Science
4:40 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

In A Lab Store Room, An Unsettling Surprise: Lost Vials Of Smallpox

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:13 pm

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health made an unpleasant discovery last week as they cleaned out an old laboratory: The lab contained vials of the smallpox virus, previously unknown to authorities. The vials have since been transferred to a secure lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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NPR Story
4:34 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Washington Pot Shops Open Doors, A Moment 2 Years In The Making

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:13 pm

Washington state's first recreational pot shops open for business Tuesday. Voters there legalized the sale of marijuana for non-medical use back in 2012. The Northwest News Network's Austin Jenkins reports on the lengthy process from that vote to the day's store openings.

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Book Your Trip
4:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero

Was "I think I can" the great-grandmother of "lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but some versions of the story feature a male protagonist instead.
Platt & Munk, Penguin Young Readers Group

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:23 pm

"Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."

The beloved tale of the little blue engine — who helps bring a broken-down train of toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain — has been chugging along for a very long time. But despite the locomotive's optimistic refrain — I think I can, I think I can, I think I can — the story has a somewhat checkered past: In its tracks, The Little Engine has left both a legal battle and a debate over whether the little blue engine is male or female.

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1:09 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Vicksburg Village Manager Removes "Acting" From Title

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Ken Schippers was appointed acting manager last year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
VICKSBURG, MI - Acting Vicksburg Village Manager Ken Schippers' title is a bit shorter now. Schippers, the long-time director of the Department of Public Works who was named acting village manager Aug. 19 last year by the Vicksburg Village Council, was unanimously appointed village manager Monday night.
Money Coach
1:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

In A Tough Market For Old Furniture, Manage Your Expectations

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News
1:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

For Residents, Chicago Violence Is 'Very Personal'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to begin today in Chicago. Last night, a 19-year-old woman was killed and at least eight others were injured in shootings throughout the city. Now that was just Monday night. Those shootings came after the Fourth of July weekend, during which more than 80 people were shot and at least 14 people were killed.

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Parenting
1:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Why Aren't Men Asked If They Can 'Have It All'?

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12:43 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Proposed Changes to Kalamazoo City Elections Will be on November Ballot

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City charter amendments would include a separate election of the mayor and four year staggered terms for city commission
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  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo voters will have the opportunity this fall to change how they select their mayor and city commissioners after the Kalamazoo City Commission voted Monday to place several charter amendments on the November ballot.
Business
9:51 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Self-Described Optimist Taylor Swift On The Future Of Music

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We're going to profile the musician Sia in a moment. But first we have a little music economics courtesy of Taylor Swift. The pop superstar wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal yesterday about the future of the music industry.

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She's optimistic, despite the industry's tumultuous business landscape. According to Swift, however, the value of an album is based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work.

7:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Holland Looks to Curb Problem Rental Properties

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Rental properties are increasing faster than owner-occupied homes. Calls for service for those properties are also up
Different ways to deal with troublesome landlords and rental properties are being tossed around by city of Holland officials.The topic is not new: In 2011, Holland City Council issued a moratorium on rental certificates and construction near Hope College while officials dealt with a proposed 12-bedroom duplex geared at students who would pay per person.
7:07 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Calhoun County Results Mixed for Merit Exam

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Marshall Superintendent says it will take two to three years to know full impact of merger with Albion High School
In its first year of absorbing Albion students, Marshall High School saw a sizable improvement in its proficiency rate for math but reported small drops in writing, reading and science, according to state data released Monday. About 44 percent of the high school's 11th-graders tested proficient or better in math on the annual Michigan Merit Exam, compared to 35 percent last spring.
6:56 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Analysis Finds Southwest Michigan Students Strongest in English, Weakest in Science

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About 20% hit benchmarks in all four subjects, compared to 18% statewide
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  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A majority of Kalamazoo-area students in the Class of 2015 are academically prepared for college-level English courses, but more than two-thirds are not yet ready for college math or science, according to analysis of the ACT college-entrance exam scores released Monday.
Business
6:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

London Netflix Office Searches For Qualified Couch Potato

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A new study of traffic congestion finds, in the U.S., Honolulu has the worst, followed by Los Angeles. In Europe, Londoners spend more than 83 hours a year in traffic.

