7:23pm

Tue June 12, 2012
SPORTS

Visit the site of this year's US Open, San Francisco's own Olympic Club

The Olympic Club golf course from overhead
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jill Clardy

John Abendroth is a member of the Olympic Club, the site of this year’s US Open. It’s the nation’s oldest athletic club – founded in 1860. Abendroth has been a member since 1967 and now he’s the media chair for the Open. KALW’s Ben Trefny joined him at the venerable space a few weeks ago, for a behind the scenes look at the Olympic Club as it was being transformed for golf’s national championship.

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7:03pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The Language of Baseball: In Is Out And Foul Is Fair

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 5:14 am

Pittsburgh Pirates fans reach for a foul ball hit into the stands by Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning of a game in Pittsburgh.
Keith Srakocic AP

Baseball historians continue to poke around in the 19th century to better explain how the game was originated and developed, but I've always wondered if one of the prime movers wasn't a student of Shakespeare.

While I certainly don't know the terminology of all ball games, the popular ones I'm aware of — everything from basketball and football to golf and tennis — all use some variations of the words in and out when determining whether the ball is playable.

Only baseball is different.

"Fair is foul and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air."

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6:34pm

Tue June 12, 2012
SFUSD

Superintendent Message

Message from the SFUSD Superintendent for 6/12/12

5:56pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 12, 2012

Everything you always wanted to know about golf but were afraid to ask.

4:15pm

Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

From Our Readers: Less Hedginess, More Neology

Our use of the term "hedginess," coined by finance criminologist Bill Black, inspired commenter "Tim Myers" to engage in some neology of his own in order to prove his point:

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4:05pm

Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Dimon Will Tell Congress JPMorgan 'Let People Down' With Trading Loss

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 7:00 am

JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon.
Mario Tama Getty Images

"This portfolio morphed into something that, rather than protect the firm, created new and potentially larger risks. As a result, we have let a lot of people down, and we are sorry for it."

That's part of JPMorgan Chase President and CEO Jamie Dimon will tell the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs tomorrow, when it looks into the botched trades that lost the bank $2 billion. Chase released Dimon's prepared remarks this afternoon.

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3:50pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Latin America

Venezuela's Chavez Aims To Beat Cancer, Election Foe

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 7:38 am

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez arrives atop a truck at the elections office in Caracas on Monday. Chavez addressed thousands of supporters as he formalized his re-election bid. Chavez's younger daughter Rosines is by his side, and on his right is his brother Adan.
Ariana Cubillos AP

The crowds came out by the thousands in Venezuela on Monday, flooding the streets of Caracas in red T-shirts just as the nation's populist government had promised.

Hugo Chavez — the country's 57-year-old, bigger-than-life leader — then took the stage. He had arrived in an open truck, minutes after registering as a candidate for the Oct. 7 election.

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3:42pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Your Money

Credit Card Debt Cut: The Reason May Surprise You

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 4:17 pm

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A Federal Reserve study showing that Americans lost wealth in the Great Recession turned up another, perhaps more surprising, result: Credit card debt fell sharply.

"The percentage of families using credit cards for borrowing dropped over the period; the median balance on their accounts fell 16.1 percent" between 2007 and 2010, the report concluded.

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3:11pm

Tue June 12, 2012
SPORTS

Billy Casper and the game of golf

Billy Casper's new book “The Big Three and Me” is about golfing in the time of Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. Casper won  51 PGA tournaments altogether, including the Masters and another US Open. He’s now in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Heady stuff for a kid who grew up poor and moved from place to place with parents who weren’t around much to take care of him. But Billy Casper found the game of golf, and in the process he found a gift.

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2:55pm

Tue June 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Justice Department Sues Florida As Voter Battle Intensifies

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 5:02 pm

A Republican primary voter walks to her polling precinct in January in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Justice sued Florida on Tuesday to stop it from trying to remove noncitizens from its voter registration rolls.

The department says the way the state is going about doing this violates federal law. Florida says it's partly the federal government's fault for not sharing citizenship data with the state.

It's all part of the escalating battle between the Obama administration and Republican-led states over voting laws.

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