11:51pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Business

Furloughs Only The Latest Blow To Federal Worker Morale

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:51 am

Federal employees demonstrate against the U.S. budget sequester, outside New York's Federal Plaza on Tuesday.
John Moore Getty Images

Federal workers say they don't have much to celebrate these days.

Furloughs began in April, exacerbating already low morale for many government agencies as budgets have tightened. Downsizing has meant more work for those who remain, and talk of further cuts has many worried about job security. This year is also the third that federal workers haven't received a pay increase, contributing to discontent.

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5:54pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Arts & Culture

Jews in the golden age of Rock and Roll

If you look back at the origins of rock music, or Rock and Roll, as it was known in the 1950s, you hear that the new sound borrowed elements from gospel, rhythm & blues, and country.

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5:44pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Arts & Culture

Reynaldo Cayetano documents Sixth Street

Reynaldo Cayetano

Between the Transbay Transit Tower on First and Mission streets, envisioned to be the west coast’s tallest building, and the emerging tech hub anchored by Twitter at 10th and Market Streets, the city is becoming shinier and newer. But almost exactly in between those highly publicized developments is the rough and gritty Sixth Street. Dotted with single room occupancy hotels, Sixth Street has a well-documented history of chronic poverty and crime. It’s also the neighborhood where photographer Rey Cayetano grew up.

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5:42pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Duboce Triangle neighborhood opposes new Starbucks

Starbucks at Clay and Montgomery Streets in San Francisco
Flickr user K. Todd Storch

With 18,000 locations worldwide, and 11,000 in the U.S., Americans love their Starbucks. San Francisco is no exception – there are nearly 80 locations in the city and the coffee giant is in talks with city officials about adding yet another store in the city’s iconic Castro district.

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5:31pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 8, 2013

Duboce Triangle neighborhood opposes new Starbucks; Reynaldo Cayetano documents Sixth Street; Blue Suede Jews; and The Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.

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5:31pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Community Partnership

Films From the Roof of the World

The First Annual Himalayan Film Festival features films from the roof of the world.  Explore the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and the beauty of its people through a series of diverse films showing May 15 thru 19 in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.

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4:36pm

Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Singer Tim Lambesis Arrested In Alleged Plot To Kill Wife

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 6:23 am

Metal vocalist Tim Lambesis performs at Club Nokia in Los Angeles in 2010.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Tim Lambesis, the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band As I Lay Dying, has been arrested on suspicion that he plotted to kill his estranged wife.

Lambesis, 32, allegedly tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his wife, Meggan, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

The heavily tattooed singer was arrested in Oceanside five days after his contact with the undercover officer. His wife lives in nearby Encinitas.

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3:55pm

Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Death Toll Tops 800 In Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 6:19 am

Bangladeshi rescue and army personnel on Wednesday continue recovery operations at the site of the building collapse near Dhaka.
Munir Uz Zaman AFP/Getty Images

Authorities in Bangladesh say the death toll in last month's collapse of an eight-story garment factory complex has surpassed 800 as dozens more bodies were pulled from the rubble on Wednesday.

The latest corpses to be recovered were so badly decomposed that they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, according to The Associated Press.

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3:44pm

Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Scientist Stephen Hawking To Boycott Israeli Conference

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 5:28 am

British physicist Stephen Hawking has stepped into a political black hole.

He announced this week that he was withdrawing from a conference in Israel to protest that country's treatment of Palestinians, throwing his weight behind an academic boycott of the Jewish state. The Guardian reports:

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3:09pm

Wed May 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Census: Black Voting Surpassed White in 2012

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 7:46 pm

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 6, 2012.
Julie Denesha Getty Images

Black voters showed up at the polls at higher rates than whites in last year's presidential election, driving the rate of minority participation to historic levels, a new government report shows.

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