California

1:01am

Tue April 17, 2012
Around the Nation

A Poem Store Open For Business, In The Open Air

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 7:43 am

Poet-for-hire Zach Houston works at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Houston says he is paid about $2 to $20 for each poem.
Ralph Wiedemeier NPR

Zach Houston runs his Poem Store (on any given sidewalk) with these items: a manual typewriter, a wooden folding chair, scraps of paper, and a white poster board that reads: "POEMS — Your Topic, Your Price."

Houston usually gets from $2 to $20 for a poem, he says. He's received a $100 bill more than once. The Oakland, Calif., resident has been composing spontaneous street poems in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005. Five years ago, it became his main source of income.

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3:55pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Politics

House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House oversight committee, made news recently for going after the Justice Department's botched gun operation, known as Fast and Furious. Here, Issa listens during Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony in February.
Kevin LaMarque Reuters/Landov

The man driving the investigation into the General Services Administration, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, took the top seat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the GOP won a majority in 2010.

Issa has led several splashy investigations since. But he's also been dogged by allegations of his own.

Issa has made news in recent months by threatening to subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder, and by calling a panel of only men to talk about women's contraception.

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12:25pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Math + Physics + Fancy Language + Sneeze = Beating Traffic Ticket

It was science, and a sneeze, that helped Dmitri Krioukov persuade a judge that he had obeyed the sign.
Mark Memmott NPR

Stories about someone beating a traffic ticket by using an imaginative defense always seem to strike a chord.

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6:00am

Sun April 15, 2012
Technology

Redefining 'Hacker' In Technology Hotbed

Palo Alto, Calif., recently hosted a 12-hour bonanza for software developers, artists and families. The "Super Happy Block Party Hackathon" was a marathon for coders to make new software in a short amount of time. It also featured food trucks, music and homemade robots. Corey Takahashi reports.

2:46pm

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Faults UC Davis Administrators, Police In Pepper Spray Incident

Nov. 18, 2011: Occupy protesters get sprayed at University of California Davis.
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As they sought to quell a November protest at the University of California-Davis, campus police officers' "decision to use pepper spray was not supported by objective evidence and not authorized by policy," according to a review of the incident released Wednesday.

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