2:48pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Latin America

The Mexico-Canada Guest Worker Program: A Model For The U.S.?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:29 am

Armando Tenorio at his home in Mexico last December. Tenorio spends most of the year working on a blueberry farm in Canada, on a temporary work permit, to support his family in Mexico.
Dominic Bracco II The Washington Post/Getty Images

In the U.S., farmers and farm workers alike say the current system to import temporary workers, especially in agriculture, is slow and fraught with abuses.

But the shape of a new guest-worker program is still being hashed out. Some say the U.S. should import temporary workers the same way Canada does. For nearly four decades, the governments of Canada and Mexico have cooperated to fill agriculture jobs that Canadian citizens won't do, and that Mexicans are clamoring to get.

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2:45pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Open Air ~ 1/31 at 1pm

Violin Virtuosi ~ Aurora Theatre ~ SF Symphony vs Baltimore

Host David Latulippe talks with playwright Anthony Clarvoe of the Aurora Theatre who talks about the World Premiere of his play “Our Practical Heaven,” and Jeanne Johnson of the early music ensemble “Music of the Spheres” shares details about their upcoming concerts, which are being billed as a “Valentine from the French Baroque.”  Violin soloist James Ehnes talks about his SF Symphony performances of Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole, and the superiority of the SF Symphony is extolled (vs.

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2:05pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Around the Nation

South L.A. Teens Doubt New Laws Will Change Gun Culture

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:04 am

Handguns collected in South-Central Los Angeles as part of a Gun for Gift Card exchange in 2009. One teenager here says getting a gun on the streets is just "one phone call away."
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

On 53rd Street and Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles, violent members of at least six gangs run the streets. A landmark church is boarded up and tagged. There are liquor stores and abandoned lots. On Tuesday night, there was a drive-by shooting two blocks away, and folks are expecting retaliation. This is an area where murders, robberies and rapes are common — and so are guns.

"There's too many guns out there," says Randolph Wright, 18. "I can tell you right now, every hood has an AK[-47]. Regardless of whatever other gun they got, they have an AK."

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12:52pm

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Beyoncé On Lip-Syncing: 'I Did Not Feel Comfortable Taking A Risk'

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 2:34 pm

Pat Benic DPA /LANDOV

The Grammy-award winning singer Beyoncé has finally put an end to all the talk surrounding her performance during President Obama's second inauguration.

And she did it in diva fashion, during a press conference to preview her Super Bowl performance.

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12:27pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Owls Spin Their Heads Without Tearing Arteries

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 4:56 am

How does a great gray owl do that? Now we know.
Martin Meissner AP

The human neck is a delicate stem. Torque it a bit too much, and the carotid and vertebral arteries can rip, causing deadly strokes. People have torn their neck arteries riding roller coasters, doing yoga, going to the chiropractor, being rear-ended in the car – even leaning back for a beauty-parlor shampoo.

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12:25pm

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Shots Fired At Atlanta Middle School

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 2:59 pm

Shots were fired at an Atlanta middle school, this afternoon, several news outlets are reporting. The Associated Press quotes an Atlanta fire official saying that a 14-year-old had been shot at Price Middle School.

WSBTV reports that one teacher was injured and the condition of the teen is not known.

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12:20pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Electrician

For those of you who couldn’t care less about football, check out the “F*&@ the Superbowl Show" at El Rio in the Mission this Sunday, February 3. Among the performers are two Bay Area bands...The Oakland-based band Electrician is an electro-folk project, creating shadowy songs about social war, relationships, and discontent. Neil Campau, the mind behind Electrician, is returning from a 2.5 month tour of the US. San Francisco-based musician Michael Beach will also be playing the show, thus opting to "F*&@ the Superbowl"!

12:18pm

Thu January 31, 2013
All Tech Considered

What's Next, A Patent For The Lines Around Apple Stores?

Apple has trademarked its minimalist store design.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Officially as of last week, there's nothing quite like Apple's stores. After an array of patents of its products, Apple has decided to go whole hog and trademark its minimalist store design. The trademark was approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Jan. 22, Reuters reported.

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11:31am

Thu January 31, 2013
Sports

Are Shooting Ranges The New Bowling Alleys?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 7:33 am

Renee Blaine, a leader of the Leander, Texas, chapter of A Girl and A Gun during the "Girls Night Out" event.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

The traditional American shooting range is extending its range.

In Summerville, S.C., for example, the ATP Gunshop & Range stages community-minded blood drives and Toys for Tots collections. Twice a week there are ladies' nights, where women can learn to fire pistols and receive free T-shirts.

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11:19am

Thu January 31, 2013
Sunday at 4pm; Monday at 9pm

Berkeley Symphony Broadcast

Dylan Mattingly with conductor Joana Carneiro
(SFgate.com)

KALW continues its exclusive partnership with the Berkeley Symphony for a broadcast that was recorded in Zellerbach Hall in December, dedicated to longtime KALW host, Alan Farley.  Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the symphony in Robert Schumann's "Symphony No.2," Gyorgi Ligeti's "Piano Concerto," with Shai Wosner as soloist, and the World Premiere of Berkeley native Dylan Mattingly's "Invisible Skyline."  David Latulippe hosts the broadcast.  Sunday at 4pm; Monday at 9pm.

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