4:55pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Family Roots Matter, If You're A GOP Convention Speaker

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:59 pm

South Dakota Sen. John Thune waves to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

If Republicans really do have a problem with the issue of immigration — as even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush intimated on Thursday — you wouldn't know it from the litany of GOP convention speakers who have made a point of stressing their country of origin.

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3:57pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Live Blog: Thursday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 10:49 pm

The Republican ticket: Mitt Romney (left) and Rep. Paul Ryan wave as the 2012 Republican National Convention winds up Thursday in Tampa, Fla. Romney accepted the party's presidential nomination. Ryan is his running mate.
Joe Raedle Getty Images
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Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination tonight and told the nation that if he's elected he will end the four years of "disappointment and division" brought upon America by President Obama.

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," Romney said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn't something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something."

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3:54pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Newark seniors find a home again

Vivian Soriano playing bocce ball

The economic recession hit many Bay Area cities hard, including the city of Newark in southern Alameda County. In January 2010, dozens of employees were laid off or lost hours, and all but the most essential city services were cut. One of the casualties of Newark’s budget crunch was its decades-old senior center.

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3:51pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Politics

Saving the Newark Senior Center

Newark Senior Center

One of the biggest issues in the presidential campaign is the economy, and how well it is – or isn’t – recovering. The recession hit many Bay Area cities hard, including the city of Newark in southern Alameda County. At the end of January 2010, dozens of employees were laid off or lost hours, and all but the most essential city services were cut. One of the casualties of Newark’s budget crunch was its decades-old senior center. Reporter Shaleece Haas was there on the center’s closing day and brings us this story, from our archives.

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3:15pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

America 'Deserves Better,' And He Can Deliver, Romney Will Tell The Nation

This afternoon, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to see the stage where he will accept his party's presidential nomination.
Arnie Seipel NPR

Mitt Romney will tell Americans tonight that he understands why they voted for "hope and change" four years ago, but that President Obama has not delivered and that "my country deserves better."

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," he will say after accepting the Republican Party's presidential nomination, according to excerpts of his address released by the candidate's campaign.

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2:53pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Alexis Harte & The Lemon Hammer

You might be a little perplexed when you listen to this song; could it be the musical stylings of The Lemon Hammer? Is that the sound of Berkeley boy Alexis Harte? Well, we’re not sure. But we know this much: Alexis and the band play folk and blues, and they’re taking the stage at the 60th annual Sausalito Art Festival on Monday September 3rd – that’s Labor Day – at 11:15 am.

2:52pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Politics

Youth Radio reports from the RNC

Today is the last day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Although initially delayed due to Hurricane Isaac, the RNC has featured a number of politicians and notable persons throughout the past few days. Oakland’s Youth Radio has reporters on the ground at the RNC. Brandon McFarland spoke with KALW’s Ben Trefny.

2:39pm

Thu August 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Bradley Manning's Trial Set To Begin In February In WikiLeaks Case

The trial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of passing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, has been scheduled to begin in early February. That news came on the last of three days of pretrial hearings held in Fort Meade, Md., this week.

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2:33pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Participation Nation

Garden Of Youth In Moab, Utah

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:24 pm

Watering the corn.
Courtesy of YGP

The mission of the Youth Garden Project in Moab is to cultivate healthy children, families and communities through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people — from seed to table.

The project works to fulfill this mission by organizing the local Farmers' Market, providing a CSA program, inviting the community to Weed N Feeds, hosting fundraisers like Garden Dinners and organizing large community events like Pumpkin Chuckin'.

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2:24pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Music Special

I Love to Rhyme: The Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

Alan Farley continues his exploration of the lyrics of Ira Gershwin with Gershwin biographer Philip Furia.  For these broadcasts, they sample "The Firebrand of Florence," which Ira Gershwin created with Kurt Weill, plus a look at the songs in the film, "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim."   Hear the broadcast anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.

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