2:21pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for June 7, 2012

(San Jose Mercury News) // There are still 1 million votes left to tally in the vote for Proposition 29, the San Jose Mercury News projects a loss for the proposed cigarette tax hike. A vast majority of the votes left uncounted come from districts in the southern part of the state, where there was less support for the initiative to raise the state tax on packs of cigarettes to $1...

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2:12pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Growing language needs are a challenge for Nevada justice system

Carol Partiguian is the only staff Spanish interpreter for the Clark County public defender office. Budget cuts have prevented the office from hiring more interpreters despite a growing caseload of Spanish-speaking clients.
By Jude Joffe-Block

On a recent afternoon, Carol Partiguian rushed over to an appointment at the Clark County jail downtown. She the only Spanish language interpreter in the county public defender’s office, which means she is usually in a hurry.

“With a hundred-plus attorneys that we have in the office, it is very hard for one person to be able to help everybody,” Partiguian said.

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2:00pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Abortion-Rights Advocates Pin Hopes On Defense Bill

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), center, speaks as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), right, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) at a April news conference on Capitol Hill.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Since Republicans took back the U.S. House in the 2010 elections, abortion has been a fairly constant theme. The House took eight separate abortion-related votes in 2011 — the most in a decade, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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1:14pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Community organizing

Today on Your Call: How can communities organize to change local laws?

 

On today's Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation with Thomas Linzey, author of “Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Communityand Shannon Biggs, author of “The Rights of Nature.” How can communities defend themselves from corporate interests? Are local laws the answer? How are you organizing for change in your community? And what changes would you like to see? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

 

Guests

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1:11pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Latin America

Mexico's Once Dominant Party Poised For A Comeback

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:54 pm

Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3. The once dominant PRI, out of power for the past 12 years, looks likely to make a comeback.
Alex Cossio AP

First of two parts

As Mexico approaches its election day on July 1, polls indicate the candidate for the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is well ahead and appears likely to return his party to power.

The PRI governed Mexico for seven decades until 2000, when it was tossed out by an electorate tired of a corrupt political machine. Now, discontent with the current leadership and the rampant drug-related violence has created an opening for the PRI to come back. Still, some Mexicans are queasy about the prospect of the party's resurgence.

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1:04pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: JAMband

Today we're featuring music by The JAMband. Band leader Charity – who only goes by one name – says this may sound like “kids music,” but really its “people music.” Their goal is to “provide a place for families to relax, connect and have fun together.” If that sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon, then you may want to hear them at The Beach Chalet on the Great Highway in San Francisco this Sunday, June 10 starting about 3pm. 

12:54pm

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Issues El Niño Watch, Which Could Mean Fewer Hurricanes, Colder Winter

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:58 pm

Temperatures in Pacific have risen.
NOAA

The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center issued an El Niño watch, today.

That means there is a 50 percent chance that El Niño — warmer than normal temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator — will develop by next winter. As The Baltimore Sun reports, if this happens it will be the first time El Niño rears its head since 2009.

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12:19pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: UCSF Prof. Emeritus of Psychology Paul Ekman

David Onek and Paul Ekman outside the Berkeley Journalism School

Paul Ekman, UCSF Professor Emeritus of Psychology,discusses how his research on facial expressions and emotions can improve public safety, the criticism he has received from colleagues for working with law enforcement, his discussions with the Dalai Lama about forgiveness and responsibility, the pros and cons of having his work portrayed on the TV show “Lie to Me,” and more. 

Paul Ekman Interview Highlights

Ekman on Criticism From Colleagues That He Works Too Closely with Law Enforcement:

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11:16am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Like LinkedIn, Last.fm And eHarmony Suffer Password Breach

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:21 pm

Last.fm

Last.fm and eHarmony became the latest websites to suffer security breaches that put the passwords of some of their users at risk.

In a statement on its website, Last.fm, which tracks and recommends music, said it was investigating the leaked passwords and asked all its users to "change their passwords immediately."

The dating site EHarmony said it had reset the passwords of those members whose passwords had been compromised.

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10:58am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Drink Up! Idaho OKs 'Five Wives' Vodka

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:54 pm

Bottles of Ogden's Own Distillery Five Wives Vodka at a state liquor store in Salt Lake City.
Brian Skoloff AP

The state of Idaho's Liquor Division has changed its mind about Five Wives vodka.

The vodka, which as we said last week had been banned from Idaho's liquor stores because its name and label might offend women and Mormons, is going to be allowed to be sold in the state.

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