Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The East Bay Today: September 30, 2008

Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Today's Top Event: Giles Milton reads at Rakestraw Books.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Physics for Future Presidents. With UC Berkeley Physics Professor Richard A. Muller in the Lipman Room at Barrows Hall.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Misto Italian Bistro in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Mr. Gnome and Ship to Ship perform at Oakland's Stork Club for only $5.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the hot tub in a Dumpster.

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Slap Hitter: Cable Guy to coach Raiders

Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Tom Cable, a coach who lost 75% of his games while an Idaho University Vandal (hey!) is the new boss of the Oakland Raiders. Cable will finish up for Lane Kiffin who almost made it to the quarter pole before owner Al Davis had been double-dog dared once too often. The fan comments about the new boss range from the hilarious to the despairing, which come to think of it are pretty damn funny themselves. Let's not waste much more of cyberspace belaboring the obvious. Cable looks like he's knit in the same pattern of the other kind of head man Al likes; the Joe Bugel-lineman-(4-12)-record-kind-of-lost-control-of-team-type. We bid farewell to Kiffin, who was built more in the ungrateful son mode. Those guys sometimes go off and win Super Bowls, the kind we just hired usually go off to become ex-coaches.— Kibby Kleiman

Armed Robbers Strike UC Berkeley Dorm

by Anneli Rufus
Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Remember when college dorms were a laid-back realm of friends and fun? Not anymore, as this just-received bulletin from the UC Police Department about a terrifying midnight armed robbery in a UCB dorm reveals

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Martinez Beavers Gotta Go

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Aw, they're so cute! Too bad they're ripping up the creekbed. Sadly, the family of beavers that has nested in Martinez's Alhambra Creek and drawn legions of charmed tourists has also been busy undermining the riverbanks and retaining walls around nearby buildings. Now, sez the Chron, a restaurant and the county elections office are threatened with destruction. Tomorrow, the City Council is expected to spend $500,000 reinforcing the banks with steel pilings, a process that will inevitably drive the terrified little critters into parts unknown. Farewell, happy, ignorant mammals! May your wanderings bring you riparian joy elsewhere!

Report: U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan Deserved Firing

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Yesterday, the Attorney General's office released its damning report on how Alberto Gonzales handled the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the subsequent public inquiry, and Attorney General Michael Mukasey called the process "haphazard, arbitrary, and unprofessional." (Arbitrary? There was nothing arbitrary about targeting prosecutors for petty political reasons.) You can read the full report here (PDF), but the Chron has a nice piece about how our very own U.S. attorney, Kevin Ryan, was the lone prosecutor who truly deserved to be sacked.

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Don't Call It a Recession: How'd the East Bay Do Yesterday?

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 8:07 AM

What a day, huh? The Bay Area's tech sector took a real beating yesterday, as the NASDAQ dropped nine percent, and the region's most sophisticated and profitable companies led the charge toward the basement. Apple's stock lost a remarkable 18 percent of its value, and Google's stock fell more than ten percent, dropping below $400 a share for the first time since 2006, when it was on its way up. So, how did the East Bay's biggest public companies do in yesterday's bloodbath?

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Slap Hitter: The End of an Error

Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 9:29 PM

The A's are finished and the Raiders are out of the race in September. ESPN reports the Silver and Black will finish their rotten season without their head coach. Lane Kiffin and his pride and poison boys would be world beaters if a game lasted three quarters, but that last one seems to be a doozy. The Raider nation will not long mourn a coach who dared spit in the eye of Emperor Al, but the choice between a quisling and a nonentity isn't likely to end the blackouts that will last through the winter. We'll have a long bye week to learn about the new skipper, but it will be Palin-like for sure. A nice first bounce followed by months of dissolutionment and buyer's remorse. Gotta admit they've got to do something, but then McCain probably had to pick a veep as well. The Kiffin era will barely outlast the '08 Athletics. Never thought we'd be counting the days til Warriors season.— Kibby Kleiman

The East Bay Today: September 29, 2008

Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Today's Top Event: Roc-N-Bowl at Albany Bowl.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Banned Books Week Reading. Listen, watch, or participate in readings from such banned books as the Bible, The Color Purple, and The Rabbits' Wedding at the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Chola's in Concord.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Head over to the Freight & Salvage for something other than blues, folk, and country: it's classical night, featuring Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Axel Strauss and Friends.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Fey doing Palin.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Downtown Berkeley Bank Robbery Foiled

by Anneli Rufus
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Berkeley cops and UC cops joined forces last Friday morning to nab some baddies who were armed with a foot-long knife and planning a bank robbery in downtown Berkeley.

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No More McAfee Coliseum

by Chris Thompson
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 7:59 AM

McAfee Inc. has decided not to renew its naming lease for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which means we won't be calling the massive football-baseball hybrid McAfee Coliseum anymore. And Oakland and Alameda County won't be getting the $1.1 million a year the company paid for the privilege, so there's that, too. Coliseum Authority officials are shopping around for a new sponsor to slap its name on the facility, just in time for the economy to tank and the Athletics to leave, significantly lessening the brand's value. According to the Trib, naming rights for the new Mets stadium were reportedly worth $20 million a year; it's fair to say Oakland won't be demanding those kinds of numbers.

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