8:37am

Fri May 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Spain Bans Mass Protests Ahead Of Weekend Elections

Thousands of people have jammed dozens of Spanish cities, including Madrid, protesting the country's skyrocketing unemployment rate; it jumped to more than 21 percent at the beginning of the year, according to AFP. But Spanish law requires a 'day of reflection' before a vote, meaning no political demonstrations may be held. Election officials have ruled the massive demonstrations must end before Sunday's local and regional elections.

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8:30am

Fri May 20, 2011
Alt.Latino

Carlos Santana Visits Georgia, Blasts State On Immigration

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 15: Musician Carlos Santana prior to receiving the MLB Beacon Awards at the Civil Rights game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

English / Spanish

Carlos Santana made news this week, and not by playing music.

According to this article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Santana spoke out strongly against immigration legislation in Arizona and Georgia.

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8:28am

Fri May 20, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Put The Breaks On Broadband

Sites like Facebook and Twitter have become an integral part of daily communication. The U.N. wants to expand broadband access in developing countries but some argue they don't need it.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.

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8:04am

Fri May 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong: '20+ Year Career ... Never A Failed Test ... I Rest My Case'

Lance Armstrong, at a race in Australia in January.
Mark Gunter AFP/Getty Images

Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong has, as he often does, used the Web (and in particular his Twitter page) to respond to the latest allegation that he used a performance-enhancing drug when he was competing:

"20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case."

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8:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Classical Music As A Popularity Contest (Really!)

Leif Ove Andsnes: serious enough here, but willing to dance around to Bach for the sake of a baby's enjoyment.
Felix Broede courtesy of the artist

One of the today's most celebrated and incisive pianists and a recent father himself, Leif Ove Andsnes, integrates children's programming into an annual summer festival he helps lead in a small fishing village. Have you attended festivals with special kids' programs? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below.

There is so much classical music that works for kids: All they need to do is hear it often enough to connect with it.

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7:57am

Fri May 20, 2011
Opinion

The Root: White Upper Class Held To Lower Standard

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court on Thursday. The diplomat is one of several powerful white men accused of unsavory behavior in recent weeks.
Richard Drew AP

Jack White is a regular contributor to The Root.

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7:26am

Fri May 20, 2011
Science/Health

Take A Walking Tour of UK Patient Pavilion

Unless you volunteer or work at a hospital it's probably not the place you would choose to start or end your day. But a walking tour of UK Chandler Hospital's new Patient Pavilion may change your mind about that. Alan Lytle shares highlights from his trip through the facility.

Executive Vice President for Affairs Michael Karpf, has overseen every aspect of the building's construction estimated cost, 532-million dollars. He says from day one the idea has been to offer critical and acute care patients and their families a kind of shelter from the storms of life.

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7:17am

Fri May 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Flooding Crests In Vicksburg; U.S. Diplomats Attacked In Pakistan

A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 18, 2011.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The flooding Mississippi River has crested lower than expected in Vicksburg, Miss., but the Army Corps of Engineers warns it will be days before the surging waters recede, according to AP. Now the water is surging downstream to the Gulf of Mexico.

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6:58am

Fri May 20, 2011
Books

Amazon: E-Book Sales Eclipse Books In Print

Online retail giant Amazon.com says that as of now, it's selling more electronic books than books in print. Since April, the company says that for every 100 paperbacks or hardcovers, it moves 105 e-books.

6:53am

Fri May 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Teacup Poodle Chases Bear Up A Tree

A 200 lbs. black bear wandered into Robert Carroll's backyard, and his poodle came to the rescue. According to the Kirkland Reporter, the poodle charged the bear — chasing it up a tree and over a fence.

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