12:04am

Wed April 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

In South Jersey, New Options For Primary Care Are Slow To Take Hold

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

Dr. Madhumathi Gunasekaran examines John Pike at the Northgate II clinic in Camden, N.J.
Emma Lee

Camden, N.J., has serious health problems, with too many people going to local emergency rooms unnecessarily. But progress is being made, albeit slowly.

John Pike, 53, is a Camden resident who used to be a frequent flier at the ER.

Pike has a smoker's cough, and when that cough or pain in his bad hip flared up, he'd go to the ER — maybe eight or nine times a year. But when he did, ER staffers didn't really remember him or his medical history.

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9:53pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Planet Money

H1-B Visas Applications As An Economic Indicator

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

The demand from American companies for high-skilled immigrants seems to be up this year. And that could mean something is about to change for the overall economy.

There is a cap on the number of visas the government gives out for these kind of workers every year. Lately, that cap has been 85,000. Demand always outstrips supply, but for the past couple of years, it has taken at least a few months to hit the quota. But this year, the H-1B visas might be gone by the end of the week.

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7:03pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

Baseball Isn't Dead; It Just Takes More Work To Appreciate

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

Some say baseball is too slow and doesn't appeal to young people. Not Frank Deford.
Rodolfo Arguedas iStockphoto.com

It being the start of baseball season, that means we've been inundated by predictions — who'll win the divisions and the pennants and the World Series? We know two things on this subject. In every sport, at the start of the season, the experts are bound and determined to make these long-range predictions. And second, they are invariably wrong.

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6:00pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Birding on Alcatraz

From left to right, Danielle Ricci, Logan Bartling, and Marie Cerda.
Molly Samuel

Alcatraz Island is famous mainly for one thing: its prison. But it’s also a good place to lay eggs.

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5:44pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Transportation

Ostriches and other memories from 18 years on the Golden Gate Bridge

Jacquie Dean, a bridge officer for 18 years on the Golden Gate Bridge

Last week, the Golden Gate Bridge switched to its new all-electronic tolling system. The change has been smooth, with just a few reports of confused drivers stopping at the toll plaza. For most people, it won’t be a big deal. Over three-quarters of commuters use Fastrak.

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5:34pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 2, 2013

Ostriches and other stories: a Golden Gate Bridge toll collector remembers her time on the job; Birding on Alcatraz; Hear Here: Down (home) by the Bay at the Berkeley Marina; and Is the Bay Area home to the "last rustic town of metropolitan America"?

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5:22pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Arts & Culture

Is the Bay Area home to the "last rustic town of metropolitan America"?

One of the attractions of living in the Bay Area is that you have the buzz and activity of towns located near impressive natural surroundings – even if most people have to drive from the former to the latter.

One community that has a balance between the two is the settlement known as Canyon. It’s less than a mile from the Oakland city limits, and even closer to Moraga, yet towering redwood trees surround it.

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4:38pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Out In The Bay 4-4-13

Karinda Dobbins: Black, Gay, Funny, and a Single Mother!

Comic Karinda Dobbins

Karinda Dobbins is an up and coming comedian who happens to carry too many labels:  black, gay, single mother.  But she's still one of a kind. Host (and one of the first 'out' comics) Marilyn Pittman talks with Karinda about her life in Oakland, her daughter, her stand-up act, and what it was like opening for W. Kamau Bell of FX's 'Totally Biased"  last week at Stagewerx on Valencia Street. 


Airs Thursday 4-4-13 at 7pm

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4:25pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Hear Here: Down (home) by the Bay at the Berkeley Marina

Houseboats at the Berkeley Marina.
Courtesy of Flickr user jdnx // Daniel Ramirez

Roger Boyvey lives in a three-story house he built himself. It contains a complete kitchen, a view room, computer room, living room, master bedroom, guest bedroom, bathrooms adorned with stained glass, and a cat named Leo. In his neighborhood, there are just thirteen other houses like his. In this installment of our series of place profiles, Mary Rees visits Boyvey at his home at the Berkeley Marina.

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4:08pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious' Project

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 11:35 am

A colored 3-D MRI scan of the brain's white matter pathways traces connections between cells in the cerebrum and the brainstem.
Tom Barrick, Chris Clark, SGHMS Science Source

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain.

In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to "better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember." Other goals include finding new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury.

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