Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Several Deaths Reported After Train Hits Bus In Ottawa

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 9:23 am

Officials monitor the scene of a crash between a passenger train en route to Toronto and a double-decker bus at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday.
Stephen Morrison EPA/Landov

A passenger train hit a passenger bus at a railroad crossing around 8:48 a.m ET Wednesday in Canada's capital city and there were fatalities.

Canadian Broadcasting reported initially that "Ottawa fire officials say preliminary figures show 5 dead in bus-train collision. #ViaRail tweets nobody seriously hurt on train."

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Wed September 18, 2013

More Old People, Fewer Workers: Nations Look To Immigration

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 2:43 pm

A man relaxes at a downtown park in Seoul. The pronounced demographic shift triggered by a plummeting birth rate and soaring life expectancy is seen as one of the greatest challenges facing Asia's fourth-largest economy.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

A story in the Financial Times caught our eye this week. It was on foreign workers in South Korea.

The story looked at the town of Ansan, where about 7.6 percent of the population is foreign. They come from other Asian countries, as well as from Russia. Here's one of the reasons for the change in South Korea, a highly homogeneous society:

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Wed September 18, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/18

Miss America's not fair enough... for Indians

Nina Davuluri crowned 'Miss America'

Her name is Nina Davuluri and this Indian American is the new "Miss America."  Indians are of course in a self-righteous lather about the blatant racism expressed on twitter recently, but here’s the ugly truth. Nina Davuluri can be Miss America. But she could never be Miss India. Or even Miss Indian-American Fremont. She’s just too dark

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Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

$64,000 Raised So Far For Homeless Man Who Turned In $42,000

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 9:05 am

Glen James, a homeless man who found $42,000 and turned it in to police, after he was honored for his honesty earlier this week by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis (in background).
Steven Senne AP

This week's feel-good story of the homeless man in Boston who found a backpack containing $42,000 in cash and travelers checks and then turned it into authorities is developing into an even better tale.

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Wed September 18, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday September 18, 2013

  • 261st Day of 2013 / 104 Remaining
  • 4 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
  • Sunrise:6:55
  • Sunset:7:11
  • 12 Hours 16 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:6:39pm
  • Moon Set:6:05am
  • Moon’s Phase: 99 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • September 19 @ 4:12am
  • Full Corn Moon
  • Full Barley Moon

This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn.

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Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

As Colorado Floodwaters Recede The Damage Becomes Clear

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 9:53 am

A view from the air Tuesday of one of the roads that have been cut by floodwaters in Weld County, Colo.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov

This morning's top headline from The Denver Post is encouraging:

"Nature finally cooperates as Colorado floodwaters begin to recede"

According to the Post:

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Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

UPDATE: 'So, So Very Sorry,' Says Navy Yard Gunman's Mother

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 1:34 pm

Aaron Alexis in an undated photo provided by a friend, Kristi Suthamtewakul.

"I don't know why he did what he did and I'll never be able to ask him why," Cathleen Alexis, mother of the man who authorities say killed 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, said in a statement she read to the media at midday Wednesday.

CNN has audio of her comments, in which she also says that "Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad."

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Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Slide Into Second Ends With Face Firmly In Butt

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:31 am

Up close and personal: Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, left, reaches back to tag out Houston Astros' Jonathan Villar during Tuesday's game in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP

Because we need something silly after some very serious days:

When the Houston Astros' Jonathan Villar slid into second base Tuesday night, he ended up coming face-to-butt with Cincinnati Reds infielder Brandon Phillips.

There's video here of "Villar's unfortunate slide." Notice how Phillips calmly reaches between his legs to tag Villar.

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Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

No Guns Please, Starbucks Tells Customers

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:42 am

A Starbucks customer — gun on his hip and drink in his hand — watches a rally by gun control advocates, in Seattle in 2010.
Elaine Thompson AP

With the coffee giant caught in the middle of what he says is an "increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening" debate, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has posted a letter to "fellow Americans" asking that they not bring guns into Starbucks' shops.

Schultz writes that:

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Wed September 18, 2013

New Zealand Men Give New Meaning To The Words: Beer Tap

With the sponsorship of a brewery, the men rigged a friend's home so that beer flowed from all the taps.