2:24am

Fri August 31, 2012
Author Interviews

Against The Odds, A 'Miracle Boy Grows Up'

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:48 am

Ben Mattlin has defied expectations for his entire life — starting with being alive at all. Mattlin has a condition called spinal muscular atrophy, and many infants born with it don't live past age 2. But Mattlin grew up to be one of the first students using a wheelchair to attend Harvard. He married, had a family and is now the author of a new memoir, Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity.

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2:24am

Fri August 31, 2012
Middle East

Israel Finds Itself A Partisan Election Issue In U.S.

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 10:30 am

Republican Mitt Romney greets audience members after delivering a speech in Jerusalem on July 29. Israel's new prominence in campaign rhetoric has some in the Jewish state worried.
Charles Dharapak AP

Although discussion of foreign policy was in scant evidence at the Republican National Convention, one country did loom large in the lineup: Israel.

Republican delegates in Tampa, Fla., were treated this week to images of Mitt Romney's recent visit to Israel. With stirring music and pictures of Jerusalem's iconic sites, the message of the Romney campaign is that the Republican candidate is a better friend to Israel than President Obama is.

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12:15am

Fri August 31, 2012
It's All Politics

A Fine Night For Romney, But No Game Change

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:17 am

Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president at the party's convention Thursday.
Charles Dharapak AP

It's been the political world's obsession for weeks leading into the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Would nominee Mitt Romney manage what would be miraculous for any candidate, and in a handful of days and one big speech wash away the problems of a modern candidacy?

Turns out Romney's moment Thursday night was a fine one, if not a great one.

His speech continued the campaign's concerted effort to reach out to skeptical female voters, reminding the audience that his strong mother ran for Senate.

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11:47pm

Thu August 30, 2012
StoryCorps

A Veteran Cop Recalls A Tough Night On The Job

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:48 am

Mark Edens told his daughter Jessie about one night early in his career when he had to tell a woman her husband had died in a car accident. Edens was a police officer for 25 years. He told his story at StoryCorps in Atlanta.
StoryCorps

This holiday weekend, state troopers across the country will be stepping up their patrols. Much of their work will be routine traffic stops, but some calls they will respond to will be accidents, some of them tragic.

Retired police officer Mark Edens, 61, spent half of his career investigating fatal car accidents for the Michigan State Police.

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11:33pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Takeaways From Thursday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:42 am

Mitt and Ann Romney (center) are surrounded by family members and balloons at the end of the 2012 Republican National Convention on Thursday in Tampa.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

If you missed some of Thursday's action at the Republican National Convention, when Mitt Romney accepted his party's presidential nomination, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us (skip to the end if you only want to read about Clint Eastwood):

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8:00pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Savannah Music Festival: Dick Hyman Trio, Part Two

Airs Thursday, August 30 at 8:00 p.m.  Tune in for part two of a special featuring the 2010 Savannah Music Festival performance by a piano, guitar and reed trio featuring Dick Hyman, Howard Alden and Ken Peplowski. The term "piano trio" usually refers to to a group comprising a pianist, a double bass player and a drummer. The pianist is generally the leader of these trios, which are usually named after the pianist, such as the Bill Evans Trio or Oscar Peterson Trio. In 1937, however, Nat King Cole formed a piano-guitar-bass trio in Los Angeles, and it became the ensemble format that he would use for the remainder of his life, proving that you didn't need a drum kit to swing.

6:32pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Family Roots Matter, If You're A GOP Convention Speaker

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:59 pm

South Dakota Sen. John Thune waves to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

If Republicans really do have a problem with the issue of immigration — as even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush intimated on Thursday — you wouldn't know it from the litany of GOP convention speakers who have made a point of stressing their country of origin.

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5:57pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Live Blog: Thursday At The Republican Convention

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:49 am

The Republican ticket: Mitt Romney (left) and Rep. Paul Ryan wave as the 2012 Republican National Convention winds up Thursday in Tampa, Fla. Romney accepted the party's presidential nomination. Ryan is his running mate.
Joe Raedle Getty Images
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Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination tonight and told the nation that if he's elected he will end the four years of "disappointment and division" brought upon America by President Obama.

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," Romney said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn't something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something."

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5:24pm

Thu August 30, 2012
The Salt

Two Sides Prepare For California Genetically Modified Labeling Vote

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:30 am

California farmer Erik Freese pulls down a healthy ear of corn that has been genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide. He says genetic engineering has helped him to farm more sustainably.
Kathleen Masterson for NPR

This November, voters in California will decide whether the state should require labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients. If the initiative, known as Proposition 37, passes, manufacturers would have to say somewhere on the front or the back of the food's packaging if the product contains or may contain genetically engineered ingredients.

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5:15pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

America 'Deserves Better,' And He Can Deliver, Romney Will Tell The Nation

This afternoon, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to see the stage where he will accept his party's presidential nomination.
Arnie Seipel NPR

Mitt Romney will tell Americans tonight that he understands why they voted for "hope and change" four years ago, but that President Obama has not delivered and that "my country deserves better."

"I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed," he will say after accepting the Republican Party's presidential nomination, according to excerpts of his address released by the candidate's campaign.

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