2:25pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Transportation

May Day brings unions and Occupy together

Tuesday’s May Day protests marked the re-emergence of the Occupy movement with coordinated protests around the Bay Area. But May Day—known around the world as International Workers Day—is traditionally a day when union members mobilize around labor issues. In San Francisco, those are ongoing.

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2:23pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 3, 2012

(East Bay Express) // Controversy is brewing over the certification of fair-trade coffee at the Oakland-based agency Fair Trade USA. The agency's recent decision to start certifying larger coffee plantations has smaller coops and farms fearing that they will be put out of business. Fair Trade USA argues that the expansion will increase the impact of fair trade...

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2:14pm

Thu May 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Do Campaign Ads Seem More Negative This Year? It's Not Just You

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:43 am

If you thought the presidential primaries were extraordinarily negative, now there's statistical evidence that you were right.

A new analysis of TV ads finds that 70 percent of the messages were negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.

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2:11pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Environment

Greenland's Ice Melting More Slowly Than Expected

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:50 am

Researchers studying Greenland's ice say it is melting more slowly than previously thought. Here, ice travels down a relatively small outlet glacier into the sea.
Ian Joughin UW, Sarah Das/WHOI and Richard Harris/NPR

A new study has some reassuring news about how fast Greenland's glaciers are melting away.

Greenland's glaciers hold enough water to raise sea level by 20 feet, and they are melting as the planet warms, so there's a lot at stake.

A few years ago, the Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland really caught people's attention. In short order, this slow-moving stream of ice suddenly doubled its speed. It started dumping a whole lot more ice into the Atlantic. Other glaciers also sped up.

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2:10pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Business

Corn Farmers Hope, Cautiously, For A Bumper Crop

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:43 am

This year, U.S. corn farmers have planted more acres of the crop than at any time since the Great Depression.
Scott Olson Getty Images

It's still too early to predict whether the 2012 corn harvest will set a record, but many corn farmers say the prognosis for a bumper crop is looking pretty good right now.

U.S. farmers are planting more acres of corn this year than they have in any year since the Great Depression. And with a mild spring across much of the nation's Corn Belt, many are hoping this autumn's yield will be one for the record books.

A Crop That 'Will Knock Your Socks Off'

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2:06pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Europe

Will French Election Mark A Reversal Of Austerity?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:43 am

Tens of thousands of people in Paris used the annual May Day workers' events this year to denounce the world of finance amid the Europe-wide debt crisis. If elected, France's Socialist presidential challenger, Francois Hollande, says he will pursue a growth-oriented strategy.
Guillaume Baptiste AFP/Getty Images

The possibility that French President Nicolas Sarkozy may lose the presidential election Sunday is making waves across Europe. Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the architects of Europe's new fiscal austerity pact.

But the man likely to replace Sarkozy has other ideas.

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande — who is favored in opinion polls by several percentage points — says Europe cannot emerge from the crisis based on austerity alone.

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2:02pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Do Bike-Share Riders Skip Helmets?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:50 am

Bartender Matt Carucci says he rarely feels safe biking in the city but often rides without a helmet anyway. "There are a lot of other ways to hurt yourself," he says.
John Rose NPR

If you've ever shaken your head over urban bicyclists' apparent unanimous decision to forgo helmets, you're not far off the mark.

Among users of bike-sharing programs, like Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., the problem is obvious.

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1:52pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Arts & Culture

Meet Your Neighbors: Batting lessons from a pro

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mot the barber

To many people in the Bay Area, the city of Burlingame is just a city straddling the 101, just south of San Francisco International Airport. As you drive by, you might see industrial warehouses and business parks- nothing too distinctive. 

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1:08pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Student Forgotten In Holding Cell: 'Changes Have To Be Made'

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:43 am

Daniel Chong appears at a news conference on Tuesday in San Diego.
K. C. Alfred UT San Diego

Daniel Chong, a California college senior, was forgotten in a federal holding cell without food or water for five days.

Today, he told All Things Considered's Audie Cornish that the five days tested his sanity and his resolve to live.

"I didn't stay sane," Chong said. "Eventually, by the second or third night ... I went completely insane and was just trying to get a grip on reality, on what's happening to me."

Chong said at one point he thought about using his glasses to cut into his arm and kill himself.

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To many people in the Bay Area, the city of Burlingame is just a city straddling the 101, just south of San Francisco International Airport. As you drive by, you might see industrial warehouses and business parks- nothing too distinctive.

But if you actually take the Millbrae exit and explore some of those warehouses, you can discover whole new worlds. That’s what KALW’s Ben Trefny did one day, when he was looking around for a softball cage to improve his swing. After an online search, he came across Adventure Pro, run by former big league ball player Terry Whitfield and Ed Ricks. They offered to open up their Burlingame batting cages so he decided to drop by.

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