5:12pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Politics

The 38 Percent: The Latino vote in California

Marcos Gutierrez is the host of the radio show Hecho in California on KIQI 1010 AM in Daly City.

The latest census numbers say that Latinos make of 38 percent of California’s population, a voting bloc to be reckoned with on issues like domestic workers, farm labor, and immigration. Latino San Francisco Supervisors Avalos, Campos, and Olague are up for reelection in Latino-majority districts.

KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Marcos Gutierrez, host of the show "Hecho en California" on KIQI 1010 AM based in Daly City, about the Latino vote in California.

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4:20pm

Tue October 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Shows His Soft Side; President Tightens His Pitch

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 4:56 pm

Mitt Romney on a farm in Van Meter, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

With 27 days until the general election, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was on an Iowa farm Tuesday where he did what he's done for months: criticized President Obama's economic policies, though his critique understandably had an agricultural slant.

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4:10pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Science

Nobel In Physics: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 7:45 am

In this combination of photos, American physicist David Wineland (left) speaks at a news conference in Boulder, Colo., and French physicist Serge Haroche speaks to the media in Paris after they were named winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics.
Ed Andrieski, Michel Euler AP

You wouldn't be surprised to learn that a laboratory run by the U.S. Department of Commerce is working on more precise methods to measure stuff.

However, you might not expect it to be at the cutting edge of the mind-bending world of quantum physics. But on Tuesday, David Wineland became the fourth employee at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, a federal lab, to win a Nobel since 1997. Wineland learned he will share the Nobel Prize in physics with Frenchman Serge Haroche for work that's both esoteric and practical.

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3:36pm

Tue October 9, 2012
U.S.

At U. Of Texas, A Melting Pot Not Fully Blended

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 4:10 pm

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case that could determine the future of policies that include race as a factor in university admissions.
Eric Gay AP

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a landmark case about race and college admissions. In 2008, a white student named Abigail Fisher was denied admission to the University of Texas, Austin.

Fisher sued the university, claiming she was denied admission because of her race. Her suit, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, could mean the end of admissions policies that take race into account.

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2:59pm

Tue October 9, 2012
City Visions: October 15, 2012

Conversation with SF Environment Department chief Melanie Nutter

City Visions speaks with Melanie Nutter, head of San Francisco's Department of the Environment. Hear about the Department's current initiatives -- from the bag ban to climate change adaptation measures to new rules for nail salons -- and how they could affect you and influence statewide policy.

2:35pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music : Justin Ancheta Band

Today, we are featuring Justin Ancheta Band from San Francisco. They say you’re likely to be doing more than tapping your toes when you hear their reggae-influenced rock. You might even be humming one of their tunes on your way home. Find out for yourself if this is true on Saturday October 13th, when the band performs at a benefit for the Environmental Forum of Marin in Corte Madera. Music starts about 5pm.

2:31pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Education

Saving City College: Board of Trustees candidates public debate on October 12

City College of San Francisco is one of the city's most vital public institutions, serving 90,000 students at nine different campuses. But it's facing some tough times right now, with threats to its accreditation looming, and continuing cuts to its budget.

This November, four seats are open for election on the College's Board of Trustees, the body that may determine the fate of City College.

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2:24pm

Tue October 9, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Government Sues Wells Fargo In Mortgage Case

Wells Fargo.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo & Co., today, saying the bank was reckless when it issued federally guaranteed mortgages.

Bloomberg reports:

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1:52pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Instead Of Surgery, Man Pedals Off The Pounds

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 8:02 pm

Ernest Gagnon weighed 570 pounds before he decided to lose weight by taking up cyclocross racing. Forgoing surgery, Gagnon lost more than 200 pounds and recently competed in his first cyclocross race.
Courtesy of Ernest Gagnon

A lot of Americans are struggling to lose a whole lot of weight, and they try all kinds of crazy things.

Ernest Gagnon — a man from Billerica, Mass. — decided to shed pounds by getting into the often intense, high-adrenaline sport of cyclocross: racing road bikes on obstacle courses.

Two years ago, Gagnon tipped the scales at 570 pounds. He was depressed and embarrassed to leave the house.

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