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

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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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1:13pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Alabama's Contentious Education Bill In Limbo As Courts Review Cases

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 1:14 pm

Gov. Robert Bentley talks with reporters in his office, one day after Alabama Republicans adopted legislation to provide state tax credits to attend private schools.
Dave Martin AP

A week after a sweeping and controversial education bill was adopted by the Alabama Legislature, the measure is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. Democrats say Republicans broke the rules when they inserted school choice language into a bill that was originally meant to give school districts flexibility in meeting standards.

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1:04pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Flu Risk And Weather: It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity

A woman fends off the last blast of winter and the flu season in Philadelphia this month.
Matt Rourke AP

As winter wanes into spring, flu season wanes, too. But while people get the flu when it's cold in the United States, in Senegal they're getting sick when it's hot.

It's a puzzle that's baffled scientists for decades. Now, they think they might be have an explanation, though it's not a straightforward one.

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12:04pm

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Bulgaria Expresses 'Regret' For Holocaust Deportation Of Jews

For the first time, the Bulgarian National Assembly is expressing "regret" for deporting more than 11,000 Jews to German death camps.

The declaration passed today is truly bitter sweet, because while it calls the deportations a "criminal act," it also praises Bulgarian citizens and politicians for saving more than 48,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

The BBC explains:

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