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Top Stories: Getting Set For The Upcoming Primary Elections; The Brilliance Of Theatre FestivalsTop Stories: Getting Set For The Upcoming Primary Elections; The Brilliance Of Theatre Festivals

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:32:49 +0000

The top local stories this evening from KERA News: Early voting starts tomorrow in the Texas primaries, and Election Day is March 6. The winners advance to the November election.


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02/19/18: Life after a mass shooting02/19/18: Life after a mass shooting

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:45:45 +0000

A couple of weeks ago on this show, we told you about some of the funding and resources available for mass shooting victims to help with their short-term recovery. Today, we consider what life and work is like five, or even ten years after surviving a high-profile shooting. Two survivors of a mass shooting describe long term recovery. Also on today's show, we continue with our project called "Divided Decade," as we hear stories of how people's lives changed since the financial crisis ten years ago. And, of course, we talk "Black Panther." The movie was obviously a big success this weekend, but did you know that the soundtrack is too? "Black Panther: The Album" debuted at No.1 on the billboard charts. We do the numbers on how that happened.



A comic book hero offers a fresh vision of AfricaA comic book hero offers a fresh vision of Africa

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:53:53 +0000

Marvel Comics' blockbuster "Black Panther" has stirred up all sorts of debate. Hana Baba and Leila Day, hosts of the podcast The Stoop, checked it out this weekend. They tell The World's Marco Werman they were pleasantly surprised, even though they were more than a little worried going in.  Happy #BlackPanther night! — The Stoop (@theStoopPodcast) February 16, 2018 Marco Werman: What were you worried about?   Hana Baba: I'm not used to Africa being seen in a positive light at all in media — whether it's TV or film — growing up. Never. I can't remember seeing Africa portrayed in a way that made me proud to be from Africa. Related:  Creators of a new podcast are unpacking black identity What did you see that made you most proud? HB: Just from the get-go, Africa was shown as a modern place — a futuristic, highly technological place. I went into the movie tense, just like I had "Coming to America"-phobia or like post-traumatic "Coming to America" disorder. Leila Day: I'm not a big action



Chicago Fans Bounced For Racist Taunts Aimed At Capitals' Devante Smith-PellyChicago Fans Bounced For Racist Taunts Aimed At Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:48:00 +0000

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, was in the penalty box after a third period fight with a Blackhawks defenseman on Saturday night when four Blackhawks fans started taunting him in unison. "Basketball, basketball, basketball," they chanted. "It's pretty obvious what that means," Smith-Pelly said on Sunday . "It's not a secret." The non-secret racial stereotype at play here is that basketball is a "black" sport and hockey is for white people. Snith-Pelly approached the fans who were almost directly beside him with his stick raised. The fans were removed quickly, and the Blackhawks apologized to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals in a statement. "These actions will never be tolerated," the Blackhawks said. "This has happened [to me] in hockey before," Smith-Pelly said on Sunday. "It's disgusting, that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing, over and over. It's sad that athletes like myself, 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same place." "You think there'd be some


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New York Times Investigates Ambush Of U.S. Soldiers In NigerNew York Times Investigates Ambush Of U.S. Soldiers In Niger

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:19:00 +0000

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In Pennsylvania, New Court-Drawn Voting Map Could Shift Advantage To DemocratsIn Pennsylvania, New Court-Drawn Voting Map Could Shift Advantage To Democrats

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:52:00 +0000

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that may be much more favorable to Democrats, replacing the one it overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month. Since the previous map was adopted, Republicans have held a 13-5 advantage in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation. The new, court-drawn map is expected to upend that tilt. Justices described their map in their 48-page decision as "superior" to other proposals filed for their consideration. Top statehouse Republicans have pledged to challenge the judicially enacted map, which they say amounts to overreach by the Democratic-majority court. The court's decision comes after a monthlong standoff. When justices first declared the previous map unconstitutional on Jan. 22, they ordered the GOP-controlled legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to negotiate a compromise. The justices said they wanted the new map to be fairer, specifying that districts should be more compact


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More details but no answers in brain trauma cases of US diplomats in Cuba More details but no answers in brain trauma cases of US diplomats in Cuba

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:51:22 +0000

It’s a mystery fit for a Cold War-era spy novel. In late 2016, officials with the US embassy in Havana started hearing strange noises that seemed to be directed right at their homes or hotel rooms. Most called it a high-pitched sound. Some said it sounded like grinding metal, while others compared it to a kind of hum. Many said they felt pressure changes too, like the feeling of driving down a highway with only one car window open. After hearing the sounds , some US personnel in Cuba started feeling sick, reporting headaches, hearing impairment and issues with cognition and balance.   Early last year, as word started spreading about the sounds and symptoms, around 80 Americans in Cuba were worried enough to get checked out by a doctor flown into Havana for that purpose.    By last summer, 24 US personnel had been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury. In July, State Department officials said they believed a “nonnatural” source caused the trauma, but they didn’t know much else.  



