1:50pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Open Air 6/28

Magical Flutes, Voices, and Mimes...oh my!

Alan Farley talks with baritone Nathan Gunn, who is starring as Papageno in the San Francisco Opera’s production (in English) of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.  Giuseppe Finzi, resident conductor of the SF Opera, stops by to talk about the upcoming Merola opera students’ concert, and he’ll also visit with Michael Gene Sullivan of San Francisco Mime Troupe.  Open Air:  Listen anytime through 7/4 via KALW's Local Music Player.

1:40pm

Tue June 26, 2012
U.S.

Lake Lures Fishermen ... And Drug Traffickers

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 7:32 pm

James Bendele runs the Falcon Lake Tackle Shop in Zapata, Texas. Bass fishermen flock to the lake, despite the presence of a Mexican drug cartel.
Wade Goodwyn

On the long drive to Falcon Lake, it slowly becomes apparent why it's ranked the No. 1 bass fishing lake in America: It's in the middle of nowhere.

The lake straddles the Texas-Mexico border, and San Antonio, the closest city, is a four-hour drive away.

A fisherman has to have some serious "want to" to take on Falcon Lake, as they say around here.

But plenty of anglers do. And the trek pays off, because the bass here are big. Very big.

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1:24pm

Tue June 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Tries To Turn The Outsourcing Table On Obama

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:43 pm

Mitt Romney greeted supporters in Salem, Va., Tuesday, as his campaign tried to frame President Obama as the real outsourcer of U.S. jobs.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney's campaign has an obvious challenge: how best to combat charges from the Obama campaign that when the all-but-official Republican nominee was in the private sector, he was heavily involved in offshoring the jobs of U.S. workers?

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1:20pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Sinking Under A $10,000 Monthly Mortgage Payment

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:50 pm

The nation's housing crisis has touched countless people. Increasingly, the well-off are among them.

Housing counselors around the country say they are seeing more people struggling to keep their million-dollar homes. It's a twist on a familiar story of hardship — but one that involves some very big numbers.

Moving Up, Falling Down

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1:20pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Latin America

Mexico Picks A President Amid Drug War, Weak Economy

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:06 pm

PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto campaigns in Mexico City. Pena Nieto is heavily favored in Mexico's presidential election on Sunday. He says his party, which has been out of power for 12 years after ruling for seven decades, has changed its ways.
John Moore Getty Images

The clear front-runner in Mexico's poll on Sunday is Enrique Pena Nieto, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ran Mexico for 71 years until ousted from power in 2000.

Pena Nieto, 45, insists his party has changed its old authoritarian ways, and he's promised a new approach in the drug war, while saying he will take care of the country's failing education system and boost the salaries of hard-working Mexicans.

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1:19pm

Tue June 26, 2012
The Two-Way

University Of Virginia Reinstates President, After Public Outcry

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:27 pm

The governing board of the University of Virginia decided to reinstate the president it had ousted earlier this month.

The AP reports the 15-member board voted unanimously to give Teresa Sullivan her job back, after it faced scathing criticism for its original decision, which students and faculty thought had been reached in a secretive manner.

"I want to partner with you in bringing about what's best for the university," Sullivan said after the vote.

The AP adds:

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12:42pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Swine Flu May Have Killed Far More People Than Thought

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:58 pm

Cambodian women wear masks as they walk in a market in Phnom Penh in Oct. 2009. That month a second Cambodian died from swine flu, health officials said.
Tang Chhin Sothy AFP/Getty Images

The swine flu pandemic that raced around the world in 2009 seems like ancient history now.

One reason it's easy to forget is that the H1N1 strain of flu virus turned out to be milder than was originally feared. Still, there's no doubt the flu killed a lot of people around the world. But how many?

The answer isn't so easy to come up with. Only a small fraction of cases were actually confirmed with lab tests, even in highly developed countries like the U.S.

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12:39pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Education

What the UC system can learn from Chile

Campuses have played host to several protests throughout the year, with students outraged over steep rising costs. University officials approved tuition increases of eight to sixteen percent per year for four years. It’s a continuing trend – tuition has risen by more than 300 percent over the last decade, largely the consequence of drops in state funding.

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12:33pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspectives: 'Sweet' Sue Terry

Dan Demetriad

Great Jazz musicians have their own distinct tone. “Sweet” Sue Terry has developed a wonderful open tone with her own style. Terry, who plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet, says that developing your own tone is a work in progress. Most musicians start by listening to someone they really admire and try to recreate that tone. It’s a little like imitating a foreign accent. You listen to someone from another country speaking English, and then try to imitate that with your own voice. She explains:

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12:16pm

Tue June 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Egyptian Court Overturns Military's Power To Arrest Civilians

An Egyptian court decided today that the military should not have continued power to arrest civilians.

Reuters reports:

"The Muslim Brotherhood and other opponents of military rule were furious when the army-backed interim government empowered soldiers to arrest civilians, effectively reinstating Hosni Mubarak's hated state of emergency, which lapsed on May 31.

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