Wed July 6, 2011

Fun Park Owner On A Roller-Coaster Ride

Park attendees ride on Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.
Lexington Herald-Leader/Getty Images

Cedar Fair, one of America's leading entertainment companies, is at the center of a fight for control between a hedge fund and some entrenched managers.

The billion-dollar company operates amusement parks from King's Dominion on the East Coast to Knott's Berry Farm in Califorinia. But it began with a park in Sandusky, Ohio.

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Wed July 6, 2011
National Security

'Spillover' Violence From Mexico: Trickle Or Flood?

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:29 pm

Mike Vickers runs the group Texas Border Volunteers, which patrols his ranch, and others in south Texas, that complain of illegal immigrants trespassing. Vickers says he has found bodies of immigrants on his land.
John Burnett NPR

Note: This is the second of a two-part series.

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Tue July 5, 2011
Sweetness And Light

When Athletes Play Dirty, Government Bats Cleanup

For those of you depressed that two of our grandest leagues, the NFL and the NBA, are both temporarily out of business via lockout, cheer up: There's other major news to divert you. Drugs are back, front and center. In fact, right now it's a veritable pharmaceutical hullabaloo.

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Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Physicists Almost Certain The Universe Is Not A Hologram

By measuring the polarization of gamma rays like this one, scientists were able to determine that the universe is likely not "pixelated."
European Space Agency

Rest easy: What is in front of you is almost certainly not just a hologram projection. Alright, I'll back up a little bit: As a result of a gravitational wave experiment called the GEO600, Craig Hogan, a particle astrophysicist at Fermilab in Ill., thought the universe might be a projection. A 2009 piece in New Scientist detailed the experiment, which found that at very magnified levels the world was sort of pixelated.

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Tue July 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Colorectal Cancer Deaths Declining, But Millions Still Aren't Getting Screened

Katie Couric at the "Make That Call" For Colon Cancer Screening campaign launch in New York in March.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is taking a page from TV anchor Katie Couric by going public about colonoscopy.

Three years ago Couric, whose husband died of colon cancer, had her colonoscopy on camera as a way of encouraging others to have one too. It was so effective that epidemiologists named the resulting increase in colonoscopy tests "the Couric effect."

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Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Study: Decade-Long Lull In Global Temperatures Caused By Chinese Coal Use

Pollutants billow out of a chimney amid a group of residential housings in Beijing.
AFP/Getty Images

A group of researchers say they've found an explanation for why global temperatures stayed relatively steady instead of steadily rising during a 10-year period between 1998 and 2008.

The AP reports:

The answer seems counterintuitive. It's all that sulfur pollution in the air from China's massive coal-burning, according to a new study.

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Tue July 5, 2011

Artist Cy Twombly Dies At 83

American artist Cy Twombly died Tuesday in Rome. He was 83. Melissa Block speaks with Josef Helfenstein, the director of the Menil Collection in Houston, where much of Twombly's art is on display.


Tue July 5, 2011

Indonesian School Accused Of Ties To Banned Group

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 10:12 am

Students and parents wait to register for a new term at Al-Zaytun, Indonesia's largest "pesantren," or Islamic boarding school.
Anthony Kuhn NPR

A student's call to prayer echoes through an empty mosque at dusk. The scene is Al-Zaytun, Indonesia's largest "pesantren," or Islamic boarding school. More than 6,000 students in 12 grades study at its sprawling campus in Indramayu, West Java. They memorize the Koran, and they study computers, human rights and journalism.

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Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: Lawmakers Made 'Progress' On Budget Over Holiday Weekend

President Obama said that over the holiday weekend lawmakers had made progress, with "greater progress ... within sight" on striking a deal on the budget and raising the debt limit.

The president made an appearance at the beginning of the White House press briefing today, saying he had called for a White House meeting with Congressional leaders on Thursday.

"I expect everyone will leave their ultimatums and rhetoric at the door and do what's best for the country," he said.

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