12:21am

Fri October 5, 2012
Solve This

Romney, Obama Far Apart On Closing Budget Gap

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:33 am

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Here's one thing President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could agree on during their first debate this week: Something has to be done about the enormous gap between what the federal government collects in taxes and what it spends.

But the two men fundamentally disagree on what to do about that budget deficit.

The Problem

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12:18am

Fri October 5, 2012
Europe

Not Everyone In Spain Eager To Wager On EuroVegas

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:03 pm

Spaniards protest the construction of the EuroVegas gambling complex at Puerta del Sol in Madrid last month.
Gustavo Cuevas EPA/Landov

American billionaire, casino mogul and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has a new project: a $35 billion gambling megacity in Europe. He has chosen debt-ridden Spain as the location for "EuroVegas," which is expected to bring up to 250,000 much-needed jobs.

But many Spaniards are divided over whether they want casinos in their backyard.

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12:17am

Fri October 5, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Media Roundtable

On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of the first presidential debate. What did you think of the questions? We’ll also talk about Wal-Mart Workers Strike at Multiple Stores across the country, and Venezuela's  presidential election. We’ll be joined by veteran journalist David Cay Johnston, freelance journalist Josh Eidelson,and the Guardian’s Rory Carroll. Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Where did you see the best reporting this week?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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12:16am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Salt

Shake It Up, Baby: Are Martinis Made The Bond Way Better?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 5:12 am

One martini; shaken, not stirred.
Karen Castillo Farfan NPR

In the movie Goldfinger, a minion of bad guy Auric Goldfinger asks 007: "Can I do something for you, Mr. Bond?"

"Just a drink," Sean Connery's Bond replies, deadpan. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred," he intones.

From Connery to Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, this preference is repeated again and again in 007 flicks. (Check out this video montage for the full Bond effect.)

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12:15am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Salt

In Haiti, Aid Groups Squabble Over Rival Peanut Butter Factories

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:00 pm

Alex E. Proimos Flickr.com

Can there be too much life-saving peanut butter?

In Haiti, two different humanitarian groups have built new factories to make this product, which is used to treat severe malnutrition and maybe someday prevent it. The problem is, Haiti doesn't appear to need two of them. Each factory, all by itself, could satisfy Haiti's current demand.

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7:03pm

Thu October 4, 2012
StoryCorps

For Special Education Teacher, 'Every Day Is Precious'

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 6:04 am

Ken Rensink found his calling, teaching special education, after a debilitating accident when he was 19. Now 47, he talked about his journey with friend and colleague Laurel Hill-Ward at StoryCorps in Chico, Calif.
StoryCorps

Ken Rensink's path to special education teaching began when he was 19, just one day after he completed his training for the U.S. Army Reserves. He fell asleep at the wheel of his car, hit a telephone pole and nearly lost his life.

"I was paralyzed from the waist down," Ken told friend Laurel Hill-Ward, a Chico State University professor who trains special education teachers. "My left arm was so weak, I could barely hold a plastic cup of water."

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5:23pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Out in the Bay - 10/4/12 - Pomo Afro Homos

Out In The Bay goes Pomo Afro Homos!

Pomo Afro Homos onstage

Pomo Afro Homos? Yes, "post-modern African American homosexuals," the
groundbreaking black queer performance troupe from the 90's is back! Marilyn Pittman
talks with Brian Freeman, one of the founders of the group that made history in San Francisco
during the AIDS crisis of the early 90's. He's reprising their signature show,

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4:53pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 4, 2012

Oakland limits the public from attending city council meetings, Republicans in San Francisco react to the first presidential debate, reporter Melissa griffin files a report from the Denver on the presidential debate, the Mill Valley Film Festival, paying for a stranger's meal at Berkeley's  Karma Kitchen, and local musicians The Dunes.

4:51pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Spreads To Six States

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 6:33 am

The fungus Aspergillus niger shows up as a black mold on decaying vegetation and food.
Dr. Lucille K. Georg CDC

It's a troubling story authorities think will unfold over the next month or so. An untold number of Americans who got steroid injections in their spine to relieve back pain may end up with a rare fungal meningitis. The drug was contaminated with the spores of a common leaf mold — nobody knows how.

So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 35 cases of the fungal meningitis in six states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. Five patients have died.

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4:39pm

Thu October 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Aims Post-Debate Barbs At Romney As Many Ask: Why'd He Wait?

President Obama drew a crowd in Madison, Wis., the day after his widely panned first debate against GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

For President Obama, Thursday appeared to have its share of what the French call staircase wit.

We've all experienced it. Heading up the stairs to bed, you think of the perfect response to something someone else said earlier. Of course, it's too late.

The day after his widely panned presidential debate performance, Obama delivered the sort of retorts to his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, that were mainly absent the night before.

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