Students from the Cal Berkeley Democrats and the Berkeley College Republicans came to blows–er, cozied up for a nice tete-a-tete last night at the undergrad Political Science department’s annual debate. We heard it went off rather bloodlessly. Are eternal enemies getting toothless in their old age? [Daily Cal]

After a 44-year-old Berkeley man died in his apartment, his body remained undisturbed and undiscovered for at least two weeks. Meanwhile, his dementia-afflicted mother-who was occupying the same apartment-piled up about 20 garbage bags in her confusion, which helped mask the smell of the corpse. It may sound like a lurid Palahniuk splatter-fest, but it really happened. [Berkeley Daily Planet]

Two days ahead of his much ballyhooed reading at Zellerbach Hall, perennial favorite Haruki Murakami was passed over by the Nobel Prize committee for some French dude that no one’s ever heard of. Not that we’re trying to give detractors who insist that Americans are ignorant pigs any more ammo than they already have. [National Post]

Earlier: The News in Our Shorts: Berkeley’s Got Issues. And Sadness.