Europe
6:35 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Parisians Encouraged To Be Kinder To Tourists

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Parisians are known for turning up their noses, especially at tourists. Now the city is looking to show a little love. A new campaign is distributing 30,000 pamphlets called "Do You Speak Touriste?" The pamphlet lets Parisians know that Italians like handshakes, Chinese respond to a smile and a hello in Chinese. And Americans, the pamphlet says, well, we like to feel the prices are fair. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:25 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Candidates for Portage Superintendent lay out visions for district

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Board will meet Friday afternoon to pick new Superintendent
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Paw Paw Superintendent Mark Bielang and Three Rivers Superintendent Roger Rathburn, the two finalists for superintendent of Portage Public Schools, both had a chance to flesh out how they would lead the district during a series of events Wednesday.
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6:25 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Baby Saved By Daughter Of Baseball Great Joe Torre

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with news of a miracle save. A one-year-old boy climbed out the window of an upper floor apartment. Suddenly that baby was dangling from an awning of a yogurt shop on Manhattan's East side. The parents were asleep. The baby fell safely into the arms of Cristina Torre. The daughter of baseball manager and former catcher Joe Torre made the catch herself. Joe Torre tells the New York Post his daughter always did have quick hands.

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

6:17 am
Thu June 20, 2013

"Project Clarity" aims to lean up Lake Macatawa

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Funding being sought for $12-million dollar effort
It's been dubbed "Project Clarity" and within five years, those involved hope to make Lake Macatawa at least 70 percent clearer. It may seem a lofty goal, but experts say it is possible.
6:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Legislation to dissolve insolvent Michigan school districts close to final approval

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Changes in the Senate must be approved in House before going to Governor Snyder
The bills, which narrowly passed on a 20-18 vote, would give the authority to dissolve a financially insolvent school district that has between 300 and 2,400 students.
Middle East
5:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

What Does It Mean That Iran's President-Elect Is A Moderate?

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's look overseas now, where the election of Iran's new president shocked many analysts - even one who used to work for him.

HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: I was surprised. I really could not imagine Rowhani would be able to win the election in the first run(ph).

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Economy
4:34 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Fed Warns Stimulus Package Will Be Ratcheted Down

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Those Chinese figures helped Asian markets to take a big tumble today, as did yesterday's comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. He said the Fed will likely begin slowing down its economic stimulus later this year. The Fed's massive bond buying program - which is a major part of that stimulus - is seen as a big reason behind recent rallies in the financial market.

NPR's John Ydstie has more.

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Remembrances
4:34 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly While On Vacation

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:25 am

The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s.

Business
4:34 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Founder Of Men's Wearhouse Fired By Company's Board

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's report on some changes in the American clothing world. George Zimmer, of Men's Wearhouse, might still like the way he looks, but we can guarantee he doesn't like this. The famous face - and gravelly voice - and founder of the company, is out. The company gave no reason for the abrupt firing. But Zimmer is speaking out, as NPR's David Schaper reports.

DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: His graying beard is instantly familiar. And he speaks with that signature deep, gravelly voice when delivering this famous tagline:

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NPR Story
4:28 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with mixed signals.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Output in the eurozone's service and manufacturing sectors is still falling. But this quarter, that output fell at its slowest rate in more than a year, according to a recent survey. Analysts say that could mean a return to growth could be on the horizon.

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4:28 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Judge To Decide If O'Bannon Vs. NCAA Gets Class Action Status

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 7:07 am

A federal judge on Thursday hears arguments over whether a lawsuit against the NCAA should be expanded. The case was brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. He contends the NCAA unfairly benefits from student athletes by forcing them to sign away their licensing rights.

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4:28 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Protesters In Brazil Claim Victory, Fare Hikes Rescinded

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 1:03 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. In Turkey, nationwide protests started with a park.

INSKEEP: In Brazil, protests started with the price of a bus ride. As the demonstration spread, a long list of other grievances was added.

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Planet Money
3:03 am
Thu June 20, 2013

A Surprising Barrier To Clean Water: Human Nature

Rodan Gatia gets water from a spring. A chlorine dispenser is behind her.
Jacob Goldstein NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:38 am

In many parts of the developing world, drinking a glass of water can be deadly — especially for young children, who can die of diarrheal diseases contracted from dirty water.

