Tue June 14, 2011

Hate-Crime Arrests Signal 'Victory' For California City

Azusa is a small, working-class college city along the train tracks in the San Gabriel Valley, just 25 miles east of Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say for years, the Varrio Azusa 13 gang has monopolized sales of cocaine, heroin and meth here.

"This gang has waged an insidious, two-decade campaign of violence, fueled not only by drug dealing but by racial animus and hatred," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte told reporters in L.A. "They had an edict dating back to 1992 to basically get rid of African-Americans from Azusa."

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Tue June 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Boehner Presses Obama To Comply With War Powers Resolution

Saying that "I remain deeply concerned the Congress has not been provided answers from the executive branch to fundamental questions regarding the Libya mission," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has sent a letter to President Obama urging him to "faithfully comply with the War Powers Resolution" by Friday.

Boehner writes that:

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Tue June 14, 2011
The Record

Bad Vibrations: Investigating Sound As Terror

Steve Goodman, also known as Kode9, at left, with frequent collaborator The Spaceape.
Courtesy of Hyperdub

I first heard of Steve Goodman as the head of the Hyperdub, a London-based record label that has released work by avant-garde electronic artists like Burial, Joker, and The Bug. But Goodman isn't your average label executive. He's a scholar, a lecturer at the University of East London, and a musician who goes by the name Kode9. His new album, Black Sun, features rumbling bass lines under lyrics about a toxic world where a radioactive event has laid the land to waste.

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Tue June 14, 2011

Company Sues Apple Over Use Of iCloud Name

The website of iCloud Communications, which is suing Apple over the use of the name iCloud.

Apple is being sued for trademark infringement over the name of its new Internet storage service, which it calls iCloud. A company in Dallas says it has been using that name since 2005.

Last week Apple introduced iCloud, a service that will let users store music, photos, calendars, e-mails and other content online. But iCloud Communications says Apple should have asked the Phoenix-based company before using the name.

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Tue June 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

"Regulatory Hurdles" Hinder Green Energy

Today a group of US House Republicans introduced a series of bills to stream line renewable energy production, but Kentucky lawmakers say that still won’t help secure America’s energy future. Kentucky’s energy industry is up in arms over what they say are excessive regulations for coal. And a group of Republicans say that also extends to renewable energies on federal lands…such as geothermal and wind production. Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield says the Obama Administration needs to free up domestic energy production.

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Tue June 14, 2011
A Blog Supreme

The Day Jazz Took Over The National Mall

Eddie Palmieri performs at the 2011 DC Jazz Festival's concert on the National Mall.
Greg "Fritz" Blakey Fritz PhotoGraphics/DC Jazz Festival

The nation's capital has long been home to great jazz — but never more so than during the DC Jazz Festival. After 13 days, the 2011 edition is now in the books.

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Tue June 14, 2011
Planet Money

Manufacturing Profits Came Back. Manufacturing Jobs Didn't.

Jess Jiang NPR

Manufacturing industry profits hit a new high in the first quarter of this year, according to numbers out this week from the Census Bureau.

But the huge recovery for profits hasn't done much to bring back the millions of jobs the industry has shed since the start of the recession.

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Tue June 14, 2011

'Hell Of A Leader': Marines Remember Sgt. Garrison

Sgt. Joseph Garrison with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, runs through the desert near Camp Leatherneck during a drill in June 2009. Garrison was killed while on his fourth combat deployment to Afghanistan in June 2011, when he was struck by a homemade bomb in Marja.
David Gilkey NPR

On Friday, Marines will gather to remember Sgt. Joseph Garrison at a small combat outpost in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Garrison, 27, was killed earlier this month by a roadside bomb.

NPR talked with Garrison on an earlier deployment, when he was busy training Marines for an operation against Taliban forces in the Helmand River valley.

"We're brothers. We eat together, train together, sleep together," Garrison said two years ago. "And we'll die for each other."

'Hell Of A Leader'

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Tue June 14, 2011
Three Books...

For Fathers And Sons, A Complex But Important Bond


In the eleven years since my father died, I've read just about anything I could get my hands on about fathers and sons. Surveying the range of others' relationships with their fathers has steadied me while I tried to make sense of mine. Envy for what I didn't have is balanced by gratitude for what I did.

Final Rounds: A Father, A Son, The Golf Journey Of A Lifetime

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Tue June 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Clearing Cig Butts from Streets/Sidewalks

Community leaders in Lexington are rolling out a campaign they hope will cause a significant drop in cigarette litter. In a recent survey of one block in downtown Lexington, members of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission counted more than 600 cigarette butts on the ground. Commission chair woman Patricia Knight says many smokers don’t take the time properly dispose of their cigarettes.

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