12:36am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Salt

It's No Yolk: Mexicans Cope With Egg Shortage, Price Spikes

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:22 pm

There is a new crisis in Mexico. It's not the ongoing drug war or a plunge in the peso: It's eggs.

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12:35am

Tue September 18, 2012
Author Interviews

In 'Season,' One Plantation's Double Murder Mystery

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 3:35 am

Attica Locke is the also the author of Black Water Rising, a murder mystery set in a racially divided Houston.
Jenny Walters Harper

When it comes to healing the wounds of its troubled racial past, the United States is still in its "adolescent phase," says novelist Attica Locke. The 2008 presidential election changed everything she had been taught about race, she says — and, as an African-American writer, she felt compelled to write about that new reality. The result is The Cutting Season, a thrilling, century-spanning story of two murders.

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12:34am

Tue September 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Genetic Sequencing Spreads, Excitement, Worries Grow

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:43 pm

Slides containing DNA sit in a bay waiting to be analyzed by a genome sequencing machine.
David Paul Morris Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ever since James Watson and Francis Crick cracked the genetic code, scientists have been fascinated by the possibilities of what we might learn from reading our genes.

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12:33am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Salt

Japanese Sake Makers Shake Off Tradition, Try Brewing Craft Beer

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:25 am

Kiuchi Brewery vice president Youichi Kiuchi holds a bottle of his company's Hitachino Nest beer. To make beer, the brewery is using equipment that once was used for sake.
Lucy Craft NPR

Until recently, if you ordered Japanese beer, there weren't many to choose from. Before the industry was deregulated in the 1990s, four major brewers — Asahi, Suntory, Sapporo and Kirin – controlled the manufacture of Japanese beer.

But the major brands' domination is ebbing, for reasons that have as much to do with Japan's ancient history as with its evolving palates. And now some traditional sake brewers are ditching the tradition and trying their hand at craft beer brewing.

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12:00am

Tue September 18, 2012

5:07pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Occupy Bernal: Occupy at the local level

Foreclosure fighters in Atherton
Courtesy of Occupy Bernal

It’s Sunday afternoon, and two-dozen San Francisco homeowners and activists are gathered in front of venture capitalist Peter Briger’s house, in the wealthy South Bay suburb of Atherton chanting,  “Come out and talk to us! Don’t throw us under the bus!”

Briger is co-chairman of Fortress Investment Group, which owns the company foreclosing on some of the demonstrators’ homes. A protest two weeks earlier at the downtown San Francisco offices of the company did not draw a response, so they are taking their concerns to Briger’s home.

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4:48pm

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics

Occupy Art Gallery: the movement gets an exhibit at YBCA

Poster by Chuck Sperry.
http://chucksperry.net/

Artist Jon Paul Bail remembers being at a coffee shop in the East Bay when his friend walked in and said, “Hey, we’re gonna go down to Oscar Grant Plaza and kick it in a tent and spend the night.”

“Really?” he replied. “You’re gonna go down there and do that?”

“Come on, J.P. dude”, his friends continued. “You can’t choose when things go down because you don’t like the weather.”

Bail held his ground, but a few days later, he arrived at the Occupy encampment with some of his artwork.

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4:40pm

Mon September 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Leaked Video Shows Romney Discussing 'Dependent' Voters

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:26 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney meets audience members after he addressed the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles on Monday.
Charles Dharapak AP

4:17pm

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Neil Gaiman Posts Note From Actress With A Role In 'Innocence Of Muslims'

Details are still emerging about the people who made Innocence of Muslims, a purportedly feature-length film whose online trailer has ignited anti-U.S. protests and violence in Egypt, Libya and other nations. Some of the actors involved have publicly rejected the film — and that list now includes actress Anna Gurji, who asked writer Neil Gaiman for help in making her story public.

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4:08pm

Mon September 17, 2012
It's All Politics

As Mitt Romney Woos Latinos, Obama's Team Derides A 'Makeover'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made his pitch for Latino votes at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention in Los Angeles on Monday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney made yet another attempt Monday to narrow President Obama's substantial polling lead over him with Latino voters.

The Republican presidential nominee spoke at the Los Angeles convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where he was respectfully received.

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