Code Switch
11:53 am
Wed May 8, 2013

USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD

Mark Jones, a USC freshman, protests on Monday.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:43 am

The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.

USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.

"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. "What else was going on at that time in the community that you needed to be at a party of students getting ready to graduate?"

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Europe
11:37 am
Wed May 8, 2013

In France, A Renewed Push To Return Art Looted By Nazis

A photo taken by the Nazis during World War II shows a room filled with stolen art at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris. Using improved technology and the Internet, the French government is making a renewed push to track down the rightful owners of art looted by the Nazis.
Courtesy of Archives des Musees Nationaux A Paris

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 9:55 pm

During World War II, the Nazis plundered tens of thousands of works of art from the private collections of European Jews, many living in France. About 75 percent of the artwork that came back to France from Germany at the end of the war has been returned to their rightful owners.

But there are still approximately 2,000 art objects that remain unclaimed. The French government has now begun one of its most extensive efforts ever to find the heirs and return the art.

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Movie Reviews
11:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Natalie Maines: A Country-Music Rebel Rocks On Her Own

Natalie Maines, former singer for the Dixie Chicks, placed the group at the center of controversy in 2003, when she publicly criticized George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 3:06 pm

Natalie Maines doesn't hesitate to make audacious moves, and wresting away "Mother" — Roger Waters' hymn to oppressive maternal authority figures from Pink Floyd — is the biggest one on her first solo album. Maines takes the "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall and deconstructs it, emotional brick by emotional brick.

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9:46 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Second Battle Creek workshop on gun issue called off

Lead in text: 
Mayor Susan Baldwin says she has no plans to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Remember that lively Battle Creek City Commission workshop last month on whether the city should join an anti-illegal firearms coalition? It won't be happening again. In surprise move Tuesday, Commissioner David Walters made a motion toward the end of the meeting to not schedule a second workshop that was promised by Mayor Susan Baldwin.
9:28 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Battle Creek City Commissioner renews call for investigation of police department

Lead in text: 
Prosecutor has not found reason to launch investigation based on earlier complaint by Jeff Domenico
Rather than retreating, Battle Creek City Commissioner Jeff Domenico is renewing a call for an investigation of the police department.
8:37 am
Wed May 8, 2013

No decision yet, but momentum builds for Schauer to run for governor

Lead in text: 
Former Congressman and state lawmaker from Battle Creek does well in polls of hypothetical race for governor
LANSING, MI -- Mark Schauer has not yet confirmed any plans to campaign for governor, but momentum appears to be building for the former congressman from Battle Creek. The Democratic Governor's Association is "nudging" Schauer to run in 2014, according to a new report from Politico, which obtained an internal polling memo indicating that he would make a "formidable opponent" for first-term Republican Gov.
Around the Nation
7:16 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Workers Wreak Havoc During Home Remodeling Job In Oregon

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:43 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Home remodeling is hard and nobody knows that better than workers near Florence, Oregon. Three men arrived on the job. KCST radio reports the first man started a fire in the carport to get warm.

Around the Nation
6:50 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Texas Woman Says Bacon Is Key To Long Life

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:43 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Pearl Cantrell is 105. Naturally, her local TV station, KRBC in Texas, did a feature asking her the secret to longevity. Her answer: Bacon. I eat it every day, she said. Well, this caught the attention of Oscar Meyer.

(SOUNDBITE OF "OSCAR MEYER WEINER SONG")

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (singing) Oh, I'd love to be an Oscar Meyer Weiner...

Election results
6:41 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Kalamazoo County Transit millage, Kalamazoo School millage pass

Credit WMUK

Interview with Linda Teeter

  

Voters in Kalamazoo County have approved the renewal of a county-wide transit millage. A $62-million bond proposal for Kalamazoo Public Schools has passed. 

