LBL Currents -- December 2, 1994

When it comes to "bad" cholesterol, bigger is better

Small, dense particles have stronger link to heart disease

By David Gilbert,

New studies on low-density lipoprotein (LDL)--the so-called "bad" cholesterol particle--by researchers in the Life Sciences Division indicate that bigger is better and small is not beautiful.

Using data from a broad medical study of male physicians, Ron Krauss, head of LBL's Department of Molecular Medicine, and colleagues have linked LDL particle size to the subsequent development of heart disease. Krauss presented the research at the American Heart Association's 67th Scientific Sessions in Dallas on November 16.

"Since heart attacks often occur in people whose total cholesterol levels put them at only moderate risk--those with readings in the 200-240 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) range--it is hard to pick out the person who's going to get heart disease," Krauss says. "That's why it is important to look at other factors, such as LDL, that might aid in that prediction."

Lipoproteins transport cholesterol in the blood and are classified according to their density. LDL is known as the "bad cholesterol" because high levels are associated with increased heart disease risk. But even within the category of LDL, not all particles are created equal.

LBL scientists were the first to establish a link between a predominance of smaller, denser LDL particles and heart disease. However, those studies looked at people who had already developed the disease. In contrast, the new studies examined healthy people to determine if the dense LDL trait is associated with later development of disease. Krauss says these types of studies are considered more convincing.

Krauss and his associates worked with researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to analyze statistics collected in the Harvard-based Physicians' Health Study, which has followed nearly 15,000 male doctors for several years. The researchers matched 312 of the subjects who had heart attacks during a 7 1/2-year-period by age and smoking status with 312 health control subjects.

The researchers then determined each person's LDL particle-size profile and divided the subjects into five groups (quintiles). The lowest quintile--those with the smallest and most dense LDL particles--had more than three times the risk of heart attack as the quintile with the largest LDL particles.

The trend held true even after the researchers adjusted for other risk factors such as the ratio of total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein (the so-called "good" cholesterol, which helps clear LDL from the blood), body mass index (a measure of obesity), diabetes, high blood pressure and physical activity level.

The tendency toward small, dense LDL particles--a profile called pattern B--is a common trait affecting an estimated 25-35 percent of healthy men and 40-50 percent of heart disease patients. The size and density of LDL particles, Krauss' previous studies have shown, reflect elevated levels of blood triglycerides, another type of blood fat linked to heart disease.

"These observations reinforce the value of using LDL size and triglyceride level measurements to help identify high risk individuals and take appropriate measures to prevent heart attacks," Krauss says.

Krauss' collaborators include Patricia Blanche and Laura Holl of LBL, and Drs. Meir Stampfer, Jing Ma, and Charles Hennekens of Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Cholesterol basics

Best known for its connection to heart disease, cholesterol is an important structural component in the cells of the human body. It also has a role in the formation of certain hormones and digestive acids in the liver. Cholesterol and triglycerides are the major fatty substances that circulate in the blood.

Cholesterol is carried through the bloodstream by large molecules called lipoproteins. The two chief types of cholesterol-carrying proteins are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Researchers have linked high levels of LDL in the blood to an increased risk of heart attack.

In adults, a total cholesterol level of less than 200 milligrams per deciliter is considered healthy. Above that level, the risk of heart disease increases dramatically. Treatment of high blood cholesterol involves reducing the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet--poultry and fish are relatively low in cholesterol; cereals, fresh fruit, and vegetables contain no cholesterol. Regular exercise can also reduce cholesterol levels. In extreme cases, cholesterol levels may be lowered by medication.

Director's Annual Holiday Reception

All employees are invited to attend the Director's Annual Holiday Reception, 3:30-5 p.m, Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the LBL Cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.

UC Council on Laboratories sees challenges ahead

By Rick Malaspina

The three UC-managed DOE labs are "jewels in the scientific crown of this country (that must) not become too diffuse but really build on their core strengths."

That was the assessment physicist Sidney Drell gave to the UC Board of Regents in a presentation on the work of the UC President's Council on the National Laboratories at the Board's November business meeting in San Francisco. Drell, deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, chairs the 28-member council whose charge in part is to evaluate the labs' scientific and technological performance.

"This has been a vintage year of new challenges" for the Berkeley, Livermore and Los Alamos labs, Drell told the regents in outlining the council's annual report.

