Movies
6:05 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

A Revealing '60s 'Portrait,' Opening Eyes In Theaters Again

Jason Holliday, born Aaron Payne, is demanding audiences' attention again in a new theatrical release of Shirley Clarke's Portrait of Jason, restored by Milestone Film and the Academy Film Archive.
Milestone Film

He's got a round, affable face and large, black, hipster glasses. He's smartly dressed in a blazer and button-up shirt. He looks straight into the camera, talking, singing, smoking and drinking — just him, for upward of 90 minutes.

"It only hurts when you think of it," he says, his normally jaunty voice wobbling on the edge of a break. "And if you're real, you think of it a long, long time, that's for sure. Those are the dues."

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5:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Drownings prompt Lake Michigan rip current study

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Members of Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center say they want to able to predict when and where rip currents might occur at least a day in advance.
WEST MICHIGAN - Lake Michigan provides a picturesque setting for those seeking relief from the summer heat, with breezy north winds and waves just large enough to jump in and cool off. These conditions aren't always friendly for swimmers, however.
4:37 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Protester who sat in pipe faces felony charges

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Christopher Wahmhoff released on $2,500 personal recognizance bond
An oil pipeline protester was ordered released on bond Tuesday after being charged with a felony. Christopher Wahmhoff, 35, of Kalamazoo, was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court Tuesday afternoon on a charge of resisting police -- a felony with a maximum sentence of two years in prison -- and tresspassing, a 90-day misdemeanor.
NPR Story
4:20 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Author Matheson Left Behind Reams Of Science Fiction Writing

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:05 pm

Science fiction author Richard Matheson has died. Matheson wrote a number of classic episodes of television shows such as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. His novel, I Am Legend, was adapted into movies three times.

NPR Story
4:20 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Dozens Dead After Clashes With Radical Cleric In Lebanon

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 1:46 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Calm has been restored in southern Lebanon for now. Clashes between the army and followers of a radical Sunni cleric have left dozens dead over the past two days. It's been called the most violent spillover from the conflict in Syria to a neighboring country. And now, a manhunt is under way for that cleric, Ahmed al-Assir.

NPR's Kelly McEvers traveled from Beirut to the scene of the violence today in Sidon, also known as Saida in Arabic.

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NPR Story
4:20 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Democrats Want Answers On 'Progressives' Targeted By IRS

Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., listens as ousted IRS Chief Steve Miller and J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, testify during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on May 17.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:07 pm

Congressional Democrats say Tea Party groups weren't the only ones being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. And they have released some documents that they say prove it.

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4:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court decision on Voting Rights Act has implications for Allegan County

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Clyde Township was added to act's list in the 1970s
ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI - A West Michigan township might be freed from certain obligations under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 after the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key part of the law. Allegan County's Clyde Township, just south of Fennville, is one of only two Michigan townships bound by the landmark VRA to clear any election changes through federal authorities.
NPR Story
3:37 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

'Let The Fire Burn': A Philadelphia Community Forever Changed

Throughout the '70s and '80s, the radical African-American MOVE organization had several dramatic encounters with police.
Courtesy of Amigo Media

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 2:05 pm

On May 13, 1985, after a long standoff, Philadelphia municipal authorities dropped a bomb on a residential row house. The Osage Avenue home was the headquarters of the African-American radical group MOVE, which had confronted police on many occasions since the group's founding in 1972.

The resulting fire killed 11 people — including five children and the group's leader, John Africa — destroyed 61 homes, and tore apart a community.

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Medical Treatments
2:56 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Surgeons Nuland And Gawande Look To The Future Of Medicine

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Of the many programs we've aired over the years on medicine, none has been more interesting than the series of conversations with Sherwin Nuland and Atul Gawande, both surgeons and teachers. Both have also gone public as writers on their profession both to inform the public about what they do and why and how it's changing and to speak with their colleagues about what works and what doesn't.

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Middle East
2:56 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Saudi Arabia Solidifies Support Of Syrian Opposition

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Law
2:56 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

What Changes After Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:19 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. This morning in a much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Writing for a five-four majority, Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that Congress' action to protect minority voting rights in nine states was based on outdated data, and the formula used to determine which areas were subject to federal oversight was thus unconstitutional.

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2:48 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

College readiness increases in Southwest Michigan

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Vicksburg, Comstock, Parchment, Bloomingdale, Mendon and Hopkins school districts all increased their college readiness by the double digits.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Six Kalamazoo-area school districts -- Vicksburg, Comstock, Parchment, Bloomingdale, Mendon and Hopkins -- saw double-digit increases in the percent of high school juniors who tested as fully college-ready this March compared to 2012.
Television
2:35 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

Amy Schumer isn't afraid to talk sexting, dirty talk or even the fine line between rape and deeply troubling sex in her comedy.
Peter Yang Comedy Central

One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. I really am."

Degrees of sluttiness may be hard to define, but Schumer does talk frankly about many subjects — including sex — that can be uncomfortable for people, both in her stand-up act and on her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, which was recently renewed for a second season.

