1:48pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Transportation

Mayor pledges to fix Muni

A crowded Muni bus (photo CC by Flickr user Art Siegel)

When he came into office last year, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee said fixing Muni wasn’t a priority for him. But in his 2013 State of the City address, Mayor Lee devoted almost ten minutes of his speech to the often-reviled public transit system.

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1:34pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

If Higgs Boson Calculations Are Right, A Catastrophic 'Bubble' Could End Universe

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 4:00 pm

An undated handout graphic distributed on July 4, 2012 by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva shows a representation of traces of traces of a proton-proton collision measured in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience in the search for the Higgs boson.
AFP/Getty Images

1:09pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Around the Nation

Cold War Bunker Network Repurposed For 21st Century Threats

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:42 pm

WBT radio's bomb shelter in Charlotte, N.C., part of a government-funded emergency communications network, as it looked in 1963.
Courtesy of Jerry Dowd

There's an underground bunker at a radio station in Charlotte, N.C., where time has stopped. Built decades ago to provide safety and vital communications in the event of a nuclear attack, it's now a perfectly preserved relic of Cold War fear that's gained new relevance.

The secret bunker is part of the office lore that old-timers at WBT Radio whisper to the newbies. That's how radio host Mike Collins learned of it back in the 1980s.

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1:00pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's local music: The Composer is Dead

Anyone with children knows that “Peter the Wolf” is a holiday staple, and an excellent introduction to classical musical instruments. And anyone with children probably also wishes there was ANOTHER introduction, for variation. That wish was actually granted a few years ago when San Franciscans Daniel Handler -- known to children by his pen name, Lemony Snicket – and composer Nathaniel Stookey created “The Composer is Dead” for the San Francisco Symphony.

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12:52pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Asia

Amusement Park Planned In The Town Where Bin Laden Hid Out

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:42 pm

The Hazara Heritage Park will be built on the edge of Abbottabad, Pakistan, set in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Jackie Northam NPR

Developers in Pakistan will soon break ground on a new amusement park and outdoor activity center, a private, $30 million project billed as a state-of-the-art facility that will bring jobs to a hard-hit area.

But there's one issue that's raising some eyebrows: the site is in Abbottabad, not far from the place where Osama Bin Laden secretly lived until American forces killed him.

This does not trouble Sheikh Kaleemuddin, the project director, who is effusive about the picturesque spot where he plans to build.

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12:40pm

Tue February 19, 2013
It's All Politics

McConnell Ad Spoofs 'Obama's Kentucky Candidate'

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 2:01 pm

12:38pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Salt

English Whisky Aims To Give Scotch A Run For Its Money

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 11:03 am

Darren Rook checks out a new still at The London Distillery.
Kirsty Chant Courtesy of The London Distillery

Move over, Scotland. It's time to make room on the shelf for English whisky. London's first distillery in over a century is about to begin production of single malt whisky in a former Victorian dairy.

Darren Rook and his partner decided to open The London Distillery after reading about Australian distilleries. "We wondered why there were none in London," he tells The Salt.

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12:13pm

Tue February 19, 2013
National Security

A Wounded Soldier Stands Tall At Reunion With His Platoon

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:18 pm

As part of homecoming ceremonies at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state in January, Army Spc. Tyler Jeffries — with crutches and prosthetic legs — joins his unit in formation as the national anthem is played. The homecoming marked the first time Jeffries had seen his platoon since he lost both his legs in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan last October.
Florangela Davila for NPR

U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Jeffries spent most of last year in Afghanistan, on dusty, hot patrols in the villages outside Kandahar. Last fall, on Oct. 6, his tour ended three months early.

"I was clearing an area and I had the metal detector. Then we had word that there was two guys coming toward our position," Jeffries recalled later that month.

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11:51am

Tue February 19, 2013
Community Partnership

SF Unified School District Arts Festival

Celebrate student creativity with the San Francisco Unified School District and community partners at the SFUSD Arts Festival, March 2nd - 10th at the Asian Art Museum.  For more information, visit sfusdartsfestival.org.

11:49am

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Like Facebook, Apple Says It Was Attacked By Hackers

People walk past the Apple logo at the Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal in New York.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Apple said today that the computers of some of its employees were attacked by hackers, who used the same vulnerability to access computers at Facebook.

All Things D reports:

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