Oakland limits the public from attending city council meetings, Republicans in San Francisco react to the first presidential debate, reporter Melissa griffin files a report from the Denver on the presidential debate, the Mill Valley Film Festival, paying for a stranger's meal at Berkeley's Karma Kitchen, and local musicians The Dunes.
Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 6:33 am
By Richard Knox
It's a troubling story authorities think will unfold over the next month or so. An untold number of Americans who got steroid injections in their spine to relieve back pain may end up with a rare fungal meningitis. The drug was contaminated with the spores of a common leaf mold — nobody knows how.
So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 35 cases of the fungal meningitis in six states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. Five patients have died.
It's almost six o'clock in the evening and people are slowly gathering at a lawyer's office in the Mission District to watch the first Presidential candidate debate. The host of the party is longtime San Francisco Republican Leonard Lacayo. He’s greeting everyone at the door. Inside, right next to the entrance, there is a small sign indicating that this is the Ronald Reagan Building.
LitQuake and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts present an evening with novelist Daniel Alarcón and the team behind Radio Ambulante, the new Spanish-language podcast based here at KALW. Join us for a special night of live bilingual radio, featuring stories from Latin America and the U.S. moderated by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA's managing editor. The event is on Tuesday, October 9th, and begins at 7pm. Advance purchase is recommended.
Today we're featuring music by San Francisco band, the Dunes. They call their music North African fusion rock. You can hear them on Saturday as part of the 18th Annual Arab Cultural Festival in San Francisco’s Union Square.
Tonight is opening night for the Mill Valley Film Festival: the biggest Bay Area film fest of the year. Among the films showing is Sweet Dreams, the story of a group of Rwandan women who found community and support after the 1994 Rwandan genocide by coming together as a drum troupe. The film was codirected, coedited, and coproduced by Rob Fruchtman and his sister: Berkeley resident Lisa Fruchtman. KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with Lisa Fruchtman about the making of Sweet Dreams.