2:23pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Politics

Do Voter ID Laws Prevent Fraud, Or Dampen Turnout?

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 12:36 pm

Pennsylvania voters show identification as they sign in to vote during the Republican primary in Philadelphia in April.
Jessica Kourkounis Getty Images

Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, key states have adopted voter ID laws and other measures that could affect voter turnout. It's created a national controversy about who will be most affected.

According to the New York Times, 33 states now have laws requiring identification for voting, and five require specific kinds of photo IDs to vote.

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2:02pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Giants' Melky Cabrera Suspended 50 Games For Failed Drug Test

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 2:36 pm

San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera high-fives teammates after scoring off a single by teammate Buster Posey in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in July.
David Goldman AP

The most valuable player of this year's All Star Game has been suspended for 50 games, Major League Baseball announced today.

Melky Cabrera, MLB tweeted, tested positive for testosterone and the suspension knocks him out for the rest of the season.

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1:58pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Hypersonic 'WaveRider' Failed

An artist's rendition of an X-51A WaveRider (in white) attached to the wing of a B-52.
Pratt & Whitney

An experimental aircraft that designers hoped would hit 3,600 mph in a test flight over the Pacific on Tuesday "suffered a control failure" and failed in its attempt to go hypersonic, The Associated Press writes.

Its report follows earlier word from Wired magazine's Danger Room blog that it had been told by an "insider familiar with the test" that:

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1:51pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Planet Money

Everybody Always Thinks Inflation Is Higher Than It Really Is

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 9:30 am

Tony Gutierrez AP

The world is going to hell, and prices are going through the roof. This, more or less, seems to be the perpetual conventional wisdom.

The first half of the statement is debatable. But the second half is clearly wrong at the moment: Prices are not going through the roof.

Prices for U.S. consumers rose by just 1.4 percent over the past year, according to the consumer price index numbers released this morning. In other words, inflation is very low.

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1:19pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Salt

President Obama's Tour Bus Rolls With White House Home Brew

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:27 am

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Earlier, the president gave a man at a coffee shop a bottle of the White House's home brew.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

It seemed normal enough when President Obama chatted with a coffee shop patron about beer in Iowa Tuesday. The president has shown he's a fan of beer — and it's the most politically expedient, "everyman" beverage a candidate can drink. But then the president told a man at Knoxville, Iowa's Coffee Connection cafe that he travels with his own home-brew — and gave him a bottle to prove it.

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1:16pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Cheating And Broken Records: At Scrabble Championship, Drama Abounds

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 3:18 pm

Four-time National Champion Nigel Richards. He won again today, becoming the first person to win four National Scrabble Championships and the first to win three titles in a row. A younger player, though, was caught cheating.
North American Scrabble Players Association

The world of competitive Scrabble was jolted yesterday: One of the games' most promising players admitted he was hiding blank letter tiles.

As Mark wrote last year, a similar accusation of cheating was made at the World Scrabble Championships in 2011. But officials refused to strip search the man as an opponent demanded, because there wasn't sufficient evidence.

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1:01pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Paterno 'Sobbed Uncontrollably' Day After Being Fired, Book Says

Joe Paterno on Nov. 8, 2011, the day before his firing.
Rob Carr Getty Images

The first excerpts are out from journalist Joe Posnanski's upcoming biography of former Penn State head football Joe Paterno.

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12:50pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Europe

On Denmark's Summer Nights, Tivoli Gardens Beckon

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 3:17 pm

Tivoli Gardens is part Disney, part state fair. Walt Disney was a visitor and give it rave reviews. Many Danes first come as children and return as adults.
Courtesy of Tivoli

Maybe it's because there are so few of them, but there is something special about a Scandinavian summer night. And there is no better place to spend one than at Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens amusement park.

Long before there was Disney, there was Tivoli, the second-oldest amusement park in the world. (The oldest, Dyrehavsbakken, or Deer Park Hill, is also in Denmark.) For nearly 170 years, people have been enjoying the magic of a summer night here.

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12:42pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Johnson & Johnson Pledges To Purge Controversial Chemicals

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 1:50 pm

J&J

Under pressure from consumer groups, Johnson & Johnson has decided to curb or eliminate a slew of ingredients from its beauty and baby care products.

The company says all the chemicals — including some preservatives and trace byproducts — are safe in the concentrations found in the products. Nevertheless, the company acknowledges that some people remain concerned about the risks.

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11:33am

Wed August 15, 2012
Participation Nation

Cooking For Everyone In Galesburg, Ill.

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 3:13 pm

Daniel Beers, a KPCK volunteer and political science professor at Knox College.
Courtesy of Knox College

Inspired by the success of a grassroots program that fed schoolchildren during an unusually long 2010-2011 winter break, citizens from the Galesburg, Ill., area banded together to form the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen.

Twice a month, volunteers from Knox College and the larger community organize free dinners in an open, friendly atmosphere in the basement of a Galesburg church.

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