12:31pm

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Teacher Evaluation Impasse Costs New York City Hundreds Of Millions

In New York City, the failure to agree on a plan for evaluating its teachers is being widely criticized, especially because it means the city will now miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in state financing.

At stake was $250 million in state aid, and another $200 million in grants, according to WNYC's Schoolbook education blog.

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10:51am

Fri January 18, 2013
Movies

'Mama': A Good Old-Fashioned Horror Movie

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:29 pm

Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and her sister, Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse), are near-feral orphans in the horror thriller Mama.
Universal Pictures

I was weaned on horror movies and love them inordinately, but the genre has gone to the dogs — and to the muscle-bound werewolves, hormonal vampires, flesh-eating zombies, machete-wielding psychos, etc. It's also depressing how most modern horror pictures have unhappy nihilist endings in which everyone dies and the demons pop back up, unvanquished — partly because studios think happy endings are too soft, but mostly because they need their monsters for so-called franchises.

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10:36am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Body Exhumed Of Lottery Winner Who Suffered Cyanide-Related Death

Urooj Khan, with his winning lottery ticket. Not long after this photo was taken, he was dead.
AP

The remains of Urooj Khan, the Chicago man who last July died one day after his $425,000 check from the Illinois lottery was cut, were exhumed today, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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10:20am

Fri January 18, 2013
Local

ATT Phones to Red River Radio Down

The AT&T Phone Connection to Red River Radio is currently down. They are working to resolve the issue and hope to have communications back up shortly.

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9:49am

Fri January 18, 2013
Author Interviews

The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 12:41 pm

An illustration shows heretics being tortured and nailed to wooden posts during the first Inquisition.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 23, 2012.

The individuals who participated in the first Inquisition 800 years ago kept detailed records of their activities. Vast archival collections at the Vatican, in France and in Spain contain accounts of torture victims' cries, descriptions of funeral pyres and even meticulous financial records about the price of torture equipment.

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9:47am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Acid Thrown In Face Of Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director; He May Lose Sight

Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet, in 2011.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

A masked assailant threw acid into the face of the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director on Thursday in Moscow in what may have been a "reprisal for his selection of dancers in starring roles at the famed Russian company," The Associated Press reports.

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9:25am

Fri January 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Key Player In '94 Assault Weapons Ban: 'It's Going To Be Much More Difficult' Now

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 7:36 am

President Clinton speaks to a member of the House on Aug. 11, 1994, lobbying for votes for the crime bill.
Marcy Nighswander AP

President Obama's proposed renewal of a ban on assault-style weapons is expected to be based on the legislation approved by Congress in 1994 that expired 10 years later.

But when the first assault weapons ban was approved — outlawing 19 specific weapons — it was a very different time, and Congress was a very different place.

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8:41am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Te'o Spoke Of 'Girlfriend' As If She Existed After He Supposedly Learned Of Hoax

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:53 am

Manti Te'o, pointing skyward during Notre Dame's game against Michigan on Sept. 22. That was the day, he said then, of his girlfriend's funeral service. Now, he says he never met her and they had only an online and telephone relationship.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o "perpetuated the heartbreaking story" of a girlfriend's death after he supposedly had learned he was the victim of a hoax and that she never existed, The Associated Press writes.

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8:30am

Fri January 18, 2013
Local

East Texas farmers bring homemade goods to market

A tiny farm in Bulah, Texas – that’s near Rusk – is slowly expanding its presence at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market. The owners of Bulah’s Best aim to develop an agri-tourism program on the remote farm that is out of cell phone range. Seattle native Thomas Holguin and his wife, Donna, have nine goats and two cows. They produce milk, cheese and butter for market each week. Tomas Holguin is taking a year off as a Spanish teacher to work on the farm.

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7:35am

Fri January 18, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: On memories of Camp Pirtle, Scout Laws

Credit Gary Borders

Commentator Gary Borders, on a reporting mission, takes a memory-filled side trip to his childhood Boy Scout camp.

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