So getting clean water to people in the developing world has been a top priority for aid groups for a long time. But it's been a surprisingly hard problem to solve.

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Business
3:02 am
Thu June 20, 2013

If Supplies Of Oil Are Up, Why Is Gas Still Pricey?

Jim White of Pennsylvania pumps gas at a BP station in Ocala, Fla., in April. The price of gasoline remains stubbornly high, which may put a crimp on summer travel plans.
Doug Engle Ocala Star-Banner / Landov

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 8:00 pm

Supplies of oil have been surging this year, and U.S. drivers, who have been switching to more fuel-efficient cars, are using less gasoline.

That would seem to be the right economic combination to push down prices at the pump, but gasoline prices have remained stubbornly high this summer.

Even some people in the industry are wondering whether the law of supply and demand somehow has been repealed.

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It's All Politics
3:01 am
Thu June 20, 2013

How Ted Cruz's Father Shaped His Views On Immigration

Ted Cruz celebrates his victory in the Texas Senate race with his father, Rafael, and daughter Caroline on Nov. 6, 2012, in Houston.
David J. Phillip AP

As the Senate debates a massive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, one of its newest members has emerged as a leading opponent of the bill's most controversial feature: a path to citizenship for millions living in the country unlawfully.

The views of that freshman senator — Texas Republican Ted Cruz — have been significantly colored by the saga of his own father, an immigrant from Cuba.

"In my opinion, if we allow those who are here illegally to be put on a path to citizenship, that is incredibly unfair to those who follow the rules," Cruz has said.

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NPR Story
10:18 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

'Sopranos' Actor James Gandolfini Dies At Age 51

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The actor James Gandolfini has died. He played dozens of parts over decades of his career. But there is one role that he'll be remembered for, a troubled mobster with an anxiety problem: Tony Soprano.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE SOPRANOS")

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9:44 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Former Portage Superintendent Ric Perry loses arbitration case

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Perry resigned under protest in January, claimed district owed him more money
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- An arbitrator has ruled in favor of the Portage Public Schools Board of Education in a claim filed by former superintendent Ric Perry, who says he was unfairly forced out of his position. The decision was announced Wednesday evening in a press release from the district.
9:40 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Snyder cuts short Israel trip to push for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

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Governor hopes to persuade Senate Republicans to support plan to expand health care coverage for poor
LANSING - A proposal to expand and reform Medicaid in Michigan remains stalled in the state Senate. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder - who supports Medicaid expansion - is cutting short his trade trip to Israel and is expected to be back in Michigan by mid-morning Thursday, according to Lt. Gov.
Code Switch
5:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

A Hair-Touching Exhibit Touches Off A Range Of Reactions

Model Malliha Ahmad holds a sign inviting passersby to touch her hair.
un-ruly.com

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 6:51 pm

Antonia Opiah and her sister Abigail wanted to start a conversation about hair, but they ended up inspiring a protest. The controversy began with an essay that Antonia wrote for the Huffington Post in which she argued that no one should say, "Can I touch your hair?" without putting some thought into the request:

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Around the Nation
5:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

To Rebuild NYC's Beaches, A Native Plant Savings And Loan

Heather Liljengren, a field taxonomist with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, examines the seed pods of the Virginia spiderwort at Oakwood Beach, Staten Island. Liljengren collects seeds from across the region for a seed bank of native plants.
Andrea Hsu NPR

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:18 pm

Across the New York region, people are still working to rebuild homes and businesses after the havoc wrought by Hurricane Sandy. But the storm also devastated the dunes and native flora of New York's beaches.

When the city replants grasses on those dunes, it will be able to draw on seeds from precisely the grasses that used to thrive there. That's because of a very special kind of bank: a seed bank run by the Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island.

