12:17am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Picture Show

In 'Which Way,' A War Photographer In His Element

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 9:22 am

Spc. Tad Donoho screams with pain in 2008 after being administered a "pink belly" for his birthday in Korengal Valley, Kunar province, Afghanistan. Each member of the platoon strikes his stomach until it begins to bruise, hence the name pink belly. From the book Infidel.
Tim Hetherington Magnum Photos

At the 2011 Academy Awards, the film Restrepo was among the documentaries nominated for an Oscar. It follows an American platoon on a remote mountaintop in what was, at the time, the most dangerous place in Afghanistan.

To make the film, writer Sebastian Junger teamed up with British photojournalist Tim Hetherington — who, walking the red carpet that night at the Oscars, might as well have been a young actor straight out of central casting: tall, handsome, charismatic.

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6:00pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

Proposed museum would shine light on New Deal

Works Progress Administration

In the coming months, San Francisco’s grand Presidio park will announce a new tenant. The space up for grabs is the commissary building on Crissy Field, currently occupied by Sports Basement. And while George Lucas’ proposal for a museum of illustration has gotten the most press, there were 15 others, including a plan for a global observatory, a center dedicated to play, and a National New Deal Museum.

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5:52pm

Wed April 17, 2013
YOUR legal rights 4/17

Law for artists and other entertainment professionals

Chuck Finney is joined by entertainment lawyers Laura Drossman and Robert Pimm.

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5:45pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

99 Percent Invisible: A cheer for Samuel Plimsoll

Plimsoll Line
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If you look at the outer hull of commercial ships, you might find a painted circle bisected with a long horizontal line. This marking is called the load line, or as I prefer, the Plimsoll line. This simple graphic design has saved thousands of lives. The Plimsoll line shows the maximum loading point of the ship and lets a third party know, plainly and clearly, when a vessel is overloaded and at risk of sinking in rough seas. If you see that horizontal line above the water, you’re good, if you don’t, you could be sunk.

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5:30pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 17, 2013

How the New Deal changed the face of San Francisco, the sailors who call the Berkeley Marina their home, how a graphic design changed the way ships cross the ocean, and local musicians Nebula Force, Go!

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4:17pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Salt

In Meat Tests, More Data Tying Human Illness To Farm Antibiotics

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 2:26 pm

Are the antibiotics the livestock industry uses on animals responsible for antibiotic-resistant infections in people? Bacteria are notoriously hard to follow from farm to fork, but more pieces of the puzzle are coming together that suggest the answer is yes.

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4:10pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Backs Warrants For Blood Tests In DUI Cases

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 5:10 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police must generally obtain a warrant before subjecting a drunken-driving suspect to a blood test. The vote was 8-to-1, with Justice Clarence Thomas the lone dissenter.

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3:53pm

Wed April 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Uses And Loses Political Capital On Gun Control

Mark Barden, the father of a young Newtown, Conn., shooting victim, speaks at a White House news conference on Wednesday, with President Obama and former Rep. Gabby Giffords. Obama denounced the Senate's defeat of a measure to expand background checks for gun buyers. "This was a pretty shameful day in Washington," he said.
Carolyn Kaster AP

The Senate's rejection of more robust gun purchase background checks was a stinging blow to President Obama that raised questions about his second-term agenda.

Expanding background checks had become a key part of Obama's post-Newtown push for tougher federal gun control laws. And in recent weeks, the president had campaigned for overall gun control legislation — especially the bipartisan background-check compromise — with a sense of urgency.

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3:44pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

What's up with the weather? Answers from a climatologist

Just over a week ago, gusts up to 65 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines around the Bay Area and wreaked havoc on coastal roads. Winds that strong here can classify somewhere between a tropical storm. While they let up for the rest of the week, they returned Monday night, in force.  

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3:43pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: Obama Says It's A 'Pretty Shameful Day In Washington'

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 3:44 pm

President Obama ditched his usual diplomacy and accused Republican senators of putting politics ahead of the wants of the American people, when they voted to reject a bipartisan measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearm purchases.

"All in all, this is a pretty shameful day in Washington," Obama said.

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