'Automating Inequality': Algorithms In Public Services Often Fail The Most Vulnerable'Automating Inequality': Algorithms In Public Services Often Fail The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

In the fall of 2008, Omega Young got a letter prompting her to recertify for Medicaid. But she was unable to make the appointment because she was suffering from ovarian cancer. She called her local Indiana office to say she was in the hospital. Her benefits were cut off anyway. The reason: "failure to cooperate." "She lost her benefits, she couldn't afford her medication, she lost her food stamps, she couldn't pay her rent, she lost access to free transportation to her medical appointments," Virginia Eubanks tells NPR's Ari Shapiro. Eubanks is the author of a new book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor . "Young died on March 1, 2009," Eubanks says. "The next day, she won an appeal for wrongful termination and all of her benefits were restored the day after her death." Young's story is one of three detailed pictures across the country that Eubanks draws to illustrate that automated systems used by the government to deliver public services


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Grocery Bagging ChampGrocery Bagging Champ

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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Facing Hardships, Venezuelans Are Leaving The Country In ExodusFacing Hardships, Venezuelans Are Leaving The Country In Exodus

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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The Experts Known As 'Ice Meisters' Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces The Experts Known As 'Ice Meisters' Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

In the Winter Olympics, where races can be won or lost by thousandths of a second, tiny imperfections can make all the difference. Nowhere is this more true than in the ice venues, where skilled technicians called "ice meisters" have honed their expertise over years of crafting the perfect surface. Make that surfaces : It turns out that all ice is not created equal. Depending on the sport, the ice might need to be softer or harder, colder or warmer, textured or smooth. Take long track speedskating, raced on the 400-meter rink at the Gangneung Oval, where ice meister Mark Messer is in charge. Messer, from Calgary, Alberta, explains that long track speedskating requires the coldest ice of any Olympic sport: between 14 and 21 degrees Fahrenheit. It's also the hardest ice. "We're trying to get as little friction as possible," he explains, "so we have to make a balance between grip and glide. We need to have enough grip so that the skate can get a good push off it. But then we want them to


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State Legislator For Parkland, Florida On Gun Control MeasuresState Legislator For Parkland, Florida On Gun Control Measures

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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Varied Reaction To Florida School ShootingVaried Reaction To Florida School Shooting

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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Texas GOP Official's Web Post Distributed By Russian BotTexas GOP Official's Web Post Distributed By Russian Bot

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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National Politics Impact Local ElectionsNational Politics Impact Local Elections

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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U.S. Seeks To Put Pakistan On Global Terror ListU.S. Seeks To Put Pakistan On Global Terror List

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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Bank Theft Brazilian StyleBank Theft Brazilian Style

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

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Why Employers In Georgia Are Watching The Immigration Debate Closely Why Employers In Georgia Are Watching The Immigration Debate Closely

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:49:00 +0000

As the Senate tries to hash out a deal on immigration, it's not just immigrants that have a lot at stake. So do the businesses that hire them. "We are suffering very much from shortage of labor — skilled labor — here in Dalton," said Ahmed Salama, the CEO of Oriental Weavers USA, the American branch of a giant Egyptian company. Salama recently showed me around his factory in Dalton, Ga., where hulking machines weave bright-colored yarn together. Dalton bills itself as the "carpet capital of the world." Wall-to-wall carpeting was basically invented here after World War II. Today, Dalton is ringed by big factories that make most of the carpet sold in the U.S. It's a conservative corner of northwest Georgia where Donald Trump won more than 70 percent of the vote. But even here, some employers are nervous that the Trump administration's immigration policies will make it harder to find enough workers. "Two years ago, I wish I'd had this problem, because you could've wallpapered our office


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States Seek To Prevent Election HackingStates Seek To Prevent Election Hacking

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:03:00 +0000

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Proposal To Allow Guns In Kentucky SchoolsProposal To Allow Guns In Kentucky Schools

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:03:00 +0000

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