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2:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

4 billion gallons of Michigan water to be used for fracking

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Encana Corporation plans to drill about 500 new natural gas wells in northern Michigan. The amount of water Encana requires would equate to two years’ worth of water for all the residents in Traverse City.
KALKASKA - A Canadian firm has laid out plans to drill 500 new natural gas wells in Northern Michigan, using a technique that could consume more than 4 billion gallons of groundwater - or about as much water as Traverse City uses in two years.
Movie Reviews
2:19 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

'The Bling Ring': Celebrity Culture And Its Little Monsters

In Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring, about the excesses of Los Angeles materialism, Emma Watson plays narcissistic party girl Nicki.
Merrick Morton A24

We live in a world filled with crimes, but most of them don't have much to tell us. They're cases of mere stupidity, cruelty or greed. But every now and then one comes along that invites larger thoughts about the culture.

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BBC World Update

The first news of the day with Dan Damon and the BBC World Service.

BBC Global Business

Insights into the business world from the BBC World Service with Peter Day.

12:47 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Battle Creek Superintendent to receive pay raise, layoff approved

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School Board president says Linda Hicks did not ask for a raise
One week after approving $2.2 million in cuts and moments before reading aloud the names of four teachers laid off, the Battle Creek Board of Education on Monday approved a 3 percent raise and three-year contract extension for Superintendent Linda Hicks. Hicks was hired in 2010.
12:17 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

New Ypsilanti Community Schools pursue Kalamazoo Promise-like program

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New district is combination of Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts
One goal of the Ypsilanti Community Schools district is to ensure all students have the chance to earn college credit or career credentials by the time they don their caps and gowns to receive their high school diplomas.
Books
11:57 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Can Infidelity Make A Relationship Better?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to switch gears now and, as I said, this is another emotional and sensitive topic, but a personal one. And if I were to say the names Bill Clinton, LeAnn Rimes, Kobe Bryant, what would you say that they all have in common? Well, that they are all very bright, accomplished people and that they have all participated in infidelity. It still seems to be the case that the public seems shocked when such indiscretions become public.

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Politics
11:57 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Immigration Bill 'Disadvantages Women?'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program, we are going to take a look at a sensitive topic. We are going to talk about infidelity. Sure, we talk about it when a politician or a celebrity gets caught, but what about friends, neighbors, ourselves? Hundreds of listeners have been sending in their stories. We'll hear some of them and new research about this topic. That's later in the program.

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Law
11:57 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Voting Rights Act: Supreme Court Says Times Have Changed

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program, we will hear a perspective on the immigration bill, which is being debated in the Senate right now. You might not have heard this point of view. We'll hear from Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii. She tells us why she thinks the bill in its current form disadvantages women. And she'll tell us what she proposes to do about that. That's coming up later in the program.

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Around the Nation
11:57 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Infidelity: Breakup Or Makeup?

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:12 pm

Tell Me More continues the conversation on infidelity by talking with a panel of people who have been there. They discuss why a person would cheat, and what goes into the decision to stay or leave a relationship after an affair. Host Michel Martin is joined by two listeners who wrote in about their experiences with infidelity: Scott Childress and Tina Curiel-Allen. Also, Dr. Scott Haltzman, author of "The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity."

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Law
11:10 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Section Of Voting Rights Act

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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Law
11:10 am
Tue June 25, 2013

What Does The Court's Ruling On The Voting Rights Act Mean?

Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Nina Totenberg about the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling, striking down a key provision of the law.

Michigan redistricting
9:06 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Debate over whether a new system is needed to draw legislative districts

State Representative Sean McCann at a news conference in June, introducing his plan for changing Michigan's redistricting system
Credit WMUK

Interview with Conor Dugan

    

A Grand Rapids attorney argues that it's up to voters to demand better candidates, rather than change how the maps for legislative districts are determined. 

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7:17 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission to select firm Thursday for city manager search

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Commissioners working to finds new City Manager before Ken Collard retires early next year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission will reconvene Thursday afternoon to select a firm to conduct its revamped city manager search. Kalamazoo Human Resources Director Jerome Post suggested commissioners go over their notes from the night, weigh the positives and negatives of each firm.
Around the Nation
6:41 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Daughter Bills Dad For IT Support Chores

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:10 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. If you're on the younger side, do you ever feel like your parents treat you like their own personal IT support? Well, one woman decided to send her dad an invoice. She posted it online. It comes from a company called Your Awesome Daughter.

6:35 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Evacuation ordered in Plainwell after explosion Monday

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Drug and Laboratory Disposal closed Tuesday, evacuation still in effect
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PLAINWELL, MI - Businesses in Plainwell's industrial park are closed today after a fire at Drug & Laboratory Disposal, Inc, that started Monday rekindled at around midnight, prompting an evacuation order for the area 1/4 mile northeast of the company at 331 Broad St.
Power out
6:28 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Power outages in Southwest Michigan

File photo
Credit WMUK

Thousands of people in Southwest Michigan are without power Tuesday morning because of storms that moved through Southwest Michigan Monday night. 

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