Tue August 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Both Sides Can Claim Some Money Advantage In Presidential Race

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 12:53 pm

Air Force One is parked at John F. Kennedy International Airport before President Obama's July 30 departure from New York City, where he was attending a private fundraiser.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

New reports from the presidential campaigns show that Republican Mitt Romney last month widened his cash advantage over President Obama. But the numbers reported to the Federal Election Commission paint a more complex picture of the race and the vast amounts of money fueling the campaign.

The Obama campaign committee, Obama for America, reported raising about $39 million, almost $11 million more than was raised in July by the Romney campaign committee, Romney For President.

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Tue August 21, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The City As Engine: Energy, Entropy And The Triumph Of Disorder

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 6:36 pm

Adam Frank stands atop of the Wilder Building in Rochester, N.Y.
Carlet Cleare WXXI

Cities may be the defining element of human civilization.

The path from hunter-gatherers in the Paleolithic era 25,000 years ago to the high-tech, high-wonder jumble we inhabit today runs straight through cities. In traveling that path, our construction of cities has always been a dance with physics. In some cases, that physics was explicitly understood; in others, its manifestation was only recognized in hindsight.

As our cities have become more complex the physics embodying their behavior and organization has also become more nuanced, subtle and profound.

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Tue August 21, 2012
Children's Health

Choosing The Right School For Special Needs

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:03 am



I'm Viviana Hurtado and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. You know it had to happen. Summer break is over in some parts of the country, or almost over. Children are heading back to school.

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Tue August 21, 2012

Missing Ethiopian Prime Minister Pronounced Dead

Ethiopians today are facing an uncertain future after the death of their leader, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. He was last seen in public in June, and he reportedly died in a Belgian hospital. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses the implications of Meles Zenawi's death for the region with NPR Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.


Tue August 21, 2012
Election 2012

Has The Damage Been Done For Todd Akin?

U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin apologized for his remarks about rape and pregnancy, but calls have intensified for him to withdraw. Plus, a new e-book claims the Obama campaign is in a constant state of conflict. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America and Joy-Ann Reid of TheGrio.com.


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Tue August 21, 2012

History Matters: A look back at the Jeep's historical legacy

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles the iconic World War II vehicle: the Jeep. Its characteristics are still seen in today's Jeep Grand Cherokee.


Tue August 21, 2012

Shreveport artist turns junk into whimsical birdhouses

Brian Carlisle holds one of his birdhouse creations at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport.

Shreveport designer Brian Carlisle looks forward to trash pick-up day and the unusual discarded treasures he might find along the side of the road. He retrofits found objects and turns them into birdhouses, bird feeders and furniture through his hobby/side business at gadgetsponge.com.


Tue August 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Three Year Olds Told To Fight By Delaware Day Care Workers, Police Say

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 10:40 am

A notice on the door at the Hands of Our Future day care center in Dover, Del., which has been closed because employees allegedly had two 3-year-olds fight each other.
CBS Philly

It's tempting to make a "fight club" reference (and some news outlets have), but the outrageous nature of the allegations seems to call for a more straight-forward approach:

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Tue August 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Takes His Workout On The Road

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 10:27 am

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks Saturday in Florida.
Gerardo Mora Getty Images

From the window of my room at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Pittsburgh, I can see a sliver of the hotel fitness center. This morning I looked down there and saw a guy with an earpiece. Secret Service.

So I wasn't entirely surprised to walk into the tiny exercise room a little after 7 a.m. and find the Republican vice presidential candidate working out. There was a row of about half a dozen elliptical machines and treadmills, one workout bench, a small rack of dumbbells, an inflatable exercise ball, and a folding workout mat.

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