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Mon January 7, 2013

8:24pm

Sun January 6, 2013
Minds Over Matter 1/06/13

Minds Over Matter

The Bay Area's Favorite Game Show  January 06, 2013 at 7 p.m.

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2:55pm

Sun January 6, 2013
Business

iPads, China: Twin Threats To Wisconsin's Paper Industry

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:11 pm

The Nekoosa Paper Mill was established in 1883. Its mill in Nekoosa, Wis., sits on the banks of the Wisconsin River, and is now owned by a Canadian paper company.
Mike De Sisti Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

1:53pm

Sun January 6, 2013
Politics

Could Reviving Earmarks Get Congress Moving Again?

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:54 am

Recent episodes of gridlock in Congress have some arguing for the return of legislative earmarks, which, though often abused for political gain, helped get bills passed.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

"You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours" is an old and cherished maxim of our republic. In politics, that's called an earmark, aka pork. One member of Congress gets a road or a monument for his or her state in exchange for a vote on the bill in question.

Congress has lived on this since the era of stovepipe hats. The political vogue lately, however, has been to repudiate those earmarks. But with the recent gridlock in Washington, the feeling is that perhaps some of that grease might help ease things.

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1:06pm

Sun January 6, 2013
World

Australia's Mining Boom Creates Demand For Sex Workers

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 4:07 pm

Supporters of the Scarlet Alliance Australian Sex Workers Association demand better legal protections at a rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in September.
Greg Wood AFP/Getty Images

It's 9 p.m. on a Wednesday, and the night shift has started work at Langtrees, a popular brothel in the Western Australia city of Perth.

Like other women at Langtrees, "Ruby," 25, uses a working name out of concern for her safety. Ruby is from Spain, and tonight she expects to earn at least $1,500.

"I work in many countries — in Europe, in Dubai, I work in Brazil," Ruby says.

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11:35am

Sun January 6, 2013
The Two-Way

GOP Senators Warn Of Tough Road For Hagel Nomination

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 2:19 pm

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, seen here in 2008, is reported to be President Obama's pick to be the next defense secretary.
Dave Weaver AP

President Obama will on Monday name former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary, an administration official confirmed to NPR.

The former Republican senator from Nebraska is a Vietnam veteran. He would succeed Leon Panetta, who is retiring.

Our original post follows:

Republican senators say former Sen. Chuck Hagel can expect a tough nominating process if President Obama names him to be the next defense secretary.

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10:23am

Sun January 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

John McCutcheon Live!

John McCutcheon

"Folk Music & Beyond" welcomes the return of folk singer JohnMcCutcheon to the KALW studios. John will perform a few songs from his latest recording "This Land:  Woody Guthrie's America."   Listen anytime via KALW's Local Music Player through 1/19/13.

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3:42am

Sun January 6, 2013
The Two-Way

The Tax Man Takes Aim At The World's Wealthy

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 7:17 am

Protesters demonstrate outside a Starbucks coffee shop in London last month. Protests were held at Starbucks throughout the U.K. after it was revealed that the coffee chain had paid almost no corporate taxes for the last three years.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

As 2013 begins with wealthy Americans in line for bigger tax bills, they're not alone. Tax fairness takes the spotlight worldwide this year, as cash-strapped governments look to impose more of the burden on well-heeled companies, individuals and institutions, and to catch and punish tax cheaters.

This week, as the U.S. Congress averted a plunge off the fiscal precipice, British Prime Minister David Cameron sent a letter to leaders of the Group of Eight countries that make up about half of the world's economic output.

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3:15am

Sun January 6, 2013
Asia

After Fighting To Go To School, A Pakistani Woman Builds Her Own

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:32 am

Bachal recently starred in a documentary series which featured her efforts to educate children in her Karachi neighborhood of Moach Goth.
Courtesy of Humaira Bachal

3:15am

Sun January 6, 2013
Around the Nation

How A Community Created A Garden From Sadness

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 7:02 am

John Underhill waters flowers at a makeshift memorial for shooting victims outside the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 20, 2011. Many of the plants and flowers at area memorials were replanted at a community garden.
John Moore Getty Images

Brad Holland had big plans for the empty lot he owns in midtown Tucson, Ariz.

"This was going to be my dream house before the economy collapsed," Holland says. "I had a big empty lot and said, 'Wow, a lot of good can come out of this.' "

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