KOSU http://kosu.org en Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency http://kosu.org/post/former-border-protection-insider-alleges-corruption-distortion-agency Two months ago, James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 6869 at http://kosu.org Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones http://kosu.org/post/icy-solution-mystery-slithering-stones A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 6870 at http://kosu.org An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones A Mall With Two Minimum Wages http://kosu.org/post/mall-two-minimum-wages The Westfield Valley Fair Mall straddles two cities. One side of the mall is in Santa Clara, but walk a few feet down the mall, and you're in San Jose. In 2012, San Jose voters agreed to raise the city's minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour.<p>Philip Sandigo manages a shoe store on the $8-an-hour side. When San Jose raised the minimum wage, he lost about half his staff.<p>They went to the stores on the side of the mall that paid $2 an hour more.<p>Sandigo asked the owners of the shoe store if he could raise wages, but they said no. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Steve Henn 6871 at http://kosu.org A Mall With Two Minimum Wages How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella http://kosu.org/post/how-foster-farms-solving-case-mystery-salmonella <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/">Foster Farms</a>, California's biggest chicken producer, has been accused of poisoning people with salmonella bacteria. After an outbreak last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture <a href="http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2013/10/Foster-Poultry-Farms-Est.-6137P.pdf">threatened</a> to shut down three of the company's plants.<p>Since then, though, the company has <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/about/press/press_release.asp?press_release_id=184">reduced</a> its rates of salmonella contamination dramatically. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Dan Charles 6872 at http://kosu.org How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria; Officials Unsure Of The Threat http://kosu.org/post/brooklyn-man-fights-syria-officials-unsure-threat Mocha Hookah is a little Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn where you can pick up a shawarma gyro sandwich and a falafel platter and still get change back from your $20 bill. Walk inside and there's Arabic music, soccer games on flat screen televisions, and a hookah, or water pipe, set up at very table.<p>If you narrow your eyes, the cafe looks like it has been transplanted from Yemen. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 6873 at http://kosu.org Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria; Officials Unsure Of The Threat Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses http://kosu.org/post/after-73000-payout-campaign-manager-confronts-higher-price A former Iowa state senator says he concealed money he took for shifting loyalty from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential campaign.<p>There's always a certain amount of weirdness in the Iowa presidential caucuses, and in the 2012 cycle the peak weirdness might have come just before New Year's. Republican state Sen. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Peter Overby 6867 at http://kosu.org Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants http://kosu.org/post/aclu-us-settle-lawsuit-deportation-immigrants Marta Mendoza, a 47-year-old Mexican woman, had lived in the Los Angeles area illegally for 32 years. There, she raised six children, all U.S. citizens.<p>In July 2013, Mendoza, who has a history of mental health issues, was arrested for shoplifting at a pharmacy near her home. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 6868 at http://kosu.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only http://kosu.org/post/freemasonry-still-alive-and-well-and-mostly-men-only The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.<p>Danny Done, the lodge's worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.<p>His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 6866 at http://kosu.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://kosu.org/post/settlement-homeland-security-agrees-reform-voluntary-departures The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. The suit alleged that DHS agents coerced immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to take part in a process called "voluntary departure."<p><hr /><p>Clarification: Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies states in this story that the settlement would allow "hundreds of thousands" of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally to return. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:49:00 +0000 John Burnett 6865 at http://kosu.org Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food' http://kosu.org/post/diplomats-and-lawyers-try-define-culturally-acceptable-food Here's a fine topic for a graduate seminar in anthropology: What makes food culturally acceptable? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Dan Charles 6864 at http://kosu.org Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'