"The labs are trying appropriately to focus and build on their strengths while maintaining a flexibility to respond to changing times and priorities," Drell said. "It is very important as the labs reach out into new areas relevant to our industrial competitiveness that they not become too diffuse -- that they really build on their core strengths."

Calling the three labs "singular among government labs in their quality," Drell said that maintaining UC's oversight role is more important than ever because of the tradition of research excellence and the independent analytical voice the University's management has historically brought to the labs.

The current lab management contracts between UC and the DOE require that the president's council annually evaluate the quality of the labs' programmatic work along with the operational and administrative evaluations conducted by UC's Laboratory Administration Office.

Drell said the council's evaluations this year resulted in "outstanding-minus" marks for each lab. Most of the labs' individual programs were assessed as "excellent to outstanding," he added.

The complete evaluation reports were not made available to the regents because DOE currently is reviewing them as part of its own evaluation of the labs. The process is expected to be complete by mid-December.

"We found the labs' strategic planning to be sound, well focused, well reasoned," Drell said. "The planning is as excellent as one could expect," given the uncertainty of the outcome of the various reviews under way at the federal level of the labs' future missions.

Looking to the future, Drell said the challenges and problems faced by the three UC-managed labs are "very different."

He commended the Berkeley lab for completing "on time and on schedule" the Advanced Light Source, and said that as a "pure and applied research lab" LBL now has the challenge of encouraging user groups and consortia to produce "the excellent science that we all expect."

The Livermore and Los Alamos labs, he said, must "carry a larger burden of maintaining the nuclear stockpile" with the closing or cutting back of so much of the DOE complex.

And all three labs, Drell said, face a single national issue -- "the fact that it's becoming more and more difficult to see a commitment to long-range scientific goals in this government and this country."

AIDS Foundation member to speak at LBL

LBL Health Services will sponsor guest speaker Vanessa Vachit-Vavakan from the AIDS Foundation of San Francisco to speak on AIDS from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium.

AIDS--Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome--is caused by infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The number of AIDS cases reported each year continues to grow, with the most dramatic increases seen among women, teens, and children. Every 17 minutes an American dies of AIDS; one out of every five Americans knows someone who has died of AIDS; more than one million Americans are already infected with HIV.

The virus is transmitted sexually, through blood sharing behaviors, and during pregnancy and childbirth. It is an "equal opportunity" virus; it can infect anyone.

HIV attacks key cells of the immune system--our body's natural defense mechanism. Most people show no visible symptoms for months or years after infection with HIV, and continue to live productive lives.

People with HIV often develop serious illnesses that are characteristic of an AIDS diagnosis. A test for antibodies that the body produces after HIV infection is now used to screen blood for the presence of the virus.

There are ways to reduce one's risk of HIV infection. Although there is currently no cure, treatment is available to delay the onset of symptoms.

President Clinton calls AIDS the health crisis of the century that cannot be allowed to extend into the next. "Halting the spread of AIDS and caring for those already touched by the disease is our common responsibility," Clinton says. "Sadly, if you do not know someone with HIV or AIDS, you soon will. Only through education and prevention can we stop its spread; only through aggressive and coordinated efforts at medical research can we find a cure."

Currents online edition

The full text of each edition of Currents also is published electronically, on the World Wide Web. Back issues in the electronic archive date to January 1994; individual issues or the entire archive can be searched by keyword. Online, Currents is found at the following URL:

To set up your computer to access the World Wide Web, call the Workstation Group (X6858 for Macintosh; X6858 for PCs).

LBL hosts annual DOE On-Site Review

Nearly 30 Department of Energy officials converged on LBL on November 17 to conduct DOE's annual On-Site Review of the Laboratory. The review culminates LBL's year-long institutional planning process, providing the opportunity for DOE to hear first hand about the programs conducted at the Laboratory, and offer comments and recommendations about LBL's future course.

Officials gave high praise for the success of the Advanced Light Source and for many of the Lab's initiatives, and expressed strong support for the Induction Linac Systems Experiments (ILSE). The review also offered the chance for frank discussions about a number of issues, including the constraints of infrastructure needs and new accounting standards.

Overseeing the LBL On-Site Review this year was Martha Krebs, director of the Office of Energy Research. Krebs was accompanied by DOE officials from Washington, D.C., and from Oakland Operations. Officials from the University of California were also on hand, along with LBL division directors and research staff.

