journal
by Mark Labberton, pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.
"On a dark and dismal
day a while back, my wife and I went for coffee at a place we
like. We each ordered a latté and chose a pastry to split.
The clerk, noting the other pastry we almost chose, put it in
a separate bag and said, 'Here, I think you'd really like this
No doubt we would, I thought,
nearly objecting. Then I saw in his eyes that he was giving us
a gift. That was just the start.
One of this bakery's specialties
is their chicken pot-pie, and that sounded like perfect comfort
food on such a day. So as we came to the cash register, we told
our clerk we wanted to buy one of those as well. He placed a full,
delicious looking pot-pie in our bag, and then stepped to another
part of bakery. When he returned he had a scrumptious, whole apple
pie that he gently laid in our bag as well, saying, 'You will
love this. It goes great with the chicken pot pie.' It was a gift,
simply and unmistakably.
Welcome to Bake Sale Betty's,
an unmarked bakery on an unattractive corner in Oakland. Over
the years, their building has been the site of many failed businesses,
mostly the check-cashing ilk. Betty's is not failing. In fact,
Betty's rules and it has for several years."
"A Delicious Revolution" by Celia Barbour on oprah.com ends with
references to our Alice Waters.
"If you want to dodge
obesity, avoid chemicals, and reawaken your taste buds, take a
pass on industrial food and think flavorful free-range chicken;
lean, grass-fed beef; tomatoes that still smell of the garden.
There's a growing movement that's transforming what we put in
"The Alfresco Experience" include recommendations by Michael Bauer in
"Until a few years ago,
it was tough to find a really good place in the Bay Area to dine
outdoors; now that has changed. For one thing, the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors has reduced the permit fees for outdoor tables,
so more restaurants are adding that European sidewalk-cafe sensibility."
"Last tree-sitters descend
from UC Berkeley grove" is a reports by Michelle Locke of
"Protesters came down
from a redwood tree at the University of California, Berkeley,
ending a 21 month occupation of a campus grove aimed at stopping
construction of a new sports center.
The last remaining tree-sitters
were descending peacefully Tuesday afternoon after reaching an
agreement with the school, but were immediately detained by police.
Officials had said they were prepared to forcibly remove them
and had constructed scaffolding around the tree to mount the effort.
The protest began in late 2006 in an effort to prevent the school
from clearing the trees to make room for the new sports center.
The campus has promised to
plant three new trees for every one cut."
"Sport complex a team effort among 5 cities,
park district" reports
Keavin Leahy in the Times.
"It took about five
years for East Bay officials to realize an ambitious plan to build
two huge, state-of-the-art sports fields on a picturesque swath
of bayside land in West Berkeley.
It took 15 minutes, officials
said, for the fields to be booked solid until next March by eager
young athletes in more than 20 leagues ranging from rugby to ultimate
Big-Ticket Football Plan" is a report by Tom Van Riper
"Big-time sporting events
are getting so expensive that some fans joke about the need to
take out a second mortgage to renew their season tickets.
It's no joke anymore. The
University of California, Berkeley, is betting some its wealthier
alums will do just such a thing--sort of. The school is taking
a stab at raising $1 billion for its athletic department over
the next 30 years with a first-of-its-kind plan for premium season
football ticket holders. Instead of renewing season tickets each
year, fans will be asked to effectively lock in for life. Their
pitch: Commit now, coughing up as much as a quarter-million dollars
in the process, and own your seats for up to 50 years, with full
rights to pass them down to the kids or sell them in the secondary
As a public university, the
school's plan would be subject to approval from the California
Board of Regents."
"A temple for the worship of science"
is a story at new
scientist.com that begins
"This, I imagine, is
the sort of thing that might kick off 'science worship' sermons
in the 'Atheon' - a two-story downtown Berkeley building conceived
'to provide a spiritual home for rational people in California'
"Antibody May Help Lower Blood Sugar in
Type 2 Diabetes Patients"
by Drucilla Dyess of healthnews.com is a report about Xoma
Ltd of Potter Creek.
"An experimental antibody
has been shown to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetes patients
with a single dose.
These encouraging results
have been indicated by early-stage trials. Xoma Ltd., a Berkeley,
California based biotechnology company, has developed an injectable
drug, known as XOMA 052, that could potentially improve blood
sugar control in type 2 diabetes patients with as little as one
dose per month. The antibody works by blocking interleukin-1 beta
(IL-1 beta), a protein that causes inflammation-linked to damage
of insulin-producing cells called islet cells."
"Phony bank guard turns himself in. Randall
Thiel and another man are accused of stealing bank deposits" is report by Mark Workhoven of station KEX,
Portland of the continuing saga of the Tigard Oregon crooks
that "got caught" in Northern California--one here,
the other in Hillsboro
"A second suspect is
arrested for allegedly posing as a security guard to steal bank
deposits. 19 year old Randall Thiel turned himself in Monday
afternoon to police in Hillsboro. He and 20 year old Sterling
Walmer Hooten are accused of dressing up in blue uniforms with
ID badges and guns, then standing outside a Tigard Wells Fargo
Bank and telling people that the night deposit was broken. They
had put a sign on the drop box saying it was out of order.
The suspects then suggested that the bank customers put their
deposits in a big black box, so the money could be turned over
to the bank in the morning. Two Tigard businesses fell for the
scam, and the suspects escaped with their money. Last week, Hooten
was arrested in Berkeley California for breaking into a dorm.
Police searched his San Francisco apartment, and say they found
the fake guard uniforms. Now both Hooten and Theil are lodged
in Washington County Jail on charges of theft 1."
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