4:41pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 5, 2012

The latest in California and San Francisco transportation, sequencing Iranian genomes, campaign music, and local musicians The Barbary Ghosts.

4:31pm

Tue June 5, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

'My Country': tUnE-yArDs Questions The American Dream

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:07 am

Merrill Garbus is the singer and songwriter behind the band tUnE-yArDs.
Chloe Aftel Courtesy of the artist

4:28pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Politics

Cannabis news roundup

SFGate // The state Assembly approved plans for a statewide commission to supervise California’s medical marijuana industry yesterday. Voters approved medical marijuana sixteen years ago, but this is the first attempt at creating formal guidelines for the industry.

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4:24pm

Tue June 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Live Blog: Wisconsin Decides Governor's Fate In Recall Vote

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 4:40 am

Supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker watch returns as they await the governor's speech at an election night rally on Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Walker survived a recall election in the state, defeating his Democratic rival, Tom Barrett.
Brian Kersey UPI/Landov

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, just the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall effort, is now the first to successfully defeat such an attempt. The Associated Press projected that Walker would defeat Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett in what was a rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial election.

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4:08pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Romney's Health Care Prescription Gives Some Conservatives Heartburn

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:33 am

Mitt Romney (right), at the time the governor of Massachusetts, greets then-Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt during a National Governors Association forum in February 2006. Romney reportedly has tapped Leavitt to head his presidential transition team.
Charles Dharapak AP

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney insists that when it comes to health care, his first priority is the full repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

But some of his actions of the past few days have conservatives scratching their heads.

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3:57pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Transportation

All kinds of ways to get around the Bay

Transportation construction at Duboce Park
Photo by Flickr user Salim Virji

For some people, the daily commute will get a little easier this week. Monday morning, a new ferry service between the Oakland, Alameda, and South San Francisco opened. In San Francisco, regular service resumed on the MUNI’s N Judah and J Church lines, after ten days of repair work at some of the city’s busiest transit junctions. Statewide, however, things aren’t so bright. A new poll shows that voters are losing faith in plans for a high-speed rail system in California.

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3:34pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

LIVE NOW: Venus Transits The Face Of The Sun

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 5:55 pm

Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun, on June 5. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won't occur again until 2117.
NASA Reuters/Landov

3:25pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Stanford sequences the Iranian genome

When scientists started studying genomes, and then sequencing them, their work was hailed as revolutionary. But, they were mostly done in connection with Caucasian genes and some African and East Asian populations. One of the races no one studied was the Persian race. That is, until last year. Stanford researchers received a $250,000 grant from a Persian American foundation called PARSA to study the Iranian genome. The idea is to learn more about the history and varied cultures of the Iranian people, and to explore the field of personalized medicine.

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3:20pm

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Equal Pay Measure Fails To Move Forward In The Senate

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Lilly Ledbetter, right, the woman who has become the symbol for the workplace equality movement, face reporters at the Capitol as the Senate considers the "Paycheck Fairness Act," on Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

With a vote of 52 to 47, today, Republicans in the Senate succesfully blocked a Democratic-backed bill that called for equal pay for women.

But, as the AP reports, passing the bill was not the only intent of Democrats. The bill was obviously intended to draw attention to schism that have developed between the two parties on women's issues.

The AP reports:

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2:39pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Money & Politics

Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 4:53 pm

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, greets supporters Tuesday in Racine, Wis.
Brian Kersey UPI /Landov

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of major donations from across the country.

One reason for that was a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor in Walker's situation bypass limits on political donations.

Wisconsin law says candidates for governor normally may not take donations of more than $10,000 each. That was the limit under which Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democrat, operated in the recall election being decided Tuesday at the polls.

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