Thu February 14, 2013
The Salt

Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Makers Dare To Bare How It's Done

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 11:11 am

Askinosie buys beans directly from small farmers. The goal: better quality control, and more cash to the growers.
Bob Linder Courtesy of Askinosie Chocolate

If you're looking to buy chocolate in San Francisco this Valentine's Day, just follow your nose down Valencia Street. "A lot of people walk in [and say], 'Oh, my gosh, the smell!" says Cameron Ring, co-owner of Dandelion Chocolate.

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'Prisoner X' Mystery Puts Spotlight On Israel's Spy Agency

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 6:40 am

The "prisoner x" story is front page news in Australia.
William West AFP/Getty Images

This sounds like something from a spy novel, but it's the top of a real-life Associated Press story today:

"He was known as Prisoner X, his crimes unknown. For months he languished in an Israeli prison until he was he was found dead in his cell in an apparent suicide. Later, rumors would swirl that he was an Australian-Israeli who worked for the Israeli secret service Mossad.

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013

How The American-US Airways Merger Might Affect You

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 2:24 pm

A US Airways plane rests near two American Airlines jets at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last year. The combined carrier would be named American Airlines.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

American Airlines and US Airways on Thursday announced they plan to merge to create the country's largest airline, with a route network stretching from coast to coast, and covering large swaths of Latin America, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Africa.

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013
Kalw Almanac

February 14, 2013

Today is Valentines Day
It's National Organ Donor Day
It's Ferris Wheel Day
International Flirting week

On this day in...

1929 The St. Valentines Day Massacre took place . 
1931 "Dracula" starring Bela Lugosi opened in movie theaters.
1946 IBM switched on its first real computer at the University of Pennsylvania
1972JOHN lennon and Yoko Ono began a week as hosts of the "Mike Douglas Show"

If today's your birthday, you share it with:

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway To Buy Heinz

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:05 am

Warren Buffett is teaming up with another big investor in the $28 billion deal. Berkshire Hathaway has been looking for places to invest, with other recent deals involving consumer icons Coca-Cola and Mars.


Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Warren Buffett Puts Heinz In His Pantry

J.B. Reed Landov

The Oracle of Omaha is again showing he's got a taste for companies that make the kinds of food many Americans love.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is joining with the Brazilian investment group 3G Capital to buy H.J. Heinz Co. for $23.3 billion. Add in the debt that the new owners will assume and the deal's value grows to $28 billion, Buffett's company says.

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Fell By 27,000 Last Week

The number of people filing first-time clams for unemployment insurance fell by 27,000 last week, to 341,000 from 368,000 the week before.

The Employment and Training Administration also reports that the "4-week moving average was 352,500, an increase of 1,500." That average, in theory, gives a better picture of the trend.

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'I Thought We Were Dead,' Says One Of Cop Killer's Hostages

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:05 am

Karen and Jim Reynolds.
AP video

The two people held hostage Tuesday by former Los Angles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner say they expected the worst after they discovered Dorner inside a vacation property they own near the Big Bear mountain resort.

"I thought we were dead," said James Reynolds. "Really, pretty scary."

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Pass The Hat For Research Funding

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:28 am

Car commercial? Nope. Jessica Richman, Zachary Apte (center) and William Ludington are looking to the crowd for money to fund uBiome, which will sequence the genetic code of microbes that live on and inside humans.
Courtesy of uBiome

When the X-ray was invented, people clamored to get one. Not for any medical reason, but just to see what was typically hidden inside their bodies.

Something like that seems to be happening with DNA sequencing technology. First it was companies offering to sequence people's genomes. Now it's learning all about your microbiome, the collection of microorganisms living on and in your body.

Read more


Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: LBJ And Lady Bird Johnson's Love Letters Go Public

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 7:02 am

Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon Johnson at an election rally in 1964.
Terry Fincher Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Read more