Mon April 30, 2012

Drama Amid Indonesia's Disappearing Mangroves

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:36 am

A man gathering firewood to sell cuts down mangrove trees in the coastal area of Medan city on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Jan. 31. The country, which has one-quarter of the world's mangroves, is losing them at a rate of 6 percent a year. The coastal forests play important ecological and environmental roles.
Suntanta Aditya AFP/Getty Images

The rising tide laps at the feet of local children and fishermen and submerges all but the tops of the mangrove trees of Tiwoho village in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province. At one degree of latitude north of the equator, the climate here is about the same all year round: hot, wet and perfect for the forests of salt-tolerant trees that grow along sheltered coastlines.

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Mon April 30, 2012
Author Interviews

Extremism In Congress: 'Even Worse Than It Looks'?

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:53 am

Mladen Antonov Getty Images

Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein are no strangers to D.C. politics. The two of them have been in Washington for more than 40 years — and they're renowned for their carefully nonpartisan positions.

But now, they say, Congress is more dysfunctional than it has been since the Civil War, and they aren't hesitating to point a finger at who they think is to blame.

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Mon April 30, 2012
Election 2012

Romney's Big-Dollar 'Bundlers' Stay Anonymous

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:07 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters in Aston, Pa., on April 23.
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images

Every presidential nominee going back to 2000 has revealed the names of influential supporters known as "bundlers" because of the way they persuade others to give money to a candidate. Every nominee, that is, until Mitt Romney.

The most anyone can give directly to any presidential campaign is $5,000, and everyone who gives that much is listed in the Romney campaign's monthly disclosures.

When it comes to the bundlers, though, the campaign chooses to keep those names secret.

Voluntary Disclosure

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Mon April 30, 2012

Economy Puts Value Of Liberal Arts Under Scrutiny

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:47 am

Wellesley College English professor Yoon Lee teaches a class on the rise of the novel.
Tovia Smith NPR

As high school seniors wrestle with big decisions before Tuesday's deadline about which college they want to go to, some of the nation's top liberal arts colleges are dealing with big decisions of their own. Many of the most elite private schools are trying to figure out how they may have to adapt at a time when they're seen as a more expensive — and less direct — path to landing a job.

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Mon April 30, 2012

Trade, Security On Agenda For Obama, Japan's Noda

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:09 am

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a reception at the Japanese Embassy in Washington on Sunday. Noda meets with President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda are meeting at the White House on Monday — the first such meeting between U.S. and Japanese leaders in three years.

Political turmoil in Japan has led to a constant turnover in leadership: There have been six prime ministers in as many years.

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Mon April 30, 2012
Track Tech

Track Tech: Every Home a Betting Window

Larry Scott watches the races from the many screens at the off-track betting parlor in Phoenix, New York. He says he doesn’t have any desire to bet on the horses online and prefers the OTB.
Ryan Delaney / WRVO

It’s Derby Week and WEKU looks at how technology is changing the horse racing industry.  Today, we look at gambling. Not long ago, fans could only make a wager at the track itself, or perhaps at off-track-betting parlors. Now, in many states, they can bet online. That means more gamblers can stay home, cutting average attendance at many tracks.

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Mon April 30, 2012
State Capitol

Young Turks Make Run at General Assembly

Two 24-year-old Democrats from opposite ends of the Commonwealth hope to be the newest and youngest members of the General Assembly next year. Kendrick Bryan is from Elizabethtown and hopes to unseat longtime lawmaker Jimmie Lee. Tyler Murphy is from Greenup County and is challenging state representative Tonya Pullin. Bryan and Murphy’s bids for office come after a trio of young Republicans in their 20s successfully ran for the state House two years ago.

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Mon April 30, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

New Threats to Kentucky Trees

Two insects continue to plague Ash and Hemlock trees across Kentucky.  The fight focuses on the Emerald Ash Borer and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.  State Forester Leah MacSwords says these bugs were likely transported from abroad into the U-S.  McSwords says they’re now looking for a bug that will eat those insects now damaging Ash and Hemlock trees.

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Sun April 29, 2012

If A Fact Dies In The Forest, Will Anyone Believe It?

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 6:04 pm

A recent obituary in the Chicago Tribune mourned the death of facts. But are they truly dead?

According to columnist Rex Huppke, there was a recent death that you might have missed. It wasn't an actor, musician or famous politician, but facts.

In a piece for the Chicago Tribune, Huppke says facts – things we know to be true – are now dead.

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Sun April 29, 2012
Around the Nation

A Broken City: Remembering The L.A. Riots

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 5:48 pm

Twenty years later, first-person accounts of the Los Angeles riots from Angelenos Titus Murphy, Ted Soqui and Rhonda Mitchell, who first told their stories to L.A. Magazine.