We’re not quite sure how to break this to you guys, so we’ll just lay it on you: UC Davis students Henry Nguyen and Josue Melendez are facing charges for abusing hamsters. In addition to battery and torture via cigarette lighter, the criminal report notes that the suspects supposedly struck the rodent(s) in question with a ruler, “flung it across the room, and put the animal in a cup and lit the bottom of the cup on fire.”

The boys (allegedly) videotaped the whole ordeal and posted it on Facebook.

So much for our distilled, utopian vision of Davis as a pastoral land of kind aspiring vets and sheep midwives enjoying harmonious residence together in barnyard co-ops.

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UC Davis Students Arrested for Torturing Hamsters [SFist]

yoo maskAdd trash-talking our city to the reasons Berkeley residents don’t like Boalt Hall School of Law professor John Yoo. In fact, it’s possible the man whose background includes drafting the Bush-era “torture memos” has managed to do something even more scandalous. And this time it’s personal.

In a recent interview with the LA Times, he calls Berkeley “a natural history museum of the 1960s.” He adds: “It’s like looking at the panoramic displays of troglodytes sitting around the campfire with their clubs. Here, it’s read more »

Well, maybe. A forthcoming Department of Justice Report will find that Yoo-Know-Hoo did NOT, in fact, violate his “professional obligations” as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush administration. Apparently, the department that arbitrates that fickle b*tch, Justice, opted to “soften” an earlier version of the report, which had said that, yes, in justifying alleged torture Yoo screwed up not only in general, but also in his capacity as a professional. read more »

2497825519_77e3310b46John Yoo is not welcome in Berkeley anymore, as you may have noticed from the countless signs, protests, demonstrations, and just plain yelling that erupted around the city this past year.

And in a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, the former Berkeley law professor (and author of the “torture memos”) sought to convince all Berkeleyans that the feeling is mutual.

Here are just a few choice highlights from the interview:

About Berkeley: “There are probably more Communists in Berkeley than any other town in America, but I think of them more as lovers of Birkenstocks than Marx.”

About the Constitution: “The idea is that the president’s power grows and changes based on read more »

Yoo can always tell a new school year is nigh when the hordes of protesters start accumulating in the general area of campus. Like the swallows of Capistrano, who return to their nests each year with freakish regularity, read more »