After brief comments by DOE participants, LBL Director Charles Shank kicked off the Review with a discussion of progress on LBL's strategic planning. Other speakers addressed such subjects as quality management at LBL, development of the Advanced Light Source, the molecular design of new materials, the large hadron collidor, and biotechnology research. Working groups then discussed R&D partnerships, overhead and infrastructure, and human relations and training programs. In the latter group, discussion focused on personnel development strategies and child care needs.

The review concluded with a reception with computer networking and education demonstrations in the cafeteria, hosted by the Information and Computing Sciences Division, and the Center for Science and Engineering Education.

PHOTO CAPTIONS -- Nora Berrah, assistant professor of physics at Western Michigan University, discusses her photoionization experiments at the ALS with Office of Energy Research Director Martha Krebs.
Gammasphere Project Director Frank Stephens explains the advanced electronics and mechanical system of the detector to OER Director Martha Krebs.
Photos by Paul Hames

Patent Department: In answer to your question...

From time to time, the attorneys and patent agents in LBL's Patent Department receive questions from individual researchers, the answers to which may be of interest to others in the Laboratory. If you have questions for the Patent Department, call X7058.

Q: Is it necessary to inform the Patent Department when publishing potentially patentable information on the Internet?

A: Yes.

As most everyone knows, LBL regulations require that scientific papers be submitted to the patent department for patent clearance before they are published. The reason for this is that once an invention is published, there is a one-year time limit for submitting a patent application to the U.S. Patent Office. If the deadline is missed, the right to patent an invention is lost. The LBL Patent Department needs to know what is being published in order to analyze whether there are potential patentable inventions being disclosed.

Although posting information on a bulletin board or elsewhere on the Internet is not "publishing" in the formal sense of the term, it nonetheless qualifies as publishing for purposes of the one-year time limit. According to patent law, an invention has been published once it has been made available such that someone "skilled in the art" in the field of the invention could find the information and understand it. An additional requirement is that the publication must be "enabling," that is, it must describe the invention in sufficient detail that someone skilled in the art could duplicate the invention without further research or experimentation.

Because posting information on the Internet makes information widely available, anything that you are considering posting should be submitted to the patent department for clearance. This will enable the patent department to determine whether the information is enabling and, if it is, take steps to protect patent rights. These rights might be protected by advising that the information not be published, or by initiating or expediting the patent application process.

Communication and exchange of information among scientists is critical to the furtherance of academic science. At the same time, patent rights need to be preserved for technology transfer and other purposes. The more closely that LBL's scientists and lawyers work together, the more efficiently patents can be issued and used. Please keep this in mind when thinking about posting information on your favorite computer bulletin board.

Garbage piling up

Despite increased recycling, Americans are generating more trash than ever, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA found that in 1990, 4.3 pounds of trash per person were thrown away each day, up from four pounds in 1988 and 2.7 pounds in 1960.

During that same period, however, recycling increased from 7 percent in 1960, to 13 percent in 1988, and 17 percent in 1990. "The intense focus on recycling is important," says Joanna Underwood, president of Inform Inc., a non-profit research group, "but the heart of the problem is lifestyle." Today, half of all residential non-recycled waste is paper or plastic.

Garbage Reincarnation, Inc. Education, Research, Recycling monthly newsletter (3/93)

New particle data book released

LBL's Particle Data Group (PDG) has released the "1994 Particle Physics Booklet," which contains everything from the latest summaries of the properties of fundamental particles to up-to-date reviews of the "Standard Model," quantum chromodynamics, dark matter, and more.

The booklet is derived from PDG's 1994 Review of Particle Properties (published in Physical Review D50), which includes 2,300 new measurements from 700 scientific papers published in the last two years, and 12,000 measurements of the most significant measurements from earlier years.

This year for the first time, the Review is also available on the World Wide Web via the Particle Data Group home page

The growing demand for the booklet (28,000 copies) and for the full 650-page Review (14,000 copies) reflects the evolution from the original 19-page compendium of particle physics (plus two-sided wallet cards) that appeared in 1958. The full Review has doubled in size over the last 10 years and is now fully computer-produced. The technical improvements were engineered by PDG computer scientist Gary Wagman.

"People describe the Review as the Bible in our field," says high-energy physicist Michael Barnett, group leader of the LBL team. The booklet is distributed to physics instructors and students. A study by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center ranked the Review as by far the most referenced publication in high-energy physics, cited more than 1,700 times in the literature during the last three years.

LBL physicists Don Groom, Tom Trippe, and Charles Wohl also collaborated on this year's edition. Betty Armstrong and Gail Harper provided support.

The hard-copy version of the Review, in both full listings and Booklet forms, is available through the Particle Data Group. For more information, contact Gail Harper at X5885, Bldg. 50-308, or e-mail

LBL, City of Berkeley team up to make disaster video

By Mike Wooldridge,

A video introduction to search and rescue, produced jointly by LBL and the City of Berkeley, should help local citizens be better prepared to save lives in the critical hours after a major earthquake.

Arranged by the LBL Emergency Services group and the Berkeley Office of Emergency Services, the video teaches the basic ways to assess earthquake-damaged buildings and help victims trapped inside.

The 22-minute production was taped with citizen volunteers as actors and edited by LBL video services.

Organizers hosted a reception on November 10 to premiere the tape and honor those involved in making the video. Each volunteer received a certificate from the Lab and the city, a copy of the video, and a search-and-rescue flashlight.

LBL will use the video in the earthquake safety training available to its employees. The city will use it in its Citizen Emergency Response Training program, which teaches a four-hour course for citizens and businesses on light search and rescue.

According to Don Bell, head of LBL's Emergency Services, the chances of someone surviving after being seriously injured and trapped during an earthquake drop drastically after the first day. "Having trained individuals who know how to assess buildings and get to the injured is critical to saving lives," he says.

The video teaches the kinds of structural damage to be expected for different types of buildings. It reviews ways to rescue trapped victims by using tools such as crowbars and wooden blocks. It also covers the fundamentals of disaster preparedness: drawing up disaster plans with family, co-workers, and neighbors; dealing with electricity and gas lines around buildings; and stockpiling food and supplies.

Holiday events at LHS

There's something for every age and interest at Lawrence Hall of Science this holiday season. Between Christmas and New Year's, the Hall is featuring different holiday family entertainment every day:

Monday, Dec. 26; noon and 1:30 p.m.: Magic Mike comedy magic show

Tuesday, Dec. 27; noon and 1:30 p.m.: African roots of jazz music

Wednesday, Dec. 28; noon and 1:30 p.m.: Children's concert with Gary Lapow

Thursday, Dec. 29, noon and 1:30 p.m.: Native American stories with Johnny Moses

Friday, Dec. 30; noon and 1:30 p.m.: Chinese folk dancing with Lily Chai

The Hall is also open New Year's day. It is located on Centennial Drive above LBL. For more information call 642-5132.

December EH&S Class Schedule

(The information includes date, course, time, and place.)

12/6; Building Emergency Team Training; (EHS 154); 9-11:30 a.m.; 50 Aud.

12/6; Crane/Hoist (Level 1) Training for Incidental Operators (EHS 211); 2:30-6:30 p.m.; 70A-3377

12/6; Laser Safety (EHS 280); 9:30-11:45 a.m.; 90-2063

12/6; Lockout/Tagout (EHS 256/257); 9 a.m. - noon; 90-3148

12/8; Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 010); 9-11:30 a.m.; 6 Aud.

12/8; First Aid (EHS 116); 1-5 p.m. ; 48-109

12/9; Chemical Hygiene & Safety Training (EHS 348); 9 a.m. - noon; 66-316

12/12&14 ; Radiation Protection - Radiological Worker I (EHS 430)(both days) 8 a.m. - noon; 66-317

12/12; Accident Reporting/Investigation (EHS 815); 10 a.m. -noon; 90-2063

12/13; Pressure Safety/Compressed Gases (EHS 230); 8 a.m. - noon; 90-4133

12/13&15; EH&S Roles and Responsibilities for Supervisors (EHS 025) (in research settings - both days); 8:30 a.m. - noon; 66-316

12/14; Forklift Truck Safety (EHS 225); 8:30-10 a.m.; 90-3132

12/15; Fire Extinguisher Use (EHS 530); 2-3:30 p.m.; 48-109

12/20; Machine Tool Safeguarding (EHS 245); 10 a.m. - noon; 90-2063

12/20; Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR; EHS 123); 1-4 p.m.; 48-109

Pre-registration is required for all courses except Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 10). Call the Emergency Preparedness Office at X6554 to register for: CPR, First Aid, Fire Extinguisher Use, Earthquake Safety, and Building Emergency Team Training. Call X6612 or send a fax with your name, extension and employee number to X6608 to pre-register for all other EH&S courses.

Town meeting

The Work for Others Process Improvement Team (WFO-PIT) has been meeting for the past few months and is close to preparing its final report. The team will present its findings and ask for comments to be incorporated into the final report at a town meeting scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium. All employees are invited to attend.

Annual fund returns for UC managed plans

Below are the annualized rates of return for the UC-managed plans through Oct. 31, 1994, for the 403(b) and 401(a) Accounts.*

Equity 7.01%

Bond <14.19%>

Multi-Asset 1.92%

Money Market 3.89%

Savings 6.71%

Insurance Company Contract 7.96%

* Past performance does not guarantee future results

Canned food drive

The African American Employees Association is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit the AIDS Project of the East Bay. Collection bins will be located in the LBL cafeteria lobby through mid-December. Suggested canned food items include canned meats, tuna fish, juice, rice, beans, and peanut butter. Your participation is appreciated.

Cashiering services

All employees are reminded that the Cashiering Window (first floor, Bldg. 90) is now open only from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, for travel-related disbursements only (see Currents, Nov. 18). For more information, please contact Kenneth Lines at X6959.

United Way: It's not too late!

Although LBL's 1994 United Way campaign has ended, it's not too late to turn in your pledge cards. Please return the card to your donor representative even if you decide not to make a contribution this year. To those of you who have donated, your gift is greatly appreciated.

LBL Golf Club

The LBL Golf Club played their November tournament at Skywest Golf Course in Hayward last Saturday. Results of the three flights were:

1st Flight

First: Harry Helliwell; Second: Jim Jones; Third: Tom Corbin

2nd Flight

First: John T. Lee; Second: Frank Lopez; Third: George Weber

3rd Flight

First: Angelo Dechiaro; Second: Eric Weber; Third: Rudy Giovannetti

The next tournament is the over-nighter at Silverado Country Club in Napa on December 17 and 18. The Golf Club is open to all LBL employees, retirees, and their families. For more information about membership or upcoming tournaments, contact Tom Corbin at X7617.

C A L E N D A R -- December 5 to 9

5 m o n d a y


2:30 p.m., 430 Birge; M. K. Gaillard, LBL/UCB, "Paull-Villars Regularization of Supergravity"

6 t u e s d a y


9-11:30 a.m., Bldg. 50 Aud.; Building Emergency Team Training (EHS 154); pre-registration required, X6554


9 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 90-3148; Lockout/Tagout (EHS 256/257); pre-registration required, X6612


9:30-11:45 a.m., Bldg. 90-2063; Laser Safety (EHS 280); pre-registration required, X6612


10 a.m., Bldg. 50B-6208; J. Barker, Infinity Limited, "Paradigm Hunting: How to Explore the Future More Effectively"


2:30-6:30 p.m., Bldg. 70A-3377; Crane/Hoist (Level 1) Training for Incidental Operators (EHS 211); pre-registration required, X6612


4 p.m., Bldg. 66 Aud.; D. DeRosier, Brandeis Univ., "The Bacterial Flagellum: Nature's Rotary Motor"


4 p.m., 3110 Etcheverry Hall; D. J. Krajnovich, IBM, "Materials Processing Using Excimer Lasers: Laboratory Curiosity or Manufacturing Technology?," Refreshments, 3:30 p.m.

7 w e d n e s d a y


2 p.m., 403 Latimer; A. Viggiano, Hanscom Air Force Base, "Rotational and Vibrational Effects on Ion Molecule Reactions"

8 t h u r s d a y


7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bldg. 77


9-11:30 a.m., Bldg. 66 Aud.; Introduction to Environment, Health & Safety at LBL (EHS 10)


Noon, Bldg. 90-3148; C. Marnay, LBL, "SONU: Metrication at LBL and Beyond"


1-5 p.m., Bldg. 48-109; First Aid (EHS 116); pre-registration required, X6554


1:30 p.m., Bldg. 66 Aud.; P. Weiss, Pennsylvania State Univ., "Atomic-Scale View of Interactions, Dynamics and Chemistry of Molecules on Surfaces"


4 p.m., 3110 Etcheverry Hall; L. Baptista, California Academy of Sciences, "Song Dialects in White Crowned Sparrows - Adaptations to the Acoustical Environment," Refreshments, 3:30 p.m.