But one lucky person could cut that down dramatically. The London Netflix office is hiring a tagger - someone to watch Netflix titles and categorize them as drama or cult sports movies - a job involving a commute to the couch. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:37 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Cleanup Continues After Sunday Tornado in Kent County

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American Red Cross and Salvation Army opened aid station providing food and water
KENT COUNTY, MI -- The impact of Sunday night's tornado that ravaged homes and businesses in the Kentwood and Wyoming areas will be something residents live with for a while. With no quick fix in sight, city and Consumers Energy employees continue to work to clear streets littered with debris and downed power lines following the unexpected tornado that caused significant damage.
Around the Nation
6:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Buddhist Monks Face Jail Time For July 4 Fireworks Display

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

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6:33 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Albion City Council Approves Liquor License for Theater

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Friends of Bohm Theater plan to reopen in October
ALBION - After a two-week delay, the Albion City Council has put its support behind a liquor-license request for the Bohm Theatre. "For us, it's making it a viable business and being able to rent the facilities for weddings, corporate functions, for all of those things," Elizabeth Schultheiss, chairwoman of Friends of the Bohm Theatre, said before the council meeting Monday.
6:21 am
Tue July 8, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Says Charter Schools Will Get More Scrutiny

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Mike Flanagan says Detroit Free Press series caused him to reconsider authorization of charter schools
State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced today he is "giving notice" to Michigan's charter school authorizers that he "will be exercising his statutory authority" to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers' performance does not measure up. Flanagan said a recent Detroit Free Press special report on charter schools led him to make the decision.
6:11 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Says Increase in Violence is National Problem

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Jeff Hadley addressed city commissioners after three shootings over the Independence Day weekend
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalmaazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley decried a string of shootings occurring during weekend that killed one and sent five others to the hospital when speaking before city commissioners Monday, but he made clear he feels the recent uptick in gun violence is a national issue, not just a local one.
Around the Nation
5:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

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In recent weeks we've been reporting on changes in Cuba. One is Cuba's small but growing private sector. The government is letting entrepreneurs open their own businesses, which leaves many trying to find the goods their customers want. The U.S. trade embargo means you can't just order from a distributor in Florida. But Cubans can still get U.S. goods. NPR's Greg Allen visited stores in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah is just as close to Havana.

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Sports
5:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

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Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.

INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.

MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.

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Movie Interviews
5:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Richard Dreyfuss' Kids Revisit 'Jaws,' Conclude It Makes No Sense

Robert Shaw (from left), Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss play a shark hunter, a police chief and a marine biologist in 1975's Jaws.
Universal/Kobal Collection

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 3:59 pm

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Law
5:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

First Trial Begins For A Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

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The first trial connected to the Boston Marathon bombing is underway. The defendant is not the surviving suspected bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It's Tsarnaev's friend - a 20-year-old from Kazakhstan who is accused of obstruction of justice. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.

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Research News
5:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.

Arts & More
7:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise

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Gangsters in Southwest Michigan? It's not as shocking as you think. Back in the 1920's, members of the Chicago crime scene treated the area as an oasis where they dined, played golf - and did their best to keep their business affairs to a minimum.

That all changed in 1929, when gangster Frank 'Killer' Burke murdered a St. Joseph police officer, leading authorities to discover that he had weapons used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, where seven men from an opposing crime gang were killed in Chicago.

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Visual Art
7:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Could Art Help Us Understand Autism?

From the All For One exhibit at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Bill Davis

Last year, Western Michigan University art students took a class that examined art made by kids with autism to better understand how they communicate.

Now the Autism & Visual Art Project has blossomed to a global program that includes workshop materials for educators, an exhibit, and even a documentary film.

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Men In America
5:47 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was

Marvin Ramos, now 18, was overwhelmed when his daughter, Hailey, was born. But now he says he's determined to be the best father he can be. "I haven't run away," he says, "and I never want to."
Marvin Ramos Courtesy of WNYC

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:40 pm

This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

Marvin Ramos found out he was going to be a father when his girlfriend, Stephanie, called him during a basketball game. He says he sat down on a bench and looked up at the sky. He was 16. Stephanie was 19.

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Book Reviews
5:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:49 am

Edan Lepucki's debut, California, sold thousands of copies even before the official publication date when talk-show host Stephen Colbert urged readers to pre-order it from a national independent chain as a protest against the "books-and-everything else" giant, Amazon.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights

Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at the Pride Parade and Festival in Portland, Maine, on June 21. Michaud, who is openly gay, is running for governor with the backing of national LGBT groups.
Susan Sharon NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:56 pm

Maine was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box — and now, LGBT groups are hoping voters there will break new ground by electing the nation's first openly gay governor in November.

But Democratic candidate Mike Michaud only recently came out, and he hasn't always been a gay-rights supporter.

Responding to what he called a "whisper campaign" about his sexual orientation, the six-term congressman did something dramatic last November: He outed himself in a series of newspaper op-eds.

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The Salt
4:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time

Bottles of mahia in the Nahmias et Fils distillery.
Alex Schmidt for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:56 pm

Before the crowds descend on the Whisky Jewbilee, a kosher alcohol tasting event in Manhattan, David and Dorit Nahmias stand behind their vendor table, getting psyched up.

"This is like the big game," Dorit Nahmias says.

Events like these are a key tool for getting the word out about their tiny distillery, and the Nahmiases attend half a dozen of them per year. The product they're trying to sell is one few people have heard of: mahia. Dorit rehearses her pitch:

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