10:15am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs Open Tonight

The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup logo is seen between the sweaters of the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. The Game 1 puck drops at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Yes, the NBA finals are well underway, and yes it's mid-June, but tonight marks Game 1 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship. A strike-shortened season pushed the finals later into the spring than usual.

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9:58am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Public's Opinion Of George W. Bush Is Turning Positive

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:24 am

Former President George W. Bush and his successor, President Obama, at the April 25 dedication of Bush's library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Larry W. Smith EPA /LANDOV

For the first time since 2005, when George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, the public's opinion of the former president is "more positive than negative," the pollsters at Gallup say.

Gallup says its latest polling shows:

-- 49 percent of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of the former president.

-- 46 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bush.

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9:46am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

NSA Leaker: 'I'm Neither Traitor Nor Hero. I'm An American'

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:34 am

In a 12-minute video on The Guardian's website, Edward Snowden talks about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal that information to the public.
The Guardian

"I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American."

That's what Edward Snowden tells the South China Morning Post in his first published interview since The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed he was the source who leaked top secret information about government programs that sweep up data on phone calls and Internet activity.

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9:31am

Wed June 12, 2013
Parallels

Tallinn: The Former Soviet City That Gave Birth To Skype

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 5:20 pm

Residents of the Estonian capital of Tallinn can use public transportation for free after purchasing a special card for 2 euros.
Raigo Pajula AFP/Getty Images

The Baltic city of Tallinn hardly looks modern with its blend of medieval towers and Soviet-era architecture. Smoke-spewing buses and noisy streetcars look as if they have been plucked from the past.

Even so, the Estonian capital is one of the world's most technologically advanced cities. The birthplace of Skype has repeatedly been cited for its digital accomplishments. Last week, Tallinn once again made the short list of the world's most intelligent cities as selected by the Intelligent Community Forum.

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9:26am

Wed June 12, 2013
Code Switch

The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:10 pm

How fast are our stances toward marijuana changing? Washington, which legalized marijuana last fall, has had to acquire new drug-sniffing dogs who aren't trained to go after pot.
Elaine Thompson AP

On Tuesday, Vermont moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for quantities up to an ounce, replacing potential prison time for arrests with fines.

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8:48am

Wed June 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:49 am

A University of Utah volunteer drives through Salt Lake City's Avenues neighborhood as a camera tracks her eye and head movement. Another device records driver reaction time, and a cap fitted with sensors charts brain activity.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

If you've felt smug and safe using built-in, voice-controlled technology for text messages, email and phone calls while driving, forget it. There are some sobering findings about the risk of distraction from the American Automobile Association and the University of Utah.

The proliferation of hands-free technology "is a looming public safety crisis," AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet says. "It's time to consider limiting new and potentially dangerous mental distractions built into cars."

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8:36am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger Goes On Trial

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:07 am

James "Whitey" Bulger, in an image released by the U.S. Marshal's Service in August 2011.
EPA /Landov

Whitey Bulger is finally getting his day in court.

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8:36am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Alleged Cleveland Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:43 am

Ariel Castro, 52, in a booking photo.
Handout Getty Images

Facing 329 charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, 139 counts of rape and 177 counts of kidnapping, Ariel Castro entered a not-guilty plea this morning in a Cleveland courthouse.

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8:35am

Wed June 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Rick Perry's War On The Blue States

Texas Gov. Rick Perry meets with Illinois media during his April trip to lure businesses.
M. Spencer Green AP

Gov. Rick Perry's outsized Texas swagger is coming to the heart of blue state America.

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8:17am

Wed June 12, 2013
Local

Film crews descend on Shreveport preparing Louisiana Film Prize entries

Filmmakers Christopher Raines and Candace McGowen, both of Memphis, plan to use their short film made in Shreveport as a portfolio piece to show investors in their new production company.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Over the past few weeks, a number of small film crews have taken to the streets of Shreveport. They’ve been shooting all around northwest Louisiana, like in a vacant former restaurant in the Highland neighborhood. They’re making short films – that must be shot locally – to enter into this year’s Louisiana Film Prize contest.

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