Fri July 29, 2011
Strange News

Fugitive's Facebook Taunts Lead Police Right To Him

Victor Burgos fled because he faced criminal charges including domestic violence. He made the Ten Most Wanted list in Utica, N.Y. When he made it to New York City, he taunted police on Facebook, saying, "Catch me if you can. I'm in Brooklyn." According to the Daily News, police obliged.


Fri July 29, 2011
Movie Interviews

Favreau Tips His Hat To The Western — With 'Aliens'

Jon Favreau began his career as a comedic actor but has since directed box-office smashes like Elf, Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Set in the old West desert town of Absolution, Cowboys & Aliens has almost everything you'd expect to see in a classic Western: gunslingers, shoot-outs, saloons ... and aliens.

Just think of it as gourmet comfort food.

"Hopefully it's a really, really smart version of a very simplistic concept," actor-turned-director Jon Favreau tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly.

As a director, Favreau is best known for his Iron Man mega-hits, but he says he was cautious not to let his latest film devolve into a sci-fi action popcorn movie.

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Fri July 29, 2011
Planet Money

Why Interest Payments Come First

At some point next week, if Congress doesn't agree to raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. government may have to decide which bills to pay. What comes first: Social Security checks? Military spending? Food stamps?

There's not even a choice, says Jerome Powell, a former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Finance.

"Interest will be paid first," he says. "There's really no thought process there, it just has to be that way."

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Fri July 29, 2011

The Man Behind The Lilliputian Stripper

Mort Segal and Joan Feldman remembered their dad at StoryCorps in New York City.

Jack Segal made his living booking novelty acts from the 1940s to the 1960s in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. There were more than 500 hotels and resorts in the region.

"He employed performers that the other agents would never use or couldn't even find, like the lilliputian stripper, blind xylophone player," Jack's son, Mort, tells his sister Joan Feldman while visiting StoryCorps in New York City.

Jack also had dog acts and the hotels would complain sometimes.

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Fri July 29, 2011
Around the Nation

How A Park Helped One Town Weather The Recession

Mayor Knox White has led Greenville, S.C., for 15 years, and is running unopposed for another term. Here, he stands near a natural waterfall that's in the middle of the city's downtown, in a park that cost $13 million. "Within two years," he says, "over $100 million in private investment was created around the park."
Julie Rose WFAE

During the worst of the recession, new development ground to a halt and small businesses closed their doors on many Main Streets throughout the country.

That wasn't the case in Greenville, S.C. And while it seems improbable that a city would thrive during the recession, Greenville's mayor credits a mix of good luck and good fundamentals.

'Our Own Little Rockefeller Center'

The "nickel tour" of Greenville, population 58,000, starts at a window on the 10th floor of City Hall.

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Fri July 29, 2011

Immigration, Integration Draw Attention In Norway

Originally published on Fri July 29, 2011 1:50 pm

People gather outside Oslo City Hall on Monday to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of Friday's twin attacks in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik, who admitted to the attacks but entered a plea of not guilty, said he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration.
Emilio Morenatti AP

The brutal twin attacks in Norway last week by self-proclaimed Christian crusader Anders Behring Breivik have reignited an immigration debate in what had appeared to be the most serene multicultural society in Europe.‪ Norway's long-standing reputation as a welcoming haven for immigrants is being tested as its Muslim population grows.

Many immigrants live in the Oslo neighborhood of Greenland. There are a few indigenous Norwegians, but they rush by.‪ Many women shopping at grocery stores wear the hijab.‪

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Fri July 29, 2011
Middle East

Bahrain Sets Up Panel To Investigate Unrest

Tents burn on March 16 as Bahraini security troops raid the site of a pro-democracy sit-in at Pearl Square, in the capital, Manama.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

The government of Bahrain has invited a renowned international legal scholar to investigate what went on during mass protests in February and March, and the brutal crackdown on the largely Shiite opposition that ensued. More than 30 people died, hundreds were detained and beaten, and thousands were fired from their jobs.

The commission is headed by Cherif Bassiouni, an Egyptian-born legal expert who has investigated war crimes and human rights violations in the Balkans, Rwanda, Afghanistan and, most recently, Libya.

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Fri July 29, 2011

Texas Trial Of Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Begins

In the Texas trial of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, the suspect fired his lawyer and told the judge in the case that he wants to defend himself. The proceedings went forward Thursday, with plenty of dramatic moments.


Fri July 29, 2011

After Another Delay, What's Next For Debt Plan?

Last night, the House of Representatives postponed a vote on its debt ceiling bill.


Fri July 29, 2011

Libyan Rebel Leader's Death Fuels Fears Of Fracturing

The military commander of Libya's rebel forces, Gen. Abdel Fattah Younis, was killed Thursday just before arriving for questioning by rebel authorities.