1:49am

Mon November 26, 2012
Shots - Health News

Give And Take: How The Rule Of Reciprocation Binds Us

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 6:44 am

A Hare Krishna distributes food gifts from a chariot during a festival in London in 2011. The religious group began distributing books, flowers and gifts to strangers in the 1970s, drawing on the rule of reciprocation to raise money.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

In 1974, Phillip Kunz and his family got a record number of Christmas cards. In the weeks before Christmas they came daily, sometimes by the dozen. Kunz still has them in his home, collected in an old photo album.

"Dear Phil, Joyce and family," a typical card reads, "we received your holiday greeting with much joy and enthusiasm ... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's. Love Lou, Bev and the children."

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1:49am

Mon November 26, 2012
U.S.

'Giving Tuesday': The Start Of A Holiday Tradition?

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 1:50 pm

First, there was the post-Thanksgiving sales spectacle Black Friday and then the online version, Cyber Monday. Now, charitable groups want to start a new holiday tradition — it's called Giving Tuesday and the first one is tomorrow.

It may seem a little surprising that no one came up with the idea before of designating a specific day to help launch the holiday charitable giving season.

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12:01am

Mon November 26, 2012

8:30pm

Sun November 25, 2012
Minds Over Matter 11/25

Minds Over Matter - Nov. 25, 2012

The Bay Area's favorite quiz show! Tonight, Dana Rodriguez welcomes panelists Gerry Nachman, Laury Fischer, and Pauline Tajchman.

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2:11pm

Sun November 25, 2012
Around the Nation

N.H. Group Says People, Not Taxes, Should Help Needy

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 2:33 pm

This is the time of year when people all over the country are coming together and getting food to needy families, but for one community in Manchester, N.H., private acts of charity aren't just a holiday tradition — they are a display of anarchist and libertarian principles.

On a recent day, about 50 people gathered in a converted office space with $6,000 worth of food and a list of needy families. Mike Ruff, with help from a couple of kids, filled shopping bags with food for the hungry.

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2:00pm

Sun November 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Disaster Donations Surge, But What About Tomorrow?

A member of the Red Cross distributes food to residents of Coney Island affected by Superstorm Sandy in the Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 9.
John Minchillo AP

More than $174 million in donations has been raised for those affected in New York and New Jersey by Superstorm Sandy, which devastated parts of the Atlantic coast in late October.

"The more affluent and well-insured people will figure a way to recover their lives, but there are a lot of people in New York who really won't have that capacity and can't speak out for themselves," says Stacy Palmer, the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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12:19pm

Sun November 25, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Coping With a New Handicap: A pianist (Marty Nemko) loses the use of three fingers.

All of us have some sort of handicap, even if it's not officially recognized. Maybe we're emotionally tone-deaf,  maybe we just can't ever seem to motivate ourselves. One of Marty Nemko's handicaps is a recently acquired one: He developed a hand condition which renders three of his fingers pretty-much useless.

Marty was a pianist and when he developed that condition, he decided, before depression and self-pity took hold, to take on the challenge of learning how to play the piano with just seven fingers.

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3:31am

Sun November 25, 2012
The Salt

Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:44 am

The mortar and pestle can be found in kitchens around the world, including Thailand. In the United States, chef Tanasapamon Rohman uses the tool to grind up chili paste and pulverize rice at her Thai restaurant.
Jessical Spengler Flickr

Chefs these days stock all sorts of high-tech tools, from liquid nitrogen to $500 blenders. But in kitchens throughout the world, there's one piece of technology that's been the same since the Stone Age: the mortar and pestle.

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3:04am

Sun November 25, 2012
U.S.

Despite Talk, Immigration Overhaul Not A Guarantee

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference in the Capitol on Nov. 9. Boehner has said Republican House leaders and Obama "can find the common ground" on immigration policy.
Allison Shelley Getty Images

Now that Republicans are widely embracing an overhaul of immigration laws, even a path to legal status for illegal residents, will their members in Congress follow through?

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3:04am

Sun November 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Awash With Love: Storm Resurfaces 1940s Letters

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:15 pm

Kathleen Chaney and her son Patrick found the storm-soaked stack of letters as they were walking along the New Jersey shore.
Lindsay Lazarski Newsworks.org

The weekend after Superstorm Sandy, Kathleen Chaney and her son Patrick stumbled upon a bundle of letters while they were walking along the New Jersey shore near her home.

The letters were tied with a pink ribbon and thoroughly soaked. Some of the beautiful handwriting had blurred. Chaney took the bundle home, dried out the letters and began to read them.

They were written to a man named Lynn Farnham, signed by "your loving Dot." Chaney says the letters speak of true love and devotion.

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