U.S. News http://ktep.org en Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery http://ktep.org/post/florida-ruling-primer-redistricting-chicanery If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/images/Romo_v_Detzner_Final_Judgment_7-10-14.pdf">the highly readable opinion</a> by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.<p>Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling evidence of chicanery in how the lines of two Florida congressional districts were redrawn — the 5th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, and the 10th District, held by Rep. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Frank James 44522 at http://ktep.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://ktep.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Richard Harris 44525 at http://ktep.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders http://ktep.org/post/veterans-kick-prescription-pill-habit-against-doctors-orders For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/16/144672190/ending-nightmares-caused-by-ptsd">sleeping can return you to the worst place</a> you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.<p>"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him, and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."<p>The memory that triggers Will's nightmare happened during his tour in Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 44523 at http://ktep.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://ktep.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 44518 at http://ktep.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands http://ktep.org/post/fate-new-nc-voter-id-law-now-rests-judges-hands North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts, challenged by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and voting rights groups. A judge will decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC has been following the hearing, and he wraps up recent developments and possible outcomes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WUNC-FM. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 44519 at http://ktep.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 http://ktep.org/post/newspaper-editor-activist-john-seigenthaler-dies-86 John Seigenthaler, the legendary journalist who edited <em>The Tennessean,</em> was instrumental in shaping the editorial page of <em>USA Today</em> and worked as an assistant to Robert Kennedy, has died at 86.<p>A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment.<p>NPR's David Folkenflik says Seigenthaler was known as a crusader against corruption and for civil rights.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/11/john-seigenthaler-tennessean-editor-dies/125 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44515 at http://ktep.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain http://ktep.org/post/after-brazils-world-cup-defeat-poem-numb-pain Any time you're facing big failure is a good time to revisit the 1888 poem "<a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174665">Casey at the Bat</a>." It's the classic story of dashed optimism, of an entire city putting its hopes on the result of one single, heartbreaking at-bat. Here are the last stanzas. It's down to the wire. The Mudville team has two outs, two strikes, and they're hoping Casey will save them.<p><blockquote><p>The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clinched in hate;<br />He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 44513 at http://ktep.org WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School http://ktep.org/post/watch-giant-undulating-anchovy-school <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvxIdkhsoqU</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44504 at http://ktep.org WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School U.S. Had Heads-Up Over Destruction Of 'Guardian' Hard Drives http://ktep.org/post/us-had-heads-over-destruction-guardian-hard-drives The National Security Agency knew the British government would oversee the destruction of hard drives held by the <em>Guardian</em> newspaper that contained information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, though at that time the agency distanced itself from the action. That's according to emails <a href="http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/us-given-heads-about-newspaper-data-destruction">obtained by The Associated Press</a> through a Freedom of Information request.<p>The AP story notes that senior intelligence officials were given a heads-up about Britain's intent. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:44:00 +0000 editor 44498 at http://ktep.org U.S. Had Heads-Up Over Destruction Of 'Guardian' Hard Drives Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego http://ktep.org/post/border-patrol-ceases-flying-migrants-san-diego Migrants from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally in Texas will no longer be flown to San Diego for processing, the U.S. Border Patrol says. The practice came under fire last week, when opponents led protests against it in Murrieta, Calif.<p>In announcing the change, the agency didn't mention the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/02/327738660/protesters-turn-back-buses-of-immigrant-detainees-near-san-diego">fierce local opposition</a>. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 44499 at http://ktep.org Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk http://ktep.org/post/suicide-survivors-seek-voice-helping-others-risk In 2008, Cara Anna was working as a foreign correspondent in China and feeling overwhelmed by isolation, hostility from local authorities and a gnawing feeling that she was a failure. Her anguish led her to try suicide.<p>After waking up alive, she kept her attempt a secret. Asking for help seemed shameful, and she feared for her job if her employer found out. