Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Spectacular Lightning Show As Volcano Erupts In Chile

We do like the shows that volcanoes sometimes put on, as regular Two-Way readers know.

So we can't resist the photos and videos coming out of Chile, where the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range has been erupting in recent days and lightning storms in the clouds of ash have been quite electrifying (pun intended).

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Tue June 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

Putting a Bigger Boom in your Summer

Ladies and gentlemen, do not start your engines. There’s no need to drive out of state to buy fireworks to light up the summer sky. Starting Wednesday, you’ll be able to buy them legally in Kentucky. Roman candles, firecrackers and bottle rockets can be sold and used here, legalized by a bill passed during the last legislative session. Personal use of the larger versions of these fireworks, such as those used at public fireworks shows, will still not be allowed.

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Tue June 7, 2011

Kentucky Schools Phase in ‘Leader in Me’

Muriel Summers breaks into tears when she talks about Ms. Rose. She was her teacher when Summers was 10 years old and, to this day, she remembers the smell of her perfume, the sound of her voice, the feel of her touch. “I am a teacher today because of her,” Summers said. “I wanted to make every child feel the way she made me feel.” Now, Summers, the principal of A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., has turned a once-failing school into one of the most popular schools in the state. She did it using a leadership formula that local school districts are implementing. It’s a formula that focuses less on grades and test scores, and more on encouraging children to become good citizens and leaders.


Tue June 7, 2011
The Commonwealth

Jailers Learn Job at Conference

Still fairly new to his job, Simpson County Jailer Eric Vaughn, who took office Jan. 3, hopes to learn from his veteran counterparts across the state at the 29th annual Jail Improvement Conference that the Kentucky Jailers’ Association is holding this week at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center. “I’m learning a lot from veteran jailers,” Vaughn said during a break between classes. He looks forward to talking to other jailers about practices and ideas that could help his facility run more efficiently. Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter, elected last year, agrees that the conference is a great place for networking with other, more experienced jailers.


Tue June 7, 2011
NPR Story

McArdle Warns, 'Never, Ever Cosign A Loan"

Deciding whether to co-sign on a loan is a complicated mix of emotion, personal relations and money. Megan McArdle, business and economics editor for The Atlantic, insists it's an easy decision: With the high default rate on loans that require a co-signer, she says, do not ever co-sign on a loan.


Tue June 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

E. Coli Outbreak May Boost Argument For More U.S. Food Safety Funds

A Berlin market sells tomatoes and cucumbers. European researchers are still unable to pinpoint the food responsible for an E. coli outbreak.

Tracking the source of the European E. coli outbreak is a worldwide challenge for investigators. It's put the public on edge once again about produce safety.

But it may provide a unique opportunity for U.S. regulators to get Congress to cough up the money to try to prevent these kinds of outbreaks from happening here.

However, in an era where politicians are trying to cut spending, it's not going to be easy.

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Tue June 7, 2011
Krulwich Wonders…

Ghost Of Betty Friedan Miraculously Appears On LA Street (Maybe)

Dan Mercandante Everynone

I'd like to do a little poll here, if I could.

The other day I was watching a video, shot by my friend Dan Mercandante (a Radiolab regular) who was standing on a street in Los Angeles when two people happened by, the two you see here, one of them in black jogging clothes, that's a guy, the other in a polka-dot jacket, that's a woman.

Dan, on impulse, just turned and followed them.

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Tue June 7, 2011
Author Interviews

'Pawn Star' Rick Harrison On His 'Deals And Steals'

Rick Harrison and his family run a 24-hour pawn shop in Las Vegas.
Erik Kabik/erikkabik.com History Channel

Two years ago, a man walked into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas with a pair of diamond earrings.

Pawn dealer Rick Harrison asked him the typical questions — Where did you get it? Where is the receipt? — and the man readily answered. Harrison filled out the required paperwork and paid the man $40,000 for his merchandise.

The very next day, Harrison found out the earrings were stolen. The victim got her earrings back and the criminal was prosecuted. Harrison, meanwhile, was out $40,000.

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Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Goshen College Bans National Anthem At Sporting Events

The American Flag blows in the wind off the back of the Ellis Island/Liberty Island Ferry with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Back in January, Goshen College, a small liberal arts school in Indiana, decided to allow its college's Athletic Department to play an instrumental version of the Star-Spangled Banner before sporting events.

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Tue June 7, 2011

Keith Olbermann: The 'Countdown' To His New Show

Keith Olbermann hosted Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC for nearly eight years. On June 20, he'll begin hosting a new commentary show on Current TV.
Current TV

After abruptly departing MSNBC in January, Keith Olbermann returns to broadcasting on June 20 with a new version of Countdown on the Current TV network.

He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his new show resembles his old show on MSNBC but "with some additional bells and whistles and a little bit more commentary." And, he says, he's looking forward to being at a network where he can say things he wasn't able to say before.

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