2:39am

Sat March 9, 2013
Africa

A Big Battle Over A Tiny Isle In The Nile

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 5:18 am

An Egyptian farmer drinks tea near his home on Qursaya island, in the Nile River, next to Cairo, in January. The Egyptian military says it is the registered owner of the island's land, a claim disputed by the farmers and fishermen who live there.
Nasser Nasser AP

It's not easy to get to Qursaya island, a tiny bit of land in the middle of the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt's capital. You have to take a boat from the riverbank. There are no cars on the island, and it's only had running water for a few years.

It's a quiet 70-acre patch of agricultural land amid a megacity, where mooing cows provide the soundtrack, and farmers and fishermen have lived for generations.

But not all is as bucolic as it seems: The island is at the heart of a yearslong legal battle between those farmers and the government.

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2:02am

Sat March 9, 2013
The Two-Way

With Hagel In Afghanistan, Explosion Hits Near Defense Ministry

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 11:38 am

Afghanistan National Army soldiers and security personnel walk at the site of a suicide attack next to the Ministry of Defense main gate in Kabul on Saturday.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

A bomb exploded near the Defense Ministry in Kabul on Saturday morning as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was visiting in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility, calling it a message to the new Pentagon chief.

Update At 10:49 a.m. ET: Hagel Not Surprised

Hagel was nowhere near the attack, but the AP reports he heard the blast:

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7:25pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

What Makes an Idea Go Viral?

Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert said,

"Jonah Berger, author of the book, Contagious, knows more about what makes information 'go viral' than anyone in the world."

Berger will be my guest on Work with Marty Nemko on Sunday, Mar. 31. As usual, I'll also do 3-Minute Workovers on callers. Have a work-related woe? I'll try to help. The price is certainly right: zero.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 AM to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM, San Francisco.

4:48pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Community Partnership

Summoning Ghosts - the Art of Hung Liu

The Oakland Museum of California presents Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, a major retrospectiveof one of America’s most prominent Chinese artists. Featuring paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, and drawings, the exhibition showcases Liu’s life story, as well as the epic saga of her native China.  March 16 - June 30.   Learn more at museumca.org.

3:14pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

French Mother On Trial For Sending Her Son, Jihad, To School With 'Bomb' Shirt

Bouchra Bagour, left, leaves a court house with her lawyer Gaelle Genoun.
Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty Images

A French mother was in court Wednesday for what she says was a simple birthday celebration but what the government alleges is a clear provocation, an allusion to terrorism.

The BBC reports that Bouchra Bagour, 35, has been charged with "glorifying crime" after she sent her three-year-old son — named Jihad — to school wearing a T-shirt that read "I am a bomb" and "Born on 11 September."

The BBC adds:

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3:07pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'World's Best Restaurant' Blamed For Diners' Illnesses

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:12 am

The famed Noma restaurant in Copenhagen has been blamed for more than 60 of its diners falling ill. Investigators say an illness spread from the staff to the customers.
Keld Navntoft AFP/Getty Images

Noma, the Danish eatery that has won fans with its innovative approach to Nordic cuisine, and won Restaurant magazine's "World's Best Restaurant" title the past three years, is getting some unwelcome press, after dozens of people who ate at the Copenhagen restaurant fell sick.

Update: Monday, March 11

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3:03pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Around the Nation

Death Cafes Breathe Life Into Conversations About Dying

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 10:20 am

iStockphoto.com

We live knowing that everything dies. Like the sun, it's a fact of life. And like the sun, we tend not to look right at it. Unless you've experienced a recent death, it's probably not something you discuss. But a new movement is trying to change that, with a serving of tea and cake.

The fear of death haunts us like nothing else. And it makes sense. All other fears — such as public speaking, centipedes and heights — pale in comparison. So we don't really talk about it.

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2:36pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: March 8, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

(Politico) // “The people in the federal hierarchy are in an impossible position” when it comes to cannabis regulation, according to US Senator Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. He hopes to correct that with federal legislation introduced Monday.

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2:26pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Cops & Courts

There’s more to marijuana than THC: Martin Lee talks about CBD

Martin A. Lee, author/journalist
Simon Speakers

Cannabis is pretty easy for anyone to get these days – anyone, that is except researchers and scientists, said author and journalist Martin A. Lee at his March 6 presentation sponsored by the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

The presentation focused on the CBD (cannabidiol) element of cannabis, but Lee started with some context.

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1:26pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

In Kenyan Election, Kenyatta Holds On To Razor-Thin Margin After Final Tally

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 8:47 am

A supporter celebrates on March 6, 2013 at a polling station in the Mathare slum of Nairobi.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Update at 7:04 p.m. ET. All Votes Counted:

With all the votes in, Kenya's election commission says Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have won with the slimmest of margins. Kenyatta got 50.03 percent of the vote, the AP reports.

Reuters adds:

"Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, secured 6,173,433 votes out of a total of 12,338,667 ballots cast, indicating that he had secured the more than 50 percent of votes needed for a first round win."

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