2:56pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Parallel Lives

Romney As Governor: Confrontation, One Big Deal

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:30 am

Mitt Romney, then the governor-elect of Massachusetts, walks into the House chambers during inaugural ceremonies at the Statehouse in Boston, on Jan. 2, 2003.
Elise Amendola AP

Whether President Obama or Republican Mitt Romney comes out on top in November, the man who occupies the Oval Office next year will bring exactly four years of experience as a top political executive.

Obama has gotten his experience in the White House; Romney got his as governor of Massachusetts, from 2003 to 2007.

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2:43pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Alleged Victim Says Sandusky Issued Threats To Keep Him Quiet

On the third day of the trial against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, jurors heard more graphic testimony.

One of the alleged victims identified as "Victim 10," testified that after Sandusky had sexually abused him when he was in the seventh grade, he threatened him.

MSNBC reports:

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2:16pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Airborne Launch Sends X-Ray Observatory Into Earth Orbit

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:30 pm

This artist's illustration shows what NuSTAR should look like in orbit after its 30-foot-long mast deployed.
JPL-Caltech NASA

A NASA mission aimed at surveying black holes and supernovae, among other things, launched successfully today at noon ET from beneath the belly of a wide-body jet flying approximately 40,000 feet above a darkened Pacific Ocean.

The 772-pound NuSTAR X-ray observatory was carried into an equatorial orbit about 400 miles above the Earth by a Pegasus rocket, which fired its three-stage motor for 13 minutes after being dropped by the L-1011 jet.

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2:01pm

Wed June 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney, Obama: When Wooing Female Voters, Check Marital Status First

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 7:20 am

A voter casts her ballot in Stow, Ohio, during the March 6 primary.
David Maxwell EPA/Landov

What do women want, electorally speaking?

We know that women, like men, are "not some monolithic bloc," to quote the current occupant of the White House.

But as a group they are reliably influential voters, more risk-averse than men, and — pollsters tell us — generally more likely than the opposite sex to vote for Democrats, oppose the use of military force and support government programs.

In 2008, unmarried women, one of the nation's fastest-growing demographic groups, were a key to Barack Obama's presidential win.

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1:59pm

Wed June 13, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Sweden, it’s as though we never knew you

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Therese Göterheim.

It seemed to be going so well, that exercise in democratic Tweeting that Sweden so optimistically dived into this month.

In case you missed it, the idea was to allow a different Swede citizen to helm the country’s official Twitter account each week, in a government effort to showcase the diversity of Sweden’s citizenry.

You have to imagine that any bureaucrat worth their salt who would approve of such a risky experiment would have a contingency plan for when that experiment inevitably went off the rails.

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1:52pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Surgery Restores Sexual Function In Women With Genital Mutilation

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 9:58 pm

French surgeon Pierre Foldes in his Paris office in 2004. Foldes performs reconstructive surgery on women who have undergone genital mutilation. He recently authored a study on the long-term effects of the surgery.
Jean Ayissi AFP/Getty Images

Female genital mutilation is still remarkably common — mainly in Africa, but also in some countries in Asia and the Middle East and in immigrant communities in Europe and the U.S.

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1:49pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Europe

French First Lady Sets Country A-Twitter

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 5:16 pm

French President Francois Hollande's companion, Valerie Trierweiler (left), has sparked a political uproar in France, with a tweet in support of a candidate running against Segolene Royal (right), Hollande's former partner and the mother of his four children.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Europe may be in major financial and political turmoil, but in France, it's a tweet that has the country in an uproar.

The political storm erupted Tuesday when first lady Valerie Trierweiler tweeted her support for a candidate running in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

That may sound harmless, but the candidate she encouraged is running to unseat prominent politician Segolene Royal, the former partner of President Francois Hollande and the mother of his four children.

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1:23pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

US Anti-Doping Agency Brings Formal Charges Against Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:22 pm

Lance Armstrong arrives at a training session during a rest day of the 2010 Tour de France.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The Washington Post, which broke the story, reports that as a result "Armstrong has been immediately banned from competition in triathlons."

The Post adds:

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1:15pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Out in the Bay - 2012 Pride Run beneficiary!

Pride Run benefits Out in the Bay! June 23 in Golden Gate Park

Early-bird $5 off for Pride Run ends tonight (Wed. 6/13 11:59pm)! Sign up at SFPrideRun.org

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1:08pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Department Is Dropping Case Against Edwards

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 1:49 pm

The Justice Department is walking away from its case against John Edwards.

Federal prosecutors have announced they will not retry the former Democratic presidential candidate on campaign finance charges. The decision comes soon after jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Government lawyers asked Judge Catherine Eagles to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning they will not take another bite at the apple and try to resurrect their high profile case.

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