7:03pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Title IX At 40: What Has Changed, And What's Next

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:08 am

The adoption of Title IX has spurred growth in women's collegiate sports, including soccer. But a women's pro league has struggled, cutting its season short this year. Here, Notre Dame celebrates winning the NCAA College Cup in 2010.
Gerry Broome AP

Saturday is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which, although almost nobody anticipated it then, resulted in women's gaining the right to participate in sports commensurate with their numbers attending college.

Title IX not only had a huge effect on women's participation in sports, but also, culturally, it influenced the way both men and women view the idea of women and athletics. It's mattered greatly in our American society.

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4:55pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Battles with urban wildlife

You don’t have to be outside for long to realize that here in the Bay Area, we are surrounded by wildlife. Long before houses and roads and cities popped up, wild animals reigned supreme. As we negotiate our relationship to the remaining members of that wildlife, there’s bound to be some tension.

One particularly sneaky animal is on the prowl in almost every neighborhood – digging up garden beds, living in attics, scavenging through garbage…

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4:35pm

Tue June 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Senate's Top Republican Seeks A Cue From Romney On Immigration

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:42 am

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

President Obama has certainly put Republicans in a tricky spot with his action to essentially activate parts of the DREAM Act that would defer deportations for certain young illegal immigrants.

Come out against the president's stance, popular with many Latino voters but not exclusively so, and Republicans run the risk of further alienating many of those voters.

But come out in support of the president's act, and many conservatives in the Republican base could get angry.

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4:31pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 19, 2012

Mexico's presidential elections; 9 million expected to be in the Bay Area in 2040—where will they live?; and battles with urban wildlife.

4:28pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

House Republicans, Holder Head For Showdown Over Gun-Trafficking Scandal

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:36 am

A House panel will meet Wednesday to consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the controversial Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-trafficking operation.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, met with Holder on Tuesday in an effort to resolve difference over his panel's subpoena for the documents.

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4:27pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Politics

Americans watch Mexico closely on election day

Gerardo Ritz runs a produce company that operates in the U.S. and Mexico. He'll be voting for Mexico's next president July 1.
Photo by Peter O'Dowd

Standing on the edge of an unfinished railroad bridge outside of Brownsville, Texas, businessman John Wood can see across the Rio Grande into Mexico.

"We are tied together," Wood said of the two countries. "It's kind of like an umbilical cord."

The rail line will connect Brownsville with Matamoros, Mexico, when completed. It's the first of its kind to connect the countries in a century.

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4:00pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Salt

Surviving A Food Festival Without Getting A Tummy Ache

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 5:07 pm

The Fancy Food Show floor in 2011.
Embajada del Ecuador en Estados Unidos Flickr.com

I've never in my life desired a low-sodium biscuit, but I let the well-groomed woman at the Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. this week goad me into eating one.

"They're soooo good, I swear," she says.

It's perfectly fluffy and edible, this low-sodium biscuit, but seconds after it's gone I'm regretting having just wolfed down the whole thing. That's precious space in my stomach that I've just forfeited for an unremarkable food I'd never be interested in eating again.

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3:59pm

Tue June 19, 2012
U.S.

Senators Get Time In Solitary Confinement

An exercise area for inmates in solitary confinement in California's Pelican Bay prison. Inmates are allowed to leave their windowless cells for 2 1/2 hours daily to exercise and bathe.
Michael Montgomery Center for Investigative Reporting

At any given moment, about 15,000 men and women are living in solitary confinement in the federal prison system, housed in tiny cells not much larger than a king-sized bed.

"It is hard to describe in words what such a small space begins to look like, feel like and smell like when someone is required to live virtually their entire life in it," says Craig Haney, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

But Tuesday, Haney, who has studied life inside prisons for three decades, had an opportunity to paint that picture.

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3:07pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Opponents Won The Health Care Messaging War

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:15 pm

OK, so it's not exactly news that the Obama administration hasn't done the best job in the world selling the Affordable Care Act to the American public.

But now the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has some statistics to demonstrate just how sorry that job has been. And it suggests that the media gets at least some of the blame.

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2:56pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Energy

Shell Faces Pushback As Alaska Drilling Nears

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:59 pm

Shell says it hopes to never need to use its new 300-foot-long, $100 million oil recovery ship named Nanuq for anything other than drills and training.
Richard Harris NPR

The federal government could soon give the final go-ahead for Royal Dutch Shell to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Shell has spent $4 billion since 2007 to prepare for this work, and is hoping to tap into vast new deposits of oil.

But the plan to drill exploratory wells is controversial — opposed by environmental groups and some indigenous people as well.

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