12:24am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Maya Expert: The 'End Of Times' Is Our Idea, Not The Ancients'

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:05 pm

Tourists are seen in front of the "Gran Jaguar" Mayan temple at the Tikal archaeological site in Guatemala, where ceremonies will be held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Baktun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21.
Johan Ordonez AFP/Getty Images

Update at 7 a.m. ET, Dec. 21: We're Still Here.

Our original post continues:

It is Dec. 20, 2012 — and citizens of Earth are panicking, consumed by the idea that the world will end Friday, something they say was predicted by Mayan astronomers. Of course, most people are not panicking, and Maya expert David Stuart says no one should. The calendar, he says, has plenty of room to go.

Read more

12:23am

Thu December 20, 2012
It's All Politics

FAA Pressured To Give E-Readers A Pass During Takeoff, Landing

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 8:37 am

The Federal Aviation Administration is under pressure to allow more widespread use of e-readers on commercial flights — including during takeoff and landing.
iStockphoto.com

As the holiday travel season approaches, the Federal Aviation Administration is under pressure to allow more widespread use of e-readers on commercial flights.

Passengers can now use devices such as Kindles, iPads and Nooks while in flight, but not during takeoffs and landings. The FAA says it is studying the matter, but the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and a U.S. senator say it's time to act.

Read more

5:06pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Crosscurrents Podcast

Crosscurrents: December 19, 2012

America's War on Drugs: 40 Years, a trillion dollars, and debatable results.

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

4:52pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Your legal rights 12/19

Auto repair issues

  


Chuck Finney is joined by Donald Johnson, Program Manager, California Dept. of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Auto Repair, Santa Clara Co. Office to discuss auto repair issues.

Read more

4:30pm

Wed December 19, 2012
City Visions: January 7, 2013

A Conversation with SF Police Chief Greg Suhr

A discussion with SF Police Chief Greg Suhr.


Host Joseph Pace speaks with San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.  Is violent crime on the rise in San Francisco?  How does crime in different neighborhoods compare?  Are the SFPD's tools, such as the "Bat Computer," making streets safer?  Hear Chief Suhr discuss the challenges and successes of the SFPD.


Read more

3:44pm

Wed December 19, 2012
The Salt

Unitaskers And Other Foodie Gifts We Don't Need Or Want

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 5:59 am

A man takes a closer look at kitchen appliances while shopping at a Bed Bath & Beyond store in New York.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Call us Grinchy, but as Christmas rushes towards us, we at The Salt have been overwhelmed with foodie gift ideas that frankly give us pause. So if you're confronting a long Christmas list that will have to be dealt with at the last minute, we have some advice.

Resist the food baubles and frippery that await you on Amazon.com and in nearly every retail outlet.

Read more

3:22pm

Wed December 19, 2012
The Two-Way

News Of Sandy Hook's New Principal Brightens Parents' Day

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 3:44 am

When the students of Sandy Hook Elementary return to class after the holiday break, they'll be attending a different school. They'll also have an interim principal who will be a familiar face to some: Donna Page, who retired from Sandy Hook two years ago.

As NPR's Zoe Chace reports, the news was announced by a voicemail sent to the parents of Sandy Hook's students, in which Page (pronounced Pa-jhay), told them, "It is with a heavy heart full of love that I connect with you today. You may not know me, but I know you. I was principal of Sandy Hook School for 14 years."

Read more

3:20pm

Wed December 19, 2012
It's All Politics

With Nation's Eyes On Newtown, Washington Distracted By Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 3:34 pm

President Obama, with Vice President Biden at his side on Wednesday, at a news conference about gun violence that became dominated by questions of the fiscal cliff.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Anyone hoping that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre might change dynamics in the nation's capital when it comes to the issue of guns met some level of Washington reality on Wednesday.

President Obama held a news conference to announce his response to the Connecticut killings of 26 grade-schoolers and educators, including his naming of Vice President Joe Biden to head a team that will recommend in a month actions that might help prevent future Sandy Hooks.

Read more

2:55pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

In Faith, Finding Answers To 'The Mystery Of Evil'

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 3:47 pm

People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. In the aftermath of such tragedies, many people ask how a benevolent God and suffering can coexist.
Emmanuel Dunand Getty Images

When a human tragedy occurs on the scale of the Newtown shootings, clergy are invariably asked an ancient question: If God is all-knowing, all-powerful and benevolent, why does he allow such misfortunes?

There's even a word for reconciling this paradox: theodicy, or attempting to justify God's goodness despite the existence of evil and suffering.

A World Both Beautiful And Shattered

Read more

2:50pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Around the Nation

What Are The Odds Of Gun Control Changes?

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:35 pm

A clerk peers out from a gun shop in Seattle on Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson AP

Advocates of stricter gun control legislation are hoping that history will not repeat itself.

Last Friday's shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., have shaken the country, but it's unclear whether the intense feelings of the moment will translate into legislative action. Many times in the past, outrage over gun violence has dissipated before Congress has chosen to act.

Read more

Pages