Former WRVO/Central New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Emma Jacobs is a native of Boston. She studied history, so she went for more practical training in public radio at NPR member-stations WNYC and WBUR. She helped shape Wired's Haiti Rewired project, a 2010 Knight Batten Innovations in Journalism Awards notable initiative. 

3:05pm

Wed November 23, 2011
The Salt

Where Turkey Is The Guest, Not The Entree

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:12 pm

Isabella Colbdorf feeds salad to a turkey at this year's Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, on Nov. 20, 2011.
Emma Jacobs WRVO

Most people think of turkeys as the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal. But at one farm, the turkeys are the guests.

At the 26th annual Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in Watkins Glen, in upstate New York, a line of turkeys come walking out the door of the barn. They stroll towards long low tables set up on the lawn, with scarlet tablecloths and seasonal squash centerpieces.

There, a feast awaits. There's pumpkin pie topped with cranberry, and platters of green salad — hold the dressing. The spread is surrounded by a crowd of spectators.

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3:01pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Tavenner To Replace Berwick As Medicare Chief

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 5:41 pm

President Obama is nominating Marilyn Tavenner to succeed Dr. Donald M. Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Tavenner, who has been the agency's principal deputy administrator, will serve as administrator on an acting basis during the confirmation process, according to an announcement to CMS staff.

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3:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Middle East

Report: Bahrain Used Excessive Force On Protesters

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 6:32 pm

Bahraini protesters run for cover after police fired tear gas canisters to disperse them during a demonstration in the village of Diraz, northwest of Bahrain, Feb. 14. A special commission issued a report Wednesday that found excessive force was used during a crackdown on an anti-government movement that began in February.
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In the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, a special commission accused the government of using excessive force against protesters during an anti-government uprising earlier this year.

The report released Wednesday was unusual in that it was requested by the government itself. But questions remain over what the government will do with the findings.

The commission that issued the report was a rare thing in the Arab world. At a gilded palace with chandeliers and red carpets, a panel of international jurists sat in judgment of a king.

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3:00pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Middle East

AP Reporter Discusses Hezbollah In Lebanon

Guy Raz talks to Associated Press reporter Adam Goldman about the ongoing story of Hezbollah and the CIA spy network in Lebanon.

2:49pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Business and the Economy

Scam Artists Cash-in on Black Friday

The Daily NewsAs shoppers rush to snag discounts Friday, officials warn that it’s peak season for scam artists. “We hear from people every day that have been scammed one way or another. Scam artists come out of the woodwork during a time like this,” said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau’s Louisville office. “Especially during tough times, you get excited you found something good at a good price.” In some cases, that price is too good to be true. People should be cautious of fake advertising and make sure they carefully read an entire ad, especially the fine print, Smith-Hamblin said.

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2:46pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Meth Contaminates Inmate on Litter Patrol

A Northpoint Training Center inmate suffered minor injuries Tuesday when he was exposed to a discarded meth lab while picking up trash along Hogue Hollow Road in southern Boyle County. Deputy Sheriff Jody Adams said the inmate, who was not identified, may have inhaled some chemical residue when the bottom of a bag he was collecting broke open and spilled materials and ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

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2:43pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Education

Drunk Driving Arrest Prompts Educator's Resignation

Three days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and resisting arrest, David Young has resigned as superintendent of Laurel County Schools. At a special called meeting Tuesday morning, the Laurel County Board of Education met in executive session after which it was announced that Young had tendered his resignation. The board named Deputy Superintendent Denise Grieble as the interim superintendent.

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2:41pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Education

Mason County Schools Under Investigation

Since June, the Mason County School District has been under investigation by the Office of Education Accountability in Frankfort. The OEA was created by the Kentucky General Assembly to investigate complaints against Kentucky school districts and is a separate entity from the Department of Education. According to Karen Timmel, division manager of investigations at OEA, the agency's primary charge is to investigate violations of the Kentucky Education Reform Act, however, if during an investigation other issues outside the realm of KERA are uncovered, OEA refers those activities elsewhere.

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2:40pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Health and Welfare

Health Information Breach at UK

The University of Kentucky is notifying 878 people of a breach of protected health information from a lost business phone. The phone was lost on Sept. 25 and was never recovered, UK HealthCare spokesman Kristi Lopez said. UK took out a classified ad in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday, saying the phone had access to email that might have included information about health conditions with medical record numbers "and, in some cases, names."

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