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Around the Nation
5:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors

Oglala Lakota activist Debra White Plume (left), tribal president Bryan Brewer (center) and other protesters create a blockade to prevent trucks from delivering beer to a liquor store in Whiteclay, Neb. The town, which borders the Pine Ridge Reservation, has been the site of recurring protests over alcohol.
Charles Michael Ray/SDPB

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:18 pm

At the Pine Ridge Reservation just outside the town of Whiteclay, Neb., an upside-down American flag flies on a wooden pole next to a teepee. About 60 people gathered here Monday to protest as beer truck drivers unloaded cases into a Whiteclay liquor store a few hundred yards away.

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Economy
5:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

G-8 Nations Pledge To Crack Down On Corporate Tax Evaders

Leaders take part in the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland on Tuesday. Their discussions included tax-avoidance issues.
Ben Stansall WPA Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:18 pm

The world's wealthiest nations are promising to fight what they call the scourge of tax evasion. This week's meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries concluded with a pledge to end the use of tax shelters by multinational corporations.

But there are still big questions about how they will make a dent in the problem.

In the aftermath of the global recession, countries all over the world have struggled with budget shortfalls. More and more of them have come to blame part of their revenue problems on one culprit — tax avoidance.

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Festivals
5:33 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Craft beer fan? Meet craft soda at the Soda Pop Festival

Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you go to Klassic Arcade in Gobles, the bartender can pour you a homebrewed, ice cold glass right from the tap...a glass of soda that is. Like craft beer, artisan sodas have gained popularity in the past few years.

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4:19 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Otsego Public Schools lays off 8 teachers, staff

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To balance its budget, Otsego Public Schools has cut a dozen jobs.
OTSEGO, MI -- Otsego Public Schools has cut a dozen jobs -- including eight teaching positions, the director of community education and several support staff -- to balance its 2013-14 operating budget. "We can't keep living off our fund balance, bottom line," Superintendent Dennis Patzer said.
4:16 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Bill for animal abuse registry delayed in Senate

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Logan’s Law would also demand that pet stores and animal shelters refuse animal sales and adoptions to offenders on the list.
A proposal to establish an animal abuser registry in Michigan has been put on hold in the Senate. There was no vote held at today's Senate Judiciary Meeting regarding Logan's Law. Logan's Law is a bill that, if passed, would create a registry for people convicted of animal abuse.
Around the Nation
4:05 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

After A Marine's Suicide, A Family Recalls Missed Red Flags

Anna holds the flag that was draped over Nick's coffin at his memorial service. She and her husband, Michael, have created a shrine to Nick in their dining room.
Courtesy of Long Haul Productions

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:18 pm

Last year, more U.S. service members took their own lives than died in combat. And despite the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan, the pullout in Iraq, and hundreds of new programs designed to help troubled servicemen and women, the number of suicides continues to rise.

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Shots - Health News
3:46 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls

A 13-year-old girl gets an HPV vaccination from Judith Schaechter, a pediatrician at the University of Miami, in 2011.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 10:18 pm

A vaccine against human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection and the cause of almost all cervical cancer — is dramatically reducing the prevalence of HPV in teenage girls.

The first vaccine against HPV, Merck's Gardasil, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Cerverix, from GlaxoSmithKline, was approved in 2009.

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KCReady4s
3:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Upjohn Institute report finds short-term benefits of pre-school program

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Credit The Associated Press

Interview with Tim Bartik

    

A new report by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research finds positive academic effects from the Kalamazoo County Ready4s program.

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Monkey See
3:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

From Classic Toys To New Twists, Kids Go Back To Blocks

Legos and other interlocking toys are only one kind of blocks that remain popular with kids.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 1:39 pm

I visited Toy Fair in New York City hunting for ideas for our summer series about kids' culture. One of the big takeaways was the increasing popularity of construction games such as Legos. Sales shot up nearly 20 percent last year. Now, it seems, every major toy manufacturer is scrambling to add new games geared toward kids building things.

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2:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Deadpan Humor And Childhood Fears Collide In 'The Dark'

In The Dark, a boy name Laszlo is visited one night by his biggest fear.
Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 2:26 pm

If there's one thing kids are scared of, it's the dark. In his latest children's book, The Dark, Daniel Handler — who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket — takes on darkness itself, with the story of a young boy who confronts his biggest fear. Handler is known for his dry wit and matter-of-fact take on the mysterious and macabre.

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