4 p.m., Bldg. 50A-5132; D. Fujino, Ohio State Univ., "New Results on Charm Baryon Production in B Meson Decays," Refreshments, 3:40 p.m.

9 f r i d a y


9 a.m.-noon, Bldg. 66-316; Chemical Hygiene & Safety Training (EHS 348); pre-registration required, X6612


Noon, Bldg. 66 Aud.; Discussion of Work for Others Process Improvement Team findings


4 p.m., 3110 Etcheverry Hall; C. Farley, UCB, "Musculoskeletal Springs in Running Gaits," Refreshments, 3:30 p.m.



Cinnamon apple French toast

Cream of potato w/leeks

Teriyaki chicken

Bacon cheeseburger


Breakfast sandwich

Vegetarian split pea

Baked lasagna



Corned beef hash & eggs


Cajun roast turkey breast

Santa Cruz chicken


Big blueberry pancakes

Manhattan clam chowder

Chicken-fried steak

Steak burger


Ham scramble

Turkey gumbo

Trout almondine

Sloppy Joe


Flea Market ads may be sent via Lab mail to Bldg. 65B, electronic mail to, or via Fax to X6641. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.


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'80 VW camper, 30K mi. on rebuilt eng., 4-spd, new muffler, runs great, $3500. Ferdinand, X5994

'84 MAZDA 626, 4-dr hatchbk, a/t, 80K mi., gd cond., $2500. 642-4712, 525-2559

'84 VW Rabbit, diesel, exc. cond., Recaro seat, Borbet wheels, new radio, shocks, $3K. Dick, X6204, 549-9049

'85 TOYOTA Tercel wgn, 117K mi., a/t, p/s, a/c, am/fm/cass., v.g. cond., $3300/b.o. 527-0693

'86 HYUNDAI Excel GLS, 2-dr, 5-spd, gray, runs very wells, gd shape, 119K mi., leaving to France, $1K/b.o. X7721, X7734

'86 SAAB 900, dk blue, p/s, a/c, a/t, am/fm cass., 115K mi., $4K/b.o. David, X7326, 943-2274

'88 CORVETTE, black on black coupe w/2 tops, auto, dual pwr seats, Z52 pkg., exc. cond., 32K mi., $17,650/b.o. Mark, X7451, 895-0151

'92 FORD Escort LX, 3-dr hatchbk, blue, 33K mi., a/t, a/c, p/s, am/fm/cass., exc. cond., leaving country, must sell, $7600/b.o. Eric or Lisa, 643-9680, 528-3980


CARPOOL, rider/driver wanted, Castro Valley area to LBL, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. shift. Monte, X6761


49ERS, 2 tix, playoffs, 1/7 or 1/8. John, (415)924-3210

S.F. OPERA, Mefistofele, Sat., 12/3, 2nd row balcony ctr., 1 ticket, $40. P. Concus, 526-3519


HOUSE TO SIT over Christmas holidays, family is coming to visit & we can't fit them all in our house, prefer No. Berkeley. Lindsay, X5009, Vern, X7504

MUSICIAN, piano/keyboards to jam 1 night/wk w/blues, r&b & jazz quartet, just for fun. Wayne Nordby, X7685, 837-2409

USER'S MANUAL FOR TI-55 III calculator. Tim, X5304, 644-9444


AMATEUR RADIO, hand-held, dual-band 2 meter/70 CM, Icom IC32AT, w/charger, extra high cap. BP8 battery, speaker mic.,

CHRISTMAS WREATHS, fresh, Boy Scout Troop #204 fund-raiser, $18. Chuck, X4637

CLARINET, Yamaha, exc. cond., case, $250; downhill skis for kids, sz. 120 & 140; ski boots, sz. 3 & 5; play skis for toddler, sz. 3 yrs.; old bricks, used, about 250, $.30 ea. or $60 take all. Ivana, 524-9039

