12:33am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Salt

Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:25 am

Kiuchi Brewery vice president Youichi Kiuchi holds a bottle of his company's Hitachino Nest beer. To make beer, the brewery is using equipment that once was used for sake.
Lucy Craft NPR

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. Before the industry was deregulated in the 1990s, four major brewers — Asahi, Suntory, Sapporo and Kirin – controlled the manufacture of Japanese beer.

But the major brands' domination is ebbing, for reasons that have as much to do with Japan's ancient history as with its evolving palates. And now some traditional sake brewers are ditching the tradition and trying their hand at craft beer brewing.

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12:00am

Tue September 18, 2012

5:07pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Occupy Bernal: Occupy at the local level

Foreclosure fighters in Atherton
Courtesy of Occupy Bernal

It’s Sunday afternoon, and two-dozen San Francisco homeowners and activists are gathered in front of venture capitalist Peter Briger’s house, in the wealthy South Bay suburb of Atherton chanting,  “Come out and talk to us! Don’t throw us under the bus!”

Briger is co-chairman of Fortress Investment Group, which owns the company foreclosing on some of the demonstrators’ homes. A protest two weeks earlier at the downtown San Francisco offices of the company did not draw a response, so they are taking their concerns to Briger’s home.

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4:48pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics

Occupy Art Gallery: the movement gets an exhibit at YBCA

Poster by Chuck Sperry.
http://chucksperry.net/

Artist Jon Paul Bail remembers being at a coffee shop in the East Bay when his friend walked in and said, “Hey, we’re gonna go down to Oscar Grant Plaza and kick it in a tent and spend the night.”

“Really?” he replied. “You’re gonna go down there and do that?”

“Come on, J.P. dude”, his friends continued. “You can’t choose when things go down because you don’t like the weather.”

Bail held his ground, but a few days later, he arrived at the Occupy encampment with some of his artwork.

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4:40pm

Mon September 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Leaked Video Shows Romney Discussing 'Dependent' Voters

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:26 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney meets audience members after he addressed the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles on Monday.
Charles Dharapak AP

4:17pm

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Neil Gaiman Posts Note From Actress With A Role In 'Innocence Of Muslims'

Details are still emerging about the people who made Innocence of Muslims, a purportedly feature-length film whose online trailer has ignited anti-U.S. protests and violence in Egypt, Libya and other nations. Some of the actors involved have publicly rejected the film — and that list now includes actress Anna Gurji, who asked writer Neil Gaiman for help in making her story public.

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4:08pm

Mon September 17, 2012
It's All Politics

As Mitt Romney Woos Latinos, Obama's Team Derides A 'Makeover'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made his pitch for Latino votes at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention in Los Angeles on Monday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney made yet another attempt Monday to narrow President Obama's substantial polling lead over him with Latino voters.

The Republican presidential nominee spoke at the Los Angeles convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where he was respectfully received.

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3:21pm

Mon September 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Despite Recent Romney Stumbles, Presidential Race Is Far From Over

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 3:53 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Monday in Los Angeles.
Charles Dharapak AP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears a man under siege.

His political strategists are feuding over the direction of the campaign. He bungled his "presidential moment" with an ill-timed and ill-informed response to violence in Libya that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

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2:53pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Middle East

As Sanctions Take A Toll, Debate In Iran Heats Up

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 3:41 pm

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in Tehran in July. Khamenei says Western-led sanctions will not force Iran to change its policies, but there are signs of other concerned voices in Iran.
AP

Yukiya Amano is frustrated.

Last week, Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told a meeting of the agency in Vienna that he is aggravated by Iran's unwillingness to show the IAEA what's going on at a base called Parchin.

"Iran should engage with us without further delay on the substance of our concerns," he said. "We need to stop going around in circles, discussing process."

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2:33pm

Mon September 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Romney In Tug Of War Over China Trade

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 3:04 pm

Shipping containers sit at a port in Tianjin, China, on Feb. 28.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

President Obama kicked off the week in the battleground state of Ohio, where he spent much of the time Monday talking about China.

His administration filed a new trade complaint against China with the World Trade Organization on Monday. The White House is challenging Chinese subsidies for auto parts.

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