11:16am

Mon December 10, 2012
Local

Professor: Children's books make a personal, lasting gift

Hundreds of children's books line the office walls of Candi Bagley, an associate professor of professional practice at LSU Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Children’s booksellers are off to a positive start in holiday sales. Publishers Weekly conducted a survey of 24 booksellers nationwide and found double-digit sales gains for the period beginning Black Friday.

LSU Shreveport education professor Candi Bagley says children will get a glut of toys, but a book can bring added value.

"Books are such a lasting gift," Bagley said. "Kids can keep them for years and years. A lot of parents will put special books away as keepsakes for later on."

Bagley suggests penning an inscription to personalize the book.

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11:09am

Mon December 10, 2012
Author Interviews

Lemony Snicket Dons A Trenchcoat

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 12:53 pm

Meredith Heuer Courtesy of Little, Brown & Co.

It's been more than six years since Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, concluded his enormously popular 13-volume young adult series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now Handler has revived the Snicket narrator in his YA novel Who Could That Be at This Hour?

The book is the first of a series — All the Wrong Questions — and a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events. It tracks the young Snicket's adventures during his apprenticeship at the V.F.D., a mysterious organization that readers familiar with the Snicket stories will recognize.

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11:00am

Mon December 10, 2012
Africa

Trying To Reform Nigeria Amid Family Kidnapping

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 11:46 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We want to turn now from Ghana to Nigeria, where there is disturbing news. The mother of Nigeria's finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was kidnapped this weekend. Police say they've launched a massive search to find her.

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11:00am

Mon December 10, 2012
Economy

Fiscal Cliff: Cutting the Untouchable?

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 11:46 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll hear about elections in Ghana. We'll talk about whether the election of President John Dramani Mahama to a new term confirms the country's reputation for leadership in democratic processes, or perhaps undermines it. That's later.

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11:00am

Mon December 10, 2012
Summer stages

Summer Stages: Brevard Music Festival!

Airs Monday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m.  This week on Summer Stages, the final flourish of the 2012 Brevard Music Festival!  Legendary pianist Andre Watts joins Keith Lockhart and the BMC Orchestra. Our season closes with director Keith Lockhart leading the orchestra and André Watts in Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor. The concert also includes Dzubay's Shadow Dance and Berlioz' signature Symphonie Fantastique.

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10:47am

Mon December 10, 2012
Europe

Spain's Crisis Leads To Rise Of Grass-Roots Groups

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 7:44 pm

A demonstrator shouts during a protest against housing evictions in Madrid last month. The sign to his right reads, "Stop evictions."
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty Images

A year and a half ago, recession-ravaged Spanish society reacted to the economic crisis with the "Indignados," a mass protest that inspired the worldwide "Occupy" movement.

The "angry ones" are long gone from Spanish streets, but they've evolved into many grass-roots associations now filling the gaps left by the eroding welfare state, spawning a new form of anti-austerity resistance that embraces all branches of society, from those who have lost homes to foreclosures, to the entire judiciary.

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10:43am

Mon December 10, 2012
The Two-Way

After Helping Europe Rise From Ashes, EU Accepts Nobel Peace Prize

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso of Portugal during today's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.
Nigel Waldron Getty Images

Giving the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has been controversial.

As The Associated Press reports:

Three previous Peace Prize laureates "South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina, have demanded that the prize money of $1.2 million not be paid this year. They say the bloc contradicts the values associated with the prize because it relies on military force to ensure security."

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10:22am

Mon December 10, 2012
The Salt

Want To Find A Restaurant That Treats Workers Well? There's An App For That

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:42 am

A group that advocates on behalf of food service workers has created an app that helps diners find restaurants that pay their workers livable wages and offer room for advancement.
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Smartphone users have a wide range of apps to choose from if they're looking to dine ethically. There are apps that advise which supermarkets have good environmental records and apps that keep tabs on restaurants and markets offering sustainable seafood.

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9:24am

Mon December 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Royal Hoax: Nurse's Family 'Devastated,' Radio Hosts 'Shattered' By Her Death

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 11:40 am

Flowers and a note outside the apartments near King Edward VII Hospital in central London where Jacintha Saldanha and other nurses stayed.
Carl Court AFP/Getty Images

The family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha is "devastated" and "simply cannot understand or cope with what's happening," a British member of parliament tells the BBC as all those involved try to come to grips with the London nurse's apparent suicide.

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8:50am

Mon December 10, 2012
Shots - Health News

Buzz Off: Bedbugs Unfazed By Ultrasonic Devices

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 7:04 am

Bedbugs are becoming a common nuisance in many places. But cheap ultrasonic devices advertised as bedbug repellents don't work, scientists say.
Carolyn Kaster AP

With bedbugs bunking just about everywhere these days, people battling the bloodsucking insects may be tempted to try their hand at driving them away.

But ultrasonic bug zappers, which retail for less than $25, aren't the solution, say entomologists who tested some of the devices.

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