4:05pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Transportation

Market Street gets a facelift

Around 250,000 people use Market Street every day— and in every way. They take the bus, ride BART, walk to work, shop... even live.

In 2016, Market Street, between Octavia and the Embarcadero, will be torn up and repaved. So city planners figure it’s the perfect time to reshape and re-imagine San Francisco’s main drag.

San Francisco’s transportation director Ed Reiskin says it’s a good opportunity for the city to do more than pour concrete.

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3:53pm

Mon September 10, 2012
U.S.

Army Aims To Use Words, Not Weapons, With Afghans

U.S. Army soldiers learn to play khosai, Afghanistan's full-contact national pastime, at Fort Campbell.
Blake Farmer for NPR

The U.S. Army has been ramping up instruction in the languages of Afghanistan, even as troop levels in the country decrease in preparation for the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2014.

This year, key installations have added several hundred speakers of Pashto and Dari to their ranks, more than doubling the number of soldiers trained in the Afghan languages.

But it's not just the country's languages that are foreign to U.S. soldiers — it's the culture, as well.

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3:51pm

Mon September 10, 2012
The Two-Way

NOAA: This Summer Was Third Hottest On Record

A map that shows the difference from average temperatures.
NOAA

Today in Washington, D.C. we got our first taste of fall. It was crisp and in the low 60s. And just as we slide into the last days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published its summer 2012 recap.

It's exactly what you were expecting: It was really hot. In fact, 2012 was the third hottest on record.

NOAA reports:

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3:33pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Vaccine For Dengue Fever Shows A Glimmer Of Hope

A health worker in the Domincan Republic sprays insecticide between houses to stop dengue fever outbreaks this month.
Erika Santelices AFP/Getty Images

It's human nature to hope for positive results after spending months or even years conducting a research study. In well-designed studies, however, scientists identify in advance the criteria for success, so their optimism won't color their conclusions when the study is completed.

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3:10pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Folk Music & Beyond 9/15 3-5pm

Neil Young & The Bridge School Concerts

Enjoy the music of Neil Young and highlights from the new Bridge School Concert's 25th Anniversary recordings on this week's Folk Music & Beyond.   You'll hear some of the biggest names in rock and popular music playing their songs unplugged-Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, Norah Jones, The Who, and of course, Neil Young & Crazy Horse.   Saturday 9/15 from 3-5pm.  (Listen through 9/22 via KALW's Local Music Player.)

2:41pm

Mon September 10, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Turnstyle: Conference aims to jumpstart tech founders, and industry diversity

San Francisco Bay Area residents, techie or not, are swimming in the wisdom of startup culture, with its cognescenti profiting handsomely from the books and blogs that form the canon in their indust

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2:37pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Mitt Romney's Shifting Stance On Health Care

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 3:26 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling near the U.S. Capitol in Washington in late June.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney seemed to make health care news in a Sunday interview on NBC's Meet the Press.

He said he might not want to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act.

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2:37pm

Mon September 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Kabul's First Skate Park Suffers Tragic Loss In Weekend Attack

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 3:15 pm

Khorshid during a Kabul skating event in 2012.
Skateistan

Many times what happens far away ends up coded in numbers and officialdom.

Like this weekend, a blast near NATO headquarters in Afghanistan killed at least six. NPR's Dana Farrington noted that a suicide bomber blew himself up near the entrance of Camp Eggers, where many children who work on the streets set up to sell trinkets.

Today, we get the heartbreaking news that six of the dead were children and four of them were part of the Skateistan program.

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2:14pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Arts & Culture

East Bay Express: Straight outta brokeland

Just chapters into Michael Chabon's tightly contained Telegraph Avenue —a novel so engaging, fun, and, to us locals, coolly familiar — the Berkeley author throws politically correct caution to the wind with a delightful portrayal of President Barack Obama, back in 2004. Chabon dresses down the then-senator with a funky attitude, a deep love of black music, and way with the ladies, as he attends a fundraiser in the Berkeley Hills to rap positive with Gwen the midwife. Suddenly, admiring the stutter-step speech of this young black man, all seems hopeful again.

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2:10pm

Mon September 10, 2012
All Tech Considered

What Will Apple's Patent Case Mean For Phone Design?

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 3:52 pm

These Nokia phones unveiled earlier this month are the first smartphones built for Windows 8.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

A lot of thought goes into giving your smartphone a distinctive look and feel, from the shape of the speaker — square, round or oval — to where to put the buttons — side, front or back.

But industrial designers like Robert Brunner say he doesn't have a lot of room to be creative.

"Because you're really being so heavily driven on maintaining a minimal physical size," he says. "So you really get into this very fine envelope of a few millimeters that you have to work with."

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