2:01am

Tue October 16, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Renters No More: Newbies Lured To Homeownership

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 9:45 am

Kitsy Roberts and Janko Williams have traded a rent payment for a mortgage. The Seattle couple is planning to put a lot of sweat equity into their fixer-upper.
Wendy Kaufman NPR

In many American communities, buying a home is now less expensive than renting. And with the economics tilting in favor of homeownership, many first-time buyers are jumping into the market.

After eight years of renting, Kitsy Roberts and her husband, Janko Williams, are practically giddy about their new Seattle home. And like proud parents, they are eager to show it off, from its historic details to its fresh paint.

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2:01am

Tue October 16, 2012
Latin America

Cuban Missile Crisis Passes Quietly, 50 Years Later

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 9:45 am

Cuban President Fidel Castro replies to President Kennedy's naval blockade via Cuban radio and television on October 23, 1962. Kennedy enacted the blockade in response to the deployment of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba.
AP

The small town of Bejucal, 20 miles south of Havana, looks much as it did in October 1962. Horse carts carry passengers and fresh-cut green bananas through narrow streets lined with pastel-colored homes.

The sleepy town doesn't seem like the kind of place to put an arsenal of nuclear weapons. But a military bunker here was the biggest storage depot on the island for the Soviet nuclear weapons 50 years ago.

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1:27am

Tue October 16, 2012
Election 2012

Poll: Romney Has Large Lead In Rural Swing Counties

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:16 pm

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Gilbert, S.C., earlier this year.
Charles Dharapak AP

As Mitt Romney and President Obama get ready for their second debate, a new bipartisan survey shows a surge for Romney in a key voter group following their first debate Oct. 3.

The random cellphone and land line poll of 600 likely rural voters in nine battleground states Oct. 9-11 has Romney at 59 percent among the survey's respondents. Obama's support is now down to 37 percent among rural battleground voters, a plunge of 10 points from the actual rural vote in those states four years ago.

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1:03am

Tue October 16, 2012
Music News

Jason Lytle Balances The Studio And A Life Outdoors

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 9:45 am

Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle just released a new album, Dept. of Disappearance.
Courtesy of the artist

Jason Lytle is the man behind the Modesto, Calif., band Grandaddy. The band released its debut in 1997, but it was Grandaddy's second album — The Sophtware Slump — that broke through with critics and fans. Even David Bowie called himself a fan when he approached the band members after seeing them play.

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8:00pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Airheart Live from Red River Radio

Airs Monday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m.  Airheart is an  acoustic trio playing a wide variety of music, from rock to pop to folk to country to blues to R&B. They place a special emphasis on beautiful harmonies, including not only their own original songs but also The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, Hank Williams, Sr., The Eagles, Three Dog Night, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, John Prine, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Pure Prairie League, The Hollies, Loggins & Messina, The Everly Brothers and many others. Airheart is Dan Garner, guitar, vocals, & harmonica; Amelia Blake, guitar & vocals; and Paula O'Neal, vocals, penny whistle, & percussion. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Now Here.

6:24pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Politics

Pro-Oil Democrat In The Hunt For N.D. Senate Seat

Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican opponent, Rep. Rick Berg, attend a North Dakota Chamber of Commerce forum in Bismarck last week.
Dale Wetzel AP

6:05pm

Mon October 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Armstrong Doping Scandal: Some Cyclists 'Made The Right Choice' Not To Cheat

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:44 pm

Former cyclist Scott Mercier has gained notoriety for refusing to go on a doping program 15 years ago. Here, Mercier (in blue jersey) rides just ahead of cyclist Chris Horner in 1997.
Jed Jacobsohn Getty Images

Reactions to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's recently released report on cyclist Lance Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs have ranged from denial to anger and disappointment. Some have said Armstrong merely did what it took to compete with pro racers, all of them chemically enhanced. But that's just not true, says Joe Lindsey, a contributor to Bicycling magazine.

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5:32pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Florida's Dozier School For Boys: A True Horror Story

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 5:47 pm

Dick Colon, one of the White House Boys, walks through grave sites near the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Several men who suffered abuse and severe beatings believe the crosses mark the graves of boys who were killed at the school, victims of punishments that went too far.
Phil Coale AP

Over the past decade, hundreds of men have come forward to tell gruesome stories of abuse and terrible beatings they suffered at Florida's Dozier School for Boys, a notorious, state-run institution that closed last year after more than a century.

Known as the "White House Boys," these 300-some men were sent as boys to the reform school in the small panhandle town of Mariana in the 1950s and 1960s. They have joined together over the years to tell their stories of the violence administered in a small building on the school's grounds they knew as the White House.

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5:26pm

Mon October 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Study: Secret Donors Significantly Fueling Pro-Romney TV Ads

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 5:46 pm

Costumed demonstrators on Oct. 3 in Denver, before the first presidential debate.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

5:11pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Movie Interviews

In 'The Sessions,' A Different View Of The World

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 5:46 pm

John Hawkes plays Mark O'Brien, a man who spends most of his life in an iron lung after suffering from polio, in The Sessions.
Sarah M. Golonka Fox Searchlight

It's not easy for John Hawkes to watch clips of himself in his new movie, The Sessions. He plays a man named Mark O'Brien, based on a real writer and poet, who spends most of his time in an iron lung as a result of childhood polio; that meant the role was hard on Hawkes' body. As he tells Melissa Block on All Things Considered, "It was a physically painful role to play." Not only did it require him to act primarily from a horizontal position, but it called for him to create the illusion of a curved spine.

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