6:44pm

Sat March 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Joe Weider, Fitness Icon And Mr. Olympia Creator, Dies At 93

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 2:25 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger raises the arm of Joe Weider, the creator of the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding competition, during the 39th annual Mr. Olympia event in 2003. Weider died Saturday at 93.
Eric Jamison AP

Joe Weider, a legendary figure in the world of bodybuilding whose name became synonymous with the sport, died Saturday at the age of 93.

Weider's publicist, Charlotte Parker, told The Associated Press that the bodybuilder, publisher and promoter died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

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4:17pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

Merritt And Dinnerstein, A Musical Odd Couple, On Bridging Their Worlds

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:35 am

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.
Lisa Marie Mazzucco Courtesy of the artist

What happens when two very talented women — one, a rising alt-country star; the other, one of classical music's great new talents — meet one another? In the case of singer Tift Merritt and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, a friendship ensues.

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4:04pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Author Interviews

Integrated Baseball, A Decade Before Jackie Robinson

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:05 pm

Hake's Americana & Collectibles/Atlantic Monthly Press

In 1947, Jackie Robinson famously broke the color line in baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, ending racial segregation in the major leagues.

That moment was a landmark for racial integration in baseball, but there's another moment few may be aware of, and it happened more than a decade before Robinson, in Bismarck, N.D.

Tom Dunkel writes about this Bismarck team in his new book, Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line.

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4:02pm

Sat March 23, 2013
U.S.

Can Detroit Return To Its Former Glory?

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 6:07 pm

The population of Detroit has dwindled, and now there aren't enough taxpayers to pick up the tab for essential city services.
Paul Sancya AP

The newly appointed emergency financial manager of Detroit begins the Herculean task Monday of turning the once bustling capital of the car business back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Though Detroit still has its cultural centers, architectural gems, funky restaurants and packed sporting events downtown, the city has suffered an urban blight that has slowly eaten away at its neighborhoods.

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3:48pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Technology

Four Robots That Are Learning To Serve You

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 5:34 pm

Future Robot's FURo robot acts as a host.
Innorobo.com

From Star Wars' R2-D2 to The Terminator to WALL-E, robots have pervaded popular culture and ignited our imaginations. But today, machines that can do our bidding have moved from science fiction to real life.

Think hands-free vacuum cleaners or iPhone's Siri or robotic arms performing surgery. At the Innorobo conference in Lyon, France, the latest in service robot technology was on display.

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1:36pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

How Vermont's 'Civil' War Fueled The Gay Marriage Movement

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 8:55 pm

Demonstrators protest outside the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., in April 2000, the month the nation's first law recognizing same-sex civil unions was signed by the governor.
Toby Talbot AP

It wasn't so long ago that a handful of Vermont legislators in a shabby Statehouse committee room struggled over what to call their proposal to give marriage-like rights to the state's gay and lesbian residents.

Democrat Howard Dean, governor at the time, had already made clear he'd veto any legislation labeled "marriage." Suggestions like "domestic partner relationship" were too clunky; "civil accord," they decided, evoked a car model.

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1:24pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Sports

March Madness: Good For Fans, Bad For Business

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 5:34 pm

Pittsburgh fans try to distract Wichita State's Ron Baker as he shoots a free throw during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The distractions of the tournament are so great that worker productivity suffers.
George Frey AP

March Madness is here. Even President Obama has filled out a NCAA Division I men's college basketball tournament bracket. His pick to win it all was Indiana University.

The bracket frenzy is unbelievable, says Deborah Stroman, who teaches sports administration at the University of North Carolina.

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12:00pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: From The Archives - Verdi’s La Forza del Destino

Leontyne Price as Leonora
Louis Mélançon Metropolitan Opera Archives

Airs Saturday, March 23 at 12 noon.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with an archival broadcast of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino from March 12, 1977. Met Music Director James Levine conducts an all-star cast led by soprano Leontyne Price as Leonora, tenor Plácido Domingo as Don Alvaro, baritone Cornell MacNeil as Don Carlo, mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias as Preziosilla, baritone Renato Capecchi as Melitone, and bass Martti Talvela as the Padre Guardiano. La Forza del Destino will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 23.

11:43am

Sat March 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Cicadas Are Coming! Crowdsourcing An Underground Movement

Cicadas live underground and emerge in 13- or 17-year cycles.
Stephen Jaffe AFP/Getty Images

Back in 1996, a group of baby cicadas burrowed into soils in the eastern U.S. to lead a quiet life of constant darkness and a diet of roots. Now at the ripe age of 17, those little cicadas are all grown up and it's time to molt, procreate and die while annoying a few million humans with their constant chirping in the process.

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11:13am

Sat March 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi: From Iran To NCAA Hoopla

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 2:23 pm

Rebounding machine Arsalan Kazemi is the first Iranian-born player in Divison I men's college hoops.
Julie Jacobson AP

San Jose, Calif., is just a piece of a very big March Madness pie. But in the eight teams that gathered there for second- and third-round games this week, you could see the undeniable trend in big-time college basketball globalization.

Rosters from schools as geographically diverse as Syracuse, New Mexico State and California featured athletes from Senegal, France, Canada, South Africa, Croatia, Sudan.

But it's the University of Oregon with a groundbreaker — from Iran.

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