from Berkeley Daily Planet Weekend Issue, Sept. 14-15., 2002

When U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) delivers a speech on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:00PM at the University of California Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium, he won't have to worry about being attacked with weapons from outer space.

The Berkeley City Council passed a new law this week declaring the section of outer space directly over a person's head in Berkeley to be a "weapons-free zone."

The law was written to support Kucinich's proposed federal legislation known as the Space Preservation Act, which protests deploying weapons in space.

Councilmember Dona Spring, who sponsored the new law, says that she hopes that this new law will "propel the debate about weapons in space to the forefront of international politics" and that "our resolution is a model for the country."

A spokesman for the BPD (Berkeley Police Department) said the department has no plans to enforce the new law or to assign patrolmen to outer space.

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