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 editor 44494 at http://ktep.org Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk A Surge In Concierges http://ktep.org/post/surge-concierges Steve Sims is the founder of <a href="http://thebluefish.com/">Bluefish</a>, a luxury concierge service that takes care of rich people. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 44486 at http://ktep.org A Surge In Concierges Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core http://ktep.org/post/qa-union-leader-tenure-testing-and-common-core The American Federation of Teachers <a href="http://aft.org/index.cfm">(AFT)</a> is holding its <a href="http://www.aft.org/convention/">annual convention</a> in Los Angeles through this weekend. For the AFT's more than 3,500 national delegates descending on LA, there is a lot on their plate and big challenges ahead for the nation's second-largest teachers union: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">the Common Core</a>, tenure and fierce debate about testing, to name a few. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 44474 at http://ktep.org Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core NSA Implementing Fix To Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach http://ktep.org/post/nsa-implementing-fix-prevent-snowden-security-breach A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way for the NSA to be entirely secure. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 44466 at http://ktep.org An Update On Young Immigrants: From D.C., The Border And Beyond http://ktep.org/post/update-young-immigrants-dc-border-and-beyond An influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America is overwhelming law enforcement officials along the US-Mexico border in what President Obama is calling a "humanitarian crisis." Steve Inskeep speaks with John Burnett, Mara Liasson and Carrie Kahn to get an overview on the current immigration debate and update us on the latest developments on Capitol Hill, along the border and in Central America. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:34:00 +0000 editor 44455 at http://ktep.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress http://ktep.org/post/texas-obama-sets-stage-answer-do-nothing-congress Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.<p>What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?<p>Speaking of his conversation with Republican Texas Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:17:00 +0000 Frank James 44454 at http://ktep.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection http://ktep.org/post/mississippi-child-thought-cured-hiv-shows-signs-infection A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say.<p>This discovery is a setback for the child known as the "Mississippi baby." It also complicates efforts to test what had seemed like a promising new treatment for infants born with HIV.<p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/04/173258954/scientists-report-first-cure-of-hiv-in-a-child-say-its-a-game-changerhttp:/www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/04/173258954/scientists-report-first-cure-of-hiv-in-a-child-say-its-a-game-changer" Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:52:00 +0000 Richard Harris 44453 at http://ktep.org Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection Study: Statehouse Press Corps In Decline http://ktep.org/post/study-statehouse-press-corps-decline A declining number of reporters are stalking the hallways of the nation's statehouses.<p>That's according to a Pew Research <a href="http://www.journalism.org/files/2014/07/Americas-Shifting-Statehouse-Press_full_report.pdf">report</a> released Thursday. The study found that the number of full-time statehouse newspaper reporters declined by more than a third between 2003 and 2014. There are now just 164 full-time newspaper journalists reporting on the bills, protests and politicians in the nation's 50 state capitals.<strong> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Gregory Barber 44452 at http://ktep.org Study: Statehouse Press Corps In Decline 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice http://ktep.org/post/captain-pizza-saves-day-doesnt-save-himself-slice It's one of those stories that start in the middle. Midflight from Washington, D.C., to Denver on Monday, pilot Gerhard Brandner hit some bad weather that forced him to land in Wyoming. It was a mundane delay like most others. His Frontier Airlines plane was grounded on a tarmac in Cheyenne.<p>That's when the pilot made a decision that made him a national hero.<p>"I figure out, well, I'm getting hungry; I'll bet you the folks be hungry back there, too," Brandner says. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44451 at http://ktep.org 'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers http://ktep.org/post/growing-number-veterans-struggles-quit-powerful-painkillers There are antlers everywhere on the walls of Bryan and Mike McDonel's place near Pine Bluff, Ark. The house is hardly big enough for all their hunting trophies. Both are good shots with their hunting bows; Bryan and Mike, his father, served in the Arkansas National Guard and deployed together to Iraq, twice.<p>The McDonel family has served in the military for generations. But Bryan, 35, is out of the service now. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 44449 at http://ktep.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way' http://ktep.org/post/clerical-error-puts-church-new-yorks-george-carlin-way The <a href="http://www.corpus-christi-nyc.org/">Corpus Christi Church</a> in Manhattan, where iconoclastic comedian George Carlin once attended school and which he later ridiculed in some of his monologues, has a new street address: George Carlin Way.