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It’s about time we respond to your comments. This week we received a little outside research from our readers, so we decided to share some recommended reading for you all. You don’t even have any real homework just yet, so you might as well take a look.

First, we got some anti-tree sentiment from aaronrodgersforpresident on Science Suffers Several Severe Setbacks:

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All ur computer R belong 2 us!

Fourteen computers from an “open activist space” and internet cafe called the Long Haul Infoshop are now at the hands of the UC Police Department due to concerns over threatening emails. UCB spokesperson Robert Sanders confirmed that such emails have been sent. Other than that, folks are still pretty puzzled as to the nature of these threats. Are we talking orange level security? Red?

We also wonder what the officials expect to find on these computers, besides porn and drafts of some kind of “Animals = Friends” constitution.

Our favorite part of the story is the part where a witness describes the police raid as involving broken locks and a shattered wooden door. It wouldn’t be a raid if it weren’t dramatic, now would it?

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Basis for UCPD Raid Remains Unclear [Daily Cal]
Threatening Emails Trigger UC Berkeley Raid [KTVU SF]

Out of those who care, there probably are not many who aren’t at least familiar with what happened on Saturday for the first football game of the season against Michigan State, especially with respect to the quarterback question. Now it seems that question has been answered definitively, though we can’t say we agree with the classless booing of any Cal athlete.

In any case, it doesn’t change Longshore’s two interceptions or Riley’s two touchdown passes. But while the fans have decided, Tedford himself said he’d wait until later this week before giving the official answer to “quarterback indecision 2008.”

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Best, Vereen Carry the Load as Bears Win Season Opener Over Spartans [Daily Cal]
Berkeley casts its vote [Chron]

The latest happenings in the legal branch (ha) of the oak grove/athletic center saga/shit-show went a little something like this: Judge Miller reissued her “final” ruling in favor of the University on Monday. The plaintiffs (a.k.a. the tree people and friends) appealed. Again. No one was surprised.

Now, the community anxiously awaits further updates from the newest characters in this epic drama–the judges three of the appellate court. We sense a little double, double toil and trouble, if you know what we mean …

Stay tuned for more confusing legal stuff that people stopped caring about a long time ago. Is it too late to suggest using the trees as training facilities? Pull-ups, anyone?

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Plaintiffs Resubmit Appeal in Athletic Center Lawsuit [Daily Cal]

We’ll admit that we didn’t really give Yogurt Harmony a second glance, at first, since the unassuming “pastel minimalist” storefront looks just like every other Pinkberry-esque fro-yo place anywhere. It wasn’t until one of our fellow fro-yo snob friends recommended it that we even gave “Yo-Har” a fighting fro-yo chance.

It was worth it, but–surprisingly–not just for the yogurt. While Yogurt Harmony’s basic tart yogurt was unusually creamy and tasty, we don’t know if the slightly higher prices would make picking Yogurt Harmony over the billion or so other fro-yo places in the vicinity worth it. So what’s so great about Yogurt Harmony, then? read more »

On Thursday, Sept. 4, poets from the English department will read their own works in the first Holloway Series event of the 2008-2009 school year. The poets will include Cecil Giscombe, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Geoffrey G. O’Brien and John Shoptaw. Earlier this year, Hass won the Pulitzer Prize for his work “Time and Materials.”

The reading commences at 6:30 p.m. in the Maude Fife room, located at 315 Wheeler Hall. The event is free, and the poets are award-winning and astounding, so we urge you to grab a friend and lend them your ears.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008 [Department of English Calendar]

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

Well, who’da thunk it? A busty woman’s bosom attracts unwanted attention–from the TSA. On Sunday, the underwire in Berkeley resident, Nancy Kates’s brassiere set off the metal detector at Oakland International Airport. One thing led to another–and then Kates called the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Organization for Women. (A Berkeley resident? Calling the ACLU? No!)

Kates cited her missed flight and public humiliation as being representative of “something bigger than just [her].” Oh, and a violation of the Constitution. That, too. The ACLU obligingly took Kates’s side in the matter: read more »

Berkeley abounds with wireless networks–you just need to know where to go if you want to hog a little net time. Yeah, there’s always AirBears, but what if you don’t want your Internet history on the university’s watch? Not that we’re, uh, doing anything shady …

Wi-Fi FreeSpot has a whole list of wireless hotspots for the student on the go, and now finding your favorite local cafe became that much easier. Below, the full list:

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An $89,000 grant from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has ushered in a new age of buzz-killing as city police announced this semester’s campaign to crack down on underage drinking.

University police said a woman was hospitalized on Monday after being struck on the head by a brick during a frat party where there was (gasp!) alcohol. The conclusion is inevitable: Drinking leads to parties and parties lead to thrown bricks.

Except the man who threw the brick was allegedly not invited to the party. One solution would be to invite everyone, but the police seem to think citations and arrests would be more effective.

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Berkeley police to crack down on student drinking [Contra Costa Times]

We love tiny Berkeley eateries for their grab bag of tasty odds and ends–specifically croissants. As a mini summer getaway, Cloggers traveled far and wide in search for flaky, buttery perfection.

First off, a little background information. A croissant is a delicious French pastry; its national origin is apparent from the way that its proper pronunciation sounds nothing like it’s spelled. Its main ingredient, we think, is butter, and contains something like 300 to 400 calories. Dieters beware.

La Farine Berkeley, located at College and Alcatraz avenues.
Price: $1.85

The first thing that we noticed was La Farine’s speedy service. The croissant was good, as far as layers and layers of buttery tissue pastry go. read more »

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