12:29am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Voter Purges Under Review Ahead Of Election Day

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:14 am

Noncitizens aren't allowed to vote in federal and state elections, but efforts to remove them from the nation's voter registration rolls have produced more angst than results.

Opponents say the scope of the problem has been overblown; those behind the efforts say they've just begun to look at the problem.

'Early Stages'

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12:29am

Thu September 20, 2012
World

Father Of Pakistan's Nukes Enters Politics

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 7:56 am

Pakistani lawyers carry posters of Khan at a rally in support of him in Lahore in 2008.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

The man known as the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Kahn, is a national hero in Pakistan — and a villain in much of the West.

Now, the controversial scientist is trying his hand at politics at the age of 76.

In the U.S., Khan is best known for selling nuclear technology to nations such as North Korea and Iran. In 2004, at the urging of the U.S., Pakistan placed Khan under house arrest. But in 2009, he was freed.

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12:28am

Thu September 20, 2012
Science

Why Pictures Can Sway Your Moral Judgment

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:41 am

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When we think about morality, many of us think about religion or what our parents taught us when we were young. Those influences are powerful, but many scientists now think of the brain as a more basic source for our moral instincts.

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8:48pm

Wed September 19, 2012
City Visions: September 24, 2012

Bright Lights, Big City: Who Benefits From Billboard Deals?

São Paulo banned billboards in 2006.

Some safety advocates have called those bright, changing digital billboards on the freeway “television on a stick," which -- in addition to texting -- give drivers one more reason to take their eyes off the road. 

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6:26pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: September 19, 2012

A conversation with Berigan Taylor, record collector extraordinaire; Jazz Perspective: Gregory Porter, cool and collected vocalist; Bay Area Beats: Kelly McFarling finds her musical home in San Francisco; Aquarius keeps the light shining on underground music; and Inside Druid Heights, a Marin County counter-culture landmark.

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5:00pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Your Legal rights 9/19

Immigration Law Update

Chuck Finney is joined by Antonio Nierras, a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Laws to discuss recent updates to immigration policy.

4:45pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspective: Gregory Porter, cool and collected vocalist

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The upstairs room at an old plantation house on the Caribbean island of Curacao was insufferably hot. But jazz vocalist Gregory Porter was cool and collected, even while wearing his trademark winter cap. Known for his silky smooth voice and socially conscious lyrics, Porter has reason to be confident. His first album, “Water,” garnered critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination for the 2010 Best Vocal Jazz album. This February, he released his second album, “Be Good.” And now, he’s in the Caribbean to perform at the annual Curacao Jazz Festival.

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4:08pm

Wed September 19, 2012
U.S.

Held Dear In U.S., Free Speech Perplexing Abroad

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:09 pm

Arab-Israeli men protest a video mocking the Prophet Muhammad, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Thursday.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty

The French government announced Wednesday that it will prohibit demonstrations planned for Saturday to protest the anti-Muslim video that has sparked violence in Muslim countries around the world.

The decision came after a French satirical magazine published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

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3:27pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Arts & Culture

Inside Druid Heights, a Marin County counter-culture landmark

National Park Service spokesperson Alexandra Picavet grimaces as we bump down an unmarked, steep dirt road.

“Phew. I really dislike this road,” she says. “I’ve lived in really backcountry areas. And I still really dislike this road.”

We’re lucky. It’s a clear day. In the rain, Picavet refuses to drive this road, which is the only access to a property fancifully dubbed Druid Heights.

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3:17pm

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Plans For John Hinckley's Transfer Have Been Put On Hold

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:49 pm

Plans that would allow John Hinckley to leave a mental institution and go live with his mother are on hold. His doctors say the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is well enough to deserve more freedom.

But a key part of the treatment plan is now up in the air.

Therapists in Virginia, near the home of John Hinckley's elderly mother, say they want to withdraw from a plan to treat him several days a week.

Hinckley's longtime defense lawyers say they want to quit too, because they're not getting paid any more.

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