All Tech Considered
6:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying

Twitter revoked its new blocking policy after backlash from users.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:01 pm

On Thursday, Twitter introduced — and later in the day, withdrew — a change to its "blocking" policy.

Thursday afternoon, the microblogging site started allowing users who had been blocked to continue to follow, respond to or retweet posts from people who had blocked them.

User response came swiftly. Many were outraged that the change allowed stalkers and abusers open access to their posts.

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
6:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation'

A South African boy stands in front of a mural of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, earlier this month.
Veronique Tadjo for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:39 pm

At the 1964 trial that convicted Nelson Mandela and his co-accused, and sent them to prison for life, he made a statement to the packed courthouse, which he repeated on his release in 1990, after 27 years in detention.

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4:52 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

McCann wants to ensure lunch breaks, days off for state workers

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The legislation would guarantee a 20 minute lunch break for employees working longer than 7.5 hour shifts as well as one day off every seven days for full time employees.
KALAMAZOO, MI - State Rep. Sean McCann has introduced a bill that would guarantee rest days for most full-time workers and lunch breaks for those working shifts longer than 7.5 hours. "No one works harder than Michigan's men and women - the people who led America into its period of greatest prosperity and who are leading the manufacturing come-back in Michigan," McCann, D-Kalamazoo, said in a prepared statement.
4:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

45,000 Michiganders will not get emergency unemployment

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House Republicans adjourned for the holidays yesterday without passing an extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Since 2009, the program has been extended 13 times.
WASHINGTON - Some 45,000 Michiganders currently receiving unemployment checks through a federal program will lose them on the last week of December, with the U.S. House leaving town without making another extension. Democrats in Congress - U.S. Rep.
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4:43 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Mandela's Home Town Prepares For Thousands Of Visitors

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

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Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday in his childhood village of Qunu. It's in one of the least developed regions of South Africa, on the eastern cape. Thousands are expected to attend the funeral, which has caused some scrambling. The only paved roads in the village are small. One leads to Mandela's home, another to the Mandela Museum.

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NPR Story
4:43 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Student Opens Fire At Colo. High School, Wounds 2, Kills Self

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:28 pm

A student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a Colorado high school, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday. Police said the shooter injured two fellow students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., before killing himself.

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4:43 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

U.S. Reassesses Relationship With Rebel Groups In Syria

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:35 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Game Director Shifts From 'Grand Theft Auto' To Iranian Revolution

The creators of 1979 Revolution interviewed fellow Iranians to create accurate scenes of Iran.
iNK Stories

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

Navid Khonsari worked on blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and Max Payne. These are all violent and aggressive games, set in fictional cities where you shoot your enemies. But for the past two years Khonsari, a video game director, has led a small team, some of them fellow Iranians, working on something very different — a documentary game about the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

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Remembrances
2:46 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Celebrating The Centennial Of Lyricist Sammy Cahn

American songwriter Sammy Cahn, pictured above in 1987, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. He died in 1993, at the age of 79.
David Gaywood AP

2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of lyricist Sammy Cahn, who was born Samuel Cohen, on the Lower East Side of New York City, on June 18, 1913. We didn't want the year to end without celebrating this centennial.

Cahn had his most successful and enduring partnerships with composers Saul Chaplin, Jule Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen. Several of his songs were written for Frank Sinatra. Cahn died in 1993, at the age of 79.

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The Fresh Air Interview
2:09 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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Movie Reviews
12:34 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

A '70s con-artist couple (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are forced to team up with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper, right) in American Hustle, inspired by a real-life sting targeting corrupt politicians.
Francois Duhamel Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:46 pm

David O. Russell hovers at the top of my list of favorite directors. He captures the messy collision of self-interests that for him defines America. In American Hustle, he whips up a black comedy based on Abscam, the late-'70s FBI sting that centered on a bogus sheik and led to the bribery convictions of sundry U.S. politicians. But he doesn't tell the real Abscam story; he adapts it to fit his theme, which is that most of us are busy reinventing ourselves and conning one another.

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NPR Story
11:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Golden Globe Nominees: 'An Embarrassment Of Riches'

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:53 pm

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Let's switch gears now and talk about your plans for the weekend. If you plan to head to the movies, you might be interested in the critics' picks from the Golden Globes. The nominations were announced yesterday. "12 Years a Slave" was one of the most honored films. That's the story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He's played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was also nominated for his role in the film. Here's a clip.

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NPR Story
11:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

'Wallace' Grew Up, So What's He Listening To?

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:53 pm

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Barbershop
11:53 am
Fri December 13, 2013

If You're Rich, Can You Say You Don't Know Right From Wrong?

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 5:53 pm

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11:07 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Upton votes for budget deal

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Statement from West Michigan Republican says bi-partisan deal is "welcome step to begin herculean task of nation's debt"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton voted in favor of a bipartisan budget that will greatly reduce the risk of another government shutdown in January. Under $85 billion deal, which Democrats and Republicans passed 332 to 94, funding would be restored to $63 million of the automatic across-the-board cuts that are due to take effect as a result of the automatic "sequester."
7:45 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Legislation requires counties to establish mental health courts

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State Representative Margaret O'Brien of Portage says legislation will help inmates with mental illness get help they need
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
LANSING, MI - After receiving approval from the state Senate Thursday, a package of bills that would create mental health courts throughout Michigan now moves to the governor's desk for approval. House Bills 4694-97 would create mental health courts throughout Michigan.
Strange News
7:44 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Buckingham Guards' Snack Fancy Reportedly Riled Queen

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:52 am

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Apparently, the queen of England is going nuts about Buckingham Palace Guards snacking on the job. This is a detail that came out during the long trial of defunct Murdoch tabloid News of the World. According to emails read in court, the queen's staff placed bowls of nuts around the palace for her. But royal police roaming the corridors couldn't resist. So her highness drew lines on the bowls to keep track of the snack levels.

