12:32am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When New Diseases Emerge, Experts Are Faster On The Uptake

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 9:37 am

A railway worker wearing protective clothing to ward off the SARS virus controls a line of travelers as they wait to enter Beijing's West Railway Station Tuesday in 2003.
Greg Baker AP

Scientists have recently discovered three new human viruses.

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12:26am

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Colorado Voters Get Revved Up Over Energy Policy

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 5:17 pm

Beer is processed at the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colo. The brewery has embraced sustainability, making efforts to produce some of its own energy.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

The presidential debates are expected to cover a wide range of topics, from the economy to foreign policy to health care. Wednesday night's debate will focus on domestic policy — and one topic that's likely to come up is energy.

It's a subject that is certainly on the minds of voters in Larimer County, Colo. Last week, in a rural area outside Fort Collins, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan held a campaign event in a warehouse at Walker Mowers, a family-owned manufacturer of lawn mowers and tractors.

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12:25am

Wed October 3, 2012
The Salt

In Washington State, Picker Shortage Threatens Apple Boom

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:57 pm

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, Wash., carries a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

In western Michigan, there aren't enough apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.

This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. But now — just as the peak of apple harvest is coming on — Broetje Orchards manager Roger Bairstow is wincing.

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12:00am

Wed October 3, 2012
Prop 32 debate

Today on Your Call: What's the best way to limit big money’s influence on politics in California?


On today's Your Call, we’ll continue our election coverage with a debate on Proposition 32. If it passes, it would ban unions and corporations from extracting money from employee paychecks for political campaigns.  Supporters say it gets “special interests” out of politics.  Opponents say it unfairly targets unions and leaves exemptions for corporations.  What do you want to know about Prop 32?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  What would true campaign finance reform look like?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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7:03pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The NFL's Lesson: There's No Replacing Good Refs

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:14 am

Referee Walt Anderson makes a call in the Chicago Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, ending the NFL's first full slate of games with its regular officials.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

So, we found out that the National Football League is too big to fail. But not so big that it couldn't make a complete fool of itself and show to the world that its owners are stingy, greedy nincompoops.

Not so big that it couldn't make its commissioner, Roger Goodell, stand out in front, looking lost and small, so that their erstwhile tough-guy commander suddenly became an errand boy, losing respect and dignity that will be hard to regain the next time he needs it.

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6:21pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Arts & Culture

Hear Here Live: Spoken word meets radio at LitCrawl on Saturday October 13

A pinata-maker in the Excelsior District remembers his past life as a revolutionary; a peasant’s daughter journeys from a rural town in China to pursue the American dream in the Bay Area – these are just two of the local stories that will come to life at KALW’s Hear Here: A Night of Storytelling event on Saturday, October 13th at Public Works in San Francisco.

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6:07pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Arts & Culture

Commentary: The long road to freedom for Aun San Suu Kyi

At a time when Americans are increasingly preoccupied the upcoming elections, some of San Francisco’s expatriates recently had a chance to hear from a political fighter of their own. Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi visited San Francisco at the end of last week, and thousands of members of the city’s Burmese community – which is one of the largest in the US – turned out to hear her speak.

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5:58pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Politics

Elections 2012: the South Asian vote

We continue the joint series with our friends at New America Media discussing the issues that various Bay Area ethnic communities care about this election year, and where they stand on local issues. Every Tuesday until election day, we’ll be speaking with representatives from local ethnic media to hear about what’s important to their audiences.

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5:55pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Take part in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Guenet Sebsibe

Our Hear Here team has been interviewing people in libraries throughout San Francisco and Oakland about their lives and memories. Now they want to know about the places that make those memories what they are. They’re asking a simple question: what’s a place in your neighborhood that matters to you, and why?

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5:49pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Politics

The key to San Francisco opens the heart of visiting Nobel Laureate

UK Department for International Development

At a time when Americans are increasingly preoccupied with our own upcoming elections, some of San Francisco’s expatriates recently had a chance to hear from a political fighter of their own.  Burmese opposition leader and Nobel prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi visited San Francisco at the end of last week.  

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