12:19am

Wed August 29, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Just Say No: Doping Diminishes All Athletes

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:23 am

San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera fouls off a pitch. Cabrera was suspended Aug 15 for 50 games without pay after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.
Ben Margot AP

Certain forms of art are performed in private. The painter is alone when he paints, the writer likewise.

But the most pertinent aspect of the performing arts is that they are watched. Dance, music, drama and sport are most challenging — and most thrilling — precisely because they are real, before our eyes.

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12:18am

Wed August 29, 2012
The Salt

Boomer Women Prove They Can Dine Out And Still Lose Weight

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:35 am

Older women on a diet don't need to stop eating out; they just may need to make wiser food choices to keep weight off.
iStockphoto.com

When women go on a diet, we tend to avoid our favorite restaurants because they are filled with temptations — bread, booze and desserts. But are we doomed to sit in our kitchens eating salad alone while everyone else is headed out on the town if we want to keep the weight off?

Take heart, ladies. A new study of women in their 50s and early 60s finds they could eat out and still succeed at long-term weight loss.

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12:18am

Wed August 29, 2012
Presidential Race

The Risks And Rewards Of Romney's Faith Story

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 1:04 am

Mitt Romney rarely talks about his Mormon faith.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Mitt Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday will be his chance to tell his story to the world. Perhaps the most unique part of that story is his devout Mormon faith.

Romney comes from a prominent Mormon family. He's held important leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But he rarely talks about his faith. When he does, he seems uncomfortable.

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12:00am

Wed August 29, 2012
Republican Party platform

Today on Your Call: What’s in the Republican Party’s platform?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about how the party’s platform has changed since 2008. The platform draft says it opposes abortion in all cases with no exceptions for rape or incest and supports a voucher system for healthcare for seniors. Who is setting the agenda? How important is the platform? Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. Whether or not you identify as a Republican, what does the party’s platform mean to you?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


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9:56pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Ann Romney Delivers: 'She May Have Privilege, But She Understands'

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 5:17 am

Supporters react during Ann Romney's speech on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

A soft murmur of familiarity rippled through the packed GOP convention hall Tuesday night when Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, spoke not of their "storybook marriage" but of one touched by cancer, multiple sclerosis and the trials of raising five sometimes screaming children.

"A storybook marriage? Not at all," she said, during her much anticipated prime-time speech. "What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

It was that moment that encapsulated the job that Ann Romney had to do, and how well she managed it.

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9:07pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Takeaways From Tuesday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:38 am

Delegates showed their love for Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

If you missed some of Tuesday's action at the Republican National Convention, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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6:53pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Community Partnership

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema - Local Public Movies

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema showcases local films, filmmmakers and live music in Bernal Heights parks, playgrounds and indoor venues. The festival runs from August 29 to September 2.

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6:41pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Superintendents Message

Superintendents Report

SFUSD'S Superintendents report for 8/28/2012

6:00pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

What's up with the whirlybirds?!

Maybe you've just seen The Bourne Legacy and have nagging feeling that you're being watched at all times. Maybe you related a little too much to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So if you see low-flying helicopters crisscrossing the skies this week, you might think the government is after you, or that the aliens have finally arrived. But the more likely explanation is that you've caught a glimpse of the federal effort to measure "naturally occurring background radiation."

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5:43pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Reviving America's first slave autobiography

Courtesy: Documenting the American South

Genealogy is becoming an easier field to navigate these days, with websites and organizations encouraging people to discover their family heritage.

That’s what Oakland’s Regina Mason did, but on her own. In the upcoming film Gina’s Journey, Mason chronicles her adventure in searching for her family history. Being an African American, that meant she would surely encounter slavery, which she did.

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