Man, for these cops, what a royal pain.

Strange News
7:44 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Has A Hit Coloring Book

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:52 am

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7:25 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Oshtemo Planning Commission approves Costco warehouse club store

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Oshtemo's Zoning Board of Appeals will consider variances requested for new Costco
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI - Plans to build a Costco warehouse club store at Drake Road and Stadium Drive pushed ahead Thursday night with approval of its site plan application by the Oshtemo Township Planning Commission. The seven-member commission ended a nearly three-hour discussion of the project with unanimous approval of a site plan application by local developer Joe Gesmundo and his American Village Builders.
SW Michigan
7:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Snyder may back non-disclosure on issue ads

File photo of Governor Snyder being interviewed at WMUK - July, 2013
Credit WMUK

In an interview with the Gongwer News Service Governor Rick Snyder says he's reconsidering how free speech relates to the disclosing the names of donors who pay for "issue ads."

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Jeff Cohen is a proud New Orleans native who now calls New England home. Or at least his second home.

He started in newspapers in 2001 and joined WNPR in 2010, where he is a reporter and an occasional fill-in host for All Things Considered.

In addition to covering state and Hartford city politics, Jeff covered the December 2012 Newtown shootings and the stories that followed.  Much of that work was featured on NPR.  Also in 2012, Jeff was selected by NPR and Kaiser Health News for their joint Health Care In The States project. That work resulted in several national stories, including ones on the Affordable Care Act and medical education.

Opinion
5:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

A Baby Who Saved Her Family From 'The Dark Moments'

Francisco Vasquez says his niece, Ellie, and his sister's battle with cancer have transformed his life "forever."
Courtesy of Maria Vasquez-Rojas

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 2:34 pm

Three years ago, Maria Vasquez-Rojas received news to celebrate: After many attempts to conceive, she was going to have a baby. But while pregnant with her daughter, Ellie, Maria was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.

"If I had not gone in for that ultrasound they would have never caught it. [Ellie] saved my life," Maria tells her brother, Francisco Vasquez, on a visit to StoryCorps in Los Angeles.

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
5:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

One Year After Newtown, Still No Answer To 'Why'

A crime scene photo provided by the Connecticut State Police shows a rifle in the master bedroom in Adam Lanza's house.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:52 am

As Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy sped from Hartford to Newtown nearly a year ago, the death toll kept rising. When he arrived on the scene, he found himself in charge — and it fell to him to answer the question: How long should family members have to wait to learn that their loved ones were gone?

Malloy decided that he was going to do what he thought was right. Still, standing in front of more than two dozen families gathered in a firehouse, he doubted that it was.

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Shots - Health News
5:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Promises To Fix Mental Health System Still Unfulfilled

Rheanna Kathleen Morris hugs her mom, Peggy Sinclair-Morris.
Jenny Gold for NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 10:23 am

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one year ago sparked a national conversation about the country's troubled mental health system. Politicians convened task forces and promised additional funding and new laws. But today, despite those promises, patients and advocates say treatment for mental health is still in shambles.

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The Salt
5:19 am
Fri December 13, 2013

USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida's Oranges

Oranges ripen in a Plant City, Fla., grove on Wednesday. Growers in Florida, Texas and California are worried about citrus greening, a disease that makes the fruit bitter and unmarketable.
Chris O'Meara AP

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:52 am

The citrus industry is facing a crisis. It's called citrus greening — a disease that has devastated orange production in Florida since it first showed up eight years ago. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new effort to try to control the disease before it destroys the nation's citrus industry.

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9:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kalamazoo budget discussions highlight effect of early retirements

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Early Retirement Incentive was offered to help reduce city's budget deficit
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
City Manager Jim Ritsema's proposed 2014 budget includes reductions that would patch a $2.9 milllion deficit in the proposed $143 million budget, including a net decline of 10 citywide positions, mostly through not filling vacancies, and increases in recreation fees, sewer and water fees and inspection fees.
Local History
9:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bissell Sweepers company claims first female CEO in America

A 1909 ad for Bissell Sweepers

Years ago, the only way to clean carpets was to sweep them off with a broom and to hang them on a line and use a wire carpet beater, to beat the dust out. The next development was a carpet sweeper.

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Local Music
8:52 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

New Eastside children's choir brings music to an underserved neighborhood

The Eastside choir performing at St. Mary's Catholic Church during the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus Christmas concert.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will be performing at Chenery Auditorium Saturday at 3 p.m. Some of the money from the concert will go to support the Eastside choir.

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7:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Michigan House approves bill allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries, edible pot

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Local communities could prohibit the "provisioning centers"
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan House on Thursday advanced legislation to update the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law by allowing for dispensaries and a variety of edible products. Medical marijuana storefronts had operated in several Michigan communities until a February ruling by the state Supreme Court empowered county prosecutors to shut them down as a "public nuisance."

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