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6:18 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Kalamazoo County Voters approve renewal of transit millage

Lead in text: 
Vote is a step toward a countywide transit system
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
With 93 of 94 precincts reporting, about 72 percent of voters approved the renewal -- 11,711 voters have cast "yes" votes and 4,464 voters have cast "no" votes. The levy, last approved by voters in 2009, will raise about $3.1 million in its first year, or 18 percent of the county public transit system's overall funding.
It's All Politics
4:40 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Congress Considers Patch To Keep Helium Supply Afloat

Deward Cawthon, a plant operator at the Federal Helium Reserve, walks through the Federal Crude Helium Enrichment Unit near Amarillo, Texas, in 2011.
Joyce Marshall MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:39 pm

The Senate is considering legislation to prevent a global helium shortage from worsening in October. That's when one huge supply of helium in the U.S. is set to terminate. The House overwhelmingly passed its own bill last month to keep the Federal Helium Program going.

That was a relief to industries that can't get along without helium. The gas is used in MRI machines, semiconductors, aerospace equipment, lasers and of course balloons.

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Afghanistan
2:55 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Afghans Confront Senstive Issue Of Ethnicity

Saifulzul Husseini (right) works in Dashti Barchi, a Hazara neighborhood of Kabul. He believes that ethnicity should be listed on the new identity card.
Sean Carberry NPR

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:43 am

In Afghanistan, where most people are illiterate and live in areas without paved roads or regular electricity, a state-of-the-art smart-chip ID card may seem extravagant. But the government believes it can help with everything from census data to voter registration to health care.

The format of the proposed card, however, is fueling debate over ethnicity and identity at a time when anxiety is already high over the drawdown of NATO troops.

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All Tech Considered
2:53 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Will Tweaking Windows 8 Be Enough To Revive The PC?

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system was criticized when it was released last year for features some said didn't mesh with a desktop PC environment. The company has indicated that it will address some of those issues in an upcoming update.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:43 am

When Microsoft introduced Windows 8 last year, the software giant billed the new operating system as one of the most critical releases in its history. The system would bridge the gap between personal computers and the fast-growing mobile world of tablets and smartphones.

But this week, the company sent signals that it might soon alter Windows 8 to address some early criticism of the operating system.

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It's All Politics
2:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Cantor's Rebranding Effort Tested By House Republicans

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has been pitching a GOP rebranding effort he calls Making Life Work. The agenda is aimed at creating "conditions of health, happiness and prosperity" for American families, he says.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:43 am

When the House votes Wednesday on a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act, it will be the latest test of a Republican effort at rebranding.

The architect of that effort in the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has so far had a mixed record.

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NPR Story
10:56 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mark Sanford Wins House Race

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In South Carolina tonight, a political comeback. Republican Mark Sanford, who was once mired in scandal as the state's governor, has won a congressional seat in a special election. He has defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a race that attracted national attention. Sanford just delivered his victory speech.

MARK SANFORD: I have a question for you all. How many of you want to change Washington, D.C.?

(APPLAUSE)

SANFORD: I had a suspicion that that may be the case and...

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Sports
10:03 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Ladies, Want Women's Sports To Get More Attention? Pony Up

Indiana Fever guard Erin Phillips (right) drives past Phoenix Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner during the first half of their WNBA basketball game Aug. 25.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:47 am

Fans of women's sports often maintain that female athletics get short shrift from the media, so it had to be something of a surprise gift when ESPN presented the start of the WNBA's draft live.

This happened as it was announced that after two abject failures in the past decade, yet another professional soccer league for women will dare venture forth in the United States.

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9:39 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Snyder declares "state of emergency" for 19 counties, cities of Grand Rapids and Ionia

Lead in text: 
It's not clear what help may come from federal government
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is declaring a "state of disaster" for 19 counties and the cities of Grand Rapids and Ionia because of severe flooding this spring. Snyder said in a statement Tuesday he's asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to join state and local officials later this week to assess damage caused by the flooding that occurred from April 9 through May 3.
WMUK News
9:33 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Upton reacts to latest Palisades leak

Palisades Nuclear Power PLant
Credit US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

UPDATE: Upton says he will tour the Palisades plant on Monday, May 13th, along with Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Kristine Svinicki.

Congressman Fred Upton says he's "outraged" by a new leak at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant near south Haven. The Saint Joseph Republican says he wants to get a first-hand look at the problem along with a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission "in the near future".

