12:55pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Brings Out Supportive Crowds

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 2:13 pm

The line stretched into the parking lot today at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Wichita, Kan.
Travis Heying / Wichita Eagle MCT /Landov

The call from conservatives such as former Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum to short support for Chick-fil-A and company President Dan Cathy's stand against same-sex marriage has produced long lines at the fast-food chain's restaurants today, judging from news reports:

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12:40pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Torch

A Medal And Marmite For Team Kiwi

Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Here's a curious little bit of news from the BBC:

"New Zealand competitors who win medals at the London Olympics have been offered an unusual reward — food parcels containing jars of Marmite."

"The spread has been in short supply since March, after the manufacturer was forced to close its only factory because of earthquake damage."

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12:32pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Torch

U.S. Flag-Bearer Zagunis Fails To Medal In Sabre

American fencer Mariel Zagunis (left), the two-time gold medal winner in sabre, shakes hands after losing to Ukraine's Olga Kharlan in their bronze medal match at London's ExCel Center.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Decorated fencer Mariel Zagunis, who carried the U.S. flag into Olympic Stadium as part of the London 2012 opening ceremony, lost in the bronze medal match in the sabre Wednesday afternoon, falling to Olga Kharlan of Ukraine, 15-10.

The loss means that Zagunis, 27, will leave London without a medal — there is no team sabre medal at this year's Olympics (we'll post more about that situation soon).

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12:01pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Salt

'Sweet Child O' Mine,' Julia Child Mash-Up Honors America's First Top Chef

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:31 am

Julia Child prepares a French delicacy in her cooking studio on Nov. 24, 1970.
AP

Julia Child, the woman credited with singlehandedly teaching America how to cook, would have turned 100 years old on August 15 this year.

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11:01am

Wed August 1, 2012
Open Air 8/2

Berlioz Requiem ~ "Warhorse"

This week on Open Air, Alan talks with author Michael Morpurgo, who wrote the original story that is the basis for the play Warhorse, and with conductor Eric Kujawsky (pictured), who is leading a performance of the Berlioz Requiem this weekend at Davies Symphony Hall, a performance that will feature a 200+ voice chorus and large orchestra.  Airs 8/2 at 1pm.  Listen anytime until 8/9 via KALW's Local Music Player.

10:26am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Torch

What's A Gold Medal Really Worth?

Plenty To Smile About: Weightlifter Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan celebrates on the podium with her new 400-gram gold medal, matching the feat of her compatriot Zulfiya Chinshanlo. The Kazakh Olympians will each receive a $250,000 bonus.
Laurence Griffiths Getty Images

Weighing 400 grams, the Olympic gold medals that are being doled out at the London 2012 Summer Games are the heaviest ever, according to reports. But that doesn't mean they're the most valuable: at an estimated $620.82, they're nearly $590 short of the $1,207.86 value held by a gold medal from the Stockholm Games of 1912.

The discrepancy stems from the fact that the 2012 gold medals contain only 6 grams of gold; the rest is silver and copper. In fact, the London bling contains more copper than gold, which is only used to coat the medals with a plating layer.

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10:25am

Wed August 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Lab Findings Support Provocative Theory On Cancer 'Enemy' Within

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 2:54 pm

The white arrows in these two tumor samples point to a subset of tumor cells that are in a resting state.
Nature

Scientists reported new evidence Wednesday that supports a provocative theory about cancer.

Three separate teams of scientists said they had, for the first time, shown that so-called cancer stem cells can be found naturally in brain tumors and early forms of skin and colon cancer.

Evidence has been mounting in recent years for the existence of these cells, which would be especially insidious. They are believed to resist standard chemotherapy and radiation and fuel the growth of tumors and relapses.

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10:18am

Wed August 1, 2012
Politics

How Congressman Paul Ryan Is Shaping The GOP

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 12:46 pm

In his New Yorker article, Fussbudget, Ryan Lizza writes: "To envisage what Republicans would do if they win in November, the person to understand is not necessarily Romney, who has been a policy cipher all his public life. The person to understand is Paul Ryan."
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

As the presumptive presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is currently the face of the Republican Party. But, as journalist Ryan Lizza suggests in his article in this week's New Yorker, the party's agenda and ideology are being driven by a very different figure: Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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10:15am

Wed August 1, 2012
EAST BAY EXPRESS

East Bay Express: Dawn of the digital sweatshop

The funny thing about the biggest shift in production in years is that almost nobody knows it happened. Which makes sense, if you think about it: It occurred invisibly, online, anonymously — all over the world, but, at the same time, nowhere in particular. And it's poised to — if most people who know about it are to be believed — completely change the way we think about work, the way we consume technology, and the way the global economy functions.

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9:53am

Wed August 1, 2012
Participation Nation

Homeless Kids At Play In Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 9:58 am

A volunteer reads a book with a visitor at The Homeless Children's Playtime Project.
Courtesy of The Homeless Children's Playtime Project

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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