3:42 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Republicans court new Michigan US Senate candidate

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Small is reportedly very close to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder who has come under fire from some "Tea Party" activists recently.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee met this week with Oakland County District Court Judge Kim Small about the open Senate seat in Michigan, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting. Former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land is currently the GOP frontrunner, but Small presents a potentially interesting alternative whom the national GOP is taking seriously.
Movie Reviews
1:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Introducing Oscar Grant, The Man Behind The Headlines

Based on a true story, Fruitvale Station won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant and Ariana Neal stars as his young daughter, Tatiana.
Cait Adkins The Weinstein Co.

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:44 pm

The actor Michael B. Jordan gives a major performance in Ryan Coogler's debut film, Fruitvale Station. He plays 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot in a run-in with cops at an Oakland, Calif., train stop in the early hours of 2009. The film opens with cellphone footage of the actual event, so you know what's coming. But the Oscar you meet on the last day of 2008 remains a man, not a martyr.

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Television
1:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Back For More: Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Is A Serious Standout

Jeff Daniels returns to Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom as cable news anchor Will McAvoy.
HBO

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:44 pm

The one major change series creator Aaron Sorkin made to The Newsroom between seasons was a structural one. Instead of having each week's show focus on a separate major storyline, this year's edition of The Newsroom follows a single story over the course of the entire season. And it's a season-long plot line in which anchor Will McAvoy and the other employees of the fictional Atlantic Cable News network get one important news report very wrong.

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1:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Battle Creek Air National Guard Base ends flight mission

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Battle Creek's base will be used as a control center for drone aircraft
More than 65 years of service as a base for military aircraft came to an end Friday at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base. The base sent off its last C-21 aircraft in a low-key ceremony at 9 a.m.
Faith Matters
12:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

As Muslim Call To Prayer Echoes On TV, Some Brits Tune Out

England's Channel 4 is airing the Muslim call to prayer every morning during the month of Ramadan. It's a decision that's caused controversy among both Muslims and non-Muslims. Host Michel Martin speaks with BBC radio host Sheetal Parmar about the issue.

World
12:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

After Fifteen Years, 'Dictator Hunter' Sees Justice In Chad

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Barbershop
12:05 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

As Zimmerman Trial Goes To Jury, How Would The Barbershop Rule?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Interviews
11:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Jeff Daniels: Anchoring The Cast Of 'The Newsroom'

After a public meltdown and a wholesale staff defection, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) decides to take a different approach with his nightly news show.
HBO

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:44 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on June 20, 2012.

Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama The Newsroom revolves around Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a popular cable-news anchor floating happily along with his nightly newscast, which does well in the ratings but doesn't tend to delve into anything that could offend or alienate anyone.

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7:49 am
Fri July 12, 2013

March, rallies against violence planned in Battle Creek

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Community activist Bobby Holley has organized similar events in the past
A march and two rallies against gun violence are scheduled next week in Battle Creek. Bobby Holley, a community activist, will lead the event in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Wednesday but is encouraging community participation. A rally will be held at noon Wednesday at Claude Evans Park, North Washington Avenue at Parkway Drive.
7:40 am
Fri July 12, 2013

State revenues exceed expectations for second straight month

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But revenues are still down slightly from a year ago
Lansing- State revenues exceeded expectations by $99.3 million in June, following a trend also reflected in a federal budget surplus reported for the month by the U.S. Treasury Department. Michigan's Senate Fiscal Agency said June state revenues totaled $1.9 billion and exceeded official forecasts for the second straight month.
7:34 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kalamazoo Planning Commission gives approval to billboard regulations

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Up to eight digital billboards would be allowed in the city
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission will take up recommended regulations on digital billboards in the city likely at its August meetings after planning commissioners voted 6-1 to recommend the changes Thursday. Planning commissioners heard from 17 community members -- most of them opposed to allowing digital billboards in Kalamazoo -- and debated for more than an hour during the three-hour meeting.
Europe
7:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

After WikiLeaks Drama, Kremlin Goes Old School

The Kremlin's security agency has bought $15,000 worth of electric typewriters. A source told a Russian newspaper that after WikiLeaks and the Edward Snowden scandal, the Kremlin decided to "expand the practice of creating paper documents."

