Daily Archives: March 23, 2010

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The Berkeley Wire: 3.23.10

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Will “American Idiot”, the musical, become a movie?

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Just days before American Idiot, the musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, makes its Broadway debut, rumors are swirling that Tom Hanks wants to turn it into a film.

Hanks already has plenty of experience turning musicals into mega-hits. Playtone, his production company, turned ABBA’s Mamma Mia into a movie that grossed $610 million worldwide.

“Oh, we start filming tomorrow morning,” drummer Tre Cool recently told MTV.com when asked about … Continue reading »

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On the council agenda: budget shortfall and BRT

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The City Council formally meets twice tonight, first in a special meeting to consider the budget shortfall, and then in a regular council meeting. Tomorrow night, there is another special meeting to consider the phase 1 priority recommendations for 2020 Vision.

At 5:30 p.m. tonight, a worksession of the council will look at proposed balancing measures to deal with the fiscal year 2010 structural deficit, caused by the shortfall in the city’s Refuse Fund. The balancing proposals … Continue reading »


Former nursing home staffer charged with kidnapping

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A former administrator at the Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Shattuck Avenue (above) has been charged with kidnapping an 85-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease. The victim was allegedly held for a year in the home of Concepcion “Connie” Pinco Giron, 51, of San Pablo.

Giron, 51, of San Pablo stole more than $50,000 in the form of pension and social security checks from Carnell Williams and five other elderly patients, the San Francisco Chronicle reports today.

Williams … Continue reading »

Market Report: Asparagus

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Springtime is no longer around the corner, it is here. With longer days and a shift in weather, it’s hard not to want to fling off the boots and start wearing your flip-flops on a regular basis.

Drive by Berkeley High, and you might think it’s summer with all the short wearing and airy clothing. But, you really know it’s spring when you see the first bundle of bright green asparagus at your local farmers … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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First things first: the new Swedish thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has been re-titled for American consumption, and done so in clumsy but understandable fashion. Based on a novel by Stieg Larsson entitled Män som hatar kvinnor — Men who Hate Women — the film’s U.S. distributor, Music Box Films, took a leaf from the book’s U.S. publisher, Vintage, and decided that the original title wasn’t going to help them sell tickets (or books).

While … Continue reading »

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Watch out: Innovators swarm Berkeley

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If you are interested in innovation and have $1,500 to spare, the place to be the next few days will be at a conference at the Haas School of Business.

The Economist magazine is hosting the gathering, titled Innovation: Fresh Thinking for the Ideas Economy. With its impressive collection of leading thinkers, authors, journalists, academics, designers and businessmen, the conference aims to “expand or overturn established thinking about what innovation is, where it comes from, and how to … Continue reading »

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