1:25am

Wed October 31, 2012
Law

Can Drug-Sniffing Dog Prompt Home Search?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:52 am

Miami-Dade narcotics detector canine Franky, who came out of retirement to give a demonstration, sniffs marijuana in Miami in 2011. Franky's supersensitive nose is at the heart of a question being put to the U.S. Supreme Court: Does a police K-9's sniff outside a house give officers the right to get a search warrant for illegal drugs?
Alan Diaz AP

You can already hear all the likely jokes at the Supreme Court, about the justices going to the dogs. But the issue being argued Wednesday is deadly serious: whether police can take a trained drug-detection dog up to a house to smell for drugs inside, and if the dog alerts, use that to justify a search of the home.

In the case before the court, the four-legged cop was named Franky, and as a result of his nose, his human police partner charged Joelis Jardines with trafficking in more than 25 pounds of marijuana.

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1:25am

Wed October 31, 2012
Election 2012

Sandy Underscores Debate Over Government's Role

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 10:09 am

President Obama offered thoughts and prayers Tuesday for all those who have been affected by Sandy. He also offered something more tangible: the full resources of the federal government.

"The most important message I have for them is that America's with you," he said. "We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."

For Obama, the federal government is a critical vehicle for that kind of help. Republicans put more faith in local government, and even voluntary efforts.

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12:26am

Wed October 31, 2012
Kitchen Window

The Hard-Boiled Truth About Egg Soups

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 6:38 am

T. Susan Chang for NPR

The chicks arrived five months ago — eight gray, blond, black and tawny puffballs no bigger than the eggs they'd been hatched from a day earlier. They had a slavishly devoted audience within minutes and names within 24 hours. Every couple of weeks they doubled in size, and over the summer they ballooned from 2 ounces to 7 pounds as we furiously worked to complete their permanent coop.

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12:01am

Wed October 31, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: What are the challenges of providing humanitarian aid?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors without Borders, a 40-year-old organization that provides humanitarian assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect and catastrophe. What are the politics of humanitarian aid? Join us at 10am PT or post a comment here. What role should humanitarian organizations play during armed conflicts? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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7:03pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The American Pastime Fades In Popularity

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:52 am

Wendell Franks iStockphoto.com

Jacques Barzun, the esteemed cultural historian, lived 104 years and wrote a multitude of words about the most important issues in society, but when he died last week, his one quote that was invariably cited was a pithy one that he wrote back in 1954: "Whoever wishes to know the heart and soul of America had better learn baseball."

Never mind that that is no longer even remotely true.

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6:52pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Voting from the Korean American perspective

Under CC license from Flickr user valuef

We conclude our series in partnership with New America Media, delving into the issues California’s ethnic voters care most about this year, with a look at the politics of Korean Americans. California is home to 451,000 Korean Americans. The biggest community is in LA, but a sizable number are here in the Bay Area, with the highest concentrations in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. So what’s this community talking about one week ahead of the elections? KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Won Yi, a talk show host on Korean television KEMS TV in San Jose.

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6:36pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Meet the most committed candidates you’ve never heard of

Sonja Trauss is running as a write-in candidate for the BART board in her district
Courtesy of http://www.district7.trauss.com/#!voting/c1u32

If you’ve got a mailbox, chances are that at this point in the election season, it’s stuffed with campaign literature. You might be so sick of it that you’re considering writing in your own candidate on Election Day. It’s a whimsical way to show dissatisfaction with the candidates who are running.

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6:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Democrat vs. Democrat in California's 15th District

Democrat Eric Swalwell is challenging Democrat incumbent Pete Stark in the race to represent California's 15th Congressional District.

For the past 39 years, the California’s 15th Congressional District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by 81-year-old Pete Stark. He has gone mostly unchallenged until this year.

Eric Swalwell – a member of the Dublin City council – is running against Stark. Swalwell is quite a contrast: he's 31 years old, a soccer coach and a prosecutor. He’s also a democrat, which makes this race Dem v. Dem. This is the first time that two candidates from the same party can run for the same seat, a reform made possible by voters in 2010.

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5:37pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Oakland’s District One candidates on cops, debt, and economic growth

Courtesy of maps.google.com

Three incumbents are leaving their city council seats in Oakland this year, including District One’s councilmember, Jane Brunner. District One is basically North Oakland, separated by the 24 freeway, which divides the more upscale neighborhoods of Temescal and Rockridge from the historically lower-income neighborhoods to the west. Both Oaklands come together at the corner of Alcatraz and San Pablo Avenue, just shy of the Berkeley border.

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5:33pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 30, 2012

The Korean-American vote, police funding and Oakland's District 1, how to become a write-in candidate, democrat vs. democrat in the election for California's 15th congressional distrcit, and local musicians Tokyo Raid.

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