2:14pm

Tue May 22, 2012
The Two-Way

We Should Have Known: Megaseconds Are Much Longer Than Milliseconds

Typos and mistakes are part of the news business — as anyone who regularly reads this blogger surely knows. We don't want them to happen, but they do.

Sometimes they're kind of quirky and educational.

Check out this correction from The New York Times:

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1:43pm

Tue May 22, 2012
The Two-Way

The Father Of The Couch Potato, Inventor Of Wireless Remote Dies At Age 96

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 6:35 pm

This 1955 photo illustration provided by LG Electronics, shows an ad for a Zenith "Flash-Matic," the first wireless TV remote control.
AP

Before you sink into your couch, before you flip through channels tonight when you get home, take a minute to think about the guy who made being a couch potato possible:

Back in 1955, Eugene J. Polley invented the "Flash-Matic," or the world's first wireless TV remote control. Back then, you held it like a gun and it acted like a flashlight using visible light to trigger photo cells on the TV to change channels.

Polley, whose engineering career with Zenith spanned 47 years, died on Sunday. He was 96.

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1:39pm

Tue May 22, 2012
All Politics are Local

Election Problems Minimal, Turnout "Abysmal"

Voters arrive at polling place inside the Perkins Building at Eastern Kentucky University. A city council race increased local interest in today's primary.
Charles Compton WEKU News

Turnout in Tuesday's primary election appears to be low in most places around Kentucky.  Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes had predicted a statewide turnout of 10 percent to 12 percent. She'd seen nothing by mid-afternoon to indicate that was going to be way off. "It's been a very light election," Grimes said. "The interest appears to be moderate to minimal." However, Grimes noted that polls don't close until 6 p.m. local time. She urged people to vote after work. On the plus side, she said, people aren't having to wait in long lines to vote. 

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12:58pm

Tue May 22, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S.-Bound Passenger Jet Diverted Due To 'Security Issue' On Board

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 2:47 pm

There was a "security issue" aboard a US Airways flight from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., earlier today, and the plane was diverted to Maine's Bangor International Airport, where it landed around noon ET.

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12:55pm

Tue May 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Mexican Police Arrest 'El Loco' In Beheading Of 49

Army soldiers flank Daniel Ramírez, alias "El Loco," during his presentation to the media in Mexico City on Monday.
Alexandre Meneghini AP

The Mexican military trotted out Daniel Jesus Elizondo Ramírez or "El Loco," yesterday, to face the media. They accused the Zeta leader of directing the mutilation and beheading of 49 people.

Earlier this month, the bodies were dumped at the entrance of the town of San Juan.

The AP reports that Ramírez was directed by the top Zeta leaders to dump the bodies and hang banners around the country that shunned responsibility.

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12:28pm

Tue May 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Auction Of Reagan's Blood Draws Condemnation

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 2:06 pm

March 30, 1981: President Ronald Reagan, moments before he was shot.
Mike Evens AFP/Getty Images

An online auction of a vial said to contain blood drawn from President Reagan on the day he was shot in 1981 is "a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase," says a spokesman for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

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12:02pm

Tue May 22, 2012
Book Reviews

'Right-Hand': A Lush Prequel To 'Mason's Retreat'

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 12:22 pm

Whenever I think about Christopher Tilghman's writing — and I have many times since his atmospheric novel, Mason's Retreat, came out more than 15 years ago — I think of critic John Leonard. John, among many other distinctions, was my predecessor as book critic for Fresh Air and, every once in a while before his death in 2008, we'd have occasion to talk or exchange e-mails about books. I remember John sending me a note in 1996, in which he mentioned Mason's Retreat and said of Tilghman, "He's the real deal."

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12:02pm

Tue May 22, 2012
Theater

David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway.
Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater

In 1935, George Gershwin brought the script for his folk opera Porgy and Bess to the opera's original cast, which was entirely made up of African-American actors. "[In the original], every other word was N-word this, N-word that," says actor David Alan Grier. "[And] there's a very famous story: Al Jolson really wanted to play Porgy, in blackface."

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12:00pm

Tue May 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Voters Agree It's The Economy, But Split On Who Best To Fix Things

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 1:21 pm

Don Meikle attends an April job fair in Portland, Ore. A new poll shows the economy remains the most important factor for Americans in deciding who to back for president, but with adults split over who would best lead the U.S. economy.
Rick Bowmer AP

President Obama and his expected Republican challenger are tied on the all-important question of who can best deal with the ailing economy, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Among registered voters, 47 percent said Obama and 47 percent said Mitt Romney when asked which candidate they trust to do a better job handling the economy.

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11:53am

Tue May 22, 2012
Law

Lighter Sentence In Clementi Bullying Case

On Monday, Dharun Ravi was sentenced to a 30-day jail term for using a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi. Clementi was having an intimate encounter with another man in their dorm room, and a few days later, he committed suicide. Host Michel Martin discusses the sentence with Paul Butler, a law professor and former federal prosecutor.

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