Wed October 31, 2012

East Bay Express: Scary local election updates

East Bay Express political cartoon
Justin Freitas

On this Halloween holiday, some might find that their deepest fears stem not from ghosts or witches, but from the possible outcomes of the upcoming election. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with with East Bay Express co-editor Robert Gammon on this to discuss some of the scariest election battles in Berkeley, Oakland, and the state.

Gammon explains the controversy over Berkeley’s Measure T, which would allow for dense growth on six sites in West Berkeley. Local public employees union SEIU local 1021 wanted to endorse it, but the union’s county leadership voted against it.

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Wed October 31, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Anatomy of a prison riot

Credit California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

October 18, 2012

Rarely can social observers witness the forces and influences at work that lead to cataclysmic events, as they occur. But here at CMC, it's possible to view the forces and machinations that result in prison violence, before the final upheaval occurs. Specifically, I am referring to policy implementation and official attitudes at CMC's West facility.

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Wed October 31, 2012

Hundreds of thousands pack downtown SF for Giants parade

Today was not just any ordinary Halloween. The holiday coincided with the San Francisco Giants' victory parade, celebrating the baseball team's sweep of the World Series that culminated last Sunday. The parade,  featured a performance by Tony Bennett and appearances by Jon Miller and Dave Flemming – and of course, the 2012 San Francisco Giants players, drew a crowd of hundreds of thousands.

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Wed October 31, 2012
It's All Politics

The Destructive Storm That Built An Unlikely Political Bridge

President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, N.J., where they met with local residents displaced by Sandy.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Though Superstorm Sandy destroyed much in its path, it did apparently build at least one bridge, that of bipartisanship between President Obama and New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, a strong ally of Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, and a key critic of the president before the storm, has had little but praise for Obama for the assistance provided to New Jersey leading into the epic storm, which hit this week.

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Wed October 31, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

San Francisco’s Columbarium – where you can truly leave your heart

Neptune Society Columbarium, San Francisco

Oh, how the residents of San Francisco love their city! So often they’ll say, “We never plan to leave here. Never!” That’s a great sentiment, but the reality is that nearly everyone will someday have to leave this place, because there are no public cemeteries within the city limits.

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Wed October 31, 2012
Shots - Health News

Cancer, Heart Research Threatened By Power Outage At NYU Hospital

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:29 pm

Researchers at New York University Hospital worry the mice they use to study human disease may have perished in the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy.

ABC News and the New York Daily News are reporting that cells, tissues, mice and rats used for medical research may have been lost as New York University Hospital approaches its third day without power. The losses could set researchers back years.

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Wed October 31, 2012
Arts & Culture

Local Music: Mr. Kind

Today we're featuring the sounds of Oakland band Mr. Kind. Brian Bergeron, the leader of this group, is from Massachusetts, and he’s still amazed that you can go on tour, drive hundreds of miles, and still be in the same state! But before their California tour begins, the band is playing a special show tomorrow (November 1st) at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Mr. Kind will be recreating Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” album, note for note.

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Wed October 31, 2012
Arts & Culture

Ask a Latvian: What's a Graveyard Holiday?

Latvijas Saeima

Graveyards are a big deal in Latvia. They are usually located in pine tree forests and are filled with beautiful sculptures and gravestones, especially if it's a tomb of a famous writer or an artist.

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Wed October 31, 2012
Around the Nation

The Industrious Lives Of Halloween's Ghouls

Being a monster — or creepy clown — in a haunted house can be downright strenuous with all the jumping and running. And if the scares are too real, it can get physical.
Courtesy of Nick Markoff

Halloween might be the best day of the year for kids who love candy and grown-ups who love to be scared, but it is also the last day of work for thousands of ghouls and clowns.

Every year, people from all walks of life — firefighters, students, preschool teachers — adopt the rather unconventional part-time job of scaring at haunted attractions. They spend a month caking their faces with makeup, dipping their bodies in jelly-like substances that resemble blood and practicing chilling screams and creepy laughs until they're pitch perfect.

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Wed October 31, 2012

Drug-Sniffing Dogs Take Center Stage At High Court

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:53 pm

Miami-Dade Detective Douglas Bartelt and narcotics detector canine Franky give a demonstration in Miami in 2011.
Alan Diaz AP

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases Wednesday testing what, if any, limits there are to the police using drug-sniffing dogs. By the close of two hours of argument, it looked very much as though the court would rule against the use of drug-sniffing dogs without a warrant in one case, but not the other.

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