Around the Nation
6:56 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Calif. City Moves To Freeze Ice Cream Trucks' Music Output

For many kids, the music of ice cream trucks is the sound of summer. For some adults, however, it ruins peace and quiet. The Long Beach City Council has drafted legislation to limit when ice cream trucks can play music.

6:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Calhoun County Board approves agreement with Jackson County to manage roads

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Agreement calls for sharing staff and resources to save money
The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners described the move as "historical," "leading-edge stuff" and "smart moneyball." "This is the kind of stuff where government becomes efficient," said Chairman Art Kale, "and we need to continue to move in this direction.
6:24 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kalamazoo Mayor says state and federal officials discussing costs of cleaning up Kalamazoo site

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Bobby Hopewell made comments at rally calling for removal of PCBs from Allied Paper landfill
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The campaign to convince the Environmental Protection Agency to completely cleanup the Allied Paper site may be gaining momentum.
6:18 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Michigan House Democrats propose new regulations on "fracking"

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Department of Environmental Quality says it will examine proposal, but has refuted the need for new rules in past
LANSING - Michigan House Democrats want to further regulate fracking, a controversial method of accessing natural gas. They promoted a package of eight bills that would require the disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground for certain fracking operations before receiving a permit.
Environment
5:13 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Environmentalists Warn Olympic Games Will Harm Sochi

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:19 am

Russia is preparing for the 2014 Winter Games — turning a sleepy valley in the Northern Caucasus Mountains into an Olympic village, with brand-new facilities for every Alpine sport. Officials say it will be a world-class destination for winter-sports enthusiasts long after the Games are over. Environmentalists say it's an ecological disaster in the making.

Movie Reviews
5:13 am
Fri July 12, 2013

'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Another movie opening is "Pacific Rim." Critic Kenneth Turan says it has plenty of explosions and special effects, but he says there's actually more to it than most of the other blockbusters this summer.

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Code Switch
5:13 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Oakland Braces For Seeing Subway Shooting On The Big Screen

Cephus "Bobby" Johnson in 2011, when the former transit officer who shot Johnson's nephew, Oscar Grant, was released from jail. Johnson and other family members have seen Fruitvale Station, a new feature film depicting the shooting, multiple times.
Jason Redmond AP

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:00 pm

It's not often that Oakland, Calif., hosts a movie opening. But there is plenty of anticipation for Fruitvale Station.

The film is about the life and death of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was fatally shot in the back by a white transit police officer in the early morning hours of New Year's Day in 2009.

Grant was killed by Officer Johannes Mehserle, who claimed to have been reaching for his Taser, not his handgun. Mehserle was tried and convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months of a two-year term.

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The Two-Way
3:22 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Chuck Foley, Co-Creator Of Twister, Dies At 82

Festivalgoers play a giant game of Twister during the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in southwest England last month.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:40 am

One of the men responsible for getting people tied up in knots while they played Twister has died.

Charles "Chuck" Foley died earlier this month in St. Paul, Minn. He was 82.

Foley and his business partner Neil Rabens invented the game for Milton Bradley in 1966. The pair originally called it Pretzel, and it was Milton Bradley who came up with the name Twister.

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Parallels
3:19 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Israel's Internal Battle Over Ultra-Orthodox Soldiers

Soldiers close the gate to the tiny West Bank outpost, right next door to a Jewish settlement, where the HaHod platoon of the ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yahuda battalion is stationed.
Emily Harris/NPR

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 8:14 am

Moshe Haim always wanted to be a soldier. The 20-year-old is now a sergeant, more than halfway through three years of service in the Israeli military.

But when he goes home on leave, he doesn't talk about his military experiences to any of his eight siblings, especially his brothers.

"I know that for my parents and my brothers, the first, best choice is to be in the yeshiva and study there," he says at a small West Bank outpost where he's stationed. "It wasn't good for me, but my brothers are still pure."

