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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1:13pm

Tue October 9, 2012
The Salt

Restaurant Discounts For Gastric Bypass Patients May Send Mixed Messages

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 5:31 am

People who have had gastric bypass surgery qualify for discounts at popular restaurants, including buffets.
coolmikeol Flickr.com

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans turn to stomach-shrinking bariatric procedures, hoping for extreme weight loss.

All of these reduced appetites might seem like bad news for the restaurant business, but surgeon-distributed food discount cards aim to make dining out cheaper and more practical for gastric bypass patients.

But is this kind of encouragement really a good idea?

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1:03pm

Tue October 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Study: Unemployment Discussion Differs By Swing State

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 2:21 pm

Job seekers line up to register at a Miami job fair in January. A new study shows that Florida voters discuss joblessness in ways quite different from those in Ohio and Virginia, two other presidential battleground states.
Alan Diaz AP

Dante Chinni is the director of Patchwork Nation, which uses demographic, voting and cultural data to study communities. It is part of the nonpartisan, not-for-profit Jefferson Institute, which teamed with NPR to examine what can be learned about different communities through online text analysis. The project had Knight Foundation funding.


Since the beginning of the Great Recession, unemployment has driven much of the national conversation, and with good reason.

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12:38pm

Tue October 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Young 'Nones' Set To Transform The Political Landscape

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 1:50 pm

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Culture warriors on the left and right would be wise to carefully examine a new survey from the Pew Research Center showing that a growing number of Americans are moving away from religious labels.

The study, titled "Nones" on the Rise, indicates that 1 in 5 Americans now identifies as "religiously unaffiliated," a group that includes those who say they have no particular religion, as well as atheists and agnostics.

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12:20pm

Tue October 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Mexican Official: Zeta Leader's Body Was Stolen From Funeral Home

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano in an undated photo.
AP

A prosecutor from the Mexican state of Coahuila dropped a bombshell today: The body of Zeta founder and leader Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano was stolen from a funeral home.

This is big news because the Mexican government has on at least one other occasion claimed to have captured a big fish in the war on drugs only to have to walk it back, when questions arose.

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