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/nyregion/an-error-puts-a-church-on-george-carlin-way.html"><em>The New York Times</em></a> calls what's being described as a clerical error "an irony of Carlinesque proportions." The church fought a street named after the comedian since the idea was proposed three years ago.<p>Even so, city officials Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44445 at http://ktep.org Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way' Signs Emerge Of A Compromise On Obama's $3.7B Immmigration Request http://ktep.org/post/signs-emerge-compromise-obamas-37b-immmigration-request A compromise appears to be emerging between Congress and the White House that would lead to the swift deportation of thousands of minors from Central America who have illegally crossed the border into the U.S.<p>Earlier this week, President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/08/329851404/obama-seeks-3-7b-to-handle-immigration-crisis" target="_blank">asked Congress for $3.7 billion</a> to deal with the situation, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330240733/congress-can-deal-with-immigration-crisis-obama-says" target="_blank">and in comments Wednesda Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 44441 at http://ktep.org Signs Emerge Of A Compromise On Obama's $3.7B Immmigration Request Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks http://ktep.org/post/picketing-truckers-raise-tensions-la-port-amid-dockworker-talks Labor tensions are high at the largest port complex in the country — Los Angeles and Long Beach — which handles nearly half of all the cargo coming into the United States.<p>Short-haul truck drivers are striking. They're the independent, contract truckers who bring the containers off the ships to nearby warehouses for companies like Wal-Mart and Costco. At the twin ports, their numbers hover around 10,000.<p>Just over 100 of them have been protesting this week, including driver Santos Lopez. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44442 at http://ktep.org Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions http://ktep.org/post/doctors-face-ethical-issues-benching-kids-concussions Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.<p>But we're not so good at is following their advice.<p>Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 44443 at http://ktep.org Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase http://ktep.org/post/no-charges-police-who-killed-woman-after-dc-chase The Justice Department has decided not to bring criminal charges against two police who shot and killed a woman after a wild car chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last fall.<p>The woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stanford, Conn., <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/03/228884405/u-s-capitol-on-edge-after-reports-of-gun-shots">struck a security officer with her car</a> near the White House on Oct. 3 before driving off at high speed. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44425 at http://ktep.org No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase Washington And Lee Confronts The Weight Of Its History http://ktep.org/post/washington-and-lee-confronts-weight-its-history Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Now a story about race, history and the power of symbol. Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, has agreed to remove Confederate flags from its Lee Chapel, responding to pressure from a group of black law school students. The chapel and the university bear the name of Confederate Army General Robert E. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 44434 at http://ktep.org The Hopes And Hazards Of The 17-Story Water Slide http://ktep.org/post/hopes-and-hazards-15-story-water-slide Kansas City now boasts the world's tallest water slide. At about 17 stories high, the slide had been postponed multiple times during construction after tests went bad. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, the slide is attracting thrill-seekers and naysayers alike. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KCUR-FM. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 44433 at http://ktep.org Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper http://ktep.org/post/why-we-published-photo-16-year-old-diapers The series on family caregivers that NPR ran over the Fourth of July weekend sparked an extraordinary response, with tens of thousands of comments and likes on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NPR/posts/10152656347696756">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/05/327706802/faith-strengthens-aging-parents-as-they-care-for-their-son">NPR.org</a>.<p>Many people responded to the intimate photographs of families caring for sick or disabled parents, siblings and children.<p>And not all those responses were positive. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:44:00 +0000 editor 44411 at http://ktep.org Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper 'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police http://ktep.org/post/busted-blurs-line-between-good-and-bad-philadelphia-police Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Today, we're bringing you an encore of a conversation about a true crime story where it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. In 2009, two reporters of the Philadelphia Daily News turned a tip from a frightened police informant into a 10-month series that exposed corruption in the city's police department. They learned about officers routinely making up evidence, robbing innocent storeowners and sexually assaulting women. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:39:00 +0000 editor 44405 at http://ktep.org Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities http://ktep.org/post/math-nerd-or-bookworm-many-same-genes-shape-both-abilities <strong></strong>Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 44395 at http://ktep.org Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities