12:01am

Wed September 14, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Freedoms Flourish On Walls Across Tripoli

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 8:14 pm

Caricatures of the ousted Gadhafi have sprung up all over Tripoli. This image of Gadhafi in chains is on a wall in the capital's Fashlum neighborhood.
Jason Beaubien NPR

In Tripoli, residents are painting the town red, green and black, the new colors of the Libyan revolution.

Under Moammar Gadhafi, the regime strictly controlled the images that were allowed in public. Storefronts had to be painted green. English was banned on signs. Anti-regime graffiti was quickly painted over and could be met with a harsh response.

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7:18pm

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Merkel Tries To Reassure Markets On Chance Of Greek Default

A day after her finance minister said the possibility of an "orderly default" by Greece should be on the table, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to reassure markets by saying that Germany will continue to finance Greece.

As The Wall Street Journal explains it, what Merkel is saying is that Europe will not allow Greece to be forced to declare bankruptcy or leave the eurozone. The paper adds:

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6:40pm

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

NYPD Investigating Officers' Dirty Dancing

A New York City police man seen dancing in a video.
screenshot WorldStarHipHop

We're breaking from the serious news for a few minutes to bring you a bit from New York City, where a group of New York City's finest may be in hot water for having a little too much fun at the city's West Indian American Carnival parade.

The parade happened Sept. 5, but after a video of the dancing uniformed cops was posted on the website WorldStarHipHop and then went viral on YouTube, the New York City Police Department announced today it was launching an investigation.

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5:56pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Economy

Census: 2010 Saw Poverty Rate Increase, Income Drop

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 3:33 am

The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 in 2009, according to a new report from the Census Bureau.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, the highest level in 17 years, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The agency's latest poverty report, released Tuesday, shows that 46 million people were poor and that the median income dropped last year by more than two percent to about $49,445.

Not unexpectedly, the continued lack of jobs was the main cause.

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5:55pm

Tue September 13, 2011
The Two-Way

How Paying $5 Million For Lunch With Warren Buffett Paid Off

Warren Buffett.
Seth Wenig AP

Ted Weschler of Charlottesville, Va., paid $2.6 million dollars at a charity auction in both 2010 and 2011 to have lunch with Warren Buffett.

In a press release, yesterday, Berkshire Hathaway announced that Weschler was joining Buffett and another partner to manage some of Berkshire's equity holdings. But the interesting part comes later in the release, when the company says:

Warren Buffett, Berkshire's Chairman, will continue, however, to manage most of the funds until his retirement.

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5:54pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Economy

A Potential Super Hero For The Supercommittee

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies before the supercommittee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13.
J. Scott Applewhite ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tuesday's hearing in the supercommittee was supposed to be about the history of the current debt crisis. Almost nothing causes more partisan bickering than that. Each party is fervent in its belief about who drove the government into the ditch — namely, the other guys.

On Tuesday, however, Doug Elmendorf, the man who runs the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), immediately dispensed with the question of blame and laid out the options for the supercommittee.

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5:54pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Pediatricians Fact-Check Bachmann's Bashing of HPV Vaccine

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 5:30 pm

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann during a Republican presidential debate Monday in Tampa, Fla.
Mike Carlson AP

Now the nation's pediatricians have waded deep and early into the race for the presidency. In an unusual instance of political fact-checking of a candidate's statements by physicians themselves, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a tough prescription for Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann: Get your facts straight on the HPV vaccine.

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5:12pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Faith and Values

Ichthus Back in 2012

Ichthus 2011
Stu Johnson Weku

The longest running contemporary Christian music festival in the United States will keep on running in 2012 .  Despite financial challenges, Ichthus organizers have committed to another festival.  Attendance at Ichthus dropped dramatically when the Christian Rock festival moved from April to June several years ago. Once unique in the nation, Ichthus also faces competition from numerous Christian rock festivals.  This summer, the bleak financial picture prompted the concert’s organizers to put its property near Wilmore on sale.   Nevertheless, with some belt-tightening, Ichthus CEO Mark Vermillion says they can host another festival.

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5:02pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Business and the Economy

Time Running Out on 2012 Reopening

The man who wants to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s close to securing nearly $29 million in private funding for the effort, but time is running out for state and local governments to finalize their commitment. Kentucky Kingdom was shut down early last year after its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.

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4:59pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Bills to Delay Air Rules Clear Subcommittee

Two bills to delay EPA air regulations cleared a subcommittee in the House of Representatives today. After two hours of spirited debate, the legislation advanced with no significant changes. The two bills target pending EPA rules to reduce air emissions from boilers and cement manufacturers. GOP members on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power said passing the bills would further President Barack Obama’s efforts to create jobs and aid the economy.

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