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2:01pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

For Incoming Freshmen, Which Cultural Touchstones Are Out Of Touch?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:03 pm

Beloit College's annual "mindset list" is out. It's a series of historical and cultural references that will supposedly bewilder incoming college freshmen.

This year's list, for the Class of 2019, was curated by three professors at the small liberal arts college in Wisconsin. The school says it aims to show professors and counselors which references no longer resonate with younger generations.

A few entries on this year's list of 50 factoids about the Class of 2019 include:

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12:39pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

White House Hires Its First Openly Transgender Staffer

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:04 pm

The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

The 28-year-old previously worked as a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality's Racial and Economic Justice Initiative, and before that as a legislative director with Rep. Carl Sciortino's office.

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11:55am

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Yvonne Craig, Best Known As 'Batgirl,' Dies At 78

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 9:34 am

Yvonne Craig appears in a publicity photo for the TV series Star Trek in 1969. She played the role of Orion Marta in the episode titled "Whom Gods Destroy."
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Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl in the iconic 1960s television series Batman, died Monday. She was 78.

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10:19am

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Ex-Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle To Plead Guilty To Paying For Sex With Minors

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 2:38 pm

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, following a hearing on child-pornography charges on Wednesday
Michael Conroy AP

Jared Fogle, the former Subway pitchman, is expected to admit that he paid for sex with two minors and participated in a scheme that secretly recorded 12 other children engaging in sexual acts.

As part of a deal cut with prosecutors, Fogle is expected to plead guilty to two federal counts stemming from the actions: the first that he distributed and received child pornography, and the second that he traveled across state lines and then paid for sex with two children.

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8:09am

Wed August 19, 2015
Europe

Wanting An Edge, Beer 'Enthusiast' Steals Bottle Caps

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7:50am

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Hackers Appear To Post Customer Data Of Affair-Enabling Website

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:46 pm

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers, who apparently released customer data.
AshleyMadison.com

A group of hackers, who calls itself the Impact Team, purportedly released a huge trove of data that appears to contain the account details of more than 30 million users of a website that helps married people cheat on their spouses.

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7:38am

Wed August 19, 2015
Around the Nation

Idaho Compensates For Stolen 420 Mile Post Sign

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:09 am

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6:51am

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Chelsea Manning Found Guilty Of Violating Prison Rules

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 10:40 am

Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo in 2010.
Uncredited AP

Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in American history, has been found guilty of violating the rules at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas.

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6:08am

Wed August 19, 2015
The Salt

Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:46 pm

Pizza night on the Stoney Acres Farm in Athens, Wis.
John Ivanko/Courtesy of Stoney Acres Farm

Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough.

But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

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5:29am

Wed August 19, 2015
NPR Story

Double Disasters Leave An Alabama Fishing Village Struggling

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:21 pm

On Aug. 30, 2005, a man walks past a shrimp boat that was blown up on the dock in Bayou la Batre, Ala., after Hurricane Katrina came through the area.
Rob Carr AP

The people of Bayou la Batre, Ala., say you know their town by the four seasons.

"Shrimp, fish, crab and oyster," says Stephanie Nelson Bosarge. "That's your four seasons."

Bosarge grew up here in a house less than a thousand feet from the water — one of nine kids, the fourth generation to work in the seafood industry.

Today all that's left of the house is a concrete slab. Grass and weeds are creeping up over what's left of the oyster run, where a conveyor belt once carried shells between the shuckers.

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5:13am

Wed August 19, 2015
NPR Story

China's Government Tries To Stabilize Its Financial Markets

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:09 am

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5:13am

Wed August 19, 2015
Around the Nation

How Dorothy Parker's Ashes Ended Up In Baltimore

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:09 am

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4:46am

Wed August 19, 2015
The Salt

'GMO-Free' Is A Boon For Companies Chasing 'Health Halo' Profits

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:50 pm

Waiting in line for an exhibit at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival on factory farming. Festivalgoers had to visit four such exhibits to get a free burrito.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City, Mo., on July 18 had it all: an indie pop band onstage, long lines at the beer booths. It was like a Grateful Dead concert, only with free burritos.

But this and the three other Chipotle Cultivate events held across the country this summer were more than just a classic summertime music festival. Billed as offering "food, ideas and music," the festival offers a chance to "learn a free burrito," by going through four exhibits.

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4:41am

Wed August 19, 2015
NPR Ed

Teacher Shortage? Or Teacher Pipeline Problem?

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:38 pm

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Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

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6:46pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Shots - Health News

FDA Approves First Drug To Boost Women's Sexual Desire

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:58 pm

A daily pill called Addyi is the first medicine to be approved for the purpose of boosting women's sexual desire.
Allen G. Breed AP

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug designed to increase a woman's libido.

The controversial decision was hailed by some doctors and advocates as a long-sought victory for women's health, but was condemned by others as irresponsible and dangerous.

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6:03pm

Tue August 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Judge Rules 2 Police Officers To Be Tried For Murder Of Homeless Man

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:59 am

Albuquerque police officers Dominique Perez (left) and Keith Sandy, whose shooting of James Boyd sparked protest in the city.
Russell Contreras AP

Two police officers responded to a 911 call in March 2014 that ended in the killing of James Boyd, 38, a homeless man camping in the foothills outside Albuquerque, N.M.