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Middle East
3:17 am
Fri July 12, 2013

In Southern Syria, Rebels Say U.S. Support Is Critical

Free Syrian Army fighters after a battle against government troops in Zaizoon, near Dera'a, on Feb. 16.
Shaam News Network Landov

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 8:38 pm

The battle for the city of Dera'a in southern Syria has become a test of an American pledge to give military support to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. After a string of defeats, the rebels have scored rare victories around Dera'a.

But in interviews,rebel commanders passing through neighboring Jordan say those gains could be lost without a dependable arms pipeline and promised U.S. support.

Yasser Aboud, a thin, intense former colonel in the Syrian army, commands the joint operations center for southern Syria.

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StoryCorps
10:03 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

A Father And Daughter 'Keep The Faith' During Cancer Fight

Faith in 2008, on her fifth birthday.
Courtesy of Jerris Marr

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:13 am

For the past three years, StoryCorps' Legacy program has given people facing serious illness the chance to record interviews with loved ones and caregivers. Recently, StoryCorps expanded the program to include children.

In 2007, Faith Marr was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer on her spine. She was 4 years old. That year she had her first of eight surgeries, replacing her vertebrae with titanium rods. Doctors were uncertain about her chances of survival.

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The Salt
6:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

These pigs, newly weaned from their mothers, are at their most vulnerable stage of life. They're getting antibiotics in their water to ward off bacterial infection.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 5:25 pm

You've probably seen the labels on meat in the store: "Raised without antibiotics." They're a selling point for people who don't like how many drugs are used on chickens, turkey, hogs and beef cattle.

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
5:55 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Lessons In Bigotry And Bravery: A Girl Grows Up In 'Glory Be'

In July, NPR's Backseat Book Club traveled to Hanging Moss, Miss., where Gloriana June Hemphill, better known as Glory, is just an ordinary little girl. But this is no ordinary summer — it's 1964 and the town has shut down the so-called "community" swimming pool to avoid integration.

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The Record
5:55 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91

Toshi Seeger with her husband, folk singer Pete Seeger, in 2009.
Bennett Raglin Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 6:30 pm

Anyone who worked closely with Pete Seeger knew the legendary folk singer's wife. For seven decades, Toshi Seeger organized his festivals and handled his travel and correspondence. The social activist died Tuesday. She was 91.

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The Two-Way
5:11 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

'A $34 Million Waste Of The Taxpayers' Money' In Afghanistan

Photos depict scenes at the $34 million command center in Camp Leatherneck, completed in November. U.S. troops will never use the facility, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says.
SIGAR

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 6:22 pm

"On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I uncovered a potentially troubling example of waste that requires your immediate attention."

That's one of the opening lines of a letter the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction sent to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this week. In it, Special Inspector General John Sopko detailed how a contract worth $34 million was used to build a facility U.S. troops will never use.

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5:09 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Locals protest removal of historic dam

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Residents say they have concerns about Enbridge owning the property and removing the 100-year-old historic dam.
CERESCO, MI - Enbridge Inc. plans to purchase and remove Ceresco Dam, located along the Kalamazoo River just southeast of Battle Creek, if the move is best for the environment and for federal and state governments, a company spokesperson said.
5:03 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Home builders can't meet state demand

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The state has issued 28 percent more new home permits in 2013 than this time last year.
LANSING - Michigan builders are constructing more new homes this year, and some are having trouble finding enough workers to keep up with the increased demand. More than 4,800 single-family housing permits have been issued in Michigan through May, up 28 percent from about 3,750 at the same point last year, according to U.S.
NPR Story
4:53 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Virginia Governor Mired In Controversy Over Gifts, Loans

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 5:55 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's already been a long summer for Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. A steady stream of news reports have revealed gifts and loans he and his family accepted from a campaign donor, totaling some $145,000. McDonnell has been mentioned as a possible future presidential candidate, though with these revelations some now express doubt about his chances.

As NPR's Brian Naylor reports the trouble for McDonnell could also affect the Republican who hopes to succeed him in the governor's office.

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