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8:04am

Sat February 28, 2015
Europe

Report Urges Britain To Take Small-Claims Cases Online

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:40 am

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8:04am

Sat February 28, 2015
Politics

Conservatives Heckle Jeb Bush On Education, Immigration

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:40 am

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8:04am

Sat February 28, 2015
Remembrances

Nimoy Is Gone, But Mr. Spock WIll Live Forever

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:40 am

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4:43am

Sat February 28, 2015
Science

Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:40 am

Students Patrick Rohrer, Sarah Warthen, Alix Piven and Lauren Urane are led by Mercyhurst University Archeologist Andy Hemmings. Their project has picked up where Florida's State Geologist Elias Sellards left off in 1915. Sellards led an excavation of the site where workers digging a drainage canal found fossilized human remains.
Greg Allen NPR

In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport.

But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific excavation of the site, where workers digging a drainage canal found fossilized animal bones and then, human remains.

Andy Hemmings of Mercyhurst University is the lead archaeologist on a project that has picked up where Sellards left off a century ago.

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4:35am

Sat February 28, 2015
Parallels

A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:27 pm

Earlier this month, Dr. Sadiqu al-Mousllie, accompanied by his family and a few members of their mosque, stood in downtown Braunschweig, Germany, and held up signs that read: "I am a Moslem. What would you like to know?" in an effort to promote dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Courtesy of Sarah Mousllie

Sadiqu al-Mousllie sees humor as a good way to fight growing anti-Islam sentiment in Germany.

He lives in Braunschweig, in western Germany. Earlier this month, he decided to go downtown and hold up a sign that read, "I am a Moslem. What would you like to know?"

"This is a bridge of communication," the Syrian-born German says. "Some people dared to ask, some others not, so we went to them and give them some chocolate and a say of our prophet to know what Muslims are thinking about."

Mousllie, 44, says he hopes to do it every other week.

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4:33am

Sat February 28, 2015
Monkey See

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek episode, "Plato's Stepchildren" in 1968.
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For this Star Trek fan, Leonard Nimoy was more than the guy who played one of the most popular characters in the most popular science fiction franchise on American TV.

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6:28pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Europe

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm

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6:07pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Middle East

Jordan's 'Philosopher Prince': Literacy Would Help Fight Fanaticism

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm

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6:07pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Television

'Battle Creek' An Attempt To Break CBS's Formulaic Lineup

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm

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6:07pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Longtime President Of Notre Dame University, Dies

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:21 pm

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, was influential in reshaping Catholic higher education.
Joe Raymond AP

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, a former president of the University of Notre Dame who tangled with the Nixon administration, died late Thursday. He was 97.

For those who knew him, Hesburgh was simply Father Ted. But make no mistake, he was a highly influential priest who moved among presidents and popes. During his 35 years as president of Notre Dome, he reinforced the importance of a college education and urged that it be affordable and accessible to all.

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6:07pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Around the Nation

New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:31 pm

In recent years, some popular antebellum plantations have started to incorporate displays about slavery. But the Whitney Plantation has designed the visitor's entire experience around that history.
Debbie Elliott NPR

The section of Louisiana's serpentine River Road that tracks along the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is known as "Plantation Alley." The restored antebellum mansions along the route draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

The newest attraction aims to give visitors a realistic look at life in the pre-Civil War South. Don't expect hoop skirts and mint juleps, but stark relics that tell the story of a dark period in American history, through the eyes of the enslaved.

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6:01pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:52 pm

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow today.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

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Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today on a street in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry told the Interfax news agency.

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5:58pm

Fri February 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:36 pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shakes hands with the audience after speaking at CPAC Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Jeb Bush walked into the lion's den of the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, and walked out smiling — thanks to a few busloads of his supporters who proved louder and more persistent than his hecklers.

Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, started out unevenly in his interview-style appearance, rushing through his answers to Fox News host Sean Hannity, using clunky phrases from his stump speech, and at times almost shouting to overcome boos and taunts.

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4:53pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

A Rival's Retirement Prompts One-Word Statement From Aussie Politician

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:55 pm

"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" goes the old saw. Australian politician Anthony Albanese seems to have taken that to heart. Almost.

Upon receiving news that Max Moore-Wilton, the head of the Sydney Airport Corp. was planning to retire in May, Albanese, a member of Parliament from the opposition Labour Party, issued a one-word statement: "Good."

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4:50pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRreads: A Sign Of The Times? Trinidad Offers Venezuela Toilet Paper For Oil

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:44 pm

People line up outside the Bicentenario, a state-run supermarket, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 9. Most of the shortages in Venezuela are driven in part by the country's tight currency controls, which make it hard to get dollars at a subsidized rate for imports while creating a thriving black market for currency.
Fernando Llano AP

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we share with you three longish reads.

