Poetry Games
6:37 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Against All Odds, You 'Swim Your Own Race'

Ron Tanovitz

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:19 am

South African poet Mbali Vilakazi is also a performer and radio producer based in Cape Town. Vilakazi's poem pays tribute to South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games.

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Warrantless Searches In Schools
5:57 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Blocks Warrantless Searches By School Cops

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers working in schools can't search students without a warrant.
Washngton Courts website

A teacher or principal doesn’t need a warrant to search a student. But a police officer working in a school does, according to a new ruling from the Washington Supreme Court.

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Puget Sound Resident Orcas
5:09 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Farmers Challenge Resident Orca Endangered Species Status

California farmers are challenging the federal government’s decision to list Puget Sound’s southern resident killer whale as an endangered species. These whales have been on the list since 2005. There are 86 left.

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Oregon Student Imprisoned
4:50 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Springfield, Ore., Student Imprisoned In Sudan

Rudwan Dawod was arrested and imprisoned last month in Sudan.
Sudan Sunrise

A Lane Community College student was arrested last month in Sudan during a peaceful student protest. The President of LCC is urging public support to help get him out of prison and back home to Oregon.

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Washington Murder Review
4:42 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Powell Murder Review Urges More Communication and Vigilance

A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy stands guard outside the house where Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons in February.
Asuza Uchikura

A new report on a high profile Pierce County, Wash., murder-suicide concludes that cops and social workers should communicate better. Washington state's social service agency says the child fatality review, released Thursday, supports its belief that no one could have anticipated Josh Powell would kill his two young sons and himself.

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Hanford's "Black Cells"
4:17 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Energy Secretary, Experts Take Closer Look At Hanford's Black Cells

A new research panel, which includes Secretary Steven Chu himself, is aimed at ensuring problems inside "black cells" can be detected and fixed.
Department of Energy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s so-called “black cells” are getting another look from a new high-level group of experts. The announcement today from the U.S. Department of Energy comes just as the southeast Washington nuclear site implements new safety standards for non-radioactive risks.

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Music Interviews
3:39 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in his Tony-winning musical, In the Heights, in 2008 in New York City.
Steven Henry Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 6:59 am

All summer, All Things Considered has been digging into Mom and Dad's record collection, asking listeners and guests to name one song that inspired them, changed them or taught them something about their parents.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:39 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

West Nile Virus Makes A Comeback This Summer

Christopher Doll releases fish into the water of a neglected pool to kill mosquitoes that might carry West Nile Virus in Concord, Calif., in 2009.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The West Nile virus is back, and it's looking like it could be particularly bad this year. As as result, federal health officials are warning people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne infection.

The West Nile virus first showed up in the U.S. in 1999 and quickly spread from coast to coast, raising widespread alarm. Some have argued that red-breasted robins play a key role in the spread of the virus.

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The Torch
3:39 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Gabrielle Douglas performs Thursday on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final. Some people are focusing on her hair rather than her skill.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:35 pm

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. The first was won with her team earlier this week. She was the only member of the team to perform in all four rotations. So, why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields has this perspective.

Never mind how she flies like a raven on the balance beam. Or flutters across the floor. Or soars on vault. Or swings on the uneven bars.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

One Dead, Dozens Hurt When Double-Decker Bus Crashes Into Bridge

One person has died and at least 25 have been hurt when a double-decker crashed into a concrete pillar near Litchfield, Illi., police said. The Megabus, which was headed to Kansas City, lost control on a south-bound lane of I-55 when a tire blew.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

"As many as half the people on the bus were injured, according to State Police Capt. Scott Compton.

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