1:40pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Sports

WEB EXCLUSIVE: An interview with Hall of Fame golfer Billy Casper

Billy Casper during his US Open win at San Francisco's Olympic Club - from his book "The Big Three and Me"

Golf hall-of-famer Billy Casper reflects upon his career, golfers over the generations, and what has shaped his game and life, in this conversation with KALW's Ben Trefny.

1:38pm

Thu July 5, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

At Last, Superheavyweight Finds Her Olympic Niche

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 6:39 pm

Holley Mangold successfully completes the 145 kilogram "clean and jerk" lift at the trials for the U.S. Olympic women's weightlifting team in March. Mangold came to weightlifting after trying her hand at several other sports.
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

Near the back of the North YMCA in Columbus, Ohio, several men and women line up on a row of beat-up platforms. They take turns practicing the two lifts that make up Olympic weightlifting; the "Snatch," and the "Clean and Jerk."

The goal? To hoist large amounts of weight from the floor into an overhead position.

Among the lifters here is 5-foot-8 inch, 350-pound Holley Mangold. She is the epitome of power, in appearance, attitude and athletic ability.

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12:40pm

Thu July 5, 2012
The Salt

Warning Against Eating Meat Has Chinese Olympians Off Their Game

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 8:00 pm

Chinese volleyball player Yunwen Ma during a game between China and Germany, at the Montreux Volley Masters women tournament, in Montreux, Switzerland, in 2011.
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT EPA /Landov

It's no longer Meat Week here on The Salt (we are deep into Pie Week, in case you haven't noticed). But that doesn't mean we can't flag a good meat story when we see one.

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12:09pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Health

An AIDS-Ravaged Nation Turns To Circumcision

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:23 pm

Joseph Ochieng, 18, gets circumcised at the Siaya General Hospital in western Kenya.
Jason Beaubien NPR

The African nation of Kenya is attempting to get more than 1 million men between the ages of 15 and 49 circumcised by the end of 2013. If successful, this could be a groundbreaking effort in the fight to curb the spread of HIV.

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11:17am

Thu July 5, 2012
Politics

Pondering Oakland's pension dilemma

Oakland's PFRS shortfall

Add Oakland to the list of cities struggling to pay old pension debts. Recently, we took a look at PFRS -- the Police and Fire Retirement System. Let’s recap:

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10:53am

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

The 'Arafat Killed By Poison?' Story: Here's What We Don't Get

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 5:34 am

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in October 2004, a month before he died.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

Al-Jazeera is getting attention for its reports that traces of polonium-210 have been found on items, including clothing, belonging to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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9:50am

Thu July 5, 2012
Music Reviews

Linda Oh: Connecting Points On A Musical Map

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 9:01 am

Linda Oh
Vincent Soyez courtesy of the artist

In a good jazz rhythm section, the players function independently and as one. Their parts and accents crisscross and reinforce each other, interlocking like West African drummers. Beyond that, the bass is a band's ground floor. When it changes up, the earth shifts under all the players' feet. From moment to moment, Linda Oh's bass prowls or gallops, takes giant downward leaps, or stands its ground.

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9:23am

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Heat Waves, Power Outages, Wildfires: The Misery Continues

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:23 pm

Trying to keep cool in Chicago: On Wednesday, 7-year-old Keshyra Pitts played in the spray from a fire hydrant.
Jose M. Osorio MCT /Landov

First, some good news:

-- The Waldo Canyon fire in and around Colorado Springs is "90 percent contained" and officials expect it will be "fully contained by Friday," The Denver Post reports. That blaze, which began June 23, has destroyed about 350 homes and caused at least two fatalities.

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9:22am

Thu July 5, 2012
Around the Nation

AIDS In Black America: A Public Health Crisis

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 11:10 am

Dr. David Ho, an HIV/AIDS specialist, draws blood from Magic Johnson, one of the people featured in Endgame: AIDS in Black America.
Renata Simone Productions/Frontline

Of the more than 1 million people in the U.S. infected with HIV, nearly half are black men, women and children — even though blacks make up about 13 percent of the population. AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites.

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9:18am

Thu July 5, 2012
Asia

After A Forced Abortion, A Roaring Debate In China

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 8:09 pm

Feng Jianmei and her husband could not pay $6,000 in fines for violating China's one-child policy. In June, when she was seven months pregnant, local officials abducted her and forced her to have an abortion, her family says. The case has provoked widespread outrage.
Quirky China News Rex Features

Deng Jiyuan and Feng Jianmei, a couple from northwest China's Shaanxi province, have a 6-year-old daughter. Under China's complicated birth calculus, they were barred from having another child. But they tried anyway.

"We planned this pregnancy because our parents are old, they want us to have another child," Deng, 30, explained by cellphone last month from his home in Shaanxi.

That decision led to a sequence of events that has ignited a firestorm and renewed debate over the country's one-child policy.

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