12:00am

Thu February 21, 2013
Latin America

Mexico's 'Crisis Of Disappearance': Families Seek Answers

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 5:47 pm

A woman holds a sign that reads, "We demand justice after two years," during a Jan. 11 protest outside the government palace in Monterrey denouncing the disappearance of family members in the state of Nuevo Leon.
Reuters/Landov

Maximina Hernandez says she begged her 23-year old son, Dionicio, to give up his job as a police officer in a suburb of Monterrey. Rival drug cartels have been battling in the northern Mexican city for years.

But he told her being a police officer was in his blood, a family tradition. He was detailed to guard the town's mayor.

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12:00am

Thu February 21, 2013

9:05pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Hollywood Jobs

For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:07 pm

The third floor of the Warner Brothers Prop House holds a host of antiques available for rent by set decorators working on television and films. Each of the building's four floors is as big as a football field.
David Gilkey NPR

Picture Rick's smoky cafe in Casablanca, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.

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5:01pm

Wed February 20, 2013
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS 2/20

Workers' Compensation Laws and Issues

Chuck Finney is joined by Alice O'Sullivan, Gil Stein, and Michael Rucka, members of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association -- and who are specialists in workers' compensation law certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar. 

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4:59pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Transportation

Car-share parking attracts an unlikely foe in SF

(Photo by Lacy Atkins, SFGate)

Parking a car-share vehicle in San Francisco is about to get easier. At least, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors hopes so. Last week, the Board passed an ordinance to allow residential developers to add more parking spots to their new apartment buildings – if those spots are dedicated for car-share programs.

The ordinance, which was proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener, passed through the Board of Supervisors unanimously. But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea– and the main opponent is a little surprising.

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4:51pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

The life of an older woman without a home in San Francisco

Imagine having nowhere to sleep, now, imagine that reality if you’re older, and maybe you suffer from illness or decreased mobility.

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4:51pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 20, 2013

The reality of being an older woman without a home in San Francisco.

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

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4:51pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Fighting leukemia and racial inequality at the same time

Kevin and Lateefah at a marrow drive on MLK Day

Seven months ago, things were going great for Kevin Weston. He was with the woman of his dreams, he had a baby daughter and a teenage stepdaughter, and he was about to start a prestigious journalism fellowship at Stanford University. But then he got sick. He was diagnosed with a raging infection and acute leukemia, a cancer of the blood. Lateefah Simon, Kevin’s wife, recounts what came next.

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4:34pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Homelessness

Seniors on the streets of San Francisco

Photo by Jim Forest on Flikr

If you really want to know how our local economy is doing, look no further than the nearest homeless shelter. Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty oversees homelessness in the city, and he says these days, San Francisco’s roughly 1,150 beds are nearly full each night. Advocates say there’s been a sharp increase in homeless seniors, especially women. It was rare to see this population on the streets a few decades ago, but now service providers say it seems to be the norm.

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2:34pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Who's profiting from Oakland's gun violence?

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

Kao Saeturn liked to intimidate people with his Glock. Referring to himself as "the King of Oakland," Saeturn, along with his gang, kicked off a methamphetamine-fueled spree that wreaked havoc on the Bay Area. After holding up a San Rafael massage parlor at gunpoint, Saeturn's gang targeted another one in El Cerrito and then a Hayward karaoke club, threatening victims with their firearms. Then in a bizarre episode, Saeturn and an accomplice attempted to carjack a retired San Francisco Sheriff's deputy at gunpoint on Interstate 580. When police finally apprehended Saeturn's gang on February 7, 2008, officers recovered the Glock 17 pistol that the 25-year-old ringleader had used during the crime spree, along with other firearms. In 2010, the King of Oakland was sentenced to 272 months in prison.

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