The Salt
5:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'Braai Day' Aims To Bring S. Africans Together Over Barbecue

Jan Scannell, former accountant, has taken on a new identity as "Jan Braai," a South African TV show host and media personality promoting the idea of National Braai (barbecuing) Day, celebrated each year on Sept. 24.
Courtesy of Stephanus Rabie

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:30 pm

Nelson Mandela is officially "improving," though still in critical condition at a South African hospital. His long battle with a lung infection has South Africans anxiously contemplating their "post-Mandela" future in a still racially divided country. In a unique strategy, one man is hoping to help heal those divisions with a pair of barbecue tongs.

Jan Scannell is a 32-year-old former accountant with a dream: To establish a national holiday in South Africa like July 4 called Braai Day.

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The March On Washington At 50
5:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Sleepy, Southern And Segregated: What D.C. Was Like In '63

Charter bus passengers look for their transportation home after the March on Washington of Aug. 28, 1963.
AP

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:30 pm

Fifty years ago this week, when hundreds of thousands of demonstrators came from across the country to take part in the 1963 March on Washington, the city was not yet the cosmopolitan capital that it arguably is today.

But it was a mecca for African-Americans, says historian Marya McQuirter.

"Washington was definitely a different city 50 years ago," she says, "for a number of reasons. By 1957, it had become the largest majority black city in the country."

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Law
4:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Liens By 'Sovereign Citizens' A Headache For State Officials

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:30 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The New York Times reported last week on the practice of placing bogus liens against the property of government officials. It's a tactic of self-styled sovereign citizens, people who deny the legitimacy of the federal government. They take advantage of laws, both real estate laws and also the Uniform Commercial Code, that make it easy to file liens even if they're phony. Why do they do it? Well, because a lien can ruin your credit rating, and removing one, even a phony lien, can take countless hours in court and cost thousands of dollars.

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Strange News
4:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Finns Dominate Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:30 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And we wrap up this week's All Tech Considered with a story out of Finland.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This past weekend, 80 people from six countries competed in the annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships. The Finns shut out the competition, winning first, second and third place overall.

SIEGEL: The top tosser threw his handheld device an impressive 320 feet. The top woman on the field was a 31-year-old Swede - Asa Lundgren. Her distance: 132 feet. She's a newcomer to the sport but threw javelin in her youth.

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Sports
4:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Was 1973 'Battle Of The Sexes' Tennis Match Thrown?

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:30 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

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4:14 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Demolition Monday kicks off blight removal in Detroit

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The $52 million dollar project may be the largest residential blight removal Michigan’s history.
Detroit - Gov. Rick Snyder joined city and congressional officials Monday to kick off what was described as the largest residential blight removal in state history, using part of $52 million in federal aid to start tearing down five abandoned homes on the city's west side. Authorities worked with the U.S.
3:50 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Prisoners who get their GED less likely to re-offend, study says

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The study concludes that while providing education costs $1,400 per inmate, it saves the state roughly $1 million.
LANSING -- A new study of the effectiveness of prison education programs has revealed that prisoners who participate in studying while incarcerated have much lower odds of re-offending. The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, analyzed a number of research studies conducted on correctional education to determine if educational programs are effective in reducing crime and rehabilitating inmates.
3:34 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

McClendon to sell dunes property

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Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance has been in a long legal battle with energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon over his right to develop the land into luxury condos. Though a parcel of land is for sale, McClendon’s company still plans to build a road through the area. The coastal alliance is holding a public hearing about the issue Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Saugatuck High School.
Please come to the public hearing to discuss Aubrey McClendon's Singapore Dunes road permit on August 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saugatuck High School Auditorium (401 Elizabeth Street in Saugatuck).
All Tech Considered
3:16 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'I'd Tap That' And Other NSA Pickup Lines Are All The Rage

An anti-NSA protester in Washington, DC.
Steve Rhodes Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:58 pm

News that National Security Agency officers sometimes abuse domestic intelligence gathering practices to monitor potential love interests has led to a sweeping, satirical response by The People of The Internet. On Tumblr and Twitter, the #NSAPickupLines and #NSALovePoems hashtags have sparked all sorts of creativity from users poking fun at the potential intrusion of the NSA into our personal lives.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Wingsuit Flying: Incredible Thrill, But 'No Second Chance'

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:30 pm

"There is no second chance ... there is no margin of error whatsoever."