COFFEE TABLE, contemporary, gd cond., new $120, asking $40. Andre or Simone, X6745, 559-8652

COMPUTER, 386SX/51/4 & 31/2 floppy, 40MB hard disk, VGA color monitor, StarNX-1000 Multipoint printer, sound card, stereo spkrs, mouse, joysticks, software & books, $700. Jenny, X7695

COMPUTER, Hewlett Packard 486/33 MHz, EISA server, 1 yr. old, 16Mb 72-pin SIMMs, Adaptec EISA SCSI controller w/420Mb hard drive, internal 14.4 fax/modem, mono VGA, high quality, reliable system, software, $1500. Mike, 642-1021, 268-0674

DESK, brn, 7-drwr + file cabinet drwr, $70. Monica, 601-5757 (eve./wkend)

HOLIDAY WREATHS, Boy Scout Troop 24, delivery in Berkeley area or arrange for pick-up, $15. Alan, X5706

PIANO w/bench, antique tiger oak, 1914 upright, ivory keys, $1850. Peter or Anne, 531-7837

PUPPIES, Labrador Retriever, AKC, chocolate & black, ch. lines, OFA, Wind-Morgan, ready 12/30, $500. Edward Tully, X5907, 944-5304

REMOTE CONTROL UNIT, Proton Universal, programmable to learn 3 sep. remote units, $50. 376-3241 (eve.)

SKIS, K2, 175 cm, Salomon bindings, Nordica boots, sz. 10, $50/b.o.; 7' Balsam Christmas tree, used once, $40/b.o. Dayna, X7862

SOFA BEDS (2), 8', 1 blk leather, 1 gold & cream brocade, must sell, $75 ea./b.o. ; 3-shelf oak etagere, $50; dining rm set, oak, 6 chairs, 2 leaves, custom pads, matching china cabinet, tall, perfect cond., $600/b.o.; New England decorated rocker. T. Murphy, 674-1303 (eve.)

SOLAR OVEN, built for a college engr. project, insulated plywood box (R11 fiberglass) w/black sheet metal interior walls attached to plywood, ext. dimensions are roughly 2.5' x 2' x 2' (need a sta. wgn/lg. car to move it, front door holds 3 panes of glass (removable), needs some heat resistant weather-stripping around the door frame, needs reflectors, $10/b.o. Jon Koomey, X5974

TV, 20", color, cable-ready, less than 3 mos. old, $150. 525-4829


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ALBANY, 3-bdrm, 1-bth house, incl. kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, hardwd flr, frpl, detachable garage, lease, $1350/mo., 1st, last + dep. Kym, 525-8961, 525-8743 (FAX)

BERKELEY, furn. brn shingle home, 3-bdrm, 1-bth, modern kitchen, washer/dryer, lg. garden w/creek, nr UCB, avail. mid-Dec., $1330/mo. 524-9655

BERKELEY, studio unit, sm. garden, sunny kitchen, skylight, wood flrs, 15 min. walk to UC/LBL shuttle/gourmet ghetto, $525/mo. 540-0385

BERKELEY (2 listings), both upstairs, furn. 1-bdrm units, 5 min. walk to UC/LBL shuttle, $600/mo. incl. parking, heat & water; share yd, walk to grocery, avail. 1/15, $650/mo. 527-1358

NO BERKELEY, furn., lg. rm. in 4-bdrm house, bay view, shopping, bus stop, parking, washer/dryer, $425/mo. 528-6953

NO. BERKELEY, furn., spacious, rm in lg. home, easy walk to LBL shuttle & downtown, kitchen privs., long/short term, non-smoker, $400/mo. Rob, 843-5987

SO. BERKELEY, 1-bdrm apt., bright, garden, 10 min. walk to UCB, $550/mo. incl. utils. Kathy, 548-0120

EL CERRITO HILLS, share 5-bdrm, 3-bth house, 2 dining areas, bay views, frpl, 1920's Mediterranean style, independent household of 3 males, 1 female, no smoking, no pets, nr Del Norte BART, $300/mo. Stephen, 232-5166

EL CERRITO HILLS, 2-bdrm, 2-1/2 bth townhouse, modern, family rm, 2 balc & frpl, W&D, D/W, refrig, 2X garage, tennis/pool/clbhs, view of Wildcat Cyn. Pk.- hike/bike trails, avail. Dec., $1275/mo. 236-0966