From Didrik Schanche, NPR's deputy international editor:

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4:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Movie Reviews

Tense 'Eastern Boys': Cruising, and Bruising

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm

Eastern Boys begins as a home invasion story but evolves to something more complex, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.
Courtesy of First Run Features

Seen from street level, the young Eastern European men cruising a Paris train station at the outset of Eastern Boys would doubtless look like individuals. But filmmaker Robin Campillo has positioned the camera overhead, and from his bird's eye perch it's clear they're working in tandem — looking out for each other, stealing, soliciting.

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4:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm

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Now, "Satin Island." It's the title of the new book by Tom McCarthy, the acclaimed experimental novelist. It is a novel, but our reviewer Alan Cheuse says it might be more apt to call it a critique of modern life, dressed in a novel's clothing.

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4:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Humans

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

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3:40pm

Fri February 27, 2015
It's All Politics

What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:53 pm

Josh DiNatale (left) and Zachary Burns, St. Joseph's University students and members of their College Republicans chapter, get ready to pose for a photo with a cutout of Sen. Rand Paul at CPAC 2015.
Emily Jan NPR

The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next, post-Obama chapter.

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2:00pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:31 pm

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to play in the NBA in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He's seen here (center) being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame's Honors Ring in 2003.
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Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in the NBA nearly 65 years ago, died Thursday at age 86.

Lloyd had a long career that stretched from West Virginia State to basketball's Hall of Fame. He once told a young man who thanked him for being a pioneer, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

As a player, the 6-foot-5-inch Lloyd was nicknamed The Big Cat. He was drafted in the same year as other black players, but he was the first to play in the regular season, for the then-Washington Capitols.

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1:52pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Salt

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 4:57 pm

Student volunteers with The Campus Kitchens Project evaluate produce. The initiative gets high-school and college students to scavenge food from cafeterias, grocery stores and farmers' markets, cook it and deliver it to organizations serving low-income people in their communities.
Courtesy of DC Central Kitchen

Back in 2011 when I was a student at the University of Maryland in College Park I once noticed a massive pile of trash in front of a dining hall. A closer look revealed that it was mostly food — a half-eaten sandwich, a browning apple and what appeared to be the remains of the day's lunch special.

The heap was gross, but intriguing. Turned out it was a stunt to get students thinking about how much food they throw out each day.

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1:52pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Families Of ISIS Victims React To Identification Of 'Jihadi John'

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:16 pm

Families of hostages killed by the self-described Islamic State militant group are reacting to the identification Thursday of "Jihadi John" as Mohammed Emzawi, a Kuwaiti-born British man who is seen in the group's videos appearing to behead the hostages.

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1:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Author Interviews

From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

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1:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

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1:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

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1:07pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Parents Choose A Simple Device To Reshape A Baby's Ear

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:24 pm

Before and after photos of an ear shaped with the EarWell device.
Courtesy of Becon Medical, Ltd.

Soon after giving birth to a baby girl, Jennifer McMullen noticed that one of her daughter's ears looked a little different.

"She had a condition called lidding, where the top part of the cartilage in the ear is basically folded over so the top ridge is kind of rounded over," McMullen tells Shots. Her daughter could hear just fine, but McMullen worried about bullying when she got older. "She's a beautiful baby girl," she says. "If she plays sports, I don't want her to be self-conscious pulling her hair back or anything like that."

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12:39pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Mexico Says Leader Of Knights Templar Cartel Captured

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 4:59 pm

Armed members of the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan patrol a checkpoint set up by the self-defense group.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Mexican authorities say they have detained Servando Gomez, the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel and one of Mexico's most-wanted men.

NPR's Carrie Kahn filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"He's known as 'La Tuta' and has evaded capture for years. Authorities say he was taken down in [Morelia,] the state capital of Michoacan, during an early morning raid Friday without a single shot fired.

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12:37pm

Fri February 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 4:02 pm

Actor Leonard Nimoy died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 83.
Matt Sayles AP

Updated at 1:16 p.m.

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the logical half-Vulcan, half-human in the original Star Trek series and several movies, has died at his home in Los Angeles, his granddaughter, Madeleine, told NPR. Nimoy was 83.

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she said.

NPR's Neda Ulaby, who is reporting on the story, tells our Newscast unit:

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12:11pm

Fri February 27, 2015
Science

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm

Shoal of tropical fish over a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea. From pristine forests to vivid reefs, Cuba "has it all," say ecologists eager to study the island habitats.
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As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that has been closed to most U.S. residents for more than half a century.

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11:18am

Fri February 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 2:25 pm

ProPublica

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.

"We've now moved into an area of more assertive enforcement," Leon Rodriguez, then-director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, warned at a privacy and security forum in December 2012.

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