4:26pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Phenomenauts

What’s that you’re hearing? It’s the futuristic sounds of Crosscurrents favorites The Phenomenauts. They’re playing at The Uptown nightclub in Oakland on Wednesday, along with glam-rock standbys The Rezillos - plus an additional unannounced guest. Music starts about 9pm.  

4:24pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

Prison rehab programs on the rise

Inmate Johnny Ames demonstrates his welding skills.
Kyung-Jin Lee

In California, last week’s vote was in many ways a referendum on our criminal justice system. Voters rejected Proposition 34, and so the state’s death penalty will remain in place. But Californians also amended the so-called three strikes law, so that nonviolent offenders are less likely to spend their whole lives in prison. That second vote suggests that voters may be starting to think more about rehabilitation than punishment.  

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3:59pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: A bit of color in the darkest of times

Slobodan Dan Paich spoke with Nirmala Nataraj at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco

 

Shortly after World War II in Eastern Europe, Slobodan Dan Paich was just a boy – and he says life felt void of color. He remembers the moment light came back in – it was all thanks to a certain musical tale about a dark-haired beauty named Tosca.

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3:17pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Media

Conservative Media Caught in the Blame Game

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 4:08 am

In the wake of last Tuesday's elections, a lively debate has erupted into the open over whether conservatives and the Republican Party were well-served by their favorite media outlets.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney was reported to have been so certain of a victory on Tuesday night that he cast aside tradition and did not draft a concession speech. But conservatives now say his misplaced confidence — and theirs — were bolstered by the predictions of many like-minded pundits, which were broadcast and posted online around the clock by sympathetic news outlets.

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3:08pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Thousands of Iranian Troops Will Participate in 'Biggest Ever' Military Drill

Iran has initiated a massive week-long air defense drill amidst growing international pressure over its nuclear ambitions and last week's firing on a U.S. drone they claim entered Iranian air space.

Iran will test its air defense system, named "Mersad," meaning ambush in Persian. Drill spokesman Shahrokh Shahram told Iran's Press TV the military exercise was both a "strong warning to those threatening Iran" and a symbol of regional security, according to Reuters.

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2:47pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Europe

A German City With Debt Problems Of Its Own

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:31 pm

The main street in Oberhausen — Germany's most indebted city — is dotted with vacancies. Despite its economic woes, Oberhausen, like other western German cities, must make "reunification" payments to the former communist East. The payments help explain German voters' reluctance to bail out Greece and other eurozone countries.
Patrik Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

Germany, the economic engine of Europe, has been a key player in bailing out the Continent's most troubled economies.

Yet there are places in the former West Germany — like Oberhausen — that are struggling with their own debt problems, even as they pay hefty sums to revitalize former East German cities with transfers known as "Solidarity Pact" payments.

Borrowing To Stay Afloat — And Pay Out

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2:30pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Salman Rushdie, John Le Carre End Literary Feud

Author Salman Rushdie at The New Yorker Festival in New York on Oct. 7.
Todd France AP

It began with a war of words in the letters pages of the Guardian and ended with comments made to The Times of London. It took 15 years, but, as the Guardian reports, the feud between writers Salman Rushdie and John le Carre is at an end.

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2:28pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Parole Planning and the Vague Transition from Prison to Communities

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

2:16pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

People From 20 States Ask To Secede On White House Website

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 8:06 am

A fan holds up the Texas state flag during Game Two of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

They're asking politely. Malcontents from 20 different states are petitioning the White House to allow them to secede from the union.

Using the White House website's We the People function, in which petitions garnering at least 25,000 signatures get a response from the president, people from the state of Texas are asking to "peacefully ... withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."

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1:53pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

Post-Sandy, Residents Gut Hard-Hit Rockaway

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:36 pm

Volunteers help to clean up in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood where a large section of the iconic boardwalk was washed away.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Ferry service into Manhattan started Monday for the Rockaway section of Queens, one of the hardest-hit New York City neighborhoods after Superstorm Sandy. Many residents are still feeling cut off, struggling without power or adequate public transportation options. And now worries about mold are creeping in.

But the new ferries were a small consolation for the trickle of commuters who trudged onto Manhattan soil for the first time in two weeks. Some of them, like Sheila Curran, were grinning all the way down the plank.

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