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Television
1:19 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Letterman And 'Tonight' Vet Go Behind The Scenes Of Late Night

David Letterman, pictured here in January 1982, premiered Late Night With David Letterman just a few months after his Fresh Air interview.
AP

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 10:43 am

Imagine David Letterman sitting in the reception area where you work, going virtually unrecognized. That's how it was in 1981 when Letterman visited WHYY in Philadelphia to be interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air, then a local program.

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Education
11:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Former Sec. Of Education Wants More Support For Teachers

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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History
11:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

MLK's Dream Across Decades

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Remembrances
11:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Remembering Tell Me More's Teshima Walker Izrael

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, if you will allow me another word about our dear friend and colleague Teshima Walker. I know that my colleague Celeste Headlee, who was sitting in for me while I was away, had the sad task of delivering the news last week that Teshima, the executive producer of this program, left this life a few days earlier, after battling colon cancer for the better part of two years. But I thought it was appropriate as the host of this program and as a friend of Teshima's to say a few words myself.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:52 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will ESPN do to stay the leader in sports broadcasting? Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Well, they might've changed the election laws but this is in the great FOX tradition. They'll show some Senate primaries as cage matches.

SAGAL: That's awesome. Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: They're going to cover preschool sports, Peter, speed dress-up and duck, duck, goose with hunting rifles.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Adam Felber.

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Around the Nation
7:24 am
Mon August 26, 2013

This Wedding Had A Lot Of Clowning Around

The groom had on a big fake nose. The bride: an orange wig. And before the groom could run away, she reeled him in with a fishing pole. Makes sense, as they were two clowns and were married at Clownfest 2013 in Lancaster, Pa.

Europe
7:09 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Survey Asks Britons How Often Bedsheets Are Changed

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:57 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

A new survey in Britain is airing that country's dirty laundry. The mattress company Ergoflex asked Britons how frequently they changed their sheets. Among men aged 18 to 25, more than half said they put fresh sheets on just four times a year.

7:06 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Fewer cops but less crime in Kalamazoo County

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Experts aren't exactly sure why, although they point to several possible factors, like more people at home because they don't have jobs and a drop in the number of young men, the group most likely to break the law.
KALAMAZOO, MI - It seems logical enough. More police officers on the streets, less crime. But in Kalamazoo County, serious crimes are on the decline over the past nine years, despite a slight drop in the number of police officers on the streets.
7:03 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Feds to see big student loan profits

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The Congressional Budget Office says a new law regulating college loan interest rates will mean a federal profit of about $175 billion over the next decade.
A law touted by politicians as their way of keeping money in the pockets of the nation's college students will instead funnel more than $700 million in additional profit into the federal government's wallet over the next 10 years, a new analysis shows.
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Taser use questioned in Michigan prisons

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The state says Tasers are used only once or twice a day statewide. Eight prison guards have been reprimanded for using the devices inappropriately but none have been fired.
Assaults on Michigan corrections officers have fallen since some began carrying Tasers 1½ years ago, but critics question whether the electronic stun guns are being misused. The number of officers assaulted on the job dipped 16%, from 688 in 2010 to 579 last year, according to a review of prison critical incident statistics by the Lansing State Journal.
6:57 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Michigan grows a bumper apple crop

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Industry officials say Michigan will produce about $900 million worth of apples this year.
Michigan apples are back - and in a big way. The U.S. Apple Association said today it expects the state to produce 30 million bushels - welcome news after last year's whacky spring weather devastated 90% of the overall apple crop.
SW Michigan
6:54 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Kellogg Community College expands in Albion

KCC's Eastern Academic Center in Albion
Credit Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College has broken ground to expand its Eastern Academic Center in Albion. The college based in Battle Creek says the million-dollar project will help it serve the increasing number of its students who come from the Albion and Marshall areas of Calhoun County.

The new addition will include three classrooms and additional office space.

