Hobbies and Local History
6:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Watch blacksmiths mold metal at the 'Hammer-In'

Blacksmith Ted Guimond puts the finishing touches on a meat fork
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This weekend Michigan blacksmiths will do demonstrations at the first West Michigan “Hammer-In.” In other parts of the state, hammer-ins are held almost every week. This event will be in South Haven at the Michigan Flywheelers Museum where Ted Guimond is blacksmith.

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Shots - Health News
5:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Love In The Time Of TB: A Young Family Fights An Ancient Foe

Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu walk to the tuberculosis hospital in Balti, Moldova. Oxana and their new baby live in an apartment, but Pavel still has to stay at the TB ward, fighting for his life.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 10:33 am

Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu fell in love under the drug-induced haze of powerful tuberculosis medications. It was the summer of 2008. They were both in their late 20s, and they should have been in the prime of their lives.

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U.S.
5:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Calif. Firefighters Rush To Get Ahead Of Early Fire Season

The Summit Fire burned hot and fast up the Banning Pass area, near Beaumont, Calif., on May 1, leaving a moonscape in its wake. Houses that had cleared brush and wood from around their property were left unscathed.
Nathan Rott NPR

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 4:39 pm

Fire season is off to an early start in the West. Across California, a hot and dry spring has fire crews on alert. Northeast of Los Angeles, thousands of firefighters are making progress toward controlling the so-called Powerhouse Fire, which has burned more than 30,000 acres and destroyed several homes.

And with no rain in sight, firefighters are out readying homes for a particularly bad year.

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Music Interviews
4:54 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Authentic Early Jazz, From A 23-Year-Old 'WomanChild'

Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild.
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

Jazz musicians Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry pr

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Monkey See
4:14 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Foster Families Take Center Stage

Cierra Ramirez, Teri Polo, and Jake T. Austin star in ABC Family's The Fosters.
Randy Holmes ABC Family

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 1:42 pm

This summer, NPR is taking a closer look at media for kids, taking it as seriously as what's offered to adults. Our first piece looks at a new show starting Monday night on ABC Family.

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NPR Story
4:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Apple Gets Day In Court Over Alleged E-Book Price Fixing

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 3:52 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, in today's ALL TECH CONSIDERED, Apple on trial. The company is in federal court today fighting government charges that it colluded with book publishers to drive up the price of electronic books.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The Justice Department claims publishers used the introduction of the iPad as an opportunity to set higher prices. Five publishers have already settled civil charges with the government, but Apple has not. Laura Sydell is in New York, covering the first day of the trial. Hi there, Laura.

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NPR Story
4:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Supreme Court Rules DNA Can Be Taken After Arrest

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that looked at whether police could take DNA samples from people who had been arrested but not yet convicted of a crime.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime, and see if the DNA matches any samples from unsolved crimes in a national database.

The 5-to-4 decision split the court's conservative and liberal blocs, with conservative Justice Antonin Scalia authoring a fiery dissent. Twenty-eight states and the federal government have enacted laws that provide for automatic DNA testing of arrestees.

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Author Interviews
4:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Hello Muddah, Hello Drama: The Brief Bloom Of Parodist Allan Sherman

Allan Sherman released three albums between October 1962 and August 1963.
Courtesy Robert Sherman

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

The summertime novelty tune "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" has been pouring out of radios for 50 years now. In late July of 1963, Billboard magazine reported that fans were "actually breaking down doors" of record stores to buy the song about the pains of summer camp.

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2:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Dowagiac boy dies after gun incident near a school

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The Dowagiac Schools closed all of its buildings for the day Monday after the incident near the district's middle school.
DOWAGIAC, MI -- A Dowagiac teen who shot himself in a woods near Dowagiac Middle School Monday morning has died. Dowagiac Public Safety Director Tom Atkinson identified the boy as 13-year-old Darren James Price at a news conference Monday afternoon. A school custodian spotted Price with a handgun on school grounds about 6:40 a.m., Atkinson said.
The Two-Way
2:41 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Why Chase Tornadoes? To Save Lives, Not To 'Die Ourselves'

Friday's storm, which produced a mile-wide tornado, as it neared El Reno, Okla.
Richard Rowe Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

  • Josh Wurman on why scientists get close to tornadoes
  • Josh Wurman on how the community is reacting to three storm chasers' deaths

The deaths Friday of veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their friend Carl Young when a tornado near El Reno, Okla., pummeled their vehicle has raised some questions:

-- Why do storm chasers do what they do?

-- Do the benefits outweigh the dangers?

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Economy
2:38 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Checking In On The Economy, The Good And Sluggish

The U.S. economy started showing signs of recovery in June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Four years later, the economy is slow to recover in some areas. The stock market and housing are showing signs of growth, while unemployment still lags behind.

Opinion
2:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Op-Ed: Midnight Meals Are Key To Military Morale

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 4:59 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

At Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, midnight dinner service will end this month. It's part of the drawdown of the Afghan war. That may not sound like a big deal, but former U.S. Army paratrooper David Brown says the Marines at Leatherneck will be losing more than food. He says they'll be losing a venue for camaraderie and support. Across the military, leaders are looking for places they can save money by cutting programs and services.

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Education
2:07 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

The Students That Keep Teachers Inspired

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 2:45 pm

Teachers endure bored, misbehaving, or totally tuned out students, often with little recognition. In a commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education, professor Charles Rinehimer pays tribute to the completely engaged students who gave him the strength to deal with tough cases.

