1:09pm

Tue November 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Secrets From The Sky: Parade Confetti Containing Sensitive Data Still A Mystery

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 4:23 pm

Garbage and confetti lie on the ground after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York Nov. 22.
Carlo Allegri Reuters/Landov

Why were secrets raining from the sky during Macy's Thanksgiving Parade? Police still aren't sure.

Inspector Kenneth Lack said Monday the Nassau County Police Department is investigating how confidential records including names of police officers, license plates, and the route of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's motorcade ended up as confetti in Manhattan's annual celebration, The Chicago Tribune reports.

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1:05pm

Tue November 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Team Works To Keep Grass Roots From Drying Up In Second Term

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 2:55 pm

A campaign volunteer wears a button as President Obama speaks at a campaign event in Maumee, Ohio. Now that the election is over, the Obama team is trying to keep supporters engaged in the president's second term.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

On Wednesday, President Obama will meet with middle-class Americans who will be affected by a tax increase if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. The White House put out a call for their stories last week.

That dialogue with the American people is part of a broader White House effort to keep campaign supporters engaged during Obama's second term. It's a big change from the first term — and it's not an easy undertaking.

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12:49pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Out in the Bay - 11/29/12 - Martha Wash on AIDS

Martha Wash & AIDS Emergency Fund on 30 Years Fighting AIDS

Martha Wash (of “It’s Raining Men” fame) shared a sneak preview from her new album, due out in January, with Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and Mike Smith of the AIDS Emergency Fund. First Bay Area radio airplay, not yet on any other station!

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12:38pm

Tue November 27, 2012
City Visions: December 3, 2012

Understanding the Quantified Self

Credit http://www.innovation-alliance.net/

An interview with WellnessFX chief Jim Kean, local author Ashley Tudor, and Dr. Paul Abramson of My Doctor Medical Group

City Visions explores the growing "quantified self" movement in the Bay Area. Proponents say that gathering, analyzing -- and sharing-- data about our everyday activities can help us sleep better, lose weight, avoid disease, stay happier and live longer. What kinds of self-tracking technologies are out there, and is there ever such a thing as too much self-knowledge?

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12:31pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Author Interviews

'The Last Refuge': Yemen, Al-Qaida And The U.S.

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 12:47 pm

W.W. Norton & Co.

In December 2009, a would-be terrorist boarded a plane for Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. While the explosive failed to properly ignite and the man was arrested upon landing, the ensuing investigation revealed the bomb in question had been made by al-Qaida leaders in Yemen.

This attempted act of terrorism heralded both the small Arabian country's re-emergence into the international consciousness as a refuge for al-Qaida and the ascendance of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), developments that have grown only more pronounced since.

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12:30pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

East Bay Express: Fixing Berkeley's watershed

A bioswale in West Berkeley helps to absorb and filter stormwater runoff.
Nate Seltenrich

As is the case in many other cities in the Bay Area and across the country, Berkeley's stormwater infrastructure is in sad shape. But help could be on the way. On Election Day, Berkeley voters overwhelmingly supported Measure M, a $30 million bond aimed at street and watershed improvements. The city also recently completed environmental review of its 2011 Watershed Management Plan, a one-hundred-page document outlining the problems facing the city's infrastructure and offering a mix of solutions.

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12:24pm

Tue November 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Servicewomen, ACLU Sue Pentagon Over Combat Exclusion

Cap. Zoe Bedell, one of the plaintiffs.
ACLU

Four servicewomen along with the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over the military's policy to exclude women from combat. The policy, says the ACLU, is unconstitutional.

US News reports:

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12:12pm

Tue November 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Powerball Jackpot Is $500 Million; Now Will You Buy A Chance?

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 4:23 pm

A ticket and a dream.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

We know there's only a 1 in 175 million chance of winning. Even then, you might have to share the prize.

But with Wednesday's Powerball jackpot now estimated to be $500 million (a record for that lottery), we wonder: Are Two-Way readers playing?

Yes, it is kind of silly to think that just because the jackpot has hit half a billion dollars it makes a lot more sense to buy a chance now than it did when you would "only" win $40 million.

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11:34am

Tue November 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 6:16 am

After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

It was almost spooky. Each night after 11 p.m., when nothing was stirring in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, two men would enter. One would sit at the organ, playing a key or series of keys, and the other would crawl around inside the organ pipes, 40 feet off the floor. The process went on for months.

It was the all but final phase of installing a new organ for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. And on Nov. 27, the organ makes its formal debut.

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10:52am

Tue November 27, 2012
Music Reviews

Cecilia Bartoli's New 'Mission' Unearths Baroque Gems

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 12:17 pm

On her new album, opera star Cecilia Bartoli tackles the work of Baroque composer Agostino Steffani.
Uli Weber Decca

I never heard of the Baroque composer Agostino Steffani until last year, when the Boston Early Music Festival presented the North American premiere of Steffani's Niobe, an opera about the mythical queen who bragged so much about her many children, the gods killed them all in revenge. One of the leading roles, Niobe's husband King Amphion, was played by the early-music superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who sang the opera's most sublime aria — a hymn to the harmony of the spheres. I couldn't wait to hear Jaroussky again, and was eager to hear more Steffani.

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