U.S.
4:12 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Furloughs Cut Into Classtime At U.S. Military Bases

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:31 pm

Civilian furloughs have begun at U.S. military installations worldwide. The mandatory days off without pay, prompted by the current round of budget cuts known as sequestration, are looming over Defense Department-run schools that serve the children of military families. For teachers at the nation's most populous Army base, Fort Bragg, cuts mean no new textbooks and a loss of school days.

Around the Nation
4:12 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Where Are All Of Wyomings Escalators?

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:51 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Turning now to escalator news, specifically Wyoming escalator news.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

There is a reported paucity of moving staircases in the Cowboy State, and that shortcoming has been posited as an argument for Wyoming to have fewer than its allotted pair of senators.

CORNISH: The argument goes like this: Why should a state with only two escalators get two senators?

BLOCK: Well, for some insight, we turn to the self-proclaimed escalator editor of the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune.

Read more
Shots - Health News
3:37 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

World's Biggest Virus May Have Ancient Roots

Pandoraviruses were discovered lurking in the mud of Chile and Australia, half a world apart.
courtesy of Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:14 am

Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: Pandoravirus.

In mythology, opening Pandora's Box released evil into the world. But there's no need to panic. This new family of virus lives underwater and doesn't pose a major threat to human health.

"This is not going to cause any kind of widespread and acute illness or epidemic or anything," says Eugene Koonin, an evolutionary biologist at the National Institutes of Health who specializes in viruses.

Read more
WMU Board of Trustees
3:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

WMU moves ahead with Cooley Law School affiliation

Protesters outside of Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting call for Western Michigan University to reconsider plans for its east campus
Credit WMUK

  The Thomas M. Cooley Law School will soon have a new name. 

Read more
The Two-Way
3:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Man Who Hoped To Testify Against Whitey Bulger Is Found Dead

Stephen Rakes as he arrived at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Boston on June 12 for the first day of the "Whitey" Bulger's trial.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 6:31 pm

Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who claimed that notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger forced him — at gunpoint — to sell a liquor store in 1984, was found dead Wednesday in Lincoln, Mass.

According to the Middlesex (Mass.) District Attorney's office, "there were no obvious signs of trauma. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death."

Read more
Pop Culture
1:40 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Maria Bamford: A Seriously Funny Comedian

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:05 pm

It's almost uncomfortable to laugh at Maria Bamford's comedy, because so much of it is about really serious problems she has: OCD, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts. She's been hospitalized several times. But you have to laugh, because she's that funny.

In addition to the difficulties from which she suffers, Bamford — who has a new comedy CD out called Ask Me About My New God! — incorporates her family into much of her material. She's close to both her parents, in part, she says, because they've been through so much together.

Read more
Book Reviews
1:40 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

The Only Surprise In Rowling's 'Cuckoo's Calling' Is The Author

J.K. Rowling recently revealed herself to be the author of the mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling.
Ben Pruchnie Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:41 pm

Call it "The Mystery of the Missing Book Sales" — and I don't think we'll be needing to bring Sherlock Holmes in to solve this one. In April, a debut mystery called The Cuckoo's Calling was published. It appeared to be written by an unknown British writer named Robert Galbraith, who was identified on the book jacket as a former military cop now working in private security.

Read more
1:24 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Democrat announces in 7th Congressional District

Lead in text: 
Byrnes ran in a Democratic primary for State Senate in 2010 but lost. Walberg is in his third term in Congress.
WASHINGTON - Former state Rep. Pam Byrnes announced today she'll run for Congress next year, hoping to take the seat currently helped by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton. Byrnes, a Chelsea Democrat, served six years in the state House of Representatives before being forced out by term limits.
WMUK News
12:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Kalamazoo County holds first Health Equity Summit

Dr. Adewale Troutman, President of the American Public Health Association, speaking in Tampa, Florida, in 2012.
Credit Brian Blanco / AP Photo

The creator of the nation's first Center for Health Equity in a local health department believes that good health care is a "basic human right" that communities everywhere need to make sure their citizens have. That’s the message Dr. Adewale Troutman, President of the American Association of Public Health in Washington, D.C., says he will deliver on Friday, July 19th, at Kalamazoo County’s first Health Equity Summit in Kalamazoo.

Read more
Around the Nation
12:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Sterilization Behind Bars: Mothers 'Lose Humanity,' Says Advocate

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
World
12:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Is Cartel Leader Capture Really A Win For Drug War?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we go to Mexico where this week brought a major development in the drug war. Authorities there captured the man they believe is the leader of the Zetas, a group that's been described as a paramilitary drug cartel responsible for some of the most grotesque violence connected to Mexico's drug war.

Read more
Books
12:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

From A Story of Evil, A Lesson In Forgiveness

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Finally today, we go Behind Closed Doors. That's the segment where we talk about issues that people usually keep private. Today, we're speaking with a woman who turned what often becomes a private shame into a very public campaign and ultimately, a triumph. Author Beverly Donofrio turned her experience as a struggling young mother into the best-selling memoir "Riding in Cars with Boys." That was made into a film starring Drew Barrymore in 2001.

Read more
Parallels
11:31 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

Afghan soldiers take positions following a clash with Taliban fighters on the outskirts of the eastern city of Jalalabad on July 7. The U.S. is trying to organize peace talks, but the latest effort has been put on hold while the fighting continues.
Noorullah Shirzada Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 4:48 pm

The U.S. has been pushing the Taliban and the Afghan government to find a political solution for the past year and a half. But every time it seems the parties are close to starting peace talks, a new demand or controversy arises and nothing happens.

