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10:23 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman's "Queer Icons" series portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors. Jahmal Golden is a poet and a student at The New School.
Courtesy of Gabriel Garcia Roman

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:06 pm

Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman's portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

"I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world," says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Thu May 28, 2015

'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

A return to Pussy Galore's golden days: Honor Blackman, who played the character on screen in Goldfinger, poses with the original Bond, Sean Connery.
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Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 3:37 pm

What kind of birthday gift do you get a man who has everything? It's a well-worn riddle — and one that gets all the more difficult if the man in question happens to have died a half-century ago.

Luckily for Ian Fleming, today's 107-year-old birthday boy and the creator of James Bond, novelist Anthony Horowitz knows just the gift: a reunion with an old friend.

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA President Blatter: Bribery Scandal Puts 'Long Shadow' Over Soccer

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Thursday. The leader of soccer's governing body has rejected calls to resign.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:18 pm

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a re-election vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said. "The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this league's congress."

It was a somber opening to FIFA's meeting of international sporting bodies, an assembly that was celebrated with flag-bearers and other pageantry.

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Shots - Health News
9:29 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

Experimental medicines related to ketamine, an anesthetic and club drug, are making progress in clinical tests.
Wikipedia

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:19 am

Antidepressant drugs that work in hours instead of weeks could be on the market within three years, researchers say.

"We're getting closer and closer to having really, truly next-generation treatments that are better and quicker than existing ones," says Dr. Carlos Zarate, a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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NPR History Dept.
9:18 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

A man shows his pitted windshield to a police officer in Seattle in 1954
Museum of History & Industry, Seattle Post- Intelligencer Collection, 1986.5.571.1

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 1:34 pm

The nationwide weirdness that was the Windshield-Pitting Mystery began in the spring of 1954. Looking back at the events today may give us a window — OK, a windshield — on the makeup and the mindset of mid-20th-century America.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Thu May 28, 2015

NOAA Warns Of Powerful Storms, Despite Seeing 'Below-Normal' Hurricane Season

A graphic shows NOAA's prediction of between six and 11 named storms in the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.
NOAA

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:44 am

Even though its predictions call for a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season with six to 11 named storms this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says strong and devastating storms remain a possibility.

From NOAA:

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Code Switch
8:19 am
Thu May 28, 2015

BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Wrote A Beautiful Thing On Being Black In The Book World

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:59 am

Today on Code Switch, writer and critic Roxane Gay, who's a favorite of ours, writes about the problem of all-white recommended readings lists.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA Update: Europe's UEFA Backs Blatter's Opponent; Raids In Brazil

UEFA President Michel Platini says his organization is backing FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opponent in Friday's presidential election. When asked if UEFA might consider leaving FIFA, Platini said, "Of course."
FABRICE COFFRINI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:27 am

One day after a string of bribery arrests and indictments was revealed to center on FIFA, the soccer organization's president, Sepp Blatter, says he will not resign. Accusations of rampant corruption at FIFA came just days before Blatter stands for reelection in Switzerland Friday.

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Shots - Health News
7:22 am
Thu May 28, 2015

How Much Does A Colonoscopy Cost In California? Help Find Out

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:28 pm

The colonoscopy: It may be the most dreaded screening test out there, and it's the next step in KQED's PriceCheck project.

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It's All Politics
7:09 am
Thu May 28, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki

Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit in March.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:18 am

This post has been updated to reflect that Pataki is officially running.

George Pataki announced his presidential candidacy in Exeter, N.H., on Thursday. He's the eighth official Republican entrant in the 2016 race for the White House. The field is expected to double over the next couple of months. Pataki has made numerous visits and a few friends in recent months in the Granite State, home of the first primary in 2016. Still, the mention of his name in most of the country might prompt questions of, "Who?" and possibly, "Why?"

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Code Switch
7:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

This summer brings many excellent books from writers of color.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:57 am

Another day, another all-white list of recommended reading. This year's New York Times summer reading list, compiled annually by Times literary critic Janet Maslin, offered up zero books by non-white authors.

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Thu May 28, 2015

George Pataki Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, seen here speaking in Iowa recently, is announcing his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
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Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 3:20 pm

Updated at 12:33 p.m. ET

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is adding his name to the list of Republicans running for their party's 2016 presidential nomination.

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Live Anthrax Was Mistakenly Sent To 9 States And A U.S. Military Base

Dugway Proving Ground military base, seen here in 2010, was the source of several anthrax shipments that are suspected of containing live samples of the disease.
Jim Urquhart AP

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 10:36 am

The Department of Defense says an attempt to ship inactive anthrax samples resulted in live samples being sent to labs in nine U.S. states and to a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea.

Fears of exposure to the potentially deadly disease prompted officials to advise four civilian workers to get preventive care; more than 20 military personnel are also being monitored. The samples were sent via commercial shipping companies, but the Pentagon says there is "no known risk to the general public."

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NPR Ed
5:03 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

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Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:32 pm

More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.

But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff".

There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. It bugs researchers and policymakers too.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu May 28, 2015

'The Water Knife' Cuts Deep

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 1:29 pm

In The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi's best-selling, Hugo- and Nebula-winning debut, the author imagines a 23rd century in which the forces of commerce have run amok over the basic, biological building blocks of life. In his equally powerful sophomore novel, The Water Knife, he takes a similar approach to an inorganic substance without which human life wouldn't exist: H2O. But where The Windup Girl takes place hundreds of years from now in Southeast Asia, The Water Knife hits closer to home for U.S. readers.

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Around the Nation
4:50 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Pranksters Release 72,000 Ladybugs In Maryland High School

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Around the Nation
4:45 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Michigan County Police Blotter: Adult Food Fights

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Business
4:24 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Sponsors Monitor Corruption Charges Against Soccer Officials

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Africa
4:12 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Illegal Migration From Africa Is Now An Industry, Ethnographer Says

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Asia
4:11 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Southeast Asia Nations To Meet To Discuss Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:13 am

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Sports
4:10 am
Thu May 28, 2015

After Arrests, Calls For Soccer's Governing Body To Be Overhauled

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:41 am

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Politics
4:09 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Rick Santorum Announces Another Run For GOP's Presidential Nominee

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:40 am

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Business
4:07 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Economists Examine Why The Housing Industry Continues To Lag

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:52 pm

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Soccer Indictments Outline Schemes Involving Sports Marking Firms

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Families In Houston Begin Cleaning Up After Devastating Floods

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:09 pm

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3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Veto; Abolish Death Penalty

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:41 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Kentucky's GOP Must Unite Behind Winner In Primary For Governor

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:17 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Top Spelling Contestants Give Advice To The Next Generation

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:18 am

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Parallels
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Very Strange Life Of Nepal's Child Goddess

Nepal's Living Goddess, the Kumari Devi, 9, observes a chariot festival in Kathmandu on March 29. The goddess is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. She's selected as a young child and lives an isolated and secretive existence and is rarely seen in public. Her historic home survived last month's earthquake with only minor cracks. She's being held by her caretaker Gautam Shakya.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:45 pm

Last month's earthquake brought much of Kathmandu's historic Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site, tumbling to the ground. Nepal's showcase temples and palaces were reduced to ruins. But save for a few cracks, the home of the city's Living Goddess remained intact.

Largely unknown to the outside world, Nepal's centuries-old institution of the child deity, the Kumari Devi, is deeply embedded in the culture of Kathmandu Valley. Young, beautiful and decorous, even a glimpse of her is believed to bring good fortune.

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