Fri January 11, 2013

Mother To Daughter: 'That's When I Knew I Was Adopted'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:35 am

Diane Tells His Name, 61, grew up unaware of her Native American identity. When she discovered the truth in her late 30s, she adopted a child from her Lakota tribe, Bonnie Buchanan.

Diane Tells His Name, 61, grew up never knowing she was adopted.

"When did you first feel like you were different?" Bonnie Buchanan, 23, asks her mother during a recent visit to a StoryCorps booth.

"Probably elementary school," she replies. "I had a younger sister, and I really didn't like doing the same things that she would do."

Instead of tea parties and dolls, Tells His Name spent her time outdoors, peering at the clouds and stars.

"And my sister was blond, tall and thin like my mother, and I was round and brown," she says with a laugh.

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Thu January 10, 2013

Friday Media Roundtable: Crackdown in Bahrain

protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain.
Hasan Jamali / The Associated Press

The Musée Mecanique at San Francisco's Pier 45 brings together two of the city’s greatest tourist draws: History and entertainment. It’s an arcade, with some of the oldest and rarest games in the industry.

 From the outside, ten strikes looks like a pinball machine. But as you get closer, you see it’s different. It’s made of wood, it’s not branded to some blockbuster movie, it’s about bowling ! And instead of flipping the ball up to hit targets, you simply allow gravity to guide the ball down and help you get a strike.

Down an aisle , another machine isn’t a game at all. It’s a mechanized display of a carnival, complete with roller coasters and sideshows. It’s a work of art that animates with the drop of a coin.


Thu January 10, 2013

Governor Brown unveils California budget for 2013

Governor Jerry Brown rolled out his proposed budget for the next fiscal year this morning. After voters supported Prop 30 last November, he was emboldened to make K-12 and higher education a big part of his plan for spending the state’s money. To break down all of the Governor’s proposals, KALW’s Hana Baba called longtime Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters.

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Thu January 10, 2013

Hear Here: The "Latvian Hall" in Noe Valley

Courtesy of Northern California Latvian Choir

The places we choose to spend our time are important – they often define essential parts of our lives and ourselves. All week we’re bringing you profiles of places that matter to people around the Bay Area, as part of our community storytelling project Hear Here. This next piece from KALW’s Artjoms Konohovs takes us to a cultural center in Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco that brings together Bay Area Latvians.

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Thu January 10, 2013

Crosscurrents: January 10, 2013

Governor Brown proposes a new state budget, living past the age of 100, the Musee Mchanique and the history of arcade games, the Latvian Cultural Center, and local musician Brendan Getzell.

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Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

American Express To Cut 5,400 Jobs

American Express Co. announced Thursday that it was cutting 5,400 jobs, primarily in its travel business, and take a $287 million restructuring charge associated with those layoffs.

The charge is likely to lower the company's adjusted fourth quarter net income by 46 percent from a year earlier. Excluding the charge, however, the company said its fourth quarter adjusted net income was $1.2 billion, or $1.09 per share.

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Thu January 10, 2013

To Catch Worker Misconduct, Companies Hire Corporate Detectives

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 5:32 pm

Companies are turning to corporate monitors to check on employees who may be misbehaving.

As businesses face more complex regulations and heightened scrutiny by prosecutors, companies are turning to investigative firms to help keep watch over their employees.

The idea behind the "corporate monitoring" business is to nip misconduct in the bud before law enforcement catches a whiff of it. These corporate detectives-for-hire are seeing good business these days, and finding new ways to snoop.

We all know our employers have access to tons of data about us. They can see every person we email from our company email account, every phone number we dial from our desk.

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Thu January 10, 2013
It's All Politics

For Young Republican, Defying Boehner In Washington Plays Well Back Home

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:50 pm

Republican House Speaker John Boehner administers the oath of office to Amash during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 5, 2011, at the start of Amash's first term.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

When the rumored rebellion against House Speaker John Boehner's bid for a second term played out last week, the very first Republican to not vote for Boehner was Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., just three names into the alphabetical roll call.

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Thu January 10, 2013
Author Interviews

In 'Sliver Of Sky,' Barry Lopez Confronts Childhood Sexual Abuse

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 6:03 pm

Barry Lopez
David Liittschwager Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez is known for writing about the natural world. His books include Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men, where he explores the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture. But in a new essay in the January issue of Harper's Magazine, Lopez writes that he was sexually molested by a family friend when he was a boy, and says the man was never brought to justice.

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