Now a judge says there is probable cause to try officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy for murder, The Associated Press reports.

The AP notes that during a hearing:

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6:02pm

Tue August 18, 2015
U.S.

U.S. Army Sergeant: 'Excited,' 'Intrigued,' By Women Completing Ranger Course

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:06 pm

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6:02pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Asia

Chinese Media, Residents Continue To Question Cause Of Tianjin Explosions

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:06 pm

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6:02pm

Tue August 18, 2015
NPR Story

'Shots On The Bridge' Unpacks A Tangled Story Of Deceit And Tragedy

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 2:55 pm

Mario Tama Getty Images

On Sept. 4, 2005 — nearly a week after floodwaters submerged much of the city, a call came in to the New Orleans Police Department: Officers in distress, maybe under fire, at the Danziger Bridge.

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6:02pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Economy

Ever Since The Great Recession, Zombie Houses Have Haunted New Jersey

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:24 pm

The house next door to Maureen and Michael McCabe has been sitting empty for seven years. "It freaks me out," Maureen McCabe says. "I don't know if there's animals running around there, mice and rodents."
Joel Rose NPR

Michael McCabe knows what it's like to be surrounded by zombies.

Zombie houses, that is.

McCabe still lives in the neighborhood where he grew up, Woodbury Heights, N.J., a middle-class suburb of Philadelphia. He knows which houses are in foreclosure and which have been abandoned. The latest seems to be right behind his own.

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6:02pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Parallels

Germany's Big Port Eager For U.S.-EU Trade Deal, But Some Are Skeptical

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:06 pm

The Port of Hamburg's trade volume has more than doubled since 1990 and is projected to double again by 2030.
Andrew Schneider for NPR

Walking alongside the River Elbe, it's easy to get the sense of Hamburg's long history as a port. Brick warehouses in the German city date to the mid-19th century, though most of those have been converted to offices or museums.

But walk farther along the river toward the North Sea — and you can see the 21st century global economy in action. Tall cranes hoist cargo on and off massive ships. A lot of the shipments involve finished goods. But much of what moves through this port is big and bulky.

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5:48pm

Tue August 18, 2015
The Two-Way

2 Women Are Graduating From Army Ranger School — What Does It Mean?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:05 pm

Two women will be among the soldiers who will graduate Friday from Army Ranger training. The Swamp Phase, seen here on Aug. 6, is part of the rigorous course.
Scott Brooks MAI/Landov

Updated 10:10 p.m. ET

On Friday, two female lieutenants will make history as the first women to graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger School, a grueling 62-day training program required for admittance into the elite Ranger Regiment.

The women are Kristen Griest and Shaye Haver, and here is what we know about their training and other things Ranger-related:

What does it mean to have a Ranger tab on one's uniform?

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5:03pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Goats and Soda

Baseball And Uganda — Two Words That Don't Usually Go Together

They are the champions of Africa (and Europe, too): Uganda's 2015 team will take on the best of the planet in the Little League Baseball World Series that starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pa.
Courtesy of Uganda Little League

4:29pm

Tue August 18, 2015
U.S.

Two Women Become The First To Complete U.S. Army Ranger Course

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:06 pm

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4:29pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Asia

Bombing At Hindu Temple In Bangkok Kills At Least 20

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:26 pm

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4:29pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Business

Food Tours Help Keep Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Alive

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:06 pm

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There's a disappearing act happening in Barcelona. The quaint restaurants and shops that draw tourists to the city are being replaced by big chain stores. Lauren Frayer reported earlier this summer on the efforts to stop that trend.

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4:29pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Goats and Soda

Stop The Foreign Music! African Pop Stars Ask For Government Help

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 1:31 pm

The rapper V-Sita (at right) had a No. 1 hit in Kenya with the song "Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga."
YouTube

Taylor Swift may be the world's No. 1-selling artist, but she might have a hard time getting airplay in some countries.

In South Africa, 55 percent of the content on radio stations as well as community and public TV has to be local.

Nigeria has a law that more than 70 percent of the music played on radio must be by local artists.

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4:02pm

Tue August 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Congressman Pleads 'Not Guilty' To Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 7:48 am

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., appeared in court on Tuesday.
Matt Rourke AP

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of racketeering conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud, writes The Associated Press.

As we previously reported, the government alleged last month that Fattah was involved in a widespread conspiracy that involved the theft of charitable funds, the illegal use of campaign contributions and bribery.

NPR's Eyder Peralta explained:

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2:57pm

Tue August 18, 2015
The Two-Way

600 Police Gunshots In 2014 Bank Robbery Chase Deemed 'Excessive'

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 4:08 pm

Investigators examine the scene of the police pursuit's conclusion in Stockton, Calif., on July 17, 2014.
Max Whittaker Reuters/Landov

Police officers fired more than 600 rounds during an hourlong chase of three armed suspects in a bank robbery last year in Stockton, Calif. — which an independent review has concluded was "excessive and unnecessary."

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2:33pm

Tue August 18, 2015
Music Reviews

'The Thompson Fields' Mixes Prairie Dreaming With A Big-Band Beat

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