2:15pm

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

What A Bright Idea: 'A Liter Of Light' For The Poor

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 2:20 pm

That's a bottle of water shining brightly.
A Liter of Light

A BBC report this week about a project in the Philippines that has brought virtually free light to dark homes in some of that country's poorest neighborhoods brightened our day so much that we went looking to find out more.

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2:13pm

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: FBI Counterterrorism Trainings Paint Muslims As 'Violent' And 'Radical'

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 2:35 pm

Qurans are pictured during a press conference at the a Mosque outside London on Friday.
Benn Stansall AFP/Getty Images

For the past week, Wired's Danger Room has been following a thread on how the FBI trains its agents on the subject of Islam. It started last week, when the national security blog obtained presentation materials that painted Muslims as a whole with the broad brush of violence and terrorism.

Here's how Wired introduced its first piece:

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1:19pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Humans

Quays Focus 'Weeping Glass' On The Mutter Museum

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:23 am

The Quay Brothers, filming Through The Weeping Glass at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. The Quays started filming without a script or a storyline.
Edward Waisnis Behind the Scenes with the Quay Brothers

The notion of "beauty" can mean many different things to artists. For the Brothers Quay — identical-twin filmmakers — it often means dimly lit black and white images of animated dolls, screws, cogs — any manner of inanimate object brought to life. They're so good at it that fellow filmmaker Terry Gilliam called the Quays' Street of Crocodiles one of the best animated films of all time.

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1:04pm

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Tests Early Warning System For Earthquakes

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 2:55 pm

Anthony Guarino Jr., a seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology, demonstrates an early earthquake warning system in Pasadena, Calif.
Reed Saxon AP

A few seconds doesn't seem like much, but scientists say an early detection system that gives the public five, 10, up to 40 seconds of warning before an earthquake could save lives.

The AP reports today that the United States is working on a system that does just that:

After years of lagging behind Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries, the U.S. government has been quietly testing an earthquake early warning system in California since February. ...

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12:49pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Former President Rabbani Assassinated

Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of the Afghan Peace Council and former president of Afghanistan, was killed in a bombing in the nation's capital.

12:09pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Politics

Perry To Israel: 'Help Is On The Way'

The prospect of a United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood did not escape the notice of the Republican contenders for president as Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday hurled himself into the debate over Middle East policy with a public address on the subject in New York City.

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12:02pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Wilmore may Ban Horses, Large Livestock

Just one Wilmore City Council member said "neigh" Monday night when the council took a step toward prohibiting horse owners and anyone else with large farm animals from keeping them in town. Under the ordinance, which exempts poultry and goats, residents of Wilmore would not be able to keep horses, cattle, sheep, llamas, donkeys, mules or buffalo within the city limits unless they had two acres per animal. The animals also could not be kept within 200 feet of a neighboring residence, city park, church or school.

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12:00pm

Tue September 20, 2011
News

DADT Ends, But What Will Actually Change?

On Tuesday, the Pentagon officially terminated "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." More than 14,000 troops were discharged under the law that banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The repeal interrupted the discharge of Lt. Colonel Victor Fehrenbach. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Tue September 20, 2011
News

Ga. Death Row Inmate Denied Clemency, Despite Support

On Tuesday, Georgia's pardons board rejected a last-ditch plea for the clemency of Troy Davis, who is to be executed Wednesday for killing a police officer. Davis claims innocence. No physical evidence links him to the murder. His supporters, including legal professionals, say the case is rife with doubt.

12:00pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

America's 2nd Largest Indian Tribe Expels Blacks

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:03 pm

Black Freedmen, who are descended from the slaves of Cherokee Indians, protest their expulsion on Sept. 2 outside a regional Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Muskogee, Okla. Marilyn Vann, in pink, is the president of the Descendants of Freedmen Association.
Alex Kellogg NPR

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Coming up, a major civil rights victory for LGBT servicemembers. The policy which prevented them from serving openly in the military, the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" policy comes to an end today. We'll talk with a decorated Air Force veteran who's career came under a cloud because of "don't ask, don't tell." We'll ask him about his thoughts about this day.

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