EL CERRITO/RICHMOND, near E. C. Post Office, 2-bdrm, 1-bth apt., elec. stove, refrig., dishwasher, frpl, closed automatic garage, bay windows, yd, laundry fac., nr BART, public trans. & shopping, newly painted, clean, $845/mo. 724-3089

KENSINGTON, furn. studio, pvt., non-smokers, avail. 1/21, $450/mo. 559-8021

KENSINGTON, furn. 3-bdrm house, view, garden patio, 2 cats, prefer visiting LBL staff, avail. 1/1, rental period flex., $1200/mo. 526-6730

OAKLAND, Rockridge, lg.1-bdrm house, walking distance to BART & shops, hardwd flr, frpl, garage, clean & sunny, avail. Jan., $850/mo. + dep. Otis, X4046, 527-1066

NO. OAKLAND, furn. 1-bdrm apt., modern bldg. w/underground parking, saunas, swimming pool, walk to shops, restaurants & Rose Garden, avail. after 1/15, $725/mo. X7472, 547-0727 (after 4 p.m.)

SAN FRANCISCO, Russian Hill, furn. 2+bdrm house, views, study, lg. LR w/frpl, mstr bdrm w/frpl, wood paneling, avail. 1/1 - 6/15, $2300/mo. Professor Cohen, 642-2808, (415)441-1285, (415)922-6025 (FAX)

WANTED: Fully furn. 1-bdrm apt for visiting sr. researcher, from about 2/1 for about 7 mos. Ian Brown, X4174, 548-7102

WANTED: 2-bdrm. house/apt. for German couple, visiting scholar at LBL, pref. Berkeley north or east, Albany. 510-8087

WANTED: 1-bdrm house/apt. or share in larger house for grad. student couple from Jan. 3rd or earlier, prefer in hills, rent negot. Diana, X4978


BAHAMAS, 1-bdrm condo on beach, w/amenities, slps 4, Taino Beach Resort Club, 2 mo. adv. notice needed, $500/wk (Sat. to Sat.). 528-1614

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Lake County, 3-bdrm, 2-bth home on golf course, country club, restaurant, pro shop, tennis, pool, fishing, campgrounds, horse stable, $300/wk or $100/wkend, $200 dep. Shirley, X4521, (707)585-3637

MENDOCINO COAST, 8 acres, secluded 3-bdrm, 2-bth house, ocean & river view 3 mi. west, 700 ft. high, old stumps grassland mature forest gardens, avail. May, $900. (707)937-4015

NO. TAHOE, new 3-bdrm, 2-1/5 bth home, greenbelt views, shopping, lake, Northstar & casinos within 10 min., avail. for ski season. Wayne Nordby, X7685, 837-2409

SO. LAKE TAHOE, 4-bdrm cabin, exc. loc., 2 mi. from Heavenly Valley, AEK, washer/dryer. Bill Holley, X4822, 283-3094

SO. LAKE TAHOE, lakefront townhouse, all amenities, nr all play spots. Herbert Newkirk, 422-8845, 455-5595


BERKELEY, 3-BDRM Townhouse, formal dinning rm, frpl, living rm, hardwood flr, spacious kitchen. 528-1565

ROSSMORE, co-op, 2-bdrm, 1-bth condo, LR, dining area, veranda w/view of trees & hills, wood-slat shades, like new carpet, linoleum, appliances in top cond., nr clubhouse, golf & swimming, $54.5K, $475/mo. covers balance on mortgage ($10K), landscape maint., sec. & more. 524-9473


CAT, 2 yr. old female, Calico, recently abandoned. Mark, X6554

DOG, Golden Retriever, female, AKC reg., 7 yrs., spayed, w/dog house & inside dog cage, gd watch dog, great w/kids. T. Murphy, 674-1303 (eve.)

CATS (2), "Spooky", abandoned & adopted us, needs gd home, med. sz. blk/wht female, 2 to 4 yrs. old, spayed all shots, friendly; "Pockets", 3 to 4 wks old kitten, found on a hike, charcoal/brn, friendly, needs loving. Tom, X7210, (707) 447-1310

STEREO SYSTEM, broken, dual 19" Tower, incl. amp., cass. deck, FM receiver & tower itself, you take it away. David Quarrie, X4868

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