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Wed March 6, 2013

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Tue March 5, 2013
Music Interviews

Cloud Cult's 'Love' Channels A Life Tested By Loss

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:18 am

Cloud Cult's new album is titled Love.
Cody York Courtesy of the artist

The latest Morning Edition "Music Moment" focuses on the band Cloud Cult. The group is known to fans for making music to soothe the soul, as it does on the new album Love.

"This album really looks at all the different aspects of the self that need to be healed up in order to facilitate the process of stepping aside and allowing love to speak for our life rather than our wounds," lead singer Craig Minowa says.

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6:06pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

Middle Eastern theater company celebrates International Women's Day with live performance

An arts organization called Golden Thread Theatre Company has for years been enlightening, entertaining, and engaging the San Francisco public through live theater. Their purpose is to bring Middle Eastern literature, folklore and current events center stage. Plays tackle issues as serious as terrorism and the Patriot Act, and as light as folk tales featuring animals, and wise fools.

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5:52pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

New art installation lights up Bay Bridge's Western span

San Francisco is globally famous for being home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, but tonight it’s the Bay Bridge that’s making international headlines.

A new installation called “The Bay Lights” launches with 25,000 LEDs lighting up all the cables across the Western span of the Bridge, transforming it into an illuminated sculpture inspired by the surrounding environment.

Sculptor Leo Villareal is the project’s light artist, but Ben Davis is the man who came up with the idea for the installation.

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5:50pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 5, 2013

New art installation lights up Bay Bridge's Western span; Middle Eastern theater company celebrates International Women's Day with live performance; Audiograph: Behind the scenes of the Napa grape harvest; Hear Here: Armenian Community Center Bingo Hall; StoryCorps: Meet Lillian Edwards; and local band Hot Einstein.

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4:22pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Armenian Community Center Bingo Hall

Sometimes we pass a place in our neighborhood everyday, but never know what happens behind the building's facade. When KALW's Anna Sterling decided to look a little deeper into the Armenian Community Center, she discovered a committed father-daughter team of bingo champs.

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3:40pm

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Intervenes In Heated Battle Over Alabama's Education Bill

Circuit Court Judge Charles Price hears arguments in in Montgomery, Ala., Tuesday on a bill that provides private school tax credits. The judge halted the bill from being delivered to the governor.
Dave Martin AP

A judge in Alabama has blocked the state's governor from signing a school choice bill, after a lawsuit alleged that lawmakers bypassed state rules when they substantially revised the legislation in committee. The vote to pass the bill last week was marked by confusion, anger, and accusations of "sleaziness" and "hypocrisy," as AL.com reported.

Here was the scene last week, as the bill's backers sought to end debate and hold a vote:

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3:20pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Business

As Construction Picks Up, American Truck Makers Race

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:34 pm

Ford unveils the F-150 Atlas concept pickup during January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Experts say the boom in construction will boost pickup sales.
Carlos Osorio AP

Economists look at many tea leaves as they try to determine the health of the economy. One of the most important surrounds vehicle sales, and more specifically pickup truck sales, which are tied to the construction industry. And as last month's sales rose 18 percent, the auto industry is betting big on a real estate rebound.

It's arguable that the Ford F-150 is the most important vehicle to come out of Detroit since the Model-T. It's also built where many parts for the old Model-T were made in Dearborn, Mich.

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2:40pm

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Has Died, Vice President Says

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 4:23 am

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2006.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez, has died, Vice President Nicolás Maduro announced in a televised statement.

Chávez died at a military hospital in Caracas at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday. He was 58.

In power since 1999, the former military commander became an icon of socialist policies in Latin America. With his country's oil wealth as backup, he launched fierce and unyielding criticism of the United States and its allies.

The AP reports:

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2:08pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Remembrances

Venezuela's Chavez: An Outsized Personality, A Domineering Figure

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:20 pm

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks in a televised address in January 2002 at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. Chavez vowed justice for two men who were shot and killed Jan. 3 at a political rally in a battle between Chavez supporters, opposition marchers and security forces.
Miraflores/Getty Images

A fiery leftist, Hugo Chavez was a steadfast ally of dictators like Cuba's Fidel Castro while loudly opposing the United States. He claimed capitalism was destroying the world and tried to transform Venezuela into a socialist state. Millions of Venezuelans loved him because he showered the poor with social programs.

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