Robert Siegel talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the week in sports. A large college football program is under the microscope, Dallas makes a late comeback in the NBA finals, and a champion is crowned in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
On a day when a new jobs report showed hiring across the U.S. has slowed significantly, the White House went on the offensive. President Obama was in Ohio Friday defending his economic policies and asserting that his administration's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors saved thousands of jobs that otherwise would have disappeared. The president visited a Chrysler Plant in Toledo, where he announced the government sale of its final 6-percent stake in Chrysler to the Italian auto company, Fiat.
When Sajad Alzuhairi, owner of the International Market in Bowling Green, heard about the arrests of two local Iraqi refugees on terrorism charges, he was shocked. One of the men, Waad Ramadan Alwan, had often worked for Alzuhairi at the store. “I could not believe it,” said Alzuhairi, who is from Iraq and lives in Nashville. “He didn’t look like the kind of person who would do anything like that.” Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, both of whom have lived in Bowling Green since 2009, are charged with plotting to send explosives, guns and missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed Tuesday.
Today's news about the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian — "Dr. Death," the champion of the right to assisted suicide for the terminally ill — brings back a memory for NPR's Don Gonyea.
As Don reported for Weekend Edition Sunday in June 2007, he interviewed Kevorkian on June 5, 1990. That was one day after 54-year-old Janet Adkins became the first person to use one of Kevorkian's homemade suicide machines.
The exotic aura of ancient Egypt has been the magic ingredient in all kinds of entertainment, and in just about every genre the choices seem to run the gamut.
At the movies, Egypt has been the setting of everything from costume dramas such as Cleopatra to the Biblical epic The Ten Commandments to the adventures of Indiana Jones to various incarnations of The Mummy.
By a 268-145 vote, the House just approved a resolution that, as The Associated Press puts it, chastises President Obama for failing to provide Congress with a "compelling rationale" for the military action underway in Libya.
The measure was put forward by the GOP, and passed with 223 votes from Republicans and 45 from Obama's fellow Democrats.
It's been an agonizing week for Ohio State football fans.
"Buckeye Nation" was rocked by Monday's forced resignation of popular head coach Jim Tressel after he failed to report NCAA violations. Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several other key players are suspended for several games next season for selling memorabilia — and the NCAA is investigating how Pryor got the multiple cars he's been driving at the university.
The scandal is also prompting new questions about one of college sports' oldest problems: breaking the rules.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to ask for Senate hearings to find out how two Iraqi refugees living in Bowling Green and recently charged with terrorism were able to gain entry into the country. In a news conference today, Paul complimented the FBI for its “good work” in apprehending the two men. Alwan is accused of conspiring to kill U.S. nationals living abroad. Alwan and Hammadi are accused of attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaida in Iraq.
Reporting in the journal Science, Göran Scharmer, of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and colleagues looked closely at the stringy penumbra region of a sunspot using the Swedish Solar Telescope. Sunspots form by magnetic fields interacting with boiling hot plasma — but exactly how the plasma flows in the penumbra region wasn't well understood.