KCC officials say the expanded EAC is expected to open in January.

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6:47 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Albion College makes Forbes STEM list

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Albion is the only school in Michigan on the list of schools that Forbes says do the best job for women with scientific and engineering majors.
Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., seems like the last place you'd find a great technological discovery. After all, the college campus is in the heart of a rural Pennsylvania borough where you can find "free hitching" for buggies and lots of Old Order Amish shops. But appearances can be deceiving.
Around the Nation
4:51 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Wildfire At Yosemite Expected To Break Records

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And a fire that started just outside of Yosemite National Park - here in California - is becoming one for the record books. It has raced through overgrown forest, doubling and tripling in size; crossed into Yosemite. And now, at more than 140,000 acres, it's bigger than the city of Chicago. Plus, it's still growing.

Thousands of firefighters are pitted against the fire, with more on the way; and thousands of residents have been evacuated. NPR's Nathan Rott is there, and he sends us this report.

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Around the Nation
4:51 am
Mon August 26, 2013

97-Year-Old Birder Has No Intention Of Slowing Down

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 6:57 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If 60 is the new 50 and 50 the new 40, well, what then is 97? Veteran bird guide Karl Haller is busy redefining what it means to be just shy of a century. He's been counting birds and teaching the art of bird watching at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas for over 50 years.

His student this time: NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: A cool breeze is blowing off Lake Texoma and into the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

(LAUGHTER)

KARL HALLER: Well, it could be. Yeah. We'd only...

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Music
4:51 am
Mon August 26, 2013

MTV Video Awards Celebrate 30 Years

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 7:00 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Well, after that, this sounds like no time at all, but it has been three decades since MTV broadcast its first annual Video Music Awards. The show had its 30th annual show last night.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, MTV rarely plays music videos anymore. But people still tune in to the VMA's for the moments.

MONTAGNE: Ten years ago, Madonna and Britney Spears stole the show with an infamous kiss.

GREENE: Last night, it was a racy duet between former child Star Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke that had people talking.

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Shots - Health News
3:45 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say

Candy-flavored cigars like these in a shop in Albany, N.Y., are the focus of efforts to restrict sales of sweet-flavored tobacco.
Hans Pennink Associated Press

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 2:56 pm

The good news: Cigarette sales are down by about a third over the past decade. Not so for little cigars and cigarillos. Their sales more than doubled over the same time period, in large part owing to the growing popularity of these little cigars among teenagers and 20-somethings.

The appeal among young people has lots to do with the large variety of candylike flavors in the little cigars, according to Jennifer Cantrell, director of research and evaluation at the anti-tobacco Legacy Foundation.

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Parallels
3:45 am
Mon August 26, 2013

For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation

Afghanistan and Pakistan, countries that have a history of tense relations, played their first soccer match in nearly 40 years when they met Aug. 20 in Kabul. Afghanistan (in red) won 3-0.
Omar Sobhani Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:03 am

Afghanistan and Pakistan are better known for their verbal fights and occasional border clashes, but for the first time since 1976, they battled on a soccer field in Kabul.

Some 6,000 rabid Afghan fans cheered on their team, clad in red uniforms. There were horns, flags, and face paint. It looked like any soccer game in the world, except for all the riot police, snipers, and Blackhawk helicopters passing overhead periodically.

Ahmad Mirwais, a 27-year-old tailor, was one of those lucky enough to score a ticket.

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It's All Politics
3:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

In Arkansas, The Senate Battle Is Already Brutal

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., speaks at the Rice Expo in Stuttgart, Ark., on Aug. 2.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:03 am

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The Two-Way
3:07 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Pain, Loss And Tears Come With Medal Of Honor

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter near Dahla Dam, Afghanistan in July 2012.
Ho/AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:04 pm

Update at 3:14 p.m. ET. Carter Receives Medal Of Honor:

Saying he represented "the essence of true heroism," President Obama presented Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter with the nation's highest military honors, this afternoon.

"As these soldiers and families will tell you, they're a family forged in battle, and loss, and love," Obama said, according to the AP.

Our Original Post Continues:

The Army staff sergeant who Monday afternoon will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony has mixed emotions.

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