5:56pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 26, 2012

Caltrain engineers coping with suicides, what the UC system can learn from Chile about its rising costs, a jazz perspective on Sue Terry, and local musician A Girl Named T.

4:45pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Transportation

Caltrain engineer talks about coping with track deaths

In the past six weeks, five people have died on Caltrain tracks, hit by trains that could not stop in time to avoid them. Every year, an average of 12 people die on Caltrain tracks, and most are suicides. This is a small percentage of suicide deaths each year – only about one percent of suicides in the U.S. are by train.

Caltrain has built 10-foot fences along much of the route, commissioned studies about location and prevention, put up signs with suicide hotline numbers along its tracks, and partnered with mental health agencies. But it is a tragic problem that persists.

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4:25pm

Tue June 26, 2012
U.S.

Future Murky For Arizona's Immigration Law

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 4:27 pm

A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio answers questions about the Justice Department's lawsuit against him during a news conference in Phoenix last month.
Ross D. Franklin AP

As Arizona officials prepare to apply the one provision of the state's immigration law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, some local authorities doubt they can properly enforce it.

"We will do our best to enforce the law. But we are in uncharted territory on this issue," Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said in a statement released by the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit organization of police chiefs. The group says the law "will seriously undermine local law enforcement."

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3:49pm

Tue June 26, 2012
The Two-Way

'Guardian' Publishes More Allegations Of Collusion In Mexican Presidential Race

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 4:01 pm

Student protesters stage a demonstration front of Mexico's Federal Election Commission on Tuesday in Mexico City.
John Moore Getty Images

Two big pieces of news in Mexico's presidential race today:

-- A new poll finds that the PRI's Enrique Peña Nieto has maintained a big lead over his rivals Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Josefina Vázquez Mota. The election is this Sunday and a few polls before this one showed Obrador had narrowed the gap.

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3:26pm

Tue June 26, 2012
The Two-Way

BCS Presidents Approve Four-Team College Football Playoff

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:40 pm

The Coaches' Trophy is displayed before the BCS National Championship game between the LSU and Alabama in New Orleans. College football will finally have a playoff.
Gerald Herbert AP

The college football champion will be decided by a playoff beginning after the 2014 season.

The AP reports:

"Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.

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2:47pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dementia Complicates Romance In Nursing Homes

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:45 am

Holding hands is the easy part.
iStockphoto.com

Relationships are never easy.

If the partners in love happen to be living in a nursing home, there are even more challenges. And if they're showing signs of dementia, then things get really tricky.

Although no law forbids intimate relationships between people with dementia in nursing homes, staff and family members often discourage residents from expressing their sexuality, says a recent report in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

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2:22pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Politics

Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:06 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.

Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.

Student Loans

President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.

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2:22pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Sports

Ready, Set, Sail: America's Cup Back In Rhode Island

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 6:06 pm

The Oracle Racing AC45 catamarans practice in the San Francisco Bay in February. The AC45 is a smaller version of the AC72, which teams will race in next year's America's Cup Finals in 2013.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

An America's Cup sailing event is being held to Newport, R.I., for the first time in 29 years. Sailors began arriving in Newport last week for the final leg of the America's Cup World Series regatta, which has been held at stops all across the world to gin up excitement for the official America's Cup next year in San Francisco.

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2:18pm

Tue June 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Gas Prices Fall To 6-Month Low Nationally; Under $3 In South Carolina

Fuel is pumped into a vehicle Thursday in Miami.
Lynne Sladky AP

The average price for a gallon of gasoline hit a six-month low today.

According to AAA, national survey of more than 100,000 gas stations today's average is $3.41. The AP reports that in South Carolina gas is now below $3.

The AP adds:

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2:10pm

Tue June 26, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Former Good Magazine writers think about Tomorrow

When the print/online hybrid magazine Good pulled a pivot this month and became a crowd-sourced aggregator instead it meant that its staff writers and editors were out of a job. Mildly ironic for a brand that had been building its identity around the idea of social good, but hey, the bottom line is what it is.

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