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9:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Voters approve $62-million bond for Kalamazoo Public Schools

Lead in text: 
Bond will result in an additional $35 a year in taxes for owner of a home with market value of $100,000 in Kalamazoo district
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- With 37 of 39 precincts reporting, more 72 percent of voters Tuesday backed a $62 million bond issue for Kalamazoo Public Schools, which will pay for a long list of facility upgrades and repairs. The vote total for the 37 precincts was 4,466 to 1,697, in a light turnout.
9:23 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senate approves bill that could lead to wolf hunting

Lead in text: 
Bill gives Natural Resources Commission power to determine what animals are hunted in Michigan
Lansing - The state Senate gave final approval and immediate effect Tuesday to legislation designed to short-circuit efforts by wolf hunting opponents to bring the issue to a statewide vote in 2014.
9:10 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Governor Snyder signs bill to rename stretch of I-94 after slain Kalamazoo Public Safety officer

Lead in text: 
Eric Zapata was shot and killed in the line of duty in April of 2011.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday that will name a 25-mile stretch of I-94 in Kalamazoo County in honor of Kalamazoo Public Safety officer Eric Zapata, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. The bill cleared the Michigan House of Representatives April 18, the two-year anniversary of Zapata's death.
9:06 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Upton says Palisades Nuclear Power Plant must stay offline until leaking tank is fixed

Lead in text: 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission said 79 gallons of radioactive water leaked into Lake Michigan this week
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - U.S Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, called Tuesday for the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant to remain offline until a leak in its tank that apparently led to diluted radioactive water being released into Lake Michigan is permanently repaired.
The Salt
6:12 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

A bee inspector checks on a frame of bees to assess the colony strength near Turlock, Calif., in February. More than 30 percent of America's bee colonies died off over the winter.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

According to a new survey of America's beekeepers, almost a third of the country's honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter.

That's been the case, in fact, almost every year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began this annual survey, six years ago.

Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died.

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Theater
5:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

'Show Boat' Steams On, Eternally American

When she's discovered to be a multiracial woman "passing" as white, the Cotton Blossom's star performer, Julie (Alyson Cambridge), is forced to leave the company.
Scott Suchman Washington National Opera

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:50 pm

It's been more than eight decades since Show Boat -- the seminal masterpiece of the American musical theater — premiered on a stage in Washington, D.C. Now the sprawling classic is back, in a lush production put on by the Washington National Opera.

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Asia
5:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Are Those North Korean Long-Range Missiles For Real?

What appears to be a missile is carried during a mass military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2012. Some analysts say the half-dozen missiles showcased at the military parade were fakes.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

When President Obama met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, one item was high on the agenda: how to handle North Korea, which has in recent months threatened to strike both countries.

Obama called such threats "a dead end."

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It's All Politics
5:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Congressional Hearings Put Renewed Focus On Benghazi Attack

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

It has been nearly eight months since attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Around the Nation
4:55 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

More Questions Than Answers In Cleveland Kidnappings

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:50 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. In Cleveland, Ohio, there are more questions than answers today, as investigators piece together the kidnappings of three women. They were rescued from a house last night, after roughly a decade in captivity. Three brothers are behind bars. Now, police and residents are asking how this could have happened in that working class neighborhood. From member station WCPN in Cleveland, Nick Castele reports.

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Environment
4:55 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms

Cy Maramangalam gives a presentation about climate change for the Alliance for Climate Education.
Courtesy of Alliance for Climate Education

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:50 pm

The auditorium at James Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md., is packed when Cy Maramangalam strolls onstage, sporting jeans and a shaved head.

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Music Reviews
4:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Pistol Annies: Plain Truths, Sharp Humor, Three-Part Harmony

Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashely Monroe, country stars in their own right, form the trio Pistol Annies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

Pistol Annies: The name itself implies a tough country-girl persona, and the band's members can back it up. Born in Texas, Miranda Lambert is an avid hunter. Angaleena Presley hails from three generations of Kentucky coal miners. And Ashley Monroe was raised in East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. But in song, they don't brag about their toughness.

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Around the Nation
3:14 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

A Look Ahead To The Future Of New Orleans

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:38 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The recession and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hit New Orleans hard, and that was after Katrina. The population has yet to return to pre-hurricane levels. Some houses lie empty, some properties abandoned, and the city continues to suffer from crime and unemployment.

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