NPR Story
1:59 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

'Imperfect Harmony': How Chorale Singing Changes Lives

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 11:32 am

When writer Stacy Horn was 26 years old, she was divorced and miserable. So she decided to audition for the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York. Horn made the cut and joined the community choir as a soprano.

She chronicles her 30 years with the group in a new memoir, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness in Singing With Others. She talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about how singing made her life more bearable.

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Author Interviews
1:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

'Fairyland': A Girl Grows Up In San Francisco's Gay Community

W.W. Norton & Co.

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 9:58 am

While these days it's not uncommon to meet children with gay parents, in the 1970s it was. Alysia Abbott was one of those kids. When her parents met, her father — Steve Abbott — told her mother he was bisexual. But when Alysia was a toddler, her mother died in a car accident and Steve came out as gay. He moved with his daughter to San Francisco, just as the gay liberation movement was gaining strength.

While her father had not initially wanted a child, Abbott says he enjoyed spending time with her when she was a baby. Her mother's death brought the two of them even closer.

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Law
12:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Pick 'Em Up, Lock 'Em Up: Getting Tough On Gangs II

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
12:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Pick 'Em Up, Lock 'Em Up: Getting Tough On Gangs

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
12:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Work/Life Balance: When The 'Kid Card' Gets Old

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 12:59 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
12:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Cheerios Commercial Leaves Bitter Taste

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to talk about a Cheerios ad that's caught some attention. The commercial features a mom, a dad, and a cute little girl.

(SOUNDBITE OF COMMERCIAL)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS #1: Mom?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS #2: Yes, honey?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS #1: Dad told me that Cheerios is good for your heart, is that true?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS #2: Says here that Cheerios has whole-grain oats that can help remove some cholesterol, and that's heart-healthy.

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Strange News
10:23 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Scottish Couple Welcomes Third Set Of Twins

Karen and Colin Rodger already had two sets of boys. When Mom got pregnant this time, the thought of more twins crossed her mind, but a doctor said the odds were 500,000 to 1. Now she's given birth to twin girls, and the family tells the Daily Mirror it's shopping for a van.

9:55 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Dowagiac Schools closed Monday, teen found with gunshot wound

Lead in text: 
Wound appears to be self-inflicted. Condition of teen not known
  • Source: Leaderpub
  • | Via: Dowagiac Daily News
The Dowagiac Police Department has confirmed that a person, approximately 14, was seen near the Dowagiac Middle School at 6:40 a.m. with what appeared to be a handgun.
8:49 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Former Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land plans run for U.S. Senate

Lead in text: 
Michigan Republican Party Chairman expects two or three candidates in next year's primary. Congressman Gary Peters is only Democrat in race
Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land will run for the Republican nomination to replace Democrat Carl Levin in the U.S. Senate. Land is the first Republican to announce a bid for the seat. U.S. Rep Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, U.S. Rep Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, have both said they are considering to run, but have not commented further.
Around the Nation
7:49 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Wisconsin Hopes Cream Puff Controversy Won't Curdle Fair

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:51 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Around the Nation
7:37 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Yankees Pay Tribute To 'Lifelong' Fan

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:23 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Yankees fan Bernando LaPallo was born the same year as his team. And Saturday, more than a century after attending his first game, LaPallo was at the New Yankee Stadium for what he called: the greatest day of my life. He shook hands with shortstop Derek Jeter. But 93 years earlier, LaPallo shook hands with Babe Ruth who called him my youngest admirer. LaPallo is now 111 years old.

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

7:24 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Lawmakers seek to lower blood-alcohol limit for boaters

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Change would bring limit for boaters in line with limit for people driving automobiles
Detroit - Summer recreation season is under way, and state lawmakers want to close a loophole that's allowed Michigan to remain one of three states with higher drunken-driving limits for boats than cars. House lawmakers want to lower the limits for boats, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to 0.08 from 0.10 to match the ones for autos.
7:19 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Michigan's John Dingell will become longest-serving member of Congress this week

Lead in text: 
Dingell will surpass the late Robert Byrd on Friday as longest-serving member of Congress ever
He might have been on K Street, pulling down a huge salary lobbying folks he used to work with in Congress.
6:28 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Battle Creek works to crack down on sales of stolen merchandise

Lead in text: 
City Commissioners could vote on changes this month
On the main counter at Fast Cash Asset Exchange, placed in front of a wall full of Princess Diana memorabilia and Coca-Cola collectibles, are a small camera and a fingerprint machine hooked up to a computer.
6:19 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Special Portage School Board meeting Monday to discuss Superintendent search

Lead in text: 
Board looking for new district leader after sole finalist withdrew in April
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Portage Public Schools Board of Education will have a special meeting Monday, June 3, to talk about its search for a new superintendent. The meeting, which will include recommendations from the board's search consultant, Jim Morse, will begin at 5:30 p.m., just before the board's regularly scheduled workshop meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Business
6:13 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Trial To Start In Apple Price-Fixing Dispute

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:23 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And Apple faces off with the Justice Department beginning today in a federal court over a price-fixing dispute. Last year, the government accused Apple of conspiring with five major publishing companies to raise prices on electronic books.

NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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Middle East
6:12 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Fight For Homs Fades From Headlines As War In Syria Rages

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 10:23 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. We're going to get a glimpse from the front lines of the civil war in Syria now. That war is expected to be the focus of peace negotiations, in the coming weeks. The U.S. is pressing for those talks after brutal fighting, fighting that's begun to spread to neighboring countries.

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