In the latest attempt, the Taliban finally opened a political office in Qatar, a move that was supposed to set the stage for negotiations. But when the Taliban envoys gave that office the trappings of an embassy, a furious Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, called off the talks, and they have yet to be re-scheduled.

Read more
7:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Three finalists considered for Galesburg-Augusta interim superintendent

Lead in text: 
Board is expected to decide on an interim superintendent at its meeting next week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
GALESBURG, MI -- Two elementary principals and a Title I consultant interviewed this week with the Galesburg-Augusta Board of Education to serve as the district's interim superintendent for 2013-14, board President Richard Fletcher said.
7:23 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Springfield City Manager finalist for same job in Port Huron

Lead in text: 
Port Huron city council will begin interviews next month
SPRINGFIELD - Frank Peterson, city manager of Springfield for more than six years, has been named a finalist for the same job in Port Huron. The 32-year-old is among three candidates being considered for Port Huron's next city manager after Bruce Brown announced he would be leaving the position.
Military voices
7:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Military Voices Initiative comes to Kalamazoo

WMUK General Manager Gordon Bolar speaking in December at the launch of Military Voices Initiative in Washington D.C.
Credit StoryCorps

Interview with David Isay

Military service members and veterans have been telling their stories this week at WMUK's studios

Read more
Around the Nation
7:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

96-Year-Old Store Owner Wins Standoff With Robber

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Magaretta Wolf has owned a grocery store in Marshfield, Wisconsin for more than 50 years. So when a masked robber recently demanded she hand over the store's cash, she refused, saying you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register. By the way, Wolf is 96.

WMU Board of Trustees
6:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

WMU board to act on agreement with Cooley Law School

Bernhard Center - file photo
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on moving ahead on an agreement with Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 

Read more
Around the Nation
6:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

PayPal Glitch Makes Pa. Man Very Rich

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

For a moment, Chris Reynolds was the world's richest man. The Pennsylvania resident checked his PayPal account, expecting a zero balance. Instead he found a credit of more than $92 quadrillion. That 17-digit figure did revert back to zero when PayPal corrected the glitch. Still, a guy can dream. As to how he would have spent the money, Reynolds said: Payoff the national debt, then maybe buy the Phillies.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:12 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Detroit pension boards file suit to stop cutting of benefits

Lead in text: 
Lawsuit says pension benefits are protected in state Constitution
Detroit's two pension funds on Wednesday sued Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder in an attempt to block Orr from slashing pension benefits for thousands of current and active city workers as part of his plan to restructure the city's massive debt.
World
5:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Panama Searches Impounded North Korean Cargo Ship

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

As of this morning, Panama still doesn't know quite what to do with that North Korean cargo ship its impounded. The ship was going through the Panama Canal on its way from Cuba to North Korea. And when Panamanian authorities looked inside under thousands of bags of Cuban sugar, they found parts for missiles, jets and radar systems.

Here to help sort out this discovery is NPR's Tom Gjelten. Good morning.

Read more
Politics
5:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Congress Takes Renewed Aim At Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

For the first time since the housing crash, lawmakers are getting serious about dismantling the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They were rescued with $190 million bailout. Two prominent senators - a Democrat and a Republican - have a bill that's attracting some bipartisan support. A separate Republican bill is being introduced in the House today and a third may soon come from Democrats. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

Read more
Asia
5:07 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Police In India Probe Poisoning Of School Children

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Read more
Parallels
3:25 am
Thu July 18, 2013

As Nelson Mandela Turns 95, South Africa Celebrates

Supporters of Nelson Mandela rally outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, where he has been treated for more than a month. The anti-apartheid icon turned 95 on Thursday.
Jonathan Blakley NPR

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:39 am

While South Africa celebrates the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate remains at a Pretoria hospital, where he's been hospitalized since June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

President Jacob Zuma's office has said that Mandela is in "critical but stable" condition, though Mandela's daughter Zindzi said Wednesday that her father was making "remarkable progress" and could be released soon.

Read more
Code Switch
3:20 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:20 pm

Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender. He's made a lot of key people laugh with his incisive anecdotes, including Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien and John Oliver.

A full-time writer on the FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, he recently did a comedy bit on the National Spelling Bee, or "as I like to call it," he joked, "the Indian Super Bowl."

Read more
Parallels
3:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt

Posters in Cairo show Al-Jazeera's logo in red with a bloody hand scratching at it. A bullet can kill a man, the poster says, but a lying camera can kill a nation.
Kelly McEvers NPR

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:45 am

Read more
9:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Holland Board of Public Works picks site for natural gas plant

Lead in text: 
Will pay $1.6-million for site
The industrial parcel of Fairbanks Avenue and Fifth Street has been chosen as the site of the Holland Board of Public Works new combined cycle natural gas power plant.
9:03 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Michigan's unemployment rate up despite more jobs in June

Lead in text: 
More people looking for work helped cause slight increase in jobless rate
LANSING - Michigan's unemployment rate ticked up to 8.7 percent in June as more people entered the job market. The rate increased from 8.5 percent in May, but is down from the revised June 2012 rate of 9.3 percent, according to data released Wednesday from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.
8:59 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Study says Palisades among nuclear power plants most at risk of being shut down

Lead in text: 
Report finds economics challenges face many nuclear power plants
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI -- With a study out Thursday placing Palisades on a list of 12 U.S. nuclear power plants most at risk for shutting down, Entergy Corp. declined to comment on the Covert Township plant's financial performance but said it believed that nuclear power would remain an important source of power for the country in the long term.
The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton; He Says That's Fitting

Former President Bill Clinton hugs House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California as another Democrat, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, looks on at Wednesday's ceremony naming the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters for him.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 7:11 pm

Read more

Pages