1:50am

Mon November 26, 2012
Business

An Entrepreneur Expands The Lego Universe

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 1:49 pm

The bodies of these World War II U.S. Marines and Western Front soldiers are made by Lego, while the helmets and weapons are made by BrickArms. The uniforms are designed and printed by BrickArms.
Will Chapman

Lots of good business ideas have emerged from kids' play. Seattle-area resident Will Chapman could thank his youngest son. At the age of 9, he wanted to know all he could about World War II and was using Lego toys to act out history. But his son was stymied — he couldn't find all the pieces he wanted.

Each year Lego turns out 19 billion plastic bricks, figures and gears for building things. But sometimes, it seems, even 19 billion isn't enough.

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1:50am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Salt

At His Own Risk, Somali Chef Creates Gourmet Haven In War-Weary Mogadishu

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 1:48 pm

Somali chef Ahmed Jama holds up freshly caught spiny lobsters he's about to cook in one of his restaurants in Mogadishu.
John Burnett NPR

Ahmed Jama was running a successful Somali cafe in southwest London when he decided it was time to go home. Against the urgent advice of friends, he returned to Mogadishu three years ago and started cooking.

Jama epitomizes the spirit of rebirth in the city that has been brutalized by 21 years of civil war. As expatriates return to take their homeland back from warlords, terrorists and looters, Jama is doing his part to revive Mogadishu one prawn at a time.

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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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