2:35pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Sketchfest, international boogaloo and transgendered punks

Hedwig is back in San Francisco at the Tenderloin's Boxcar Theater
Peter Liu, Boxcar Theater

Do you smell something funny in the air? It must be that time of year again—time for SF Sketchfest, the comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. Besides comedic characters, this week the Bay Area offers multiple chances to boogie down with international groovers, comic artists, and a hip-hop dance party that also gives back to the community.

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2:26pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Gut Microbes May Play Deadly Role In Malnutrition

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:44 am

Researchers followed 300 sets of twins in Malawi for the first three years of their life. In many cases, only one twin developed severe malnutrition, while the other remained healthier.
Photograph courtesy of Tanya Yatsunenko

There's a part of our body that's only now getting mapped: the trillions of microbes, mostly bacteria, that live in our guts.

Some scientists describe this community as a previously unnoticed vital organ. It appears to play a role in how quickly we gain weight and how well we fight off disease.

A study published in the journal Science suggests that changes in this community of microbes also may cause kwashiorkor, a kind of deadly malnutrition.

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2:24pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

From Timbuktu, Reports That Manuscripts Have Been Saved

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 4:35 pm

A man attempts to salvage burnt manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu, Mali, on Tuesday. While some of the ancient manuscripts were destroyed by Islamist radicals, reports indicate that most were hidden and therefore survived.
Eric Feferberg AFP/Getty Images

Reports from Timbuktu, Mali, on Wednesday indicate that most of the ancient manuscripts at a famed library may have been saved by residents before Islamist radicals had the chance to burn them.

"I can say that the vast majority of the collections appear from our reports not to have been destroyed, damaged or harmed in any way," Shamil Jeppie, an expert on the documents who teaches at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, told Reuters.

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2:08pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Salt

International Culinary Competition Gold Eludes Americans Again

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 9:29 am

The plating of Team USA's Irish beef dish was based on Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house.
Courtesy of Bonjwing Lee

Americans may have perfected food television and exported our fast-food tastes around the world, but we still haven't made it to the podium in the so-called Olympics of Cooking. The prestigious Bocuse d'Or chef competition, held in Lyon, France, on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw Team USA unable to break its dry streak, with a seventh-place finish behind winners France, Denmark and Japan.

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2:03pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Some Families Won't Qualify For Subsidized Health Insurance

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Quite a few families with expensive job-based health insurance may be ineligible for federal subsidies to help them buy cheaper coverage through new online insurance markets, under final rules released Wednesday by the Internal Revenue Service.

The two rules, published by the Treasury Department here and here, uphold earlier proposals outlining what is considered affordable, employer-sponsored coverage.

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1:06pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

South Africa's First Black Billionaire Pledges To Donate Half His Wealth

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 3:41 pm

Patrice Motsepe in 2010.
Getty Images

If you were looking for good news, here's a bit of it from South Africa: Patrice Motsepe, the country's first black billionaire, announced today that he will donate half his fortune in order to help the poor.

Reuters reports:

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1:03pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bellevue Hospital's Slow Comeback After Superstorm Sandy

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 3:18 pm

When Superstorm Sandy came ashore, Bellevue Hospital was quickly submerged. Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency marked the flood line in the basement with orange tape or spray paint. In some areas, water was 14 feet deep.
Fred Mogul NPR

When a ferry crashed in lower Manhattan earlier this month, ambulances took dozens of people to hospitals around the island.

Bellevue Hospital took in 31 passengers, but they all had minor injuries. The most seriously hurt patients from the crash went elsewhere. Dr. Suzi Vassallo said that's because Bellevue still can't handle serious traumatic injuries.

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12:59pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo

Would you like a break from hearing toe-tapping melodies?  If so, then the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo may be just the sound you’re after. They’ll be performing their improvised acoustic experimentations as part of the Creative Music Series at The Luggage Store artist space in San Francisco tomorrow, January 31, starting at 8pm. 

12:58pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Israel Bombs Military Target Outside Damascus, Syria Says

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 4:38 pm

Israel's air force bombed a military facility in western Syria, the Syrian media said Wednesday, a development that could further complicate the already volatile conditions in the region.

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12:51pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Books

Sotomayor's Memoir Already A Best-Seller

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:27 pm

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir is riding high, topping the New York Times best-seller list in its first week of sales.

My Beloved World, Sotomayor's account of her path from the tenements of the Bronx to the U.S. Supreme Court, is on track to outdistance even the best-selling books of other justices.

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